Joomla! Team Honor Roll
Born and raised in Munich Alex is working as a corporate consultant today. One of this working fields is the usage of Open Source Solutions, concepts and techniques within todays corporate processes. As a developer he joined the Mambo/Joomla core/development team in 2004 and was working as events and communications lead recently. His book about the Joomla development is published in 2009 and within the Joomla community he works as lead developer for Joomla's multilingual extension Joom!Fish. In his vision Joomla will enable many more people to create websites and share information with others.
After completing a professional certificate in website design at the American University of Paris in 2001, Alice became a Mambo user, followed soon thereafter by Joomla! In 2005 she became a free-lance website developer, specializing in Joomla! website solutions for Paris-based non-profits.
She served a seven year term as Webmanager for FAWCO, the largest federation of American clubs overseas, earning the Circle of Honor award. She is Operations Manager for the Online Publishers Association Europe, a non-profit organization whose mission is the viability of digital media for producers of quality news content.
Alice is Lead Editor on the Joomla! Community Magazine.
Location: Belchertown, MA
Timezone: GMT -5
Position: Production Leadership Team
Andy started programming when she was a librarian back in the late 70s. She took home a self-study guide to the IBM System-32/34 and wrote the first computerized circulation system in the state of New Hampshire.
She became deeply involved with Joomla as part of the Google Summer of Code 2009 and wrote the accessible Administrator template Hathor.
Now Andy uses Joomla with her clients because it gives clients a maintainable website that is easy to customize and extend. She specializes in understanding the customers' business needs and using her analytical & programming skills to fulfill those needs. She is the author of PHP and MySQL 24-Hour Trainer.
Andrew Eddie is the owner of a small web consultancy based near Toowoomba, Australia and co-owner of the product solutions company JXtended which makes several free and commercial extensions for Joomla. While originally a civil engineer, he moved into the web application development field in 2000. Andrew has been involved in the open source software movement in professional, volunteer and leadership capacities since 2002. His most notable contributions have been with the project management system dotProject, the award winning content management system Mambo and currently with the award winning content management system Joomla, a project he co-founded. He has made minor contributions to other respected open source projects such as phpDocumentor and Phing.
Andrew speaks regularly in Australia and internationally, advocating the cost effectiveness of open source software and generally sharing his knowledge about how individuals and business can be empowered by using Joomla.
Location: Golden, Colorado, USA
Timezone: GMT -7
Andy's love of computers and programming led him into Internet development during his years at the University of Florida where he graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering. Andy began with CGI programming and migrated to other technologies including ASP, PHP and Java. He has worked in all areas of the technology sector from startups and consulting companies, to Fortune 100 enterprises. Andy has worked on open source projects for over 5 years.
Location: Northampton, United Kingdom
Born in Gibraltar in 1969 (an escaped Rock Monkey). Became interested in computers very early whilst playing and programming Atari 800XL's. Started programming in BASIC and Pascal, becoming a PHP zealot about 3 years ago when learnt about CMS's on the Internet. A Network and Linux architect by trade with EDS.
Aníbal Sánchez is the leading developer of Extly Extensions. He has experience in rapid web development within DevOps processes, with more than 15 years of experience across Internet industry, implementing quality assurance practices and project management methodologies.
Anibal Sánchez has a bachelor's degree in Computer Sciences from Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina). His thesis and dissertation were about particle imaging and tracking in the vision and image processing field (2000). In his professional career, he worked in BPMS software development for automation and control, based on finite-state machines (2006). In recent years, he provided consulting services for advertising networks, mainly on technical management of marketing campaigns and IT operations. Finally, looking into the open source opportunity of GNU/Linux environments and Joomla! content management system, he founded an entrepreneurship to develop extensions to manage social networks, directories and mobile applications. Anibal is currently living in Asturias, Spain.
Anibal Sánchez currently contributes with Joomla! community as JED’s Marketing Manager, Joomla! Code Contributor, Joomla! Bug Squad member, Joomla! Magazine author (español) and Joomla! StackExchange user.
Location: Bridgewater, NJ, USA
Timezone: GMT -5
Anthony, now 25, was brought up with computers. His father, a former developer for AT&T, taught Anthony how to program from a very early age (some accounts are as early 4 years old). He decided to take a break from computers after high school and studied mathematics in college. He has a diverse background including a private pilot's license, EMT, and is a state-certified firefighter. He now is a professional PHP developer who believes in the power of open source and community involvement.
Antonie de Wilde
Location:Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Timezone: GMT +1
The need for a more advanced website gave him his first look into the world of content management systems. While building his first Joomla! website, he got to know the inner workings. He started to use his newfound knowledge to help people on the forum. This soon got out of control, and he is a now a resident forum spammer.
In daily life, Antonie is a technical consultant on identity management, virtualization and directories. New technologies never cease to fascinate him, there is always a drive to learn more.
Location: The Netherlands
Timezone: GMT +1
Arno was born in 1973 and is what you call a late starter on computers since he wasn't brought up with them being around. He has since develop a passion for computers and especially Internet programming and have done web designing for some years now, and he is still learning every single day. He loves every minute working with the different team members from all over the world. Besides his education to become a website developer, Arno is a self-taught Internet technologies lover.
Born and raised in South Africa, now living in Australia's biggest city, Sydney.
Brad has years of experience in the web hosting industry. As well as running his own local Web hosting and design business, he has been working for Rochen (www.rochen.com) for a number of years. He's been associated with the project since 2003, and brings his good humor and expertise to the ever-growing Joomla fold. Like many of us, he has succumbed to the hazards of the job and, after years of wearing out keyboards, his handwriting is illegible and spelling deplorable without the use of a spellchecker.
Location: Leeds, United Kingdom
Originally a youth worker dealing with severely disturbed youngsters Brian was involved in publishing some of the largest multimedia CD-ROMS of the late 90's. In 2000 Brian helped to launch the first ISP for UK Linux users (www.uklinux.net). Brian sees his role as that of Councellor, advisor and advocate and was responsible for organising the First Mambo Developers Conference held in London in April 2004.
Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire, United Kingdom
Position: Production Leadership Team
Born 1958, Chris first began programming on a DEC PDP8 in 1975. He gained a degree in mathematics in 1979 and, after a brief spell as a mathematician in the aerospace industry, got sucked into the rapidly growing computer industry. Chris has developed software at all levels from assembly language upwards, on everything from microprocessors to mainframes, and has learnt through hard experience the value of good, disciplined commenting and thorough documentation. "Documentation is as much a part of the finished product as the code itself."
He discovered Mambo in 2003 while searching for a content management system for an intranet project. Although impressed by the product itself, he felt that the lack of documentation was a major weakness. Rather than complaining, he set about trying to fix the problem by writing his own and was soon recruited to the Documentation Team. He switched to Joomla as soon as the split occurred and is now responsible for developer documentation.
Location: La Rochelle, France, Europe
Timezone: GMT +1
He was born in 1965 and now lives in France. He is currently an assistant professor of computer sciences at the University of La Rochelle (France, Europe). He passed his MA in 1989 and his Ph.D. in 1992. Influenced by the practice of judo from early childhood, he has endeavoured to apply one of its principles in the service of the free software community "Best use of energy and mutual welfare" (Jigoro Kano).
He created or improved several extensions for Joomla:
- HtmlMap Manager to use the map/area HTML tag couple linked to menu items
- Authentication Manager to use external authentication systems such as Centralized Authentication Server
- Localise to create new languages and translate strings for Joomla 1.6
- MediaWiki to share one mediawiki engine in several wikis for Joomla 1.6
He also contributed to Joomla's documentation (Hello World J!1.6 and Developing a Model-View-Controller Component for Joomla 1.6). Last, but not least, he now collaborates on the development of Joomla 1.6.
Cliff Pfeifer is a passionate Joomla! contributor from Denver, Colorado. With an education in Music and Psychology, he discovered his talent for web design while working as an audio producer and artist manager in the early 2000’s, when internet marketing and social media became part of every day life and business.
He began using Joomla! in 2007 and now runs his own company which provides a full spectrum of website and digital marketing services. Cliff contributes to his local community as organiser of the Denver JUG & JoomlaDay Denver. He shares his passion by speaking at Joomla! events all over the world, he is a frequent contributor to the Joomla! Community Magazine, part of the Marketing Leadership Group and a Joomla! UX Team Leader.
Outside of Joomla! he enjoys techno music and concerts of all varieties, traveling, cooking and the great outdoors. He is always looking for an adventure and is always pushing his life, and his work, into the future.
Timezone: GMT +2
David, 57, is an organisational consultant and holds a Degree in Computer Science. His first computer was a Commodore 64 and he recalls connecting to Compuserve with a 300 baud modem. In his spare time he coaches in teenage leadership. David is also active on the Joomla! Hebrew forums.
David is committed to open source development working with Joomla! since Mambo and serves as both the Community Development Manager for Joomla as well as a member of the Production Leadership Team. He is always looking for other ways to help and writes for the Joomla Community Magazine for developers, a member of the bug squad, the security strike team, the CMS and framework maintainers list, and every other group he can find to join!
David is a founding partner at WebSpark. A company built on making incredible business-oriented solutions. They have created the first and only true Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system built specifically for Joomla. They have also created project management (JForce) and live group chat (Banter) solutions. In addition to creating Joomla based components, under David's direction WebSpark has continued to innovate and create both cutting edge components as well as unique standalone web-based applications built on the Joomla Framework.
In addition to coding and contributing to open source, David speaks extensively around the world on the topics of code, frameworks, open source, business organization, and other topics. But more importantly, he travels around the world to listen to the ideas and gain inspiration from others!
Born and living in Cologne, Germany, David got in touch with web development during school in 2002. After a few years working with plain HTML sites, he started to develop his own CMS in 2004 and switched to Mambo shortly after. He quickly became an active member of the German community and met them in person for the first time during JoomlaDay Germany 2006. After school, he started his business as a freelance webdeveloper and quickly got more involved in the community by giving support in the forums, co-organizing the German JoomlaDay and the J&Beyond conference, starting a Joomla Usergroup in his home town, developing own extensions and joining the board of the German Joomla association "J&Beyond e.V.". In 2012, he joined the Bug Squad and started contributing to the CMS code.
In late 2012, he co-founded the CMS-Garden project, which is cooperation of 12 opensource CMS. In the CMS-Garden, volunteers from all participating systems combine their forces to improve their marketing and reach new potential users.
Besides that he's interested in open source sofware, linux, pasta and archery.
Dianne lived in Paris, France for 20 years where she received a professional certificate in Web Design and Site Management from the American University in Paris in 2001-02. She has been using Joomla! since 2005 but became more actively involved as a volunteer in the Joomla community in 2010. In October 2013 she completed three years of service on the Board of Directors of Open Source Matters, Inc. Dianne is currently the Co-Lead Editor of the Joomla! Community Magazine, serves on the Joomla Events Team, and the Joomla World Conference team. She also organizes the annual JoomlaDay Boston event held in March for local Joomla users.
In her spare time, Dianne enjoys photography, knitting, ceramics, cooking and networking.
Don Gilbert has been working with Joomla since 2007. He became active in the community around 2011, asking and answering questions on the mailing lists. He’s been a member of both the JBS and JSST, and has had many code contributions to the CMS and Platform, such as code style improvements and writing unit tests. In 2012, Don felt the need to really push Joomla development forward, and thus initiated the namespacing effort on the Joomla Platform, which became the foundation for the Joomla Framework.
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Timezone: GMT +1
Emir was born in Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He became interested in electronics and computers very early programming C64 and Atari. His interest in electronics and software drove him to a MSc degree in Electrical Engineering. He discovered Mambo and joined the project in its early days in 2002. As a previous core developer of Mambo, Emir developed many addons, bug fixes and enhancements for both Joomla! and Mambo.
George slowly entered of web design during school in 2010 and shortly after he started developing Joomla extensions. In 2011 George found a really annoying Joomla bug which he submitted a fix for and the rest as they say is history. Since then George has been part of the documentation team, the bug squad team and have helped out in many sub groups focussing on code in the CMS and Framework.
Guillermo Bravo O.
Location: Iquique, Chile, South America
Timezone: GMT -3
Position: Community Leadership Team
Born and living in Iquique, Guillermo meet Web Development early 2000's during his studies at Bussines Administration. Related with Joomla since 2007, when he create he's first Joomla website.
The Joomla community involvement began with the co-fundation of the local community, Joomla.cl. In that community he become administrator of the help forum and editor of the community blog. Then he start to volunteer in the Joomla Community Magazine in which he manage the International Stories section, and prepare all non-English articles for launch. He also lead the Spanish authors and translators group for the magazine, which currently produces half of the total articles in each new issue. He's working with the multilingual team to prepare the magazine for a better in-language experience, and to make it easier to translate articles. The JCM is almost ready to launch the Spanish version of the JCM, and we know that many other languages will follow!
In Social Networks you will find him always in Facebook, from that channel he's doing the effort to keep the spanish speakers Joomla community more involved in the Joomla! project, sharing news, events and bringing suport throught many Joomla related groups.
Helvécio da Silva
Helvecio "Elvis" da Silva is a Brazilian graphic and web designer who started developing websites with Joomla since its release in 2005. As his knowledge of Joomla increased, he started presenting the CMS to general audiences, military and educational institutions in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He started volunteering as an illustrator and an author for the Joomla Community Magazine. After a while, when version 3.4 was released, he started contributing to translating Joomla and the J!Docs into Brazilian Portuguese. As a graphic designer, he contributed to creating the visual identities for several Joomla events as well as imageries for the Joomla Project.
Currently, he contributes regularly as the Joomla Community Magazine co-Lead Editor and Team Leader of the Brazilian Portuguese Joomla CMS translation package. Also, he is the organiser of the JUG caRIOca and is always happy to share with the community his knowledge and passion on Joomla.
Location: Toronto, Canada, North America
Timezone: GMT -5
Forum Profile: ianmac
Ian joined the Joomla Project shortly after startup in 2005 and volunteered to work with the Developer Documentation project. Since then, he has become more involved with the project and has served in various roles, including GSoC mentor and administrator, developer documentation team leader, Joomla Bug Squad coordinator and Development Working Group Member.
He looks forward to the future as the Joomla community works together to further the goal of being a flexible platform for digital publishing and collaboration.
Born and living in Seville, south of Spain, Isidro met web technologies for the first time while studying telecommunications engineering in the early 2000s. He was so cautivated by the www that he finally left his studies to work full time as a web freelancer (site building, webmaster, community manager, english to spanish translations).
Related with Joomla since Mambo days, he owns a blog about Joomla in spanish. He started collaborating actively with the Joomla project during early 2010, when joined the moderator team as local moderator for the spanish forum. After that, he continued to increase his involvement, joining JPeople community managers team and the JCM as Spanish editor during 2010, and becoming JPeople Communications Manager during 2011. Also, during the summer of 2011, he joined the Joomla Tweet Team and the Spanish Translation Team.
Javier Gomez was born in Barcelona (Spain) and works as Quality Assurance Engineer. Since 2010 Javier became a board member of Open Source Matters, the non-for-profit that provides organizational, legal, and financial support for the Joomla! open-source project. In 2013 Javier joined the Joomla Production Leadership Team where he volunteers his time to the project.
He became active in the community in 2007 by organizing the first national Joomla! meeting in Barcelona and has participated in several Joomla events in different countries: United States, Chile, Spain, Guatemala, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Germany or Netherlands... he is passionate about the Joomla! community and is focused on enhancing the internationalisation of the project. One of his most known contributions to the project is the Joomla! language installer.
Location: South of France
Timezone: GMT +2
Jean-Marie was born a long time ago in France. He received a very classic education and got married a few times. Former news reporter from 1969 to 1985, wearing multiple hats (NHK TV, Gamma, freelance for many magazines), he focused on post-colonial conflicts (Africa, Middle-East, Central America) as well as social conflicts in Europe.
He moved to Sonoma, California (1985-1992) and worked there as an advertising photographer, specialising in the Wine industry. He got addicted to an Apple IIC in the mid-eighties and started computer designing, as well as beta-testing. He now owns a one-man Computer Graphic and Web Design in France.
Combining a mix of sys admin and marketing skills, Jess works at Trivera a Web Design Agency in Milwaukee. She works with major brands including Fortune 500 businesses along with major universities, hospitals, airports, and casinos to provide solutions for their technology needs.
In her free time, she can be found either on the volleyball court or softball diamond. She also enjoys watching the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers with her family and friends. Jess is currently employed at Trivera.
Johan Janssens is a Belgian web architect, tech entrepreneur and free software advocate. In the past 15 years Johan has spent most his time creating and advocating free and open source software and helping evolve the world wide web.
Johan is most known as co-founder and lead developer of Joomla, since founding Joomla he contributed in many different roles to the project. Outside the project Johan leads the team at Joomlatools, home of DOCman, one of the most popular Joomla extensions.
Johan is a firm believer in sharing and collaboration, in spreading good ideas and in the power of technology to make the world a better place. He continually pushes the people around him to be creative and connect the dots.
Location: Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Timezone: GMT -6
Born in 1979, Ken grew up in a small town north of Kansas City, Missouri. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Northwest Missouri State University in 2002.
Although Ken first discovered Mambo in 2003, he did not start using it extensively until early 2005. His resume includes Omaha.com, BIGSHOT, Hallmark.com, and Sprint. Kenneth resides in Omaha, Nebraska, with his wife, Michelle, and two wonderful children, Ryland and Korina.
Location: Quebec City, Canada
Timezone: GMT -5
Levis is an analyst-programmer (B.Sc.A.). After many years in the job market, Levis decided to go the Laval University to study computer programming in 1997. Graduating in 2000, he started, along with Michelle Bisson, a Web programming business. They offer customized programming solutions for their primary client, the Quebec government. He's been involved in the Mambo community since July 2003 and is now actively involved in developing Joomla. He's looking forward to the next phase of the Joomla Project with much anticipation.
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Timezone: GMT -6
Louis, 28, of New Orleans, Louisiana, works in Web development and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Louisiana Tech University. His first experience with computers was playing on a 286 with Basic at his father's office. Louis has programmed in many languages, ranging from low level x86 assembly to managed languages like Java and scripting languages like PHP. He was a founding member of his university's robotics team. Louis is a car nut, and enjoys working on them in his spare time.
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Timezone: GMT – 8
Position: Production Leadership Team, Bug Squad Coordinator
Forum Profile: dextercowley
Mark started writing software in the 1970s on punch cards and, for 28 years, co-owned and ran a company that develops software for construction companies. During this time, he did everything from design and development to support, training, and documentation.
After retiring in 2007, Mark decided to learn more about open source software. After becoming the webmaster for a small non-profit organization, he discovered Joomla and started using version 1.5.2 in early 2008. He made the mistake of pressing the Help button and discovered that most of the help documentation hadn't been written yet. So he volunteered to write documentation and has continued to learn about Joomla and try to contribute to the project.
In the Joomla project, Mark is currently a Bug Squad Coordinator, a Development Coordinator, and the Administrator for the Joomla Student Outreach Program (JSOP). He has been a moderator on the forums, a member of the Documentation working group, and the Administrator for the 2009 Google Summer of Code program. He also has written four extensions.
Mark is especially interested in the area of automated testing using PHPUnit and Selenium. Mark has found the Joomla community to be incredibly friendly and welcoming and is excited about helping to make Joomla even better.
Location: Berlin, Germany
Timezone: GMT +1
Marko's interest in computers started with the first release of the Commodore C64, but it switched fast to the first available IBM XT computer in mid 80's. He then started programming in Assembler, Cobol and C++. When he discovered the Internet in it's early days, he loved to work with HTML and PHP. Marko, for the last 8 years, has worked on open source projects. At first, he worked on his own projects, then he moved on CMS projects like phpnuke and postnuke. After that, he worked on XOOPS for the following 4 years, with 3 years of those years as a Core Member. He moved on to Mambo and more recently Joomla! to join their more professional team.
Location: Gliwice, Poland
Timezone: GMT +1
Mateusz 25, of Poland, says he is a confirmed Joomla! neophyte "love at first sight!" He is an undergraduate in Computer Engineering at the Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland. Mat is interested in web development and 2D and 3D graphics. He's currently researching faces and iris detection software and learning OpenGL. Mat wants to have a career in web and/or game programming. He loves science-fiction and fantasy books.
Location: Gadsden, Alabama, USA
Timezone: GMT -6
Forum Profile: mlipscomb
Matt Lipscomb is a designer and developer focusing completely on the Joomla CMS. Hailing from Gadsden, Alabama, Matt's former background is hotel development and management with a focus in online reservation systems. Since 2006 he has been building commercial websites based on the Joomla platform and in 2008 opened up Joomla Web Design by USAFL.
He has served the Joomla community through his work on the Joomla Extensions Directory, Joomla Resources Directory, Community Site Showcase and the Joomla Community Magazine as well as assists in many other areas of the official sites and directories.
Matt's web career formally began in 2000 when he joined a start-up venture in Connecticut. At that same time, he founded betweenbrain™ to aid and empower colleagues and local businesses in need of unique problem solving and technology services. After discovering Joomla in 2006, and subsequently becoming an active member in the community, Matt re-aligned his business to focus primarily on Joomla services and solutions.
Along the way, Matt has been a team leader in the Joomla Bug Squad, presenter at numerous Joomla events, and created the Construct Template Framework and the Joomla Ajax Interface. As a developer and consultant, Matt works one-on-one with his clients to carefully develop appropriate solutions complimented by client education. He is an avid evangelist of open source software and has been known to spend his free time building and managing Linux servers via Terminal.
Location: Quebec City, Canada
Timezone: GMT -5
Michelle Bisson is one of the founding members of Joomla. Prior to that, she was invited onto the Mambo Core Team in early 2004 after having been active in the Mambo community since mid-2003.
She partners with Levis Bisson in a Web development company, Jazzisoft International Inc., which specializes in custom programming for the Quebec government and developing Joomla based sites for the municipal government, businesses, and non-profits. Their company is also known as POPcliQ in Quebec, Canada. They speak fluent English and French and have started to offer their services internationally.
Her involvement in the past was coordinating the User Documentation Team. Currently, she is leading the Fundraising Team, representing Joomla at various events and involved in organizing Joomla events in Canada.
Mike is the founder of Joombiz , where Joomla! is one of the main focusses. He graduated in Public Relations and Marketing. After managing an IT company for 12 years , Mike started Joombiz in 2013.
He has been using Joomla! since the fork and been active in the community since 2012. Next to the MWG, Mike is also part of the Capital Committee Team and Social Media Team. In addition to the Joomla! Community, he’s also helping out in some local communities in the town where he lives.
When he’s not working (wait, does that even happen?) you can find him in the company of his 2 beautiful daughters, travelling or capturing pictures with his camera.
Location: Long Island, NY, USA
Timezone: GMT -5
With more than 8 years of online marketing experience and a broad set of technical, creative and project management skills to complement her Joomla website-building skills, Milena creates high-impact websites and specializes in SEM (search engine marketing), analytics, PPC (pay-per click advertising), and landing page optimization. She owns Complete Website Care and works as an online marketing manager for FalconStor Software, Inc. She also voulnteers as an author and team member for Joomla Community Magazine.
Location: New York City
Timezone: GMT -5
Mitch is a chronic problem solver, consumed by an IT career started in 1988. He shifted his efforts primarily to Web-based technologies in 1995, and is now consulting for several companies, is a core developer for Joomla!, provides articles and book reviews for International PHP Magazine, and is a member of NYPHP.
Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Nick was a child of the early days of personal computing, enjoying endless hours with the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 playing games like 'Nodes of Yesod', 'Sabrewulf', 'Knightlore', and of course classics like 'Track & Field'.
Nick Savov has been involved with Joomla for about two and a half years and web related work for only three years. He's a quick learner and enjoys learning new things by applying himself until a goal is accomplished. During his time with Joomla, he's been involved in a lot of areas of the project including documentation, Joomla Bug Squad, marketing, communication, and helping out on the developer mailing lists and the forum.
One of his favorite parts about Joomla is meeting other people in the community, getting to know them better, and working with them to accomplish common goals. He especially loves helping others to learn something new, to solve problems, and to contribute to the Joomla core.
Nick's employed at OSTraining, as the Director of Sites, where he's helped answer thousands of Joomla-related questions. As part of the job, he also gets to work with Joomla and Joomla-related products throughout the day. Having those opportunities and his colleagues as co-workers has made the position a dream job for him.
Location: Palmerston North, New Zealand
Timezone: GMT +12
A qualified French chef, Nic hung his apron up in the mid-1990's and moved into the non-profit, disability rights sector while living in the USA. Nic has been working on websites since 1994 and has been involved with web accessibility and usability for the best part of the last decade. Nic is currently a disability advisor to a New Zealand hospital board and runs his own consultancy services, with a focus on disability. In his "spare time", Nic also works in his web design and hosting company.
Olaf is an Internet Engineer (M.Sc.) working in Galway, Ireland. He is the founder of Learn Skills, a company providing high quality Learning Management Systems (LMS / LCMS / VLE) and Educational Materials to businesses, schools and government organisations. In the Joomla community, Olaf is working in the Joomla Global Moderator Team and the Joomla Forum Administrator Team.
Ole Bang Ottosen
Ole, 42 of Hillerød, Denmark, works professionally as a Joomla! solutions provider since 2004.
He joined Joomla at the project birth in 2005 and voluntered to help moderate the International forums and became local Danish Translation Coordinator. Was invited to help build the Joomla! Extensions Directory in late 2005, and enjoyed the many hours of serious work and fun at the JED Editorial Team until he retired in early 2008. He joined the Core Team in 2007 when invited to take on the position as Joomla! Translation Coordinator. Was representing language matters in the Production Leadership from 2009-2010, and switched to Community Leadership in January 2010 for to better represent language matters in a community context.
Omar is currently the webmaster at Imperial Valley College (IVC) in Southern California. In that role he's used Joomla as the primary platform for developing web applications for the college tying in disparate systems such as Sungard Banner and Microsoft Active Directory into the college's web presence. Currently, he is working on migrating the college's main website to Joomla from its commercial CMS system and finishing up his second year of teaching part-time for the college. Before beginning work at IVC, Omar was finishing up his bachelor's degree and performing freelance work for local businesses in the area. Over the last few years Omar has contributed to Joomla as part of the Joomla Bug Squad and is happy to begin helping with the Production Leadership Team.
Peter has been working in the Joomla space since the Mambo days and then moving on to Joomla as the communities spilt. He started learning Joomla by reverse engineering templates and working out what made them tick. He now co-leads a web design and development agency based in Sydney, Australia with his girlfriend and partner providing solutions for clients using the Joomla CMS.
While he isn't working in the studio, he podcasts and videocasts all about Joomla on his weekly show the Joomla Beat where he connects with members of the community from around the world to share their Joomla stories no matter how big or small they are. Some would say it has become more of an obsession than just a hobby.
When he isn't working he is enjoying life with his girlfriend, sipping away on sake on the water of the beautiful harbour city or bending over backwards on the floor of a hot yoga room.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Joomla's PR man, Peter Russell, is an Australian who resides in Yorkshire, UK. Peter works in media strategy, PR, media liaison and infomatics. He is one of earliest adopters of and tactical implementers of open source intelligence methodologies.
He has extensive IT experience and has consulted for Apple for many years. He has experience in the newspaper and publishing industry and holds qualifications in Journalism, Photography and Print.
Location: Marikina, Philippines
Timezone: GMT +8
Rey's Open Source involvement started with Mambo while at Uni in mid 2003 while looking for something to run a Sports Assoc site. He fell in love and began learning php and mysql, then started releasing a few small modules. This somehow led to an invitation into the Mambo Core Team. Rey now heads up the Jooma Stability team.
With a background far removed from the IT sector, Rey's formal education was in Economics and Sports & Recreation Administration. His interests outside the IT sphere are in the field of Sports Administration.
When not ensconced in front of a computer, Rey can be found Coaching and Refereeing Touch Rugby and playing Rugby or organizing Rugby & Touch Rugby tournaments.
Location: Kent, United Kingdom
Ric, 30, of Kent, United Kingdom, is an IT manager and discovered Mambo in 2003 while looking for a corporate CMS. He now spends his time coding Open Source systems for companies that don't have large IT budgets. He says he is constantly in search of elegant solutions to coding problems, lives in the Object Orientated camp of coding and loves a good framework, Joomla! being his framework of choice. This comes from his corporate Java background which was soon dropped when PHP5 hit the servers. Apart from computers, he's worked as an illustrator designing collectibles such as Noddy and Thunderbirds and in the film and television industry as a CGI artist on several Hollywood projects and a handful of low budget satellite channels.
Location: New Orleans, LA, USA
Timezone: GMT -8
Rob was cursed with an insatiable curiosity at birth that lead him to spend significant portions of his existence staring deeply into the internals of various gadgets, gizmos and apparatuses. This curiosity eventually drove him into the world of Open Source Content Management Systems and Web Application Security where he now spends most of his waking life. He quickly became hooked on the amazingly powerful system that Joomla! is and once he dug his heels in, there was no going back. Rob is currently a Core Developer, after previously being Coordinator of the Quality & Testing Working Group.
Robert founded his consulting company in 2002 and first came in contact with Mambo in 2004 while he was looking for a tool to manage his company website. Like many people he was infected by the open source virus and co-founded Mambo e.V. (later renamed to JandBeyond e.V.) and organised in 2005 the mamboday as community event. At the beginning of Joomla! he was part of the Design & Accessibility Team and later co-created the first beez template.
Between 2010 and 2012 he was an OSM Board member and the Events Team Leader and organised the first Joomla! World Conference. Since 2010 he has also organised JandBeyond - An International Joomla! Conference.
Since Feb 2013 he is part of the bug squad team and helped to organise code sprints in 2013 and 2014. He recently joined the PLT. When he is not sitting in front of a computer he likes cooking and making pictures.
Robert Jacobi is Founder of Arc Technology Group, a leading Joomla web development consultancy, based in Chicago. Founded in 2000, Arc works with Fortune 50 companies, mid-market businesses, and entrepreneurial start-ups. Robert and Arc have been developing Mambo and Joomla websites since 2004.
Robert is one of the foremost experts in content management and web development specializing in Joomla solutions for business. Effective deployment and management of content using internet technologies has been a cornerstone of Robert’s philosophy and has helped clients achieve measurable results. Robert leads the firm in developing complete custom solutions and Joomla implementations, and believes Joomla is the future cornerstone for implementation of open solutions.
Robert is a heavily involved in speaking at Joomla events on enterprise topics, from keynoting Joomla Days to presenting at JandBeyond and Joomla World Conference. He believes that small to enterprise websites can be made amazing with Joomla!
Roberto has been working in web development from 2010 and with Joomla! from 2011. Member the Bug Squad and Security Team. He has contributed to both Joomla! CMS & Joomla! Framework.
Location: Bleiswijk, The Netherlands
Timezone: GMT +1
Born in 1969, Robin discovered the world of computers and internet in 1997. Building websites got to be a hobby and this is how he discovered Mambo/Joomla in October 2003. Two years later he joins the Core Development Team as member of the Stability Team. The appointment of Robin, who is a Change Management expert, will further the Joomla Project's future by creating the best releases possible for the greater community.
A Joomla! Extension developer since 2006, since a few years also a Joomla! Bug Squad member and more recent co-organisor of the Joomla! User Group Rotterdam, Dutch Pizza, Bugs & Fun, Dutch Joomla! Day events, and Joomla! Bug Squad Team Lead.
My personal interest besides programming lies in travelling, running and going to the cinema. To keep my body happy, a good plate of good food is appreciated.
Ron Severdia is CTO of Metrodigi, a leading eBook company in the San Francisco Bay Area and has directed interactive branding projects—from websites and brand identities to interactive campaigns—for clients such as HP, Verizon, Electronic Arts, Yahoo!, Visa, Walmart.com, eBay, and Apple. His prior experience includes stints as a Senior Designer and then Creative Director at Young & Rubicam, DDB, Glow, and Landor Associates. Fluent in several languages, he worked for seven years in Europe, where he won a Euro-Effie award for his creative work with Schweppes.
Ron has been using Joomla since 2006 to build sites for companies, large and small, including a worldwide branding site for Citibank. He is a member of the Kunena Forum team and he authored the Using Joomla book for O'Reilly Media. He is the founder of the Joomla-based Shakespeare site, PlayShakespeare.com.
Ruth has always been a passionate supporter of free and open source software, and came across Joomla! in the early days when asked to design a website during her time as IT Technician at a school, and the rest, as they say, is history! She now runs a business - Virya Technologies and Virya Software - which specialises in Open Source technologies including Joomla! website design, management and extension creation, and Linux server management. Her personal area of interest lies within search engine optimisation and helping websites to recover from poor SEO practices. Ruth also founded Joomla! User Group Suffolk and is on the team for Joomla!Day UK events.
When she's not in front of a computer screen she can be found lurking in the countryside assessing young people completing their Duke of Edinburgh's Expedition or hunting out geocaches. She's also training for ordination with the Triratna Buddhist Community and is a field hockey goalkeeper.
Location: Toowomba, Australia
Timezone: GMT +10
Sam, 20, of Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, is the youngest member of the development team. He is currently studying IT and has been working with Mambo (now Joomla) since early 2004. His work came to the fore with the Google SOC and his update system, which will be further developed and included in Joomla. Sam also authors the JAuthTools project, which provides LDAP support for Joomla 1.0 and 1.5.
Sander’s Joomla passion started back in 2005 by building a Joomla website for his rowing team. Next to his studies Architecture at Delft University of Technology Sander is a Joomla freelancer working on all kinds of Joomla projects.
The involvement with the Joomla community started back in 2008, as co-founder of the local Dutch community www.joomlacommunity.eu. In a short period they established a solid community with an active team of volunteers. The volunteers contribute by providing news, translations, documentation, forum support and by organization the Joomla User Groups (14 in a small country!) and the yearly Dutch JoomlaDays.
He is chairman of “Stichting Sympathy,” a Dutch foundation founded in January 2011 that covers all Joomla activities and promoting the Joomla project in The Netherlands.
After mastering HTML and CSS sites, Sandra discovered Joomla! in 2008 which she uses on most of her clients’ sites.
Sandra is a member of the Documentation Working Groups and Webmasters Team and contributes as much as she can in a wide range of Joomla! areas and projects including but not limited to; Documentation, Localization, CSS, Landing Pages and maintenance of some of the project’s websites.
Born in the French Alps, Sandra has lived in the Caribbean on St. Martin since 2007, the move was life changing in many ways including a major career shift from Real Estate to Web.
She has been building computers since 1987 and websites since the late 90s. She is the CEO of Magnolia Web Group which focuses on every angle of the web development arena using Joomla only. Sandra was the original admin of the Joomla People Portal and was on the CLT for one year. She is now the Full time Copy Editor, Designer, and Web Developer for the Jackson County Times newspaper.
Location: Albany, Western Australia
Timezone: GMT +8
Born 1969 his first computer was an Apple IIe in the early 80's. After moving to Sydney Australia, Shayne spent the first half of his working life in the music industry. In the mid 90's he moved into the IT industry working for tier one resellers and major PC companies including Gateway. After moving to Albany in Western Australia Shayne discovered open source and spent a year playing with the Nukes before discovering Mambo 4.0 and never looked back. Currently he is the Business Development Director for an IT consultancy and spends much of his spare time working on or around Joomla!.
Growing up her entire life in Seattle, Tessa received her web application degree and certification and was hired late 2011 at a Ski and Snowboard company creating their manufacturing websites. After being hired, she discovered Joomla! after taking a training course with OSTraining and then attending her first Joomla! Day NYC in October 2011. Since then, she's been very passionate for the Joomla! community and has devoted her spare time with contributing to the Joomla! Project.
She started with helping test patches in the Joomla! Bug Squad and moved to being an assistant manager of the JED (Joomla! Extensions Directory) team, in charge of hiring and training new team members. She recently served a term as a Board of Director for Open Source Matters, Inc.
She is the organizer of the Seattle Joomla! User Group and hoping to share her love and inspiration for Joomla! around her area.
Thomas Hunziker works in informatics for a Swiss telecommunication company. He started with Joomla! 1.5 around end of 2007 because the text editor wasn’t working anymore. About two years later he started writing his own extensions. From there it was a small step to help other users in the forums and also to fixing bugs. This is what he still loves doing, especially on the coding side of things.
Location: Minneapolis, MN, USA
Timezone: GMT -6
Tim was born in 1969 and began programming stick figure games on a Commodore 64 in the early 80s. He has been developing for the web since 1994 and currently provides custom development and user interface design for clients ranging from IBM to small non-profits and advocacy groups.
Location: Stadskanaal, The Netherlands
Timezone: GMT +1
Trijnie was born in Groningen, The Netherlands in 1971. Her first steps on the information highway started in 1996 and was immediately impressed by the information, design and structure of websites. After building her first personal website, she caught the design fever and started her own design and hosting business.
In 2001 she stumbled upon open source products and after being pleasantly surprised noticing that it was for free, she felt a deep respect for the generosity of the communities, (individuals coming from countries all over the world, working together) all sharing their knowledge, time and expertise without expecting anything in return.
Viktor Vogel lives in Germany and works for the hosting company 1&1 Internet as their Joomla! specialist. For years he has been developing extensions at his project Kubik-Rubik Joomla! Extensions. Viktor is member of the Joomla! Bug Squad and at the System Testing Working Group and he is committed to take Joomla! to major technology events worldwide.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Timezone: GMT -8
Forum Profile: Wendy
Wendy has been a member of the Joomla community since 2005. She began volunteering as a moderator in the forums in 2006, eventually joining the Global Moderators and Forum Administrators team. In addition to her forum roles, Wendy has been on various teams such as the Community Workgroup, The Joomla Resources Directory team, and the marketing team. She has managed the Joomla Shop and served a 2 year term as an Open Source Matters Board Member from 2008 to 2010.
Location: Wijhe, The Netherlands
Timezone: GMT +2
Born in 1967 in the Netherlands and currently living in Wijhe, Wilco started assembler programming as twelve year old whiz kid on a Tandy TRS 80. After years of being a programmer, then being a project manager, he finally became an IT manager. Wilco discovered Mambo when he was creating his own content management system and never lost focus after. He joined the Core Team as the Development Coordinator in September 2006 just to help make Joomla even better than it already is.