PASS would like to congratulate the following Outstanding Volunteers:
Lance Hara - Lance has been an integral part of the PASS Program Committee and has functioned as a Program Manager for Summit 2013 and BAC 2014, where he is known for his invaluable attention to detail and results oriented approach. Recently, he provided insightful leadership and implemented many thoughtful and important changes as part of the Project Management team.
Joshua Fennessy - Joshua is a well-respected PASS Regional Mentor, leading the West MI SQL Server User Group. He is also the primary organizer of the Kalamazoo SQLSaturday, and is a regular speaker at various PASS events and Virtual Chapters. A long-time community member, Joshua is also known for his genuine, good natured spirit and an ‘Always-On’ willingness to help.
Steve Wake - Steve Wake is Chapter Leader for Denver SQL Server User Group, which has seen a significant and steady growth. Steve was also instrumental in organizing a highly successful SQL Saturday, which boasted over 250 attendees. Furthermore, Steve is well-known for being very responsive, organized and thoughtful in all his community interactions.
Bill Preachuk - Bill has been instrumental in organizing PASS SQLSaturday Minnesota, and has been doing this for several years. He is one of the key reasons that SQLSaturday in the area have gone so well. He has also consistently supported the PASS Minnesota Chapter as a Board member and volunteer.
Dan Hess - Dan has been described as the glue of the Sacremento SQL Server User Group. He took the lead role in planning the first ever SQLSaturday in Sacramento, which was flawless. He also put together study groups for the User Group to achieve their goals of Certification in SQL.
John Morehouse - John is the Co-Leader of the Omaha SQL/BI User Group and the primary coordinator of both SQLSaturdays in Omaha. At the last SQLSaturday, one of the speakers commented how well the event was administered. This is solely due to John's involvement in making sure that every detail was taken care of and accounted for well in advance of the actual event. John works tirelessly to ensure content for the user group meetings are fresh and relevant. Attendance is consistently high and the giveways are great.
Mark Stacey - Over the last few years Mark has volunteered a lot of time to speaking at SQLSaturday events. He started the PASS Chapter BIDN in his home country of South Africa, and has been organizing a SQLSaturday in Johannesburg.
Julie Koesmarno - Julie is an active member of the PASS BI Virtual Chapter in helping find speakers and secure sessions. This can be a very time-consuming task, yet she has done a great job so far and her enthusiasm has been inspirational and admirable. Julie started the SQLMalibu chapter this year, and has been volunteering at PASS SQLSaturdays in Southern California.
John Flannery - John is the leader of the Hartford SQL Server User Group. Prior to this year, there had been no SQLSaturday event in Connecticut. John was the first person to make this happen. He organized a very successful SQLSaturday in North Haven, and the local SQL community are profoundly grateful for his efforts.
Jody Roberts - Jody is a Chapter Leader and Regional Mentor for Africa. He has helped developed some of the Chapters across Africa and the Middle East and in organizing their SQLSaturdays.
Melissa Demcsak - Melissa is one of the Program Managers for the PASS Business Analytics Conference. She has devoted many hours to assessing and reviewing speakers' abstracts. She is also the Chair of the PASS Business Analytics Virtual Chapter. Melissa is always a great pleasure to work with and a great leader in the SQL Server community.
Mike Clark - Mike volunteers for the PASS DBA Virtual Chapter, and often under short notice, prepares their online events. He is always on time, prepared, and pleasant when interacting with participants and presenters. He is an excellent host and explains a lot about what PASS does, upcoming events, and is a great cheer leader for PASS in general.
Andrey Korshikov - Andrey organized the 24 Hours of PASS: Russian Edition, and the first PASS SQLSaturdays events to take place in Russia and the Ukraine. He is a Chapter Leader and Regional Mentor for Eastern Europe.
Mark Broadbent - Mark hosted the UK's first ever SQL Saturday (in Cambridge) and has officially represented and promoted PASS at numerous conferences such as TechED Europe, SQLSaturdays in Dublin, New York and Portland, and is a Chapter Leader, PASS UK Regional Mentor, speaker and Community devotee.
Sarah Strate - Sarah has volunteered at numerous SQL Saturday events including Colorado Springs, Atlanta, Chicago, Kalamazoo, and Minnesota. She is part of the team that is putting together the first ever SQL Saturday in Fargo, ND in 2013. Sarah has also volunteered at the 2011 and 2012 PASS Summits.
Roger Noble - Roger has greatly helped the PASS DW/BI VC with expanding to Australia. He has lined up great AU speakers each month and also improved the PASS DW/BI VC Website with a new map graphic and link to easily determine the time of the session in the time zone of the attendee. We hope to continue to use this to expand into more areas.
Jen Stirrup - Jen is always present at PASS events throughout Europe, the UK and US and has been an avid champion of the PASS organization for many years.
Niko Neugebauer – Niko has been a Regional Mentor for PASS for several years now, has hosted two SQLSaturdays in Portugal, and most recently represented PASS and was a speaker at the first ever SQLSaturday in Shanghai. Niko plans to continue mentoring and supporting the Chinese SQL Community.
Bill Lescher - Bill steps down from ten years as the President of the Chicago SQL Server User Group in June 2012. His dedication to PASS and the user group has been consistently amazing.
David Stein - David was a volunteer for SQLRally and went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the success of the event, even traveling from room to room throughout the sessions making sure the other speakers had everything they needed.
Ryan Adams - Ryan started off as an attendee at the North Texas SQL Server User Group meetings, and has quickly grown to the ranks of a leader in the regional SQL community. Deeply involved in user group events he has helped organize numerous SQLSaturdays and a SQLRally with another SQLSaturday just a few months away.
Jes Borland - Architect and committee chair for SQL Saturday #118, her vision and dedication made the first SQL Saturday in Wisconsin not only possible, but a genuine success! Jes was involved in every aspect of SQL Saturday #118, it's a great credit to her that it went as well as it did.
Ross LoForte - Ross ran the Chicago SQL Server User Group in the late 90’s before moving for a couple of years, in June of 2002 he helped re-launch the group and has helped keep it going for the past 10 years. You would be hard pressed to find a more giving person with such a great, positive attitude.
Sri Sridharan - SQLRally was a great event this year and Sri put in many hours to make it happen!
Gina Meronek - Gina is an active member of PASS Chapter MADPASS and this year has volunteered to help run SQLSaturday #118. She’s always willing to help, and with a smile on her face.
Alvin Ramard - In his work with the Memphis PASS chapter Alvin does a great job of getting speakers, facilitating the meetings and communicating to potential attendees. He really puts in a lot of time to make sure the local chapter is a success.
Ted Krueger - As the North Central Regional Mentor Ted assists 10 chapters with meetings, speakers and advice. He is also a frequent speaker at User Group meetings, a three-time SQLSaturday organizer and blogger.
Amy Lewis - Amy works tirelessly to promote PASS through the Arizona SQL Server User Group, the PASS BI Virtual Chapter and worked on the Phoenix SQLSaturday #131 event. She has been a manager of the PASS BA Conference and PASS Summit Program selection committee.
Tim Radney - Tim is a Regional Mentor for the Greater South East, a Chapter Leader for Columbus, Georgia and is part of the organizing committee for the inaugural SQLSaturday #167. Tim was also recognized as an Outstanding Volunteer at the 2011 PASS Summit.
Erin Welker - Erin is the Secretary and Past President of the North Texas SQL Server User Group, having run the NTSSUG for over a decade. Erin led the Program Committee for SQLRally Dallas in May 2012.
Is there someone that you know of in the PASS community that you think deserves special recognition for their consistent volunteering efforts? PASS invites community members to submit their choice for 'Outstanding Volunteers of the Month'. Submissions can be sent through anytime and are reviewed on the last day of each month.
Submit nominations via email. Please provide the nominated volunteer's contact details, a brief list of the PASS volunteer programs the member has participated in, number of years in the community, and a brief description on why you think they should be recognized. Chosen nominees will receive recognition in the PASS Connector newsletter and a Certificate of Appreciation.