User Group Board

Below is a list of the team that helps organize and keep the user group running.

MEMBER: Steve Buchanan

BIO: Steve Buchanan is a Group Manager – Cloud Transformation/DevOps with Avanade, a 6-time Microsoft MVP, and author of several technical books focused on cloud and data center management including his latest book on Azure and Azure Stack. In his 17+ years as an IT professional, Steve has held positions ranging from infrastructure architect to IT manager.

Steve was recently featured on the “25 ITSM Experts to Watch in 2017” list and as an “IT Unity Community Champ” in 2017. He has presented at several technical conferences including MMS, Microsoft Ignite, and OSCON.

Steve is currently focused on transforming the position of IT into a strategic partner of the business and driver of digital transformation through ITSM, DevOps, and CloudOps. He stays active in the technical community and enjoys blogging about his adventures in the world of IT at www.buchatech.com.

Twitter: @buchatech


MEMBER: David Strebel

BIO: Microsoft Pre-sales engineer providing technical expertise in support of pre-sales activities including analysis, design and development of fully integrated technology solutions focused on Cloud Computing.

Twitter: @dave_strebel


MEMBER: Matt Lunzer

BIO: Matt is an Azure Technical Solutions Professional with Microsoft. He is an experienced Technical Professional with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry and surpassing expectations. Skilled in cloud design, automation, digital transformation, cyber security, operations management, and leadership. Strong engineering professional with a Bachelor’s Degree focused in Information Technology from Concordia University-St. Paul.

Twitter: N/A


MEMBER: Toby Meyer

BIO: Toby Meyer is an independent consultant providing systems architecture guidance and engineering. Toby specializes in automating infrastructure and code deployments, as well as security auditing and risk mitigation strategy. He holds certifications in security, on-premises and cloud infrastructure solutions, and the big data space. Blogs at ittoby.com.

Twitter: @toby_meyer


MEMBER: Tim Plas

BIO: Tim is a Principal Consultant at Virteva, in Mpls MN. His current focus areas are cloud computing, operational-DBA services (esp. HA/DR), server migrations, server virtualization, and storage. His experience over the past 25+ years has been primarily with server / data-center infrastructure, including being CTO / co-founder of a successful hosting company. Tim has held a variety of MS certifications since 1994.

Twitter: @TJPlas


MEMBER: Joe Koletar

BIO: Joe is a Principal Engineer with RBA. He has 30 years of experience in the IT field and has been a consultant for the last 20 years. Joe has focused on Microsoft technologies since 2000 and has successfully led several large projects from conception to completion.

Twitter: @JoeKoletar