2020/2021 Board of Directors

The SNIA Board of Directors maintains the legal and fiduciary responsibility for the Association. It consists of 10 seats elected by the SNIA Members and 3 seats that may be appointed by the Board. The individuals you see listed below have agreed to give their time and talent to the SNIA for 1 or 2-year terms. The SNIA Board meets face to face at least 4 times per year, and addresses organizational issues such as strategic planning, membership development, marketing and public relations, technical output, operational planning, and more. The SNIA Board is charged with oversight of the organization's vision and mission, and ensures that tangible value accrues to member companies.


J Michel Metz, Chair and Executive Committee
Technical Director 

J is Technical Director for AMD where he works to coordinate and lead strategy on various industry initiatives related to systems architecture. Recognized as a leading storage networking expert, J is an evangelist for all storage-related technology and has a unique ability to dissect and explain complex concepts and strategies. He is passionate about the innerworkings and application of emerging technologies.

J has previously held roles in both startup and Fortune 100 companies as a Field CTO,  R&D Engineer, Solutions Architect, and Systems Engineer. He has been a leader in several key industry standards groups, sitting on the Board of Directors for the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA), and Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe). A popular blogger and active on Twitter, his areas of expertise include NVMe, SANs, Fibre Channel, and computational storage.

J is an entertaining presenter and prolific writer. He has won multiple awards as a speaker and author, writing over 300 articles and giving presentations and webinars attended by over 10,000 people. He earned his PhD from the University of Georgia.

Chris Lionetti, Vice Chair and Executive Committee
Senior Technical Marketing Engineer
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Chris Lionetti is a veteran of the storage industry who has been building complex systems and SANs for over 25 years. Chris has long been actively involved with the Storage Network Industry Association, SNIA. He is currently a reference architect on the HPE Nimble Storage team. Earlier in his career, he worked as an engineer for HP, Dell, Microsoft, and NetApp. Chris holds 9 patents on topics related to data centers, networking, and storage.

Richelle Ahlvers, Secretary and Executive Committee
Storage Management Architect

Richelle has spent over 25 years in Enterprise Storage R&D teams in a variety of technical roles, leading the architecture, design and development of storage array software, storage management software user experience projects including mobility, developing new storage industry categories including SAN management, storage grid and cloud, and storage technology portfolio solutions.  

Richelle has been engaged with industry standards initiatives with SNIA and DMTF for many years. She served as the SNIA Technical Council Chair and has been engaged across a breadth of technologies ranging from storage management, to solid state storage, cloud, and green storage. She is Co-Chair of the Storage Management Initiative and leads the SSM Technical Work Group developing the Swordfish Scalable Storage Management API.

Sue Amarin, Board Advisor, Treasurer and Executive Committee
Senior Business Development Manager

An industry veteran with about 24 years in the semiconductor industry, Sue Amarin graduated with a BSEE degree from San Jose State University in 1993 and worked as an analog design engineer at Intel, designing PLLs, IO-Buffers, SRAMs, circuits that were used on the Pentium class chipsets throughout the 90s and early 2000s. Sue was an active member of JEDEC for many years, advancing DRAM technology and enabling its adoption in the market place, all the way from DDR1-266 through DDR4. While at JEDEC, she coauthored the DDR2 specification. In 2010 Sue graduated with an MBA from Tulane University, co-founded an Oil and Gas services business which is still thriving, and then joined Micron as a Business Development Manager. Her current focus has been on Storage and Flash Technologies in the capacity of a technology Evangelist that works closely with customers on flash adoption and internally on focusing the products to solve customer workload issues.

Scott Shadley, Member and Executive Committee
VP Marketing
NGD Systems

Scott Shadley is VP Marketing at NGD Systems where he leads marketing, product management, and product development for the company’s industry-leading computational storage. He has been a key figure in promoting computational storage, being co-chair of the SNIA Technical Working Group on the subject which he helped found, and speaking on the subject at Open Compute Summit, Flash Memory Summit, NVMe Developer Days, and many other events, press interviews, blogs, and webinars. Before joining NGD Systems, Scott managed the Product Marketing team at Micron, was the Business Line Manager for the SATA SSD portfolio, and was the Principal Technologist for the SSD and emerging memory portfolio. He launched four successful innovative SSDs for Micron and two for STEC, all of which were multimillion dollar sellers. Scott earned a BSEE in Device Physics from Boise State University and an MBA in marketing from University of Phoenix.


Wayne M. Adams, Chair Emeritus, Board Advisor and Executive Committee
Industry Consultant and Advisor

Wayne Adams has over 35 years of IT industry experience spanning business development, technical product/solution management, and partner ecosystems. Wayne has been involved in SNIA leadership roles since 2002. Wayne has served on the SNIA Board of Directors since 2003 including roles as Chair, Chair Emeritus, Treasurer in addition to a number of leadership roles for forums and initiatives, conferences, and strategic alliances. He has spoken at numerous industry forums and events.

Over his career, Wayne M. Adams was a Senior Technologist and Director of Standards within the Office of the CTO at EMC, technical alliances partner manager, and a manager of product managers for its portfolio of SRM products. Prior to EMC, Wayne was responsible for product marketing and business development for several strategic software and hardware products at Digital Equipment Corporation. He started his high-tech career at Eastman Kodak as a system designer of real-time control systems.

Wayne has been involved in many industry associations including serving on the DMTF Board of Directors, serving as Advisory Committee member of W3C, contributing to the Industrial Internet Consortium for IoT/big data test-beds, leadership of the Fibre Alliance, and participating with various committees within INCITS, OASIS, Cloud Security Alliance, and TheGreenGrid.

Wayne holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a dual major in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh.


Michael Oros, Board Advisor and Executive Committee Member
Executive Director
Storage Networking Industry Association

Michael Oros is Executive Director at Storage Networking Industry Association, where he oversees the group, industry collaboration and standards work of the organization. Michael brings 20 years of strategy, planning and development experience in IT services and high-tech industry to SNIA. Before joining the organization, Michael held roles at Intel including oversight of technology initiatives and collaboration on open standards, as well as the deployment of storage, backup, and disaster recovery services for the organization. He led the storage and networking components vendors through the biggest I/O transitions of the past decade, while playing a key role in the introduction, adoption and ramp of PCI Express, InfiniBand, OpenFabrics, and various storage/memory technologies in server, cloud, HPC and storage industries. Michael holds an MBA in strategic management, marketing and international business from USIU.

PK Gupta, Member
Senior Director, Global DPS Presales Lead
Dell EMC

Pushpendra Kumar “PK” Gupta has over 34 years of experience in the IT Industry. P.K. received a B. E. in Computer Science in 1985 from MNREC, PGDM from AIMA. Currently, P.K. is Global Presales Leader for Data Protection Solutions for DellEMC based out of Silicon Valley, USA . In this role, PK is responsible for worldwide presales engineers. P.K. has been with EMC since May 1997, earlier roles being Sr Director Specialty Presales, Director Product Marketing, Product Management and Director of Engineering.

P.K. was a visiting professor in India for the last 23 years in various institutions such as Amity Business School, AIMA, IMT, IEC and JIMS. Also P.K. is also on international advisory boards in a few Indian, Singapore and Malaysian universities. P.K. writes technical and management articles in various international magazines; and he is an international speaker on storage management, cloud, big data, disaster recovery, IoT, Data protection & Privacy regulations and cyber security. He is also founder and Chairman Emeritus for SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) India and SNIA South Asia. P.K. was awarded the 2012 SNIA Industry Impact Award by SNIA International, 2013 APJ EMC President Leadership Award and has been nominated for President Club consistently from last 10 years. He was induced into EMC DPS Hall of Fame in May 2015.

Roger Hawthorn

Roger G. Hathorn, Member
Senior Technical Staff Member

Roger Hathorn is an STSM and Master Inventor at IBM corporation. With a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he joined IBM in 1988 and began his long career in IBM Systems Storage.  He is an enterprise storage development leader with expertise in mainframe I/O protocol architecture (FICON) and other Fibre Channel standards.  

Roger’s current roles at IBM include I/O architecture and development of host attachment interfaces for the DS8000 family of enterprise storage arrays.  He chairs the systems-storage invention development team and has contributed hundreds of patents to IBM. 

Roger is the principal member for IBM at INCITS T11 Fibre Channel technical committees and has been contributing there since 2006 . He is the vice-chair of the T11.3 Fibre Channel Interconnection Schemes sub group,  the standing chairman of the FC-SB-6 (FICON) working group and secretary of other working groups including FC-NVMe and FC-PM.  Roger was awarded the INCTS Technical Excellence award in 2016 and the INCITS Team award in 2019. 


Cody Hosterman

Cody Hosterman, Member
Technical Director of VMware Solutions
Pure Storage

Cody Hosterman is the Technical Director of VMware Solution Engineering at Pure Storage and is charge of the technical VMware strategy for the FlashArray and Cloud Block Store product lines. This includes best practices, VMware product integration, co-engineering projects, and VMware/Pure ecosystem architectures. Cody has been a VMware vExpert since 2013, his blog was voted a #7 vBlog in 2019, and was named a VMworld Distinguished Speaker in 2020.

Nidish Kamath, Member
Technical Architect, KIOXIA

Nidish Kamath is a technical architect and strategic marketer at KIOXIA. He has previously worked in marketing, product management and engineering roles at Avalanche Technologies, Brocade Systems (now part of Broadcom), Qualcomm, Cray Research and Lucent Technologies. At KIOXIA, Nidish drives the product strategy for persistent memory, NVMe-oF SSDs, computational storage and Key-value storage. He serves on the industry advisory board at the Center for Open Source Software (CROSS), U.C. Santa Cruz. Nidish holds a B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, an M.S. degree from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management, University of California Los Angeles.

Chris Lueth

Chris Lueth, Member
Technical Marketing Executive

In 2003, Chris was so happy as a NetApp customer, he decided to join the company and is now a Technical Marketing Engineer (TME) responsible for NetApp’s FAS platform, helping design and launch FAS platforms and later our All Flash FAS (AFF) platforms. Prior to his role as platform TME starting in 2005, Chris owned or contributed to areas of performance, data protection, storage resiliency, in addition to nearline storage solution, NearStore and compliance storage, SnapLock.

Chris has almost 30 years of industry experience and prior to NetApp held positions including motherboard chipset design, UNIX system admin work for various financial, high tech and retail companies, designing UNIX servers and underlying infrastructure deployed in ~2000 stores of a major supermarket chain, and a home entertainment start-up.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from California State University, Sacramento. He has authored two perennial top-ten NetApp Technical Reports TR-3298 - RAID-DP: NetApp Implementation of Double-Parity RAID for Data Protection and TR3437 - Storage Subsystem Resiliency Guide. Chris also has a patent pending for implementing a feature to setup and serve data in just 20 minutes on NetApp’s ONTAP Operating System.

Shalom Shefa

Shalom Shefa, Member
Sr Technical Marketing Engineer - UCS Storage & Security
Cisco Systems

I am currently a Sr Technical Marketing Engineering at Cisco working with the UCS product on storage and security technologies. Born and raised in the US, I moved with my family to Israel 2 years ago and work remotely from my Cisco team and HQ which are based in San Jose, CA. Hobbies include mountain biking, skiing, and fitness. I continue to train in the martial art of Tae Kwon Do, which I am currently a 3rd degree black belt (Kukkiwon, South Korea).

Paul von Stamwitz, Member
Senior Storage Architect

Paul von Stamwitz has over 35 years of experience in the storage industry where he has had various roles as developer, manager, technologist, and strategist. He currently has a leadership role in the development and promotion of corporate strategies and roadmaps of Fujitsu’s storage products. He leads an advanced development team focused on next generation storage architectures, including Ceph, SPDK, and Software-Defined Storage.

Mark Carlson

Mark Carlson, Board Advisor, Technical Council Co-Chair
Principal Engineer, Industry Standards
Kioxia Corporation

Mark A. Carlson, Principal Engineer, Industry Standards at Kioxia Corporation, has more than 35 years of experience with Networking and Storage development and more than 18 years experience with Java technology. Mark was one of the authors of the CDMI Cloud Storage standard. He has spoken at numerous industry forums and events. He is the co-chair of the SNIA Cloud Storage and Object Drive technical working groups, and serves as co-chair on the SNIA Technical Council.

Bill Martin

Bill Martin, Board Advisor, Technical Council Co-Chair
SSD I/O Standards

Bill Martin is responsible for driving Solid State Storage forward within the industry for Samsung, currently representing Samsung SSD products in a variety of standards and marketing arenas. William has served as SNIA chair of the Data Integrity TWG, serves on the SNIA Standards Committee, and recently joined the Solid State Storage Initiative and several technical work groups in the Solid State Storage area.

Bill also is Vice Chair of the INCITS T10, SCSI Storage Interfaces Technical Committee, Secretary of the INCITS T13, AT Attachment Technical Committee, and editor of SCSI Block Commands – 4 (SBC-4). Previous positions within the storage community include Vice Chair of INCITS T11.3, Fibre Channel Interconnection Schemes, Secretary INCITS T11, Fibre Channel Interfaces Technical Committee, and various editor positions within the Fibre Channel Standards community. William has led Fibre Channel interoperability events for over 17 years, and participated in the SNIA interoperability lab in the early 2000’s.

Bill has received numerous industry recognitions for his contributions to the storage industry over the past decade including: INCITS Merit award 2013, FCIA Achievement award 2010, INCITS Outstanding Leadership Team award 2007, INCITS Technical Excellence award 2005, FCIA Lifetime Achievement award 2005, and SNIA Outstanding Theme lead for the interop lab 2004.

He has been involved in the storage industry for 30 years, starting in 1983 with the development of a proprietary optical storage interface for HP, architecting the HP Tachyon interface chip for Fibre Channel, serving on industry consortiums and standards bodies for storage including SNIA, INCITS T11, INCITS T10, INCITS T13, SATA-IO, and NVMe for HP, Gadzoox Networks, Brocade, Sierra Logic, Emulex, and Samsung. William holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from the University of California, Davis.


Jim Pappas, Board Advisor
Director of Technology Initiatives, Data Center Group
Intel Corporation

Jim Pappas is the Director of Technology Initiatives in Intel’s Data Center Group. In this role, Jim is responsible to establish broad industry ecosystems that comply with new technologies in the areas of Enterprise I/O, Energy Efficient Computing, and Solid State Storage. Jim has founded, or served on several organizations in these areas including: PCI Special Interest Group, Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA), Open Fabrics Alliance (OFA), The Green Grid, Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) and several emerging initiatives in his newest focus area of Solid State Storage.

Mr. Pappas has previously been the Director of Technology Initiatives in Intel’s Desktop Products Group, and successfully led technologies such as AGP Graphics, DVD, IEEE 1394, Instantly Available PC, PCI, USB, and other advanced technologies for the Desktop PC.  

Mr. Pappas has over 37 years of experience in the computer industry. He has been granted eight U.S. patents in the areas of computer graphics and microprocessor technologies. He has spoken at dozens of major industry events and holds a B.S.E.E. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts.


SW Worth, Board Advisor
Industry Consultant

SW Worth is a former Sr. Program Manager at Microsoft, and an elected member of the SNIA Board of Directors. From 2002 through 2006 he was the worldwide lead for the SNIA Tutorials. Before joining Microsoft in late 2003, SW was Technical Marketing Manager at Crossroads Systems. From 1991-1999 he was an internal IT consultant with a large integrated electric and gas utility in the northeastern United States. He has a background in environmental engineering, and worked in paper mills in several U.S. states and in France.