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.
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: 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.
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!
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.
Location: Toronto, Canada, North America
Timezone: GMT -5
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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.
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.
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
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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.
Michael has been developing using Joomla! since 2010, coming to the Bug Squad shortly after the first 1.6 Beta. In the time since, he has gone from being a user of the product with no programming experience to a project contributor and code maintainer for Joomla's CMS and Framework.
Beyond Joomla!, Michael has a wealth of experience in the Information Technology field having worked previously as a Systems and Network Administrator in addition to maintaining several industry related certifications. He has retired his administrative credentials for the most part though and now works as a developer full-time.
When not paying the bills or writing code, Michael can be found enjoying the scenery wherever he's at in the world, representing the Joomla! project within the greater Open Source community, opinionating through social media, and all in all enjoying life.
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.
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.
Like millions of others, Peter's computer career began in 1984 with the Commodore 64. Ten years later he got hooked to the Internet during his studies Marketing and Mass Communication. When plain HTML wasn't sufficient anymore he learned PHP/MySQL. In 2003 Peter discovered Mambo CMS but only got actively involved in the Joomla community in 2005 when he started helping other users at Joomla forum. Peter has been a forum Moderator since 2006 & Global Moderator since 2007.
In his hometown he organizes Open Coffee Nijmegen (a monthly networking event for small businesses and self employed people) and Linux User Group Nijmegen. Peter has his own business www.db8.nl (founded in 2005) and supports companies and organizations with Joomla implementations, support and custom Joomla extension development.
His other interests are open source software, Linux (Debian), Nginx, Raspberry Pi, music (collecting vinyl records) and art house movies.
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.
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.
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.
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!.
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.
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.