Raleigh-Durham Leadership Team

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Preethi Thomas | Chapter Director

I am a quality engineer at Red Hat. As a Quality Engineer I advocates for customer needs and ensures timely releases of the software. I have a Master’s degree in Computer Science. Passionate about engaging women in technology, I remotely mentors students at her alma mater Bishop Heber College, Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India.

As a mom to 2 teenage girls, I am very aware of the lack of programs for encouraging teenage girls to join the tech world and feels passionate about getting involved in such programs.

You can reach Preethi at preethi.thomas@ChickTech.org

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Michelle Adley | Chapter Director

Michelle Adley is a Solution Architect with NetApp’s IT department and has over 20 years of IT experience. She is originally from Wilmington, NC and she went to NC State and Meredith College where she got her BS in Computer Science. She enjoys cake decorating and camping with her husband and two young daughters.

You can reach Michelle at michelle.adley@gmail.com

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Jen Albertson | Finance Director

Jen is an Engineering Manager at Red Hat. Jen started her software engineering career by accident – as a Geology major at Penn State University, she stumbled into her first programming class while trying to avoid another math course. She fell in love with programming, starting her first business creating web pages while still getting her degree.

Jen has been actively involved in volunteering, especially in areas that provide access to science and technology to underrepresented groups. Starting her career as the only woman at many of the software companies she worked for, she was swept away when attending Grace Hopper with 14,000 other women in technology. After hearing about ChickTech at the conference, she became passionate about bringing this opportunity to girls in the Raleigh-Durham area.

You can reach Jen at jen.albertson@ChickTech.org

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Sally Wahba | Participant Engagement Coordinator

Sally is a Member of Technical Staff at NetApp. Sally joined NetApp after obtaining her PhD in Computer Science from Clemson University. Her passion for outreach activities started at Clemson when she became aware of the low number of women in STEM — a problem that did not exist in her home country, Egypt. When not working or doing outreach activities, you will find her serving as a reviewer for a technical conference, baking, or training for a running race.

You can reach Sally at sally.wahba@chicktech.org

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Kelly Curtin | Volunteer Coordinator

My dad wanted me to be a plastics engineer but I refused. I wanted to be a marine biologist because I love the ocean. I discovered biology involved chemistry, which I was really bad at. I changed my major to political science because that was what my sister was studying. Once I realized that political science majors make 16K out of school (it was the 1980’s), I changed my major to MIS. I took my first computer class soon after and was failing. Then one day, a light when on and I got it. I decided to minor in computer science and never look back.

Almost 30 years later, I am still writing software and I still love it. I currently am a director of data analysis at Fidelity Investments. I still love the ocean and am an avid scuba diver. My motto is try everything because you never know what you love until you try it.

You can reach Kelly at kelly.curtin@ChickTech.org 

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Rima Chakravarty | Career Events Lead

I believe in empowerment and gender equality for women. Diversity enhances creativity and provokes unique perspectives leading to better decisions, breakthrough innovations and constructive problem solving leading to betterment of societies. Given opportunities and guidance, women can make significant contributions to the tech industry and help in reducing the gender gap.

For the past several years, I worked in various roles related to data and analytics in government, financial, and technology sectors. Currently I am the Product Analytics Lead at Red Hat. I have Masters degrees in Economics, with concentrations in Mathematics and Statistics.

You can reach Rima at rima.chakravarty@chicktech.org

Sandra Parker | Social Media Lead

Sandra Parker has been working in the technology sector since 1997. An English major at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, she quickly realized how important it is for females to learn technology when she entered the corporate work force. Sandra is a wife and mother of two boys but is passionate about women in technology, especially minority women. Technology is the great equalizer; no matter who you are or from where you come, you have the potential to be successful and change the world.

You can reach Sandra at sandra.parker@chicktech.org

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Roshni Pattath | Workshop Manager

I have been working in the software development/testing field since the last ~10 years. Art/craft and yoga are some other activities that I love to spend time on. I like to be engaged in volunteering activities especially if it is related to helping kids in some way.

You can reach Roshni at roshni.pattath@chicktech.org

Raleigh-Durham Advisory Board Members

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