David consults as a software engineer, project manager, and team mentor for commercial and government clients.
David is the President of the Northern Virginia Java Users Group, a founder of the Northern Virginia Ruby User Group, the Editor of O'Reilly's OnJava.com website, and a frequent speaker on technology in venues such as the No Fluff Just Stuff Software Symposiums.
In January 2006, Mr. Bock was honored by being awarded the title of Java Champion by a panel of esteemed leaders in the Java Community in a program sponsored by Sun. There are approximately 100 active Java Champions worldwide.
David has also served on several JCP panels, including the Specification of the Java 6 Platform and the upcoming Java Module System.
Karen has a background in Computer Science and 15 years experience developing and delivering software and systems across a broad range of industries and technologies. Karen provides software development and project management services to commercial and government clients.
Karen is a member of the RubyNation organizing committee, Northern VA Ruby User's Group, Java User's Group, a Golden Spike alumna of the Pragmatic Studio Ruby on Rails, and winner of the FGM Technical Achievement Award for 2000 and 2006.
Kim, a principal at CodeSherpas, has more than 12 years of software and systems engineering experience. In her career she has worked on over twenty web applications for various commercial, non-profit and government clients in roles from software engineer through project manager. Prior to founding CodeSherpas, Kim worked for several years on an application for the U.S. State Department that provides tracking of dual-use and hazardous material.
Kim is a certified ScrumMaster. In addition, she's a member of the Northern VA Ruby User's Group, Java User's Group, a Golden Spike alumna of the Pragmatic Studio Ruby on Rails.