The INETA Community Achievement Award recognizes those who have contributed significantly to their local user group or developer community over the past 12 months. Congratulations to the following individuals who have won the INETA Community Achievement Award for the 4th quarter of 2012. You can nominate someone for this award at http://inetachamps.com/.
- Kent Fehribach
- Jim Wooley
- Stuart Leitch
- Chander Dhall
- Sujata Devraj
- Slava Kokaev
- Paras Wadehra
For the past year, Kent Fehribach has served as the President of the successful Great Lakes Area .NET User Group. During this term, the group averaged about 80 people per meeting and featured many outstanding technical speakers. In a unique move, Kent expanded the reach of the user group this year by encouraging out-of-town speakers to deliver presentations at local companies. The user group also conducted a successful food watch during Kent’s term as president. This is Kent’s 4th year on the user group board.
Jim Wooley is a frequent speaker, member of the INETA Speaker Bureau, MVP, and author of “LINQ in Action”. He is always striving to stay at the forefront of technology and enjoys the thrill of a new challenge. He has been active evangelizing LINQ since it’s announcement in 2005. In addition, he attempts to pass on the insights he has gained by being active in the community, including organizing the Atlanta Code Camp, leading the Microsoft MS Pros and Atlanta VB Study Group and serving as INETA Membership Manager for the Georgia region. Jim has actively helped to guide Microsoft through Software Design Reviews with product teams and is an active Microsoft Data Programmer Insider and Visual Basic Insider. In addition to speaking at numerous user groups and code camps in 7 states, Jim has presented at product launch events, MSDN conferences, and TechEd.
Stuart has been on the Charlottesville .NET User Group committee for many years and has served as its President for the last year. Stuart oversaw the re-imaging and re-branding of the group (now the Charlottesville Microsoft Developer Group) and has been instrumental in the formation of the Charlottesville beCraft group, dedicated to software craftsmanship. Stuart is also a regular participant in the Charlottesville Agile community, beCamp (an annual barCamp event) and MADExpo, a regional multi-day technical conference. Stuart is an exceptional technologist, wonderful speaker, and tireless advocate for the technology community. He is always eager to volunteer and puts forth nothing but truly understands the value of community. He is unquestionably deserving of being named an INETA Community Champion.
Sujata Devraj is a software architect/technical lead currently working in the public safety software arena. With over a decade of experience in various environments/languages such as C, C++ (MFC/COM), VB 6.0, C#, ASP/ASP.NET/AJAX, mobile applications, XML, SQL etc. currently heavily focused on .NET 3.5 framework technologies such as WPF(XAML), Silverlight, WCF, LINQ, and BizTalk Server 2006. Sujata is the current chairman of the .NET Users Group in Huntsville, AL and the group’s liaison to INETA. She is actively involved in finding ways to get the user community more engaged and connected, by organizing events such as the first ever .NET code camp. As a testament to these efforts the membership of the user group has grown several fold in the last few years, and a bridge established with neighboring community leaders and groups.
Principal BI Developer/Architect, Mentor and NE Microsoft Business Intelligence User Group Leader specializing in Business Intelligence Systems, Custom BI Web Applications and BI Integration
Paras is a seasoned developer with over 10 years of experience in the industry. He is also an experienced public speaker and a vocal developer advocate.
He is also a Nokia Developer Ambassador, and an organizer of the Silicon Valley Windows Phone User Group.