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Melody wears so many hats it is a wonder how she finds time for it all. In addition to finding a little quiet time for her morning coffee, she is an insightful mentor, a sought-after speaker for technology events, a Microsoft MVP, a PASS chapter leader for the Southern Interior of British Columbia, the Regional Mentor for PASS Canada, a PASS Outstanding Volunteer a very successful entrepreneur, and a highly talented IT professional with an international reputation for completing both large and small projects on time. She is able to do all of these things because she loves what she does. She brings enthusiasm to all that she does and it shows. You can follow her blog at: You can learn more about the IT services she provides at


Melody Zacharias

MVP: Data Platform

Cathrine loves teaching and sharing knowledge. She works as a consultant, technical architect, and developer, focusing on Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence projects. Her core skills are ETL, SSIS, Biml and T-SQL development, but she enjoys everything from programming to data visualization. Outside of work she's active in the SQL Server and PASS communities as a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, BimlHero Certified Expert, speaker, blogger, organizer and chronic volunteer.


Cathrine Wilhelmsen

MVP: Data Platform

Jen McCown is CEO of MinionWare, LLC; a Microsoft Certified Master for SQL Server; and an independent consultant. She is Senior Editor at, where she creates training videos, the DBAs at Midnight webshow, blogs, reviews, and podcasts. Jen is a member, volunteer, and speaker in PASS, and the PASS Women in Technology virtual chapter.


Jen McCown

MCM: SQL Server

Kathi Kellenberger is an independent database consultant and Data Platform MVP. She is the author, co-author, or tech editor of 15 SQL Server books. She loves traveling around the country speaking at SQL and developer events including PASS Summit. Kathi is the co-leader of the Women in Tech Virtual Group at PASS. When she is not busy with work, she loves to spend time with family and friends, sing, and climb the stairs in tall buildings. 


Kathi Kellenberger

MVP: Data Platform

Rie Irish is a single Mom raising her beautiful, strong-willed daughter in North Georgia. She is currently the Director of Database Management for a payment security firm in Atlanta. Over the last 20 years, she has been a SQL Server DBA in many industries including the non-profit sector, big pharma, federal contracting, eDiscovery and payment processing. She is very involved with the Atlanta MDF User Group, helps plan SQL Saturday Atlanta and is co-leader of the PASS Women in Technology Virtual Group. She is a frequent speaker at SQL Saturdays, tech events and women's conferences. She is a Microsoft MVP in the Data Platform, an Idera ACE and a PASS Outstanding Volunteer.


Rie Irish

MVP: Data Platform

Mindy Curnutt is a 3X Microsoft MVP, Trimble Distinguished Engineer and Idera ACE. She has been actively involved in the SQL Server Community for over a decade, presenting at her local North Texas SQL Server User Group, SQLPASS Summits, as well as numerous SQLSaturdays across North America. For two years, she was a Team Lead for the SQLPASS Summit Abstract Review Process and since 2015 has served as one of the 3 SQLPASS Summit Program Managers. She was a SME for a couple of the SQL 2012 and 2014 Microsoft SQL Server Certification Exams and helped to author the MS Press Book "SQL Server 2014 - Step by Step". She is currently working on a 2nd MS Press book, this time as a named co-author. She mentors others, helping to educate and promote scalable and sustainable SQL Server architecture and design. She is passionate about Data Security, Accessibility, Usability, Scalability and Performance. You can follow Mindy at her blog,


Mindy Curnutt

MVP: Data Platform

Meagan Longoria is a Solution Architect with BlueGranite who lives in Denver, Colorado. She is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP who spends a lot of time thinking about how to use Biml, DAX, and data visualization techniques to make data useful for people. Meagan has over ten years of experience with business intelligence, data warehousing, and reporting. She has presented at PASS Summit, IT/Dev Connections, the Kansas City Developer Conference, and many SQL Saturdays and user group meetings across North America. Meagan is a board member of the Denver SQL Server User Group and an active member of the Mile Hi Power BI User Group.


Meagan Longoria

MVP: Data Platform

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About Let Her Finish

The writing of this book was a collaborative effort taken up by seven very talented IT professionals. All too often, books like this get derailed due to some, but usually most, of the authors getting bogged down by work, life, family, health, or some other unexpected ordeal. So, it needs to be acknowledged that these authors can be relied upon to complete the things they commit to.

Despite their collective talent, this book would not have been possible without the expert advice and guidance from MVPDays Publishing. This book was their idea, and they have guided its progress from the beginning. Dave has provided excellent advice and just the right amount of cajoling to keep us all on track.

Finally, the third leg of this structure is our sponsor. SentryOne has provided the light at the end of the tunnel that gives us all hope that the many hours spent after work (and family), is not all in vain. The avenues for distribution that they are providing was necessary for all of us to justify our efforts. Thank you to all for your contributions to this book. Without any one of you, this book would not have been possible. 

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