Meet Our Team

We invite you to meet our team members. As a non-profit organization, LPI relies on the efforts of numerous volunteers from around the world. To assist with this effort, LPI also has staff and contractors who ensure the daily operations of the organization.

Management Team

  • Jim Lacey - President and CEO

    California, U.S.A.
    Jim is the President and CEO of the Linux Professional Institute with affiliate organizations in more than 20 countries. Jim’s experience is in managing and building international organizations with specific focus on channel development within the IT training and certification industry. His past roles include: General Manager of Linuxcare University (Linuxcare Corporation), Director of Operations and Regional Training Director for the Technology Training Division of CompUSA, and Territory Sales Manager with Serono Diagnostics (Ares-Serono Group, Switzerland) and Polaroid-Behring Diagnostics. Jim served as a Captain in the U.S. Army and graduated with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

  • Darrell Flewell - Chief Financial Officer

    California, U.S.A.
    A CMA with a wide background in senior level financial planning and accounting for enterprise companies and small businesses. Darrell is responsible for LPI’s budget, contracts and financial, legal, and regulatory compliance processes. He is a Certified Management Accountant with a background in senior level financial planning and accounting for both medium and large enterprise companies. As CFO, Darrell is responsible for managing the financial risks of the organization and implementation of its strategic objectives. Darrell is also responsible for financial planning and record keeping, financial analysis and reporting to executive management and the Board of Directors, as well as legal and regulatory compliance processes.

  • Gen Narui - Business Development, Chairman: LPI-Japan

    Tokyo, Japan
    Gen is Chairman and founder of LPI-Japan. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Linux Professional Institute since 2000.

  • Jose Carlos Gouveia - Vice-President, Business Development: Latin America

    Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Jose Carlos has held senior IT executive positions throughout Latin Ameirca including more recently as Area General Manager for Latin America for SGI-Silicon Graphics. He has also worked as a General Manager for Novell, Platinum Technologies, PeopleSoft and J.D.Edwards in the region and as a director for Anderson Consulting (Accenture) and Dun & Bradstreet Software.

  • Hali Tsang - Vice President, Business Development: Asia Pacific

    Asia
    Hali is responsible for leading the LPI activities in Greater China and Asia Pacific region. Hali has been in the IT industry for over 30 years. She has extensive experience in sales and operations.

  • Klaus Behrla - Vice President, Business Development: Europe

    Germany
    Klaus is Vice-President, Business Development for Europe. He has been with LPI since 2005 and has been instrumental as Managing Director of LPI Central Europe in the growth of LPI in the region. Klaus is also the Chairman of the German LPI association with a strong power and focus on community and exam development activities. Klaus has held management positions in the IT Training business since 1998.

 

Staff

  • Chuck Bixby - Director of Regional Development, North America

    California, U.S.A.
    Chuck brings extensive business development experience from his work in the technology, health, and service industries to his role of Director of Regional Development for North America at the LPI. Chuck is committed to building relationships and programs that make it easier for businesses, training organizations, and academia to prepare learners for opportunities in Linux and other Open Source technologies across North America.

  • Ross Brunson - Director of Member Services

    Montana, U.S.A.
    Ross has over 15 years experience as a Linux trainer and is author of the popular “LPIC-1 Exam Cram” (QUE Publishing). Ross Brunson most recently served as a Social Media Consultant and Linux Solutions Specialist with Novell architecting Open Source-based enterprise solutions. Past experience as a trainer and IT courseware developer include the following: Thomson Learning/Wave/SAIR Inc., Computer Associates, Platinum Technologies and Learning Tree International. Ross holds a number of key IT certifications and is also author of several successful technical books, dozens of technical courses for major organizations (including the first LPI Certification Bootcamp) and is skilled at both contributing to and building community around IT products.

  • Brooke Gresham - Operational Support Manager

    California, U.S.A.
    Brooke brings to the position over 15 years experience in overall office management and an extensive background in high level channel support and customer service. Brooke has overall responsibility for exam fulfillment, PBT scoring, and candidate and affiliate support.

  • Medina Dupuis - Manager, Project Management Office

    Ontario, Canada
    Medina is manager of special projects at LPI and has been with the Canadian office since 2005. A seasoned entrepreneur, Medina brings a wide range of operational experience and project management skills to bear on operational processes and product development at LPI.

  • Emily Kurze - Marketing and PR

    California, U.S.A.
    Emily combines her experience in the technology industry with her passion for community outreach in her role of Marketing and PR at LPI. Emily is responsible for media relations, social marketing programs and all of LPI’s digital assets. When not at work, Emily is an avid hockey fan and enjoys being outdoors as much as possible.

  • G. Matthew Rice - Director of Product Development

    Ontario, Canada
    Matthew has overall responsibility for all Product Development at LPI. Matthew is a seasoned Linux systems administrator and programmer and has been involved with LPI since 1999.

  • Kevin Glendenning - Manager of Information Services

    Ontario, Canada
    Kevin oversees LPI’s technical requirements and infrastructure. Kevin’s team of administrators and developers at Starnix Inc. has been providing professional Linux solutions for LPI since 1999.

 

Board of Directors

  • Christoper (Duffy) Fron

    New York, USA

    Duffy is a business leader at IBM with over 17 years of technology industry experience who is known for solving clients problems, turning around underperforming business units, designing and building innovative systems, and growing ecosystems in emerging markets. His skill set includes competencies in gamification, open source, Mobile, Cloud, Big Data and Social Business. He has run sales teams across the IBM SW portfolio and has delivered training throughout the world. As an accomplished and recognized speaker, Duffy has addressed the United Nations and been the key note speaker at several global conferences. Currently, he runs developer outreach and marketing for developerWorks, reaching 4 million developers a month. Prior to joining IBM, Duffy received his Master of International Management degree from Thunderbird and his Master of Business Administration degree from Arizona State University.

  • Jim Lacey

    California, USA

    Jim is the President and CEO of the Linux Professional Institute with affiliate organizations in more than 20 countries. Jim’s experience is in managing and building international organizations with specific focus on channel development within the IT training and certification industry. His past roles include: General Manager of Linuxcare University (Linuxcare Corporation), Director of Operations and Regional Training Director for the Technology Training Division of CompUSA, and Territory Sales Manager with Serono Diagnostics (Ares-Serono Group, Switzerland) and Polaroid-Behring Diagnostics. Jim served as a Captain in the U.S. Army and graduated with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

  • Gen Narui

    Tokyo, Japan

    Gen is CEO of Leading Edge Co. Ltd., which he founded in July, 2000. Gen has served as the Sales and Marketing Manager at Digital Equipment Corporation Japan, Vice President for General International Area Education and Consulting Services, Digital Equipment Corporation-USA and as Vice-President of Nihon Silicon Graphics (currently SGI Japan). Gen established LPI Japan in April, 1999. Gen graduated with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University in Kansas.

  • Torsten Scheck

    Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany

    Torsten works as a software engineer for 20/10 Perfect Vision Optische Geräte GmbH, a company focused on innovative concepts in corneal laser surgery, located in Heidelberg, Germany. His job involves real-time software research & development using Free Software technologies. Prior to juggling with microseconds he developed his Linux skills along with electronic trading and ERP systems for S.O.T. GmbH. He holds a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Cooperative Education Mosbach and an MSc Management from the University of Glamorgan Business School.

    As an “enthGNUsiast”, Torsten supports the Free Software movement and champions the Free Software application stack and open standards wherever proprietary operating systems remain. He drives regional LUG activities and spreads the word through articles and talks.

    In 1999 Torsten was looking for a “Linux degree” to challenge his Linux skills and eventually he found LPI. Since LPI’s initial exam release Torsten has become deeply involved as participant in mailing lists and voluntary staff member.