Free and Open Software Conference and Expo - Columbus, Ohio - October 7-8, 2016



Conference Chair

Warner Moore

Warner is a technology leader who is passionate about technology innovation and entrepreneurship having worked with technology focused businesses over ten years. Currently, he works with CoverMyMeds as an Infrastructure Architect.

When not building technology and teams, he contributes back to the community by organizing Ohio LinuxFest and leading the LOPSA Columbus chapter.

A long time attendee of Ohio LinuxFest, Warner began working with the OLF in 2012 by founding the Career Track. Following the 2013 conference, he assumed the role of Conference Chair. As Conference Chair, Warner provides oversight for all aspects of the conference.



Vice President, OLF Corporation and Sponsorship Chair

Robert Ball

Rob is the Vice President of the Ohio LinuxFest as well as Sponsorship chair since 2009. Rob develops and maintains sponsor relationships. Rob also works in Columbus as a System Administrator at CoverMyMeds.



Speaker Chair

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Vance Kochenderfer

Vance is active in the Western Pennsylvania Linux Users Group and has been using Linux since 1997. In addition to general desktop use, he has an interest in system and network administration. Vance currently lives in Pittsburgh and works in quality assurance for safety equipment. Vance first began volunteering with Ohio LinuxFest in 2006.  Since 2009 he has worked on recording presentations and in 2013 agreed to be Speaker Chair.



OLFI Chair

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Scott Merrill

Scott is a Columbus native and has been using Linux since the last century. He is the meeting coordinator for the Central Ohio Linux User Group, and a contributor to a variety of open source projects. Scott  is an Operations Engineer at CoverMyMeds, where he is working to automate himself out of a job.

Scott served as OLFI chair in 2012, and check-in coordinator for several years before that. He has managed to attend or participate in Ohio LinuxFest for eleven of the past dozen years. You can find him at, @smerrill on Twitter and on LinkedIn.



Registration Chair and Infrastructure Lead

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Michael Schultheiss

Michael Schultheiss has attended every Ohio LinuxFest since 2005 and began volunteering on the conference staff in 2008. He currently serves as the Registration Chair and runs the technology infrastructure for the Ohio LinuxFest. Michael currently works as a Senior Linux Systems Engineer on the Infrastructure Team at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, the largest singly accredited community college in the United States. He also serves as President of the Central Indiana Linux Users Group and Treasurer of Software in the Public Interest (SPI). Mike is a Debian Developer and helps run the infrastructure for DebConf, the annual Debian Conference, and SPI.



Social Media and Community Chair

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Susan Rose MSN, RN

Susan lives in Pittsburgh, PA and is an adjunct professor of Nursing Informatics at Penn State (Beaver). She is involved with social media management for several nonprofits. Susan's involvement with OLF goes back many years, first as an attendee and volunteer.  In the 2010 and 2011 Fest Susan presented and led a Medical Track.  More on Susan's experience with medical open source is seen here.  In October 2013, she became the Social Media- Community Manager.  Her web site is  



Board Member, OLF Corporation

Scott Courtney

Scott is from Canton Ohio and works as a Principal Engineer at Sine Nomine Associates. He is an open source consultant, involved with server consolidation and virtualization, data center design, systems programming in a variety of languages, and project team leadership.
Scott's involvement with OLF began in its second year as an attendee and ad-hoc volunteer, and later as a presenter and OLFI instructor.



President, OLF Corporation

Beth Lynn Eicher

Originally from Pittsburgh, Beth Lynn currently lives in Chicago and works as a High Performance Computing Systems Administrator at University of Chicago.   She has over ten years experience in managing, building and collaborating with teams within Free Software Expertise in GNU/Linux distributions such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, Ubuntu, and SUSE.  From 2002 to 2011 Beth Lynn led the Western PA Linux Users Group, which began at Carnegie Mellon University.

Beth Lynn first came to OLF as an attendee in 2003.  She immediately signed up to help at future conferences.  When a mix up occurred in the venue early in the OLF history, Beth contacted John "Mad Dog" Hall and others for help, which saved that year's conference (close to the date of the event).  Due to her longevity with OLF over the years she has been a speaker,  conference chairperson and fundraiser. When the original conference chairpersons retired from leadership roles, Beth Lynn stepped up to keep the conference running smoothly as the Director.  In 2007 Beth applied and defended 501c3 non-profit status for the organization.

Beth Lynn Eicher is passionate about the ideals of FOSS and in growing community across the country and world in this movement.  She attends other Linux- FOSS conferences and is well known across the country.  In 2013 she was asked to speak at the Free Software Foundation Conference held at Harvard University on the topic of  "Closing the Digital Divide".  There she reported on the successful deployment of 100 Edubuntu pc's to schools in Ghana Africa that served mostly orphaned children. Beth Lynn went to Ghana with a team from Computereach,  training in networking, pc repair, the GNU/Linux command-line, and the Edubuntu desktop environment.



Career Track Chair

Rafeeq Rehman

Rafeeq Rehman

Rafeeq is the career track chair of the Ohio LinuxFest and an active member of information risk management community. Rafeeq is based in Columbus and works as Principal Architect with Verizon global professional services.



Conference Planning Committee Member

Carol Rutz

Carol is a Doer of All Needful Things. During OLF, organizers sometimes miss a cable, need coffee, need assistance counting attendance at presentations, or need help many other things. She steps to provide that help.  When Carol first volunteered in 2007, she was learning about Free and Open Source Software at Ivy Tech Community College. She has a Master of Arts in Historical Theology and an Associate in Applied Science in Computer Information Systems.  



BOF (Birds of a Feather) Coordinator

John Harig

John Harig has been the Birds of a Feather Chair for three years and a regular OLF attendee for several years preceding. He completed his undergraduate studies at a Michigan university that is unmentionable within the city limits of Columbus. He then went on to work for le ministre de l'éducation nationale in Rouen, France, and from there to a (then) small website called which has since grown much larger in the years that followed. During that time he also helped out as co-organizer of the WMLUG and BarCampGR until he re-located a few years ago to New York, where he currently is active in numerous free software groups. John has a great passion for free software, and enjoys spending his work and free time using the software in his GNU/Linux and BSD installs -- traveling and spending time with both his dog and girlfriend, which can be nice as well.