Selection Committee
1. Dion Johnson
Dion Johnson has 15+ years of experience in providing IT services to both government and private industry in a manner that has demonstrated expertise in multiple areas of the software development lifecycle. He has consulted for and to a list of companies that includes Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, Hewlett Packard, and Unisys just to name a few. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, he has spent much of his professional career as a consultant in the areas of quality assurance (QA), quality control (QC), software process improvements, requirements analysis and software test automation. As a regular conference speaker and presenter, Dion has delivered award winning and highly acclaimed presentations at many of the most prestigious industry conferences, including the StarEast and StarWest International Conference on Software Testing, Analysis and Review, the Quality Assurance Institute Conference and Better Software Conference. He teaches college and business level classes relative to testing and test automation, and has several published articles in various IT publications, including the Automated Software Testing Magazine for which he is the Managing Editor. Dion is also a lead advisor for the Automated Testing Institute, serves on ATI's Test Automation Body of Knowledge (TABOK), and is the Managing Editor for the TABOK Guidebook.
2. Linda Hayes
Linda is the founder of WorkSoft, Inc., developer of next-generation test automation solutions. She is the founder of three software companies including AutoTester, the first PC-based test automation tool. Linda holds degrees in accounting, tax and law and is a frequent industry speaker and award-winning author on software quality. She has been named as one of Fortune Magazine’s People to Watch and one of the Top 40 Under 40 by Dallas Business Journal. She is a regular columnist and contributor to StickyMinds, Automated Software Testing (AST) and Better Software magazines, as well as a past columnist for Computerworld and Datamation, author of the Automated Testing Handbook and co-editor Dare to be Excellent with Alka Jarvis on best practices in the software industry. Her article “Quality is Everyone’s Business” won a Most Significant Contribution award from the Quality Assurance Institute and was published as part of the Auerbach Systems Development Handbook. You can contact Linda at
3. Don Goodman
Don Goodman is the Senior Development Systems Administrator at Mandiant, where he supports a QA team and an expanding line of products. He has 9 years of experience in IT, the last 6 in which he's primarily supported development and QA teams. At Mandiant, one of his chief responsibilities is automating the creation of VM environments for use by testers, with a wide range of operating systems and configurations to provision.
4. James Hanson
Mr. Hanson is a DoD Program Manager with more than 10 years experience designing, implementing and managing security architecture in the commercial and Government environment. He has a CISSP, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Project Management Professional (PMP) and certifications from Oracle, NetApp, Microsoft and Cloudera. He has a Master's degree in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University and is a former Air Force pilot.
5. Edward Bonver
Edward Bonver is a principal software engineer on the product security team under the Office of the CTO at Symantec Corporation. In this capacity, Edward is responsible for working with software developers and quality assurance (QA) professionals across Symantec to continuously enhance the company's software security practices through the adoption of methodologies, procedures and tools for secure coding and security testing. Within Symantec, Edward teaches secure coding and security testing classes for Symantec engineers, and also leads the company's QA Security Task Force, which he founded. Prior to joining Symantec, Edward held software engineering and QA roles at Digital Equipment Corporation, Nbase and Zuma Networks. Edward is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP). He holds a master's degree in computer science from California State University, Northridge, and a bachelor's degree in computer science from Rochester Institute of Technology. Edward is a Ph.D. student at NOVA Southeastern University.

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