Candidates for the 2018-2019 Board of Directors

Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group
Candidates for the 2018-2019
RMOUG Board of Directors

The Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group (RMOUG) announces the upcoming election of its Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Pursuant to the group’s by-laws, the Directors must be members of the Corporation and shall be elected for a term of one year at the annual meeting by a majority vote of the members present in person or by proxy.

When there are 15 or less nominations then RMOUG Policies state that no official election by ballot is prepared, instead there will be an election by acclamation. All available candidates will be elected by acclamation in accordance to RMOUG policies. Any vacant directorships on the Board of Directors may be filled at any time during that fiscal year by a majority vote of the board.

Candidates:

Gustavo René Antúnez                      David Fitzjarrell
Karen Funston Elaine Magnuson
Art Marshall Nicole Navartil
William Padfield Linda Seley
Bryan Wells

 

Gustavo René Antúnez

Campaign Statement

Hello RMOUG board, my name is Gustavo René Antúnez and I more than excited to be running for election as a board of director for RMOUG. I have been helping the group in the Abstract Selection Committee for the past four years, I have also been a presenter at RMOUG Training days 2015,2016 and I ran there the DB12c SIG meeting and helped with the RMOUG ACE lunch at training days 2015,2016 and 2017.

I have helped the ORAMEX (Oracle Mexico User Group) with their exponential growth in the past four years as a consultant to the ORAMEX president. They went from having only 2 meet ups and one event per year (OTN Tour), to now having a regular Quarterly meet up, having two monthly webinars and having 2 big events per year (OTN Tour and Developer Days). I have achieved this by being an active member in social media and networking events to help spread the work that they do, I have also been a member of IOUG Cloud SIG and Oracle RAC SIG helping them grow the SIG from a couple of members to currently having more than 100 signed up members  and helping the SIG grow their knowledge base.

Qualifications and Biography:

My current position is as an Oracle DBA at Pythian, and my company is able and committed to offer me great support to be involved in regional user groups and SIGs, and as an Oracle ACE, I’m able to help people see the value of RMOUG as a valuable regional user group during presentations and webinars.

I believe that my experience with other groups and SIGs allow me to bring a number of unique perspectives to the RMOUG Board. I also believe that the organization can contribute a great deal through continued leadership, and these leaders bring quality to the Colorado Region. I am committed to supporting that mission however I can at the local or the national level, and I hope you’ll consider me for Board membership in the coming year of 2017-2018. For any reference regarding my statement or previous User Group involvement you can contact Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman.


 

David Fitzjarrell

Campaign Statement

My name is David Fitzjarrell and I would like to run for a seat on the Board of Directors of RMOUG.  Currently I am the Social Media Director for RMOUG and I would like to continue to serve in that capacity.  I continue to contribute to  the Oracle community through my monthly articles for www.databasejournal.com and would like to extend that to the User’s Group to further knowledge and understanding of Oracle.  There are opportunities to serve that community and RMOUG through group involvement.

Qualifications and Biography:

I have been an Oracle DBA for 29 years now, starting in 1989 with Oracle 6 and working with just about every release since then.  I am a published author, having written the lion’s share of “Oracle Exadata Survival Guide” and writing two articles each month for www.databasejournal.com.  I contribute regularly to the Oracle database forums and have earned the distinction of Oracle ACE.  I am dedicated to sharing what I know and to learning what I don’t know on a daily basis.  The User’s Group has been good to me and I want to continue to  give back to the community and to RMOUG.

I look forward to the opportunity to serve again on the Board of Directors.


 

Karen Funston

Campaign Statement

I’ve been impressed with RMOUG since I was first exposed to Oracle RDBMS in 2005.  The organization is vibrant and responsive to the needs and opinions of its members.  The first RMOUG Training Days I attended was in 2006 and I remember being very impressed with the quality and quantity of the sessions – and with how well the conference was organized.  Then I found out that it was done by volunteers and I was even more impressed.  RMOUG has evolved some since my first experience with the organization.  In addition to providing one of the best user conferences around, RMOUG now encourages the next generation of technical talent through its Scholarship program.  I served on the RMOUG Board of Directors for a term in 2014-2015 and am anxious to return.

I’ve worked in higher education for over 25 years – with experience at both a selective admissions research institution, an open enrollment institution, and now serving at the Colorado Community College System office.  CCCS provides a centralized ERP, reporting system, WAN and unified communications for 13 of Colorado’s Community Colleges.  Prior to moving to IT in 2002, I worked in both Admissions and Financial Aid.  I believe this background, along with my current involvement in tech gives me the ability to serve on the Board as well as to help to advance the development of RMOUG’s Scholarship program.

Qualifications and Biography:

25+ years’ experience in higher education,16 years’ experience in IT making the move from Open VMS, Cobol and Focus to Oracle, SQL and PL/SQL in 2005.

My background in Oracle includes experience as a developer, DBA, and finally in my current position as Director, BI (Business Intelligence) Infrastructure & DBA Services overseeing two teams of talented Oracle professionals – although I still manage to keep my hand in the technical side of things.


 

Elaine Magnuson

Campaign Statement

My first exposure to RMOUG was in 2004, I attended a quarterly meeting and was impressed with the exceptional caliber of the presenters and the overall flow of the meeting.  From that time forward, I volunteered for the yearly Training Days conference in various functions: room ambassador, registration, and abstract reviewer. I welcome an opportunity to contribute to RMOUG in a leadership position.  If elected, I would bring the knowledge I have gained in several leadership roles outside RMOUG such as Mile Hi Chapter of PMI, Informatica User’s Group and Boy Scout troop committee member.  I would use my leadership experience to assist RMOUG in meeting the needs of its members by continued professional education activities and promoting the organization.  I retired recently and would like stay involved and engaged in the Information Technology industry and now I have the time and energy to invest in the growth of this remarkable organization.

Qualifications and Biography:

Elaine Thomas-Magnuson has more that 30 years of experience in various aspects of Information Technology arena with over 20 years with Oracle.  She specialized in Data Warehouse design and development including ETL practices and processes.  Elaine’s past positions have been a UNIX System Administrator, Programmer Analyst, Database Administrator, IT Manager and Data Warehouse / Informatica Consultant.  She has worked in many industries and different sizes companies.


 

Art Marshall

Campaign Statement

Having been a volunteer at RMOUG Training Days and an RMOUG website volunteer technician and director, I am poised to take on additional responsibilities to assist with the planning and the direction of the group for the coming year. Being involved with RMOUG during the past several years has been a great knowledge gaining, rewarding experience for me, and I wish to contribute my efforts to the good and growth of the organization in return.

Qualifications and Biography:

I have worked in the IT industry since 1980, having used various database systems from then on, including my first exposure to Oracle in 1991. My Oracle responsibilities started with platform migration, then query and Forms development, and then those of a database administrator since 1997, in both production and development environments, including those of non-clustered, Data Guard, and RAC. Versions that I have been involved with include 6, through 12. With this long-term involvement in IT, I have a strong commitment to continually expand my knowledge of important Oracle database technologies, and to facilitate the usage and sharing of that knowledge with others.


 

Nicole Navartil

Campaign Statement

I have to thank David Fitzjarrell for letting me know about RMOUG, and just in time to participate in Training Days 2017.  Just to give you a little background of myself, I have not worked in IT for ten years for family reasons.  When I decided to re-enter the industry, I had a lot to learn and turned to Twitter among other avenues to get advice.  I sent out some tweets and David Fitzjarrell responded that he would be more than willing to answer any questions I had.  He informed me about RMOUG, which I joined earlier this year, and then I got in contact with Tim Gorman and subsequently became an at-large member of the RMOUG Board.

I am excited to become more involved in the Oracle community through RMOUG, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, future conferences, and hopefully by contributing as a member of the RMOUG Board of Directors.  From what I have gathered, RMOUG does amazing things and has the potential to do more, but that it faces many challenges.  I would love to contribute to RMOUG with a fresh set of eyes.  I have received such tremendous support from the Oracle community as I revive my career, and I would like to return the favor by helping RMOUG provide scholarships and with all the other great work they do, and by becoming a mentor myself.

Qualifications and Biography:

Ms Navratil began her career in IT unconventionally in 1997, by taking a job at Fidelity Investments as an administrative assistant who fell in love with automating her tasks with code.  Soon she was promoted to Web Developer, and created a web application using ColdFusion and SQL Server.  In her next position, working for a dot com, she experienced her first exposure with Oracle.  In her ten year career, Ms Navratil switched back and forth between being a front-end and a back-end developer, using a variety of technologies including continuing with Oracle, SQL Server, and ColdFusion, and adding .NET.  At her last position at Boston Scientific, she interfaced closely with the Oracle DBA team and her interest in making a career change to become an Oracle DBA developed.  After an unforeseen hiatus from the industry, Ms Navratil was able to go back to school and achieved her Master’s in Database Technologies from Regis University.  She has subsequently achieved her OCA and is working to become an OCP, and she is looking forward to finding her first position as an Oracle DBA.


 

William Padfield

Campaign Statement

I campaign to adhere to the long-established high standards of the RMOUG Board, and also hope to help keep that high standard, as well as continue to help the organization align itself with the industry, both Oracle-related, and when appropriate, non-Oracle related, if it helps the organization thrive.  During the last half of 2016, I was at ‘At-large’ Board member, to get my feet wet and get some experience in the normal activities of the organization, to help prepare to be a full-time Board member. My goal is to contribute to the board and learn each month about the organization and how to increase the membership and also to help people and to both teach and learn as time goes.  It is important to me to pass on the little I’ve learned in this vast industry and try to help the next generation of IT professionals enter and prosper in this field.

Qualifications and Biography:

I have 20 years’ experience as an Oracle DBA.  I was a long-standing DBA at Century Link (formerly Qwest).  My recent experience within the past year is a DBA with Beeline (formerly IQ Navigator).  I have an abundance of experience with very large databases and data warehousing, and in my recent position, more experience with a transactional processing database environment.  I also have had quite a bit of experience with the Exadata platform, and experience managing an Oracle RAC and Oracle Data Guard database environments.  Within the last 10 years, I have functioned as a Senior Oracle DBA within my companies, and helped coordinate project and infrastructure database work within our respective database teams. I have been affiliate faculty at Regis University for 12 years, facilitating database-related courses, such as Database Administration, Performance Tuning, Backup/Recovery, PL/SQL Programming, and SQL Concepts. I co-authored two books published by Apress – Oracle 12c Performance Tuning Recipes, and Expert Oracle Indexing and Access Paths.


 

Linda Seley

Campaign Statement

During my approximately 20 years as a member of RMOUG I have volunteered at Training Days, both at the registration booth and as room ambassador, and have served on the board from 2006 until 2010, first as treasurer and then as education and scholarship director.  Recently, I presented at the 2018 Training Days.  I’ve received many benefits by being a member over the years and would like to give back to the community and the organization by seeking re-election to the board.

Qualifications and Biography:

Linda Seley has been in IT since 1989. She started out as a mainframe programmer then switched to Oracle in 1994. She has developed custom applications and has installed, and supported, various tools and applications like eBusiness Suite. Through it all her main hat has been that of Database Administrator, supporting Oracle databases from a legacy version 5 database to version 12.2.  Linda has also done the initial, customer-sided configuration and database migration for multiple Exadatas. Recently she’s been focusing on security and security tools like Oracle’s Advanced Security, Database Vault, Audit Vault and Database Firewall, and DBSAT, and has been diving into Oracle Sharding and the Oracle Cloud.


 

Bryan Wells

Campaign Statement

I became a part of the RMOUG community around 2001. After experiencing my first Training Days I realized just how much I had to learn to become an Oracle professional. RMOUG has been a staple in my professional career, even when the job market has been down.  Along with my role as an Affiliate Faculty member at Regis, I have begun to realize that I want to help the next generation of Oracle professionals. After joining the RMOUG board in 2017 as the Programs and SIGs Director  I am now looking to step forward into bigger shoes and fill the position of Training Days Director. I hope to continue the great work of making Training Days one of the best professional educational experiences for our membership, and look to help grow the membership base.

Qualifications and Biography:

Bryan Wells has had a customer first attitude in his 18+ years IT experience. He has spanned the roles of Database Administrator, Application DBA, developer, Build/Change Specialist, Database Engineer, Release Engineer, and System Administrator. He learned early that being flexible in his role allowed him to learn more to contribute to the success of his team where holes were needing to be filled. Outside of his day job, Bryan is also an adjunct faculty member at Regis University teaching in the Database Technologies program. He thrives on paying forward the knowledge he has gained from the multitude of mentors he has had in his career.

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