Meet the team

The Team includes: the editorial team, the Community Moderators, and a select group of Advisors who are experts in their fields.

Editorial Team

Jason Hibbets Jason Hibbets is a senior community evangelist in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat and an community manager. 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
Rikki Endsley Rikki Endsley is an editor and 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: 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.
Jen Wike Huger Jen Wike Huger is the content manager for She manages the publication calendar, coordinates the editing team, and guides new and current writers. A writer and people person at heart, Jen works with a vast community of writers to bring quality articles to the front page. You can find her on Twitter at @jenwike and
Jason Baker 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+.
Bryan Behrenshausen Bryan Behrenshausen has been a member of the team since 2011. In 2015, he earned his PhD in Communication from UNC, Chapel Hill. When he's not thinking or writing about all things open source, he's playing retro video games or reading classic science fiction. Around the Net, he goes by the nickname "semioticrobotic."
Alex Sanchez 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.

Jono Bacon Jono Bacon Jono Bacon is a leading community manager, speaker, author, and podcaster. He is the founder of Jono Bacon Consulting, which provides community strategy/execution, developer workflow, and other services. He also previously served as director of community at GitHub, Canonical, XPRIZE, OpenAdvantage, and consulted and advised a range of organizations. Find him on Twitter at: @jonobacon.
D Ruth Bavousett D Ruth Bavousett has been a system administrator and software developer for a long, long time, getting her professional start on a VAX 11/780, way back when. She spent a lot of her career (so far) serving the technology needs of libraries, and has been a contributor since 2008 to the Koha open source library automation suite. Ruth is currently a Perl Developer at cPanel in Houston, and also serves as chief of staff for two cats. In her copious free time, she occasionally reviews old romance novels on her blog, and is working on her first novel.
David Both David Both is a Linux and open source advocate who resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has been in the IT industry for over 40 years and taught OS/2 for IBM, where he worked for over 20 years. While at IBM, he wrote the first training course for the original IBM PC in 1981. He taught RHCE classes for Red Hat and worked at MCI Worldcom, Cisco, and the State of North Carolina. He currently works as President, Senior Consultant, and janitor for Millennium Technology Consulting LLC. He has been working with Linux and open source software for about 15 years. David has written articles for OS/2 Magazine, Linux Magazine, Linux Journal and His article "Complete Kickstart," co-authored with a colleague at Cisco, was ranked ninth in the Linux Magazine Top 10 Best System Administration Articles list for 2008.
VM (Vicky) Brasseur VM (Vicky) Brasseur is a manager of technical people, projects, processes, products, and p^Hbusinesses. In her more than 18 years in the tech industry she has been an analyst, programmer, product manager, software engineering manager, and director of software engineering. Currently she is a Senior Engineering Manager in service of an upstream open source development team at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. VM blogs at and tweets at @vmbrasseur.
Ben Cotton Ben Cotton is a meteorologist by training and a high-performance computing engineer by trade. Ben works as a technical evangelist at Cycle Computing. He is a Fedora user and contributor, co-founded a local open source meetup group, and is a member of the Open Source Initiative and a supporter of Software Freedom Conservancy. Find him on Twitter (@FunnelFiasco) or at
Jeremy Garcia Jeremy Garcia is the founder of and an ardent but realistic open source advocate. Follow Jeremy on Twitter: @linuxquestions.
Marcus Hanwell 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.
Joshua Holm Joshua Allen Holm is a Grand Rapids, Michigan, based writer and technology consultant. As one of's community moderators, he writes articles about open access, open education, and open source software. You can find Joshua on GitHub and Zotero, or email him at:
Robin Muilwijk

Robin Muilwijk is Advisor Internet and e-Government. He is a community moderator for and an ambassador for The Open Organization channel. Robin is also Chair of the eZ Community Board, and Community Manager at eZ Systems. Robin writes and is active on social media to promote and advocate for open source in our businesses and lives. Follow him on Twitter @i_robin or on LinkedIn.

Scott Nesbitt 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
Deb Nicholson Deb Nicholson wants to make the world a better place with technology and social justice for all. After many years of local political organizing, she started handling outreach for the Free Software Foundation and became an enthusiastic free software activist. She likes talking to developers about software patents, to project maintainers about leadership, and to activists about free software. She is currently the Community Outreach Director at the Open Invention Network and the Community Manager at GNU MediaGoblin. She also serves on the board at Open Hatch, a.k.a. Free Software's Welcoming Committee. She lives with her husband in Cambridge, Massachusetts, surrounded by a community of food nerds and noisy musicians.
Nithya Ruff Nithya A. Ruff is the Director of Western Digital’s Open Source Office and the president of SanDisk’s Women’s Innovation Network (WIN), which is dedicated to the development of women's highest potential in the work place. Nithya graduated with an MS in Computer Science from NDSU and an MBA from the University of Rochester, Simon Business School. She lives in the Bay Area and is a proud mother of two daughters. Follow Nithya on Twitter at @nithyaruff.
Subhashish Panigrahi Subhashish Panigrahi is an educator, author, blogger, Wikimedian, language activist and free knowledge evangelist based in Bengaluru, India. Earlier with Wikimedia Foundation's India Program and currently at the Centre for Internet and Society's Access To Knowledge program. Builds partnership with universities, language research and GLAM (Gallery, Library, Archive and Museums) organizations for bringing more scholarly and encyclopedic content under free licenses, designs outreach programs for South Asian language Wikipedia/Wikimedia projects and communities. Author of "Rising Voices: Indigenous language Digital Activism" in Digital Activism in Asia Reader. Follow Subhashish at @subhapa on Twitter.
Nitish Tiwari 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.
Jason van Gumster Jason van Gumster mostly makes stuff up. He writes, animates, and occasionally teaches, all using open source tools. He's run a small, independent animation studio, wrote Blender for Dummies and GIMP Bible, and continues to blurt out his experiences during a [sometimes] weekly podcast, the Open Source Creative Podcast. Adventures (and lies) at @monsterjavaguns.
Don Watkins 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 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 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 Ruth Suehle is team lead for the Open Source and Standards (OSAS) team at Red Hat. Previously she was a writer for and an editor for Red Hat Magazine.
Rob Tiller 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.

Community Moderator Alumni

Remy Decausemaker Remy Decausemaker
Nicole Engard Nicole C. Engard
Carolyn Fox Carolyn Fox
Jason Hare Jason Hare
David Hurley David Hurley
Luis Ibanez Luis Ibanez
Seth Kenlon Seth Kenlon
Sandeep Khuperkar Sandeep Khuperkar
Phil Shapiro Phil Shapiro
Aseem Sharma Aseem Sharma
Aleksandar Todorović Aleksandar Todorović