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Members of the Los Angeles/SoCal CSA Chapter:

I’m pleased to announce our leadership team for 2015. There were no contested positions, so all the roles were filled through acclamation. We had a few changes, the most significant Gary Landau not running again for president and Marco Tietz taking over as the chapter leader. Thankfully Gary has decided to continue supporting the board and staying on as secretary.

The following board members have decided to focus their activities on other fields and we want to thank them for the contributions to the CSA in the previous year: Shannon Parks, Peter Tshimanga, and Chengwei Cheng.

We’ve added three additional board members, Kooper Macleay, Kenny Totrakarn, and Aryan Guenthner. Their roles along with the rest of the board members are listed below.

For 2015, our team has already begun working on a few items, which we mention below

  • Chapter President, Marco Tietz
    Coordinate board member activities and ensure chapter keeps on track with agreed upon focus area. Identify ways to increase chapter’s recognition and membership stature in the cloud industry.
  • Secretary of the board, Gary Landau
    Ensure chapter meets CSA organization requirements.
  • Director of Communications, Kooper Macleay
    Send out chapter announcements and meeting notices. Maintain chapter website and presence on social networking sites.
  • Director of Finance, Kenny Totrakarn
    Seek out sponsors to cover chapter costs and fund initiatives. Establish guidelines for vendor fees to cover meeting costs and build chapter fund. Manage the dispersing of chapter funds for agreed upon uses.
  • Director of Meeting Organization, Chris Herrera
    Arrange location with parking and conference room for chapter meetings and presentations.
  • Director of Membership and Special Projects, Kris Rides
    Manage memberships to ensure retention of existing members and outreach to IT security and cloud practitioners to recruit new memberships. Work with other Directors and chapter members to develop and execute a Board approved Membership portfolio Strategic Plan, in concert with the focus of the chapter.
  • Director of Presentations, Aryan Guenthner
    Seek out vendors and speakers to present at chapter meetings.
  • Director of Research, Aaron Guzman
    Dedicated contact for CSA research activities.


2014 has been another successful year for our chapter – this was our first complete year as a formally certified chapter and the membership has grown to 260 members. We’re looking forward to doing more in 2015 and some of the items we’ve started working on are: build relationships with the entertainment industry and ensure cloud security is represented accurately in that field. Additionally we are looking to organize formal training to help our members achieving the CCSK certification.

We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting of 2015 on February 11th.
You Chapter Leadership Team

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