Meet our Board of Directors
We invite you to meet our board of directors. As a non profit organization, Linux Professional Institute (LPI) relies on the efforts of numerous staff and affiliates from around the world. We are proud to introduce you to our committed group of volunteers who lead the organization at the board level.
Jon “maddog” Hall
Jon “maddog” Hall is the Chairman of the Board of the Linux Professional Institute. Since 1969, Jon "maddog" Hall has been a programmer, systems designer, systems administrator, product manager, technical marketing manager, author and educator, currently working as an independent consultant.
While not a founding member of LPI, he helped formulate some of the concepts and donated personal money to allow the first 200 tests be tested for psychometrics.
Jon "maddog" Hall has concentrated on Unix systems since 1980 and Linux systems since 1994, when he first met Linus Torvalds and correctly recognized the commercial importance of Linux and Free and open source Software.
He has traveled the world speaking on the benefits of open source Software having received his BS in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University, and his MSCS from RPI in Troy, New York.
VM (Vicky) Brasseur
VM (aka Vicky) is a corporate strategist specialising in free and open source software in the business. She has spent most of her decades in the tech industry leading software development departments and teams, providing technical management and leadership consulting for small and medium businesses, and helping companies understand, use, release, and contribute to free and open source software in a way that’s good for both their bottom line and for the community.
She is the author of _Forge Your Future with Open Source_, the first and only book to detail how individuals can contribute to free and open source software projects. The book is published by The Pragmatic Programmers and is available at https://fossforge.com. She is also in the process of writing a second book for Pragmatic covering how to use, contribute to, and release open source projects effectively and strategically for your business.
Vicky has been a moderator and author for opensource.com, an author for Linux Journal and FOSSlife, the Vice President of the Open Source Initiative, and is a frequent and popular speaker at free/open source conferences and events. She’s the proud winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014), the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016), and two Opensource.com Moderator’s Choice Awards (2018, 2019). She blogs about free/open source, business, and technical management at anonymoushash.vmbrasseur.com.
Christopher (Duffy) Fron
Duffy Fron is a business leader with over 20 years of experience in the high tech and telecommunications industries. He is driven by building long-term, mutually profitable relationships with partners to create the technology solutions that exceed customers' expectations. Duffy is known for turning around under-performing businesses, designing and building innovative solutions, and growing ecosystems in emerging markets.
Duffy's passion for Linux and open source technologies goes back over two decades. He was the first Linux Evangelist at IBM responsible for rallying developers around the world to the open source movement. Throughout his career he has promoted Linux and open source as the best way to level the digital playing field and provide technology access to all.
Duffy holds a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University and a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He spent 18 years in sales and marketing leadership roles at IBM, and the last several years leading sales teams in the telecommunication sector at American Tower and Tessco Technologies. Duffy lives in Cary, NC with his wife and their two children.
Dorothy Gordon is a global leader in the field of technology and development with a special focus on Africa. She works to bring about greater engagement and action on policy, implementation and evaluation issues relating to the impact of technology on society. She is a Pan-Africanist and a feminist.
Dorothy is the current Chair of the Inter-Governmental Council for UNESCO's Information for All Programme with a mandate to build a more inclusive Knowledge Society. She is a member of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence expert working group on innovation and commercialisation. Previously she served on the Global Commission on Internet Governance and worked for many years as a manager with the United Nations Development Programme.
Her commitment to Open Source technologies stems from the fact that they build greater technology ownership, innovation and diversity. As the founding Director-General of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT she ensured that the backend systems were run exclusively on Open Source technology. During her tenure the Centre hosted FOSSFA (the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa) of which she was a Council member. Previously on the Board of Creative Commons, Dorothy currently serves on its Advisory Council. She is a strong advocate of the ROAM principles (internet universality) and all dimensions of the Open Movement.
Klaus Knopper is an Electrical Engineer with a history of three decades of Unix (different brands) and especially Linux system administration and developer of customized Linux-based operating systems, passionate hardware+software tinkerer.
As main job, regular professor for Software Engineering, IT Security and informatics in the programs of Business Informatics / Information Management (Bachelor + Master) in the faculty of Business Economics and Vice President for Digitalization at the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern / Germany. Also self-employed software developer and consultant.
Klaus is located in Europe and in the german-speaking corner thereof, was co-founder of the former LinuxTag expo and conference started in 1996, and speaker at various Linux-related events (USA, GB, India).
In 2000 he presented the Live GNU/Linux system Knoppix at the Atlanta Linux Showcase. While Knoppix was rather targeted at developers and for software evaluation and hardware compatibility tests at that time, than at beginners, it helped many to gain experience with a Linux-based Desktop, or rescue data from defective other operating systems without modifying disks.
The ADRIANE accessibility extension of Knoppix allows blind computer users to get an easy start with Linux on a talking text console, with no or few sighted help needed.
Mark Phillips is an Engineering and Technology Engineer with around 40 years in Defense and Aerospace spanning Australia and the US. He has consulted in multiple countries to include France, UK, Singapore, Canada, Sweden, Germany among others. He has spent the majority of his career pushing the boundaries of technology working in fundamental to applied research in the areas of Computer Simulation supporting Training, Test and Experimentation. Mark specializes on making ideas reality. Mark serves on the Board of Directors of the International Test & Evaluation Association (ITEA); and Educational and Professional development Organization as a Non Profit and understands the importance of volunteering and giving back to the community to help the next generation step up and contribute.
Mark is an Engineering Fellow at Raytheon Missiles and Defense mentoring professionals and conducting fundamental and applied research into Defense and Aerospace. Mark is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Australia, has a Bachelor of Electrical engineering (Honors) from the University of New South Wales, a Masters in Engineering (Modelling and simulation) form Old Dominion University and is a Ph.D candidate in Engineering Management at Old Dominion University.
Mark lives in Tucson Arizona with his wife Sarah and two of their 6 Children.
Prof. Uirá Ribeiro is a Senior C-Level Executive with solid Information Technology background, Software Developer and Internet Architect Engineer with a 23-year career. He stay on top of trends in Open Source technology. As an educator, has reached the top, as headmaster of a Brazilian University for more than 15 years.
He holds a Master in Informatics and Bachelor in Data Processing, among other fifteen IT certifications, such as "AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner", "AWS Certified Architect", "AWS Certified SysOps", "CompTIA Linux+ce", "Scrum Foundation Professional Certificate", "Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator", "CompTIA Project+", "CompTIA Linux+", "LPIC-3", "CompTIA Security+ce", "RHCSA", "RHCE" and "Red Hat Specialist in Containers and Kubernetes".
He is the author of 11 books, recognized in the world IT market, published in English, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian, as LPI Publishing Partner.
CEO and founder of Linux Certification Edutech, for 15 years he has taught Linux online classes, with more than 14,000 certified students.
Torsten Scheck works as a software engineer for SAP, a market leader in enterprise application software. As member of the SAP HANA Core team, he is in charge of the toolchain for an innovative, large scale C++ development environment on Linux.
He holds a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Cooperative Education Mosbach and an MSc Management from the University of Glamorgan Business School.
In his spare time, Torsten champions the Rust programming language, Free Software in general and open standards, wherever proprietary operating systems and services remain. He drives regional LUG activities and spreads the word through articles and talks.
Bryan J Smith
Bryan J Smith first deployed and contributed to open source software in the '90s as an engineer, supporting CAM, EDA and HPC on Linux. He transitioned into IT consulting and training with the new millennia, working at leading embedded and enterprise Linux vendors.
Bryan's enterprise experience has focused on open source-based infrastructure in large scale (10K+ instance) data centers; primarily financial services and public sector. His work in the Americas includes some of the first and largest OSS storage, VDI and related IaaS, PaaS and DevOps solutions on behalf of several industry leaders.
He is a graduate of UCF's College of Engineering and Computer Science, holds four dozen (48) IT certifications from a dozen (12) different programs, and has been involved with the development of several, including LPI, for over a decade.
Thiago Sobral works with Linux, Free, and Open Source software since 1998. He began working as a hardware intern, then he moved to be a C ANSI programmer in Linux. He switched to be a consultant sometime later and then started working as an instructor as well. At that time he realized that he was a FOSS Evangelist.
He is a member of the Free Software Association in Brazil, was part of the Free and Open Source movement there at the beginning of the century, is author of articles, presenter at various events in Brazil and abroad.
His technical background goes beyond operating systems and programming. He has worked with various technologies and their integration, from infrastructure to applications covering networks, security and all the issues that come up in customer environments or those where he works as a SysAdmin. He has worked for small and large enterprises, is a former employee of Conectiva, Red Hat and SUSE where he was able to experience and understands the needs and value of enterprise open source.
He is part of the Digital Law Commission in Sao Paulo, was a lecturer and trainer, created FOSS events and participated in hundreds. He has a strong technical background and then moved more towards business, strategy and marketing. Today he is Global Offering Manager for Open Source at IBM. There he is responsible for the entire offering, from technical engagement to the overall business generated by open source. Therefore, he is heavily involved in various communities around the world and has a holistic view of the needs of the communities, businesses, professionals and early career developers.