Our team

We employ dynamic professionals with diverse experience from a variety of backgrounds. While most of us have specific areas of focus within online learning, many of us have skills that don’t fit neatly into one job description. To allow you to see the depth of our team’s expertise, we have created a set of skill badges so that you can identify the skill set of each member of the Moodle US team.

Our badges

Hosting

Our technical expertise is second to none and our team members have specialist Moodle expertise to ensure the reliability, scalability and robustness of your Moodle platform.

Learning Design

Our industry leading learning designers and online pedagogy specialists have cutting edge expertise that reaches back to the early days of online learning including course design, implementation training, competencies and curriculum development.

Custom Development

Our combined development team has decades of Moodle custom development experience including creating and developing themes, plugins, system integrations, custom reports and more across the public, private, and education sectors.

Meet the team

Our management team

Jonathan Moore

Jonathan Moore

Head of Moodle US
HostingCustom Development

Jonathan Moore is an independent eLearning Consultant and active Moodle community member speaking regularly at conferences. He specializes in the technical aspects of eLearning delivery. Jonathan is an expert in virtualization, performance assessment, change management, and custom development projects. Jonathan formerly served as a senior executive with former Moodle Partner Remote Learner. He served in a variety of roles including CTO, VP of Business Development, VP UK Operations, VP over Sales, and VP over Project Management. He also authored a book for Packt Publishing on Moodle Extension Development.

Jonathan started his career as the Director of Technology for Winfield Public Schools. Winfield is a mid-sized K-12 public school. He was the director for about nine years, during which time he implemented various open source technologies to provide better educational services and a budget price. His Student Technology Assistance Team (STAT) project was awarded COMPTIAs best student program award.

Jonathan has had an interest in open source software since first being introduced to Linux. He believes strongly in the open source development model and considers himself extremely blessed to work in the open source community.

Michelle Moore

Michelle Moore

Head of Customer Success
Learning Design

Michelle Moore is an internationally recognized expert in online learning. A former middle school math teacher, Michelle has been an advocate for Moodle since evaluating it fifteen years ago during a review of learning management systems while completing her Master's Degree in Instructional Design and Technology. Enamored with Moodle's capabilities and its foundation in social constructionism, it wasn't long before Michelle's passion led her to a full-time position training and providing support for educators and trainers in schools, universities, and businesses across North America. Since then, Michelle has helped thousands of Moodlers leverage Moodle's features to design quality online, blended, and mobile learning experiences.

Michelle is an energetic, award-winning speaker who presents regularly at MoodleMoots and educational technology conferences worldwide on the use of Moodle with a strong emphasis on pedagogy and best practices. Michelle is pursuing a doctorate in Learning Technologies at University of North Texas where she is actively researching online education and constructivist teaching methods.

John Porten

John Porten

Senior Operations Manager
HostingCustom Development

As the founder and President of Moonami (now Moodle US), John has been involved with Moodle since 2013. In addition to his strategic and managerial duties, he has been involved with client implementation projects, site migrations and customer support. Prior to forming Moonami, his work experience mainly involved enterprise software services delivery, particularly in the manufacturing market. Married 31 years to Lauri Miller Porten and father of three children, he is an Indianapolis-area native, having grown up in Speedway, Indiana, home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He now lives in Noblesville, Indiana.

Kathie Robeson

Kathie Robeson

Integration Manager
Learning Design

Kathie has been working in online learning since its inception in the 90’s. Kathie’s academic preparation and experience are very broad. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in liberal arts, psychology, nursing, business, and education. Her career has included a short stint in computer programming (1970’s era), performing psychological testing and assessment, managing a large community based crisis intervention team (including running with the SWAT team), working in clinical practice as a nurse and nurse practitioner, and spending over 15 years teaching both undergraduate and graduate learners. She started using Moodle in 2003 with version 1.0.9 after being tasked with bringing online learning to the hospital-based school of nursing at which she was teaching. She has delivered countless Moodle trainings world-wide and previously served as Chief Services Officer and CFO for Global operations for Remote-Learner (a former Moodle Partner). Along with Galin Vassilev and another partner, she co-founded Elearning Experts in 2012 and has served as CEO. She is also the author of a children’s book series.

Ideas that resonate with her today include how both social constructionism and connectivism theory inform a new learning paradigm. She is inspired by art, music, teaching, children, and people who survive despite apparently insurmountable challenges. She recharges through sleep, solitude, silence, making time for thought and growing things.

Galin Vassilev

Galin Vassilev

Head of Technology
HostingCustom Development

Galin first worked with Moodle in 2010 when he began working with Remote-Learner, a former Moodle Partner. As Director of Infrastructure, Galin supported hundreds of clients over 150 servers across 3 data centers. In 2012, he helped launch Elearning Experts where he served as Chief Technology Officer and Co-CEO.

Galin is particularly interested in distributed computing and how it applies to Moodle and LMS design in general. Other areas of interest include artificial intelligence and what defines it as such, quantum computing, non-technology, along with history and politics. He is inspired by those rare individuals who understand that working towards achieving a vision of the world as it should be rather than what it is, is not a matter of courage but rather simply a choice. He recharges through sleep, reflection, spending time with his family and dogs, and coming up with new ways to make them laugh.

Clark Ruby

Clark Ruby

Controller

Clark started his career in public accounting but for the past ten plus years has led accounting teams in various industries within family-owned businesses. Clark is always looking to improve processes and finding new technology to help get the job done easier, faster, and with less chance for human error. Clark has lived his entire life in Nebraska but enjoys traveling and exploring new places with his wife and two young children.

Our team of experts

Amy Sudduth

Amy Sudduth

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Bryce Yoder

Bryce Yoder

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Chris Murad

Chris Murad

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Daniel Thies

Daniel Thies

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Darko Miletić

Darko Miletić

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Darrel Tenter

Darrel Tenter

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David Saylor

David Saylor

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Dr. Daniel R. Starr

Dr. Daniel R. Starr

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Floyd Saner

Floyd Saner

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Francisco Torres

Francisco Torres

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Heather Robinson

Heather Robinson

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Jamie Kramer

Jamie Kramer

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Jeff Hamons

Jeff Hamons

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Jeffrey Tolefson II

Jeffrey Tolefson II

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Jessica Bryant

Jessica Bryant

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Jim Mezzanotte

Jim Mezzanotte

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John DeFonzo

John DeFonzo

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Justin Haire

Justin Haire

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Kelly M. Dempsey

Kelly M. Dempsey

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Kera Macfarlane

Kera Macfarlane

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Kim Salinas

Kim Salinas

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Kyler Zech

Kyler Zech

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Maggie Bennett

Maggie Bennett

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Mary Cannon

Mary Cannon

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Matt Rice

Matt Rice

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Megan Williams

Megan Williams

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Michael Gardener

Michael Gardener

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Michael Porten

Michael Porten

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Nicholas Wind-McJetters

Nicholas Wind-McJetters

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Nick Walter

Nick Walter

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Plamen Vassilev

Plamen Vassilev

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Robert Bellamy

Robert Bellamy

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Ryan Hazen

Ryan Hazen

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Sarah Ashley

Sarah Ashley

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Sarah Valentine

Sarah Valentine

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Seth Engman

Seth Engman

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Seth Yoder

Seth Yoder

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Shalimar Anderson

Shalimar Anderson

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Syamlal M

Syamlal M

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Ted Ward

Ted Ward

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Trevor McCready

Trevor McCready

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Vinod Aleti

Vinod Aleti

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