Did you know that there is an entire staff of wonderful, talented personnel to help you conquer the new IBM Middleware User Community site? You do now! The IMWUC Community Team is made up of 5 ladies and 1 gentleman who will help out with anything from, "Where do I find my group?" to, "Where do I find my keys?" Okay, we may not be able to help you find your keys, but please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any IBM Middleware User Community support you need. Here's more about our team!
Alexia Roseliep / Director of Community Management
Role: I oversee the IBM Middleware Community Team. I'm responsible for overall strategy and ensuring the growth of the community as a whole.
Hobbies: German Shepherd Rescue, traveling, renovating/decorating
Favorite Book: Pride & Prejudice
Favorite Appetizer: Anything with bread & Cheese
Fun Fact: I swam competitively for 18 years and smelled like chlorine every time I showered for a year after I retired
Words of Wisdom: "Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet." -Bob Marley
Kelsy Tibshraeny / Community Manager
Role: I actively respond to and resolve user help requests and provide support. I also handle all logistics of IBM Middleware UC webcasts to ensure they're valuable and they run smoothly.
Hobbies: Hiking, bike rides, and relaxing with friends and family
Favorite TV Show: The Walking Dead
Favorite Appetizer: Spinach and artichoke dip
Fun Fact: I am an Arizona native.
Words of Wisdom: Live every day to the fullest.
Leandra Naranjo / User Group Manager
Role: I am the point of contact for all User Group Leaders & Liaisons. I provide support for the site and strategy for improving their IBM Middleware user group.
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, music festivals. and binge-listening to my favorite podcasts
Favorite Movie: The Fantastic Mr. Fox--I’m fascinated by stop-motion animation
Favorite Appetizer: Poke
Fun Fact: Last year, my husband and I quit or day-jobs, moved to Alaska, and worked as a tour guides for the summer. We moved back to Arizona in September 2016.
Words of Wisdom: “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” -C.S. Lewis
Kristen Meren / Community Manager
Role: I oversee the IBM Middleware UC blogging program! I will also keep community members updated by sending a weekly recap newsletter and posting about what's happening on the groups' social media accounts.
Hobbies: Live music, making strong coffee, strolling through cool spots with my kiddo and my dog.
Favorite Movie: I like anything Wes Anderson and most documentaries.
Favorite Appetizer: I'm not an appetizer kind of girl - I'm more into making big dishes to share at a potluck.
Fun Fact: I like Otis Redding and James Brown just as much as I like old school country like Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard.
Words of Wisdom: “You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming.” -Pablo Neruda
Katie Bapple / Senior Director of Community Management
Role: I am IMWUC’s strategist, but I also work with a multitude of other organizations in overseeing any and all elements of their community management and strategy needs!
Hobbies: Traveling, reading and exploring the outdoors with my Jack Russell, Lola.
Favorite Movie: Big Fish
Favorite Appetizer: Wine. It counts.
Fun Fact: I studied abroad in Ghana, West Africa.
Words of Wisdom: “Dwell in possibility.” – Emily Dickinson