Meet The Team
Chairperson & President: Nicci Townsend
Nicci Townsend leads a Strategic Account Management team in the Media & Entertainment industry at Microsoft. The team is focused on high growth potential customers and is responsible for ensuring realized value of Microsoft products and services. Nicci began her career in account management in the telecommunications industry at ATX Communications and worked for various technology companies over the years. Nicci has over twenty years of high profile client management experience and is primarily focused on maintaining and fostering C-suite relationships. She is dedicated to people development and serves as a mentor to many who are looking for support and guidance in the area of career development and advancement.
In 2018, Nicci co-founded techaWare, a non-profit organization raising awareness and educating women of all ages on careers in technology through mentorship and programs, volunteer work and events. Nicci resides in Vermont with her husband and their three daughters. Nicci graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a minor in Psychology. Her interests include music, art, reading, mindfulness and yoga practice.
Vice President: Jill Alspach
Jill Alspach is Managing Director of Spock Logistics - a boutique consulting firm which focuses on PMO, training, communications, change management, large-scale software implementations and the Procure to Pay process. Check it out here: www.wearelogical.com.
Most recently, Jill was honored as Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2023 Women of Influence. She is also Executive Director for Women in Tech Leadership (www.witleadership.com), Adjunct Professor at Widener University and sits on Widener’s School of Business Advisory Board. Jill holds a B.A. in Business and Economics from Ursinus College and her MBA from Widener University.
Development Director: Guy Fardone
Guy is extremely active in helping drive various initiatives close to him and currently serves in an advisory capacity on several boards for technology companies, charitable non-profits, Chester County Economic Development Council and is a founding member of the Downingtown STEM Academy. He was recognized by Mentor Connect in 2021 as a Most Valuable Mentor of the year and recognized in the past by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the top regional business leaders with its prestigious “40 Under 40” award. Guy was the Executive Entrepreneur in Residence for the Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center at West Chester University in 2019 and was formerly a Founding Partner and CEO of Evolve IP, a pioneering and award winning, global cloud technology company headquartered in the Philadelphia area.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Guy is a certified Sommelier with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust through the Napa Valley Wine Academy and selects many of the wines used for techaWare’s famous Women, Wine and Tech events. He lives in Chester Springs, PA with his wife and three children and, in his spare time, is an outdoor sports enthusiast and youth football league coach.
Partnership Coordinator: Kiley Surma
Kiley Surma is a Senior Customer Success Account Manager at Microsoft. Kiley enjoys change and learning, which is what has led to a successful track record across global human resources, marketing, communications, program management, and sales. In her current role, she partners with Big 4 customers to realize the value of their technology investments. As a first-generation college graduate and a non-technical woman in tech, she is passionate about supporting other women's advancement in the technology industry, particularly those who may never write a single line of code.
A Minneapolis native, Kiley has also lived in Miami, Chicago and Sydney, Australia, before settling into Fort Greene, Brooklyn, with her husband, Maxime, their toddler son Jules, and rescue cats Milou and Pepin. When not working, she enjoys practicing yoga, learning French, traveling, reading, and attending concerts in New York City, which she deems the greatest city in the world.
Membership Coordinator: Lindsey Calabrese
Lindsey is a Business Transformation Manager at LinkedIn, identifying and driving process improvement across their global sales operations team. She is a lifelong learner and is passionate about helping young professionals navigate their career.
After graduating from the University of Delaware Lindsey began her career at Deloitte Consulting’s federal practice in Washington, DC. As a Business Technology Consultant, Lindsey supported large scale system integration efforts. Lindsey also worked for Aramark, a global fortune 200 food service company headquartered in Philadelphia, as their Director of Business Process. She led initiatives to improve front-line workforce management capabilities, such as deploying scheduling and timekeeping system enhancements, rolling out new mobile technologies, building and facilitating manager training programs, and driving alignment on key performance metrics.
Lindsey currently resides in West Chester PA, with her husband and goldendoodle, Maverick. In her free time, she loves to experiment with baking, explore the outdoors, and share laughs with family and friends.
Secretary: Alice Bailey
Alice Bailey has spent the past decade building her career at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, most recently as Program Manager of the 22q and You Center in Clinical Genetics. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Spanish from Ursinus College. Alice is incredibly passionate about amplifying women’s voices in the workplace and looks forward to bringing her organizational skills and operational expertise to her role as Secretary of techaWare.