Meet the Team

Our team members have extensive expertise in the fields of mathematics, engineering, software, business, and intelligence.

Coke S. Reed: Chairman, Founder, & Inventor of the Data Vortex

Coke holds nearly 30 patents on the Data Vortex and related technologies. He received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin and worked for the Institute for Defense Analysis in Princeton, Bowie and La Jolla, Los Alamos National Labs, the Microelectronics and Computer Corporation and NASA. On November 15, 1990, Dr. Reed was awarded the Exceptionally Meritorious Civilian Service Award Medal for his contribution to national security.

Carolyn Coke Reed Devany: President

Carolyn has participated in the company's management since inception, focusing on executive direction, fundraising, and investor and customer relations. She oversees the growth and management of the operations team, professional advisors, and industry and academic partners. Carolyn has consulted for the Educational Advancement Foundation and has an interest in mathematical education, particularly for girls. She sits on the Advisory Council of Women in HPC, an organization aimed at increasing female participation in the computing industry. She received her BA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985.

Keith Lackey, CPA: Director of Finance

Keith joined the Data Vortex Team in early 2016. Keith’s background is largely in consulting for technology start-ups with a focus on responsible financial planning and implementation. He has previously consulted with VCFO, Somino Solutions, and 9Gauge Partners. Keith received his BBA in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin in 1983 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1985.

 

Ron Denny: Chief Engineer

Ron is co-designer of the DV102, DV105, and DV206 systems.  He oversees engineering from design to manufacturing and delivery.  Former Chief Engineer and Fellow for General Dynamics, he was responsible for system architecture and technical leadership for eight DoD high-performance computer development programs. He was Chief Engineer at Ceridian and Control Data and has authored 13 patents in computer hardware design.  In 2000, Ron received the Presidents Technology Award, and in 2004 was made a General Dynamics Information Systems Division Technology Fellow.

Mike Ives: Principal Design Engineer, Plexus

Mike Ives has consulted with Data Vortex Technologies via Plexus Engineering Solutions in a technical leadership capacity since 2009. Mike specializes in system, board, and chip level design including FPGA and ASIC design. His expertise includes high-speed and high-complexity systems with individual lanes operating at tens of gbps with single board bandwidth of over 1 terabit per second. Mike has co-authored numerous patents with Dr. Coke Reed on the Data Vortex and received his degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991.

 Jay Rocktroh: Chief Software Architect

Jay's expertise includes managing large, customer-friendly systems.  He supervises the Data Vortex software effort and successful porting of applications to Data Vortex systems. His DoD research career spanned over 33 years where he worked with large systems as a software developer, algorithm designer, and project leader. He received his BS in 1974 and MS in 1976 in mathematical science from Johns Hopkins University.

Terry Donnelly: Senior Software Eningeer

Terry brings over 33 years as a Senior Software Engineer at General Dynamics where he was a software designer and developer for large computer systems. Terry works closely with customers to define their system requirements focusing on application, operating system, Unix device driver software, and system support. His expertise is in Unix, C, C++, Verilog, Perl, Assembly Language, and Microcode. Terry received his B.A. in quantitative methods from University of Saint Thomas, St. Paul.

Santiago Betelu, PhD: Director of Research Science

Santiago is an application programmer who is currently developing fluid-dynamic and biological simulations on Data Vortex Systems. He has held positions at Kansas State University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of North Texas, teaching a number of courses and conducting research in gasdynamics and porous medium flows. Santiago received his bachelors and PhD from the Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires in Argentina. His latest research projects can be found here.

 John Lockman: HPC Systems Manager

John, HPC Software Specialist at Vizias, joins the Data Vortex team as a full time consultant to help develop the software stack for Data Vortex systems. Previously, John managed the HPC Development Center at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, then served as Training Coordinator and Research Associate in the HPC group at TACC. John graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi in 2007.

Dave Thersleff: Director of Customer Support

Dave joined the Data Vortex software team in the spring of 2015. He has previously worked for Control Data Corporation, Cray Research, Silicon Graphics, and, most recently, General Dynamics before retiring in 2014. His professional experience includes the development of applications, the testing and integration of systems, and provision of customer support. He received a B.A. in Biology/Chemistry from St. Louis University in 1971 and pursued graduate studies at the University of Minnesota’s School of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior.

Reed Devany: Communications Manager

Reed is responsible for maintaining and servicing communications infrastructure with industry partners and customers. He is the editor of the Interactic Holdings, LLC investor newsletter (Gather/Scatter), manages internal communications, promotes the company and its products to customers, is the PoC for the Data Vortex Users' Group, and assists in the deployment and integration of Data Vortex systems. Reed earned his BA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.

James Steidl: Marketing Designer

James Steidl is the designer of all Data Vortex logos and marketing material. He is a graphic designer, photographer, 3D artist and the owner of James Group Studios, Inc. a full-service agency established in 1990.  James is also part owner of Marketing Arts Group, Inc., a company specializing in 3D visualizations and enhanced aerial photography. For several years, James was among the top 30 most downloaded stock image creators in the world. Other companies which have purchased his work include The New York Times, Universal Studios, Disney Studios, CNN, 60 Minutes, The History Channel, Popular Science, Pillsbury, Kodak and over one million others.

Jerry Cawley: Director of Development

Since joining Data Vortex in 2009, he has been involved with investor relations, business planning, market niche assessment, and product forecasting. Formerly a systems programmer, Jerry served as President of Interactive Cardinal, a software services company, from 2001 until 2005.  Jerry received his BS in mathematics in 1966 from the University of Minnesota.

Pat Huber: Investor Relations

Pat has been involved with Data Vortex Technologies’ investor relations for several years. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota for nine years where she has had extensive experience in raising funds, as the chair of the board’s development sub-committee. Pat has also been on the Board of Directors for NET Ministries for over twenty years. She is a former teacher and also a former president of the St. Patrick elementary school board in Hudson, WI.

Dave Cook: Management Committee Member

Dave has been a member of the Interactic Holdings, LLC Management Committee for over a decade, offering his financial and administrative advice and expertise. He has worked with Merrill Lynch, MassMutual Financial Group, and Stone Toro Asset Management. Dave received his B.A. in Management from Curry College. He is the current Mayor of Cranbury, New Jersey, having previously served in this capacity from 2012 to 2014.