Neal ensures the continued high quality and timeliness of Sakai releases, on a schedule that is appropriate for institutions depending on the Sakai project worldwide. Neal is the community liaison for Sakai project by being a central community contact and through facilitation between groups.
Ian has led organizational and technology projects to improve post-secondary education in the United Kingdom, and played a leading role in collaboration with Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
Dr. David Ackerman currently serves New York University in a dual appointment as Chief Digital Officer and Associate Vice President. As Chief Digital Officer in NYU Libraries and IT, David is responsible for the overall global NYU digital strategy. This includes leading all NYU campuses and sites in safe, secure & accessible University global cloud services; next generation portal development; deployment of expanded research infrastructure & high performance computing; mobile web apps strategy & development; and overall IT web, content, & cloud services architecture planning, design & integration. As Associate Vice President, he continues his responsibility for .edu Services, overseeing academic and shared computing services in IT and the Digital Library Technology Services in NYU Libraries. David has been at NYU for more than 21 years and, during that time, he has also served as technology consultant to the Soros Foundations, Expert on Mission to the United Nations, and the Founding Chairman of the Board of the New York chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-NY). He was the dissolving Chairman of the Board of the Sakai Foundation and currently serves on the Board of the Apereo Foundation.
Lucy Appert is the Associate Director for Projects at Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. She leads the Center's efforts to create innovative educational technology projects with faculty partners as content experts. In this role she leads project teams composed of educational technologists, designers, programmers, and media specialists. Each project follows CCNMTL's Design Research methodology to iterate around classroom results. Prior to joining CCNMTL in 2013, she served as Director of Educational Technology for New York University’s Liberal Studies Program, where she led the team providing instructional technology solutions for Liberal Studies faculty and students in New York and at NYU’s Global Sites. She was also a faculty member in the program and has more than 20 years of teaching experience, having taught at Tulane, Vanderbilt, and Yale, in addition to NYU.
An active member of the larger educational technology community, she has fostered a number of IT/academic collaborations within both university and open source communities, including chairing the User Reference Group for the original Sakai Open Academic Environment project. Lucy holds a PhD in 17th & 18th c. British literature from Tulane University and a B.A. in Classics and English from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Dr Cheryl Brown is a Senior Lecturer and member of the Learning Technologies Team at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town. She co-convenes the Masters and Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Technology and convenes courses in research and evaluation of emerging technology and emerging technologies and educational practices. Cheryl is involved in a number of projects in the Carnegie funded "Developing Educational Technology Professionals in Africa" project. She supervises MEd and PhD students from across Africa. She is co-chair of the Apereo Teaching and Learning Innovation Awards (ATLAS) which recognise innovation in learning and teaching in the Apereo community. Cheryl is an NRF rated researcher and her interests center around access to ICTs and how they facilitate or inhibit students’ participation in learning. In the past few years she has looked more closely at the role technological devices (for example cellphones and laptops) play in students learning in a developing context and the development of students' digital literacy practices.
Tim Carroll has a BS in Computer Science and 18+ years of experience in the I.T. industry. He is currently a Technical Program Director at the University of Illinois, where he leads two software development teams and a business analyst team. Tim has been involved in community source for nearly 9 years. He was on former Jasig Board of Directors and the Jasig-Sakai Joint Working Group, and he is now a member of the Apereo Founding Board. Tim also serves on various committees within the greater Apereo community, including the Jasig Incubation Committee, the uPortal Steering Team, and the Apereo Incubation Process Review Team.
Laura has been at the University of Notre Dame since 1998. In 2004 she became Notre Dame’s first LMS Administrator at a time when the service was supported by a single person. She led the original team which implemented Blackboard Vista (WebCT) and integrated it to Banner’s Luminis portal. Later she provided leadership to the design of the evaluation process used to select Sakai. Her knowledge of learning management software extends through its entire lifecyle , especially as related to the changing needs of those who use it. Her responsibilities have included providing leadership to a Blackboard user group, leading faculty workshops, building sustainable documentation and support practices, and marketing and branding the Notre Dame learning management system. She has been a syndicated blogger on LMS administration, governance, support and staffing topics. Laura holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics. She is a concurrent instructor for the Mendoza College of Business. In her spare time, she’s a Startup Weekend organizer passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship in education technology. She’s a firm believer in scholarly research informing teaching which informs innovation. In addition to her staff position at Notre Dame, she served on the Board of her sons’ K-8 school (2009-2011) where education initiatives such as Indiana Choice, Common Core assessment and preparation mingled with curricular concerns for the next generation’s preparation for 21st century employment.
Mathilde Guérin has been working at the University of La Rochelle since 2010 where she was responsible for the development and deployment of innovative IT projects (mobile solutions, web portal, etc.). The missions entrusted to her eventually led her to become involved in the ESUP-Portail Consortium, a French organization promoting and developing open-source solutions for higher education. Throughout the years, while coordinating the ESUP-Mobile Working Group, she kept on working on various projects supported or developed by the Consortium which allowed her to have a global view of the Consortium's strategy and activities. At the end of 2014, she was appointed as Technical Director for ESUP-Portail: one of her objectives is to contribute in strengthening the partnership between the Consortium and the Apereo Foundation.
Jim Helwig has worked for the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 2001, leading technical teams in the areas of portal infrastructure, custom enterprise academic applications and shared development tools. Jim has also played a leadership role within the Apereo (and previously Jasig) community, serving on the board of directors, chairing the uPortal Steering Committee and leading the planning committees for a number of Jasig conferences and events. Jim is a frequent speaker at Apereo and EDUCAUSE conferences. Prior to joining the University, Jim worked in private industry on distributed Internet applications. Jim holds a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Jim continues to be passionate about the benefits institutions of higher education can achieve through collaboratively working on innovative open source solutions addressing common campus needs.
Douglas F. Johnson has worked for the University of Florida since 2000. He was fist hired as an instructional designer to assist instructors building and delivering online courses with ancillary responsibility for UF's initial experiments with the WebCT course management system. Rapid growth of the CMS from a few hundred users to tens of thousands of users required a transition to system administration and user support and training and subsequently to managing a CMS support team. Continued growth of the CMS, and the increased complexity of mission critical, enterprise level systems required Doug to develop skills in project management and coordination of multi-unit teams to provide seamless support for the CMS and related online teaching and learning technologies. Doug is now deeply involved in strategic planning and budgeting, policy development and implementation, disaster and emergency planning, and all aspects of community engagement related to online teaching and learning at the University of Florida.
Shoji Kajita is currently a Professor of Kyoto University in Japan with two appointments, one in the IT Planning Office, a part of the Institute of Information Management and Communication, and the other in the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies. Professor Kajita received his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in Information Engineering from Nagoya University in Japan in 1990, 1992, and 1998 respectively. At Nagoya University, he served as a Research Associate in the Graduate School of Engineering from 1995 to 1997 and an Assistant Professor in the Center for Information Media Studies (CIMS) from 1998 to 2001. During his work at CIMS, he localized WebCT into Japanese and took the role of WebCT evangelist in Japan as a means of promoting the use of ICT for teaching and learning. From 2002 to 2008, he was an Associate Professor at the Nagoya University Information Technology Center, where he developed the Nagoya University Portal and a next-generation Course Management System for Japanese universities. These works were contributed to the Jasig and Sakai communities for use with uPortal, CAS and the Sakai CLE. His contributions to Jasig and Sakai reflected on the participation in annual (formally semi-annual) Jasig Conferences since 2002 and Sakai Conferences since 2004. Before joining Kyoto University in 2011, his most recent position at Nagoya University was that of an Associate Professor in the Information Strategy Office, a part of the university's Information and Communications Headquarters.
Charlie has primary responsibility for Georgetown's R&D activities in Federated Authentication and Authorization. This includes serving as the Campus Executive for InCommon, and providing leadership and support for the Common Identity and Trust (CommIT) Collaborative and the core Shibboleth development team. Charlie lead the successful completion of middleware development and implementation for Project Sentinel, a major bioinformatics project sponsored by the National Library of Medicine.
In prior roles at Georgetown, Charlie created a flexible group to build and enhance Scholarly Information Services that directly support teaching, learning, and research. The Scholarly Systems Group integrates course management, interactive media, synchronous collaboration, lecture capture, academic software, and administrative functions into a rich and dynamic online platform for faculty and students.
Charlie played a key role in expanding the University's "directory-driven" computing strategy. He created and managed the Information Access (IA) group. IA delivered new customer-enabling services including the Enterprise Data Warehouse, Access+ and MyAccess (personalized web-based access to Georgetown's core business systems), an enterprise identity management system (NetID), and an e-commerce infrastructure.
Charlie is Georgetown's primary liaison to technology organizations. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the P20W Education Standards Council (PESC) and co-chairs its Enterprise Authentication and Authorization (EA2) Working Group. Charlie is Treasurer of the Apereo Foundation, a vibrant community of educators collaborating to create open software that advances teaching, learning, and research. He is immediate past Coordinator of the Common Solutions Group (CSG) and a member of the CSG Steering Committee. He actively participates in the activities and meetings of CSG, PESC, Apereo, Educause, Internet2, InCommon, the IMS Global Learning Consortium, Gartner Group, the ShareStream Product Advisory Board, the Chinese-American Networking Symposium (CANS), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Conference on IT Management (AJCU-CITM). He served as a member of the Mellon Foundation planning grant team that validated the need for and proposed the development of the Kuali Student Services System.
Charlie received the Distinguished Service Award from PESC in 2011 and the Award for Exemplary Practices in Information Technology Solutions from Educause in 2000.
Charlie earned a Master of Science in Information Systems from American University and a Bachelors in Economics and Philosophy from Georgetown. He currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor in the Masters of Technology Management Program at Georgetown.
John Lewis is the Chief Architect for Scholastic, where he leads the enterprise architecture for the major technology transformation initiatives to provide the current and emerging business capabilities needed across the company. John is a 20+ year veteran of the software engineering industry, with a passion for large-scale enterprise architecture, education technology, open source, and agile development methods. He has worked in and around both K-12 education and higher education since 1999. John previously spent ten years as the Chief Architect for Unicon, leading the technology strategy of the education-oriented systems integration firm.
John has been a long-time contributor and advocate in the open source software community since 1997. In addition to contributions to a number of different open source projects over the years, he was the lead developer of Spring Portlet MVC, the standards-based Java Portlet development framework that is part of the popular Spring Framework project. He is active in several education-focused open source and open standards communities, where he has become an expert on open source licensing and intellectual property management as well as the governance and coordination of open source community and projects. John previously served on the Board of Directors of Jasig and was a key figure in bringing it and Sakai together to form the Apereo Foundation.
Jeremy has managed the Identity and Access Management program at UC Berkeley since 2014. Before that he held a similar position at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Jeremy learned to program in 2004 and has contributed to a number of open source projects over the years. As a developer at Simon Fraser University he helped modernize the identity management system and improve the usability of identity services for staff, faculty and students alike. Jeremy has an MBA in Management of Technology from the Segal School of Business in Vancouver and loves using his skills to help advance the mission of higher education. He is passionate about the role of open source software and seeks to enable open source solutions to continue to compete with commercial offerings for the attention of higher ed technologists. Jeremy is especially interested in championing the CAS Central Authentication Service as a core component of a modern identity and access solution.
Theresa Rowe is currently the Chief Information officer at Oakland University, a position she has held since 2002. Rowe has been at Oakland University since 1990, where she has served as a Senior Systems Analyst, the Manager of Student Information Systems, and Director of Information Systems before stepping into her current role. Rowe is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, where she teaches courses related to project management, professionalism and professional ethics. Prior to a career in higher education, Rowe held several consulting and employment engagements in the automotive industry and the legal industry, focused on process improvements and systems design. Rowe serves as the CIO Constituent Group Leader for Educause and currently is a member of the council for the Hawkins Leadership Roundtable. She is member of the Merit Network Board of Directors, and services on the Executive Advisory Group for the Research and Education Networking - Information Sharing and Analysis Center. Rowe earned her AB Degree in Economics from the University of Michigan—Dearborn and she earned her MPA from Oakland University.