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 2016-2017 Black Data Processing Association Board


President – Marcus Barbee

Marcus Barbee is a graduate of St. Ambrose University and an employee of State Farm for the past 14 years.  Marcus is a middleware developer of the IBM suite including MQ, IIB, Datapower, and WTX.  He provides solutions for business areas requiring systems and data integration, and acts as the subject matter expert for the strategic plans of the  various lines of businesses and their methods of consuming State farm's Internal Cloud messaging and data transformation infrastructure. He is involved in the community through volunteering with Black Data Processing Association and is a member of the Innovation Development Team encouraging innovation at State Farm. Marcus his wife, Shirley, have welcomed three children into this world and now have two grandchildren. Two toy poodles Mr. (Hershey) Zee Bear and Ms. (Velvet) RedRose complete their family. When not spending time with his family, Marcus enjoys hobbies brought to you by the letter G - golfing, grilling (specifically steak and ribs), and gardening. Marcusenjoys Rocky Road ice cream, basketball, and the movie Independence Day. Marcus is an ational traveler with his adventures taking him to Germany, Japan, Korea, and Alaska. Although Marcus enjoys travelling, cooking is his claim to fame.


Vice President  – Amanda Thomas

Amanda Thomas is the President Elect for the 2018 and 2019 calendar years. Amanda works to improve her community by volunteering with Black Data Processing Association, National MS Society and American Red Cross to name a few. She is a life time member of the NAACP. Amanda has an infinite mingling of interminable passions and compulsions as evidenced by the variety of things she does in her spare time, including, being a fishing and camping enthusiast, recreational cyclist, DJ, chess player and video game fan. Amanda also enjoys musical performances, museums, zoos, aquariums, planetariums and conservatories.

Amanda has enjoyed technology since building Heath Kits when she was a child. She received his B.A in Computer Science from a University. While at the University, she worked as Computer Lab Manager and eventually, Network Administrator and Instructor in the Young Scholars Program. Amanda left home to work at State Farm supporting ClickView and Cognos infrastructure. While working at State Farm, Amanda completed various learning opportunities.


Vice President of Finance – Lorenzo Marshall

Lorenzo Marshall was elected as Central IL BDPA, Financial Officer for the 2016 and 2017 calendar years.


Vice President of Memebeship Management - Justin Lewis

Justin Lewis was elected as Central IL BDPA, Membership Manager for the 2016 and 2017 calendar years.


Secretary - Olemuel Ashford

Olemuel Ashford was elected as Central IL BDPA, Secretary for the 2016 and 2017 calendar years.


Correspondence Secretary – Kimberly Pfeifer

Kimberly Pfeifer was elected as Central IL BDPA, Correspondance Secretary for the 2017 calendar year.

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