COMMON 2021 Board Elections

Voting is Now Open for the COMMON 2021 Board Elections! You can read about each of the candidates below, review their bios and position statements, and then VOTE!


Elections opened on April 25th at 5:00pm CT and will close on May 25th at 5:00pm CT. The results of the election and the new Board will be presented at the Meeting of the Members on May 26th during the NAViGATE 2021 event.

If you have any questions about the Board Elections, please contact Manzoor Siddiqui at msiddiqui@common.org.


Pete Helgren

Pete Helgren

Pete is Java Developer/Team Lead at Bible Study Fellowship International. Pete is an experienced programmer in the ILE RPG, PHP, Java, JavaScript, Ruby, C++ and C# languages with over 30 years of system 3X/AS400/iSeries/IBM i experience. He holds certifications as a GIAC certified Secure Software Programmer-Java, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, and Microsoft Azure Fundamentals. He held several positions on the COMMON Board of Directors and has been active on several COMMON committees. His passion has always been in system integration and he focuses on Open Source applications and integration activities on IBM i. Pete is a speaker/trainer in RPG modernization, open source integration, mobile application development, Java programming and PHP and actively blogs at petesworkshop.com.

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Scott Klement

Scott Klement

Scott is the Director of Product Development and Support at Profound Logic Software.  He has worked in the IBM i environment since he was a young man and loves sharing his knowledge with other people. This passion has lead him to write numerous articles, presentations, and open source projects.  Scott has won more than a dozen awards in the IBM i industry and is an IBM Champion for Power Systems.

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Marina Schwenk

Marina Schwenk

Marina started her career in January 2015 at Everbrite LLC in Greenfield, WI after graduating from Gateway Technical College in May of 2014 with an Associate’s degree in IT Software Development. Marina works as a developer in both RPG and Java and she also is one of two IBM i admins at Everbrite. Marina earned her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems Software Development from Bellevue University in June of 2017. Marina is currently the Vice President for the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association (WMCPA) users group, a member of COMMON’S Young i Professionals (Yips) committee, a member of COMMON America Advisory Council (CAAC), a private tutor in English and Programming for students at an associates or bachelor’s degree level, a public speaker on topics ranging from RPG, SQL standards and unit testing, and was named a IBM fresh face for 2019. She has also completed two open source projects the first is logging in RPG and IBMiUnit, a RPG unit testing framework. 

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