Board of Directors

The AST is run by members who volunteer as a nominated and elected slate of officers. The outgoing board chooses the officers for the following year. The Board of Directors that will serve until October 2021 are:

Chris Kenst, President

Chris has been improving software quality since 2006 and is currently a Lead Automation Engineer at Promenade in Santa Monica, CA. Chris is a Writer, Speaker, Blogger at Kenst.com, and Board Member for the Association for Software Testing. He’s been a Lead Instructor for the AST-BBST courses, hosts webinars and otherwise tries to contribute to the testing community. He also created and maintains an open source list of software testing conferences and workshops. You can find him online most places @ckenst.

James Thomas, Vice President

James is one of the founders of Linguamatics, the world leader in innovative natural language-based text mining. Over the years he’s had many roles in the company, including tech support where he built a team from scratch. He is currently the test manager, a position in which he strives to provide an environment where his testers have an opportunity to do their best work. He’s on Twitter as @qahiccupps and blogs at Hiccupps.

Louise PeroldSecretary

Louise is currently part of the Quality team at OutSystems in Lisbon. 

Her journey with AST started in 2007 when she attended her first CAST conference in Seattle. She has since attended BBST Foundations, Bug Advocacy and Instructors, has attended multiple CAST conferences and was co-program chair of CAST in 2013.

Louise feels blessed to be inspired by this community and continues to learn and practice the craft which is why she wanted to be part of the AST board. She is currently serving as Secretary and also overseeing the Grant Committee.

Rachel Kibler, Treasurer

Rachel is a software tester at 1-800 Contacts, where she works on website experiences. Prior to that, she was a test lead at Anonyome Labs and a tester at Zions Bank, working primarily on native mobile applications. She currently serves as Treasurer on the board of the Association for Software Testing.

Rachel loves training testers, those new to testing and those with experience alike, and she has an active role doing that, inside and outside of work. Rachel has presented at CAST, Agile Testing Days USA, and in her local groups, as well as appearing on podcasts to talk about testing. She also writes about testing regularly for Gurock and less regularly for her own blog.

Rachel has a background in law, entrepreneurship, and music. She has used the styles of thinking cultivated by those disciplines to bring creativity and analytical thinking to her testing, believing that the best testing happens when a tester brings all of who they are to their exploration of a product. She subscribes to the context-driven approach to testing.

Outside of testing, Rachel sings semi-professionally, knits, and serves on the board of American Mensa. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and two dogs, Wash and Zoe. Her website is racheljoi.com.

Lalit Bhamare, Vice President of Education

Lalit is currently working for XING in Germany as Senior Test Engineer. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Editor of the popular software testing magazine Tea-time with Testers. Lalit is also the co-creator of world’s leading testing survey, State of Testing. As a Vice President at the Association for Software Testing, he is looking after AST’s well-known education program. His specialties are test consulting skills, whole team testing, test management, teaching testing and providing testing related consultation to project teams.

Lalit is an international keynote speaker and has spoken at leading testing conferences worldwide. He was a Program Chair for the ConTest NYC 2020 conference. Lalit has been working as a Lead Instructor​ for BBST Foundations course with Association for Software Testing and have also conducted Rapid Software Testing full day trainings at his workplace. Setting up and running Testing CoPs (Community of Practice) and establishing intellectual testing culture in organisations is one of his special skills.

Through his testing magazine Tea-time with Testers, Lalit is active in his personal mission of improving the state of software testing. He does this by collaborating with leading authors, thought leaders and expert practitioners, and also by volunteering his time to help fellow testers by writing blogs and providing coaching on software testing. His dedication to the advancement of software testing has become his main hobby due to the enjoyment and satisfaction he gains from these efforts. Contact Lalit on Twitter- @Lalitbhamare or @TtimewidTesters or visit his blog.

 

Eric Proegler, Vice President of Marketing and Events

Eric has worked in software testing for over 20 years. He is currently a Staff Test Engineer for Credit Karma in Oakland, California. Previously, he’s worked as a Senior Director in Quality in a regulated testing context, as a Performance Testing practice lead, and as a Product Manager for testing tools.

Eric has been on the board of the AST for five years. He is also the lead organizer for WOPR, the Workshop on Performance and Reliability. Eric has presented and facilitated at CAST, TestBash, Agile, Jenkins World, STARWEST, Oredev, STPCon, PNSQC, WOPR, and STiFS.

In his free time, Eric spends time with family, runs a science fiction book club, plays video games, and follows professional basketball.

Ilari Aegerter, Head of Chapters

Ilari Henrik Aegerter’s formal studies have brought him from General Linguistics and Sociology to Software Engineering and Software Testing. He so much liked the profession that he continued to work on his skills intensively. Being a context-driven tester is the natural outcome, and he believes that software testing is not a clerical job but a profession, which needs a high level of proficiency.

Coming from the medical software domain at Phonak AG and progressing to e-commerce at eBay. He is now the Managing Director of House of Test GmbH, and he believes that there is still a lot of work to be done for excellent software testing.

In 2015 he was elected into the board of the Association for Software Testing (AST), where he acts as Chief of Chapters. He is also a lecturer at the OST technical university for the post-graduate degree course CAS Software Testing.

Since he likes talking, he often presents at international software testing conferences, and he is also frequently invited to speak at company events. From time to time he does workshops on Software Testing, which he enjoys tremendously.

In his own time, he likes to read a lot of books and comics, spend time with his family, test the possibilities of our world with his kids and test good food in restaurants with his wife. He believes that people are generally good and that there is plenty for everybody in this world. All that results in him smiling a lot.

For information on how members are elected to the Board of Directors, see our Election Proceedings page.

Past Boards of Directors

The AST is run by members who volunteer as a nominated and elected slate of officers. These are our previous Board of Directors and Executive Committee members:

2019-2020

Executive Committee

President
Eric Proegler

Vice President and Treasurer
Chris Kenst

Secretary
Louise Perold

Vice President of Marketing and Branding
Lena Wiberg

Vice President of Education
Simon ‘Peter’ Schrijver

Head of Chapters
Ilari Henrik Aegerter

Executive at Large
James Thomas

2018-2019

Executive Committee

President
Eric Proegler

Vice President
Ilari Henrik Aegerter

Treasurer
Chris Kenst

Secretary
Carol Brands

Vice President of Education
Simon ‘Peter’ Schrijver

Vice President of Marketing
Maria Kedemo

2017-2018

Executive Committee

President
Justin Rohrman

Vice President and Treasurer
Eric Proegler

Secretary
Carol Brands

Vice President of Education
Robert Sabourin

Vice President of Marketing
Ilari Henrik Aegerter

Executives at Large
Maria Kedemo
Kate Falanga

2016-2017

Executive Committee

President
Justin Rohrman

Vice President
Alessandra Moreira

Secretary
Roxanne Jackson

Treasurer
Eric Proegler

Vice President of Education
Robert Sabourin

Vice President of Marketing
Ilari Henrik Aegerter

Executives at Large
Anna Royzman

2015-2016

Executive Committee

President
Justin Rohrman

Vice President
Alessandra Moreira

Secretary
Roxanne Jackson

Treasurer
Eric Proegler

Executives at Large
Ilari Henrik Aegerter
Erik Davis

Director
Alex Bantz

2014-2015

Executive Committee

President
Michael Larsen

Executive Vice President
Keith Klain

Vice President for Education
Justin Rohrman

Secretary
Markus Gärtner

Treasurer
Alessandra Moreria

Executive at Large
Pete Walen
Erik Davis

2013-2014

Executive Committee

President
Benjamin Yaroch

Executive Vice President
Dee Ann Pizzica

Secretary
Markus Gärtner

Treasurer
Michael Larsen

Executive at Large
Doug Hoffman
Keith Klain
Pete Walen