Noah Botimer
University of Michigan

Noah is a technologist with a strong devotion to supporting and improving education. A long-time developer, Noah has built numerous tools and services inside and outside university campuses. His focus is on adaptability, enjoying new platforms, techniques, perspectives, and challenges. Within the Apereo/Sakai community, he has served in technical and leadership roles, often bridging disciplinary and communication differences, especially in the areas of electronic portolios and assessment. He currently serves as a developer at the University of Michigan, specializing in learning technologies and integration. Noah also represents U-M to the IMS Global Learning Consortium's Technical Advisory Board, again, building bridges within and between educational and technical communities. He enjoys making music, cooking, and drinking too much coffee.

Ian Dolphin
Executive Director of the Apereo Foundation

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.  Ian acts as an ex-officio member of the PMC.

Shawn Foster
Western University

Shawn is an eLearning Technology Specialist at Western University. He works with Western's local Sakai-focused developers, eLearning teams, and central technology support teams to further enhance online and blended learning at Western.

Shawn has been involved in the Sakai community since 2011. He regularly attends community calls, contributes development and user interface improvements, and collaborates with other members of the Sakai community from both development and eLearning perspectives.

Adrian Fish
Longsight, Inc.

Adrian has been developing tools and libraries for Sakai since 2004.  He's been heavily involved in some of the more recent innovations in the Sakai space, such as client side browser alerts, a new grading tool, the rubrics tool and the new user and course dashboards.


Adrian is a full stack developer - he works on server side code, fixing bugs, refactoring old code, whilst helping the community move towards a way of making our product more responsive and immediate, using his client side development skills. Adrian works for Longsight.

Michael Greene
Duke University

Michael is the Associate Director for Learning Technology Services and Strategy at Duke Learning Innovation. He leads and supports a team which focuses on:

  • Operating IT services built for learning, such as the Learning Management System (LMS).

  • Supporting instructors who leverage technology in their courses.

  • Curating an ecosystem of tools that meet the needs and learning goals of programs and disciplines.

  • Experimenting with and evaluating new teaching and learning technologies and approaches.

Before joining Duke Learning Innovation, Michael held an Assistant Professor of IT position at Rappahannock Community College, delivering high quality and engaging courses in information literacy and web design while building his understanding of IT service and team management. Before that, he built a portfolio of web sites and services and honed his design sense as the college’s Web Solutions Specialist.

Wilma Hodges
Sakai Community Coordinator

Wilma is the Director of Training and eLearning Initiatives at Longsight. She has more than 20 years experience in faculty training, LMS administration, online pedagogy, instructional design, online course and program development, teaching, and technical writing. Wilma has been involved with the Sakai project since 2009, and plays a leadership role in a number of Sakai community groups including the Sakai Documentation Working Group, the Sakai Virtual Conference, Apereo FARM (Funding and Resource Management), and the UX Working Group. 

Wilma holds a master's degree in Technical Writing from the University of Central Florida, and an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University. She was selected as an Apereo Fellow in 2016.

Dede Hourican
Marist College

Dede is the Manager of Instructional Technology at Marist College, focusing on the integration of digital technology into the college curriculum and assists the faculty to improve student learning outcomes use of instructional technology in their traditional, hybrid and fully online courses. 


A long term community member within multiple projects and events,  Dede has most recently directed focus on quality assurance with participation in the Sakai QA committee.  One of Dede's favorite activities within the Sakai community is managing a group of anywhere between 10-20 international graduate and undergraduate students each year. She trains and mentors them throughout the QA process and teaches them about open source software and global communities, building future sakaigers, a QA model that benefits both students for experiential learning and the Sakai community as a whole.

Dede is an Adjunct Faculty in the school of Computer Science and Math, holds a BS in Integrative Studies from Marist College and holds an MA in Integrated Marketing Communication.

Matthew Jones
University of Michigan
Sakai PMC Treasurer

Matthew Jones develops open source software at the University of Michigan. Matthew has been actively involved with the Sakai project since 2008 both at Longsight Inc. and at the University of Michigan. Matthew is currently highly active in the Sakai community, participating on the Sakai Management Committee, the Sakai Core Team as well as performing general software maintenance. Matthew holds a MS in Software Engineering and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Michigan Dearborn.

Earle Nietzel
Sakai Release Manager

Earle Nietzel has been actively involved in Sakai since 2006. He leads the Sakai Core Team and serves as the release manager for Sakai. His most notable contributions include persistence of Sakai’s configuration. When not directly working on Sakai he is typically working on LTI tools using Scala and Play frameworks.

Sam Ottenhoff

Sam filed his first Sakai JIRA ticket over nine years ago (SAK-93) and has contributed to Sakai development and QA ever since. He was a member of Megan May's QA group for the Sakai 2.6 release and for the 2.7 series provided QA support as well as code patches. In 2010 he joined the maintenance team and also the release management work group, helping triage bug tickets and serving as a 2.8.x branch manager. He was elected to the Sakai Technical Coordination Committee in September 2011 and served as release manager for the Sakai 2.9 release.

Sam is a founding partner of Longsight, a company created to focus on supporting open-source applications for higher-ed. Sam graduated from Kenyon College with a BA in History and worked on an early generation of campus web applications. After college, Sam worked in New York City for interactive learning company ACTV and then as an educational technologist at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Miguel Pellicer
Entornos de Formación (EDF)

Miguel is the CTO at EDF and an LMS market entrepreneur with a strong commitment in Open Source education technologies.  An active member of the Sakai Community and the Spanish Team since 2008, security and internationalization lead. Miguel has led more than thirty Sakai deployments all over the world, including elite universities in Spain, Netherlands, UK, Colombia, Mexico, Chile, and the USA.  

Juan Jose Meroño Sánchez
University of Murcia

Juan has been involved in IT for Teaching and Learning since 1998, running home grown software first, and then switched to Sakai since 2009. Juan José has been a lead developer for over 10 years now in the Area of Information and Communications Technology (ATICA) at the University of Murcia, Spain. He has also written manuals for developers and shared his knowledge by teaching courses inside and outside his area. Juan José has a degree in Computer Sciences and was also a lecturer at the University for four years. He has an active participation in the Sakai community where he has been enrolled as a QA performance leader, active member of the S2U Team and actively involved in finding and solving bugs together with his team at the University.

Charles Severance
University of Michigan
Sakai PMC Chair

Charles is a Clinical Associate Professor and teaches in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. He also works with the IMS Global Learning Consortium promoting and developing standards for teaching and learning technology. Previously he was the Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation and the Chief Architect of the Sakai Project.

Charles is active in television and radio as a hobby, he has co-hosted several television shows including "Nothin but Net" produced by MediaOne and a nationally televised program about the Internet called "Internet:TCI". Charles appeared for over 10 years as an expert on Internet and Technology as a co-host of a live call-in radio program on the local Public Radio affiliate (

Charles's hobbies include automobile racing, off-road motorcycle riding, karaoke and playing hockey. Charles has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Michigan State University.

Steve Swinsburg
Flying Kite
Sakai PMC Vice Chair

Steve is a Senior Analyst and Applications Developer at Fivium, a dynamic, green IT business workflow software company. He holds a Masters Degree in Information Technology and a Bachelor of Science Degree. He also has several years of tertiary teaching experience. In 2011, Steve was elected to the Sakai Foundation Board of Directors and in 2012 became a Founding Board member of Apereo.


Steve is also the founder of Flying Kite, a software house based in Australia delivering Sakai support and custom development services to educational institutions worldwide since 2008. Steve actively contributes to the various mailing lists and assists other developers within the community and in 2009 was selected as a Sakai Foundation Fellow.


Steve has written over a dozen articles on Sakai best practices and how-to's, and regularly blogs about Sakai related developments. In 2008 he published a paper on Sakai in distance education in the Australian ascilite journal. Steve was heavily involved with the organization of AuSakai 2011 at the Australian National University in Canberra, which to date, has been the most successful Sakai event in Australasia. Steve is also an active uPortal contributor and has developed several JSR-168 portlets, notably the Sakai Connector Portlet and the Basic LTI Portlet, both implementing the IMS LTI specification.

Joshua Wilson

Joshua is Longsight’s Chief Operating Officer.  He leads client relations, business operations, project management, and strategic planning. In addition, Josh chairs the Sakai Community’s Marketing Team. He has been a leader in academic technology for more than a decade, serving most recently as Associate CIO for Academic Technology at Brandeis University, where he directed the strategic and client-centered renewal of the University’s academic technology environment, including its open source LMS.  Josh has served for a decade on the management team for the nationwide MISO Survey, which measures the effectiveness of IT and libraries at more than 150 higher education institutions.

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