Meet the team community moderators

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, guides new and current writers, and gives talks about how to tell your open source story. Follow her on Twitter @jenwike, and see her extended portfolio at
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 is a doctoral candidate in Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Since 2011, he's been the summer intern. When he's not thinking or writing about all things open source, he's playing 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 is a leading community manager, speaker, and author. Currently he works as Senior Director of Community at the XPRIZE Foundation and was formerly the Ubuntu Community Manager at Canonical, optimizing and growing the global Ubuntu community. 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.
Ben Cotton Ben Cotton is a meteorologist by training and a high-performance computing engineer by trade. Ben works at Cycle Computing, leading the support engineering group. 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
Nicole Engard Nicole is the Vice President of Community Outreach at ByWater Solutions. She received her MLIS from Drexel University and her BA from Juniata College. Her primary role at ByWater Solutions is to educate librarians about open source software with a focus on the Koha ILS. In addition to her daily responsibilities, Nicole volunteers as the documentation manager for the Koha ILS, as a community moderator on and as the chapter lead for ChickTech Austin. Nicole is known for many different publications including her books “Library Mashups", "More Library Mashups", and "Practical Open Source Software for Libraries". Nicole can be reached at
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 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.
Seth Kenlon Seth Kenlon is an independent multimedia artist, free culture advocate, and UNIX geek. He is one of the maintainers of the Slackware-based multimedia production project,
Sandeep Khuperkar Sandeep Khuperkar is the Director and CTO at Ashnik. Sandeep brings more than 20 years of industry experience, with 13+ years in open source and building open source and Linux business model. He is also visiting lecturer with few of engineering colleges and works toward enabling them on open source technologies. Sandeep also is a member of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and The Linux Foundation.
Robin Muilwijk 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 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.
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.
Phil Shapiro 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.
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

Aleksandar Todorović Aleksandar Todorović is part of the tech department for an investigative journalism network called OCCRP. He is passionate about open source software, artificial intelligence, and information security. His open source contributions are now merged with projects such as reddit, elementary OS, and the Tor Project. Find his personal blog at, and follow him on Twitter: @r3bl_.
Remy Decausemaker 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.
Luis Ibanez 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.
Aseem Sharma 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