Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Donna has nearly two decades of experience in launching new companies and growing businesses across a variety of industries and competitive environments. By setting clear direction, building consensus among partners, and assembling the necessary teams, resources, and capital, she advances both ground floor start-ups and more mature organizations to the next level. As the executive director of DLNA, she successfully led the global market adoption of DLNA’s interoperability technologies, doubled Alliance membership, and increased member participation. Donna previously held technology and healthcare executive management positions that drove organizational growth, innovation and awareness. As the CEO of SpireSpark, she sets the strategy for establishing organizational direction. She consults with associations on executive leadership, and association management. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University.
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Andi is a technology executive with experience in both corporate and start-up environments. She has a reputation in the industry as the go-to person for advice on setting up certification and conformance programs for technology standards. She has over 15 years of experience in strategic planning, software design and development, business development, program management, operations and risk management. She successfully ran DLNA’s Certification Program for 10 years and prior to that served as a technical standards representative for HP in multiple association working groups. At SpireSpark, Andi consults with associations and companies on compliance and certification programs. She holds a BS in Information Technology and is pursuing an MSc in Information Security at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Ralph has over twenty years of experience in the software industry, primarily in software design, performance modeling, simulation and testing. While at Motorola he was the software architect for the UPnP/DLNA implementation, representing Motorola on several DLNA committees. He has been responsible for the best-in-class certification tools and tests of the DLNA Certification test suite for over seven years. At SpireSpark he consults with associations and companies on their testing needs and manages the development, support, and maintenance of the DLNA Test Tools. He has a BSc in Mathematics, an MSc in Information Technology and a PhD in Engineering (Image processing); he is moderately fluent in Chinese having spent seven years in China, one of which teaching at Beijing Engineering University.
Certification Program Manager
Nisha has over 15 years of experience in digital connectivity standards certification, including DLNA, HDMI, UPnP, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Open IPTV and USB standards. At DLNA she worked to expand and maintain their Certification Program. She was previously in charge of the Interoperability Center at Philips Bangalore and was the Philips representative in multiple standards working groups. At SpireSpark, Nisha manages the DLNA Certification Program and consults with companies and standards organizations to assist them in preparing a high quality certification or conformance program setup for their technology. She specializes in test planning, test policies, dispute resolution and work group processes for consensus building. She has a BS in Engineering – Information Technology.
Carolyn has nine years of administrative experience, with over six years in the field of technology and standards associations. She has successfully set up and managed policies and processes for standards work groups and assisted with the design and implementation of certification processes. She has also worked on standards organization projects in communications, marketing, branding, legal, HR, licensing and more. As the Administration Manager of SpireSpark, she provides consulting, training and support for clients in a wide range of areas, including work group administrative processes, certification and conformance program administration processes, communications, and development. She holds BA degrees in English and History from Loyola University Chicago.
Director of Finance
Dana has 22 years of experience in accounting and finance with over six years in the field of technology and standards associations. At SpireSpark, Dana consults and assists associations and companies with setting up and/or managing financial processes including financial statements, budgets, accounting systems, financial controls, audit preparation, insurance acquisition, HR issues and payroll. He also has extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of association management and operations support and can assist with setting up bylaws, incorporations, tax status, and liaisons with other organizations. In previous positions he held the titles of Controller, Senior Corporate Financial Analyst and Deputy Executive Director. He holds a BBA and MBA.