Day-to-day operations at PASS, including tactical projects and major events, are overseen and run by a management team contracted by the Board of Directors. Since 2007, PASS has been under the management of Christianson & Company, based in Vancouver, Canada. In that time, PASS has witnessed phenomenal growth. The management team – led by Judy Christianson, principal of Christianson & Company – are dedicated to enriching and empowering the Microsoft data community, particularly PASS's members and volunteers, so that PASS can succeed in its mission to help the community Connect, Share, and Learn.

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JUDY CHRISTIANSON - Executive Manager & Principal

Judy is the principal of Christianson & Company, the management team responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of PASS. Christianson & Company has been in business for over 20 years, working on major corporate events for clients such as Electronic Arts, Kodak Canada, the Kodak Graphic Communications Group, and Creo Products Inc., to mention a few. In addition, Judy and the C&C team have produced a number of successful celebrity fundraisers for charitable organizations, including the Steve Nash Foundation, Mark Messier in support of Canuck Place, and the Courtnall Celebrity Classic.

Judy brings over a decade of association management experience to the organization and has served as Director on a variety of boards, as Executive Director to the Creo and Kodak Graphic Users Association boards, and most recently, as Executive Manager for PASS. Judy’s main focus is providing the overall vision and leadership for PASS while ensuring all resources are in place to support the needs of the association, the Board of Directors, and the 130,000+ members of PASS.

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SIMON REA-PALMER - Finance Operations Lead

Simon joined Christianson & Company in 2013, and is responsible for bank reconciliations, financial statements, and helping prepare year-end financial documents. Simon has over 10 years of financial experience, having worked in both accounting and industry roles. He is currently studying toward a professional accounting qualification. Simon moved from the UK in 2010 and lives in Vancouver with his wife and baby daughter.

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THEA RESPICIO - Finance Operations Coordinator

Thea joined Christianson & Company as Finance Operations Coordinator in 2015, working closely with the Finance Manager, with day to day tasks being overseen by the Finance Operations Lead. With a background in Accounting, Thea is responsible in maintaining the accounts payables and receivables, as well as ensuring an accurate and complete trail of supporting documentation for all financial activities.

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KARLA LANDRUM - Community Evangelist

A 2011 addition to the management team, Karla brings a valuable insider’s perspective to the PASS Community Evangelist role, having earned the moniker of volunteer extraordinaire during her past 4 years of community volunteer efforts. Based in Orlando, FL, Karla focuses on the community, managing the PASS Chapter and Regional Mentor programs, along with the full roster of SQLSaturday events.

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ANIKA POLISENO - Senior Event Manager

Anika joined Christianson & Company as the Events Manager in November 2010 and has been managing all operations and logistics for all PASS regional and national events. With 7 years of event management experience, from in-face Board meetings to the annual PASS Summit & PASS Business Analytics Conference, Anika manages all event-related logistics and acts as liaison between the community, the venue, and vendors to ensure facilities, equipment, and physical setup meet required standards and deliver the best possible experience for everyone. In addition, Anika oversees Christianson & Company’s human resources and overall office operations.

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JULIA WU - Event Coordinator

Julia joined the management team in 2014, and works under the supervision of the Event Manager. Julia is responsible for providing support to the Event & Operations Team and performing general administrative assistance. She brings with her a background in Project and Event Coordination, and looks forward to applying her Event Management knowledge and the many opportunities for growth within the management team.

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ELEANOR KLASSEN - Executive Office Administrator

Eleanor Klassen is the Executive Assistant of Christianson & Company, with 15+ years' expertise in executive management support, travel administration, organizational skills, and schedule management. Throughout her career, Eleanor has worked in the travel insurance and accounting software industry and is excited to apply her years of event management and administrative skills to serving the PASS community.

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SANDRA CHERRY - Finance Manager

Sandy brings 25 years of accounting experience in her role as Finance Manager for Christianson & Company. Sandy works closely with the Executive VP of Finance, the Board of Directors, and the entire management team on all financial-related deliverables. She is also responsible for the annual budget and is the PASS liaison to the accounting firm that completes the annual audit, financial statements, and tax returns for PASS. Sandy is the team lead for both the Finance Operations and Finance Coordinator roles.

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NICOLE CHERRY - Reporting and Finance Coordinator

Nicole joined Christianson & Company as Financial Coordinator in March 2012. She is responsible for the monthly financial reconciliation of all PASS events, all financial aspects related to SQLSaturdays  (including PASS and partner sponsorships, dispersal of funds, and reconciliations), Virtual Chapter sponsorship disbursements, and the monthly time-tracking report (including managing/approving time sheets). Nicole began in November 2011 as administrative assistant. She graduated from the University of Victoria in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree, has completed 2 years of Premedical Studies, and operated a Student Works Painting Franchise from 2006-2008.

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GEORGIA DAHLE - Director of Marketing

Georgia joined the management team as Director of Marketing in April 2015. Georgia brings over 17 years of professional experience in strategic marketing, community building, project management, communications, and event management. Previously the President for the BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association, Georgia is responsible for directing the overall marketing program for PASS, and will utilize her years of leadership in the not-for-profit in her work with PASS.

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LANA MONTGOMERY - Marketing Manager, SQL Server Community

Lana joined the management team in October 2011, bringing more than 8 years of marketing, communications, and event experience to her role. She is responsible for the execution of a wide variety of marketing programs, including production of the PASS Connector and volunteer newsletters, planning and support of regional and international PASS events, and membership growth and support.

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TERESA CHEUNG - Marketing Manager, Business Analytics Community

Teresa joined the management team in 2015 as Marketing Manager, Business Analytics, bringing deep experience in all facets of marketing communications and events management. She works closely with the PASS project management and community teams further develop the Business Analytics community. She is responsible for the execution of a wide variety of marketing programs for the Business Analytics community as well as planning and supporting the Business Analytics Conference.

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CRAIG ELLIS - Global Alliance Manager

Craig began in June of 2007 with Christianson & Company as Operations Manager. In September of 2013, he took on the new role of Global Alliance Manager and is responsible for cultivating mutually beneficial relationships between PASS and its key partners. He is also tasked with finding creative methods of engagement that bring added value to the community.

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SANJEET GANDHAM - Sponsorship and Global Alliance Coordinator

First beginning in April 2008 as Marketing Coordinator with the management team, Sanj has taken on the role of Sponsorship and Global Alliance Coordinator. She is responsible for planning and supporting regional and international SQL Server events, membership growth, and the distribution of promotional materials. She also ensures that all agreements with sponsors are fulfilled and works closely with these sponsors to organize logistics for the PASS Summit Expo Hall.

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VICKI VAN DAMME - Operations & Project Manager

Joining the management team firstly as Project Coordinator in April 2012, Vicki works with Operations and Marketing on the management and execution of a growing number of IT, event, and marketing projects. She is responsible for overseeing the entire life cycle of a project, ensuring everything is completed on time and on budget. She will be involved in projects involving HQ task management software implementation and project prioritization, Orator enhancements, PASS Summit, 24 Hours of PASS, and newsletter tool implementation, as well as other special projects. Vicki has a degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University and a background in event and project coordination with the Vancouver Island Health Authority and the National Health Service in the UK, in provincial healthcare initiatives, patient safety and quality initiatives, conference planning, and educational programs.

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CARMEN BUCHMANN - Global Community Engagement

Carmen joined the management team in August 2013, and works closely with Operations and Marketing on the management and execution of a growing number of IT, event, and marketing projects to serve PASS members. For the past 6 years, Carmen has served as the Logistics Manager on various telecommunications infrastructure projects in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal, Canada, and most recently, in Jakarta, Indonesia. She also ran her own book distribution and personal training business.

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ELIZABETH JEFFS - Community and Project Coordinator

Since joining the management team in April 2014, Elizabeth Jeffs has worked closely with Vicki and the Community Team. Elizabeth brings to the position experience with project management tools, graphic design and event planning. Elizabeth graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A in Human Geography and a minor in English Literature. She has worked previously for TOIT Events, and has volunteered with numerous organizations, such as Power to Play Vancouver and Ten Thousand Villages.

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ANGIE HOREL - Project Assistant

Angie joined Christianson & Company as Project Assistant in 2015, under the supervision of the Projects Manager. She is responsible for providing support for the Projects Team, working closely with Elizabeth and Vicki. Angie brings with her a background in finance and operations, having worked in the industrial sector for both government and private business. She is currently completing her B.A. in English Literature. 

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EMILIJA DUFRESNE - Projects & Community Development

Since beginning August 2013 with Christianson & Company as Program Coordinator, Emilija has moved into her Projects and Community development role and will be working closely with both the Community and Project Management teams. Emilija has over 10 years of experience in event planning and coordination, studying and working in South Florida before moving back to Canada in 2011. 

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JANICE SIMPSON - Governance Administrator

Janice joined the management team in 2013, and she works closely with the Board of Directors to ensure that PASS adheres to its policies and procedures. She has 15 years of experience in managing teams. Her past positions were at the Canadian Blood Services and Prospera Credit Union, where she was involved in making sure their compliance and privacy policies were in place.

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GERRY ERICKSON - Registration and Reporting Manager

Since joining Christianson & Company in April 2007, Gerry acts as PASS Registration Manager and oversees the registration team on all PASS events. Gerry produces all event status reports (custom, statistical, financial) for the Executive/Board and works directly with accounting on the financial reconciliation of all PASS events. Gerry also works closely with Operations, Finance and Marketing to ensure all systems, policies, procedures and reporting requirements are assessed, implemented, maintained and improved as required. Gerry has 17 years of experience in the event registration field, having worked with Christianson & Company since 1996. Prior to this, Gerry worked 20 years in accounting and office management positions.

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SHANNON CUNNINGHAM - Registration Services, Registration Supervisor

Shannon joined the management team in 2009 as Registration Supervisor for PASS events. As Registration Supervisor, Shannon supports attendees during the registration process and oversees onsite registration staff at PASS events. Shannon works closely with Gerry Erickson to maintain the online registration sites and ensure customer service satisfaction.

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BROOKE DALEY - Registration Services, Lodging & Sponsorship Supervisor

Since 2013, Brooke has assisted in providing lodging and sponsorship support for PASS events. As Lodging Supervisor for PASS Summit, Brooke assists attendees with their hotel room requirements and provides their reservation confirmations. As Exhibitor/Sponsorship Supervisor for the Business Analytics Conference, Brooke registers all sponsorship contracts and ensures each sponsor company’s onsite teams are registered in advance of the event. Brooke also works onsite at PASS events as a registration supervisor.

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DEB BARTLETT - Registration Services, Lodging & Sponsorship Support

Deb joined the PASS team in 2007 and oversees the day to day operations at the registration call center and provides lodging and sponsorship support for PASS events. As Lodging Supervisor for the Business Analytics Conference, Deb assists attendees with their hotel room requirements and provides their reservation confirmations. As Exhibitor/Sponsorship Supervisor for Summit, Deb registers all sponsorship contracts and ensures each sponsor company’s onsite teams are registered in advance of the event.

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MARCELLA MCKEOWN - Program Team Lead

Originally having joined the management team in April 2008, Marcella returned to Christianson & Company in July 2011, and is the Program Team Lead. Working closely with the PASS Program Director and the Program Committee, she drives project management, logistics, and administration of the educational programs for PASS Summit, SQLRally, and 24 Hours of PASS.

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LEEZA ZELMER - Program Coordinator

Leeza joined Christianson & Company in January 2015, and is responsible for helping the Program Team Lead with building programming for PASS' two conferences, PASS Summit and the PASS Business Analytics Conference. She brings with her a strong background in administration, a strict attention to detail

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CHARLENE YATES-BISHOP - Interim Director of Sales

Charlene joined Christianson & Company in April 2015 in the capacity of Interim Sales of Director. Charlie, as she prefers to be called, brings a strong background in both Marketing and Sales, holding previous positions as Director of Sales & Marketing, and Sales & Events Manager, to name a few. She currently runs a successful consulting business focusing on both Sales and Marketing initiatives in Vancouver. In her spare time, Charlie enjoys volunteering at the YWCA, cycling, and sailing, having spent several years racing yachts in Australia.

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AL SHULER - Sponsorship and Partner Relations

Al is responsible for sponsorship sales, promotional marketing, advertising sales, and the general management of the Summit and Business Analytics Conference expos. With over 20 years of business management, advertising, customer service, and event production experience, Al ensures clients receive knowledgeable information and guidance. Al works closely with the Operations and Marketing groups to create and provide the best opportunities, options, and value to our sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers.

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As IT Team Lead for Christianson & Company, Wesley's primary responsibilities are to serve as main point of contact on all IT-related matters, investigate improvements in areas of IT, and execute planning, organizing and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of IT project goals and objectives. He also works closely with the Director of IT and Operations Manager to plan and execute on projects and migrations.

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JASON LAU - Systems Administrator

As Systems Administrator for the management team, Jason provides support and troubleshoots technical and client/server-related issues. His main duties include working with the IT team as a HelpDesk Administrator to maintain and expand the functionality of current websites to meet the members' needs.

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BENNY SU - Web Developer

Benny began in April 2012 with Christianson & Company as Web Developer with extensive experience in DotNetNuke and .NET development. His primary responsibility is supporting and enhancing PASS’s active websites to meet member needs. He also works with the IT team on mail and database server administration, systems administration and training, and requests to the Help Desk.

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  GAVIN TIAN - Web Developer

Gavin joined the management team in 2014, and works with the IT team as a Web Developer, revamping the SQLSaturday website. Since graduating from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science, Gavin has worked as .NET Programmer, Software Configuration Manager, and Project Manager. In his spare time he enjoys keeping active, badminton, snowboarding, and being a foodie.

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  JEFFERY SIDHU - Web Developer

Jeffery began his position as Web Developer with Christianson & Company in late July 2014, working with the IT team on developing web applications using C#/.Net and SQL Server. Jeffery assists in improving the efficiency of PASS' web applications, and working with the DotNetNuke (DNN) platform. Besides his work with PASS, Jeffery is also a highly committed sports fan. He regularly plays hockey, soccer, football, and baseball. In addition, Jeffery develops Wordpress-based websites and enjoys being up-to-date with technology and gadget news in his spare time.

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