LCA 2015 Team

Our Team

   

Cherie Ellis

Role: Chairperson & Events

Cherie Ellis

Cherie grew up a geek of sorts, but became a Linux geek by osmosis thanks to Steve. Her first conference was LCA 2007 in Sydney and since then she has either attended, presented at or volunteered at many conferences and events including LCA, OSDC, Ubuntu Live, Girl Geek Dinners.

Cherie was the Head organiser of the successful OSDC in Auckland in 2013, and is confident that experience will prove great training for LCA 2015.

In her "spare" time, Cherie is a Girl Guide Leader, a Naval Volunteer Reserve, full time parent and is currently looking for a paid job as well!

   

Steven Ellis

Role: Vice Chair + Sponsorship Lead

Steve Ellis

Steve is a solution architect at Red Hat and an open source advocate. Steve has presented at a number of open source and Linux conferences both in New Zealand and overseas.

   

Glen Ogilvie

Role: Web Infrastructure

Glen Ogilvie

Glen's been a long time advocate of Linux and been attending LCA since 2005. When he's not automating infrastructure or contributing to projects, you might find him out in the garden or flying.

   

Mark Foster

Role: Venue Technical Lead - Networking & AV

Mark Foster

An experienced technician and engineer with a background primarily in networking and telecommunications, but active in the Linux and Open Source worlds as a hobby since the late 1990s. Administrator for NZLUG since 2002, and active with Auckland and Wellington Linux Users Groups. Also a foundation member of the New Zealand Open Source Society.

Professional background is in IT support with a focus on networking, security and datacentre operations with a strong minor in linux systems. Since late 2013 Mark has been the manager responsible for day-to-day engineering of ICONZ-Webvisions Australia and New Zealand operations. Outside of IT, Mark is married with two children; a volunteer with the New Zealand Fire Service, and a licensed Amateur Radio Operator (ZL1VMF).

   

Amanda Jackson

Role: Health, Safety & Diversity, Events, Marketing

Amanda Jackson

Release manager, developer, tester and all round geek with a passion for music, gaming and checking out the latest new standards, gadgets and languages, and when not too busy with everything else, there's the multiple businesses, volunteer work, wildlife rescue, two beagles and aquarium to maintain,

   

Jackie Sigmon

Role: Events Coordinator

Jackie Sigmon

Jackie has devoted the last ten years to raising 3 young children, and is now coming out of hiding and actively pursuing her reintroduction to society. She has a degree in Education and Mathematics and is now a PRINCE2 certified Project Manager and looking forward to a new era in the business and IT world. In her rather limited spare time, she enjoys involvement in musical theatre, tennis and riding her motorbike.

   

Liz Quilty

Role: A bit of all sorts - helping everyone else.

Liz Quilty

Liz has been a Linux user and sysadmin since before they had a GUI. other interests include 3D printing, Robotics, and a lot of Cycling (road and track).

   

Patrick Brennan

Role: Infrastructure

Patrick Brennan

Patrick has been professionally involved with Linux for the last 15 years and currently resides with Catalyst IT in Auckland. He tries, usually unsuccessfully, to spend his free time away from computers. When he does manage to escape the grip of technology, Patrick is a multi-instrumentalist, motorcycle riding, ex-paramedic, pilot, theatre lighting designer, sound engineer, person.

   

Steve Shipway

Role: I'm the contact at University of Auckland for LCA network requirements.

Steve Shipway

Steve Shipway has worked in UNIX/Linux Systems and Design for The University of Auckland for the last 10 years. He has contributed to a number of open source projects, such as MRTG, RRDTool, Sympa, and his own projects such as Routers2. He is the author of the book "Using MRTG with RRDTool and Routers2" and has run technical BoF sessions at the LISA conference in the USA.