Meet the 2020 SMI Governing Board

Richelle Ahlvers

Richelle Ahlvers
Principal Architect
SMI GB Vice Chair, SMI Conformance Committee Chair

Richelle Ahlvers is Storage Management Software Architect at Broadcom Inc., where she defines storage management integrations, solutions, and standards strategies for the Data Center Storage Group and on the SNIA Board of Directors.
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 on the SNIA Board of Directors and leads the SSM Technical Work Group developing the Swordfish Scalable Storage Management API.

Don Deel

Don Deel
Senior Standards Technologist, NetApp
SMI GB Chair, SMI Technical Development Committee Chair

Don Deel is a Senior Standards Technologist at NetApp and has been actively involved with the Storage Networking Industry Association in several different volunteer roles since the year 2000. He participated in the development of the original Bluefin specification which later became SMI-S when it was contributed to the SNIA, and he continues to play an active role in the ongoing development of SMI-S today. He is also currently involved in the development of the SNIA Swordfish specification, which handles the management of storage and servers in hyperscale and cloud infrastructure environments. His standards development experience stretches back into the mid-1980s, and includes work on the Fibre Channel and HIPPI standards.

Within the SNIA, Don has been active in a number of leadership positions since the early days of the association, and he has been recognized for his contributions several times. He is currently serving as the Storage Management Initiative Governing Board chair, the SMI Technical Work Group chair, and the Scalable Storage Management Technical Work Group co-chair.

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.