Officers regulary meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month and as necessary to plan, implement and review programs and functions. If you are interested in becoming an officer, committee chairperson or volunteer, contact us at DFWQAA.firstname.lastname@example.org. Officers are elected in the August meeting.
President – Ray Rivas
The President conducts the business of the organization.
Raymond (Ray) Rivas has been in the technology industry, first as a user, then as a vendor for the last 30 years. Ray has worked in Pre-sales Training and Implementation, Marketing, and Sales for mainframe performance and monitoring software, client/server software design and development (IDE) tools, and software testing tools for all environments.
The last 14 years Ray has focused on Quality Assurance, Performance Testing, and Project and Portfolio Management. During that time his specialization was in the HP/Mercury suite of software along with more than three years of experience with Worksoft Certify.
In his current position at Genilogix, an HP Software Elite Reseller, Ray stays abreast of the many competitive functional testing and performance testing tools in the marketplace. He also cross-pollinates ideas with the DFWMUG (Mercury Users Group), where he also serves on the Board of Directors, and his many HP customers in the DFW Metroplex and the rest of Texas. In his dual position as Program Chairman, Ray uses these ideas, his familiarity with the QA marketplace, and the synergy of the DFWQAA Board members to plan the agenda for monthly meetings of the DFWQAA.
Vice President – Chris Williams
The Vice President assists the president with business and special projects.
Chris is a Senior Quality Engineer at Interactive TKO, Inc. (iTKO). With over 14 years of experience in development, quality assurance, software engineering, and consulting, Chris has a wide range of knowledge in the realm of quality assurance. In these various roles, Chris has worked with Telecom, Financial Solutions, Mortgage, Secure Email, and a variety of web services in small to very large and internationally dispersed teams implementing new quality assurance process, test automation frameworks, leading domestic, on-site, and offshore teams, and providing insights to management at various levels. His diverse experience and ability to take on every possible professional challenge, small or big, has allowed him to succeed and grow in his career.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University in Management Information Systems and MBA with a concentration in Global Management from the University of Phoenix. His dedication and passion for work is driven and inspired by his loving family.
In his free time, Chris enjoys spending time with his family and friends, soccer, golf, and keeping up with A&M athletics.
Secretary – John Hoge
The Secretary records the events at all officer meetings and maintains the corporate books.
John is a long time veteran of technology and quality assurance. His most recent role is a hands-on quality assurance position with active agile participation in the corporate implementation cycle. As a Solution Testing Manager responsible for overseeing 10 associates responsible for developing and executing test cases ensuring that software configuration meets business requirements. He was engaged with a business process outsourcing (BPO) and consulting firm that offers solutions and industry expertise to clients throughout the United States that transform their business processes and accelerate business performance.
John received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He specialized in Marketing.
John loves to golf and the loves of his life are his grandchildren.
You can find out more about John at //www.linkedin.com/in/johnhoge.
Treasurer – Deeshi Gandhi
The Treasurer maintains and publishes financial information, and files all tax returns and legally required forms.
Deeshi is a Technical manager at TEO, Inc., a software testing company in Plano, TX. Responsible for Project management, Business development and Recruitment for projects in almost every domain. Maintaining Business Partnerships in the Software Testing area. Before TEO, she has worked as a project manager at Synerzip, and an SAP ABAP developer at Ultrak/Honeywell which brings technical expertise and excellent problem solving skills to her profile.
Deeshi holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Computer science. In her free time, she involves herself in her son’s activities – enjoys being a den leader at his pack, reading, music and spending time with friends and family.
Other Board Members are:
Teri Cate has over 10 years in the IT industry. She started in the founding company, Geophysical Service Inc., of Texas Instruments doing seismic data processing. Afterwards she moved to the Defense Business and then the Corporate IT areas of TI doing internal systems and application support for the facilities, environmental, and financial groups. This covered a wide range of areas from mainframe systems and client/server applications to PC Access tools and a website. Next, she focused on software quality assurance and has 9 years experience in this area which covers educational handheld devices and health care information systems.
Being customer focused, highly organized, and very detailed has helped Teri to manage projects, find solutions, and satisfy users. In her spare time, she designed and programmed a web site for the Texins Sailing Club in which she was a member for over 10 years. She has been a member of the Alliance of Technology and Women for 10 years and on the Leadership Team for 8 years. Her volunteer duties over the years covered communications, membership, creation and maintenance of the web site.
Teri has a BS in Earth Science from the University of New Orleans.
Ryan joined Aviall in 2008 as a Quality Assurance Engineer. Aviall Services Incorporated is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company. Aviall’s primary mission is serving as a leader in distribution of parts and services in the general, commercial and military aviation arena.
Beginning in the information services world as a junior developer following graduate school in 1996, Ryan transitioned into the realm of quality control and quality assurance. In this realm, Ryan has produced and led test automation implementations, functioned as lead on numerous projects involving manual and automated testing, and provided assistance to management. Ryan has taught for the Dallas Community College District as an adjunct faculty and currently is a Lead Faculty of Business at Le Tourneau University, teaching in an adjunct capacity. Ryan also is Vice President of the DFWMUG and is active in various professional organizations. Ryan received a B.A from Cornerstone University and a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary.
Carmen has 15 years of experience in Information Technology utilizing diverse leadership and interpersonal skills, technical expertise, and problem-solving abilities to provide quality execution. She specializes in leading teams from initiation to implementation of technology solutions. She has vase experience in System Administration, Network Engineering, Database Administration, and Quality Assurance. She currently holds the position of Quality Assurance manager for Heartland Payment Systems specializing in Credit Card Processing.
Carmen received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M majoring in Computer Information Systems. Carmen’s favorite pastime is playing with her grandsons and dinner parties with friends.
Chair of Programs – Ray Rivas
Manages the activities required to plan, schedule and conduct programs.
Chair of Sponsorship – Open
Handles and coordinates all activities involving the sponsorship opportunities.
Chair of Membership – Chris Williams
Manages membership database.
Chair of Website and Webmaster – Teri Cate
Maintains website and serves as the focal point for common information shared with the general public.