Jeff Carpenter

Developer Advocate Manager

About Jeff

Jeff Carpenter leads the Developer Advocate team at DataStax, leveraging his background in system architecture, microservices and Apache Cassandra to help empower developers and operations engineers build distributed systems that are scalable, reliable, and secure. Jeff has worked on projects ranging from a complex battle planning system in an austere network environment, to a cloud-based hotel reservation system and is the author of Cassandra: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition

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David Gilardi

Developer Advocate

About David

David Gilardi is a Developer Advocate at DataStax who is a total nerd for distributed databases with a particular interest in distributed graph. He has over 20 years of relevant experience in programming, database administration, cloud, server/network monitoring, and analytics. Before his time at Datastax he was Senior Development Manager at Hobsons, an education services company, responsible for a flagship SaaS CRM product deployed on hybrid cloud using a combination of relational and NoSQL database technologies.

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Patrick McFadin

About Patrick


Patrick McFadin is the VP of Developer Relations at DataStax, where he leads a team devoted to making users of DataStax products successful. He has also worked as Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra and consultant for DataStax, where he helped build some of the largest and exciting deployments in production. Previous to DataStax, he was Chief Architect at Hobsons and an Oracle DBA/Developer for over 15 years.

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Adron Hall

Developer Advocate

About Adron

I’m a jovial, proactive, test & code, code & test, get things done well, software architect, engineer, code monkey, coder, and distributed systems advocate. Some of the things I’ve enjoyed doing over the years.

  • Coder: I write code, sometimes lots of code, sometimes a little code. No language is a limit, only another tool to implement solutions. I ply polygot language paths including: C#, JavaScript, lately while learning some Go, while I’ve used Java, Erlang, Pascal, Basic, Visual Basic, C++, C, COBOL, RPG, CL and others in the past.
  • Founder: I’ve founded with Aaron Gray, Node PDX with Troy Howard, and .NET Fringe with a whole host of excellent people and more events are in the works.
  • Messenger: Every chance I get I work to share knowledge I’ve gained over the years. Yes, I regularly have opinions and I do like to share those! From workshops, presenting, to one on one mentoring, pair programming, or directed training.
  • Recon: I love seeing technologies built and technologies come together. I routinely scour the internet, engage in conversations with leaders of thoughts, and thinkers of new things, as I like to contribute where I can and am always thinking of what’s next.

Besides all that technology stuff, I dig some good coffee, great beer, wine, food and a good music show. I cycle, almost everywhere these days, don’t own a car (but I’m a car snob of the serious racing sort auto-x, tuners, drift, rally, etc), I verge on the “transit nerd” and “rail nut” category along with “plane spotter” and “exotic car driver”. I also play guitar – primarily thrashing (metal), love to prog with some Jazz, croon along with some blues, and delve into a range of musical nuances.

…and I’m sure that misses a few things, but I think it gives a good overview of where you’d usually find my mind and I.

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Luke Tillman

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Cedrick Lunven

Developer Advocates

About Cedrick

Cedrick is an happy developer advocate at DataStax, where he is able to share his passions about developments and distributed architectures. With several positions as developer, technical architect or presale and strong background on integration middlewares he had multiple opportunities to empower his customers to build cutting-edge distributed applications. In 2013 He embraced the open source community  by creating a Feature Toggle Framework named ff4j which he still actively maintains. Always motivated to learn new stuff, don't hesitate to drop a message 

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Brian Hess

Product Director - Architecture and Analytics

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Eric Zietlow

Cloud Developer Advocate

About Eric

I have worked at DataStax since July 2016 in a number of different roles.  I love getting hands-on with new tech and am a garden automation hobbyist.

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Russell Spitzer

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Denise Gosnell

Senior Graph Consultant

About Denise

In August 2017, Dr. Denise Gosnell transitioned into a Senior Graph Consultant position with DataStax where she aspires to build upon her experiences as a data scientist and graph architect to further their established line of graph solutions. Prior to her role with DataStax, she built software solutions for and spoke at over a dozen conferences on permissioned blockchains, machine learning applications of graph analytics, and data science within the healthcare industry. 

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