Board of Directors

Richard Bishop

Richard Bishop


Trust IV
United Kingdom

The President of Vivit has primary responsibility for managing Vivit for the benefit of our membership and the wider HPE software user community. As well as setting direction and providing support for fellow board members and staff, the President attends staff and board meetings on a regular basis and acts as a contact point for HPE when they wish to engage with the user community. The President holds fiduciary responsibility for Vivit and acts to ensure that the organisation remains financially stable and acts in the best interest of its members.

Mark Herbert

Mark Herbert

Vice President of Operations

Dignity Health
Phoenix, Arizona
United States

The Vivit Vice President of Operations assists and supports the Vivit President in running the Vivit organization from an operational perspective. Responsibilities include working with the Vivit President and Executive Officers to review issues that require a Presidential and/or Executive decision and offer feedback as part of that process, standing in for the President as needed and requested, and participating in weekly meetings with the Vivit contractors to review their progress with various tasks and offer guidance when they have questions and/or need direction.

Todd DeCapuaTodd DeCapua

Vice President of Strategy and Innovation

Corporation Service Company
Wilmington, Delaware
United States

The Vice President of Strategy and Innovation assists and supports the President in running the Vivit Worldwide organization. Responsibilities include working with the President and Executive Officers to review issues that require a Presidential and/or Executive decision and offer feedback as part of that process, standing in for the President as needed and requested. The Vice President of Strategy and Innovation will also facilitate and review future directions across the board, and collaboration with other key external decision makers, so to deliver on the future of Vivit Worldwide with the Board of Directors.

Christopher Scharer

Christopher J. Scharer


CJS Consulting, L.L.C.
West Des Moines, Iowa
United States

The treasurer (see section 5.0.4 of the Vivit bi-laws document) shall serve as chief financial officer of Vivit and will be responsible for all monies received and expended for the use of Vivit, shall cause Vivit to satisfy its financial obligations; develop financial plans and budgets; provide regular financial reports; provide for proper insurance coverage; manage Vivit investments; cause the annual corporate financial audit or review to occur, and shall serve as otherwise directed by the Board of Directors. Other responsibilities currently as directed by the Board of Directors include but are not limited to the following; periodically the treasurer has the responsibility of reporting Vivit finances (monthly/quarterly), ensuring board and staff members have a copy of the Vivit expense policy and the required expense forms for that particular year, reviewing and approving budgets for conferences and any other activities that require financial funding and reviewing and approving expense reports following the expense reimbursement policy. Finally, the treasurer ensures the accounting firm is retaining a copy of the receipts and the treasurers’ approvals.

Karen Semonson

Karen E. Semonson


Smart Solutions Inc.
Madison, Wisconsin
United States

The secretary shall be the recording secretary of all meetings of the Board of Directors and meetings of members; shall cause all notices required to be given by Vivit to be duly given and served; shall serve as parliamentarian of the corporation; cause the reports, statements and other documents required by law to be properly kept and filed; provide membership records; and maintain liaison with the Vivit attorney, and shall serve as otherwise directed by the Board of Directors.

Mark Ford

Mark Ford

Community Chairperson

Charlotte, North Carolina
United States

The Community Chairperson communicates direction and priorities to the LUG and SIG leaders and solicits their feedback, needs and concerns to bring back to the board. The director works closely with Vivit LUG/SIG liaisons to make sure they have what they need to keep the LUGs and SIGs running smoothly so they can provide a valuable experience to the membership. The Community Chairperson also works on initiatives to grow Vivit’s membership and improves the overall level of engagement, soliciting input from LUG/SIG leaders at quarterly leader meetings. Finally, the Community Chairperson is responsible for providing updates pertaining to the following Vivit platforms; membership, webinar, mobile and reporting.

Chris Trimper

Chris Trimper

Education Chairperson

Independent Health
Willliamsville, New York
United States

The Education Chairperson will help facilitate training and education for the Vivit Community. The director will act as a liaison between HPE and various subject matter experts to bring the highest quality teaching to our members. The director will assist the Vivit team in seeking out relevant speakers and moderators for webinars and regional and global conferences when Vivit hosts speaking tracks. The Education Chairperson will work closely with both the Community and Advocacy Directors so the Vivit Community continues to have the greatest level of service and support.

Tammy Young

Tammy Young

Advocacy Chairperson

Aflac Worldwide
Columbus, Georgia
United States

 The Advocacy Chairperson provides strategic oversight of Vivit’s external relations activities. The Director is the individual responsible for driving Vivit’s advocacy objectives. In consultation with the Vivit Board and staff, the Advocacy Chairperson executes the advocacy agenda by building and managing relationships with key external stakeholders (e.g. SIGs and LUGs, partners, HP, Micro Focus).

Bernard Szymczak

Bernard Szymczak

Special Projects Chairperson

Progressive Insurance
Mayfield, Ohio
United States

The Special Projects Chairperson holds a vital role, particularly whilst Vivit undergoes a period of transition during the merger of HPE Software and Micro Focus. As well as assisting the Community, Education and Advocacy Chairpersons in their initiatives, this chairperson is responsible for managing other Vivit projects such as ensuring GDPR compliance. Like all directors, the special projects chairperson shares responsibility for the day-to-day running of the user group for the benefit of our membership .  


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