About

AgilePDX has been a volunteer-run operation for over 15 years.  Like so many organically evolved organizations, it is not possible for us to list everyone who has helped grow, steer, and just plain make AgilePDX happen over the years.  Yet, we are grateful for all of them and their effort!  Here you will find the names, bios, and contact information for those who are currently serving on the Coordinating Committee.  You can contact the entire committee at once (which we recommend) by sending email to agilepdxcoordinating@googlegroups.com.

Our current committee members are:
Jean Richardson, Paula Hannan, Jim Klein, Lorie Gordon, Nora Beyerle, Rhea Stadick, and Michael Kelly

Committee Bio’s and Contact Info

Jean (4 of 5)Jean Richardson (@JeanAtAzureGate) began her Agile journey in the late 90’s by attending a talk given by Ward Cunningham about Extreme Programming.  Light dawned slowly, but it came as inexorably as sunrise.  She has been serving on the AgilePDX Coordinating Committee since 2011. She is the founder and principal consultant of Azure Gate Consulting, LLC, the creator of the Pervasive Leadership model, and the author of The Preservation of the Agile Heart:  From Mindset to Consciousness.

PaulaHannan_Scrum_MasterPaula Hannan wants to live in a world where teams work together to create something they just couldn’t have done on their own. She works as an agile team coach, cares a lot about getting stuff out the door and moonlights in SQL. When she’s not helping with AgilePDX, you can find her singing in a choir, playing the flute or getting muddy in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She tweets occasionally at @doodleno1.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANora Beyerle has held roles as a project manager, Scrum Master, team lead and manager. But her favorite role is Scrum Master. She likes to get in with a team and help them sing their own song while building a strong core of leadership and technical practices to keep them safe and sound. Nora is known for her voracious curiosity about all things agile as well as her irrepressible, enthusiastic servant leadership. She first learned about agile in a banking software environment and has gone on to practice her craft in data analytics and logistics environments. Ask her about her favorite podcasts! Nora knows Agile can change the world. She tweets at @SunhiltB

LorieGordonLorie Gordon focuses on coaching and practicing scrum within a team-oriented framework as a dedicated Scrum Master. Her recent introduction to SAFe is teaching her a formal enterprise level planning method that is partially implemented in teams she works with. She volunteers with AgilePDX and attends local gatherings including AONW, ProductCamp, and PNSQC.  She Tweets at @CricketGordon.

michael_kelly_with_hatMichael Kelly is a veteran of numerous software development campaigns. He’s built software for power companies and banks, for the trucking industry and education, for internet start-ups and established companies, for his own companies and for others. Throughout, he has worked hard to master the craft of writing software and delve into the mysteries of Agile. Currently, he is working on a series of blog posts on software development as wilderness adventuring (https://survival.intuitious.com/).  He tweets at @mseankelly.

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