Meet the 2020/2021 SMI Governing Board

Richelle Ahlvers

Richelle Ahlvers
Storage Management Architect, Intel
SNIA Board Secretary and Executive Committee, SMI Chair and SMI Conformance Committee Chair

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.

Chris Lionetti

Chris Lionetti
Senior Technical Marketing Engineer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
SNIA Vice Chair, Executive Committee and SMI GB Member

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.

Barkz

Barkz
Technical Director, Pure Storage
SMI GB Member

Barkz is a Technical Director at Pure Storage, focused on cloud automation and Microsoft products and integrations. He has been working in the software and storage industry for 20+ years. Barkz is the father of all things PowerShell at Pure Storage and manages the company’s presence on GitHub. In addition to his role on the SMI GB, Barkz is a member of the SNIA Technical Council. He also participates in SM Lab, the Scalable Storage Management Technical Working Group that develops SNIA Swordfish™, and the SMI-S Technical Working Group.

Barry Kittner

Barry Kittner
Technology Initiatives Manager, Intel
SMI GB Member-at-Large, SMI Marketing Committee Chair

An industry veteran with over 35 years of experience, Barry brought early industry sales and support knowledge to Intel Corporation where he led a young team to Intel’s first major milestone in networking sales. He continues to add extensive experience in corporate sales, technical management, marketing, and server platform management. Barry is currently managing several activities within Intel’s industry initiative team, working to align Intel’s standards definition and compliance efforts with that of the broader industry. Barry led a team that defined a new and modern data center storage form factor and continues his efforts in support of the DMTF Redfish® and SNIA Swordfish™ standards.