About Me

I am a Leader who is not afraid of the commandline while understanding that budgeting, project planning, processes and methodologies are also valuable work. I am detail-oriented and follow up to make sure that everyone is happy, as customers drive my team's needs. I have experience managing and directing across data storage, data integration/ETL, and data visualization.

My background is an expert in MySQL with strong performance and schema optimization, stored code, and delighting customers. My strongest beliefs are "it is not good until it is measurably good," and "it is not completed until it is automated, monitored, backed up and documented."

Table of Contents

Education, Certifications, Awards
Open Source Software
Volunteer Work
Conference Organizing
Courses Taught


Current resumé .pdf format

Current resumé .doc format

Where no one has gone before: compiling LDAP with PHP and with Python for use with MySQL's auth_pam plugin for secure, non-plaintext LDAP authentication.

Education, Certification, Awards

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA



Cabral, S.K. and Murphy, B.K. (May 2009) MySQL Administrator's Bible. Wiley-Blackwell.

Technical Editor

Bradford, Ronald. (June 2012) Effective MySQL: Advanced Replication Techniques.

Date, C.J. (Dec 2008) SQL and Relational Theory: How to Write Accurate SQL Code. O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Schwartz, B. and Zaitsev, P., et. al. (June 2008) High Performance MySQL 2nd Edition. O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Cumming, A. and Russel, G. (Nov 2007) SQL Hacks. O'Reilly Media, Inc

Open Source Software

Sole Product Manager for the O-FISH project, as featured in NBC News.

Github presence

MySQL Nagios plugin - mysql_health_check.pl - flexible and extensible monitoring of arbitrary status and system variables in Perl-based calculations, with caching option - plugin - presentation

MySQL Puppet Module

mysqltuner 2.0 presentation - software

Volunteer Work

Technocation, Inc. - Mar 2007 (inception) - Dec 2019
Founder, treasurer, website administrator and videographer for most of the videos at http://youtube.com/tcation.

Boston MySQL Meetup Group - Oct 2005 (inception) - Nov 2015
Founder, organizer and frequent presenter

Planet MySQL Nov 2005 - Dec 2013
Contributor to Planet MySQL through sheeri.com, Pythian.com and Mozilla's IT blog

OurSQL Database Podcast - Nov 2006 (inception) - Jan 2008, Dec 2010 - June 2015
Podcast creator, maintainer and co-host, oursql.com

IOUG MySQL Council member, 2011-2013

Conference Committee Work

2021 MongoDB.live Innovation Track moderator, conference review committee for Operations & Tools track, Make It Matter track

2020 MongoDB.live conference review committee

2012 OSCon - July 2012
Program Committee Member

2011 OSCon - August 2011
Program Committee Member

2011 Collaborate - April 2011
MySQL Track Manager for Collaborate 2011

2010 OpenSQL Camp Boston - October 2010
Organized and managed the free 2-day OpenSQLCamp conference.

2010 MySQL User Conference & Expo - April 2010
Program Committee Member for the 2010 MySQL User Conference & Expo

2009 MySQL Camp - April 2009
Organized and managed the free track at the 2009 MySQL Users Conference & Expo.


See http://www.sheeri.com/testimonials and LinkedIn recommendations.


MySQL Marinate - a virtual MySQL self-study course. Monitoried and verified homework on github. Sep 2012 - Nov 2014.
Advanced Topics in MySQL and MariaDB at lynda.com, released October 2014
Understanding MariaDB for MySQL Users at lynda.com, released September 2014
Up and Running with MySQL Development at lynda.com, released March 2014


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PDF slide decks are linked for each presentation. Video, where available, is also linked. All videos are on youtube unless otherwise indicated.