With over 20 years of experience in Information Technology, Melissa Daley created Orca Intelligence in 2014. Her purpose was to offer a unique methodology to decrease the time it takes to capture, analyze, and manage software requirements. Though not tangible, she believes software is very similar to building design and architecture and requires the same governance and best practices. Her method encompasses features such as cataloging and maintaining requirements for reuse on other projects. This methodology saves requirements analysis and management time. Her methods have proven to keep stakeholders and software engineers organized throughout the entire software development life cycle across Agile teams. Besides, her Agile project management skills produce incremental success that keeps teams on schedule and within budget.
Ms. Daley is an experienced Systems Engineer with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Systems from Hampton University and a Masters's in Technology Entrepreneurship from the University of Maryland. She also holds a Design Thinking certification from the University of Virginia. Melissa worked as a consultant with several organizations such as Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, and many other companies, such as the State of Georgia Department of Human Resources, NGP VAN, DMI, and ICF.
In 2007, Melissa Daley founded iT Gets Better as a 501c3 non-profit organization in Atlanta, GA, to assist youth organizations with Information Technology (IT). In 2008, Melissa founded iGB Associates Inc. to support for-profit organizations with their IT services. It was later sold in 2009.
Fun fact: She is an ambidextrous tennis player, crocheter, and a certified Reiki Master Level II.
Roxann Cooper will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). In this capacity, she manages all ongoing business operations within Orca Intelligence. Ms. Cooper’s professional reputation is ingrained in excellent leadership skills as demonstrated by her nearly 30 years of federal, state, and local government employment with both the Internal Revenue Service and entities throughout the District of Columbia.
She is a former government Executive with a strong background in customer relations. Entering the private sector some years ago, she is known for developing and implementing marketing and sales strategies for small businesses. Her expertise is assisting businesses with receiving many socio-economic company certifications. i.e. (Maryland Department of Transportation(MDOT) MBE, Metropolitan Washington Unified Certification Program (MWUCP)participants include WMATA and DDOT, GSA Schedule IT 70, GSA PSS, 8a, New Jersey/New York State MBE, and other small business certifications).
Ms. Cooper is also an experienced Sr. Project Manager who has developed and taught Agile training, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and a member of the Scrum Alliance. She holds a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt (LSSYB) and earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Phoenix.
When life gives pause for less cerebral indulgences, she pursues global travel. A partial list of her favorite destinations includes trips to Europe to see the Paris lights and also London. Mediterranean sites include Rome, Venice, Naples, Croatia and Sicily and South American scenes in Salvador, Bahia and Rio in Brazil. A wine enthusiast, she collects dolls, loves to “Hand Dance” and relaxes to the smooth sounds of jazz guitarist Peter White.