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Austin Software Improvement Network (A-SPIN) Board

2010-2011 Officers

  • Celeste Yeakley, President
    Celeste Yeakley is a Software professional with 20+ years experience in helping organizations manage and improve processes. Holding a Master’s degree from the University of Texas’ McCombs business school has helped to develop a deep understanding of modern change management and how to accelerate change and motivational techniques to move people to action. She has a passion for project and program management that focuses on results that delight customers. She served as a Board Member for the University of Texas Software Quality Institute for over 9 years, contributed to the Greater Austin Quality Award software guidelines, and has numerous publications in national and international venues including co-authoring the book “Collaborative Process Improvement”, Wiley-IEEE Computer Society Press, 2007. She currently manages an Operational Excellence team including Quality Assurance, Metrics, Continuous Improvement (Six Sigma) and Software Configuration Management.

    Her real passion is her avocation in Holistic Nutrition. She is currently working on a book entitled “Masterpiece Wellness” that addresses a myriad of concerns that affect our health.


  • John Duncanson, Vice President
    John Duncanson has over 20 years full-time software development experience, plus an additional 13 years before that interfacing computers to scientific instrumentation. John has degrees in chemistry and physics. He has done real-time programming under RSX (including device drivers), has been a systems administrator, worked for a while in configuration management, spent 7 years developing a real-time simulation of a military command and control decision making system, modeled requirements for large software project, developed training platform software and a medical database, and is currently a consultant on usability.

    John has worked in all areas of the software development cycle - customer interviews, requirements creation and management, workflow analysis, high level design, detailed design, design for maintainability, web site design, documentation, database development, configuration management, testing, scripts for test tools, QA, and user acceptance testing. He has been trained in and is an advocate of usability.

    John has been a member of A-SPIN since 1995 and served as A-SPIN webmaster from 2004 to 2009.
  • Brent Hoffman, Program Chair
    Brent Hoffman is a program manager and development manager. His background includes work on engineering software for embedded software systems, engineering tools, object oriented databases, design supply chain, and electronic design automation. His interests are in developing team and individual growth, effective light-weight processes, requirements analysis, quality assurance and quality control. Brent has a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Washington and a Certificate in Project and Program Management from the University of California at Santa Cruz. 
  • Andrew Badgley, Secretary-Treasurer
Andrew Badgley is a software validation "enginerd" with experience in computer hardware development, processor-level testing, and validation.  He recently provided CPU validation services for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), qualifying the design and  performance of microprocessor logic for several leading-edge designs.  In a prior position, Andrew was the lead tester for a specialized mobile device designed for use in Dell Latitude business notebook computers.  Andrew has also run a small business providing computer support to corporations of various sizes.  In addition to his technical interests at work, Andrew works with numerous non-profit groups in the Austin area, volunteering his technical expertise.
    • Fawzi Behmann, Communications Chair

    Fawzi Behmann has over 30 years experience spanning semiconductor to Service providers value chain focusing in areas of communications and networking. His roles have included product management, marketing leadership, program management, and software development.  Fawzi is founder of TelNet Management company offering proactive services to help business entities advance to the next level, capitalizing on the most advanced techniques and tools. Key areas of focus include streamlining the governance model to increase business results, and  technical and business initiatives fostering collaborative innovation. Prior to TelNet Management, Fawzi was the Director of Strategic Marketing with Motorola/Freescale and he was also the chair of the marketing committee of Power.org, advancing Power Architecture technology and ecosystems. Prior to Motorola/Freescale, he was senior product manager at Nortel Networks.  He has also been a  project leader and program director at a global service provider, leading software development for a system based on computer networks for real-time monitoring and control for telecom traffic and services.As a part of the Canadian Delegation team, Fawzi participated in the development of ITU M.3000 standards for Telecom Management  Networks, has written and published several white papers, and was presenter or keynote speaker at several conferences. Fawzi holds B.SC. Honors in Mathematics with Distinction from Concordia University, Master in Computer Science from Waterloo University and Executive MBA from Queens University in Canada.Fawzi is currently a senior member of IEEE and the chair of Communications Society/Signal Processing Chapter in Austin.

    • Ruven Brooks, Board Member At Large 

    Ruven Brooks has over forty years experience in software development.  He has worked both in industrial research groups and product development groups and has held positions ranging from research scientist, product development lead, and product architect, to on-site customer support. Ruven  has worked in the telecommunications industry, the petroleum exploration and production industry, and the industrial controls industry.

    His academic background includes teaching courses at the University of California – Irvine,  New York Polytechnic University, the University of Texas, and Milwaukee School of Engineering.

    Ruven is on the editorial boards of the journals, Human-Computer Interaction and Interacting With Computers.  Heholds a Ph.D. degree in Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University.

    His current interest is in software development tools, particularly configuration management and application lifecycle suites, and the role they should play in development projects.

    • Jeff Fiebrich, Board Member At Large
    Jeff Fiebrich is a Software Quality Manager for Freescale Semiconductor Inc.  He is a member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and has received ASQ certification in Quality Auditing and Software Quality Engineering, and is a RABQSA International Certified Lead Auditor.  A graduate of Texas State University with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics, he served on the University of Texas, Software Quality Institute subcommittee in 2003 - 2004.  He has addressed national and international audiences on topics from software development to process modeling.  Jeff is the co-author of the book, ‘Collaborative Process Improvement’, Wiley-IEEE Press, 2007.



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