Ohio LinuxFest Staff
Beth Lynn Eicher
President, OLF Corporation
Beth Lynn first came to OLF as an attendee in 2003. She immediately signed up to help at future conferences. When a mix up occurred in the venue early in the OLF history, Beth contacted Jon “maddog” Hall and others for help, which saved that year’s conference (close to the date of the event). Due to her longevity with OLF over the years she has been a speaker, conference chairperson, and fundraiser. When the original conference chairpersons retired from leadership roles, Beth Lynn stepped up to keep the conference running smoothly as the Director. In 2007 Beth applied and defended 501(c)(3) non-profit status for the organization.
Beth Lynn Eicher is passionate about the ideals of FOSS and in growing community across the country and world in this movement. She attends other Linux- FOSS conferences and is well known across the country. In 2013 she was asked to speak at the Free Software Foundation Conference held at Harvard University on the topic of “Closing the Digital Divide”. There she reported on the successful deployment of 100 Edubuntu PCs to schools in Ghana, Africa that served mostly orphaned children. Beth Lynn went to Ghana with a team from Computereach, training in networking, pc repair, the GNU/Linux command-line, and the Edubuntu desktop environment.
Ohio LinuxFest Institute Chair
In addition to numerous industry certifications, Rafeeq holds bachelors and masters degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and MBA in Marketing. He can be reached via email or at Twitter @rafeeq_rehman.
Ohio LinuxFest Institute Co-Chair, Speaker Chair
Registration Chair, Infrastructure Architect and Treasurer, Ohio LinuxFest Corporation
Susan Rose MSN, RN
Social Media and Community Chair
Warner Moore is a strategic executive leader and manager with a background in technology and information security. He has focused his career in working with entrepreneurial growth organizations where technology is their business and product. In 2018, Warner founded the strategy firm Gamma Force. Through Gamma Force, Warner serves as a fractional executive and advises startups to scale them through concept and growth phases.
Warner is passionate about culture, innovation, and community. His commitment to these values is demonstrated through his work leading organizations such as OLF Conference, LOPSA Columbus, Toastmasters, and Tech Community Coalition.
A long time attendee of Ohio LinuxFest (OLF), Warner began working with the OLF in 2012 by founding the Career Track. Following the 2013 conference, he assumed the role of Conference Chair, a role he held through the 2020 OLF. In 2016, he joined the OLF Board and in 2019 assumed the role as Vice President.
Jon "maddog" Hall
Jon “maddog” Hall is the Board Chair of the Linux Professional Institute, Co-founder of Caninos Loucos, the President of Project Cauã and the President of Linux International.
Since 1969 Mr. Hall has been a programmer, systems designer, systems administrator, product manager, technical marketing manager, educator, author, CEO and Consultant.
Mr. Hall has worked for companies like Western Electric Corporation, Aetna Life and Casualty, Bell Laboratories, Digital Equipment Corporation, VA Linux Systems, IBM, SGI, Linaro and Futura Networks (Campus Party) as well as being a private consultant.
Mr Hall worked on Unix systems since 1980 and Linux systems since 1994, when he first met Linus Torvalds and recognized the commercial importance of FOSS.
Mr. Hall has taught at Hartford State Technical College, Merrimack College and Daniel Webster College.
Mr. Hall is the author of many magazine and newspaper articles, many presentations and one book, “Linux for Dummies”. He writes a monthly article for Linux Pro Magazine.
Mr. Hall is on the advisory board of the University of Sao Paulo’s Centro Interdisciplinar Em Tecnologias Interativas (CITI).
Mr. Hall traveled to over 100 countries speaking on the benefits of FOSS, and is pleased to have worked with the Ohio Linux Fest almost since its inception.
Mr. Hall received his BS in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University (1973), and his MSCS from RPI in Troy, New York (1977).