Outgoing Directors and a Special Election

Serving as a Legion of Tech board member can be a significant time commitment, and sometimes life gets in the way. Over the past month, two members of the current board announced their need to resign in order to attend to other matters. Anne Buckley and Jason Mauer are both stepping down.

We’re thankful to both Anne and Jason for their service.

Soon, we will be holding elections  in a few weeks for two people to serve out the remainder of the outgoing members’ terms (one of which runs through the end of this year, and the other through the end of next year).

Interested in serving on the board? Contact a current board member or email board@legionoftech.org for more information. If you’re pretty sure you’re interested, please fill out the board application. (We’ll get in touch and confirm with you before we elect you, honest!)

Protip: Tomorrow’s Town Hall meeting will be an excellent opportunity to contact current board members and learn more!

Announcing the 2011 Board of Directors

Legion of Tech held board elections at our regular meeting last week. We are pleased to announce that the following people have been elected to serve on the 2011-2012 board: Amy Farrell, Chris McCraw, Anne Buckley, Reid Beels and Michael Dexter. Christie Koehler and Jason Mauer are continuing their 2-year terms.

New Members

Chris McCraw is a unix geek and coder with tons of volunteer and community organizing experience, including at several BarCamps. Most recently he helped organize Portland BarCamp 4 and did a fantastic job.

Anne Buckley is an Operations Manager at Yahoo Small Business. She has an extensive background in customer relations and also has experience with nonprofit management. Anne did an awesome job coordinating volunteers for the most recent IgnitePortland.

Reid Beels is an Interaction Designer and Software Engineer at Paydici. He’s volunteered for numerous Legion of Tech events, is co-organizer of WhereCamp and co-chair of Open Source Bridge.

Michael Dexter is Program Director at Linux Fund and has considerable nonprofit experience. Among many other activities, Michael organizes the Portland Linux/Unix User Group (PLUG) Advanced Topics meetings.

Re-Elected Member

Amy Farrell is a Software Engineer for Conducive Technology (FlightStats) here in Portland. She is a Legion of Tech board alumna, its current treasurer and an experienced BarCamp planner. Amy is active in local user groups, including PDXFunc and Code ‘n’ Splode.

Continuing Members

Christie Koehler is a Senior Software Engineer at ShopIgniter. She also co-chairs the Open Source Bridge conference, and leads Code ‘n’ Splode, a user group for women in technology.

Jason Mauer is owner and chief architect at Mighty Code, a software development shop based here in Portland. Jason is active in the Portland alt.net user group and spent several years on the SAO’s Developer’s Forum Steering Committee.

Please join us in welcoming the 2011 Legion of Tech Board!

Legion of Tech Board Elections Update

Now that the nomination period has closed, we wanted to give you a quick update on where we are with the Legion of Tech board elections. As we’ve mentioned in our previous blog post, we hope to have 5 to 7 total board members in 2010, and we will be electing our new board at our next board meeting on February, 11, 2010. We will announce the results of the election on this blog within a few days of the election. Here are the candidates:

Running for re-election

  • Josh Bancroft
  • Dawn Foster

Running for new board seats

  • Nate DiNiro
  • Christie Koehler
  • Jason Mauer

Continuing to serve the remainder of their 2-year terms (not up for re-election):

  • Amy Farrell
  • Chris Pitzer

Adam DuVander and Raven Zachary will not be running for re-election. They have both decided that they need to devote more time to their growing businesses. As founding members of the Legion of Tech board, both Adam and Raven have been instrumental in making Legion of Tech a success, and they have worked tirelessly on many of our events. We wish them both the best of luck.

Legion of Tech Board Elections for 2010

We are getting ready to have the Legion of Tech board member elections in February, and we wanted to give people plenty of time to get involved. Normally, we hold elections in December, but given our recent issues, we voted to postpone elections until the February board meeting, which is currently scheduled for February, 11, 2010. We hope to have 5 to 7 total board members in 2010.

Now is your opportunity to run for the Legion of Tech board. In order to get your name on the ballot, you must meet the specified criteria and follow the process outlined here:

  1. A nomination must be made by a current board member and be seconded by another current board member (talk to a current board member if you are interested).
  2. Nominations are due January 31st.
  3. In order to qualify for a nomination, nominees are required to have worked on the planning committee of at least one Legion of Tech event or have made a significant positive contribution as a volunteer on 2 or more LoT events.

Current board members serving the remainder of their 2 year term:

  • Amy Farrell
  • Chris Pitzer

Current board members who are up for reelection for a new 2 year term:

  • Josh Bancroft (current interim chair)
  • Adam DuVander (current treasurer)
  • Dawn Foster (current secretary)

Current board members whose terms expire at the end of December and are not running for reelection:

  • Raven Zachary

A huge thank you to Raven Zachary who had been invaluable in his role filling in as interim chair, but who is too busy running his new business, Small Society, to continue as a board member in 2010. Raven was one of the founding members of Legion of Tech, and he was a co-organizer for the first Ignite Portland and BarCampPortland before we even started Legion of Tech. He will be missed, but we wish him the best of luck with his booming new company!

Legion of Tech Board Elections in December

I wanted to let everyone know that the Legion of Tech board elections are coming up in December. Anyone who wants to run for a board seat is welcome to participate in the election process.

The Election Process

  • Nominations are due November 1.
  • Anyone not currently on the board who wishes to run for a board seat must be nominated by an existing director and seconded by another existing director.
  • Current board members may automatically run for re-election.
  • Elections will be held at the December board meeting with the current board voting on the new board.
  • The new board will begin serving their terms on January 1, 2009.

Board Member Roles and Responsibilities
Board members are elected to 2-year terms and are responsible for upholding the bylaws of the organization. They are also required to attend monthly board meetings.

The day to day responsibilities of the board may include any or all of the following:

  • Organize events like BarCampPortland, Ignite Portland, etc. by leading the team or participating as a volunteer.
  • Attend Legion of Tech events.
  • Attend board meetings the second Thursday of the month, in person or by phone.
  • Come up with ideas for new events or ways to improve existing events.
  • Collaborate with community members and make/maintain connections with other organizations.
  • Participate in organizational maintenance activities including maintaining the technology, revising the bylaws, finance, taxes, accounting, etc.
  • Chair or participate on committees like the Finance Committee and the Technology Committee.
  • Board members may also be elected to serve on the executive committee as Chair, Treasurer or Secretary.

Advisory Committee

If you want to get more involved, but do not want to serve on the board of directors, Legion of Tech will also be forming an advisory committee made up of 5-10 people from the community (non-board members).

Purpose of the committee:

  • Provide feedback on Legion of Tech activities
  • Act as a few more eyes and ears in the community
  • Get more people involved in Legion of Tech

How it works:

  • Nominations are due on December 1.
  • This would be an informal group (not specified in the bylaws) and with no voting rights.
  • A current board member must nominate a person for the committee.
  • Voting would occur at the January board meeting (new board votes on committee membership).
  • Informal committee meetings will be held approximately monthly.

What you need to do

If you are interested in running for the Legion of Tech board or the Advisory Committee, please contact your favorite member of the existing board to request a nomination. Keep in mind that the nominations are due on November 1 for the board of directors and on December 1 for the Advisory Committee.