Kirk Evans is a Microsoft Architect for the Azure Center of Excellence.
Introduction to SharePoint and Azure IaaS
Building SharePoint Apps with Windows Azure Platform as a Service
SharePoint Solutions and Architectures on Windows Azure Infrastructure Services
Understanding Authentication and Permissions with Apps for SharePoint and Office
I didn't see an announcement anywhere of new RD appointments, so I thought I would send out kudos to Vishwas Lele for his recent Microsoft Regional Director award. Vishwas recently spoke at the Washington, DC DevDays event, and is a Principal Architect for Applied Information Sciences. He also was one of the technical reviewers for Don Box's Essential .NET, Volume I: The Common Language Runtime.
Some of the other developers from AIS that you might recognize: