Peter Shearer

Pete has spent his career as a technologist working on projects large and small for organizations of all sizes. He has a passion for technology and more specifically, for finding the right technology solutions to fit the needs of the businesses that are his clients. Currently, he is trying to do as much in the mobile and cloud space as possible because it's the future and because it's fun!

Derik Whittaker

Derik has over 8 years of experience developing, mentoring and leading Microsoft based products for a wide variety of different professional fields. He has been working exclusively with .Net since its inception and has professional experience in both as well as C#. He has also been a follower and believer in the Agile methodologies for the past 2+ years and has wide array of experience using various Agile techniques in the real world.

Outside of his day job you can find Derik hanging out with his wife and 2 year old son. He also enjoys all things sports (go Braves) and can be found at the local climbing gym on most weekends.


Kyle Baley

Kyle Baley is an independent consultant of ten years experience most of which is in the Microsoft world. He has developed Web and Smart Client applications for companies of all sizes and in a variety of industries, adding a little more to his knowledge base with every project.

Kyle currently makes his home base in the Bahamas waiting patiently for the day when wireless internet access reaches the beaches of the Caribbean Sea. Until then, he uses his experience as a speaker at user groups and developer conferences to preside over the Bahamas .NET User Group, the first of its kind in the country.

Kirstin Juhl

Kirstin Juhl is software developer and consultant for Magenic, a company focused on delivering business value through applied technology and one of the nation's premiere Microsoft Gold Certified Partners.

Kirstin has been developing software since 1996 when she started a career in engineering. She has been full-time in software development since 1999 and specializes in middle/back tier and database design and development.

Kirstin holds a B.S in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an Software Engineering from the University of St. Thomas. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband and two children, and when not speaking at software events enjoys mountain biking all over the Midwest.

Justin Etheredge

Justin Etheredge is an obsessed software developer living and working in Richmond, VA. Since 2000 he has been creating software applications for a wide range of industries from insurance to healthcare to e-commerce. He is passionate about all things software related, and enjoys occasionally speaking and writing about his opinions. He believes that writing software should be fun, and not just something that you do for a paycheck.


Donn Felker

Donn is a Senior Consultant for Magenic, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I’m an experienced Software Architect/Developer with over 9 years of professional experience in various markets that include – entertainment, health, retail, insurance, financial, and real estate. I hold an MCTS in Web Client Development for the ASP.NET 2.0 and 3.5 Framework, I'm a Certified Scrum Master and I am certified in ITIL Foundation v2. I also hold a bachelors of science in Software Engineering as well. I write, present and consult on various topics ranging from architecture to agile practices to patterns and practices. I find that I really enjoy mentoring developers who have a passion to learn in a collaborative environment. I am also a part of the open source Tree Surgeon project which helps developers set up “scaffolding” for a new project in .NET, similar to Rails. I also participate in the TFS Deployer project, founded the Store Locator project and also contribute to other projects via patches, documentation, etc. I'm also the founder/coordinator of the Twin Cities Give Camp and the founder of Twin Cities Pragmatic Beer.


Chad Myers

Chad Myers is a senior .NET software developer specializing in enterprise software designs and architectures. He has over 10 years of software development experience and a proven track record of Agile, test-driven project leadership using both Microsoft and open source tools. He attempts to be a community leader who speaks at the Austin .NET User's Group, the ADNUG Code Camp, Austin TDD CodingDojo and participates in various development communities and open source projects.


Stephen Bohlen

As Chief Software Architect for the Software Development Division of Microdesk, a Technology Solution Provider to the Architecture/Engineering/Construction, Facility Management, and Manufacturing Process markets, Stephen manages the design and development of multiple large-scale integrated CAD, GIS, FM, automation, engineering, and line-of-business Enterprise software solutions for Microdesk’s clients as well as overseeing the delivery of these services using adaptive/Agile techniques. With his diverse background as a former practicing Architect, CAD Manager, Software Engineer, and IT Technologist, Stephen brings a holistic perspective to the design and delivery of Microdesk’s Enterprise Software Engineering Solutions borne from his wide-array of past expertise in various roles.


Donald Belcham

Donald Belcham is a senior software developer, independent contractor, and agile development expert who is a strong supporter of fundamental OO patterns and practices. He is co-author of the book, “Brownfield Application Development in .NET” (Manning Press, 2008), and actively shares his expertise with other technical professionals at user groups, code camps and conferences held throughout the world. Past lectures have covered topics that encompass development practices, quality team leadership, and the intricacies of new and emerging technologies


Jason Bock

Jason Bock is a Principal Consultant for Magenic (, a Microsoft MVP (C#), and an INETA ( speaker. He has worked on a number of business applications using a diverse set of substrates and languages such as C#, .NET, and Java. He is the author of "Applied .NET Attributes", "CIL Programming: Under the Hood of .NET", ".NET Security", and "Visual Basic 6 Win32 API Tutorial". He has written numerous articles on software development issues and has presented at a number of conferences and user groups. He also run the Twin Cities Code Camp ( and the Twin Cities Languages User Group ( Jason holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University. Visit his web site at


Ray Houston

Ray has been working in software for nearly 20 years and started using .NET since the early previews. He enjoys finding elegant solutions to complex problems and delivering real value to customers. Ray is a speaker and contributor to community events and is a co-creator of the open source project Fluent Silverlight. He is the Director of Development for TOPAZ Technologies in Austin, TX.


Eric Polerecky

I am a developer who is always looking for more. More what, not sure, I just want to keep learning. I spent the first 8 years of my career on the network side of IT where I was an engineer, manager and architect. Now I spend my days coding ASP.NET 3.5 MVC and my nights coding PHP5. I am the proud owner of Technology Aces, LLC


Tim Barcz

Tim Barcz is the technical lead for J&P Cycles, the world’s largest Harley Davidson parts dealer. Tim is an MCPD for .NET, Certified Scrum Master, and the Cedar Rapids Ineta User Group president. Tim enjoys writing software and blogging about development.On this blog you'll find things I find interesting or useful, whether it is a quirk in the framework or a new open source project worth taking a look at.It is not the goal of this blog to be a one-way communication medium. It is my hope that readers of this blog will interact with me through comments and email, making us all better along the way.


Stephen Andrews

Steve Andrews is a Team System MVP and INETA Speaker, and has been working as a developer for more than 9 years. During this time, he has designed and developed applications in such widely varying areas as trust accounting, medical information management, supply chain management, and retail systems. Steve is also an MCP, ICSOO, Speaker Liaison for the Philly .NET User Group, and community fanatic.