Leadership

Board of Directors

Navneet Grewal

Navneet has been working in Information Technology sector for over 15 years. Some of his current & previous experiences include working for State of California, Apple, & Hewlett-Packard.

His recent work includes designing, deploying & supporting opensource software based cloud environments with capabilities to provide self-service & on-demand virtual data-centers. Navneet has been looked upon as an expert when it comes to virtualzation using technologies from VMWare, Microsoft, Openstack & RedHat. In the past five years, he has successfully completed virutalzation projects in four different data-centers. His other technology experiences include working on highly confidential & publicly sensitive project for government, where he provided technical expertise to design & deploy web infrastructures that are highly redundant & high available with a five-nines up time.

Navneet currently holds a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Associate of Science in Mathematics & Physics, and several technology industry certifications including VMWare, Microsoft, RedHat, & ITIL Foundation.

Albert Cisneros

Albert has been an IT professional for over 15 years. In that time, Albert has provided IT consulting/advisory services to business and consumers with varying needs. As an adviser, he has had influence over a broad range of solutions that create business value for his customers. This includes ensuring the availability of client/server applications, configuring all new implementations, and developing processes and procedures for ongoing management of the environment.

Where applicable, Albert has assisted in overseeing the physical security, integrity, and safety of data centers and server farms. In addition, as a web designer, Albert has created and coded web pages, using both non-technical and technical skills to produce websites that meet and exceed customer’s requirements.

Myles Maskovich

Between his eight years in the United States Army and three years with the State of California, Myles brings 11 years of professional IT experience to Yellow Circle. He has a wide range of experience from sysadmin and LAN administration, to virtualization and cloud platforms. His most recent projects include incorporating Open Source cloud solutions with the State of California and acts as lead developer and project manager for many initiatives with both Yellow Circle and the State of California.

Additionally Myles earned his Bachelors in Organizational Leadership and Change Management, as well as his Masters in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. He is also attaining his PMP from the project management institute.

Manjit Brar

Manjit is the banking expert for Yellow Circle. She has been in the banking business for over 20 years holding positions from a teller to vice-president. She has experienced the corporate culture of banking from a small credit-union to working for national giant like Wachovia Bank (Now part of Wells Fargo). For the last ten years, Manjit has been working as branch manager at a Federal Credit Union.

She has become the community liaison for her bank and have been working directly with schools. Manjit have managed to set up temporary mock-up banks inside the schools where kids learn how it is to work for a bank, while other student are new customers. Over 500 kids in several local elementary schools have opened savings account with as little as $10. Students are learning benefit of early savings so they can purchase that one big item when time comes (Computer, tablet, lego robot, or that first car).

Joty Brar

Joty has over 10 years of experience in consulting and accounting operations. She has been a exceptional member of cross functions teams facilitation projects from concept to implementation covering all aspects of support, consulting, training & sales. Several of her previous experiences include project management, financial management, accounting, & financial reporting. Over the past few year, she has undergone sixteen DCAA audits with various government contractors as a controller and consultant.

For Yellow Circle, Joty brings insights into policies, procedures, & compliance by providing recommendations & guidance with proposals, negotiations, & budgeting.

Joty currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and several accounting & project management certifications.

Advisory Board

Robert Schmidt

Robert Schmidt is currently Chief Compliance Officer of Grainster a grain trading platform for the agri-business community.  Robert also serves on technology advisory boards for Convetit, NextPhase, and AdvancingX.

Recently retired, Robert was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown as Chief, Office of Technology Services at the California Department of Technology in September 2015. With his leadership in a span of over 25 years of State IT service, he has been influential in the area of technology-related decisions and changes across internal and external stakeholders statewide, including state departments, boards, and commissions.

Robert was also previously Agency Chief Information Officer and Director of Executive Office/IT Services for the California Department of Food & Agriculture. In in his prior roles at California Department of Technology and Franchise Tax Board, he developed a reputation for successful execution of large-scale, complex projects and programs.

With a Master of Business Administration from California State University at Sacramento, and Bachelor of Computer Science from California State University at Chico, Rob’s academic achievements are a true fusion of business and technology.

Vitaliy Panych

Vitaliy has been in multiple Information Security executive leadership roles including Chief Information Security Officer within public sector agencies involved in Law Enforcement, Public Safety, Medical, Educational, Financial and Industrial complex. He has built cyber security defense and operations capabilities from the ground up for large scale multi-billion business operations and critical infrastructure.

Prior to executive leadership he has conducted information security contract engagements in Cyber Security Incident Response, Threat Intelligence, and Penetration Testing. Vitaliy’s cyber security certifications include the Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and GIAC Industrial Cyber Security Professional, Exploit Researcher, Malware Analyst, and Network Penetration Tester. He is a graduate of CSU, Sacramento in Government.

To help spread information security awareness and education, Vitaliy volunteers to provide cyber security technical and industry advisement.

Paul

Paul Dhaliwal

Over the last 10 years, Paul has working directly in field of web development and online marketing. He earned his Bachelors in Computer Engineering at UC Davis and honed his skills at companies like Accenture, eBay, and Quinstreet.

Paul has been a hands on technology leader with over a decade in building agile web applications, marketing systems, search based solutions, and mobile applications. He is technology agnostic with years of experience in Java, J2EE, Spring, Hibernate, PHP, RoR, .Net. An avid user of search technologies like solr and ElasticSearch in projects to simplifying UIs and make more intelligent systems.

He is a big time fan of modern web development and big data technologies like hadoop, mongo, couchdb, cloud, Node.js, Vert.x, angular.js. Paul uses his vast experience on knowledge of underlying technology behind popular frameworks to make decision which are form fitted for each project.

AbdulMalik Abdulrahman-Wells

Abdulmalik Abdulrahman-Wells has been in IT for more than 20 years. He has worked within the Federal and State Governments, the Military, and the private sector. He is well versed in Networking, Information Security, Server Administration, and Virtualization. He is considered a “Techno Evangelist” amongst his peers.

“Information Technology should be used as a bridge to help people perform more efficiently, not replace them…”

Service to others is his primary focus. Educating people is very important to Abdulmalik. Abdulmalik is currently working for the State of California as an IT Architect and has a small consulting company offering services to small businesses.