Announcing Candidates for 2015

Greetings DC ACM followers! Please read below for our list of 2015 election cycle candidates.  We’ll be voting in the new board on June 23rd. We are open to more candidates if any DC ACM-er is interested!

Do you have an interest in creating some local Comp Sci community activity by joining our board or our organizer team? Contact Andrew Conklin, aconklin@dcacm.org, for details.

Shahnaz Kamberi – Candidate for Chair

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Education

  • Doctor of Computer Science, Colorado Technical University, 2010 – 2015
  • MSc Computer Animation, Bournemouth University, 2005 – 2006
  • BS Applied Mathematics, George Mason University, 2001 – 2005

Professional Experience

Shahnaz Kamberi is a computer science professor with over eight years of experience teaching programming at multiple levels, onsite and online; with specialty in game programming, educational game development, serious game development and game design. She is also a STEM outreach professional responsible for focusing on engaging the student in the classroom through new innovative methods. Known for using educational computer games, software tools, using unplugged activities, social media and other means to provide the best learning environment for both adult learners and millennials/Generation Y students. Her dissertation [Read it Here] focus was on the use of educational computer games to increase adolescent girls’ interest in computer science. Her research interests include virtual worlds, healthcare simulations, educational technology, educational games and serious games.

Position Statement

My passion is in spreading the knowledge of coding and computer science (CS) to everyone, especially women and minorities. As last year’s vice chair, I worked with the board members and volunteers to honor DC ACM’s mission as well as help promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This year, I will serve to continue to assist as well as develop DC ACM events that will benefit our members as well as the CS community. My mission is to diversify the Computer Science industry by opening the doors to its benefits to all professionals interested in learning about computer science, computing machinery, and programming.

Katherine McClintic – Candidate for Vice Chair/Secretary

Education

  • M.Ed., The George Washington University
  • B.A., The University of Vermont

Professional Experience

I have recently made the transition from teaching social studies to programming.  I served as the Teaching Assistant for The Iron Yard’s first cohort of classes in DC.  I was primarily focused on the Rails Engineering course, but also assisted with their Front End Engineering course.  I’m the Rails Lead for Women Who Code DC, helping run meetups to engage more women in technology.  In addition I help with overall organization planning.  I have also assisted with the DC Nightowls meetup group.

Position Statement

While I am new to the ACM, I’m particularly passionate about including underrepresented groups in all fields of technology and widening access to information.  I believe that my experience in planning meetups, from finding hosts to ensuring that the experience runs as smoothly as possible for attendees, when matched with my drive to connect and include, will be a boon to the DC chapter.  I hope to help it grow and find even more ways to reach out to the community.

Mike Salera – Candidate for Treasurer/Programs Chair

Education

  • B.A., 1992, New York University

Professional Experience

  • Lead Software Engineer, Teachscape: San Francisco, CA, 2013—2015
  • Senior Software Engineer, Taulia: San Francisco, CA, 2011—2012
  • Project Consultant, Federal Reserve Bank: San Francisco, CA, 2008 – 2011
  • Project Consultant, Union Square Internet Development: New York, NY,
 2004—07

Position Statement

I am passionate about furthering the field of computer science at the grass roots level.  I strongly believe in the ACM’s mission of creating professional development opportunities for computer scientists in all fields.

My last position involved me stretching my skill set into hiring and building out a new technical team in the Silicon Valley.  Prior to that, I worked with a well-organized e-invoicing startup called Taulia which accorded me time to work with skilled techies in the Java & Groovy languages.  Taulia also taught me how communication is so critical in our work, not only in terms of specs, but also to foster rich collaborations between engineering side of the house and product / domain experts.

In 2010, I co-founded a Groovy and Grails meetup group to bring together local practitioners and build community. We hosted a number of events, much of the earliest ones were talks given by the membership. Today this meetup is still going strong with over 280 members.

I believe my skills and experience would be a solid match for the chapter, to help foster and grow our ACM community, at this stage in my career.

Amar Zumkhawala – Candidate for Member-At-Large

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Education

  • M.B.A., The Ohio State University
  • B.S., Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University

Professional Experience

  • Consultant
  • SpicyKey, Founder, 2012-present
  • Cardinal Solutions, Java Developer, 2007-2008
  • Amazon.com, Senior Software Engineer, 2001-2006

Position Statement

As past chair, I organized many events for the DC ACM, collaborating with many other meetup groups, start-ups, universities, and companies. My areas of interest are software development tools, programming languages, and user interfaces.