Executive Board

The PASSMN group is managed by a board of directors consisting of a Chair and Directors of Program Development (Speakers), Membership (Treasurer), Corporate Development (Sponsors), Technology, Events (SQLSaturday), and Communications.

Current Board (2021)


Christopher Kramer

Christopher Kramer

Christopher is a Senior SQL Server DBA at Digi-Key Electronics. He and his team administer over 90+ servers. This includes server maintenance, developer/end user support, database backups, and new research.

The Chair will develop the agenda and preside over the meetings of the Executive Board. Serve as the liaison to the national PASS chapter. Responsible for the overall planning of the organization; organizes, directs, oversees and evaluates performance to strategic plan and objectives. Ensure the policies of PASS are followed and carried out. Responsible for leadership succession planning, including nominations, the election process, and the smooth transition of the Executive Board. Coordinate ad hoc responsibilities to members of the Executive Board and ensure that position responsibilities and assigned duties are carried out on a timely basis

Director of Program Development

PASSMN Board Member Andrew Vahey

Andrew Vahey

The Director of Program Development shall provide strategic leadership in program development, which offers personal and professional development to members and prospective members. Schedule and coordinate presentations and presenters for the regular meetings. Coordinate with the Executive Board to determine the content of future meetings. Work with the Director of Membership to determine specific expertise from within the chapter or group, identify potential external presenters, and identify vendors for presentations. Identify potential social-gathering events outside the recurring monthly meetings. Organize catering of the monthly meetings.


PASSMN Board Member Mark T. Mazzitello

Mark T. Mazzitello

The Director of Membership / Treasurer shall collect, manage, and utilize data collected about the members of the chapter or group; shall ensure that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws or as required by law; and shall serve as custodian of the records of the chapter or group; shall receive and give receipts for monies due and payable to the chapter or group from any sources whatsoever, and shall deposit all such monies in the name of the chapter or group in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as shall be selected in accordance with the provisions of these bylaws; shall submit financial reports to the Executive Board at its regular meetings and to the membership at the Annual Meeting.

Director of Corporate Development

Eric Zierdt

Eric Zierdt

The Director of Corporate Development communicates with local dealers and vendors on special offers and support of the Chapter or group with its various programs and projects. Serve as the liaison between the chapter or group and SQL Server vendors on the strategy and execution of outreach programs.

Director of Technology

Riley Major

Riley Major is an Enterprise Architect based in the Twin Cities, MN metro area who enjoys collaborating with business leaders to design and build technical solutions. He’s been programming and designing databases since he was a kid and doing so professionally for 20 years. He has a special place in his heart for T-SQL in SQL Server and loves to share that enthusiasm.

The Director of Technology provides strategic direction for the PASSMN Web site (redesign; enhancements, functionality; new product development; relationship building with third parties). Interfaces with other board members to identify Web needs specific to their areas; facilitates delivery of those needs based on priority and budget. Supports strategy and implementation of board programs via IT infrastructure. Serves as main contact to Web staff/service organization in helping to prioritize projects and focus efforts. Monitors critical dates and ensures appropriate content gets posted/updated on time. Reviews Web site regularly; monitors to see if new information is being posted (makes sure the Web site stays “fresh”). Periodically checks functionality (page loading, navigation, and valid links). Checks Web statistics. Supports special projects as determined and assigned by the board of directors.

Director of Events

PASSMN Board Member Andrew Vahey

Andrew Vahey

The Director of Events is responsible for planning and executing all facets of the annual SQLSaturday event. SQLSaturdays are free, one day training events open to all Microsoft Data Professionals professionals. The Minnesota event brings together over 400 database professionals from not only Minnesota and the upper Midwest, but throughout the country.

Director of Membership and Communications

Sarita Garg

Past Board Members

2020 Chris Kramer Imran Burki Mark Mazzitello Eric Zierdt Riley Major Andrew Vahey Sarita Garg
2019 Eric Zierdt Joshuha Owen Sarita Garg Chris Kramer Riley Major Dan English
2018 Riley Major (Vacant) Joshuha Owen Chris Kramer Dan English Cecil Spivey
2017 Jim Dorame Jim Horn Cecil Spivey Chris Kramer Eric Zierdt Riley Major
2016 Paul Timmerman Jim Dorame Cecil Spivey Eric Zierdt Riley Major Jim Horn
2015 Rick Krueger Dave Valentine Paul Timmerman Jim Dorame Riley Major Jennifer Classen
2014 Mike Donnelly Tracy McKibben Will Weber Jennifer Classen Shirley Morillo Rick Krueger
2013 Paul Timmerman Mike Donnelly Joshuha Owen Will Weber Shirley Morillo Bill Preachuk
2012 Steve Hughes Tim Plas Joshuha Owen Bill Preachuk Andy Lohan Paul Timmerman