2016 Microsoft Office Conference

JCCC’s Microsoft Office Conference

November 12, 2016

Presenters at the 2016 Microsoft Office conference are:


David Blackwell

Lead Developer, Heritage Computer Consulting & Services Inc.

David Blackwell

David is a seasoned computer guru, with two full decades of computer experience. From 1998 to 2010 his focus was on the computer hardware and network infrastructure. He joined Heritage as lead technician in 2010. In 2011, he transitioned to programmer and then to a lead developer.

As a lead developer for Heritage Computer Consulting & Services Inc., David is a mentor for the programming staff and works with clients acting as the product owner for their projects during the Agile software development cycle. David enjoyed attending the Microsoft Ignite Conference in Chicago in May 2015. He stays informed about the latest technologies and is constantly learning new languages and strategies.

David is an adjunct professor at Metropolitan Community College. He is a Cisco Certified Academy Instructor. He has earned both CCNA and CompTIA A+ certifications. David is also a Microsoft Certified Professional with a certification for Programming in C#. He has an Associate of Science degree in computer science from Maple Woods Community College. David often shares his expertise at the Heartland Users Group’s Access special interest group.

Troy A. Burgher

Owner, TAB Training & Consulting LLC

Troy A. Burgher

Troy A. Burgher, Microsoft Certified Professional and Microsoft Certified Trainer-Alumni, is the lead instructor and owner/founder of TAB Training & Consulting LLC, which specializes in providing Microsoft Office-based training courses, workshops and certification programs with a focus on workforce development/employability skills enhancement.

TAB Training & Consulting LLC was started in September 2015 with the goal of developing alliance partnerships with community-based organizations, local small businesses and the local public library systems to provide services to community residents. The core target audience is individuals seeking gainful employment, career advancement and/or career change that requires enhanced technology and computer literacy skills.

More than 25 years of using Microsoft Office Suite applications (including employee training, freelance contract training, facilitating technology literacy workshops and developing training programs) has given Troy solid practical experience in working with and motivating even the most beginner and novice users, transforming them into more efficient, effective and productive users of technology and computers.

Steve Cummings

Director of Cloud Platforms, Valorem Consulting

Steve Cummings

Steve Cummings is the director of cloud platforms for Valorem Consulting. Valorem is a nationally-managed Microsoft partner, based in Kansas City, that helps organizations solve business challenges through innovation, technology, creativity and top talent. Steve is responsible for the team of consultants and architects that deliver Office 365, Azure and Dynamics 365 solutions for enterprise clients.

Prior to Valorem, Steve spent almost 13 years with Microsoft as a solution specialist and technical sales manager focused on the productivity suite including SharePoint, Office, Exchange, Skype for Business and Office 365.

When he isn't working, Steve loves to spend time with his family outdoors, going camping, cheering on the Royals and playing golf.

Caren Grandgenett

Database Development and Training Specialist, Johnson County Community College

Caren Grandgenett

Caren is a database development and training specialist, with expertise that allows her clients to track their customers, competitors and business metrics. She is well-versed with Microsoft Office software such as Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word, and, thanks to her experience as an instructor, is also well-versed in a variety of online course delivery software, such as Angel and Blackboard.

Her clients can select from a wide variety of services, such as developing databases, business analysis and development, project and budget management, and technical tool development. She is also a proficient Microsoft Office instructor, technical trainer and presenter, and has worked with clients such as Cherub Medical Supply, A G Progress Inc., North Platte Natural Resources District and Johnson County Community College.

Caren obtained her database programming certificate from the college, and also has a BS from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MBA with MIS emphasis from Avila University. She is also a Phi Theta Kappa member and part of the college’s database development special interest group.

Mamalay Kaliaperumal

Founder, Hippalus Technologies

Mamalay Kaliaperumal

Mamalay is an information technology leader with expertise in managing and architecting software development systems ranging from analysis, design, architecture, development, integration to delivery. He architected and managed the development of complex software systems while working for GE Energy, Wells Fargo Financial, American Express, Cerner, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Kansas Department of Health.

Mamalay has a bachelor's degree in engineering and a master's in information management. He completed the software architecture program from Carnegie Mellon University and has many certifications from organizations like PMI, Microsoft, Oracle, Java, Agile Scrum and Security. He is active participant in Kansas City tech groups.

Mamalay is president and founder of Hippalus Technologies, which does software consulting and development services in multiple software platforms. One of Hippalus Technologies' significant projects is the architectural governance of the Medicaid Management Information System modernization for the state of Kansas.

John Krzysztow

Technology Leader, cjk Consulting

John has extensive expertise across a spectrum of technology environments, from mainframe data centers to client-server environments and cloud-based applications. His company, cjk, specializes in helping businesses recoup their investments in unfinished and business-critical projects with integrity and persistence. His lengthy career started at Digital Equipment Corporation in the Boston area. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Clark University in Worcester, Mass., and he has been an adjunct professor at Johnson County Community College.

Christy Rogers

Owner and Lead Instructor, Training Umbrella

Christy Rogers

Christy Rogers is the founder and lead instructor at Training Umbrella, a company that specializes in teaching Microsoft and Google Applications along with providing computer lab and event space rentals. She has been involved in the planning and training of multiple software migrations in the Kansas City area and across the United States. Christy is a Google Certified Individual and Microsoft Office Specialist. She believes that "knowing the technology is not the same as knowing how to teach it."

A degree in education from Kansas State University has supported her career path that included time educating students in a high school classroom, teaching for ExecuTrain, a nationwide technology training company and opening the doors of Training Umbrella in January 2011.

Christy is the current president of ATD (Association of Talent Development) Kansas City and a member of the Kansas City Women's Advisory Network. She enjoys summer weekends at the lake, reading and spending time with her husband and two children.

Jim Scales

I.T. Director, MMC Corp.

Jim Scales

Jim has been in I.T. for 20 years. He holds several certifications, including the MCSE and CCNA, and is currently an I.T. director at MMC Corp., supporting 1,000 end-users across the U.S.A.

Jim Watkins

Vice President, Heritage Computer Consulting & Services Inc.

Jim Watkins

Jim has been interested in computer programming since high school. He started his career as a computer programmer in 1978 with a Kansas City-based software company. He spent more than 12 years in software development, client training and support before founding Heritage.

As vice president, Jim’s primary focus at HCCS Inc. is the development of custom applications for clients. He is the chief mentor for the programming staff. Jim loves teaching clients to be self-sufficient and comfortable with software. He has been using Microsoft Access since its introduction in 1992.

Jim has earned certifications as a data processor and computer professional from the Institute for the Certification of Computer Professionals (ICCP). He also holds two Microsoft certified professional certificates, including a Microsoft Access certification.

Jim taught college-level computer classes for several years at a local college. Currently, he leads the Heartland Users Group’s Access special interest group, where he shares his expertise by providing numerous presentations.

Jonathan Weaver

SharePoint Consultant, KC Tech Group

Jonathan Weaver is a SharePoint consultant with KC Tech Group and a Microsoft Office Specialist: SharePoint 2013. With over 15 years of IT experience, Jonathan has worked with many Kansas City-based companies ranging from startups to large international businesses, focusing on delivering effective, usable solutions with the end user as his primary concern. Jonathan's love of logic lends itself to building complex process flows and workflows that capture the needs of the business while maximizing the user experience. When he is not working on complex logic problems for his employers, Jonathan can often be found solving Rubik's cubes or SuDoKu puzzles.

Sharon Weaver

Knowledge Management Expert, Johnson County Community College Continuing Education Instructor

Sharon Weaver

Sharon is a SharePoint and process improvement consultant with KC Tech Group. Sharon's background in business analysis and project management, combined with her degree in developmental psychology and Six Sigma Black Belt, blend perfectly with her love of helping and training people to make her a well-rounded consultant. Sharon has the ability to understand her client's pain points and develop a plan to not only build the needed solutions but to drive adoption and education in a way not typically seen from technical consultants. Sharon also teaches SharePoint and business analysis continuing education courses at JCCC and SLU as an adjunct instructor. When she's not working, Sharon is likely reading self-improvement books or on a cruise out of the country with no access to communication.