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Leadership Team

 Advantu is a woman-owned small business. We’ve brought together a team with combined experience of over 60 years as leading domain experts, successfully delivering mobile responsive software applications in the financial, e-commerce, medical, real estate, communication, mortgage, insurance, cloud storage, data warehouse and government sectors. Our team is uniquely qualified to resolve critical business issues that inhibit or stall growth. Our mission is to partner with our clients to overcome these challenges and accelerate revenues and growth by removing these obstacles.

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Cindy Casselman

CEO & General Counsel

As Advantu’s CEO, Cindy brings a wealth of experience in helping businesses formulate and achieve goals while mitigating risk.

For over 35 years, Cindy has served as in-house legal counsel for companies in a range of industries including energy, commercial real estate and telecommunications.

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Kris Kelly

President

Kris leads client-facing operations and business development for Advantu.

Prior to Advantu, Kris consulted on SDLC Process Improvement and SQA Engineering. In 2000, Kris founded Qualsoftest, San Diego’s first Independent Software Testing Lab, and the mission critical solutions they provided directly contribute to Advantu’s solution capabilities.

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Patrick A. Ward

Chief Technology Officer

Patrick has focused his professional career on multi-national enterprise wide software data integrated connectivity solutions for the past 20+ years.

 

Having been formally trained as a computer scientist with a BS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California obtaining expertise in more than a half dozen software languages, he spent his initial formative years at Andersen Consulting LLP (Now Accenture) programming software at numerous clients in both the financial services (capital markets) and telecommunications industries with engagements acting as both a delivery consultant as well as a technical architect.

Upon departure from Andersen Consulting LLP, he spent a more than decade in the startup/entrepreneur space helping to build and expand consulting divisions for two unique profitable software companies. (Cardiff Software, Inc. which later through acquisition became a part of HP and Alignent Software, Inc. which later was acquired by Sopheon). This enabled Patrick to bring his acumen and energy to traditional software development as a software leader in larger corporate entities such as Hospira Inc. (Now Pfizer) and CareFusion, Inc. (Now BD) focusing on medication delivery management systems in the acute care segment of the medical industry. These roles deepened his software delivery skills and Cybersecurity intelligence in a highly regulated environment while allowing him to bring innovation and new approaches to augmenting capacity, aptitude and efficiency through strengthening internal teams and complementing with external geographically disperse software development and testing partners.

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Richard Gorvetzian

Vice President of Engineering

Richard has 20+ years of experience in software testing and process, including automation & simulation, outsourcing and process development. Richard is a well-organized skilled and creative problem-solver with a talent for strategic planning and an ability to understand and resolve difficult technical issues.

He is results and customer oriented with effective mentoring and people skills.

Richard has extensive experience in regulated environments (FDA & FAA) in addition to experience in small startups, mid-size as well as large corporations and consulting and SAAS organizations.

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Ronald Kutsch

Manager, Operations/Software Engineering

Ronald leads the Software Engineering team at Advantu.

With 20+ years of experience in designing high performance software systems, Ronald has a proven record of success in providing strategic direction in the management and execution of projects that drive revenue. For over 12 years, Ronald has designed and led the implementation of system improvements in regulated environments for large medical device companies such as Hospira (Now Pfizer) and CareFusion, Inc. (Now BD).

As a founding member of SaaS startups such as Corio (bought by IBM) and Velosel (bought by Tibco), Ronald helped provide the foundation for large scale growth in data-centric services.

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Eleonora ‘Lina’ Kaziyeva

Manager, Software Quality Assurance

Lina leads the Software Quality Assurance team at Advantu.

Lina brings over 15 years of experience in Software Quality Assurance Engineering, with expertise leading onshore and offshore Software Quality & Test teams in the Bio-Medical Industry.

She has strong leadership, functional, and project management skills, with excellent knowledge of Software Development Life Cycle, Test and QA Processes.  Lina successfully managed test cycles & teams for Medical Device, Web-based, and Client-Server applications

 

Judy Cirilos

Senior Account Executive

Judy is our Lead Account Executive and she’s responsible for our Inside Sales outreach – combining her sales experience, Bachelor’s in Psychology, and strong understanding of human nature she brings great energy and positivity to our company growth.

Judy’s desire to learn and contribute as well as her willingness to serve client needs, is what makes her an amazing member of the Advantu Team.

 

 

Advisory Board

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Kathleen Glass

Board Member

Kathleen Glass has more than 25 years of experience in driving growth for innovative technology and professional services companies, in particular with a focus on those specializing in telecom, analytics, IoT, and cyber security.

Kathleen’s goal is to build a better foundation between B2B sales and marketing through process improvement, inside sales, sales enablement, and automation using the right tools that will help companies connect to their target buyers and accelerate revenue. In 2013, Kathleen founded Oinkodomeo (www.oinkodomeo.com), an agency focused on bridging the gap between sales and marketing.

Previously, Kathleen worked with San Diego success stories such as telecom and mobility expense management leader ProfitLine (acquired by Tangoe), driver risk management leader Lytx (formerly DriveCam), analytics powerhouse HNC Software (now FICO), and Pacific Communication Sciences, an early pioneer in digital voice technology and wireless chipsets.

Kathleen currently serves as a CONNECT Springboard Marketing Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR), chairs the CyberTECH Startup Table Breakfast, is President of the San Diego Chapter of AA-ISP Inside Sales Professionals, and is a member of San Diego Sales and Marketing Leadership Alliance.

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Timothy Reynal, PMP, CSM

Board Member

Tim brings a vast and diverse portfolio of program experience to the table, each one worth millions of dollars in increased revenues, cost savings and operational efficiencies.  With more than 25 years of Information Technology experience, most recently as a Senior Technical Project Manager and Program Manager at AT&T, he masterfully executes transformational technologies which are changing the way the world communicates, socializes and entertains.

Tim has proven success in the defense, transportation and telecommunications industries on army logistics, RFID technologies, big data initiatives, event management systems and software-driven, cloud technologies.  He is passionate about the Internet of Things and the expansion of network infrastructure to support it.  He is an expert on Agile Scrum and is a long term member of PMI & Scrum Alliance.

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Larry Pollack

Board Member

Larry Pollack brings over 30 years of management and practitioner experience in software development, software quality, and quality systems. Larry has been responsible for software development, testing, and quality engineering in enterprise, defense, and communications markets, including Fortune 500 companies Intel and L-3 Communications, as well as several successful (and some not-so-successful) startups.

At FP Complete, he recently managed testing an oncology clinical decision support tool for patient care. He has developed test and support strategies for products supporting enterprise businesses in banking, healthcare, and other markets. With a focus on practical implementation, he integrates software quality engineering into the product life cycle. He has also been responsible for key products and systems leading to company acquisitions.

Larry attained his degree in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego.

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Eric Januszko

Board Member

Eric Januszko’s mission is to demystify technology for business stakeholders and clarify business goals for product and technology teams through his virtual CIO consulting service www.januszkostudios.com, which he founded in 2012.

Eric is a former CIO and CTO with 25+ years of IT management experience. His expertise in business processes and technology systems, technology assessment, and roadmap strategy has helped organizations drive growth, enhance customer satisfaction, and leverage company IP. When combined with his extensive skills in risk management, cyber security, system integration, and governance, Eric has successfully transformed cost center IT organizations into strategic assets.

Eric served as the C-level technology leader four times in his career, and recently served as CEO of a tech start-up, taking the stalled company to profitability in 18 months. His breadth of experience ranges from pre-funded start-ups to large global enterprises spanning the US, Europe, and APAC, such as Science Applications International Corp (now Leidos), Profitline (acquired by Tangoe), and Pharmacopeia (now Ligand Pharmaceuticals).

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