Steering Committee

Mark Bohannon

Mark Bohannon

Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Global Public Policy, Red Hat, Inc.

Mark Bohannon is Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Global Public Policy at Red Hat. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Public Policy and General Counsel at the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal U.S. trade association for the software and digital content industry. Prior to his work at SIIA, he was a senior official at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Deb Bryant

Deborah Bryant

Director, Open Source Initiative

Deborah Bryant brings perspective from a decade of work focused on the adoption and use of open source software and open development models in the public sector spanning private and public industry and academia, following a decade in start-ups and management the high tech industry. She created the public sector program at Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab (OSUOSL), founded and produced the annual Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) from 2005-2011. Her experience in government includes five years in state government includes a stint the IT Consultant to the Oregon Legislature, later as Oregon’s Deputy State CIO and she also served a four year term in public office as an elected official in rural costal Oregon. She’s passionate about open and transparent government and the use of open source as an essential tool to support those goals, and likes to say she uses her knowledge of bureaucracy for good, and not evil. Deborah serves on numerous boards and councils with public trust agendas and an emphasis on open source as enabling technology.

Alan Clark

Strategic Advisor for Industry Initiatives & Standards, Novell, Inc.

Alan Clark focuses on Industry Initiatives and Emerging Standards for Novell. To facilitate the awareness and adoption of open source and open standards, Clark participates on several industry forum board of directors, steering committees, technical committees and work groups.With 20+ years of experience as a Software Engineer and Engineering Management, a principal portion of Clark’s career has been devoted to the research and development of operating systems and distributed multi-platform server services. His experience is with file systems, Directory Services, LDAP Services, Object Databases, Security, Developer Interfaces, Web Services, Network Protocols and more.

Chris DiBona

Open Source & Public Sector Programs Director, Google

Chris DiBona is the open source and public sector programs manager at Mountain View, CA based Google. His team oversees license compliance and supports the open source developer community through programs such as the Google Summer of Code and through the release of open source software projects and patches. In the public sector space, he looks after Google Moderator, the polling locations API. Additionally, he is on the board of Our Good Works, a non-profit that looks after the volunteer matching website is an internationally known advocate of open source software and related methodologies. He occasionally appears on the This Week in Tech and Cranky Geeks podcasts. He is a visiting scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management and has a masters in software engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Additionally, he serves on the advisory board of imeem, a San Francisco, CA based social networking firm.

Gunnar Hellekson

Gunnar Hellekson

Chief Technology Strategist, Red Hat, Inc.

Gunnar Hellekson is the Chief Technology Strategist for Red Hat’s US Public Sector group, where he works with systems integrators and government agencies to encourage the use of open source software in government. He is co-chair of Open Source for America and one of Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 for 2010, and was voted one of the FedScoop 50 for industry leadership. He is also an active member of the Military Open Source working group, the SIIA Software Division Board, the Board of Directors for the Public Sector Innovation Group, the Freedom 2 Connect Technical Council, New America’s California Civic Innovation Project Advisory Council, and the CivicCommons Board of Advisors. He is especially interested in cross-domain security, edge innovation, and interagency collaboration through the open source model.Prior to joining Red Hat, he worked as a developer, systems administrator, and IT director for a number of Internet businesses. He has also been a business and IT consultant to not-for-profit organizations in New York City. During that time, he spearheaded the reform of safety regulations for New York State’s electrical utilities through the Jodie Lane Project.

Kane McLean

Strategy & Communication Group, BRTRC

Kane McLean is part of the Strategy & Communications Group at BRTRC Technology Research Corporation and currently works supporting the United States Department of Defense.An Open Source advocate, evangelist and strategist, Kane works to find the right solutions to clients’ challenges—more often than not Open Source solutions provide the best-fit and prove to be the most flexible long-term solutions. In addition to creating the strong solution strategies, Kane is works to tout the business case for Open Source adoption.

Prior to joining BRTRC, Kane led a company that helped corporations and organizations develop their online presence, enhance their strategic communication and improve their collaboration capabilities by adopting open source web-based technologies. Kane is a former entrepreneur having founded two companies, the last of which he sold in 2008 before becoming a defense contractor.

Kane also serves on the Steering Committee of Mil-OSS, a defense-oriented public sector Open Source community.

Terri Molini

Terri Molini

WW Public Relations Manager, Enterprise Servers, Hewlett-Packard

Teri Molini is an award-winning communications advisor and strategist to senior-level executives, including media training and managing public appearances. Team player/leader equipped with corporate, product, developer and partner media relations.Among Teri’s bragging rights is the fact that she was recognized as a top-rated PR executive as a recipient of the PRSourceCode’s 2009 Corporate Top Tech Communicators Award.

Ean Schuessler

Ean Schuessler

Founder, Brainfood, Inc.

Ean Schuessler is co-founder of Dallas-based digital media consultancy, Brainfood. He is a long-time participant in the Debian project and collaborated in the creation of the Debian Social Contract which inspired the Open Source Definition. Schuessler also served as President of Software in the Public Interest, an umbrella organization that holds property and provides other services for Debian and other Free Software organizations.Ean has been a critical participant in the Free Java movement from the very beginning. Brainfood released its first commercial Java-based website on Jef Poskanzer’s Acme.Serve in 1997, before Sun’s Jeeves server hit the market. Ean was also an early maintainer of the Debian Kaffe package and currently is active in the Apache OFBiz effort to create a Free Software ERP system.Schuessler and fellow employees competed in the 2001 and 2002 seasons of Battlebots, achieving a ranking of 35 in the middle class weight group.

John Scott

John Scott

Sr. Systems Engineer & Open Tech Lead, Radiantblue Technologies

John Scott is the leader in the Defense industry around the commingled issues of technology development and deployment, software, intellectual property and acquisitions. John drafted the U.S. Department of Defense policy for the use of open source software and is often called as an expert in this area. He founded (now co-chairman) Open Source for America, an advocacy group for use of open source software in government and the Military Open Source Software Working Group (Mil-OSS). He works at Radiantblue Technologies as a Sr. Systems Engineer and Open Tech Lead. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MS in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and writes about defense software and acquisitions related issues, recently at Defense News entitled “Pentagon Is Losing the Softwar(e).” jscott AT

John M. Weathersby

John M. Weathersby

Executive Director, Open Source Software Institute

John M. Weathersby, Jr. is the founder and executive director of the Open Source Software Institute, a U.S.-based non-profit organization whose mission is to promote adoption of open source software solutions within US Federal, state and local government agencies. As the director of OSSI, Weathersby has served as an advisor to a number of Federal and state government agencies including Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense and other security and civilian entities. He is a founding member of the Open Technology Research Consortium, a strategic alliance of leading academic research institutions and open technology development organizations which focus on open source software solution implementation within government and public sector enterprise systems. Weathersby serves as a strategic advisor and program liaison for Communications and Outreach for the Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Open Security Technology (HOST) program

Elizabeth Ziph

Elizabeth Ziph

Founder & CEO, Linux Box, Linux Box

Elizabeth Ziph founded and has been the CEO of The Linux Box Corporation ( since 1999. The company provides organizations with open source software support and professional services, and in this capacity contributes much code back to a number of OSS projects. In addition to customizing & integrating open source software, the company also develops custom software, when a suitable open source solution is not available. Enkive is one of the products developed by LinuxBox.Enkive, an open source email archiving and eDiscovery software, started as a project and ultimately formed into its own company in 2010 to focus on Enkive support, maintenance and continued development. Elizabeth is the Managing Partner of Enkive, LLC (

The Linux Box had an expertise with storage software including OpenAFS. Working with several technologies, including the pNFS protocol, led to innovations in the cloud storage software, the development of which evolved into an NSF award of SBIR grants (Phase I & Phase II). The innovation project is named CohortFS and at the start of Phase II, was spun off into its own company – CohortFS, LLC. Elizabeth is the Managing Partner of CohortFS, LLC (

Prior to focusing on open source software at the LinuxBox, Elizabeth had been Senior Vice President and CIO at Franklin Bank. She held the position of Associate Director of Information Technology Division at the University of Michigan. She has also served as Vice President of Information Systems at Comerica Bank leading enterprise applications development and managing the data center and network operations.

Elizabeth holds an MBA from New York Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from The City University of New York.