About Advoqt

Advoqt builds Intelligent Automation Platforms including custom applications and systems integration. Our expertise cuts across Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Cybersecurity. We deliver consulting, managed services, training, and proprietary software.

Advoqt is dedicated to the idea that a company’s strength comes from its values and its commitment to people, both in the company and in the community.

Our Values


It’s what sets us apart: diversity of ideas, diversity of backgrounds, diversity of beliefs. It is the thread that unifies our business goals and social impact initiatives.


Passion is our driving force that helps us be the best in everything we do.


Our customers come first. It’s because of you that we can provide for our families; you make it possible for us to invest in social change. Because of that, you can always count on us to be your unyielding advocates.


Grit is courage, it’s perseverance, it’s resilience – it is what allows us to keep moving forward regardless of whatever challenge is thrown our way because our life experiences have molded us so that we know no other path.

Advoqt combines the best in emerging and established technologies with a team that is leading the cognitive computing industry with solutions to real-world problems.

Leadership Team

Reinier Moquete

Founder & CEO
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Reinier is a tech industry veteran with two decades of experience helping enterprises maximize the value and ROI of IT. With the support of many mentors, he built Advoqt from the ground up with an eye on the intersection of business, technology, and philanthropy.

In addition, Reinier is Founder of Diversity IT Network, a leadership development program for multicultural IT professionals, and Founder of CyberWarrior Academy, a Cybersecurity bootcamp and workforce development program. Reinier is also Co-Founder and Board President of Latino STEM Alliance, a 503(c)3 certified non-profit that inspires youth to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). LSA teaches kids to build robots across urban neighborhoods in Massachusetts. A passionate advocate for social justice, Reinier is engaged in several other civic activities including the Latino Legacy Fund at The Boston Foundation.

Carol Roby

Executive Director: CWA & DITN
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Carol Roby is a senior business executive who has built a stellar reputation and career as a connector, communicator, idea generator and strategy executor. Over 20 years, she has partnered with executives in a broad range of top global firms to capture and grow market share, elevate the customer experience, and rapidly build top performing businesses by focusing on enhancing “people performance” across various disciplines.

Scott LaPointe

Director of Engineering
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Scott LaPointe has 30 years’ experience working directly with businesses developing and building software. Scott has held many roles including DBA, Software Developer, Business Analyst and managerial roles at the VP and CTO level.
Scott has a unique ability to take the users requirements and turn them into solutions that perfectly meet their needs. He has extensive experience in supply chain management and ecommerce, having built distribution software and several e-commerce websites. Scott was a partner in an online shoe company for over 8 years where he used SEO and other marketing strategies to increase sales over 1,000% and eventually reach $30M before selling his stake in the business. Scott likes to challenge himself with hobbies and is currently converting a VW dune buggy into an electric car.

Mark Almeida

VP Sales & Marketing
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As a seasoned sales and marketing executive, Mark has extensive telecommunications and software experience. Most recently, Mark was VP of Carrier & Partner Sales at ProntoForms, a SaaS-based mobile forms and analytics company that helped enterprises automate data collection and workflows. As a VP of Network Sourcing at AT&T, Mark led a global pursuit team that developed custom, managed service offerings for some of AT&T’s largest customers. Also at AT&T, Mark was a Sales Center VP where his team consistently exceeded quota in mobility sales to Fortune 500 companies in the Northeast. Presently, Mark is an Adjunct Instructor at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School where he teaches classes focused on career development and entrepreneurial leadership. At Advoqt, Mark is leading sales, increasing brand awareness and scaling the organization to meet customer demand. Mark is also implementing a partner engagement strategy which allow its customers to benefit from best-in-class solutions with industry leading partners.

Jesus Perez

Cybersecurity Architect & Instructor
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Seasoned cybersecurity professional with executive presence and deep engineering skills. Capable of rolling out security programs ranging from policy development to hands-on implementation of an entire tool stack. Highly motivated and capable of leading cybersecurity teams as well as train and mentor others.

Gary Vause

Principal Consultant
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Performed as a Principal Cyber Security Advisor providing hands-on consulting services with the responsibilities of developing roadmaps and project plans on how to manage Advoqt’s Technology Group (ATG) clients’ remediation efforts. Engaged stakeholders in the initial finding/identifying of key requirements for building the processes for how vulnerability and file share remediation efforts will take place.

Barbara Dalton Russell

Strategic Advisor
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Barbara Dalton Russell co-founded Juice Advisors with Cathi Raffaeli in 2016 to advance the ability of the most promising early-stage companies to succeed. Further, we look to invest and accelerate in an inclusive manner, with the objective of making superior returns while also generating measurable social and/or environmental impact. As an investor and board member of technology and tech-enabled companies, principally focused on the AI, ML, and blockchain sectors, Ms. Russell provides strategic advice that maximizes the abilities of these companies to scale via targeted fundraising from both strategic and best-of-breed venture sources.

Prior to Juice, Ms. Russell was the Managing Director of Investment Banking at Detwiler Fenton, a Boston-based i-Banking boutique focused on early/mid-stage companies. Before Detwiler, Ms. Russell was the co-founder of the Social Internet Fund (2011) with Lou Kerner, as well as several funds focused on private shares of social media companies (FB and other companies prior to IPO). In 2002, Ms. Russell was one of the founders of BoldCap, a woman-focused venture fund, and funded exclusively by women, including such female luminaries as Kay Koplovitz (founder of Springboard), Heide Miller, Barbara Cochran, etc.

As Managing Director, Senior Partner, and Group Head of the media and entertainment investment banking group at CIBC Oppenheimer, Ms. Russell raised significant amounts of capital as well as provided advice to technology, media and financial services companies.

Barbara began her career as a securities analyst at Kidder Peabody in New York, where she was an Institutional Investor-ranked media and entertainment securities analyst.

Ms. Russell is a mentor, judge, and/or investor in several accelerators, angel investment groups, and not-for-profits including: TechStars; MIT 100K Challenge; LearnLaunch; Harvard iLab; Boston Harbor Angels; NYS Business Plan Competition; Rice University BusPlan Comp; MIT Alumni Angels of Boston; and NFTE.

Ms. Russell is a lecturer at MIT, as well as at Babson WIN Lab. She received her MBA from the Sloan School at MIT and a BA in Economics from Boston University. She serves on several private and not-for-profit company boards, including: Green Piñata, Enbiome, Schola, and Magpie. She lives in Lexington, MA with her husband and has two children.

Things to know about me: Barbara enjoys working with entrepreneurs who deploy advancements in science and technology to solve complex, fundamental problems while having a positive impact on the world. Specifically, she is looking for early-stage ventures that are building software platforms, online networks and distributed systems that provide more people better access to capital, education, healthcare and opportunity. I have a particular passion for helping women and minorities along their personal journeys . . . and I am now on a mission to use my entrepreneurial experience to play an active role in changing the social, cultural and economic headwinds that these segments of

Steve MacLellan

Strategic Advisor
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Steve is a thirty-year veteran of the Boston financial industry. He is the founder and CEO of Blue Sky Management & Research, a Cambridge based company, and has worked for numerous major financial companies including Fidelity, Bank of America, Charles T. Main, and John Hancock.

Steve is an industry expert on cyber security and using security technologies for competitive advantage, especially at Internet scale.

Steve helped start the Advanced Cyber Security Center in partnership with Mass Insight Global Partnerships and was a judge in the Mass Challenge competition.

Linda N. Stewart

Strategic Advisor
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With a Wharton education and KPMG experience that grounds her in the numbers, Linda knows what it takes to deliver top and bottom line results with a focus on customer and employee satisfaction in service businesses. She has been recognized as a positive, results and metrics driven leader and has been instrumental in driving innovation in product, processes and profits.

Michael Figueroa

Strategic Advisor
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I believe that we in the security community have made protecting organizations and their assets way too hard, with complexity of technology solutions far out-pacing an organization’s ability to manage them. Rather than focus on external influencers that business and mission owners have no control over, my approach prioritizes what an organization should do against what it is able to do, without judgement.

My background is diverse, serving at times as an executive technology strategist, chief architect, product manager, and disruptive technology champion focused on cyber security. I recently focused on architecting and managing the delivery of solutions based on technologies that may otherwise have difficulty on the open market. I’ve also led an agile applied research team building an advanced mobile and cloud (IaaS) reputation-based secure communications platform prototype under a DARPA-funded program. I have served in executive roles at two DC-area startups, ran consulting operations, negotiated business deals, led a 24/7 system administration and operations team, and managed a multi-million dollar CapEx/OpEx budget.

As a cognitive psychology undergrad, I look at tech differently. Technology is meant to solve problems, not just entertain or show off mad coding skills. My non-traditional background (apps and systems | cloud and mobile | program management | social engineering and phishing | software design and prototyping | data warehousing/big data | business intelligence | usability) gives me an unconventional insight into how business and government use/misuse emerging technology. Let’s work together to use technology smarter, not just throw more of it at the same problems.

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