Meet the N2i Committee

Richie Palma

A Tech Solutions Consultant for iTech Solutions Group, IBM Champion for Power, IBM Fresh Face, founder of the “Midrange Meetup” in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on the steering committee for YIP’s (Young i Professionals), and on the board for SEMIUG (South East Michigan IBM i User Group). I spend most my professional time working with clients running on IBM Power Systems and especially IBM i. With a background and passion for lean manufacturing my mind is wired to seek the most efficient means toward producing a desired result. IBM Power Systems think the same way, and they can, due to IBM owning the whole solution stack. We believe in extreme efficiency, not sprawling server farms that require Band-Aids, duct-tape and lots of attention. Efficiency within the walls of the data center can and is driving competitive advantage across all industries. I believe it’s my duty to share my knowledge and experiences with companies, so they can make an educated decision prior to purchasing that next x86 data center brick. I also speak at conferences and local user group meetings, attend industry conferences/events, and deliver opinions, ideas, and lessons learned through social media and authoring articles.

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Rochelle Petty

I am a Junior Full Stack Developer at Everbrite LLC. We run our production applications on the IBMi Power Server. Primary languages are CL, RPG, DB2 SQL and Java, and the UI: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Drupple, React, and Sencha.
My position is a fast paced job and it includes Help Desk phone calls for the IBMi applications, Jira tickets, and development projects. My management team gives all developers plan, design, and development responsibilities to enhance the production applications.

I'm also heavily involved in my local user group, WMCPA, I currently hold a position as the Social Media Director in the committee group, And, I’m an active member of WMCPA's Women in IT (WIT), Student Competition Committee and my newest opportunity being a liaison for WMCPA's student chapter at Gateway Technical College including tutoring opportunities.

On a National level, I'm a member of COMMON user group and within this group I am part of the Young i Professionals (YiP's) Task Force Team. We plan and develop to educate, engage, and create a networking platform for all new users or new to the user group. Also, I volunteer as a TLC at the COMMON Spring Conferences.

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Marina Schwenk

Marina started her career in January 2015 at Everbrite LLC in Greenfield WI after graduating from Gateway Technical College in May of 2014 with an Associate’s degree in IT Software Development. Marina works as a developer in both RPG and Java and she also is one of two IBM i admins at Everbrite. Marina earned her bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems Software Development from Bellevue University in June of 2017. Marina is currently the vice president for the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association(WMCPA) users group and is also a member of their Women in IT (WIT) committee, a member of COMMON’S Young i Professionals (Yips) committee, a member of COMMON America Advisory Council (CAAC), a private tutor in English and Programming for students at an associates or bachelor’s degree level, a public speaker on topics ranging from RPG, SQL standards and unit testing, and was named a IBM fresh face for 2019. She has also completed two open source projects the first is logging in RPG and IBMiUnit a RPG unit testing framework.

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Nicole Wilmoth

Nicole Wilmoth is a web developer at Wolff Brothers Supply, Inc. She's been involved with the IBM i since 2015 and is experienced in HTML, CSS, SQL, and JavaScript. When she's not behind a computer screen, she's running long distances, drinking too much coffee, or reading a good book.