Planning the SoTeC Conference Takes a Village 2013

The SoTeC conference is a 100% volunteer run conference. Members from the 10 Sponsor Organizations form a planning committee coalition. Other volunteers join the ‘village’ and we plan and execute this conference. Planning started in March 2012, bi-weekly conference calls followed with three face to face meetings, and a conference bag stuffing session in October, and voila, we have a conference!

Meet the 2014 SoTeC Executive Committee

Lori Shapiro, 2012 Conference Chair
This is Lori’s second year as the SoTeC Conference chair. Professionally Lori is a Sr. Infrastructure Manager working for Ingram Micro. She has 25 years’ experience in the IT industry and loves technology and earned her PMP credential in 2007, her ITIL v3 Foundation and CSM in 2009. Lori is a consummate volunteer and enjoys spending time on the PMI-OC board, planning conferences, participating in two Toastmasters clubs, geocaching and recently became a certified whale watching naturalist.
Ron Rizza, Finance Chair, Conference Advisor
Ron has been on the board for 7 years. He has also been involved with SCQAA-OC for most of the 30+ years it has existed, including most years on the Board. He has been involved in all aspects of Software and Systems development , Software and Hardware Quality, Operations Research, Audit, Security, etc. for over 40 years at such companies as Lockheed-Martin, Ford Motor Company, Advanced Logic Research, Gateway and Panasonic Avionics Corporation. The high quality of the SoTeC conferences, and the opportunity to work with smart, energetic, creative people who put it together and attend is what keeps him coming back.
Mark Harbin, Registration Chair
Mark Harbin is an experienced professional with 29 years in the computer and information technology industries. He has been an active participate on the SoTeC committee for 7 years and over 12 years with the SCQAA-OC chapter. Mark has strong abilities in quality assurance, project management and product delivery. He is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has successfully led his company in obtaining its ISO certification. He has worked in a variety of industries including aerospace, telecommunications, security, finance, and the medical field. Mark has successfully built three exceptional SQA departments which have contributed to each company’s bottom line and the overall delivery of higher quality products. He excels at managing large teams of technical personnel while still maintaining technical expertise. Mark specializes in analyzing and resolving critical situations within tight deadlines.
Tammy Hawkins, Vendor Chair
Tammy has been involved with SoTeC for the past few years, with this year stepping into the Vendor Chair spot. She has been involved in the IT industry for over 25 years, primarily in the IT Staffing and Solutions space. Within a few minutes of speaking with her, you would find that her core motivation for being involved in the conference, as well as other industry organizations, is simply to assist with “finding jobs for good people”. You will see a significant amount of Tammy’s time, during business hours and off business hours, is working with the candidate community to help with their job searches, refining their resumes, and in providing market intel to them to aid with their career development. Her involvement with SoTeC has enabled her to broaden her reach and connect with more professionals in the IT space and that is why she will stay involved.
Suzy Jarrett , Inspiration Award Committee Chair
This is Suzy’s 1st year participating with the SoTeC committee and her 2nd time attending the conference. Suzy has been involved in the IT Staffing and Solutions space for 6 years working with medium to large size organizations with anything ranging from Consulting, Outsourcing, Recruitment and Project based work. SoTeC has shed some amazing insight on the community of the IT space and the wonderful people who have dedicated their time and efforts to this amazing conference. Amazed by the collaboration and caliber of people involved in this committee, she is excited to step into SoTeC and work with the Inspiration committee to acknowledge 2 finalists to be recognized by their peers for their contributions in Information Technology, as well as their benevolence and dedication to helping the community and our future grow
Christine Maimone, Facilities Chair
Seasoned project/program manager with 18 years of experience in delivering projects in diverse environments, including large corporations, small companies, and as an independent consulting venture. Certified professional with ability to manage and deliver large-scale, high profile, and multi-million dollars projects. Proven track record of managing off shore resources for projects, motivating teams to produce results and exceeding corporate goals. Christine is a Project Management Professional Certified, PMP with Masters Degree in Organizational Management and a Certified Scrum Master. Christine currently is a Senior Technical Project Manager for Wellpoint Companies, managing large, enterprise wide health care initiatives.
Jeanette Pigeon, Marketing Chair
Jeanette Pigeon, CBAP is the SoTeC 2012 Marketing Committee Chair and principal consultant with aBetterBA(TM). Jeanette is a systems implementation and interface specialist, and a business analysis practice subject matter expert. Over the past 15 years Jeanette has served in business analyst, project manager, solution design architect, and quality assurance tester roles. She also teaches at UC Irvine Extension Business Analyst Certificate program and is a member of the Business Analyst Certificate program advisory board.
Carole Schlocker , Speaker Chair
Carole has been involved with locating quality speakers for the SoTec conference for over 10 years and introduced the panel sessions and the structured networking lunch sessions. She has a passion for finding the best people and new topics that keep the conference current and interesting and make attendees want to return each year. She is extremely proud of the conference and the growth and popularity it has experienced over the last 10 years. She also works with PMI Los Angeles to find speakers At iSpace she works tirelessly to find the right job for each candidate and the right candidate for each Manager that she works with. Staffing is her passion.  She is also a long time member of the UCLA I.S. Associates and has served on their board.   She is a past Board Member of Tech Serve Alliance. She was the Co-Director of the Los Angeles Chapter of Women in Technology and helped to build the chapter from the ground up.  Carole holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Temple University.  She strongly believes that she is practicing social work every day in the IT staffing business.
Jim Stoumpos, Job Fair Chair
Jim is the Founding Father of SoTeC and has been with the conference all 13 years. He does an outstanding job coordinating the Job Fair, getting a good mix of hiring managers, staffing firms and other companies that offer services to those in transition, such as resume reviews and retraining. Jim was also key in founding the SCQAA Chapters and is active in the San Fernando Valley Chapter. He offers PMP Certification training via PMTA, and also specializes in CSQA, CSTE certifications.

The 2012 SoTeC Planning Committee


Renuka Amin, Barbara Ansell, Jahan Anthony, Francisco Avalos, Cynthia Bennett, Sirish Bhatnagar, Lynne Campbell, Ali Cazi, Dave Cornelius, Sujit Gosh, Donna Holt, Ngoc Huynh, James Jackson, Jeff Jenson, Esther Jones, Fred Kilby, Roger Lux, Sreekesh Menon, Arihant Murdiya, Duane Nicholson, Joe Parker, Barbara Rotondo, Greg Scott, Kidra Shadroo, Robbie Smith, Zhabiz Sonee, Susan Thompson, Sharon Welden, Craig Wilson, Ray Yberra

Special Thanks to:


Tony Davis, Website re-platform and maintenance

Robyn Clark, Graphic Design

Marilyn Walker, Speaker Coordination