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Eclipse Foundation Staff

The Eclipse Foundation is fortunate to have some very talented people working full-time on behalf of the Eclipse community. Below is the list of our staff.

Eclipse email addresses all follow the firstname.lastname@eclipse-foundation.org convention.

Mike Milinkovich

Mike Milinkovich

Executive Director

Outside of work, Mike's passions are his family, the family cottage and hockey (as a coach, player and fan) in pretty much that order. When he's not working, or traveling for work, you will probably find him involved in one of those three things.

You can read Mike's blog at mmilinkov.wordpress.com/.


Boris Baldassari

Boris Baldassari

Open Source Services Specialist

Boris is a long time open source enthusiast and contributor. Previously a methods and tools consultant for the industry, he joined the Eclipse Foundation in 2021 to help people and organisations adopt, understand and apply open source principles and best practices to their own projects. He is also a juggler, musician, and nature lover. He is moored in Europe.


Mikaël Barbero

Mikaël Barbero

Head of Security

Mikaël is passionate for software engineering. He enjoys building products that make sense. His experience is diverse and includes things from architecture to team management. He started programming at the age of 10 with BASIC and hasn't stopped ever since.


Wayne Beaton

Wayne Beaton

Director of Open Source Projects

Wayne works for the Eclipse Foundation where he fills the dual roles of Director of Open Source Projects and Evangelist. He spends his days working with the many Eclipse open source project teams, learning about Eclipse technology, and making sure that everybody knows just how cool it all really is. In 1982, he received the prestigious Chief Scouts Award from then-Governor General Edward Schreyer. In 1984 his team was selected to represent beautiful British Columbia in the Kinsmen Voyageur Relay. In his spare time, he writes down meaningless accomplishments from his youth in a lame attempt to impress the reader.

Wayne authors the Eclipse Hints, Tips, and Random Musings blog.


Agustin Benito Bethencourt

Agustin Benito Bethencourt

Oniro Program Manager

Agustín joined the Eclipse Foundation in August 2021 as Program Manager. Remoter by heart, he is based in Málaga, Spain. Agustín has been involved in different Open Source projects and organizations for +18 years. He also enjoys basketball, barbecues and travelling around the world.


Gaël Blondelle

Gaël Blondelle

Managing Director, Eclipse Foundation Europe GmbH and VP Ecosystem Development

Gaël has been involved in Open Source for 15 years with the goal to help companies adopt and develop open source projects and collaborate better. He joined the Eclipse Foundation in 2013 to develop the ecosystem in Europe, and to support the development of Eclipse Working Groups. Outside of work, Gaël likes spending time with his family and travelling to visit beautiful places in the world.


Paul Buck

Paul Buck

Vice President, Community Development

Paul's responsible for the growth and well being of the projects, work groups and the diverse community of members, committers and contributors at Eclipse. Once his work day is complete, you can find him outside running, biking and cross-country skiing the vast network of trails in Gatineau Park... and consuming large post work-out snacks.


Samantha Carter

Samantha Carter

Office Manager

Outside of the office, Samantha enjoys many hobbies such as music/singing, creating/trying new recipes, and riding her motorcycle. As an avid animal fan, she will always stop to pet any dog that’s willing, and loves her two cats!


Sharon Corbett

Sharon Corbett

Program Director, Working Groups Operations

Following a successful career in Intellectual Property Management with Eclipse, Sharon has turned her attention and leadership to Eclipse Foundation Working Groups and associated programs to ensure governance compliance and operational excellence! Outside of work, Sharon’s main focus continues to be Chihuahua rescue and her two adopted Chi fur babies!


Maria-Teresa Delgado

Maria-Teresa Delgado

Open Source Community Manager

Maria Teresa joined the Eclipse Foundation in 2018. Her role is to manage the Foundation activities within European Research Projects leveraging her experience in the IoT world with the Eclipse Open Source community. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with family more than anything in the world!!


Frédéric Desbiens

Frédéric Desbiens

IoT and Edge Computing Program Manager

Frédéric Desbiens joined the Eclipse Foundation in February 2019. As the IoT and Edge Computing Program Manager, his job is to help the community innovate by bringing devices and software together. After hours, Frédéric will typically be found reading a history book, playing video games or watching Anime. He also likes going outdoors and playing sports with his friends and family.

You can follow his blog at: https://blog.blueberrycoder.com/


Zahra Fazli

Zahra Fazli

Membership Coordinator

Zahra is the Membership Coordinator at Eclipse Foundation. Outside of work, Zahra loves to spend time with her friends and family, enjoys writing and traveling.


Karla Ferrer

Karla Ferrer

Head of Marketing

Karla's passion is Marketing and Technology. She has more than 20 years of experience working in companies like IBM and Advantech, and her core expertise is on strategy and international business. Her core values are inclusion and horizontal management… but mostly, having fun doing what she loves.


Gesine Freund

Gesine Freund

Corporate Executive Assistant

Gesine joined the Eclipse Foundation in February 2022. In her spare time, Gesine is an avid runner, who enjoys road and trail running throughout the seasons. She loves to travel, try new recipes, entertain family and friends, and relax in her forest garden.


Shanda Giacomoni

Shanda Giacomoni

Marketing Team Lead

Shanda has spent the majority of her career working in the non-for-profit space, and has a particular interest in tech-based organizations. Outside of the office, she likes spending time with her growing family.


Steph Gottardo

Steph Gottardo

Manager, Accounting and Reporting

Stephanie joined the Eclipse Foundation in March 2021. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her two daughters, seeing friends, traveling and going to the gym.


Olivier Goulet

Olivier Goulet

Front End Web Developer

Olivier is a member of the web development team. He enjoys building web applications. His hobbies include watching hockey, playing games, and most recently got into cycling.


Ivar Grimstad

Ivar Grimstad

Jakarta EE Developer Advocate

Ivar Grimstad is the Jakarta EE Developer Advocate at Eclipse Foundation. He is a Java Champion, JUG Leader, and a frequent speaker at International developer conferences.

In his spare time, Ivar is usually busy with all sorts of outdoor sports and activities. As a Norwegian, he is born with skis on his feet and when the water is ice-free, he enjoys swimrunning in the Scandinavian archipelagoes.


Paulina Gueorguieva

Paulina Gueorguieva

Product Marketing Manager, SDV

I am a marketer with an abundance of experience covering wide fields of marketing - from CRM, content, email and digital marketing placing a strong focus on product marketing and product development. My passion is everything related to technology, innovation and sustainability in the mobility and automotive industries. My strongest skills include excellent communication, storytelling via engaging content, hosting and managing events and executing customer-first focused media strategies for brand awareness, relevancy and increased engagement. In my free time I find comfort in reading, traveling and doing yoga.


Christopher Guindon

Christopher Guindon

Manager, Web Development

When he’s not at a computer, which is rare, Chris spends his time with his dog Winston, playing the drums, watching a Habs game or at the top of a hill snowboarding.


Frederic Gurr

Frederic Gurr

Release Engineer

Fred is a java developer by trade, based out of Cologne, Germany. Responsible for supporting Eclipse projects, focusing on build and release processes. In his spare time, Fred can be found kite surfing off the coast of the Netherlands and Spain, or building quadcopters and testing their flight capabilities.


Jacob Harris

Jacob Harris

Digital Marketing and Content Marketing Specialist

Jacob joined the Eclipse Foundation's marketing team in 2020, where he contributes to digital campaigns that include social media, web content, online ads, and emails. When he is't working, he enjoys playing and watching hockey, spending time outside, and planning his next trip.


Sébastien Heurtematte

Sébastien Heurtematte

Release Engineer

As a member of the release engineer team, his leitmotif is to help the community by providing expertise/advice/support and thus unlocking their full potential. In his spare time, he likes to push the knobs on his guitar amps, metal concerts, music festivals, and enjoys sports like running.


Hassan Jaber

Hassan Jaber

Product Marketing Manager, IoT and Edge

Hassan Jaber joined the Eclipse Foundation in March 2021, as the IoT and edge computing product marketing manager, his job is to translate ideas into successful marketing programs around very tech-savvy communities in the edge computing and IoT world. After hours, Hassan likes to spend time with his family on diverse activities (hiking, reading and traveling).


Anne Jacko

Anne Jacko

Conference Queen

When not in front of a monitor, Anne prefers activities that involve wearing a helmet--horseback riding, skiing, and cycling. One of her favorite books is The Chicago Manual of Style, so if you need help with the nitpicking details of writing in English, she's happy to help.


Marco Jahn

Marco Jahn

Manager, Research Projects

Marco is part of the Eclipse Foundation research team where he helps to turn innovations into successful open source projects. Outside of work, he enjoys skiing, spending time with family and friends and making pizza in his wood-fired oven


John Kellerman

John Kellerman

Cloud Development Tools Community Manager

John is part of the Community Development team at Eclipse working closely with the Cloud DevTools and Open Research working groups. He also spends time volunteering with the People Not Property project in North Carolina. Outside of work John enjoys hiking, swimming, gardening and a good practical joke.


Shawn Kilpatrick

Shawn Kilpatrick

Intellectual Property Analyst

Shawn is a member of the Eclipse IP team. When he's not poring over code, Shawn enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar and singing, fishing, hiking, and boating at the family cottage, and cheering on his beloved Ottawa Senators.


Mehrnaz Kokabi

Mehrnaz Kokabi

Creative Lead

Mehrnaz is a member of the Eclipse marketing team. With more than 10 years as a web and graphic designer, Mehrnaz has experience designing and implementing effective creative projects and services for a variety of large public and non-profit organizations. Outside of work, her hobbies include painting, photography, and antique collecting.


Philippe Krief

Philippe Krief

Director, Research Relations

Philippe manages the Eclipse Foundation contributions to European-funded research projects. When he is traveling, Philippe enjoys photographing the places he visits, and when he isn't on the road, he is having fun with his family, riding his motorcycle or playing jazz with some good friends.


Perri Louise Lavergne

Perri Louise Lavergne

Membership Growth, Manager

Perri joined the Eclipse Foundation in May 2010. Her focus is on membership retention, management and sales, including sales of our advertising portfolio and sponsorships for our conferences. Outside of work Perri enjoys spending time with family and friends, medical research, volunteer work for organizations dealing with children with special needs, running, cooking and baking. Perri hopes to one day accomplish her long time dream of a unique day program for young adults with special needs.


Dennis Leung

Dennis Leung

VP Corporate Development

Dennis has been involved with open source since 2007 when Oracle made its initial contribution to the Eclipse Foundation and joined as a strategic member. He served on the Eclipse Foundation board for over 10 years. He resides in Ottawa where he enjoys an active lifestyle playing golf, hockey and spending time at the lake.


Martin Lowe

Martin Lowe

Software Developer

Martin is a developer for the Foundation, working with the Web team and helping develop the Eclipse platform. When not working, Martin enjoys tabletop RPGs, video games, and music (both playing and listening).


Sharon Macdonald

Sharon Macdonald

Trademarks Specialist

Sharon is a member of the Eclipse Projects team. She manages all aspects of the Eclipse Foundation's trademark portfolio; this includes prosecution, defence, and monitoring to ensure the marks are fully protected and up to date at all times. When she is not working, she likes to spend her time enjoying the outdoors with her family.


Jenn Martel

Jenn Martel

Director, Worldwide Operations

Jenn joined the Eclipse Foundation in September 2016. Away from the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching her girls play sports and is also a fitness enthusiast.


Shabnam Mayel

Shabnam Mayel

Senior Marketing Manager, Cloud Native Java

Shabnam joined the Eclipse Foundation in June 2019 as the Senior Marketing Manager with focus on Jakarta EE, Eclipse MicroProfile and other Cloud native java projects. Her passion is in multimedia marketing, and brand management . Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, watching anime series, hiking and reading.


Jakub Mazanek

Jakub Mazanek

European Senior Systems Administrator

Jakub joined the Eclipse Foundation in March 2021. He is a sysadmin spending most of the time in the Linux command line. In his free time he enjoys trekking in mountains.


Silvia Miles

Silvia Miles

Office Manager

Silvia joined the Eclipse Foundation in September 2020 as the Office Manager Europe. Outside of work, Silvia loves to spend time with her family and friends, likes to travel around the world, enjoys sports like running, hiking and fitness.


Tanja Obradovic

Tanja Obradovic

Jakarta EE Program Manager

Tanja joined Eclipse Foundation as Jakarta EE Program Manager June 2018. Having been involved with Java and Java EE for quite some time, revitalizing Enterprise Java seems like a good challenge and a great fit for her! Outside the office, she loves spending time with her family and friends, enjoys art events, outdoor activities (even in the winter!), visiting different countries and most of all spending summers on a beach.


Michael Plagge

Michael Plagge

Director, Ecosystem Development

Michael joined the Eclipse Foundation in 2021 as Director, Ecosystem Development. In a previous life, he started his career as a software developer in the area of automotive software before he changed to the dark side of business development. Here he held various business development positions in companies like Elektrobit, Alibaba, and Alibaba Cloud, and spent 3 years as General Manager Elektrobit Automotive (Shanghai) Ltd. in China.


Eric Poirier

Eric Poirier

Web Developer

Eric is part of the web development team! Other than working with web stuff, his other passions are mostly constituted of hockey, video games and tv shows.


Denis Roy

Denis Roy

Director, IT Services

In the office, Denis spends his time in front of a Linux command prompt, helping manage the servers, networks and software that run the Eclipse websites. When not at work, Denis enjoys time with his family and friends.


Zachary Sabourin

Zachary Sabourin

Web Developer

Zachary is an avid learner who is fascinated by the power of technology. When he's not working, learning, or out on a walk, he enjoys exploring his many interests, such as video games, bass guitar, music, Magic: the Gathering, and listening to podcasts on various topics.

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken -Oscar Wilde


Serina El Salibi

Serina El Salibi

Virtual Event Specialist

Serina has spent the majority of her career working at non-for-profit, tech-based organizations. After hours, Serina loves spending time with her growing family. She has a LOVE for food, travel, cars and surfing/scuba diving... a true thalassophile.


Sandy Thompson

Sandy Thompson

Finance Specialist

Sandy is the Finance Speacialist. Outside of work, Sandy enjoys travel, hockey (Go Leafs Go) and spending as much time as possible with her family, especially her grandchildren.


Matt Ward

Matt Ward

IT Manager

Matt spends his time triaging the Webmaster inbox and putting out fires. If you can't take the heat, stay out of the data center.


Paul White

Paul White

Vice President, Member Services

Paul’s role at the Foundation is to drive value for our members. His interests outside the Foundation are diverse, but all centre around family, friends, learning (and a bit of teaching) - all mixed with a heavy dose of travel.


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