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2012 Vivit Award Nominees (Americas Region)

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Our outstanding volunteers make Vivit what it is today. These individuals were nominated by other members for either "Leader of the Year" or "Champion of the Year" and exemplify the best of what all of us strive to be. Each of these individuals has special talents and strengths and has stepped forward to share them with this worldwide community.

The Vivit Board of Directors thanks each one of these nominees for their ongoing efforts to help build a community of people through 60 Chapters spanning 22 countries and 13 worldwide Special Interest Groups. The winners will be announced at HP Discover, June 4-7, in Las Vegas.

Jeff Comley
Leader of the Year Nominee

Ohio Chapter Leader

As a Leader for the Ohio Chaper, Jeff takes a solid practical approach to issues users experience, and then helps guide them to a series of possible solutions. He organizes quarterly meetings for the Ohio Chapter.

Jeff works as a Testing Expert and Capability Owner at Owens. He has over 10 years of deployment and process improvement experience, mainly with SAP ERP products. The last several years have been wholly devoted to Quality Assurance and Testing initiatives in conjunction with large SAP related projects.




Todd DeCapua
Leader of the Year Nominee

Delaware Chapter Leader
Mobile & DevOps SIG Leader 














Todd serves the Vivit community by bringing webinars and local chapter meetings to the members. He continues to volunteer his expertise and time as Leader for the Delaware Chapter, and he co-founded and co-leads two new Special Interest Groups: DevOps and Mobile. He spoke at the first Northern California Vivit meeting this spring and presented numerous webinars. Additionally, he mentored and coached a new Vivit leader in his first year of involvement and co-presented with him three times.

Todd was named 2010 HP Software Universe "Best & Brightest" and 2010 Vivit Worldwide Leader of the Year. Because he won the Leader of the Year Award already, he isn't elgible to win again unfortunately. However, members and the Board still recognize his outstanding contributions.

Todd is VP of Worldwide Consulting for Shunra and is one of the tech industry's most respected thought leaders on Application Performance Engineering and a renowned speaker, author and visionary.

His IT & QA background encompass nearly all industries and over 70 organizations with extensive consulting experience. Before joining Shunra in 2010, he held senior leadership roles both within IT Development and IT Infrastructure at ING DIRECT, the largest internet bank in the United States -- providing him a uniquely authoritative view of the global business impact of the new best-practice models for performance engineering.

His expertise includes application development, global project management, partnership strategy, collaborative methods like Agile Scrum, infrastructure architecture, business continuity and disaster recovery. At Shunra, he drives professional services, training/education and partnership programs for nearly 2000 worldwide customers deploying applications in WAN, Web, Mobile and Cloud environments.

In 2009 he was invited to sit on the Customer Advisory Board for LoadRunner & Performance Center. He is also a certified ScrumMaster, Scrum Practitioner, and Six Sigma Green Belt; and is also accredited with an MBA, Concentration in Finance. 



Mark Herbert
Leader of the Year Nominee
Arizona Chapter Leader








Mark is the leader of the Vivit Arizona Chapter.  He was nominated by members of his Chapter who value his vital leadership role in their local community. Mark has led the Arizona Chapter for three years; before this, he led the Pittsburgh Chapter which he founded in 2006 as a Mercury user group. Mark organizes quarterly events with special emphasis on customer presentations focusing on both applications and operations technologies. In addition, Mark engages members in the event process by operating a forum on the Vivit Arizona web site so they can request topics of interest for upcoming events.  

Nationally, Mark is bringing his expertise to the HP Discover conference as a roundtable leader.

Session RT3151: The building blocks of a successful migration from QC to ALM. Thursday, 1:30pm

Mark is an HP Accredited Systems Engineer (ASE) with HP Quality Center and HP QuickTest Professional. He has been working in software Quality Assurance and using HP testing tools since 1999. Mark is also an HP Certified Instructor in these tool sets.




Paul Peissner
Leader &Champion of the Year Nominee

Silicon Valley/San Jose Chapter Leader
DevOps SIG Leader


Paul champions for the advancement of IT professionals which has driven him to bring together many industry experts as part of the Vivit community. He has found and nurtured new Chapter and Special Interest Group Leaders, presenters for webinars and local events, strategic partners, and sponsors. Paul's ideas on how to grow the services for members and bring more members to Vivit flow on a daily basis.

His strategy to combine HP Software Applications and Operations tools to advance the career path of IT professionals resulted in the launch of the Vivit DevOps Special Interest Group. Paul is also the Leader for the Silicon Valley / San Jose Chapter, connecting users and thought leaders locally. In addition, Paul has served as an advisor to the Board of Directors and offers his passion and expertise at local Chapter events across the U.S. and live web events for members worldwide.

Paul is Director of Business Development for Collabnet.



Mary Kay Petersen
Leader of the Year Nominee

Oregon Chapter Leader
HP Service Mangement SIG Leader





Mary Kay is a Leader for the Oregon Chapter and HP Service Management Special Interest Group. She has brought HP Service Management expertise to Vivit members by organizing a series of highly-ranked webinars over the last year. She is proactive in notifying Chapter and Special Interest Group members about local events and webinars with the Service Management specialty. Mary Kay is the customer voice with a talent for bringing relevant content and top experts to the Vivit community worldwide. 

Mary Kay is the Director of IT Service Management at Mentor Graphics, a manufacturer of Electronic Design Automation solutions headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Mary Kay has worked in the field of Information Technology for 25 years, the past 17 years at Mentor in roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently, Mary Kay has been the driving force behind adopting ITIL best practices at Mentor, selecting HP as a strategic vendor and recently implementing HP ServiceCenter for Global Help Desk & Operations and HP Asset Manager for managing IT Assets and Contracts.



Rocky Pisto
Champion of the Year Nominee

Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio & Chicago Chapter Leader






Rocky has been an active member of Vivit for over 15 years and a Leader for the Michigan and Ohio Local Users Groups for the past 11 years, adding Local Users Groups in Indiana and Kentucky in 2009. He also supports the Chicago Local Users Group and recently coordinated the 2010 Midwest Road Show in six cities. Rocky has facilitated at least eight to ten local Vivit events a year since 1999 so that HP Software and Solutions customers can network and share best practices, learn about HP updates, and hear about third party solutions.

From 2004 - 2010, Rocky took on the role of Vivit Membership Chairman with the responsibility for growing Vivit’s local users group community around the world. Under his leadership and Vivit staff support, the number of chapters grew from about a dozen to over 45 worldwide with chapter start-ups in Europe, Australia, and the Middle East.

Rocky not only volunteers his time with the Vivit community as a Chapter Leader in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and Chicago setting up many chapter meetings with interesting content and speakers, he is the new Global Vivit Engage Coordinator. As many of us at Vivit know and say, Rocky does it all.

Because he won the MVP / Champion of the Year Award already, he isn't elgible to win again unfortunately. However, members and the Board still recognize his outstanding contributions.



Sandy Schubert
Leader of the Year Nominee

Pittsburgh & Seattle Chapter Leader
BSM SIG Leader

Sandy Schubert is a co-leader for the Seattle and Pittsburgh Vivit Chapters as well as the Business Service Management Special Interest Group. She brings up-to-date and interesting content to her chapter meetings and quarterly webinars for the Business Service Management Special Interest Group.

She has over 14 years of experience in the IT industry and is currently employed by J9 Technologies. Sandy appreciates the value that Vivit brings to the table in terms of networking and education for the user community.



Jack Soodik
Champion of the Year Nominee
Michigan, Ohio & Philadelphia Chapter Member

Jack has brought potential HP customers to Vivit meetings and put them in touch with the Vivit leaders and chapter members. He helps grow the Vivit community by bringing new customers to Vivit as members. Jack and the rest of the Genlogix team are always willing to present the hot topics at Vivit meetings. He is a member of the Michigan, Ohio and Philadelphia Vivit Chapters.

Jack is an Account Executive with Genilogix. Genilogix is an HP Elite partner with expertise in Security, Quality, Performance, Governance and Compliance.

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