Emily Baranello, Senior Director, Education Practice, SAS
Emily Baranello is a Senior Director in SAS’ Education Practice. She leads teams that work to expand the use of SAS for administrative data-driven decision making, academic research, and teaching in both the K-12 and higher education markets throughout the United States.
Prior to taking this position, Emily led sales and outreach efforts for SAS in K-12, including promotion of SAS’ web-based curriculum resources, enterprise decision support solutions and more.
Emily’s career has been spent almost entirely in working with the public sector, with a large portion dedicated to working within the Education market. This area of interest may be enhanced by her personal relationships; since Emily comes from a family of educators…her mother, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law and husband are all teachers.
Emily is a graduate of North Carolina’s Elon University with a degree in psychology.
Steve S. Rao, Councilman At Large, Town of Morrisville, North Carolina
Steve S. Rao, a native of Charleston, West Virginia, serves as an At-Large Councilman for the Town of Morrisville. Elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2013, Councilman Rao is the first and currently only Indian American elected official in Wake County and the Triangle region. He serves as a Delegate to the Triangle J Council of Governments, Co- Chairs the Smart Growth Committee, and serves on the CORE and Cary Joint Task Force Committees. He also serves as an ex-officio member of the Morrisville Innovation Foundtation.
A ten year resident of Morrisville, he resides with his wife, Komal Parekh, and their two children, Sonia and Rayan. Steve earned his B.A. in political science from Emory University, where he was a collegiate tennis player, and his J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law. He is also a 2009 graduate of the prestigious Institute of Political Leadership Fellows Program.
Today, Steve is the Business Development Manager at Alphanumeric Systems, were he manages partnerships for the company, along with driving revenue growth and helping companies reduce costs through innovative IT solutions.
Patrick Turner, CTO, Small Footprint, Inc.
Patrick started coding software at the age of 10 and has been building software professionally for nearly 20 years. He spent 15 years in the manufacturing sector, including 10 years in the medical device industry. His ability to align business needs to the appropriate technology has proven successful across a wide range of projects from sales force automation to clinical research technology.
Patrick, along with his wife Alison, an accomplished pastry chef, and their kids William and Fiona relocated to Winston-Salem in 2007 to be closer to the outdoor opportunities that North Carolina has to offer. Shortly after the move, Patrick became a customer of Small Footprint and was so impressed by the effectiveness of the blended local and offshore model for building great software that he bought into the company in 2009. Since that time, Small Footprint has continued to leverage and refine this unique approach successfully—resulting in a greater than 50 percent growth each year.
As the demand for software development services in North Carolina has grown, Patrick has become increasingly involved with local educators to raise awareness of the need for software development professionals in the Carolinas. He is actively involved with organizations including North Carolina New Schools and the Yadkin Valley Career Academy, exposing educators, parents, and students to possibilities within the industry and preaching the gospel that everyone can benefit from a basic understanding of the role that software development plays in our personal and professional lives.