I am pleased to announce four new members elected to the Sakai Project Management Committee (PMC). Here are the new members and the nomination statements for each:
Wilma Hodges, Longsight
Wilma has been a long-time community supporter and Apereo Fellow. She leads the documentation effort, participates in the Apereo FARM effort, leads the Sakai Virtual Conference, and participates in the Sakai Marketing effort and other community activities.
Dede Hourican, Marist
A long term community member, Dede has most recently directed focus on quality assurance with participation in the Sakai QA committee bringing a team of Marist student employees to bear on the process and teaches them about open source software and global communities and building future sakaigers.
Diego del Blanco, Unicon
Diego has been very active in the Sakai community for some time now and Apereo Fellow. He has been a regular attendee of the weekly calls, made significant contributions to Sakai 11 and put in some large features for 12.
Shawn Foster, Western
Shawn is highly active on community calls, provides code contributions, and is tightly connected with the very important usability and accessibility efforts within the Sakai community.
PMC membership is reflective of significant contributions to the community and a dedication to the shared goals of the Sakai community.
In terms of what PMC membership “means”, the PMC members are already active members in the various groups in the Sakai/Apereo community (QA, Core Team, Marketing, FARM, Accessibility, Teaching and Learning, etc.). Most of the decisions about Sakai are made in those groups without any need for the PMC to take a vote or render an opinion because we believe that those closest to the actual work should make decisions regarding the work whenever possible.
The PMC gets involved when there is a significant or broader issue or a decision needs to be made regarding Sakai’s direction or resource expenditure by Apereo on behalf of Sakai . The PMC does all of its work in full view of the community on a public list except for votes on new PMC members.
Please join me in thanking these new PMC members for their past, present, and future contributions to Sakai and welcoming them as the newest members of the Sakai PMC.