2016 Microsoft Office Conference

JCCC’s Microsoft Office Conference
November 12, 2016

Presenters at the 2015 Microsoft Office conference were:


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 our 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., he is a mentor for the programming staff and works with our clients acting as the Product Owner for their projects during 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 Colleges. 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, Computer Science degree from Maple Woods Community College. David often shares his expertise at the Heartland User Group’s Access Special Interest Group (SIG).

Joe Cromer

Director of Enterprise Collaboration, DEG

Joe Cromer

Joe helps DEG and its clients to strategically and efficiently leverage internal knowledge, ideas, and content. As the head of DEG’s growing Enterprise Collaboration practice, he empowers large companies to capture their internal knowledge and experience, streamline their processes, and maximize their returns on employee’s talent.

A technology consultant for more than sixteen years and a SharePoint/Enterprise Collaboration professional for the past seven, Joe is focused on staying ahead of the technology curve in order to advise his clients on how to do the same. A recognized leader in the discipline, he has been a content contributor and guest speaker for AIIM, the Global Community of Information Professionals, and SharePoint Saturday events.

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, Ag 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.

Keith Krieger

Continuing Education Computer Training Director, Johnson County Community College

Keith Krieger

Keith Krieger serves in a variety of different roles at the college. As the Program Director for Technical Training in Staff and Workforce Development, he manages the delivery of technical and technology training for 3000 employees at the college. He also manages support staff and trainers that deliver technology training for the Continuing Education division at the college, serving approximately 5000 students annually. He is responsible for quality instruction in the classroom, courseware development, testing and certification management, vendor partner relations, and relations with the college IT department, help desk, educational technology departments, and staff development. Last, but not least, he also conducts a credit class for the Paralegal program, Advanced Legal Technology. These roles allow him to help people take advantage of technology to improve their lives, careers, and businesses. 

His past experience also includes his own technology management company, where he specialized in training in web design and development with an emphasis in standards-driven design using XHTML, XML and CSS at the college and for clients such as the College of Business at Metropolitan Community Colleges and Mid-America Regional Council in Kansas City, Missouri. He has also conducted and led seminar-based software skills training in Microsoft Office applications, Adobe products, as well as PC and Macintosh trouble-shooting. He has traveled nationally, delivering training in public settings, as well as customized training for Wal-Mart, EPA, Okuma America, Westin Long Beach and HOK Architects. He was also a training manager at Productivity Point International, where he supervised 12 computer labs and 20 trainers, as well as helped develop computer software applications trainers.

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 had been an adjunct professor at Johnson County Community College.

Christy Rogers

Owner and Lead Instructor, Training Umbrella

Christy Rogers

Christy is the founder and lead instructor at Training Umbrella, a company that specializes in teaching Microsoft and Google applications. 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 Google and Microsoft Project 2010 certified and a Microsoft Office specialist master trainer. She believes, “knowing the technology is not the same as knowing how to teach it.”

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

She is honored to serve as vice president of membership on the Association for Talent Development (ATD) Board of Kansas City. Christy is also active in her children’s school PTA. She enjoys summer weekends at the lake, reading and running.

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 1000 end-users across the USA.

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-bases 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 User Group’s Access Special Interest Group (SIG) where he shares his expertise providing numerous presentations.

Sharon Weaver

Knowledge Management Expert, Johnson County Community College Continuing Education Instructor

Sharon Weaver

Sharon Weaver is a professional consultant that specializes in Business Process Management and SharePoint. She has over 15 years of experience designing, developing, and managing software, including SharePoint administration for software development teams and corporate entities.

Hattie Wiley

Hattie Wiley

Distance Learning Developer, National Weather Service

Hattie is certified in information mapping and Lean Sigma. She is currently employed as a distance learning developer for the National Weather Service where she works in a design, development, consultation and staff development environment. Additionally, Hattie is a doctoral candidate in transformative studies at the California Institute for Integral Studies. Her dissertation title is Broadening Leadership Development Sciences through Action Research and Complexity Thinking.

Hattie received a master's of science degree in instruction design and technology from Emporia State University and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology, sociology and philosophy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She worked as an educational consultant in a major telecommunications company for approximately nine years. During that time, she developed training materials that impacted more than 70,000 employees, created leadership programs and served as a newsletter editor for KC-ASTD.