Starboard Consulting’s leadership team includes:

Karen Buck, Executive Director – Karen has over 30 years of information technology (IT) senior management experience and more than 15 years building and managing IBM Maximo Consulting Practices to deliver high quality implementation consulting services.  Karen has served as Project Executive or Engagement Manager on over 40 Maximo projects for a wide variety of clients.

Karen was recently honored by the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce by being awarded the 2013 Innovation and Performance award.  Awards are given to leading women-owned small business contractors from all across America, federal agency leaders, prime contractors, key resource providers, and congressional leaders who work hard every day to keep the doors to opportunity open for women in business.

Melissa Ekmark, PMP, Vice President is responsible for executive management of Starboard’s Project Managers and has a significant role as one of Starboard’s Solution Directors responsible for ultimate project visioning and success.  Melissa has been a technology consultant for 20 years, a project manager for 15, and has been implementing Maximo for over 14 years.  Melissa has fulfilled a variety of roles for her EAMS clients including IT Manager, Functional Lead, Program Manager, Project Manager, Technical Lead, QA/Testing Manager, and as a member of the development staff.

Melissa has completed projects for numerous clients in the electric, water, wastewater, and gas industries.  Melissa has significant experience implementing complementary enabling technologies with interfaces to the pertinent enterprise systems including GIS, SCADA, Financials, HR, Fleet, CIS, Inspection, Outage Management, and One Call (various).  Melissa has the following certifications in Project Management and applicable technology:

  • PMP – Project Management Professional
  • ITIL – Information Technology Infrastructure Library Foundation version 3
  • ITIL Service Capability – Release, Control, and Validation Intermediate Certification
  • Scrum Practitioner – Scrum Master and Scrum Product Owner Certifications
  • IBM Maximo (multiple versions) – IBM Tivoli Maximo Certifications.

Amy Tatum, P.E., Vice President is responsible for the oversight and management of Starboard’s Technical Staff and also serves as one of Starboard’s Solutions Directors.  Amy has over 20 years experience as an engineer and technology consultant.  Amy has managed the implementation of numerous Maximo projects, including electric generation, transmission and distribution, water and wastewater services, public works, property management, facilities management and fleet services.

Her project work has included the design and implementation of custom software applications, technology project management, and the procurement and implementation of computerized maintenance management (CMMS)/enterprise asset management (EAM) systems.  Amy has worked exclusively with the various versions of the Maximo product line from version 3.0.2 through the current version, Maximo 7.5.  Amy has the following certifications:

  • IBM Maximo Certifications – IBM Certified Deployment Professional v5 EAM, v6 EAM, v6 ITSM, v7 MAM, v7 TAMIT
  • PE – Registered Professional Engineer, Florida
  • IBM Certified Solutions Advisor
  • IBM Smarter Cities
  • IBM Certified Support Associate