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Our members can join and participate in small groups, or Communities. These groups are built around job functions and key areas, like Development and Engineering (including QA). We focus on:

  • Learning, teaching and networking opportunities for developers and engineers
  • Offering high-level and deep-dive programming overviews of technologies, processes and methods


Each Community is managed by volunteer-led committees that organize special events, projects and outreach. Our Development and Engineering committee consists of developer and quality assurance professionals who have a strong understanding and connection to software and hardware development.

Co-Chairs: John Gasper, Jama Software and Chris Liddell, Apex Clearing


Ben Sherwood, McAfee

Diana Nicholas, Centizen

Greg Rose, Washington State University

John Boone, ProFocus Technology

Randy Pelligrini, Healthsparq

Seth Warren, Kforce

Thomas Price, BlueVolt

Victoria Blake, Metal Toad


Mission Statement:

To grow Oregon’s aspiring and upcoming technology leaders by providing one-on-one coaching, mentorship, and guidance.  

How It Works:

TAO matches mentors with mentees based on skills, interest, and career goals.  Mentors are technology leaders who have substantial professional experience in technology, and an interest in building technology leaders.  Mentees are technologists who would benefit from focused attention from a mentor who is unbiased and separated from their immediate working environment. Mentees should have at least 5 years of work experience in technology, and be on a growth path to: senior engineer or architect; engineering manager / director / C-level role; tech-oriented product manager or product leader; or be either a current or aspirational tech-centered entrepreneur.

The mentor and mentee agree to meet at least once a month for six months, although the cadence of the meetings are set by the individuals. The mentee should set the agenda for each meeting in order to focus the conversation on the areas of most interest to the mentee. At the end of the six months, TAO will ask both mentor and mentee to reflect on the effectiveness of the mentor relationship in achieving the mentee’s goals.

The mentor’s promise: To be a confidential, open sounding board and source of wisdom to help a mentee navigate the challenges of technology career growth.

The mentee’s promise: To be honest and professional with questions and concerns, and to be open to feedback and coaching.

Your confidential and anonymous responses will be used to determine the effectiveness of our program and make improvements or changes where appropriate. Your comments are important to us.