Business to Government Committee Event

September 25, 2012

Ron Peterson
Senior Practice Manager, Enterprise Solutions
CC Pace

As senior practice manager for CC Pace, Ron Peterson oversees business development and account management activities for the company's Lean-Agile Practice. He is the principle liaison between customers, business partners and CC Pace. The practice encompasses all aspects of lean thinking for business process improvement and agile services, including agile custom software application development, agile coaching and mentoring, and scrum training and certification.

With more than 25 years of experience developing business solutions for both the public and private sector, Peterson is a seasoned professional capable of ensuring that the voice of the customer is always heard. He works seamlessly with his customers and business partners, and the CC Pace software delivery teams, contracts and legal department, and executive management team.

Peterson's interaction with agile customers in the public sector includes the Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Export-Import Bank of the United States and the Executive Office of the President.

Brent Bushey
IT Project Manager, Office of the CIO
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Brent Bushey serves as IT project manager for the Alien Criminal Response Information Management System (ACRIMe) modernization effort. ACRIMe is the flagship program in ICE's Criminal Alien Removal Initiative (CAII), a $90 million investment focused on improving ICE's ability to identify, detain and remove criminal aliens.

Bushey has served as an IT project manager and management consultant in both the public and private sectors since 2003. He led the e-Government program at the U.S. Department of Treasury and was a consultant at Touchstone Consulting Group. Bushey also served as research fellow at the Center for Innovation in Public Service. He began his career as a teacher in the New Orleans public schools on behalf of Teach for America and also served Teach for America as national recruitment director.

Bushey joined the Office of the CIO (OCIO) Systems Development Division (SDD) in April 2009. Today, he serves as a change agent in SDD, facilitating the new OCIO and SDD strategy to accelerate delivery of mission-critical systems to ICE, improve functionality and interoperability across the law enforcement community, and support the agency's implementation of the 25-Point Plan to reform Federal IT.

Bushey holds an M.A. in public administration from George Washington University and a B.A. in political theory and constitutional democracy from Michigan State University. He is certified in DHS Level III acquisitions and as a project management professional.

Jeff Dalton
Broadsword Solutions Corporation

Jeff Dalton is Broadsword's president, certified lead appraiser, CMMI instructor, ScrumMaster and author of "agileCMMI," Broadsword's leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement. He is chairman of the Software Engineering Institute's (SEI) Partner Advisory Board and president of the Great Lakes Software Process Improvement Network (GL-SPIN).

In 2008, Dalton coined the term "Process Debt" to describe the crushing, over-bearing processes too many companies employ to achieve a CMMI rating. He is a recipient of SEI's prestigious Member Award for Outstanding Representative for his work uniting the agile and CMMI communities together through his popular blog "Ask the CMMI Appraiser." He holds degrees in music and computer science and builds experimental airplanes in his spare time.

Richard Garrison
Vice Chancellor
Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy

Richard Garrison is a vice-chancellor at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Acquisition Academy, responsible for program management training within VA. Their curriculum includes competency assessment, classroom and online learning, coaching and mentoring, on-the-job qualification development, assignment-specific courses, certification training and continuing education.

Prior to his position with VA, Garrison worked as a consultant for the U.S. Navy, assistant professor at Rice University, engineering department head, deputy program manager for several hardware, software and simulator developments, and as the deputy for training Strategic Systems Programs responsible for transforming 26 weeks of instructor-based training to a distributed continuum model blending computer and instructor based training.

Dr. Kuryan Thomas
CC Pace

Dr. Kuryan Thomas has more than 25 years' experience in the software industry. He oversees corporate technology strategy for CC Pace, leads technology delivery management for CC Pace's Enterprise Solutions Business Unit and manages security and systems for CC Pace's internal information services.

His experience ranges across numerical computing, operating system internals and enterprise-scale mission-critical business systems. He has a proven track record in the delivery of high-performance business computing systems involving high-transaction volume, large data sets and complex business logic. Kuryan has led technology assessment, M&A technology due diligence, system selection and enterprise architecture strategy projects. His experience in business-value-centric software delivery methodologies spans 20 years, and in 2000 he was an early adopter of the extreme programming variant of agile methodology. He helped lead the effort to introduce agile software delivery to CC Pace and participates in the day-to-day activities of agile software development projects, mentoring his team on agile leadership, test-driven design, continuous integration, and advanced software architectures.

Kuryan holds a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from Virginia Tech.