SEA Community

Our Leadership


Julia Mullaney

SEA Executive Team Leader

Julia Mullaney has been involved with software excellence since starting her career at IBM in 1988.  At IBM, she was instrumental in process improvement efforts, having a major role in defining and implementing defect prevention, for which she won the IBM Quality Award.

At the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), Julia was a key contributor to the Personal Software Process℠ (PSP℠) and Team Software Process℠ (TSP℠) through the development of training, certification, licensing, and applied research at leading software organizations. She was fortunate to take the first PSP class from her mentor, Watts Humphrey. Julia is currently the chair for the IEEE CS/SEI Watts Humphrey Quality Award and also sits on the IEEE CS Awards Committee.  

Julia’s passion is software excellence, and she has been channeling that passion into growing the Software Excellence Alliance (SEA) as the SEA Executive Committee Leader and as a member of SEA Website & Social Media working group and previously chaired the Working Group Training working group.


Bradley Hodgins

SEA Executive Team, Membership Coordinator

Dr. Brad Hodgins is a computer scientist and has been supporting Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for 36 years. He has over 20 years’ experience developing simulation and avionics software. He has spent the last 16 years as a project planning and tracking coach and instructor for the Performance Resource Team (PRT), actively coaching project teams in the development of high-quality products for on-time, on-budget delivery to the fleet.

Brad views the SEA as an incredible venue to share best practices for planning and tracking software projects and to brainstorm solutions to problems currently affecting the Software Community. He is currently serving as the SEA Membership Coordinator and a member of the SEA Executive Team; he is also leader of the TSP Decomposition working group, and a member of the Next-Gen Tooling working group.



Gerardo Lopez

Content Creation Working Group Leader

Gerardo is an entrepreneur, businessman, and software engineer with more than 45 years of experience in transforming software development to well-established software engineering practices in order to achieve top quality and reduce development cost and time.

Gerardo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Tec de Monterrey, and spent two years working for a Master of Arts degree in Computer Sciences at Texas University. 

From 1982 through 2000, he founded and grew Softtek, a software development company in Mexico, to become the largest in Latin America; in 2002, he started Towa with the vision to excel in software quality and lead Mexico to become #1 in software quality in the world (“Mexico should achieve in software what the Japanese did in car manufacturing 60 years ago”). Gerardo is currently serving the SEA as leader of the Content Creation working group.



Marsha Pomeroy-Huff

SEA Executive Team, SEA Website Designer, Led SEA Certification Working Group

Dr. Marsha Pomeroy-Huff has nearly 30 years of experience in software process improvement, change management, and development/administration of professional certification programs. From 1992 to 2013, she was employed at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), where she authored or contributed to numerous publications about process improvement. As a member of the Team Software Process Initiative group, she led the Personal Software Process (PSP) and Team Software Process (TSP) Body of Knowledge author teams and was instrumental in developing the SEI-Certified PSP Developer and SEI-Certified TSP Coach programs. She is currently an independent consultant, specializing in customized process improvement solutions, continuing education/professional development courses, and coaching services for individuals and teams. 

Marsha is a member of the SEA because she is passionate about advancing the state of software practices and wants to collaborate with others who share her interest in promoting software engineering excellence. She is currently a member of the SEA Executive Team and  is the SEA Website Designer (as a member of the Website & Social Media working group).



Jeff Schwalb

SEA Executive Team, Community Networking & Membership Working Group Leader

Jeff Schwalb is a computer scientist and has been supporting Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) since 1984. He has over 20 years of experience developing and acquiring real-time embedded software systems for avionics, weapons, and range instrumentation systems. He also began collaborating with the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), learning and applying CMM key practices, becoming a certified Personal Software Process℠ (PSP℠) instructor and then a certified Team Software Process℠ (TSP℠) coach. Over the last 25 years he has taught and consulted hundreds of scientists and engineers in various forms of personal engineering processes and coached dozens of projects in the launch and operations of team project planning and tracking.

In 2017, Jeff connected with the SEI on the establishment of the organization we know today as the SEA. Today, Jeff continues to work within the SEA to identify and establish pragmatic, value-added solutions to problems currently affecting the Software Community. He is currently serving as a member of the SEA Executive Team and as a supporting member of SEA working groups in areas such as Membership, Agile community Networking, and Knowledge Transfer.


Stephen Shook

SEA Executive Team

Steve Shook, Director of Software Engineering & Quality at Ishpi Information Technologies (ISHPI), brings more than 25 years of experience in software engineering and software management.  He is one of the principal architects of ISHPI’s award-winning Agile High Velocity Development℠ software development methodology. As an experienced instructor, coach, consultant, and subject matter expert, he leads and mentors software teams to achieve exceptional cost, schedule, and quality performance in order to achieve customer business goals.

As part of the SEA, he draws inspiration—and hopes to inspire others—to continuously advance the state of the practice of software engineering. Stephen is currently serving as a member of the SEA Executive Team.


David Stein

SEA Website Working Group Leader

David Stein has worked for over 25 years doing software development, project management, and process improvement in startups, as well as in established companies such as Boston Scientific. Today, at Beckman Coulter, he is responsible for ensuring that over 100 developers reach and maintain high software quality and on-time delivery performance standards.

David is a member of the SEA because he is passionate about disseminating software quality best practices and mindsets to a larger community. David is the leader of the SEA Website & Social Media working group and is also a member of the Next-Gen Tooling working group.


David Tuma

SEA Executive Team, Technical Coordinator, Next-Gen Tooling Working Group Leader

After graduating from MIT in 1994, David Tuma began his software career in the United States Air Force, where he was introduced to the high-maturity agile concepts in the Team Software Process. Impressed with TSP’s power and flexibility, he created (and continues to evolve) an open-source TSP toolset called the Process Dashboard, which has been used by tens of thousands of developers worldwide.

David values the collaboration with other members of the SEA as they seek opportunities to change the world of software engineering through broader adoption of high-maturity agile techniques. He is currently a member of the SEA Executive Team, and also serves as the SEA Technical Coordinator and as leader of the Next-Gen Tooling working group. 

Corporate Members

Davis Systems

Davis Systems provides consulting and training to help organizations assess, plan, implement, and monitor the needed improvements in their software engineering, systems engineering, and project management practices.

Exceptional Difference

Exceptional Difference LLC provides the vision and skills needed to vastly increase your speed to value for your customers. Services include coaching, training, workshops and public speaking.

Tuma Solutions

Tuma Solutions delivers high-quality software solutions across a broad range of technologies, specializing in the area of support tools for high-maturity, metrics-intensive software development and project management.

Our Mentor

Watts S. Humphrey

Watts Humphrey (1927 – 2010)

The engineering excellence principles, methods, and techniques we embrace were developed by Watts Humphrey, the “Father of Software Quality.”

Watts dedicated the majority of his career to addressing problems in software development including schedule delays, cost overruns, poor performance, and high defect rates.

He was our mentor and we remain dedicated to his outrageous commitment to change the world of software engineering.

℠ Personal Software Process, PSP, Team Software Process, and TSP are service marks of Carnegie Mellon University. The Software Excellence Alliance is not affiliated with Carnegie Mellon University.

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