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President and Treasurer: Shirley Kwan
Shirley's 23-year HP career included Asia Pacific Project Manager in Singapore, European PC Business Controller in Grenoble, and Global Director of Internal Audit in Hong Kong. After HP, she was Director of Internal Audit at Intuit. Shirley has a BA in Economics from Agnes Scott College and an MBA from Emory University. She is a Certified Internal Auditor and self-published poet. Shirley now fits short-term consulting engagements around travel and several non-profit board memberships.
Shirley Kwan

Shirley Kwan

Operations Director and Corporate Secretary: Curt Gowan
Curt is retired after 30 years in startup and turnaround divisions within HP. He held engineering roles in R&D, quality, product marketing, and technical marketing. In retirement, Curt is doing independent research and working on pro bono projects. He has BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University.
Curt Gowan

Curt Gowan

Technical Director: Bill Parrish
Bill worked in R&D, support, and system validation for HP for 31 years. Bill retired from HP in 2005, and has since consulted for HP on server system validation and embedded firmware test automation. Bill has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Bill Parrish

Bill Parrish

Jobs Director: Cathy Carlson
Cathy worked in manufacturing and customer support at the Santa Clara Division for 11 years. She now operates Carlson Food Safety Consulting. Previous roles include Food Safety Program Manager at Community Alliance with Family Farmers, QA and Food Safety Manager at Fresh Leaf Farms, project manager at California Organics, and project manager at the USDA. Cathy has a BA in Environmental Studies from UC-Santa Cruz, focused on Agroecology and Land Use and Planning.
Cathy Carlson

Cathy Carlson

Membership Director: Peg Ofstead
Peg lives in Maryland and is semi-retired after 36 years of working in the IT industry, primarily in consulting and internal IT at companies including HP, Oracle, Mobil Oil and 3M. She has a BA in Mathematics, and an MBA from Wharton. She retired from HP in 2008.
Peg Ofstead

Peg Ofstead

Team Members


Bay Area Social Committee Chair and Webinar Moderator: Barbara Madden
Barbara is an Ameriprise Financial Advisor, specializing in job transition and retirement, tax planning, and women's financial strategies. She has owned her own business for 14 years. Barbara worked at HP/Agilent in financial and management roles for 16 years. She is a CPA/Personal Financial Specialist, holds a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor
Designation, and has taught financial, tax, and retirement planning as an Adjunct Professor at a local community college for 9 years. Barbara Madden

Barbara Madden

Bay Area Social Committee: Tom McNeal
Tom worked for 21 years at HP and is now retired after several years at startups, contracting at HP, and working at Veritas/Symantec. He joined the Corvallis Division after receiving his MS in Computer Science from the University of Iowa, and was lucky enough to meet Dave Packard during a division review. He transferred to the Bay Area a year later, and spent more than 12 wonderful years working on the HP 3000 -- including the first multiprocessor platform that HP released.
Tom McNeal

Tom McNeal

Finance Forum Moderator: Tom von Alten
Tom worked in R&D, manufacturing engineering, and process engineering at HP for 20 years. He is currently a web application developer at Information Designs in Boise. Tom has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Idaho and an MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford.
Tom von Alten

Tom von Alten

TechTalk Forum Moderator: Danny Low
Danny worked at HP for 29 years in QA, R&D, and technical marketing on the HP 2100, HP 3000, HP 300, and PC product lines. Retired, he now pursues his hobby of photography but continues to dabble with PCs because of digital photography.

Danny Low

EDS Alumni LinkedIn Membership Manager: LindaLeigh Richert Aberdale
LindaLeigh is an independent cybersecurity consultant. She was a software engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation, a project manager/security engineer at Electronic Data Systems, and retired from HP as an information security project manager/team leader in 2012. LL has a BS in Management with Computer Applications from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MS in Systems Engineering from Boston University. She holds PMP, CISSP, CSSLP, CISA, IEM, and IAM certifications.
LindaLeigh Richert Aberdale

LindaLeigh Richert Aberdale

HP Connections LinkedIn Membership Manager: Dana Evans
Dana is a Supply Chain Manager at financial services firm USAA in San Antonio -- working on employee benefits contracts, strategic sourcing, and supplier management. She was at HP and Agilent for 11 years -- primarily in Loveland, Colorado -- and has subsequently held procurement and supply chain management roles at other high-tech firms. She has been an adjunct instructor, contributes to two sports blogs. wrote a children's book -- and intends to write a novel before her 50th birthday.
LindaLeigh Richert Aberdale

Dana Evans

Backup Forum Moderator (and creator of the original ASAP Checklist ): Alan Silverstein
Alan's software R&D work ranged from boot loaders to business apps -- and from the HP-250 small business system to the HP-UX operating system. He joined HP in 1977 and helped start Fort Collins in 1978 -- including administering the site HP-UX system as a hobby before Site IT was invented, and creating the first company-wide online employee directory. After being cheerfully WFR'd in 2002, Alan was brought back by HP on contract, then worked five years for Avago, and retired in 2013.
Alan Silverstein

Alan Silverstein



Founder and President Emeritus: John Verrochi
John was Product Marketing Manager for HP-UX, HP's UNIX operating environment. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Yale School of Management.
John Verrochi

John Verrochi

Director Emeritus: Mary Tate
Mary was Global Business Manager for the iPass/Cisco alliance as well as the world-wide marketing manager for various HP partners. Mary holds a BA in Economics from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Mary Tate

Mary Tate

Director Emeritus: Zandra Conway
Zandra was at HP for 22 years, including 15 years in applications support and business systems analysis in the Bay Area and Atlanta. She has a BA in Social Science from San Jose State University and a BS in Management Information Systems from UC San Francisco.
Zandra Conway

Zandra Conway

In memoriam:

Mabel Esteves 1950-2008.

Leon Kessler 1951-2005.


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