June 20th 2019

About the Event

AWS Community Day | Midwest is a one-day, user-run AWS technical conference that is planned, organized, and delivered by AWS user group community leaders (much like a “Meetup of Meetups”). The goal of the Community Day is to facilitate the exchange of information amongst the AWS user community. The presentations are all given by speakers who are fellow AWS users sharing knowledge with their peers.


Conference session
Morning kick-off
Computer lab session
AWS Usergroup Leaders

AWS Usergroups

The Midwest AWS user groups are run by volunteers. We organize, coordinate and often speak at each event. Community events are free, open to the public and focused on all things AWS. We are not run by AWS, but frequently work with Amazon SAs and account reps.

Midwest Usergroup Leaders

Ann Arbor - Matt Thompson

Chicago - Margaret Valtierra

Chicago 'burbs - Mark McCoy & Scott Wheeler

Cincinnati - John Lauck

Cleveland - Carly Sumlin, Kathie Clark & Mary Stallman

Columbus - Angelo Mandato & Lena Taupier

Dayton - Robert Orenbaun

Indy - Carol Ganz & MaryBeth Okerson

Kansas City - Ben Clayton, Kevin Seaman & Shaun Bender

Louisville - Bryan Krausen

Madison - Jeff Westphal

Milwaukee - Jeff Westphal

Minnesota - Brett Sutter

St. Louis - Greg Langston



  • Amy Arambulo Negrette -  Cloud Software Engineer Lead, Cloudreach
  • Andrew May - Cloud Solutions Lead, Leading EDJE
  • Bob Lee III - System Engineer III, Enova International
  • Calvin Hendryx-Parker  - CTO, Six Feet Up
  • Dave Stauffacher - Principal Platform Engineer, Direct Supply
  • David Matthews - Director of Engineering, Uturn Data Solutions
  • Derek C. Ashmore - Principal Cloud Architect, Asperitas Consulting
  • Jack Schlederer - Software Engineer, Direct Supply
  • JD Flynn - Drupal Architect, Genuine
  • Jessie Daubner -  Lead Data Scientist, Journera
  • Joel Schuweiler - Site Reliability Engineer, Contrast Security
  • John Merline - Cloud Architect, Fishtech Group
  • Paul Kuliniewicz - Security Engineer, Braintree
  • Piyali Kamra - Enterprise Architect, Morningstar
  • Robert Zhu Principal - Principal Technical Evangelist, AWS
  • Ross Stuart - Consultant, Vertical Trail
  • Vitaliy Shtym - Principal Sales Engineer, Trend Micro


Guaranteed Rate Field
333 West 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60616


Tickets include event entry, lunch, drinks & coffee all day, and an evening happy hour.