The Team community moderators

At, the stories shared with you are moderated by a core group that consists of: the editorial team, the community moderators, and a select group of Red Hat advisors who are experts in their fields.

Editorial Team

Jason Hibbets is a senior community evangelist in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat where he is a community manager for He has been with Red Hat since 2003 and is the author of The foundation for an open source city. Follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets


Jen Wike Huger is the content manager for Ever on the hunt for a great open source story, Jen is dedicated to helping others share their experience with the world. She has a blog about life in downtown Raleigh, NC at Downtown Dame. See all of her past and present projects. She tweets @jenwike.

Rikki Endsley is the community manager for Previously she worked as a community evangelist on the Open Source and Standards team at Red Hat. Other hats she has worn include: freelance tech journalist; community manager for the USENIX Association; associate publisher of Linux Pro Magazine, ADMIN, and Ubuntu User; and managing editor of Sys Admin magazine and See her portfolio on, and follow her on G+ and on Twitter: @rikkiends.

Jason Baker is passionate about using technology to make the world more open, from software development to bringing sunlight to local governments. He is particularly interested in data visualization/analysis, DIY/maker culture, simulations/modeling, geospatial technologies, and cloud computing, especially OpenStack. Follow him on Twitter or Google+.

Alex Sanchez is the social media, marketing, and syndication specialist for He’s a multimedia storyteller with a particular interest in education, open government, design and photography. Follow him on Twitter.

Community Moderators

The community moderator program identifies key contributors and advocates and provides them with a framework for how they can contribute to the community and guidelines for how they can advise the team on future decisions about the site and community. Find out how you can join our team.

Nicole Engard is the Vice President of Education at ByWater Solutions. In her over ten years in libraries she has dedicated herself to educating librarians about technologies both on her site and in person with a focus on open source. In 2010 she authored 'Practical Open Source Software for Libraries' and regularly writes for various library outlets about open source for libraries. She is an advocate for "open libraries" and believes in spreading, disseminating, and breaking down barries to gaining knowledge as a core mission of library systems and their staff. At, Nicole is a community moderator, a long-time contributor, and a 2013 People's Choice Award winner. Read more in this community spotlight.

Carolyn Fox is a mother and librarian. She is a former public high school teacher, a college adjunct history instructor, and an airline employee. She believes we can push for more openness in our schools and in our libraries. Through work with her son (who is gifted and has special needs) and working as a librarian, Carolyn has learned that by promoting open source tools and programs in our daily life—discussions with friends, family and coworkers—we help open up the world around us, bringing better solutions to societal problems. At, Carolyn is a community moderator and long-time contributor. Read more in this community spotlight. -->

Marcus D. Hanwell is a Technical Leader in the Scientific Computing group at Kitware, Inc. He leads the Open Chemistry project, developing open-source tools to for chemistry, bioinformatics, and materials science research. He completed an experimental PhD in Physics at the University of Sheffield, a Google Summer of Code developing Avogadro and Kalzium, and a postdoctoral fellowship combining experimental and computational chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh before moving to Kitware, Inc. in late 2009. He is a member of the Blue Obelisk, a blogger, and is active on Twitter @mhanwell and Google+. He is passionate about open science, open source and making sense of increasingly large scientific data to understand the world around us.

Jason Hare has 18 years of experience analyzing user behavior interacting with web applications. His experience includes developing user interfaces using rapid prototyping and an iterative project management style to create award winning, user-centered information portals. Primary interests include big data and open data applications and community engagement in a public sector environment. Other interests include analytic-driven portal interface design, e-government acculturation, citizen engagement, open source platforms and government transparency. Follow him on Twitter @jasonmhare.

Joshua Holm has been advocating for open source solutions for over fifteen years. Holding Master's degrees in Library & Information Science and Adult & Higher Education, he seeks to combine his educational background with his love of open source in order to provide end-users with open source and open access solutions for their learning, research, and teaching needs. He has seen the power of open source and hopes to build the future the open source way.

David Hurley is an open source evangelist and promotes multiple open source projects. He is currently the Community Manager for Joomla! and a member of the Production Leadership Team. David writes frequently about open source and spends his time helping businesses find success with open source solutions.

Luis Ibanez is a software developer and Technical Leader at Kitware, a contributor to ITK, the Director of Open Source Community Development at OSEHRA, the professor of the Open Source Software Practices class at RPI, and a professor of Open Source Databases and Web Development at SUNY-Albany. Luis is a community moderator, long-time contributor, and 2013 People's Choice Award winner. Read more in this community spotlight.

Robin Muilwijk has been an open source entrepreneur for ten years and is still fighting the misconceptions that come with working in the industry. He says the toughest part is finding the right balance between openness while continuing to promote the open source way of doing business. At, Robin is a frequent contributor—he recently wrote Building a scalable open source business model in the 90s and consistently adds insightful commentary to others' articles. He has earned the role of a comment gardner for the site, working to keep spammers at bay and our conversations of high quality. Read more in this community spotlight.

Scott Nesbitt is a writer, technology coach, and soldier of fortune, ocelot wrangler, husband, father, blogger, and collector of pottery. Scott is a few of these things. He's also a long-time user of free/open source software who extensively writes and blogs on the subject. You can find Scott on Twitter, Google+, and GitHub. You can also connect with him via his page on

Phil Shapiro has been an educator, teaching students from pre-school to graduate school for the past 26 years. He currently works at a public library in the Washington, DC area, helping youth and adults use 28 Linux stations. Between 2007 and 2012, he blogged for PC World magazine on various technology topics and currently writes for MAKE magazine and For more about Phil, follow him on Twitter and see his videos on YouTube.

Aseem Sharma recently graduated from Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre, Faculty of Engineering at University of Waterloo, Canada. He has worked in technology departments for some of the largest financial and IT organizations across India and Singapore. Aseem has a passion for reading, writing, technology, everything open source, as well as, management research. He can be reached through

Nitish Tiwari is a software developer by profession and an open source enthusiast by heart. As a tech author for Linux based magazines, he covers new open source tools. He loves to read and explore anything open source. In his free time, he likes to read motivational books, listen to songs, and sleep. Follow him on Twitter @tiwari_nitish.

Don Watkins is an Information Technology consultant, Educator, entrepreneur, and open source advocate and is the CEO of DGW Enterprises LLC. Read more about Don and follow him on Twitter: @Don_Watkins.

Red Hat Advisors

Jeff Mackanic has been at Red Hat for more than a decade and is currently responsible for the Global Awareness team. He has also spent several years in consulting, IT, and marketing.

Melanie Freeman Chernoff monitors, evaluates, and attempts to influence U.S. and international legislation and government regulations affecting open source technologies and open standards as Red Hat's public policy manager.

Ruth Suehle is team lead for the Open Source and Standards (OSAS) team at Red Hat. Previously writer for and an editor for Red Hat Magazine.

Rob Tiller is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel in legal at Red Hat. He manages patent, trademark, and copyright matters and is a frequent speaker and writer on open source legal issues.

Remy Decausemaker is Assistant Director of the Rochester Institute of Technology Lab for Technological Literacy and serves as Campaign Architect of FOSS@MAGIC. Inside and outside of the classroom, he helps mentor and guide the students of RIT's Humanitarian Free/Opensource Software Development course. He is a co-founder of, who's mission is to improve access, openness, and transparency of public information. With help from Sugarlabs, TeachingOpensource, The Software Freedom Law Center, The Fedora Project, and many others, Remy brings the open source way to campuses, conferences, and campaigns everywhere he can. You can keep up with his story via, Twitter, and his FOSS@RIT Blog.