Current Board of Directors
|John Peterson, President
I have been doing Oracle related work since 1991, as a Developer, DBA and DBA supervisor. Other IT experience, as a Computer Programmer, Systems Analyst, Systems Administrator, Storage Administrator, Applications Database Administrator. During my years on the board of directors with RMOUG, I have served as Board Vice President, VP/Treasurer, Treasurer, Secretary and Director of Scholarship/Education since 1999. Have presented at quarterly educational workshops and at the annual Training Days conference. I have volunteered for other committees such as Training Days. I have presented at other conferences. Currently, I am also serving on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Oracle Applications Users Group.
|Vince Giasolli, Vice President/ Director of Newsletters
Vincent Giasolli has been using Oracle and the Oracle E-Business Suite since 1992. He is currently working in downtown Denver in the Oil and Gas industry. He has been employed across industry segments including Manufacturing, Government, Financial, Medical, and Real Estate as a DBA, Developer, Data Architect, Software Engineer, Ombudsman and Project Manager. He has a Masters in Computer Science and is an Oracle Certified Professional. He has worked on the RMOUG Board of Directors for the past year as the Special Interest Group director. He first became a member of RMOUG in 2000. He strongly supports and believes in RMOUG and working with the RMOUG BOD has provided insight into how a successful organization is run. He volunteered at many RMOUG Training Days, most recently in 2013 and 2012, and is consistently impressed by the presentations and organization.
|Dan Hotka, Director of Programs , is a Training Specialist and an Oracle ACE Director who has over 35 years in the computer industry, over 29 years of experience with Oracle products. His experience with the Oracle RDBMS dates back to the Oracle V4.0 days. Dan enjoys sharing his knowledge of the Oracle RDBMS. Dan is well-published with 12 Oracle books and well over 200 printed articles. He is frequently published in Oracle trade journals, regularly blogs, and speaks at Oracle conferences and user groups around the world. He has been a regular contributor to RMOUG for well over a decade now. He used to run a user group in Iowa where they too had a Training Day and he modeled the event after the RMOUG Training Days event. He is the current president of the Iowa Oracle Users Group (IAOUG.org), where he does most of the meeting arrangements. He has a lot of trade show experience, having spent a considerable amount of time working with several software vendors. He has been a regular contributor to the RMOUG SQL Update Magazine. He appreciates the Training Days and quarterly meeting speaking slots he has done for RMOUG in the past. He has quite the following of RMOUG members at each of the events. He receives a lot of positive feedback from both the RMOUG board and various attendees.
|Ron Bich, Treasurer, began his IT career in 1990 within the IBM mainframe world. Looking back, he finds it amazing to see how the world as evolved with an ever increasing presence of technology. After getting initiated into Oracle at his job in 1995, he was provided with incentive to become involved with RMOUG in various volunteer roles, eventually becoming a member on the Board of Directors in 2002. His early involvement put him in direct contact with two very talented individuals, Doug Faughnan and Stan Yellott. Their support for this organization went beyond their knowledge about Oracle and in that same spirit, Ron’s support has contributed improvements beyond his Oracle knowledge. This has been Ron’s way of paying tribute to both of those individuals, by supporting RMOUG in improving membership benefits beyond his Oracle knowledge! With each of the positions Ron has held within the Board of Directors for RMOUG he has worked towards improving and maintaining benefits RMOUG offers to its members. As IS Director he restructured our IS systems with a member volunteer team, as President his leadership provided a solid direction for the Board to follow to work towards enhancing their area membership benefits, he initiated a team effort to change our corporate structure to a nonprofit status and maintain your benefits without increasing your costs. During his tenure as Membership Director he organized volunteer areas, coordinating available volunteers with tasks identified by each of our Board Members.
| Andreas Katsaris, Director of Marketing – My extensive background in IT (19 years) includes technical positions as a C++ developer, Oracle DBA, technical manager, data warehouse architect and OBIEE/ODI developer/architect in a variety of industries and environments. For the last 8 years I have been part of Arisant, LLC and as a co-founder and senior partner I have had to opportunity to grow my experience in the areas of Product Management, Account Management, marketing and business development. Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with many customers in the US as well as several countries in Europe and gain invaluable experiences. I have been attending and presenting at RMOUG for several years (in a very non-regular and not predictable manner, I am afraid to say!) and feel that my time has finally come, to offer my time and expertise to RMOUG.
|Chris Ostrowski, Secretary, is an Oracle Solution Architect Director for Avout in Colorado. He has worked with Oracle technologies for over 20 years as a Developer, DBA, Project Manager and Enterprise Architect. Recently, Chris has focused his efforts on Service Oriented Architecture technologies including Oracle JDeveloper, the Oracle SOA Suite and Enterprise Technologies including Oracle Fusion Applications and Oracle’s Application Integration Architecture. He is the author of three books from Oracle Press, “Oracle Application Server 10g Web Development”, “The Oracle Application Server Portal Handbook” and the upcoming “Migrating to Fusion Applications”, is a certified Oracle SOA Implementation Champion and is a proud member of the Oracle ACE Program. His first interaction with RMOUG was back in 1996 – He attended RMOUG Training Days back when it was held at the Holiday Inn at Wadsworth and Hampden – He knew right then he had stumbled upon something special. To work with an organization as influential as RMOUG is a great honor to him, both as a presenter and a 3-time member of the board. He has worked on the RMOUG Board of Directors for the past year as the Vendor Representative. He has presented at the RMOUG Training Days every year for the past 13 years (except 2006 and 2011).
|Bobby Curtis, Director of Social Media – My position as a Senior Technical Consultant with Enkitec, offers me incredible support from my company to be involved in my local and remote user groups. I hope to be a positive resource within the RMOUG board of directors and of assistance to other board members through collaboration and skills that will continue to make RMOUG the successful Oracle User Group it is today. After serving on the board over the last year, I have learned a great deal about how the user group runs and how we can continue to improve over time. By being a part of the RMOUG board of Directors I have been able to focus more on community relations and how to continue to improve the group as time moves forward. Over the past two years, I have had the opportunity to present on a variety of stages from my local Georgia Oracle User Group (GOUSER), RMOUG TD 2013, and Oracle Open World in 2012/2013. These presenting opportunities have allowed me to spread the word of RMOUG as a valuable regional user group during presentations, webinars and Oracle meetings outside the state of Colorado and into other regional area providing RMOUG additional exposer to a new audience.
|Art Marshall, Director of Information Services/Web Master – 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.
|Bob Mason, Director of Education/Scholarship, joined Regis University as a full-time assistant professor in January, 2011. Prior to accepting this position with Regis, he was employed by various Fortune 500 companies for 25 years as a DBA, Data Architect and Software Engineer. He was also an affiliate faculty member at Regis for 10 years. His Ph.D. dissertation research was focused on the resolution of the interoperability gap challenges that exist between Learning Object Repositories & Learning Management Systems using Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).
Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL – August, 2011
MBA with an emphasis in CIS from the University of North Texas, Denton, TX – 1992
Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry Management from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN – 1981.
He has worked on the RMOUG Board of Directors for the past year as the scholarship director. In addition, he presented at the RMOUG Training Days 2014 on the subject of Hadoop Pig Programming and he volunteered as a room monitor for 5 sessions. He enjoys working with the RMOUG BOD and it provides an opportunity for community service. Bob first became involved with RMOUG in 1999. At one of the RMOUG meetings he was recruited by Regis University (Don Archer) as an affiliate faculty member in the SCIS Database Technologies program where he taught Oracle classes for 10 years on a part-time basis. Later Bob joined Regis as a full-time faculty member in 2011 after completing his Ph.D. Over the years he has presented many times at RMOUG Training Days. He has always been impressed by the high quality of the presenters and participants at Training Days and other RMOUG events.
|Chris Chase, Director of Special Interest Groups/Meetup
Chris Chase is a managing partner with The Bean Group. He is a Hyperion Planning and Essbase professional with over 20 years of experience designing, developing, and implementing corporate IT solutions using OLAP and OLTP databases and object oriented programming languages. He has strong presentation skills ranging from technical to analytical presentations given to all levels including C-Level executives. Chris is a self-motivated problem solver with strong analytical skills and an ability to develop and maintain a high level vision, while also working hands-on to complete detailed, complex tasks. He is a Proven team leader with strong managerial skills and an ability to quickly master new technologies and understand how they fit into a corporate technology strategy. Mr. Chase is a long time member of RMOUG and has served as the leader of the Hyperion/EPM special interest group (SIG) for the past 3 years. He is a frequent speaker at RMOUG meetings, the Hyperion/EPM SIG, and at the annual Training Days conference, as well as other local conferences and national conferences such as Oracle Open World, Collaborate, and KScope. Chris is also a member of the board of directors for the Colorado chapter of the Oracle Apps Users Group (Colorado.oaug.org) and is also an active member of ODTUG.
|Sruthi Kumar Annamnidu, Member At Large, began working in IT in Bangalore, India, after completing undergraduate Computer Science degree from Nagarjuna University in Andhra Pradesh in 2001. Since 2007, he has been working in IT in Denver. Currently, while working fulltime, he is pursuing a Masters in Database Administration at the University of Denver.
|Mark James, Member At Large, has over 15 years of IT Experience, mainly as an Oracle Database Administrator, while also being highly skilled on numerous other major database vendor platforms as well. He has been an OCP since Oracle 8i through all versions up to 11g. He holds a BS in Accounting (1993), an MBA in Finance and Accounting (1997) and an MSCIS Degree in Database Technologies (2000). He taught Master’s Level Database Technologies Courses for almost 10 years at Regis University and has been teaching Master’s Level Database Technologies Courses for the University of Denver (DU) for over 8 years. He has worked as a DBA for several major companies in diverse business lines such as Internet Services, Telecom, Finance, Healthcare, Defense, Automotive, Energy, Oil and Gas. Mark has had the pleasure of working for the RMOUG Board of Directors in the capacity of Membership Director over the 2013-2014 term. He also assisted with initiatives for RMOUG Scholarships, Newsletter Article Reviews, Annual Training Days Event Planning and New RMOUG Membership Portal Review over the last year as well.
|Al Gonzales, Member At Large
|Tim Gorman, Past President, began his IT career in 1984 as a programmer on UNIX and VMS systems, working on medical and financial systems as an application developer, systems programmer, and systems administrator. He joined Oracle in 1990, became a technical manager there, then left in 1998 became an independent consultant, founding EvDBT.com. Mr. Gorman is co-author (with fellow RMOUG member Gary Dodge) of “Essential Oracle8i Data Warehousing” (2000) and “Oracle8 Data Warehousing” (1998) from John Wiley & Sons, co-author (3 others) of “Beginning Oracle SQL” (2010) from Apress, and co-author (with the Oak Table Network) of “Oracle Insights: Tales of the Oak Table” (2004) and “Expert Oracle Database Administration from the Oak Table” (2009), and he has served as technical reviewer for eight other published books from O’Reilly & Associates and Apress. Tim first joined RMOUG in 1993, presenting at the Training Days conference that year and at every Training Days conference since. He has presented numerous times at quarterly membership meetings, and contributed numerous articles for “SQL_Update,” the RMOUG newsletter. He has also presented at dozens of other Oracle Users Groups in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.Tim has served the RMOUG board of directors as the Oracle Corporation liaison from 1995-1997, programs director from 1997-2000 and 2001-2002, membership director 2000-2003, president from 2003-2005, Training Days director from 2006-2007, IS director 2010-2011, and as president again from 2011-2013.
|Kathy Robb, Board Member Emeritus, has been involved in Oracle technology since Oracle RDBMS 5, serving in a variety of capacities, including database support and administration, management, consulting and technical training. With over 20 years of Oracle-based experience, Kathy has worked with multiple Oracle technologies, particularly with Oracle Applications and Oracle Database, Kathy has a wide-ranging knowledge of technologies and support her customers in all areas of architecture, implementation and support.Kathy is a co-founder of Arisant, LLC a Colorado company and Oracle Partner.Email:BoardMemberEmeritus@rmoug.org|
|John Jeunnette, Board Member Emeritus/Training Days Software Vendor
|Peggy King, Board Member Emeritus, has been managing Partner of King Training Resources since 1992. Her previous background includes securities, banking, and paralegal. Peggy has volunteered in several roles. They include: Training Days Director for 2004 and 2005; RMOUG Training Days; IOUG-A Live!; and, several years at other conferences serving on the Finance and Web committees for IOUG.
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|Kellyn Pot’Vin, Board Member Emeritus/Training Days Director(Non-voting) – Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman is a member of the Oak Table Network and was an Oracle ACE Director until joining Oracle as the Consulting Member for the Strategic Customer Program, a specialized group of Enterprise Manager Specialists. Kellyn is known for her extensive work with Enterprise Manager 12c, its command line interface, environment optimization tuning, automation and architecture design. Her blog, http://dbakevlar.com and social media activity under her handle, DBAKevlar is well respected for her insight and content. She is the lead author on a number of technical books, hosts webinars for numerous technical groups, including All Things Oracle and has presented at Oracle Open World, HotSos, Collaborate, KSCOPE, along with other US and European conferences. Kellyn is a strong advocate for Women in Technology, (WIT) citing education on topics regarding stereotypes and presenting opportunities early as the path to overcoming challenges.
|Pat Van Buskirk, Board Member Emeritus , was an Oracle DBA from 1991 to 2011. Prior to that, she was a mainframe programmer and Oracle Forms developer. She has acted as project manager for applications in manufacturing, insurance, education, research and banking. Her hobby is horses and she is currently the web committee chair for the Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo. She has recently joined Coldwell Banker in Parker as an Associate Broker where she continues to use her database skills in the real estate business.
|Ann Horton, Oracle Liaison, works for Oracle Corporation in Denver. Ann is currently a Sr. Applications Engineer developing Oracle Fusion Procurement Applications using Oracle ADF, Oracle Data Integrator (ODI), Oracle Essbase, and Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE). Previously Ann was a Senior Principal Consultant with Oracle’s Advanced Technology Services Fusion Middleware Group working with JDeveloper and ADF, Oracle Enterprise Manager, SOA, and Application Express.Ann has over 30 years of experience applying Oracle technologies to solve enterprise business problems for numerous organizations. For over 10 years, Ann provided Oracle consulting services through her Denver-based consulting firm. Concurrently Ann taught evening graduate level university courses in Java, object-oriented technology, and database technologies as an Affiliate Professor for Regis University.In the early 1990’s Ann worked for Oracle Corporation as Manager of U.S. CASE Education, and is internationally known for her data modeling, database design, and Oracle Designer expertise. She is co-author of the book Professional Oracle 8i Application Programming with Java, PL/SQL, and XML. Ann is a frequent presenter at RMOUG and ODTUG, and a former ODTUG Board Member.
|Heidi Kuhn, RMOUG Executive Director, began working for the Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group in 1997. Her main duties include maintaining membership records, sending group emails, bookkeeping, and helping the Board of Directors as needed. She especially enjoys corresponding with the members and meeting with them during Training Days and Quarterly Educational Workshops.