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Executive Board

Paul Timmerman Chair

Paul Timmerman is a Microsoft SQL Server MVP and the Lead SQL Server DBA at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Paul has over thirteen years of experience in database administration and is a past Chapter Leader of the Minnesota SQL Server User Group, PASSMN.

Paul is an active member of the PASS community and routinely speaks at user group meetings and SQL Saturday conferences.

Jim Dorame Director of Program Development

Jim is currently the Database Systems Manager for a large scale educational assessment corporation. He has been working with technology for over 20 years and specifically with Microsoft SQL Server since version 6.5.

He has decided to start giving back to the community that has provided him with so much information in the past.

Cecil Spivey Director of Membership / Treasurer

Cecil is a DBA Engineer for a Twin Cities financial company. He has been working in IT for over 20 years and was a consultant and a programmer/developer for many years until he was converted to the dark side.

Eric Zierdt Director of Corporate Development

Eric is a Senior SQL Server Database Administrator with Boston Scientific. Eric has been working with SQL Server for over 16 years, as a developer and as a DBA. Eric has developed and administered benefit systems, real estate sites, marketing sites, game data, and medical device data. Eric has worked with the full SQL Server stack, with a focus on performance tuning and database architecture.

Eric has been a member of the Minnesota Chapter community for a number of years, speaking at local and regional SQLSaturday events and promoting the chapter with his peers.

Riley Major

Riley is an Enterprise Architect at Manna Freight Systems, Inc., of Mendota Heights, MN. He’s been in the trenches with SQL Server for 14 years, focusing mostly on development and architecture. Riley cut his teeth on SQL Server 7, but has been on a syntactical sugar high since SQL Server 2005.

He’s written or architected over a half million lines of SQL still in active use. Riley is particularly grateful that technology has saved him from having to use his law degree.

Jim Horn

Jim is a Microsoft-based database developer specializing in Business Intelligence, ETL, and Dashboard solutions using Microsoft SQL Server, SSIS, SSRS, and Access.

Jim has worked as a developer, staff manager, production support manager, and internal and external consultant.

Executive Board Roles

The Chair will develop the agenda and preside over the meetings of the Executive Board. Serve as the liaison to the national PASS chapter. Responsible for the overall planning of the organization; organizes, directs, oversees and evaluates performance to strategic plan and objectives. Ensure the policies of PASS are followed and carried out. Responsible for leadership succession planning, including nominations, the election process, and the smooth transition of the Executive Board. Coordinate ad hoc responsibilities to members of the Executive Board and ensure that position responsibilities and assigned duties are carried out on a timely basis.
The Director of Program Development shall provide strategic leadership in program development, which offers personal and professional development to members and prospective members. Schedule and coordinate presentations and presenters for the regular meetings. Coordinate with the Executive Board to determine the content of future meetings. Work with the Director of Membership to determine specific expertise from within the chapter or group, identify potential external presenters, and identify vendors for presentations. Identify potential social-gathering events outside the recurring monthly meetings. Organize catering of the monthly meetings.
The Director of Membership / Treasurer shall collect, manage, and utilize data collected about the members of the chapter or group; shall ensure that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws or as required by law; and shall serve as custodian of the records of the chapter or group; shall receive and give receipts for monies due and payable to the chapter or group from any sources whatsoever, and shall deposit all such monies in the name of the chapter or group in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as shall be selected in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws; shall submit financial reports to the Executive Board at its regular meetings and to the membership at the Annual Meeting.
The Director of Corporate Development communicates with local dealers and vendors on special offers and support of the Chapter or group with its various programs and projects. Serve as the liaison between the chapter or group and SQL Server vendors on the strategy and execution of outreach programs.
The Director of Technology provides strategic direction for the PASSMN Web site (redesign; enhancements, functionality; new product development; relationship building with third parties). Interfaces with other board members to identify Web needs specific to their areas; facilitates delivery of those needs based on priority and budget. Supports strategy and implementation of board programs via IT infrastructure. Serves as main contact to Web staff/service organization in helping to prioritize projects and focus efforts. Monitors critical dates and ensures appropriate content gets posted/updated on time. Reviews Web site regularly; monitors to see if new information is being posted (makes sure the Web site stays "fresh"). Periodically checks functionality (page loading, navigation, and valid links). Checks Web statistics. Supports special projects as determined and assigned by the board of directors.
The Director of SQL Saturday is responsible for planning and executing all facets of the annual SQL Saturday event. SQL Saturdays are free, one day training events open to all SQL Server professionals. The Minnesota event brings together over 400 database professionals from not only Minnesota and the upper Midwest, but throughout the country.
  • PASSMN Executive Board 2015
    Chair
    Rick Krueger
    Membership / Treasurer
    Paul Timmerman
    Technology
    Riley Major
    Program Development
    Dave Valentine
    Corporate Development
    Jim Dorame
    SQLSaturday
    Jennifer Classen
  • PASSMN Executive Board 2014
    Chair
    Mike Donnelly
    Membership / Treasurer
    Will Weber
    Technology
    Shirley Morillo
    Program Development
    Tracy McKibben
    Corporate Development
    Jennifer Classen
    SQLSaturday
    Rick Krueger
  • PASSMN Executive Board 2013
    Chair
    Paul Timmerman
    Membership / Treasurer
    Joshuha Owen
    Technology
    Shirley Morillo
    Program Development
    Mike Donnelly
    Corporate Development
    Will Weber
    SQLSaturday
    Bill Preachuk
  • PASSMN Executive Board 2012
    Chair
    Steve Hughes
    Membership / Treasurer
    Joshuha Owen
    Technology
    Andy Lohn
    Program Development
    Tim Plas
    Corporate Development
    Bill Preachuck
    SQLSaturday
    Paul Timmerman

Term Information

The board is elected on an annual basis with nominations for board members beginning in October and elections in November. Members serve on the board from January to December of the following year.



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