Board meeting Minutes/28 August 2018

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14 August 2018
Board meeting Minutes Next:
11 September 2018

Minutes approved: 25 September 2018

Note: this page has minutes for both the last meeting of the old board, and the first meeting of the new board.

Andy Cowell (VP), Steve VanDevender, Aleksey Tsalolikhin (Secretary), Scott Suehle, Drew Adams
Brian Globerman (Treasurer)
Andree Jacobson, Mark Lamourine, Branson Matheson
9:16 p.m. Eastern Time
10:16 p.m. Eastern Time

Consent Agenda

Close Previous Board

Andy thanked the outgoing board members, Scott and Steve.


 Scott Motioned for Adjournment
 Steve Seconded

Adjourned at 9:18 PM Eastern.

Open New Board

First meeting of the new board

Meeting opened at 9:20 p.m. Eastern.


  • Andy Cowell
  • Andree Jacobson
  • Mark Lamourine
  • Branson Matheson
  • Aleksey Tsalolikhin
  • Drew Adams

Guest: Scott Suehle

Aleksey Tsalolikhin resigned from board; Scott appointed to board

Aleksey resigned from LOPSA board effective end of September.

Andy asked if we want to reduce board size from 9 to 7; consensus was to keep board size at 9.

Andy motioned to appoint Scott Suehle to LOPSA board; Branson seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Officer Selection

Andy nominated Brian Globerman as Treasurer; Aleksey seconded; carried unanimously.

Scott nominated Andy Cowell for President; Drew seconded; carried unanimously.

Andy nominated Scott for Vice-President; Branson seconded; carried unanimously.

Scott nominated Andree for Secretary; Branson seconded; carried unanimously.

Standing Reports

Treasurer's report (Globerman, Beech, Suehle)

Bank balance on 8/26/2018: $28,048.68 This represents a $388.48 decline since last reported balance on 8/12/2018

Membership report (VanDevender)

  • Total active members: 644 (previous report: 641, change: 3, pending renewal: 9)
  • Paying: 304 (6 new in last 30 days)
  • Non-paying: 340 (8 new in last 30 days)

Paying members include Individual, Charter, Founding, and Lifetime memberships. Non-paying members include Student and Complimentary memberships.

Annual membership report: Media:Lopsa-members-2018.pdf

Open Document spreadsheet used to generate report: Media:Lopsa-members-2018.odp

Membership reports from prior years:




== Committee chair selection

Conferences/Events - Branson

Marketing/Communications - Drew

Technical Services - Danielle

Education, Training and Mentorship - Andy to chair; and Drew and Mark said they'd join the committee)

Recognition - Scott

Leadership - Scott

Local chapters - Mark

Committee report: Education, Training and Mentorship (Cowell) =

58 Total Users

  • Role breakdown:
    • 45 Protege
    • 13 Mentor
  • Registration status:
    • 22 have not completed their registration
    • 28 have completed their registration
    • 8 have completed their registration but are not approved (not members)

Currently paired:

  • 4 mentors
  • 5 mentees

Goals/planning =

Discussion followed on how we did on our goals for the past year and what we want to accomplish next year.

We'll have a LOPSA presence at DevConf (Mark has put our name in, and Branson's wife is co-organizing it

We discussed re-branding (change name) and reaching out to other communities (e.g., DevOps/SRE). We agreed we'd have a separate meeting to brainstorm marketing (led / organized by Drew).

We discussed the ROI on the Community Manager; and overall viability of LOPSA finances. We need to reverse the current downtrend in paid memberships to get on a sustainable footing.


 Andy Motioned for Adjournment
 Branson Seconded

Adjourned at 10:16 p.m. Eastern