Founders

Elio Grieco

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Elio Grieco

Co-founder, CEO

Elio has been writing software and designing systems for over two decades professionally. He’s always put an emphasis on reliability and usability of technology and how it can better meet the needs of users and customers.

Over the last decade, he’s donated his time and leadership to various educational initiatives in the Phoenix Metro area and across the state of Arizona with the goal of helping more effectively find and develop talent from communities not traditionally tapped by the tech industry.

Christina Eichelkraut

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Christina Eichelkraut

Co-founder, Vice President

Christina is a communications professional who believes in the power of organizing people on a hyper-local level. She has been an advocate for neighborhood infrastructure improvements, endorsed proper funding for education and supports accessible neighborhoods. A former print journalist, Christina founded a digital communications company in 2011 that specializes in translating complex policy and technical ideas into clear, accessible language. A word nerd and political junkie, Christina believes when policy is well considered and properly implemented it can lead to a more equitable, just and innovative world.

Board Members

Darryn Jones

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Darryn Jones

Board Member

Darryn has been working to seek out innovative technologies and bring them to the Phoenix Metro Area in order to increase opportunities for residents. He’s willing to seek out experts across the country to evaluate new areas of technology and determine whether bringing their associated industries to Arizona will ultimately be beneficial to the residents of our state.

Kyle S. Thomas

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Kyle S. Thomas

Board Member

Kyle is the founder of Adora, a socially conscious company that enables people to effortlessly contribute to their favorite causes. He’s been heavily involved in the startup and non-profit communities locally including sponsoring a team of CodeDay attendees to finish their charity app for months after the event ended.

Debbie Kovesdy

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Debbie Kovesdy

Board Member

Debbie has 20 years of experience as an educator and creates innovative tech-ed modules used in schools throughout the Phoenix metro area. Her vision allows students to tackle ambitious problems that arise from complex projects they engineer themselves, better preparing students to be creative problem solvers in the workforce of tomorrow.

Debbie founded Generation Tech Support with 22 of her students to enable the aspiring technologists to gain skills and knowledge in a real world setting. Since then, GenTech has evolved from a computer repair and tutorial storefront to a Community Tech Hub. Her award-winning KidsTech program implements groundbreaking methods to teach STEM in schools.

Advisory Board

Ori Eisen

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Ori Eisen

Advisory Board Member

Ori has been thinking about the critical role of digital identity for well over a decade, long before issues with the modern web were visible to most. He started 41st Parameter to address some of these issues in the payment sector and continues to evolve his work with Trusona.

Tina Slankas

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Tina Slankas

Advisory Board Member

Tina has worked in cyber security and emergency preparedness planning at the state level, protecting the citizens of Arizona from all manner of physical and virtual threats. She spearheaded many effective cyber security initiatives and helped bring the cyber industry into education.

She’s helped keep cyber security collaboratives on track and functioning smoothly, traveling the state to ensure rural communities are prepared to face cyber threats. Tina has been a central part of the Arizona cyber community for years, participating in every way from planning and speaking at events to crafting federal grants that promote and advance collaboration between government, education, and private sector partners.

Anthony Dezilva

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Anthony Dezilva

Advisory Board Member

Anthony has worked in cyber security and education with both private sector and government collaborative groups. Always quick to volunteer and support or mentor the work of others in this space, he has played an integral role in helping the Arizona cyber security flourish.

David Koontz

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David Koontz

Advisory Board Member

David has been a software engineer and educator for the last decade and has a strong passion for education. David has taught at all ages, from senior elementary through adults embarking upon a second career. David is passionate about functional programming and has overseen a transformation from imperative object oriented to functional at several companies. He also hosts the functional programming podcast LambdaCast where he discusses functional programming in the context of being a regular working developer. David’s is currently working on the revolutionary learning platform Quanta which seeks to democratize the process of learning difficult concepts.

Christine Kerner

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Christine Kerner

Advisory Board Member

Christine has been a fixture of the Arizona startup scene for over a decade. She’s well respected for the thoughtful and through guidance she continues to provide to several dozen companies.

Christopher Sessa

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Christopher Sessa

Advisory Board Member

Christopher is dedicated to providing opportunity to all through education. For over two decades he served the Career and Technical Student Organization SkillsUSA as both a State and National Technical Chairmen in the field of Information Technology. Recognized as an influencer of soft skills, workforce readiness, and IT policy education, Christopher has helped foster the current generation of the IT Workforce. As part of the Arizona cyber security community he has driven collaborative efforts and spearheaded grant-funded education initiatives.