Alex Kaplan

Keynote Speaker

IBM Research – Global Sales Leader for Strategic Deals

Alex is currently leading IBM’s global work on the application of blockchain technologies as an enabler of lifelong learning. Alex’s career has focused upon serial entrepreneurship, taking innovative ideas from concept to market.

Amber Terrasas


FreeRange – Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Amber has managed a multitude of large-scale technology projects in the public and private sectors. Working to build efficient tech solutions that benefit a global audience is her passion.

Ray Quintana 

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Ray Quintana


Devvio Inc – Global President

Prior to Devvio Inc. Ray Quintana was a Co-Founder, General Partner and Head of European and Corporate Operations for one of the top performing early stage venture capital funds in the United States. He has more than 20 years of experience in venture capital, global technology investment, company creation and strategic financing. Ray has an established extensive network throughout the globe with a focus on the US West Coast; US Southwest and Northern Europe’s entrepreneurial, venture, scientific and business community. This includes a network of Global 1000 technology companies and heads of research and technology transfer leadership of a majority of these region’s primary research institutions. All critical resources to support new venture creation.

Bill Halverson


CNM Ingenuity – Senior Technology Advisor

Bill oversees CNM Ingenuity’s programs and partnerships involving technology. He brings an extensive background in eCommerce and technology improvement to the CNM team. He works with technology companies to create innovative collaborations benefitting both CNM Ingenuity and the community.


Tom Anderson

Devvio – Chief Executive Officer

In addition to his role at Devvio, Tom is an experienced entrepreneur and had previously founded Novint Technologies, a robotics company that created the world’s first consumer 3D touch device. As one of the earliest pioneers in the field of haptics (adding the sense of touch into computers/VR), he led fundraising of over $34 million, licensed tens of millions of dollars of game development, got national distribution, and took the company public. Ultimately, his Novint patents were sold to Facebook. He founded Devvio in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

Joseph Pitluck

FreeRange – Co-Founder & CEO

FreeRange launched one of the most popular Blockchain-based applications on Ethereum. Their current platform helps existing Wyoming financial institutions manage digital assets such as Bitcoin.

Luciano Pesci, PhD

Emperitas – Co-Founder & CEO
FreeRange – CDO

As a co-founder and CEO of Emperitas, Luciano oversees the development of a Customer Lifetime Value solution that combines data science with agile research to identify highest value customer personas. In addition to this role, Luciano is the CDO of FreeRange, futurist and a beloved professor at multiple institutions of higher education.


Mark Leech

City of Albuquerque – Deputy Director of the Department of Technology and Innovation

Mark Leech is the Deputy Director of the Department of Technology and Innovation in the City of Albuquerque. Until recently, he managed the APD Technical Services Unit. Before that, he led the City’s efforts in open data, transparency and innovation. As a software developer, he has worked extensively in both public and private sectors.

In 2015 Mark was awarded the prestigious William Dixon First Amendment Award by the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government for his open data work.

Mark moved from England to New Mexico in 2002 and holds an MSc. in Informations Systems Engineering from the University of Wolverhampton, England.


Belem Tamayo

Devvio Inc – Strategy and Corporate Development Associate

Prior to joining Devvio, Belem spent three years working with a top early-stage venture capital firm. She has developed international strategies for a number of companies in Europe and is exploring new markets in the US and Latin America.

Matt Nordaker

Marsh – Risk Advisor

Matt works primarily in Marsh’s tech vertical. In the blockchain space, he advises companies on potential uses and implementation processes. Marsh is the largest risk management and insurance brokerage in the world.


Nicholas Pattengale

Sandia National Laboratories – Researcher

Nicholas Pattengale is a computer scientist at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has successfully applied distributed algorithms research to the benefit of numerous US government entities. He took a research interest in Bitcoin in 2010, and among other forward-looking initiatives analyzed the emerging blockchain ecosystem with respect to tech surprise. He has since fostered a robust blockchain research portfolio, and is a sought after subject matter expert on blockchain technology, its transformative/disruptive potential, and its worthwhile US government use cases. Nicholas has a PhD and MS in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico, and a BS from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

Rebecca Gott

IBM – Distinguished Engineer

Dr. Rebecca Gott is an IBM Distinguished Engineer on the IBM Z and LinuxONE team. Rebecca leads the development work for IBM Z & LinuxONE differentiation for Blockchain in the IBM Cloud and on-premises. Over the last year she has focused on delivering IBM Blockchain Platform for Multicloud, which enables clients to deploy IBP within their own data centers. Rebecca meets regularly with clients to understand their requirements for deploying Blockchain technologies, from a use case, fabric technology and infrastructure perspective.

Rebecca received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1995 from Tulane University where she developed signal processing techniques to process multi-beam sonar data, followed by serving in the United States Air Force where she worked in GPS development and test, rising to the level of US Air Force Captain. She joined IBM in 1999 in the area of High Performance Computing, followed by working in pre-silicon verification for multiple ASIC chips, POWER programs, and served as the pre-silicon verification lead for the processor cache subsystem for five generations of IBM Z, through z14. Dr. Gott has also served as an Adjunct Faculty member at SUNY New Paltz.

Shalawn King

IBM – IBM Cloud North America Technical Leader

Shalawn is one of the Washington Systems Center Technical Managers who leads a dedicated team of zHW and zSW Technical Specialist. She’s also acting as the NA Technical Leader focused on the IBM Cloud Private for Z technology where she works with her team to enable our NA customers and the technical community alike. She’s been with IBM for 18 years and have spent the last 13 years focused on System Z, Z Middleware and Z integrated solutions.

Jin VanStee

IBM – Blockchain Technical Sales Leader NA

Jin leads the Blockchain technical sales effort for the North America Z team at IBM. As part of this she provide technical direction on client engagement model and strategy for advancing and progressing client Blockchain initiatives. Her team helps clients see the value of Blockchain through education, demonstrations, Proof of Technology, and expert advice. Ultimately, she evangelizes the use of blockchain to increase business process efficiency, spur innovation and drive new markets and business models. Jin holds a B.S in Computer Science from SUNY New Paltz and M.S in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

David Murphy


David is a partner in Core-Visual, Inc.; a video production and commercial photography company based in Albuquerque. He loves the philosophy behind a decentralized peer-to-peer form of money as an alternative to current payment systems, especially for merchant adoption, and is working specifically to integrate Dash cryptocurrency into the community.

Javier Leton

Healthchain – CEO

An entrepreneur and tech advocate from Chile, Javier was part of the first cohort of Emprende Latino Accelerator, focused on Latino co-founders so they can share and grow their startups.

Speak at BlockFiesta!

Do you have a topic, project, or idea related to Blockchain that you’d like to share? Please apply to be a speaker at BlockFiesta! Preference will be given to proposals submitted by July 31, 2019. Questions? Please contact us.