Meet the IMWUC Community Team

Did you know that there is an entire staff of wonderful, talented personnel to help you conquer the new IBM Middleware User Community site? You do now! The IMWUC Community Team is made up of 5 ladies and 1 gentleman who will help out with anything from, "Where do I find my group?" to, "Where do I find my keys?" Okay, we may not be able to help you find your keys, but please reach out to us at for any IBM Middleware User Community support you need. Here's more about our team!


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Kelsy Tibshraeny / Community Manager

Role: I actively respond to and resolve user help requests and provide support. I also handle all logistics of IBM Middleware UC webcasts to ensure they're valuable and they run smoothly.

Hobbies: Hiking, bike rides, and relaxing with friends and family

Favorite TV Show: The Walking Dead

Favorite Appetizer: Spinach and artichoke dip

Fun Fact: I am an Arizona native.

Words of Wisdom: Live every day to the fullest.



Leandra Naranjo / User Group Manager

Role: I am the point of contact for all User Group Leaders & Liaisons. I provide support for the site and strategy for improving their IBM Middleware user group.

Hobbies: Reading, hiking, music festivals. and binge-listening to my favorite podcasts

Favorite Movie: The Fantastic Mr. Fox--I’m fascinated by stop-motion animation

Favorite Appetizer: Poke

Fun Fact: Last year, my husband and I quit our day-jobs, moved to Alaska, and worked as a tour guides for the summer. We moved back to Arizona in September 2016.

Words of Wisdom: “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” -C.S. Lewis



Kristen Meren / Community ManagerKristen Meren

Role: I oversee the IBM Middleware UC blogging program! I will also keep community members updated by sending a weekly recap newsletter and posting about what's happening on the groups' social media accounts. 

Hobbies: Live music, making strong coffee, strolling through cool spots with my kiddo and my dog.

Favorite Movie: I like anything Wes Anderson and most documentaries.

Favorite Appetizer: I'm not an appetizer kind of girl - I'm more into making big dishes to share at a potluck.

Fun Fact: I like Otis Redding and James Brown just as much as I like old school country like Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard.

Words of Wisdom: “You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming.” -Pablo Neruda