Meet the Tech Field Day Staff

Alissa Nivens

Alissa Nivens is the “Project Princess” for Foskett Services! She assists with both the event and content sides of the business. With a background in English and Professional Writing, Alissa brings her strong research, writing, and organizational skills to the company.

Outside of work, Alissa can be found exercising at Orangetheory Fitness, catching a movie with her boyfriend, playing the tuba, or hiking in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Alissa works out of the Hudson, Ohio office.

Ben Gage

Ben Gage has a professional background which started in logistics and supply chain for manufacturing and agriculture. To subsidize the methodical nature of these fields he started and performs with an original Americana band. With a penchant for the rare combination of the analytical and the creative, the next logical step was the tech industry.

Ben is now focusing his skillset on coordinating the production of our events. This ranges from creating, shooting, and editing videos, working with our Delegates, IT Companies and all of the supporting groups that help make our events so great. Ben works out of the Hudson, Ohio office.

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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.

Mel Zura

Mel Zura is the Operations Specialist at Gestalt IT. She assists in the day-to-day operations of Gestalt IT and Tech Field Day. Mel’s interests include sunny days, beautiful flowers, watching squirrels frolic, dogs, coffee, and music. She’s crazy about Tech Field Day and Tech Field Day delegates… and gifs! Go ahead, follow her on Twitter at @ZuraMel.

Rich Stroffolino

Rich Stroffolino

Rich Stroffolino has been involved in media and tech since 2003. A former radio DJ and compulsive podcast creator, Rich is now putting his passion to work creating, organizing and distributing content for Tech Field Day and its sister site, Gestalt IT as Señor Editor. He loves getting to know about the latest enterprise technology, and expressing it through various mediums. Rich 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.

Tiffany Lardomita

Tiffany Lardomita is a marketer and educator with over 10 years of experience in the online content development space. She helped hundreds of career changers break into the tech industry through individual coaching and guest speaking across Northeast Ohio. As a web designer and blogger, Tiffany’s Internet marketing efforts increased sales for numerous companies.

Combining her love for technology with an eye for detail, Tiffany leads Gestalt IT’s content creation projects out of our Hudson, OH office. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking amazing meals, making elaborate pieces of jewelry, and daydreaming on her deck.

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 10 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.