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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides strategic and financial oversight of Foundation resources and staff.


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Alan Clark

Type of Director
Platinum 
Company
SUSE 
Bio

Experienced industry leader, open source advocate, a member of the SUSE leadership team, and SUSE strategy adviser for new industry initiatives and open source.

 

 


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Alex Freedland

Type of Director
Individual Representative 
Company
Mirantis 
Bio

My name is Alex Freedland, I am the co-founder and Chairman of Mirantis. Together with my partners, we bet our company on the success of OpenStack. Today we are the largest independent company focusing on delivering pure-play OpenStack to the customers worldwide.

At Mirantis, I run the Community Initiatives. Under my leadership, Mirantis has become the top-3 contributor to OpenStack by commits and reviews (according to Juno stats) and we are the only private company amongst Top-10 contributors).

Mirantis is also laser-focused on making customers (large and small) adopt OpenStack at scale. With that in mind, we have also pioneered such StackForge projects as Fuel (the point and click installer), Rally (a popular framework for scalability testing of OpenStack) and Murano (an intuitive was to automate workload orchestration on top of OpenStack). All of these projects are gaining community momentum and we hope that some of them will become part of OpenStack in the not so distant future. 

Prior to starting Mirantis, I have co-founded several other businesses, some of which are operating today and some have successfully exited. 

I was born in Moscow, Russia, and currently reside in the SF Bay Area.
 

 


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Boris Renski

Type of Director
Gold Representative 
Company
Mirantis 
Bio

Boris is the co-founder and CMO at Mirantis. Operationally responsible for Mirantis’ marketing strategy, Boris acts as a spokesperson for the company and is Mirantis’ public face in the OpenStack community. Boris' influence was instrumental in Mirantis' current focus on OpenStack. 

In his role, Boris works to ensure that Mirantis’ marketing efforts don’t just promote the Mirantis brand, but also help further global awareness of the OpenStack community. To that effect, Mirantis is a regular sponsor of OpenStack summits, promotes OpenStack at unaffiliated trade shows such as Cloud Connect and OSCON, and helps run regional communities in the Bay Area, Russia, and Ukraine.

Boris continuously helps evangelize the OpenStack community by regularly blogging about it (mirantis.com/blog), talking on behalf of the community at various conferences, and engaging in business development activities to attract new member companies and contributors.

During 15 years of his professional career, Boris held several executive positions with technology companies he helped establish. He was a founder and CEO of Selectosa Systems, an IT consulting company which was subsequently acquired in 2006; and is a co-founder and angel investor at AGroup.lv, now a venture-backed enterprise software company headquartered in Europe.

 

 


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Chris C Kemp

Type of Director
Gold Representative 
Company
 
Bio

Chris founded and launched Nebula in July of 2011 to disrupt enterprise computing and ignite a new era of global innovation after serving as NASA's Chief Technology Officer. At NASA, Chris co-founded the OpenStack project and led the Nebula project, NASA's cloud computing initiative. Chris also served as the Chairman of the White House Federal Cloud Computing Standards Working Group and was a member of the Cloud Computing Executive Steering Committee under Federal CIO Vivek Kundra. Prior to his role as CTO of NASA, Chris served as the CIO of NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, where he helped forge partnerships with Google and Microsoft that created Google Moon and Mars, and Microsoft's World Wide Telescope. Prior to joining NASA, Chris helped create the third largest online community Classmates.com, the leading web-based vacation rental platform Escapia, and the first online grocery shopping platform for Kroger, the world's largest grocery store chain.

 

 


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Egle Sigler

Type of Director
Individual Representative 
Company
Rackspace 
Bio

Egle Sigler is a Principal Architect with Rackspace Private Cloud. In addition to working with OpenStack and related technologies, Egle is a governing board member for POWER (Professional Organization of Women Empowered at Rackspace), Rackspace's internal employee resource group dedicated to empowering women in technology.

 

 


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Eileen Evans

Type of Director
Platinum 
Company
HP 
Bio

Eileen Evans is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Cloud Computing and Open Source for Hewlett-Packard Company. In her role, Eileen leads and manages legal support for cloud computing and open source at HP. Eileen also leads open source legal strategy and open source program management for HP. In her role, Eileen is representing HP on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors and is actively participating in other cloud-related open source communities. Prior to joining HP in 2010, Eileen was a Director and Associate General Counsel at Sun Microsystems (and then Oracle Corporation following its acquisition of Sun) for nearly 12 years. At Sun, Eileen led and managed legal support for various hardware and software business units. Eileen also served as a lead Open Source Legal Strategist for Sun, where she led, managed and supported numerous open source projects, including Java, MySQL, OpenSolaris, OpenOffice and NetBeans. In addition to her open source experience at Sun and HP, Eileen has spoken on various intellectual property and open source topics at conferences in the United States and in Europe and with the European Commission, Members of the European Union Parliament and the European Union National Competition Authorities. Prior to joining Sun, Eileen practiced in the Technology Transactions Group at Gary Cary Ware & Freidenrich (now DLA Piper) in Palo Alto, California. Eileen holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis School of Law.

 

 


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Imad Sousou

Type of Director
Platinum 
Company
Intel 
Bio

Imad Sousou is vice president in the Software and Services Group and general manager of the Open Source Technology Center at Intel Corp. He established the center in 2003 and is responsible for driving Intel's efforts in open source software and architecture across technologies and market segments, including enterprise and carrier-grade Linux and related technologies, virtualization technologies, embedded market segments, and client Linux programs and related technologies.

Imad joined Intel in 1994 as a senior software engineer. Before moving into his current role, he served as director of telecom software programs in the Intel Communications Group and as director of client software engineering in the Home Products Group.

Prior to joining Intel, Imad was a software engineer at Central Point Software working on system utilities for the Apple Mac OS.

Imad holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and mathematics from Portland State University.

 

 


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John Zannos

Type of Director
Platinum 
Company
Canonical, Canonical 
Bio

John Zannos is Vice President of Cloud Channels and Alliances at Canonical. He is responsible for execution of Ubuntu Cloud business, partnerships, alliances and strategy.  

During his career John has lead business and technology efforts around cloud computing, utility computing, hosting, application management, disaster recovery, security, unified communications, and content distribution networks.  Prior to working at Canonical, he held technology leadership positions at HP, IVIA, Compaq, Digital Equipment Corporation, Boston University and the US EPA.

John's interest is to ensure that OpenStack is deployable, scalable, and rock solid, with a thriving ecosystem. His focus is to represent the builders and end users of the OpenStack community, and to expand the overall community. He lives in the Boston area with his family, enjoying the Boston Red Sox when he can.

 

 


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Kavit Munshi

Type of Director
Individual Representative 
Company
Aptira 
Bio

Kavit is the CTO of Aptira, heads Aptira's Indian operations and has 15 years of experience in designing and deploying Enterprise and Telco solutions.

 

He is also the founder of the Indian OpenStack User Group and the OpenStack Ambassador for the region.

 

Kavit has been a driving force behind the Indian OpenStack community and has interwoven  this into Aptira's deep involvement with OpenStack. He has helped organise numerous OpenStack events in India and loves to work with students driving their involvement with OpenStack. As an active OpenStack Ambassador his priorities are to help the OpenStack Community grow in South Asia by increasing the engagement of the burgeoning OpenSource community in academia with the OpenStack project. Kavit also realises the importance of startups to innovation and always looks to promote OpenStack in that space.


Kavit has a vision for India as a Centre of Innovation to develop and commercialise intellectual property rather than an offshoring destination. Kavit has been mentoring students and young entrepreneurs to that end.

 

 


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Lew Tucker

Type of Director
Gold Representative 
Company
Cisco Systems 
Bio

As VP/CTO of Cloud Computing at Cisco Systems I am responsible for shaping Cisco's strategy and products in cloud computing.  I also run the OpenStack team at Cisco contributing to Neutron, Nova, Horizon, and other projects and currently sit on the Foundation Board as a Gold representative.  I frequently talk about cloud computing, software defined networking, and OpenStack at major conferences.  

Formerly, I was VP/CTO Cloud Computing at Sun Microsystems, where I led development of SunCloud, was responsible for all of Sun's Internet-facing web sites and services, and was an early member of the JavaSoft executive team.  At other points in my career, at Salesforce.com I led the development of the AppExchange, and was CTO at Radar Networks, a semantic web startup.  In the 1980's I was a director of R&D at Thinking Machines, where I developed algorithms for AI and machine vision for the massively parallel Connection Machine.   I have a B.S. from Cornell University and Ph.D. in computer science from New York University.

 

 


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Mark McLoughlin

Type of Director
Platinum 
Company
Red Hat 
Bio

Mark McLoughlin is a consulting engineer at Red Hat and has spent over a decade contributing to and leading open source projects like GNOME, Fedora, KVM, qemu, libvirt, oVirt, and more.

Mark has been contributing to OpenStack since 2011, most notably to Nova and Oslo. He has served as Oslo PTL, as a member of the Technical Committee, and as an Individual Director on the board.

Mark is Technical Director for OpenStack at Red Hat, and represents Red Hat as a platinum member on the board.

To find out more about Mark, see his keynote from the Icehouse Summit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6A2AQFnqH8

 

 


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Monty Taylor

Type of Director
Individual Representative 
Company
HP 
Bio

I currently work full-time on OpenStack for HP. I lead a team that works on running the Developer Infrastructure systems for the project, as well as teams working on OpenStack Deployment (TripleO) and OpenStack Bare Metal (Ironic). I am past PTL of the OpenStack Infra Program and set up the original project gating infrastructure. I currently sit on the Technical Committee. Previously, I was a core developer on Drizzle and was a Senior Consultant for MySQL, Inc. I've been a Python hacker by choice since 2000, and am currently a member of the Python Software Foundation.

I have a degree in Theatre Directing and went to grad school at CalArts in lighting design. The intersection of fields has led me to start more than one business around developing technology for and related to live performance. I continue to work in the theatre, and regularly light shows in New York, Seattle and Austin.

 

 


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Rob Hirschfeld

Type of Director
Individual Representative 
Company
RackN 
Bio

Serving on OpenStack Board since 2012, I've been driving the Core Definition (DefCore) Process and Product Working Group (Hidden Influencers).  I am a balanced voice between business, development and operations needs.  I am also "commercially unbiased" since I am not an employee of a major contributor, vendor or sponsor.

I have been involved in Cloud for over 15 years and launched some of the earliest Cloud companies.  My educational background (Duke and LSU) is in computer science and systems engineering with a focus on distributed systems.  I have always found deployment to be vitally important in developments - that lead me to found a SaaS start-up in 1999 and had made me a DevOps advocate.  In addition to core cloud technologies, I am an Agile/Lean/TDD process evangelist who strongly believes that stability is a feature.

Professionally, I am the CEO and Founder of RackN.  A company focused on automating physical provisioning at scale through the OpenCrowbar project.  Before that, I was a Sr Distinguished Engineer at Dell leading our OpenStack Cloud project (http://wp.me/PF6d2-bj) and also a founder of the Crowbar project (http://wp.me/PF6d2-ix).  In both roles, I am in constant contact with OpenStack users, ecosystem developers and vendors world-wide; consequently, I have a very broad perspective on use and technical needs for OpenStack and related Cloud technologies.

You can get a much better perspective on me and my position on OpenStack by visiting http://robhirschfeld.com.

 

 


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Robert Esker

Type of Director
Gold Representative 
Company
NetApp 
Bio

Rob has been involved with the OpenStack community dating to its origins in 2010. He founded NetApp’s OpenStack effort and serves as its representative to the Foundation, architected the earliest OpenStack on NetApp deployments, is a frequent speaker at OpenStack Design Summits, conferences and user groups, and is an occasional ATC.   His eight year tenure at NetApp has spanned from co-founder of NetApp’s field cloud architecture team, to currently leading product management for OpenStack. His charter focuses on strategy, integration and development of NetApp portfolio technologies in and around OpenStack as well as business development, organizational and process alignment for bringing the value of NetApp’s OpenStack capabilities to market. 

Prior to NetApp, Rob served in a variety of roles at Apple, Inc. ranging from building and directing a team of expert consultants, to serving as Technical Attaché to the CEO and the Board of Directors reporting directly to Steve Jobs. He’s also a former U.S. Marine, and resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and two daughters.
 

 


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Russell Bryant

Type of Director
Individual Representative 
Company
Red Hat 
Bio

Russell is a Senior Principal Software Engineer and the Lead Architect for OpenStack Infrastructure at Red Hat, Inc.  He is on the OpenStack Technical Committee (since Fall 2012).  Russell has been contributing to the development of OpenStack since the Fall of 2011.  His most significant contributions have been to Nova (the Compute project) and he served as the PTL of Nova for the Havana and Icehouse releases.

Prior to working for Red Hat, Russell spent 7 years (2004 - 2011) working for Digium on the Asterisk project. In the later years, Russell was the leader of the Asterisk project as well as the Engineering Manager for Asterisk development at Digium.

Russell is also a published author.  Russell co-authored "Asterisk: The Definitive Guide" and "Asterisk Cookbook", published by O'Reilly Media.  He also contributed a chapter on Asterisk to the book "Architecture of Open Source Applications".

Russell graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering in the Fall of 2006.  He currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

 


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Sean Roberts

Type of Director
Gold Representative 
Company
VMware  
Bio

Sean Roberts has been working within the OpenStack community for over three years, with over two years as an OpenStack Board Director. He has been elected three times to represent the OpenStack Foundation Gold Membership. Sean has also held the Chair of Finance and Tax Affairs committee positions, in addition to being a member of the DefCore and Gold Membership committees. He has strong relationships with many of the Gold Members and has been active with the Gold Member tagup meetings. He looks forward to continuing to serve as your Gold Member representative on the Board of Directors.

Sean is a Senior R&D Manager at VMware within the Network Security Business Unit. With a Bachelors Science degree in Computer Engineering from San Jose State University, he has over twenty years experience in the technology industry. Sean has worked at Yahoo, Stanford, Genentech, and Electronic Arts.

Sean is also involved with OpenStack projects. He is currently managing the Congress policy project and is the acting Project Technical Lead for the Training-Guides and Trainers projects. The OpenStack Foundation has recognized Sean as an OpenStack Ambassador, which leads the OpenStack user groups worldwide. In his spare time, Sean leads the San Francisco OpenStack user group with over four thousand members.

“I enjoy working with all the different people involved with OpenStack. There is constant state of optimism and a drive to improve. If I had to pick one thing that makes me feel renewed and happy about my work, it would be helping people to improve themselves. I am always humbled, when I can help someone find a new job or gain a new skill. This is what keeps me going.”

 

 


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Simon Anderson

Type of Director
Gold Representative 
Company
Akanda, Inc., DreamHost 
Bio

Simon is CEO of DreamHost, and Co-founder and Chair of Akanda, Inc. Simon was also Co-founder and Chair of Inktank Storage, Inc., acquired by Red Hat in April 2014. 

DreamHost has been a major contributor to the OpenStack software and community since 2011. DreamHost has launched DreamCompute, a public cloud computing service powered by OpenStack, Ceph and Akanda. 

 

 


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Steven Hallett

Type of Director
Gold Representative 
Company
Symantec 
Bio

Steve leads infrastructure and platform development for Symantec’s new Cloud Platform Engineering (CPE) group. Symantec's CPE group is chartered with building and running essential platform and infrastructure services for next generation Symantec products and services.

Steve has extensive and broad-based technology development, operations, and business management experience. He has been featured for leadership in OpenStack operational computing, and as an advocate of the advantages of cloud computing as integral to accelerating internal innovation. Steve has been part of the OpenStack community since Diablo and was part of the team that took Essex into production.

Steve is a strong proponent of opensource as pivotal in transforming an engineering culture; that the benefits of merit-based, transparent, and peer-reviewed designs and code is where true innovation occurs.

 

 


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Tim Bell

Type of Director
Individual Representative 
Company
CERN 
Bio

Tim is responsible for the group at CERN which manages the infrastructure services for 11,000 physicists around the world. I previously worked as a Unix kernel developer at IBM along with managing large scale Unix production deployments and services for Deutsche Bank in Europe.

My team is running the CERN OpenStack cloud which has been in production since July 2013 and is currently around 80,000 cores. This cloud provides processing power for the physicists working on the Large Hadron Collider and its experiments which produce around 27PB a year. We had the honour of winning the inaugural superuser award (http://superuser.openstack.org/articles/and-the-superuser-award-goes-to) in Paris for contributions to OpenStack.

 

 

 


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Tobias Ford

Type of Director
Platinum 
Company
AT&T 
Bio

As the AVP of Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Architecture & Strategy for AT&T, Toby Ford leads technology efforts around AT&T's cloud offerings both internally and externally focused. Currently, Mr. Ford is responsible for shepherding SDN and NFV projects on to AT&T’s Common Cloud platform. Toby served as CTO for USi, which was acquired by AT&T in 2006. Previously, Mr. Ford held positions at Cornell University, ARINC, TeleCommunication Systems, and his own company in the Netherlands. Toby is also a member of the OpenStack Board of Directors.  

 

 

 


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Todd Moore

Type of Director
Platinum 
Company
IBM 
Bio

Todd M. Moore, IBM Director, has a diverse background in hardware and software development, architecture, design and product management. He is currently responsible for IBM's open technologies and partnerships surrounding Cloud Computing, Mobile, Social Business, and Analytics. He has served in executive roles in both IBM's Software Group (SWG) and System & Technology Group (STG). Prior to his current role, Todd worked with IBM Acquisitions to integrate new members of the IBM community. He also lead IBM's WebServices, Security and Restful Services development for WebSphere. He has extensive experience in mobile and distributed computing systems, with a background spanning embedded devices to large parallel systems. Before joining WebSphere, he served as the CTO for IBM's Pervasive Computing unit. In IBM's hardware unit, he was responsible for IBM's Power based offerings and System z platforms as the Director of System Design. He has extensive experience in architecture, performance, user experience, and standards. Over his career, Todd and his team have worked with numerous open source and standards bodies such as the Apache Software Foundation, Oasis, OMG, JCP, OMA, Linux Foundation, OSGi, DLNA, ISO, ITU-T, etc to deliver standards and reference implementations. He holds a Masters Degree in the Management of Technology from the MIT Sloan School of Business, and a BS EE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

 

 


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Tristan Goode

Type of Director
Gold Representative 
Company
Aptira 
Bio

After 20+ years’ experience in deep technical roles, I embraced OpenStack in my home country, Australia, and became passionate about it recognising it's immense potential the world over. I soon recognised however, that the Australian OpenStack community needed a real boost.  So a little more than 3 years ago I founded the Australian OpenStack User Group (AOSUG).  The response has been fantastic, and we have grown to over 850 members in that 3 years.   While much of my time has been spent nurturing the OpenStack community in Australia, I have been actively supporting the growth of the Indian OpenStack community.  I've spent time in India promoting and speaking about OpenStack, and I actively take part in meetups online around the world whenever possible.

I am deeply humble for the opportunity to represent the community builders, operators, developers and end users of OpenStack on the Board – everyone, including the people who don’t write the code, but still have lots to offer.  I plan on continuing to work to promote OpenStack in every possible way, so that it becomes ubiquitous and full-featured, while remaining, most importantly, truly open.

My twitter is @tristangoode and I also quite like beer, I'm Australian!

THE THINGS I MOST WANT TO WORK ON FOR OPENSTACK THIS YEAR...
Nurture and grow the Product Working Group. It’s critical to the momentum of OpenStack that the people responsible for the product direction in all of the eco-system companies collaborate to drive strategic and tactical alignment for the core project. For more info on the Product-wg have a browse through the list archive at http://lists.openstack.org/pipermail/product-wg/
OpenStack Foundation driven philanthropy. We have a plethora of very wealthy organisations in OpenStack. I want to see some of them get behind a co-operative philanthropic effort to identify, mentor and even seed innovative OpenStack related start up business ventures the world over. Think of it like the Summit travel program for innovative OpenStack start-ups!
Solve the common problems via the “Operations Project”.
Its clear that operators the world over have the same problems. This project is all about collaboration to form best practices from that. I want to encourage and help this project because I see first hand the benefits that operator collaboration has brought to my team and our business.

DID I ACHIEVE ANYTHING LAST YEAR?
A year ago I suggested and championed the Operators Day concept (
http://lists.openstack.org/pipermail/openstack/2013-December/003850.html) until it was adopted for the last two summits. These sessions have proven to be some of the most popular sessions and this increased focus has even spawned the Operations Project that seeks to define high quality solutions to common operator problems.

 

 


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Van Lindberg

Type of Director
Platinum 
Company
Haynes and Boone 
Bio

Van Lindberg is Vice President of Intellectual Property at Rackspace. He is trained as a computer engineer and lawyer, but what he does best is “translate” to help businesses, techies and attorneys understand each other. Van likes working with both computer code and legal code. For the past several years, he has been using natural language processing and graph theory to help him digest and map the U.S. Patent Database. Before becoming a lawyer, Van was a research and development engineer at NTT/Verio, where he built automation tools and distributed systems using mostly Python. He was also an IT administrator for the Harold B. Lee College of Education at his alma mater, Brigham Young University. Van has been involved with open source since 1994, when a friend introduced him to Linux. In April 2012, the American Bar Association Journal named Van one of “America’s Top 12 Techiest Attorneys.” He is currently chairman of the board of the Python Software Foundation, as well as the author of “Intellectual Property and Open Source.”

 

 


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Vishvananda Ishaya

Type of Director
Individual Representative 
Company
Nebula 
Bio

Vish Ishaya is the Chief Technology Officer at Nebula, Inc. Prior to joining Nebula, he was a Principal Engineer with Rackspace Cloud Builders. He was also a Senior Systems Engineer with Anso Labs and NASA Nebula Technical Lead during the creation of Nova, one of the founding OpenStack projects.

He is a highly prolific developer who has been one of the top contributors to OpenStack. He has been a member of the OpenStack Technical Committee since its inception, and was recently elected to the OpenStack Board, which along with other prominent community members helps guide the vision of the OpenStack project.

Vish was elected to four consecutive terms as the OpenStack Compute Project Technical Lead. In addition to his excellent programming and systems skills, Vish has spent over a decade teaching, most recently classes in object oriented analysis and design.