Ohio LinuxFest Staff

Warner Moore

Warner Moore

Director and Conference Chair

Warner Moore is a driven technology leader and architect with a background in web operations and information security. He has focused his career in working with high growth organizations where technology is their business and product. Currently, he works as Director of Information Security at Bold Penguin.

Warner is passionate about culture, innovation, and community. His passion is reflected in his community contributions by organizing Ohio LinuxFest, LOPSA Columbus, DevOpsDays Ohio, and Toastmasters.

A long time attendee of Ohio LinuxFest (OLF), 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.

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Robert Ball

Robert Ball

Vice President, OLF Corporation and Sponsorship Chair

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.

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Scott Merrill

Scott Merrill

Speaker Chair

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 skippy.net as well as on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Rafeeq Rehman

Rafeeq Rehman

Ohio LinuxFest Institute Chair

Rafeeq manages the Ohio LinuxFest Institute (OLFI) professional training sessions and is an active member of the information risk management community. Rafeeq is based in Columbus and works as Executive Consulting Partner with Verizon global professional services.

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Eddie Legg

Eddie Legg

Career Track Chair and Volunteer Coordinator

Eddie Legg is a software developer, U.S. Navy veteran, and proud Columbus native. He enjoys anything technology related and is active in the Columbus tech community. Eddie loves the continuous learning culture in software development and hopes to share that passion with others. His involvement in the Career Track is in hopes to provide others with the means and opportunity that he has been afforded in order to do the work he loves.

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Michael Schultheiss

Michael Schultheiss

Registration Chair and Infrastructure Lead

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.

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Vance Kochenderfer

Vance Kochenderfer

Birds of a Feather Chair

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. He worked on producing audio recordings of sessions starting in 2009 and served as Speaker Chair for the 2014 through 2017 conferences.

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Susan Rose MSN, RN

Susan Rose MSN, RN

Social Media and Community Chair

Susan lives in Pittsburgh, PA and is an adjunct professor of Nursing Informatics and Health Technology. 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 http://www.streetsmartnurse.com/.

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Beth Lynn Eicher

Beth Lynn Eicher

President, OLF Corporation

Originally from Pittsburgh, Beth Lynn currently lives in Chicago and works as a consultant in High Performance Computing. 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 Jon “maddog” 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 501(c)(3) 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 PCs 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.

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Carol Rutz

Carol Rutz

Conference Planning Committee Member

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.

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