Meet the Tech Field Day Staff

Abbie Murphy

Abbie Murphy’s professional background began in early-morning television news as a Production Assistant and Associate Producer in Cleveland, OH. Since then she’s gained experience creating digital content for local Cleveland publications and produced video content for a local hospital system. She works closely with her Gestalt IT colleagues, delegates and clients to produce and edit various video projects.

Outside of work, Abbie can be found hiking around the Cleveland Metroparks, watching her beloved Cleveland Indians (soon to be Guardians),  hanging out at her favorite local music venues or playing with her cats, Tonks and Cinnamon. Abbie works out of the Hudson Ohio office.
Andrew Blackburn

Andrew Blackburn is an event video editor at Gestalt IT, where he brings years of film and editing experience to Tech Field Day. He collaborates with the production and event teams to create high quality video of Tech Field Day events.

In his free time, Andrew enjoys taking photos, playing disc golf, hiking and camping. Andrew works out of the Hudson, Ohio office.
Benjamin Freedman

Claire Chaplais

Claire Chaplais has over 20 years experience in business operations, marketing communication programs, and event management for the high tech industry. She worked for great companies like Wind River Systems, StorageTek, Common Sense Media, and Harris Broadcasting. She joined Gestalt IT in 2009 to organize the first ever Tech Field Day event with Stephen Foskett, and from there helped grow the organization. Today, Claire thrives on handling the business operations for Gestalt IT, and motivating the team to develop strong and successful programs both for Field Day events, and content creation efforts.

In her free time, she loves to take advantage of living in Colorado and enjoys hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter.

Corey Dirrig

Corey Dirrig is the Social Media Specialist at Gestalt IT and Tech Field Day, bringing years of community building and leadership experience to the table. He works alongside his colleagues to organize, build, create, and share content across social media. He also manages the content on the Gestalt IT and Tech Field Day websites. Corey is most excited about building the community both through social and in-person interactions at Tech Field Day. 

Outside of work, Corey is most likely playing video games, watching something nerdy, writing for his website, or recording his own podcasts and content for his YouTube channel. He is also a husband, father of two, avid Browns and Cavs fan, artist, and lover of burritos. Corey works out of the Hudson, Ohio office.

Matt Garvin

Matt Garvin is the Event Manager and brings five years of event support and logistics experience to Tech Field Day for Gestalt IT. He works closely with delegates, presenters, and his Gestalt IT colleagues to help ensure successful Tech Field Day events

When not at work, Matt is probably playing some sort of game: most commonly board games, video games, or sports. Matt is also a Dad of 3, Cleveland sports enthusiast, and wannabe movie buff. Matt works out of the Hudson, Ohio office.

Rachael Fritz

Rachael Fritz is an Event Coordinator at Gestalt IT and brings her years of customer service and leadership experience from hospitality to Tech Field Day. She works alongside the delegates, presenters, and the Gestalt IT team to organize successful Tech Field Day events. Rachael is most excited about traveling for her position.

After work you can find Rachael walking her dogs around the neighborhood or binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy, again. On the weekends she is adventuring to someplace new with her girlfriend or enjoying a sporting event with family. Rachael works out of the Hudson, Ohio office.
Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

Tom Hollingsworth

Tom Hollingsworth, CCIE #29213, is an event lead for the Tech Field Day events series. He also writes about networking and related technolgies on his blog at With over 18 years of experience in the IT field, Tom has covered the breadth of technology from desktop deployment to data center installation. He brings his unique perspective to his writing both on his blog and at Network Computing. Tom can also be found prognosticating and commenting about technology from his Twitter account @networkingnerd.