PDMA St. Louis Leadership

Jerry Fix

Jerry Fix

PDMA Function:

Currently serving as STL Chapter President (2022); Previously served as President-Elect (2021).

Jerry is a Product Leader with 20+ years of both classical and digital product management experience in varied industries -both B2B and B2C -in global markets. Focused on capturing customer needs and insights to develop winning product strategies, and then guiding the execution of those strategies to deliver both product and financial success to organizations. Jerry has a B.S. EE and MBA; He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and NPDP certified by PDMA.

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Mahesh Addagarla

Mahesh Addagarla

PDMA Function:

Currently serving as STL Chapter President-Elect (2022); Previously served as Program Committee Co-Chair (2021)

Mahesh Addagarla is a Technical Program Manager at Charter Communications. With his 20+ years of Program/Project management experience, he ensures a successful integration of highly complex, enterprise-wide, multi-disciplined technical program(s) consisting of several projects and adjusts project scope, schedule, agile processes and budgets to meet business needs and deliver value to customers. Mahesh is able to plan, organize and run Product Increment planning events (PI Planning) as part of the Product Management life cycle. Serves as a mentor to project managers and project leaders to educate and assist them with implementing project management, agile processes, and making process improvements. PMP, CSM, ICAgile, SAFe SPC, and RTE certified.

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Ananya Bhattacharyya

Ananya Bhattacharyya

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Currently serving as Co-Chair of the St. Louis Chapter Program Committee. Focused on bringing action - oriented programming , tools and resources and building a high impact community for product development and management professionals, innovation and R&D practitioners, academics and service providers.

Ananya Bhattacharyya is an enterprising, process-driven, and globally experienced product leader at MasterCard. She has a strong technical and financial services background and continually strives to guide creative vision, organizational change, customer-driven innovation, product transformation and strategic thinking in her professional career.

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Sasi Ravichandar

Sasi Ravichandar

PDMA Function:

Currently serving as Co-Chair of Program Committee

Sasi Ravichandar is a colloborative, process focused product leader with over 17 years of experience in US Healthcare, delivering products in EHR and Population health space. As a process-oriented technology leader, Sasi is passionate about delivering able web and data products with an outstanding eye for quality. She is CSPO certified and has SAFe training (Agilist and Product Management).

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Tom Horlacher

Tom Horlascher

PDMA Function:

Board Member - lead role in board governance and developing future leadership

Tom Horlacher has a consulting practice focused on providing intelligence for growth. Typical projects relate to strategic planning and new product development along with intelligence gathering related to market assessments, competitor strategies, customer needs, and product technology.

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Drew Rappalen

Drew Rappalen

PDMA Function:

Currently serving at PDMA St. Louis Marketing Chair. Focused on creating recognizable, consistent content for our chapter through multiple channels.

Drew is a Technology Portfolio Delivery Leader and Consultant at Daugherty Business Solutions with 10 years experience leading Agile Product teams. Focused on connecting technical and business teams from Product Ideation and requirement definition to Product Release. Drew’s certifications include: ICP-APM, ICP-APO, PMI-ACP, ICP-ATF, CSP.

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Adam Somner

Adam Somner

PDMA Function:

Serving as a member of the marketing committee

Adam is Product Manager and Sr. Consultant at Daugherty Business Solutions. He has 10+ years experience in agile software development working in healthcare, insurance, and agriculture. He has a BA from the University of Denver and MBA from Saint Louis University. He is certified in SAFe PMPO & SA.

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Stacy Heuer

Stacy Heuer

PDMA Function:

Currently serving as STL Secretary Treasurer

Stacy is a Principal Consultant with Integrated Project Management. Stacy has over 25 years of experience leading new product development efforts in the consumer packaged goods space from discovery through to post launch support. Stacy has a BS in Food Science from Purdue University and is both a PMP and an NPDP certified. She also has an Advanced Masters Certificate in Project Management and a Masters Certificate in Program Management both from George Washington University.

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