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2019_election_nominees [2019/02/03 23:14]
John Benedetto
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   * [[#adric|Adric Menning]]   * [[#adric|Adric Menning]]
   * [[#bill|Bill Kriegh]]   * [[#bill|Bill Kriegh]]
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 +  * [[#ethan|Ethan Moses]]
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   * [[#rebecca|Rebecca Snyder]]   * [[#rebecca|Rebecca Snyder]]
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 My interests are varied and among them is electronic tinkering and model railroading.  One of the ways I used to relax is building single and dual gauge track by hand. My interests are varied and among them is electronic tinkering and model railroading.  One of the ways I used to relax is building single and dual gauge track by hand.
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 +===== Darrel =====
 +{{::darrelknutson.jpg?nolink&300 |Darrel Knutson}}I am a candidate for the board because after being a vocal critic for years I am willing to stand up and try to make the board a more responsive and functional group.  As a member I would work to make the board more like the guidance group it should be and get it out of the day-to-day operations managers it seems to have become.  The board appoints the officers who should be doing the actual management with the president and other officers having actual control.  
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 +I was taught by me dad to try and learn new things and to get involved at a very early age.  Since then I have been a "hacker" all of my life with an emphasis on woodworking and learning what I needed to do what I wanted.  I love the Quelab because as I tell people, it is an adult playhouse.  It has the tools members can use to learn and make things to their hearts desire.  More importantly, it has a diverse membership of people with the knowledge and desire to help other people learn and "do" I have donated a lot of tools and time to help expand the capabilities of Quelab and will continue to do so.  I would like to see us return to having classes, both paid and free, to teach members new skills and most importantly, retain members to grow the organization.   
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 +My background as a retired US Air Force pilot and computer systems engineer has taught me that skills you learn at any age help you explore and grow in other areas.  
 +
 +===== Ethan =====
 +{{::ethanmoses.jpg?nolink&300 |Ethan Moses}}I'm a DIY kinda guy, and lover of Quelab.  I joined a few years back because I couldn't reasonably use my TIG welder in my own backyard.  I quickly got pulled into the metal shop.  I came to Quelab because I needed a workshop, I stayed because I found a community.   I am interested in photography; electronics; embedded systems; welding; machining; laser cutting; and 3D printing.  I have a very small business printing cameras and accessories at www.cameradactyl.com.
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 +I love the anarchist ethic of Quelab where the pre-requisite for doing something is generally just wanting to do it.  As a board member I would work to keep the club this way.  I would love to see Quelab grow in membership, and be able to invest in more equipment and unused space.
  
 ===== Ray ===== ===== Ray =====
-This candidate has not yet submitted photo or biography.+{{:pic_of_ray_finch.jpg?nolink&300 |Ray Finch}}Hi.  I have been hacker/maker since I was a kid.  Taking things apart 
 +and seeing how they work or modifying them to do new things has always 
 +been a favorite pastime.  My background includes electronic design, software 
 +development, the restoration of pinball machines, and other areas. 
 + 
 +In 2010 I discovered Quelab - 2 weeks after they opened.  I donated time, 
 +tools, equipment, and my expertise.  Being a part of the early incarnation 
 +of Quelab to its current size of 10,000SqFt, has been rewarding and an 
 +honor. 
 + 
 +I contribute to Quelab by giving advice on projects, helping with the 
 +Quelab booth at MiniMaker Fair, setting up the Electronics Lab, the first 
 +3D printers, and serving on the Quelab board.  Recently, I set up Digital 
 +Arts Lab with the Large Format Printer and Vinyl Cutter. 
 + 
 +I want to see Quelab continue as a fun and rewarding place to learn, 
 +socialize, relax, talk with friends, and to be that place that feels like 
 +a second home where you can make things that are important to you. 
 + 
 +I was on the first Quelab board through 2015.  After a two-year break I 
 +returned, serving through the present day.  The board's purpose is to keep 
 +Quelab on track with the goals of a hacker/maker space, pay the bills, set 
 +policy, and other mundane details.  Also, to ensure that the board 
 +operates in the best interest of the membership. 
 + 
 +As a member, you should only need to focus on working on your projects and 
 +having fun.  As a board member, it is my responsibly to help ensure that 
 +happens.
  
 ===== Rebecca ===== ===== Rebecca =====
-This candidate has not yet submitted photo or biography.+{{::rebeccasnyder.jpg?nolink&300 |Rebecca Snyder}}I've been a member of Quelab since 2010, a Quelab officer since 2015. I have served on the board for the past 11 months, after the special election in March 2018. It has been new level of responsibility for me to be a part of the board that is in charge of Quelab policy.  
 + 
 +I feel like I've been able to make an effective contribution with my input on the board, and have been able to catalyze fundraising efforts by partnering with a local store for a fundraising event, making it possible to set up birthday fundraising drives, and bringing in some additional donations from the Albuquerque community. If elected, I plan to continue with my efforts to bring in additional donations. As Quelab is a registered nonprofit organization being on the board gives me a way to approach businesses about fundraising. 
 + 
 +It's hard to say exactly what else I would do on the board, as in the last 11 months I've learned that unforeseen issues that require a board decision crop up quite often! Many of them things that I was only vaguely aware of before I was on the board -- and I think it's a benefit for the general membership that the board does deal with these crucial functions at the policy and financial levels. While board meetings are open to the public, it's unusual to see others attend, and in truth myself I had never attended a board meeting before my election last year.  I always try to do what is best for Quelab, to be there for our members now and far into the future