The 2014 NomCom made some changes to how the election process works and it’s something you need to pay attention to.  It was posted on the PASS blog, but not really advertised that much so I want to highlight those changes and their importance.  I served on the NomCom in 2013 and we knew changes were needed and I think the changes that were made are a great move in the right direction.  The first thing the 2014 NomCom changed are the minimum requirements to even be considered for an interview.  You now need to meet the following requirements:

• Be a current eligible voting member of PASS
• Have direct volunteer experience with PASS
• Work with one of the Microsoft data technologies
• Be free of conflict of interest that would affect eligibility
• Be fluent in written and spoken English
• Agree to the time and travel commitments required to serve on the PASS Board of Directors
• Submit three references with a statement of support

The Big Change

This is something I encourage EVERY voter to pay close attention to.  In the past, all candidates were ranked from 1-10 or however many candidates there were.  As a voter that gives you some indication of how successful and prepared a candidate is to serve the community.  However, we are data folks and that’s just not enough information to make an informed decision.  It gives you a scale without any context around it.  Wouldn’t it be better if you could see what candidates were graded on and how they compare?  Well now you can.  The rankings are now gone and as a voter you get to see the scores of every candidate and how they stack up with some context around what they mean.

I think this was a great change and something every voter should look at as they consider their vote.  Below are the scores and here is a link to the PASS Campaign Site.  I didn’t beat out the incumbents, but considering how small the scale is I think I gave them a run for their money.  I hope this shows my dedication and ability to lead this great organization as well as your vote.

SCALE: Weak (1) Acceptable (2) Strong (3) Very Strong (4)


Candidate Experience with PASS Vision for PASS Understanding of Organization Other Board Experience
Ryan Adams 3.6 3.2 3.0 2.4
Argenis Fernandez 2.8 2.2 2.2 1.4
Tim Ford 4.0 3.8 4.0 3.2
Jen Stirrup 4.0 3.8 4.0 3.2


Candidate Written & Verbal Commun
ication Skills
Management Experience/
Budget Experience
References Regional Influence
Ryan Adams 3.4 3.2 2.6 3.8 3.0
Argenis Fernandez 3.0 2.8 1.8 3.6 3.4
Tim Ford 3.8 3.6 3.8 3.8 3.2
Jen Stirrup 3.4 3.6 3.0 3.6 3.6