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.
- G. Matthew Rice - Executive Director
G. Matthew Rice is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Engineering Science (Physics) programme and licensed Professional Engineer. Upon graduation his interest in computers led to work in software development and his first contribution to Open Source in 1994. Matt owned and operated his own IT Services partnership for many years and was active in the Open Source community. A founding member of Canadian Linux User Group and a volunteer with LPI for many years, Matt eventually became the Director of Product Development where he served for many years working with partners and experts around the world. Matt has recently accepted the post of Executive Director and is excited to be working with the LPI Board, staff and partners to strengthen the Linux and Open Source community globally.
- Darrell Flewell - Chief Financial Officer
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.
Regional Vice Presidents
- 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
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
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.
- Chuck Bixby - Director of Regional Development, North America
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.
- Brooke Gresham - Operational Support Manager
Brooke has been an integral member of the LPI team since 2008. She brings over 20 years of professional operational experience in office management, customer service, and high-level channel support to her role. At LPI, Brooke oversees all operational support, customer service, and direct support of LPI’s certification candidates, regional vice presidents, and network of global affiliates. Brooke also manages Training and Academic partnerships worldwide.
- Medina Dupuis - Manager, Project Management Office
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.
- Kevin Glendenning - Manager of Information Services
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
- Jon Hall
New Hampshire, USA
Jon “maddog” Hall is the Chairman of the Board of the Linux Professional Institute. Since 1969, Mr. Hall has been a programmer, systems designer, systems administrator, product manager, technical marketing manager, author and educator, currently working as an independent consultant.
While not a founding member of LPI, he helped formulate some of the concepts and donated personal money to allow the first 200 tests be tested for psychometrics.
Mr. Hall has concentrated on Unix systems since 1980 and Linux systems since 1994, when he first met Linus Torvalds and correctly recognized the commercial importance of Linux and Free and Open Source Software.
Mr. Hall has traveled the world speaking on the benefits of Open Source Software having received his BS in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University, and his MSCS from RPI in Troy, New York.
- 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.
- Evan Leibovitch
Evan Leibovitch is a co-founder of LPI, author of its charter, and first Chair of its Board.
A social entrepreneur and community builder, Evan has been heavily involved in the worlds of open source software, Internet Governance, open standards and open access to technology. He is currently Community Technology Access Coordinator for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). He also serves as a Director (and was a co-founder) of the Internet Society Canada Chapter, and has played key roles advocating the public interest within ICANN, WSIS, the ITU and other multilateral bodies and initiatives.
A Toronto native, Evan is currently based in Geneva, Switzerland.
- C. Scudder Mead
C. Scudder Mead is a Board Member of the Linux Professional Institute. Since 1979, he has been a computer hobbyist, programmer, systems designer, systems administrator, courseware author and educator. Mr. Mead is currently working as a consultant.
Mr. Mead is a founding member of LPI and a prior member of the board, as well as a former Executive Director, CTO and Treasurer. He helped develop most of the concepts, procedures and methodologies used to formulate the LPIC-1 and LPIC-2.
Mr. Mead has concentrated on Unix systems since 1985 and Linux systems since 1993 and was the CTO of Linuxmall/EBIZ during the so called dot-com era.
Mr. Mead is a decorated veteran of the first Gulf War during which he served in forward elements of the 513th MI BDE.
- Gen Narui
Gen Narui is Chairman and founder of LPI-Japan. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Linux Professional Institute since 2000.
He worked as a software engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and later became a board member of DEC-Japan in charge of marketing. Later, he became VP of Education and Consulting Business Unit at DEC in the US in charge of all countries except the US and Europe. He also has served as the Vice President of Silicon Graphics (SGI) in Japan.
Gen graduated with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University in Kansas.
- Torsten Scheck
Torsten works as a software engineer for Leica Biosystems Nussloch GmbH, a Danaher company producing innovative histology systems in order to advance cancer diagnostics. His job involves research and development of embedded Linux solutions and of the related development processes.
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”, he champions the Free Software application stack and open standards wherever proprietary operating systems remain. Torsten drives regional LUG activities and spreads the word through articles and talks.