DC ACM: Candidates for 2011-2012 Election

Candidate for Chair: Isaac Christoffersen

Education:
BS, Computer Information Systems

Professional Experience:
More than 10 years in IT Management, including strategic direction, budget preparation, vendor relationships, and planning and operation of Network Operations Centers. Currently the President and Owner of Kainos Enterprises, Inc., a provider of Professional Services in the areas of Data Center Automation, Virtualization and Infrastructure and Platform service solutions.

ACM Activities:
Professional Member, ACM, 2005- present
Membership Chair, DC ACM, 2009 – 2010
Historical Chair, DC ACM, 2009 – present
Vice Chair, DC ACM, 2008 – 2009
Chair, DC ACM 2010-present

Other Activities:
International Association of Software Architects (IASA), Full Member
IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS), Affiliate Member
Open Source for America, Infrastructure Team

Position Statement:
I will continue to steer the Chapter in our efforts to connect and engage the DC ACM professional community. My main focus will be on growing the membership and increasing the opportunities for our members to excel both professionally and academically.

My goals for the coming year are to:
– Recruit 5-10% of the area ACM members to join DC ACM through outreach efforts to local ACM members, Academic institutions and joint promotion campaigns with ACM Headquarters.
– Increase total DC ACM membership by 20% by engaging local area technical user groups and improving the membership program benefits.
– Continue to Increase volunteer participation and hours by 20% through the expansion of our recruitment strategies to include other volunteer matching organizations.
– Hold at least 2 joint programs with area Technical User groups as part of a continued effort to advance the practice of computing through collaboration and cross-pollination.
– Hold at least 2 joint workshops and/or lectures with area ACM Student Chapters and Universities so as to build a strong relationship with the DC Area Metropolitan academic community.

Candidate for Vice-Chair: Andrew Conklin

Education:
BS, Magna Cum Laude, Computer Science, Western Michigan University

Professional Experience:
Software Developer since 2004, primarily in C++, Java, and Web development. Currently working on the Unified Financial Management System for the Justice Management Division of the Department of Justice. Formerly worked on training simulation software for various Department of Defense projects.

Software Engineer, CGI Federal, 2009 – present
Software Engineer, Systems Management Technology, 2004 – 2009

ACM Activities:
Communications Chair, DC ACM, 2010 – present
Secretary, DC ACM, 2009 – present
Volunteer, Professional Development Committee, DC ACM, Fall 2009
Volunteer, Programs Committee, DC ACM, 2009 – present
Member, Washington DC Chapter of ACM, 2008 – present
Member, Association for Computing Machinery, 2009 – present
Member, Association for Computing Machinery, 2004 – 2007

Other Activities:
Volunteer, Social Matchbox DC, Spring 2010
Volunteer, Food for All DC, 2009

Position Statement:
I will assist the Chair in leading DC ACM’s effort to further our mission by engaging the local community and connecting tech professionals with their interests in the areas of academic, career, and technical focus.

Assist in creating programs involving technical user groups, universities, and public policy institutions
Grow our subscriber base and recruit volunteers to review events and publications for our CompuTopics newsletter
Recruit volunteers to explore new venues and expand on our program format options
Seek out additional discounts and free tickets to paid seminars and conferences for our members

Candidate for Treasuer: Janet Dianda

Education:
MBA, University of Chicago
MS in Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology

Professional Experience:
Senior Manager in the telecommunications industry with a focus on cloud based services for industry verticals. Experienced product manager, principal technology strategist, and software developer of telecommunications switches, feature servers, Business Support Systems and web services (C, Java, C#, .NET). Responsibilities have included developing multi-million dollar sales quotes & Master Service Agreements, and managing multi-million dollar software development budgets. Awarded 6 U.S. patents. Publications include: IEEE 2006 International Conference on Communication Technology, Guilin, China, author, “Indoor Wireless Service Signal Distribution via Broadband”. World Telecommunications Conference 2000, Birmingham, England, author and presenter, “A multimedia services architecture for converged voice and data networks”. Bell Labs Technical Journal Vol. 5, No. 3, “Programmable Service Platforms for Converged Voice/Data Services”.

ACM Activities:
Member, DC ACM
Member, ACM

Other Activities:
Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honors Society; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE).

Position Statement:
As treasurer, I will seek to maintain a healthy budget to enable DC ACM to reach its goals, to grow its membership, and to increase its impact on the DC computing community:

· Manage the DC ACM financial accounts to maximize return and minimize risk
· Maintain accurate financial records following accounting best practices for not-for-profit organizations
· Prepare financial reports for the National ACM as required by the Bylaws
· Report financial status to the DC ACM Executive Council

Candidate for Treasurer: Ken Spokas

Education:
BS, Computer Science
MS, Software Engineering

Professional Experience:
More than 10 years in full life-cycle software development for both government and commercial projects. Currently a Senior Developer at Vizuri, an advanced partner with Red Hat that offers expert level consulting for their line (JBoss, Hibernate, ESB etc.) as well as general support for software development best practices.

ACM Activities:
Member for last several years, recently joined national ACM.

Other Activities:
Communications Coordinator for George Mason’s Volgenau School Alumni Chapter
Freelance web developer

Position Statement:
After being a passive member of the DCACM for awhile, I feel it is time to give back. I hope to assist the Chair and Vice-Chair continue to grow the chapter in a fiscally responsible manner.

Candidate for Secretary: James Imanian

Education:
BS, Political Science, United States Naval Academy
MS, Computer Science, Naval Postgraduate School

Professional Experience:
Has served in four separate fighter squadrons including an instructor tour. Recently served as Assistant Chief of Staff for C5I on the Commander Carrier Strike Group Three staff where he
lead the C5I syndicate in planning and executing strike group command and control missions across nine ships and a carrier airwing. Ashore, has served as the Flag Lieutenant for the Commander Naval Safety Center; and in, Assured Information Sharing Division , J6, Joint Staff; Cyber Division (Strategy and Policy), J5,Joint Staff. Also was the Afghan National Police Communications Division Chief, Combined Security Transition Command, Kabul, Afghanistan where he advised, mentored and assisted the Afghan Ministry of Interior Information and Communication Technology staff organize, train and equip Afghan National Police forces.

ACM Activities:
Volunteer, Programs Committee, DC ACM, November 2010 – present
Professional Member, Association for Computing Machinery, 2004 – present

Other Activities:
Secretary, IEEE Richmond Section, March 2011 – present
Volunteer, IEEE Richmond Section, 2007 – 2008
Certified Information System Security Professional, March 2008 – present

Position Statement:
I will support the Chairman and the rest of the executive committee fulfill their vision for improving our ACM chapter by keeping accurate records of discussions and decisions. I will
also use my professional training to ensure assigned tasks are completed on time and those chapter volunteers that need help, get the resources they need to complete an assigned task. I particularly look forward to fostering the continuous growth and reinvigoration of the DC ACM community, allowing for our members to excel both professionally and academically.

Candidate for Member-At-Large: George Romas

Education:
BS in Computer Science and Economics

Professional Experience:
I have over 28 years’ experience within the Intelligence Community, providing my knowledge and expertise across a wide range of technologies, to include: modeling and simulation, systems programming, database development, systems engineering, information assurance enterprise architecture and engineering processes. In addition to my work in the federal sector, I co-founded an Internet startup in July 2000 and worked for a Boston-based startup in 1990. I am currently Chief Technology Officer for a large business group in a federal contracting company.

ACM Activities:
Member, DC ACM
Member, ACM
Member-at-Large, DC ACM
Volunteer, Privacy Policy Committee, DC ACM

Other Activities:
Coaching soccer and soccer goalkeepers, reading, cultural events, exercise, writing, and travel.

Position Statement:
I will leverage my experience as a CTO to improve and expand DC ACM and its relationships to the community, other organizations, academia, and the professional workforce.

Candidate for Member-At-Large: Ingrid Mihai