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Karen Lopez's Bio:

Karen Lopez Karen Lopez has more than twenty years of experience helping large organizations manage large, multi-project information technology programs. She's a project manager and data architect, specializing in being practical and getting stuff done over allegiances to methodologies or check lists. Most of her work has been on turnaround projects: helping teams get back to the original goals quickly, but not sacrificing security, reliability or flexibility. Karen loves her work and enjoys networking with others who have experiences to share. Karen is also available as a spokesperson for Information Technology issues. Specialties: Project Management, Information Management, IT Methods and Methodologies, Information Privacy, ARTS Data Model, Data Modeling, Process Modeling. Industries; Retail, Energy, Health, Government, Defense.

Karen Lopez's Experience:

  • Member at AITP Standards of Conduct and Ethics Committee

  • Member at AITP Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee

    As a member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), I help draft position statements on pending and existing legislation related to the use and abuse of technology.

  • Director of Professional Standards at Canadian Information Processing Society

    Volunteer director for Canada's national Information Technology Professional society. Managing the Professional Standards portfolio, which includes: - Individual professional certification - College and University IT program accreditation - Working with federal and provincial bodies to promote professionalism Involved in resolving the software engineering issue in Canada. Served as the national Women In IT spokesperson. In this role, Karen was responsible for the direction of and an ex-oficio member of the following committees: - Computer Science Accreditation Council (CSAC) - Information Systems & Technology Accreditation Council (ISTAC) - College Program Accreditation Council (CPAC) - Special Program Accreditation Council (SPAC) - Canadian Certification Council While serving as the Director, Karen led and participated in many college and university accreditation program assessments. She continues to volunteer in this role.

  • Sr. Methodologist at Pacific Information Management

    Responsible for tailoring a proprietary information engineering methodology for large-scale multi-project application systems development projects. Evaluated development and CASE tools. Authored IT standards and guidelines. Developed online methodology tool. Assessed project risks and quality assurance compliance. Coached 250 developers in methods, standards, and guidelines. Prepared regulatory input deliverables.

  • Sr. Information Engineer at CACI

    Developed large, multi-project data and process models for the federal govenment. Responsible for strategic planing models, logical models, physical models and implementation reviews. Assigned to the Information Engineering Center of Excellence.

  • Sr. Analyst at American Management Systems

    Systems Analyst: Developed a resource management execution system that tracked the use of financial data from President's budget to Congressional Budget, to final expenditure. Designed, developed, tested and implemented PC and mainframe portions of the system. Authored the user manuals, tutorials, and system maintenance manuals. Planned, designed, and tested the micro to mainframe interfaces. Co-ordinated and implemented client demonstrations and validations. Systems Analyst: Reviewed and assessed the effectiveness and efficiency of the Manpower and Training systems. Identified deficiencies in data design, database performance, and resource usage. Recommended enhancements for systems and procedures. Identified duplication of effort. Developed logical data models for Personnel information systems.

  • Senior Project Manager and Architect at InfoAdvisors

    Clients: - BJ's Warehouse Club - Enbridge Gas - Nike - H&M - Brookfield Renewable Power - The Forzani Group (National Sports, SportChek, Coast Mountain Sports, etc.) - - Les Schwab - Embarcadero Technologies - Double G Gas Services - Hollywood Entertainment/Hollywood Video/Game Crazy - Boscov's Department Stores - LL Bean - Canadian Tire - Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment - Ontario Land and Resource Cluster (Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ministry of Natural Resources) - H&R Block Financial Services - National Retail Federation / Association Of Retail Technology Standards - Enbridge Consumers Gas - Union Gas - Centra Gas - U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines - U.S. Defense Logistics Agency - U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative - U.S. Executive Branch - Santa Clara County

  • Advisory Committee Member at Zachman International

    Provide industry input into Zachman Framework evolution and promote its use in industry.

  • Advisory Board Member at DAMA International Advisory Board

    Advisory Board member for the Data Management Association International (DAMA) along with John Zachman, Len Silverston, and Ben Hu

  • Community Manager, InfoAdvisors Discussion Groups at InfoAdvisors, Inc.

    Moderator of the InfoAdvisors Discussion Groups: - Data Modeling & Data Management - CASEwise Users - DB/Artisan Users - ER/Studio Users - ERwin Users - Visible Analyst Users - Rational Data Architect - PowerDesigner There are over 5,000 subscribers to these discussion lists. We accept job opening postings for a fee.

Karen Lopez's Education:

  • Purdue University

    B. Sc.

Karen Lopez's Interests & Activities:

Marathons, data, space exploration, STEM, Diversity in IT

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