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David Bischof is the Director of Software Architecture for Accela, where he is focused on using new technologies to progress and solidify the company’s product offerings. David previously spent time in Accela Middle East & Africa division, where he helped design and implement the Abu Dhabi Business Center, the Dubai Smart City initiative and the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing digital initiatives. He was integral in building the regional branch of Accela MEA and was the first full-time employee. David received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Computer Systems from John Carroll University. With 20 years of IT experience in roles ranging from developer to sys admin to director, he has worked in industries that include tech startup, financial, retail and government.

As a Product Marketing Manager at Accela, Kelly Delaney develops marketing campaigns and strategies, organizes thought leadership webinars and events and writes about the intersection of technology and civic innovation. An enthusiastic believer in clean, thriving and inclusive cities, Kelly began her career in environmental health data management software and continues to focus on public and environmental health. She has a BA from UC Santa Barbara. You can find her occasionally tweeting and on LinkedIn.

Christine McCarthy has worked for the Town of Westwood for the past eight years as the Executive Assistant in the Selectmen’s Office. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the executive office as well as the coordination and implementation of various projects, events and workshops for the Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator. She assists with preparation for Board meetings and resolves issues with the public. In addition, she serves as a liaison to Department Heads, coordinates department publications and manages communications with Local, State and Federal officials. Under the direction of the Town Administrator and the Board of Selectmen, Christine also handles public relations, social networking and press communications.

Christine is a member of the Massachusetts Municipal Organization of Administrative Assistants, and has attended several leadership development workshops and seminars. Born and raised in Westwood, Christine has a keen insight to all of what Westwood has to offer. She currently lives in Walpole, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children, Keira, four years old, and Mason, eight months old.

Lee Ann Slinkard joined Accela in February of 2007 with over 15 years of experience in building and maintaining large service organizations within the healthcare technology field.

She was most recently the client services leader at Healthlink, now a division of IBM. Prior to that, she held positions as vice president of operations, vice president of business development, senior vice president of implementations, and senior vice president of sales and professional services at companies in Texas, New Jersey, and California.

Ms. Slinkard graduated with honors from Stanford University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

Amber D’Ottavio is the Senior Manager of Product Management at Accela, responsible for driving product strategy and roadmap. Amber has over 15 years of experience developing technology for government agencies and their communities. She joined the company in 2005 and has served in various engineering and product management roles. Prior to joining Accela, she built products that help create a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals. She is passionate about helping people shape better communities through participation, education and effective use of technology. In her spare time, Amber enjoys outdoor adventures with her family including hiking, swimming and skiing.

Aaron joined Accela in 2010 following a decade of experience as a technology consultant serving both public and private sectors. Working for Accela Services from 2010-2013, Aaron was a technical lead, implementing Accela products across the nation. From business process to design to implementation and maintenance, Aaron is an Accela expert. Aaron joined the Customer Success team in 2013, bringing his comprehensive experience and applied skills to help agencies optimize their use of the Civic Platform.

In his spare time, Aaron enjoys climbing, mountaineering, alpine touring and all forms of wandering with his wife. He also plays fingerpicking blues guitar and has a dog named Blue.