About the Authors

Meet the main content contributors for our blog!

Lance Merker

Lance Merker

President and Chief Executive Officer
Lance has been President and CEO of OmniUpdate since 2001. His passion for OmniUpdate is infectious. It's that passion and his leadership power that has made OmniUpdate the market leader it is today. When Lance isn't leading the top higher education CMS family, he enjoys spearfishing and eating seafood – lobster is his favorite!

Marcel Ayers

Marcel Ayers

Director of Web Development
Marcel is a California native who has called Camarillo home for the past 19 years. A lover of both coffee and tech, he founded an online coffee bean and home roasting supply business in 2003 and then an IT and web development company in 2004. Today, as Director of Professional Services at OmniUpdate, Marcel oversees the process of bringing customer sites into the OU Campus system. In his free time, you’ll find him taking advantage of the California outdoors from mountain biking and skiing, to surfing and hiking.

Rich Paul

Rich Paul

Sales Engineer
Rich is a California native with a lifelong love for technology. He has over 15 years of business development and web experience, building several web applications and businesses from the ground up. Now, he is the Technical Product Specialist at OmniUpdate, assisting the sales and marketing team with demonstrating technical aspects of OU Campus to prospective and current customers.  Besides being immersed in technology, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as reading and hiking.

Sara Arnold

Sara Arnold

Marketing Communications Manager
Starting her career in academic publishing, Sara is a stickler for grammar and makes sure that every "i" is dotted and every "t" crossed in all OmniUpdate marketing communications that go out the door. A Camarillo native, Sara enjoys spending time with family, camping, digital scrapbooking, and rooting for her ASU Sun Devils.

Kayla Solis

Kayla Solis

Event & Promotions Specialist
Kayla is a creative problem solver who has had an eclectic career ranging from Marketing & Public Relations Specialist to Creative Director. Along the way, she has amassed an expertise in running trade shows and user conferences. Utilizing both her design and marketing background, Kayla has experience in crafting, planning, and executing successful and memorable events. She excels in keeping the big picture in mind while also paying attention the smallest details. In her free time, you’ll find Kayla chasing after her German Shepherd or playing in the garden.

Lauren Zakich

Lauren Zakich

Marketing Coordinator
Born and raised in sunny SoCal, Lauren has worn many hats at OmniUpdate ranging from marketing intern to human resources. Now, she is responsible for marketing content and social media while assisting with events and helping the team reach their goals. In her free time, you can find her reading fantasy novels, sipping red wine, and practicing yoga.

Nicole Conary

Nicole Conary

User Experience Design Engineer
Nicole has a lifelong love of technology and is always looking for ways to make products easier to use. With degrees in English (Cal Poly, SLO) and Computer Science (CSUCI), she got her start in Marketing at OmniUpdate and has since found her niche on the Development team as a User Experience Design Engineer. As a Ventura County, California native, Nicole enjoys being with family and friends, playing video games, rooting for the LA Kings (Go Kings Go!), plotting ways to own a Tesla, and a good glass of wine.