FreeBSD Foundation Welcomes New Board Member – UPDATED!

12/10/2014

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to welcome Cheryl R. Blain to the Board of Directors.

Cheryl became involved with the FreeBSD community in 2013. She joins the Foundation’s board with extensive experience managing software development and building strategic alliances for privately-held, small-cap companies. Cheryl’s background includes community outreach, marketing and fundraising efforts with non-profit organizations. We are thrilled to have her as part of the team.

One of the responsibilities of our board is to focus on the big picture, by defining our vision, mission, strategic direction, project planning, as well as governing our organization. Our board has decades of experience on working on FreeBSD in design, development, documentation, research, education, and advocacy. We’ve been strong in providing support in the project development area. As we’ve grown, we’ve identified the need to expand our board, and we’ve identified skills, talents, and experience we want in new board members.

Cheryl fills the need for bringing on someone who has a strong business development background. She will help provide a clear direction, strategic planning, and guidance for us to support FreeBSD in the future. In order for us to continue our growth, we need a more stable and consistent funding pool. Cheryl’s extensive fundraising background and business connections will help us build and strengthen our business relationships to encourage multi-year donations. She brings with her a passion for FreeBSD and a desire to use her talents to advance the mission of both the Project and the Foundation. Hear more from Cheryl here.

Please join us in welcoming her to the board.

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