Rob Axelrod

Vice President

Rob Axelrod is Vice President and a principal technical architect of Technotics, Inc. He has been involved in collaborative technology for over two decades. 
In the technical arena, Rob has managed operations for a large messaging outsourcer, led a professional services organization and run numerous large scale migration and upgrade projects including moves to all the major cloud email and collaboration services.
He has a presenting background that includes delivering hundreds of seminars and presentations around the globe to both technical and business audiences. Rob is known for his dynamic, charismatic presentation style on topics such as Collaboration in the Enterprise, Collaboration Cloud Deployment, Messaging Administration, Security and Migration.

Brad Balassaitis

Sr. Consultant
PSC Group

Brad Balassaitis is an IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions (2014 and 2015) and a Senior Consultant in the Collaboration practice at PSC Group. He has 18 years of experience developing innovative Notes/Domino applications, primarily working with XPages over the past several years. Brad blogs frequently about XPages at and has presented sessions at several conferences and webinars over the past few years.

Ryan Baxter

Developer Advocate

Exploring new languages, frameworks, and technologies, and then sharing what he’s learned, has always come naturally to Ryan. Even when it wasn't his day job, Ryan has always been driven by his passion, spending his time and energy educating his friends, colleagues, or anyone else that would listen. Now, as a Developer Advocate at IBM, he has found a role that’s a perfect fit for him. Currently, Ryan is focusing on application development in the cloud using various technologies, like Node.js and Docker, and applying those technologies to application solutions around mobile, IoT, and more. When he’s not coding, Ryan likes spending time with his daughter, ice fishing, and watching the Red Sox.

Kara Bermingham

Regional Manager

Kara is responsible for helping organizations maintain and develop new custom applications more efficiently, as well as recommending options for modernization and mobilization. Prior to her current role, Kara spent over six years
supporting Notes and Domino teams so they could understand and improve the performance of their messaging and collaboration platforms. Kara joined Teamstudio in 2014 as a Regional Manager. She also has 11 years experience with an IT Staffing firm where she worked as a Recruiter and a Contract Staff Manager. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Management from Canisius College. 

Ed Brill

Vice President, Verse and Social Cloud Services

Ed Brill is Vice President, Social Business Cloud Services, IBM Office of the CIO. He is responsible for driving IBM's social business transformation by leading internal tools deployment and adoption for over 400,000 IBMers. In over 20 years at IBM, Brill has held a variety of leadership positions in sales, marketing, product management, and strategy.

Adam Brown

Senior Executive Director

Kathy Brown

Senior Consultant

Kathy Brown is a Senior Consultant with PSC Group, LLC.  She is located in New Hampshire and has worked with IBM Notes since 1995.  Kathy has presented at events such as Lotusphere/Connect/ConnectED, The View Developer conference, and numerous user group conferences around the world.  She also writes for various industry publications, including The View publication and’s Developer Tips Newsletter.  Kathy blogs about IBM Notes (and other things) at her website She is an IBM Champion, a twitter addict (15 accounts and counting), and proud to be a Nerd Girl!

Susan Bulloch


Susan is a technologist, a troubleshooter and a teacher. Her career at IBM has included Field Support, emergency onsite response teams and Level 2 telephone support. Susan has spoken at numerous technical conferences and helped organize several of them. Creating a network of skilled allies inside and outside of her company has allowed Susan to creatively provide high levels of customer service, using social networks before that term was invented. She holds current certifications in most IBM technologies and has authored numerous technical articles. She is currently employed part-time with IBM, where she acts as a goat rodeo clown.

Paul Calhoun

NetNotes Solutions Unlimited

Paul has been working with Lotus/IBM technologies for the past 25 years and is certified in both Administration and Development on every major release of Notes/Domino since release 3. His focus has always been on training and enablement of Administrators and Developers, but he also provides mentoring and consulting services.
Most recently as co-owner of QDiligence, he has been focused on supporting a hosted XPages solution for public companies that need to gather data from their board of directors.

Tim Clark

Director of Professional Services

Tim Clark has been working with XPages since before it was released and has trained countless people in it’s rudimental functionality, His back-to-basics approach is very appealing and easy to learn from. Tim is now the Director of Professional Services at Teamstudio, who sponsored the development of the XControls and XComponents.

Gabriella Davis

Technical Director
The Turtle Partnership

Gabriella Davis – Technical Director, The Turtle Partnership is an IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions. With a focus on design, development, deployment and administration of global infrastructures, she has established herself and her firm as experts within the messaging/collaborative space. Gabriella enjoys sharing her love of collaborative technologies through authoring exams, her presentations and writing content such as the IBM Connections RedWiki, the site and the Sametime Administration Guide. She is also one of the founders of the Nerd Girl group encouraging women into STEM fields.

Darren Duke

Simplified Technology Solutions, Inc.

Current blogger, ex-podcaster, sometime pain in IBM's ass.

Lisa Duke

Business Development Manager
Simplified Technology Solutions, Inc.

Lisa Duke is the Business Development Manager for Simplified Technology Solutions, Inc. (STS) headquartered in Atlanta, GA. She has presented at Social Connections, Lotusphere, MWLUG, and WITI. In addition to her duties at STS, she manages a short term rental property, is in the process of getting certified as a TESOL instructor, is newly vegan, and is preparing for the zombie apocalypse.

Nathan Freeman

Chief Software Architect
Red Pill Development

Chief Software Architect at Red Pill Development, CEO at Red Pill Development, recognized thought leaders in the future directions for Notes and Social Collaboration. Nathan has been an active participant in the Notes & Domino community for 24 years. He was a co-founder of OpenNTF and is a member of its current board. Globally recognized presenter and thought leader for taking Notes applications to the next level. IBM Champion for 2011 and 2014. He has published many open source projects and is currently building Red Pill Development's REST API automation solution.

Jesse Gallagher

I Know Some Guys, LLC

Jesse is the CTO of I Know Some Guys, LLC, a member of the board of OpenNTF, and an IBM Champion. He blogs irregularly at on topics primarily related to Domino/XPages development and general programming.

Howard Greenberg


Howard is one of the founding partners at TLCC, the leader in Notes and Domino training. He started in the IT industry with IBM as one of the early employees of the IBM PC Company. After leaving IBM in 1994, Howard started consulting and teaching on Notes and Domino 3.0 and has developed and taught courses on Notes/Domino including TLCC's XPages courses. Howard has spoken about XPages at various user groups and Lotusphere/Connect. He is a Certified Lotus Instructor and a Certified Notes and Domino Professional for both application development and administration. Howard was first named an IBM Champion in 2012 and has earned that distinction every year.

Kim Greene

Kim Greene Consulting

Kim Greene is president of Kim Greene Consulting, Inc. specializing in IBM collaboration solutions. Kim has over 15+ years of experience with Domino and 20+ years of experience with the AS/400, iSeries, and IBM i platforms. Kim specializes in Domino performance analysis and application tuning, debugging and problem determination, administration, migrations, upgrades, enterprise integration, and custom Domino development. She implements high availability environments, performs health checks and security reviews of Domino implementations, and works with customers to ensure their environments are performing optimally and are running as smoothly as possible. In addition to working with IBM Domino, Kim also works with IBM Sametime, Traveler and Connections.

David Hablewitz


David has been working with Lotus Notes as a developer
A degree in Computer Science, 10 years as a software developer and 19 years as a Notes administrator and later as a consultant. He has performed dozens of migrations and upgrades. He was one of the first business partners to be certified as an IBM SmartCloud Data Transfer Manager. He now manages his company, Divergent Solutions specializing in cloud solutions as an IBM business partner.

John Head

PSC Group, LLC

John D. Head, Director of Enterprise Collaboration at PSC Group, LLC, is a 20 year veteran of collaboration application development. He is a frequent speaker at technology events and works with companies to apply application modernization and mobilization to their business processes and applications. PSC Group, a professional services and information technology consulting firm, created the Application Modernization Center (AMC) to apply a methodology to invested platforms and applications and bring mobile, cloud, social and analytics to business process. He can be found speaking at numerous technology and industry events during the year. He shares his knowledge at
John is also active outside of his work. He is on the executive board and the Community Outreach Director for Lumity, Chicago's not-for-profit helping the city and business come together to provide STEM education. John is a member of the advisory board of the Leadership Circle of the Executives Club of Chicago.

Stephanie Heit


Stephanie joined BCC in 2013, responsible for international operations. She has over 14 years experience in the IBM Notes world and has worked with big and small enterprises helping them to secure and automate their Domino Infrastructure.

Justin Hill


Justin began his career as an entrepreneur at age 16.  He has a diverse background in IBM technology, dating as far back as OS/2!   In 1995, he began working with Notes/Domino and has sought to broaden its reach by making it affordable to companies of all sizes through Prominic.NET's cloud hosting offerings.  Justin has been on the board of OpenNTF for several years to help promote open source in the community.  Recently, he has been working on to solve a long-standing issue by bridging the gap between the traditional "NoSQL" technology of Domino with traditional RDBMS and true SQL.  In addition, he is seeking to solve iOS, Android, web, and Mac/Window desktop UI conversions through the automatic jumpstart generation of Apache Flex user interfaces from Notes/Domino databases.  Finally, Justin has been working hard to bring Domino Designer and Administrator natively to Mac and Linux through

Tony Holder


Barbara Houchin

IT Application Integrator
SMC Corporation

Barbara Houchin has worked with IBM technologies for more than 3 decades in developer and manager roles. A Notes/Domino devotee for the past 20+ years, she now develops XPages web and mobile applications for SMC Corporation, a global leader in pneumatic technology. Barbara has enjoyed presenting for IBM Connect, MWLug and Unplugged Mobile Controls User Group.

Peter Janzen

Sr. Product Manager, IBM Enterprise Social Software

Bob Kadrie

Creative Director
Red Pill Development

Bob Kadrie’s expertise lies in his ability to make even the most complex ideas easy to understand. A brand strategist, usability expert and accomplished creative director, Bob has served as a trusted business advisor to senior business executives, non-profit directors, and small business owners from 3com, AT&T, Atlanta Public Broadcasting, Center for Civil and Human Rights, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Emory University, General Motors, J.M. Huber, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Rinnai Corporation, Neenah Paper, Woodruff Arts Center, and Worldspan, among many others. His work has garnered nearly 100 awards, and has been featured in Communication Arts, How, Critique, Print, Graphic Design USA, The Atlanta Business Chronicle and other notable local and national publications.

Arshad Khalid

Director of Technical Services

Arshad has been working with Notes/Domino since 1998. Having earned his first CLP stripes with release 4.5, Arshad kept pace with the changing face of Notes/Domino and was recognised as one of the IBM Lotus Top Achievers in 2009 and as an IBM Champion for 2014 & 2015. Over the years, Arshad has had the experience of working with consultancies, big corporates and public organisations delivering innovative collaborative business solutions based on Notes/Domino. He now works at BCC leading the international technical services team.

Ulrich Krause

Senior Software Architect

Ulrich Krause is a Notes and Domino administrator and developer since 1993 and a well known speaker at national and international conferences, such as Connect, ENGAGE, AdminCamp, ICON UK, Entwicklercamp, ConnectED, ICS.UG. Ulrich is working as a Senior Software Architect for BCC GmbH, Germany.

Ben Langhinrichs

Genii Software

Father to three, husband to one, poet to many.
For the past twenty years, Ben Langhinrichs and Genii Software have developed products to enhance IBM Notes/Domino, and to build coexistence between IBM software and other software platforms. Used by companies in over 100 countries.

John Lucas

Information Systems Director
Ware Inc

John Lucas has been Information Systems Director at Ware Inc. for the past 18 years. He has done Notes/Domino development for 14 of those years, developing for the Notes client, xPages and mobile. John enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with other developers and served as a presenter at IBM Connect 2014.

Marlon Machado

Sr. Product Manager, Social Communications

Marlon joined IBM in 1996 and the Enterprise Social Solutions team in 2008 as Product Manager, Sametime Platform and Solutions in charge of positioning Sametime as a platform to enable horizontal and industry-specific solutions, creating an ecosystem of offerings built in collaboration with customers and partners.
As of March 1 of 2011, Marlon is responsible for driving product strategy and requirements for the core services within the platform as it evolves from UC into the new and exciting field of Social Communications.

Bill Malchisky

Managing Partner/Chief Technical Architect
Effective Software Solutions, LLC

Bill Malchisky Jr. is an IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions 2015-2011, bringing 20+ years of global Lotus consulting experience in regulated verticals to his sessions at over 25 LUGs/conferences. He enjoys speaking about IBM software on Linux, performs Linux admin training around the world, and is the co-founder of Linuxfest now in its sixth year at Lotusphere / Connect. Additionally, Bill co-authored two IBM Redbooks on Linux, plus worked with Lotus Education to re-vamp the Domino 8.5 Admin certification exam track. He provides technical tips on his ICS/Lotus and Linux focused blog at

Karl-Henry Martinsson

Sr Application Developer
Deep South Insurance

Karl-Henry Martinsson is a Lotus Notes developer based in Dallas, TX, but originally from Sweden. He has been working with Lotus (now IBM) Notes/Domino since 1996, full-time since the end of 1997. in 2014 and 2015 Karl-Henry was selected as one the IBM Champions for Collaboration Solutions. 
His experience with HTML and web technologies started in 1994, and currently he mostly works with jQuery and Bootstrap, often within the Domino platform.
Karl-Henry program in Lotusscript and Javascript/jQuery but he also recently started working with C# and ASP.NET.
Past work experience includes working at Microsoft AB in Sweden, and developing IVR (Interactive Voice Response) applications for Esselte Voice (later VoiceEQ) in Sweden. He also worked as a journalist for five years covering the IT industry for IDG Sweden in 1993-1998.
Karl-Henry started programming in 1982/83, using BASIC on Z80-based computers. After about 2 years he switched to Pascal and in 1988 he started using C, first in DOS and then (about a year or two later) in Windows. When Visual Basic 1.0 came out, he added that to his toolbox. In the past he also have some experience using Paradox (a database later aquired by Borland), Delphi and some Java.
Karl-Henry is married to Chrissy since March 2015. He also have a son, Erik, from a previous marriage.

Eric McCormick

Web Developer
The Boldt Company

Eric McCormick is a full stack web developer who spends his days working on IBM Domino/XPages and has been reconciling his passion for NodeJS+Express and AngularJS into his day job and intuitive usability into his business applications; no small task.

Shean McManus

Senior Software Developer
MOM Brands

I have over 17 years experience working with Notes and Domino products ranging from client applications to modern xPages with a healthy dose of server administration as well. My current interest in with web development and learning how to use skills across multiple platforms.

Ben Menesi

Head of Product
Ytria Inc.

Ben Menesi is Head of Product at Ytria overseeing its R&D activities, leading workshops on IBM Notes Domino administration and development best practices and delivering technical sessions at conferences like the IBM ConnectED and other ICS events around the globe.

Rob Novak


Rob Novak is a speaker, writer, blogger, admin, developer, analyst, producer, amateur chef, professional buyer of beer, and Netflix addict. When it comes to speaking, he'll do just about anything to get people in the room. Obviously.

Andy Pedisch


Peter Presnell

Red Pill Development

CEO at Red Pill Development, recognized thought leaders in the future directions for Notes and Social Collaboration. Peter has worked with Lotus Notes since 1994 in a range of roles including development, QA, support, administration, and architecture. A regular blogger and guest speaker on podcasts and webinars. IBM Champion for 2011/2012. Speaker at Lotusphere, IAMLUG, ATLUG, MWLUG, AUSLUG, ICS.UG and Engage.

Charlie Price

Advisory Software Engineer

Charlie Price is a Software Engineer specializing in IBM Connections support and cross-product integration across IBM and other third-party products. He holds a degree in Math Education from the University of Georgia and taught high school math for three years before joining IBM. His areas of expertise include IBM Connections, Domino Portal Integration and WebSphere Portal. Charlie has written numerous white papers, presented at IBM and Portal technical conferences, and co-authored redbooks WebSphere Portal Collaboration Security Handbook, Sametime 7.5.1: Best Practices for Enterprise Scale Deployment and a redwiki, Creating Integrated Web Experience with IBM Lotus collaboration software.

Julian Robichaux

Product Manager

Julian Robichaux is a Senior Software Developer for panagenda, an Austrian based IT management software solution provider. His Lotus Notes-centric Web site ( has been offering tips and tools for Lotus Notes and Domino developers since 2002, and he has been an IBM Champion since 2011. Julian also publishes open-source applications and code, has written articles for IBM developerWorks and LotusUserGroup, and has been giving presentations at IBM conferences, VIEW conferences, and user group meetings in several countries for almost 10 years.

Marky Roden

Senior Solutions Architect

Senior Solutions architect for PSC Group LLC. based in Chicago, USA. 2014-2015 IBM Champion for Collaboration Solutions with over 17 years experience working with the IBM Notes Domino environment.
Prolific contributor to the IBM XPages community with numerous video, screencast, podcast and blog contributions.
Currently working on the modernization of existing IBM Notes applications to the XPages platform. Responsibilities are numerous and include development, test phase oversight and delivery management on the World's largest XPages project.
Looking forward into Web technologies such as Bluemix, RWD, HTML5, Angular.js, Node.js.

Keith Strickland

Software Engineer
Red Pill Development

Software Engineer at Red Pill Development, recognized thought leader in the future directions for Notes and Social Collaboration. Keith has worked with Notes since 1996 as an administrator and developer for corporations that include The Coca-Cola Company, Sprint, America's Favorite Chicken, the Environmental Protection Agency and GBS. A Lotus Community blogger since 2002 and OpenNTF Contributor for many projects including User Administration Utility, XBlog, and XPages Calendar. Currently working on web client development and providing big data analytics to support modernization of Lotus Notes applications. IBM Champion for 2013.

Francie Tanner


Francie Tanner is a Director at panagenda - a leader in optimizing collaboration landscapes through solutions and services. Born and raised in Switzerland, Francie has 17 years experience with solving operational and strategic business problems. After nearly a decade in the British West Indies, she now lives in South Carolina and is passionate about business development and partner enablement. Francie is a 4 time IBM Champion, as well as a frequent speaker at technical conferences in the US and Europe.

Victor Toal

Chief Solutions Architect

Victor Has been involved in IT and especially in IBM Software since 1994 and has worked for companies small and large in the US as well as internationally. His focus is on IBM Connections, IBM Sametime, IBM Notes Domino and WebSphere.

Gary Walsh

Channel Partner Manager

Matt White


Matt has been a Domino web developer since the mid 1990s. In that time he has developed applications of all sizes around the world. More recently he has switched his focus to using modern web technologies such as node.js and AngularJS

Dwain Wuerfel

Sr. IBM Notes & XPages Developer
Navy Federal Credit Union

I started Notes development in 1998, web development in 2005, and in 2011 XPages. Now I concentrate on learning XPages, Java, and relational databases.

Firas Yasin

Global Sales Leader

Firas is a World Wide Leader of Sales for IBM’s Social Business solutions with-in IBM Software Group. Firas leads the global sales activities related to Social Business. He works with a team of thought leaders in the areas of Social Business. He works with various customers and ensures their success with Social software. He often communicates their “Best Practices” to a global customer base. He is passionate about increasing business productivity and help businesses develop a strategy to enhance their innovation and collaboration. Previously, Firas was the leader of the Technical Sales teams worldwide and he has always been true to his first passion, Software Engineering. In his free time, he enjoys playing Tennis and coaching little league soccer.

Steve Zavocki

Sr. IBM Notes & XPages Developer
Navy Federal Credit Union Consultant

I started with Lotus Notes in 1996 and have been a developer ever since. In 2012, I made the transition to XPages and have not looked back.