Do You Know Our #GHC14 Community Committee?

Rest assured, our #GHC14 session will be covered by many volunteers. They’ll be note-taking and blogging as well as video-blogging at GHC. But many planning hours happen before the conference from a dedicated GHC community committee that started back in Spring. They’ve been brainstorming ideas, planning, and organizing way in advance to prep our volunteers and to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible. Who are they?

The #GHC14 community committee are all volunteers that dedicate many hours to ensure we have a lot of content covered so that those that aren’t able to make it will at least keep up the conference from afar and everyone will have references to talks, workshops events.


Meet our committee members.


Gail CarmichaelGail Carmichael has long been a strong advocate for women in computing.  She is on the advisory board for the, and co-founded Carleton University’s Women in Science and Engineering (CU-WISE).  She leads the Ottawa chapter of Girl Develop It! and gets involved in many outreach initiatives to encourage girls and young women to consider computer science.  She is currently an instructor at Carleton’s School of Computer Science and is working on her PhD part time.  She blogs at The Female Perspective of Computer Science.

Follow Gail on Twitter @gailcarmichael


Valerie Bubb Fenwick

Valerie Anne Fenwick is a Software Development Manager at Oracle Corporation with over twenty years of experience in computer security. She helped to design and develop the cryptographic framework for the Oracle Solaris operating system, and previously worked as a developer on the SunScreen Firewall. In addition, she led the Oracle Solaris Change Request Team, which is responsible for making decisions as to what code changes are incorporated into the Operating System and Networking consolidation.  Valerie has a B.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University.  She is a co-author of the Solaris 10 Security Essentials book and writes a blog on bicycling, beer and security.  In her spare time, she enjoys performing at community theaters, riding her bike, and skiing.

Follow Valerie on Twitter @bubbva

Charna Parkey


Charna Parkey has volunteered with the Communities Committee for GHC for the last 5 years and has been dedicated to STEM education and women in STEM activities for the past 15 years. She is currently an EE PhD Candidate at the University of Central Florida studying under Dr Wasfy Mikhael and works full time as a Senior Engineer, Signal Processing at Astronics Test Systems. She holds two patents and has numerous academic and industry publications.


Follow Charna on Twitter @charnaparkey 

Vivian AndreevaVivian Andreeva is a 24 year old Software Engineer working on the Windows Phone at Microsoft, located in Redmond. She previously worked as an intern at Research in Motion, Electronic Arts Mobile Division, and Carleton University’s Network Management & Artificial Intelligence Lab (link: She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa Canada. This will be her first time attending the Grace Hopper Conference.

Follow Vivian on Twitter @vandreeva

All of our committee members will be attending GHC. They have plenty of volunteers to manage while there, but be sure to follow @ghc and #ghc14 for updates. Be sure to stop by the Community Pavilion (Systers booth) to say hello and ask how you can volunteer at next year’s Grace Hopper Celebration.


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