Leadership Interview: Nadja Lamisch, Treasurer
Nadja Lamisch fell in love with Joomla 2.5 when she was looking for a CMS to build larger websites with. She joined a Joomla User Group, attended and co-organized JoomlaDays and felt very welcome in the community. When she was considering ways of doing more, she decided to run for Treasurer in the Board of Directors of Open Source Matters, Joomla’s supporting organization - and got elected. Read all about Nadja’s plans and ambitions!
Congratulations on your election results, Nadja! The people in the German-speaking JoomlaDays already had the pleasure to meet you at one of those events, and now it’s our turn! Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Thank you for your trust and votes, really a privilege. My name is Nadja and I’m 45 years old. I live with my husband and our two daughters near Munich in Germany.
After my studies of Design/Coding/Project-Management, my first job was in a Munich based web agency. As the company registered on chapter 11 and went bankrupt during my parental leave, this was a signal to me starting my own business as a freelancer.
How did you get involved in Joomla and its community?
During the beginning of my new career as a freelancer I got more and more requests for large websites. It was obvious to develop the website with a CMS. I tested Joomla and fell in love with it. After the release of Joomla version 2.5 my first client projects went live – this was my start with Joomla 😊
After a while I heard about the Joomla User Group (JUG) in Munich, which I visited to connect with more people working with Joomla. This was also where I got introduced to the “Joomladay”.
In 2018, Leipzig, I visited the event for the first time and enhanced my network with many of you, as well as I got even more involved in the organization. Since 2019 I’m in the organization team for the German respectively the D-A-CH JoomlaDay.
What is it you like so much about Joomla and its community?
Since my first day at the JUG in Munich I felt “at home” in the community. I had a very warm welcome, being very open paired with a lot of fun, both in the JUG and my first Joomladay. I met so many nice people, developed friendships and established business contacts.
When and why did you decide to run for Treasurer?
I think it was June when Benjamin asked me if I could imagine running for treasurer. I was thinking of ways to involve myself more in the community and so it became clear this offer is my chance to go for it. After talking to my family and Robert Deutz I decided to run for this role.
What do you see as the most important job for the treasurer within Joomla?
To protect our community, based on transparent, structured and passionate work - to make sure we all are successful with Joomla the next years and everybody understands our financial position.
What are your short term goals? And long term?
For the moment I focus on the big challenge of learning the job quickly and becoming a reliable treasurer.
And what do you consider your biggest challenge?
Speaking English after quite some years on a regular basis.
And our biggest challenge, as Joomla, now and in the future?
Enhance the user-group and strengthen our branding; keeping strong and creative developers.
How can we help in achieving your goals and addressing the challenges?
I assume we all need to help get Joomla to the next level with passion, creativity and being the go-to CMS solution.