COHAA’s Vision is to inspire creativity and innovation in the delivery of value
The Central Ohio Agile Association (COHAA) is a non-profit group of IT and Business professionals dedicated to finding a better way to deliver software. COHAA is dedicated to promoting the use of Agile practices and principles in project management, software development, quality assurance, and business analysis with an emphasis on solution delivery. COHAA supports and promotes the adoption of Agile practices in software development and delivery. COHAA acts as a resource for individuals and organizations that use, or are interested in using Agile frameworks and practices such as XP, Scrum, TDD, FDD, Lean, & Kanban.
Who Should Join?
- The IT professional unfamiliar with Agile who seeks education about Agile practices and how to apply it on the job.
- The IT professional who is familiar with Agile, and seeks an open forum in which they can share their experiences and successes while also improving their skills.
- The IT professional who utilizes Agile practices and wants to promote it in the central Ohio area while improving their own skills.
- The Business Executive interested in acquiring business value rapidly and seeks opportunities to see how others have leveraged Agile practices to most effectively meets their business need.
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COHAA Board & Leadership Biographies
Jennifer Bleen, Chair
Jennifer Bleen is co-Founder and Chair of the Central Ohio Agile Association. She is an experienced project manager, business analyst, trainer and industry consultant working with both waterfall and agile methods. She has been active in the central Ohio agile community for past 5 years where she serves as the Chair of COHAA, is the PMI Agile CoP Chapter Engagement Representative for the Central Ohio Chapter, and is the former President of AgileLUNCHBOX (formerly XP Columbus). She is passionate about developing self-organizing high performing teams with a focus on high quality and speed of delivery. She also is a mother to four wonderful children, enjoys gardening, cooking and traveling.
Joe Astolfi, Vice Chair
Joe is the Vice-Chair and a Board Member of the Central Ohio Agile Association. He is also the Agile Transformation Coach for American Electric Power (AEP) and an adjunct professor at Miami University. As an Enterprise Agile Coach, Joe spends his time working with others to be great leaders and improve their agility. His goal is to help create humane, sustainable ecosystems delivering exceptional business value. Joe has over 20 years of experience in IT and business, including portfolio management, PMO leadership, project management, organizational transformation, process improvement, and staff career development. Joe is a Professional Scrum Master (PSMI), Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), a Project Management Professional (PMP), and an Accredited Coach of The Leadership Gift.
Bart Murphy, Treasurer
Bart Murphy is the CIO & CTO of the CareWorks Family of Companies, a world class organization providing a complete suite of innovative claims and medical management services for worker’s compensation, disability and integrated absence management along with technology solutions that enable employers to control costs while enhancing employee productivity. Bart is responsible for leading all enterprise technology innovation and operations functions for six companies. He is also the President of CareWorks Tech, an information technology consulting company specializing in IT consulting, Infrastructure Services, IT Automation & Governance, and Interactive Digital solutions for all sized companies. Bart has over 16 years of management & consulting experience. Throughout his career, he has performed in various leadership and team-based roles including President, Shared Services Executive, Delivery Executive, Engagement Manager, Program Manager, Project Manager, Business Analyst, Developer, and Test Analyst. He specializes in Agile delivery execution and management, implementing solutions on a variety of initiatives, from software implementations to business process re-engineering and organizational change. He serves on the board of the Central Ohio Agile Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of agile practices within enterprises. He started The Path to Agility conference in 2010 which has grown to one of the premier agile conferences in the country. Bart graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BSE in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics.
Daniel Greenleaf, Director-at-Large
Dan is an Agile Coach, Mentor, Team Member and Evangelist. He began his career as a Business Analyst in a traditional command and control environment. After learning about agile, he sought out and joined his first Agile team in 2005, and has found Agile to be more productive, and more fun than traditional environments. Dan has a passion for helping people deliver better software by leveraging Agile values and principles. He is a co-founder of COHAA, and is currently responsible for programming. He also enjoys presenting at conferences and events.
Matt Van Vleet, Director-at-Large
Matt started his career focused on quality and automation, and has spent over a decade as an Agile leader. He is currently leading Pillar and their approach to connecting Agile to Business Value. Matt joined Pillar in 2005 as VP of Fulfillment for the Ohio Valley Region after years of notable accomplishments. Matt has developed a testing practice focused on functional test automation and application performance management. Matt founded Solstice Software, a company that wrote Automated Unit and Integration Testing Products and continues to push the envelope with test automation. He is one of the key innovators around Pillar’s Speed to Value (S2V) approach.
Faye Thompson, Director-at-Large
Faye Thompson, JD, PSMI is a Senior Agile Consultant with CareWorks Tech, with over 17 years of project delivery experience. With a focus on Agile methodologies and continuous improvement, she has had a positive impact in the financial services, healthcare, advertising and automotive industries. She is passionate about using innovative solutions to drive business value, and has helped several workgroups transform into highly engaged and energized teams. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering as an instructor and emergency medical responder for the American Red Cross, and spending time with her husband and three dogs.
Stephanie Ockerman, Secretary
Stephanie Ockerman is a Scrum.org certified Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) and a Curriculum Steward for the Professional Scrum Master (PSM) Course, carrying forward Ken Schwaber’s vision and working with the PST Community to continuously improve the courseware. Stephanie is also a Coach Training Institute (CTI) Co-Active trained coach and currently works with Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, and agilists who are committed to amplifying their impact and leveling up their agile leadership skills. She has over a decade of experience delivering technology solutions for banking, insurance, retail, government, and energy organizations and has played many roles including Project Manager (PMP), Solution Lead, and GSD Expert. During the past several years, Stephanie has focused on a career grounded by Agile values and principles, creating a minimalist lifestyle, and experiencing the world. She is passionate about helping others discover a path to fulfilling and joyful lives. You can find Stephanie writing on agilesocks.com and speaking at meetups and conferences.
Wendy Jacobs, Director-at-Large
Wendy Jacobs, JD, is an Agile Coach and Product Owner with Cardinal Solutions Group. She has over 18 years of product development experience, specifically in Product Management. Her current focus is on coaching all levels of Product Owners and Management on how to maximize the business value delivered. Wendy is passionate about mentoring others in Agility, Product Ownership and Product Management as well as delivering training courses, and presenting at conferences and meetups.