2021 – 2022 Co-Lead Facilitator
Senior Technical Project Lead, Soliant Consulting
Makah started working at Soliant Consulting shortly after graduating UCLA with a degree in Cognitive Science and a Specialization in Computing. Fourteen years and ten certifications later, she couldn’t be happier with her how her career has grown at Soliant. She is now a Technical Project Lead and co-founder of Soliant’s Humanitarian Committee, as well as co-founder of join::table and a lead at Women Innovating Together since 2017. She’s extremely excited about elevating underrepresented groups in the tech industry. Makah resides in Albuquerque with her husband, their two daughters, and their 12-year-old perpetual puppy.
2021 – 2022 Co-Lead Facilitator
VP of Operations, NaviCu
Vanessa manages the daily operations and oversees the implementation and use of technology to meet NaviCu’s business needs. She also works with their clients to guide them through the NaviCu p2s Platform. She has many years’ experience working to support and train clients to maximize the efficient use of their systems. Previously, she worked in project management for a major worldwide corporation. She completed a Master of Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and Entrepreneurship in conjunction with a Master of Science in Information Systems at Boston University Questrom School of Business. When she is not working, she loves being involved in WITfm & join::table, traveling, and experimenting with photography & new recipes.
2021 – 2022 Booth Lead
Project Manager, Soliant Consulting
As a people and project manager, Sierra has enabled teams to achieve maximum impact against company-wide goals. She was a Sales Manager at both REI and Patagonia for over six years, before deciding to pursue a career in project management. Currently, she is a Project Manager with Soliant Consulting, Inc.
Linda Gerbitz, CAP, OM, TA
2021 – 2022 Business Lead
Administration Manager, JMB & Associates
Linda has a BS in Information Systems and Applied Mathematics from UWSP and certifications as Certified Administrative Professional, Organizational Management, Technology Application Specials. She has used her 25+ years of FileMaker development experience in various business environments. Linda has taken a marketing/research department of a major plastics manufacturer, a pre- press/print shop, and a tool & die shop from paper only to paperless environments. She is currently the office manager handling the Accounting, IT, and HR duties at JMB & Associates, an HVAC Distributor & Service Center. She has been on the board of directors of a national non-profit religious organization since 2003, taking them through the non-profit status life cycle.
2021 – 2022 Cultivate Tech Talent Liaison
Software Developer & PM, The Scarpetta Group
After 15 years of being a problem solver in education management, Beth recently found and fell in love with FileMaker. She approached this new tool and career path with the finesse of a steam roller and went from end user to citizen developer to software developer in less than three years. She is an active member of WITfm, on the Diversitable leadership team, and lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband, two daughters, and cocker spaniel.
2021 – 2022 Database Lead
Through her last year of Master of Business Administration (completed in 1998), Magalie discovered FileMaker Pro at Editomac, which was already a member of Claris Alliance. After 8 years in the financial industry, she founded her own company and works mainly as sub-contractor for other companies (Editomac was one of those) as devloper and/or trainer. She bought and lead a sweeties company during 3 years, continuing her career in tech in the same time. In 2015, she bought Editomac from the founder, with the blog and his unique FileMaker world French-speaking tutorials. She was a speaker at the French DevCon (“fmconf”) in 2016 and in 2019. Magalie is a “DIY”-fan – from her own washing liquid to her databases! If you search for her, you can probably find her in a corner with a book in hand or walking on some pretty path with her son and husband.
2021 – 2022 Donor Relations Lead
Project Manager, Codence
Aline loves working with people and is a master in keeping projects organized. She graduated from San Jose State in 2018 and joined Codence in July 2020. In her spare time, she loves to serve in her local community and explore the beautiful California outdoors.
2021 – 2022 Engage Buddy Lead
Senior Project Manager, Soliant Consulting
Naomi DeVore is a Sr. Project Manager & PMO Board Member at Soliant Consulting. She’s passionate about empowering her teams, mentoring new folks, and reducing stress wherever she can. Outside of work, she’s all about reading, traveling, and drawing badly.
2021 – 2022 Events Lead
Developer, Soliant Consulting
CJ is a developer at Soliant Consulting. Like so many in our community, she comes to developing via a non-IT background. She holds a BA in History and would have doubled in Environmental Science but instead of taking labs, spent most afternoons chasing one type of ball or another around a field. Degree in hand, CJ explored the world that she’d read about in books. She learned FileMaker in the course of work but became a full-time developer after a few years as an Apple software trainer. CJ was part of the 3-person team selected to film and interview conference attendees at the 2014 DevCon in San Antonio. Now happily settled in the Pacific Northwest, CJ is looking forward to building great Events with our membership.
2021 – 2022 Finance Lead
Senior Project Manager, eFortyTwo Solutions Inc.
Laramie Ericson is a project manager and workplace processes consultant in the Los Angeles and Orange County area. She has over 13 years of experience helping clients manage their transition from spreadsheets and appliance apps to beautifully designed FileMaker solutions for desktop and iOS. When she is not creating wireframes, analyzing her client’s business processes and managing projects you can find Laramie spending time with her family on ski adventures in the mountains or hanging at home playing board games and Legos.
2021 – 2022 Marketing Lead
Chief Cook, Graffiteria Inc.
After a dalliance with Fine Art and Photography, Karen started out her career with degrees in Advertising Design, and Illustration. Unfortunately, that year was 1984, and she met a fellow in her building who said: “Come up and see my Macintosh”, and she did, becoming one of the very first Mac Evangelists. By the following decade, she was managing computer systems and running a high-end corporate collateral print production department, working with a 4D developer to keep track of it all. After enjoying looking over his shoulder, she dove in and added a new skill; Database Development in 4D (ignoring FileMaker languishing on her home 512Ke). Several years later she hung out her shingle. At one of her early Mac OS consulting clients, she was asked to take on developing that department’s database; in FileMaker! That lead to being introduced to a fellow who quickly took a newbie FM developer under his wing, inviting her to the NYFMP group (thanks, Chuck Edwards!), setting her firmly on a path that would lead to her next, and final vocation. So there you have it, Jack of all trades, but FileMaker Evangelist. Oh, and a tendency to be verbose.
2021 – 2022 Membership Lead
Beverly Voth (rhymes with both, not moth) has been a Web and Database developer for 25+ years. Professionally first using Claris’ FileMaker 2.1 as an in-house contractor, she decided that becoming an independent consultant/developer was possible.
Beverly first attended the (2nd) annual Developer Conference in San Jose, Ca. She was a speaker at several DevCons, had a vendor booth once, and helped organize the early Women’s Luncheons. She received the “FileMaker Excellence Award for Outstanding Contribution to the FileMaker Web Publishing Community” in 2003.
Varied background experiences and programming training has helped as a developer and trainer. Creative writing courses helped turn the technology into many articles on FileMaker Pro. The book “FileMaker Pro 6 Developer’s Guide to XML/XSL (2003)” is still being read today. Beverly also served as a Technical editor on another FileMaker book. The article, “The Missing FileMaker 12 ExecuteSQL Reference” started as a simple blog in 2012 and became a full PDF document & set of sample files (also translated into Japanese).
As a full-service hosting provider (11 years), Beverly owned & worked with many servers for web sites, email, and databases (including MS SQL & MySQL). She works to integrate FileMaker with other systems and especially all aspects of using FileMaker in Web Publishing.
Currently living in the Forest about 20 miles from a waterfall, you can find Beverly on the Claris Community Forum (virtually, of course).
2021 – 2022 Social Media Manager & Virtual Meetup Lead
Danielle is a digital marketing strategist focused on building brands and connecting them with women who identify with their values. She studied Economics at Loyola University Chicago where she realized an interest in advertisement. Starting with email marketing, driving e-commerce growth led her to social media marketing and managing cross-channel campaigns. Keen on a data driven approach, she felt drawn toward software development. She is excited to pivot her career to software development as an avid junior FileMaker developer. Aside from screen time, she enjoys baking large batches of cookies and planning trips to hiking destinations. Danielle is based out of Indy and often works with Lace, her senior “puppy” snoozing nearby.
2021 – 2022 Past Lead Facilitator
Chief of Staff, Proof+Geist
Krissy Ferris is the founder of Bright Button, her FileMaker consulting and development company. She previously worked in the non-profit and healthcare worlds, and through her role as a medical office manager, started developing in FileMaker. She loves transforming tangled messes into streamlined flows. She is very excited to work with Women Innovating Together as the Membership Lead, especially because the annual luncheon was one of the most welcoming spaces at her first developer conference. Krissy holds a Master of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Amsterdam, and a BA from Oberlin College. In her spare time, she can be found organizing real-life things — from family reunions to house renovations to epic road trips.
2021 – 2022 Scholarship Lead
Marketing Director, Codence
Danielle has worked in the Operational side of FileMaker consulting companies for the past five years. Recently she learned she didn’t have to be a technical person to be more involved with WITfm. After looking into how to get more engaged, she thought she’d be a good fit for the Scholarship lead role. She was part of Soliant’s Sunrise Scholarship program management in 2016 and 2017. In addition, she likes to make things happen, and she’s an excellent project manager. In the past four years working at Codence, she’s managed Operations, Recruiting, and Marketing. On a personal note — she currently lives in Brazil, and on her time off, she enjoys spending time with her little family, exploring local parks and museums, going to the beach, and practicing Pilates!
2021 – 2022 Website Lead (Design)
President & Lead Design Engineer, Hyperspace Data Solutions
Alexis is a certified FileMaker developer based in Toronto, Canada, the founder of FM Design University, and the president of Hyperspace Data Solutions, Inc. She transforms user experiences that are error-prone, draining, and repetitive, into ones that are accurate, energizing, and productive, by leveraging the power of design. Alexis has presented several times on the topic of UI/UX design at the FileMaker Developers’ Conference (now Claris Engage).
Agnes is a Solution Architect who has been working with FileMaker since version 3. The last two decades revolved around systems, networking, graphic and web design, and, later, more and more FileMaker and web development—what was once a hobby became a full-time profession when she formed ZeroBlue, an FBA Partner. ZeroBlue offers FileMaker and web hosting and also provides the community with barcode and RFID scanners/readers. She excels at creating clean interfaces and user-friendly applications. She studied English, journalism, marketing, business management, and photography. When not at her desk, she enjoys learning about new technology, photography, discovering new restaurants, riding her motorcycle, and rock climbing. She also works for DriveSavers, so if you have data recovery needs, feel free to message her.