Avalon Team


The development process for Avalon is being managed with a Scrum agile framework. Team members from Indiana University and Northwestern University function as a single Scrum team.

Jon Cameron

Product Owner

As Avalon’s Product Owner, Jon works with the developers to represent the needs of Avalon users. As Digital Media Service Manager for the Indiana University Libraries, he's the public face of IU’s multiple instances of the Avalon Media System, providing training, documentation and guidance for a growing user base of collection holders. He also works in various capacities on IU’s Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative.

Phuong Dinh

DevOps Engineer

As a Programmer/Analyst, Phuong works on the Avalon Media System stack from the front end to the back end. He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University and is also pursuing a Master of Science degree in Computer Science in his spare time. We are thrilled to welcome Phuong back to the team.  

Jon Dunn

Co-Project Director, Indiana University

Jon is responsible for overall project direction and management, as well as coordinating the involvement of the project’s partners and advisors. He works at Indiana University Bloomington as Assistant Dean for Library Technologies, where he oversees information technology development and operations for the IU Bloomington Libraries. Jon has worked at IU since 1994 and has been involved with a number of music, audio, and video related digital library efforts, including development of the open source Variations digital music library system, and he is a member of the planning team for IU's Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative. He is also a member of the Open Repositories Steering Committee, Fedora Leadership Group, and Samvera Steering Group, and he co-chairs the International Image Interoperability Initiative (IIIF) A/V Technical Specification Group.

Julie Hardesty

Metadata Specialist

Julie helps develop descriptive, structural, and technical metadata standards for the Avalon Media System.  She is the Metadata Analyst/Librarian for the Digital Library Program at Indiana University where she manages metadata creation and use for digital library services and projects.

Maria Whitaker

Head, Digital Media Software Development for IU Libraries; Scrum Master

Maria manages the IU Avalon development team and acts as the Avalon Scrum Master. Before joining the Avalon team, her career in software development encompassed systems for research and business administration, including collaboration with other universities in the Kuali open source space. She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Computer Science from Indiana University and has been with IU since 2005.

Dananji Withana

Developer, Indiana University



Former Team Members:

Chris Colvard

Lead Developer

As a developer for the Avalon Media System, Chris enjoys learning new technologies and being part of active open source communities.  Previously, he worked on Variations leading to its being open sourced with over a dozen institutions adopting the system. Chris graduated from DePauw University and has worked for the Digital Library Program since 2006.


Adam Arling

Developer, Northwestern University

Stu Baker

Co-Project Director, Northwestern University

Carolyn Caizzi

Co-Project Director, Northwestern University

Debs Cane

Repository Community Manager, Northwestern University

Steve DiDomenico

SME/Consultant, Northwestern University

Stefan Elnabli

Audiovisual Media Specialist, Northwestern University

Ying Feng

Senior Programmer/ Analyst, Indiana University

Kevin Flick

Project Assistant, Indiana University

Adam Hallett

Programmer/Analyst, Northwestern University

Brian Keese

Developer, Indiana University

Brian joined the Avalon team just as version 3.0 was being released and was proud to share in the glory. Since then he has been working avidly to catch up on the various technologies employed in the system and to contribute however possible. Brian has a Bachelor’s of Science in Anthropology from Tulane University and a Master’s of Science in Computer Science from Indiana University. He spent the first years of his career writing logistics software for the U.S. government and is pleased to be doing just about anything else.  When not coding, he is mostly working on his house and dreaming of his next adventurous vacation.

Michael B. Klein

Lead Developer, Northwestern University

Leah Lee

Programmer/Analyst, Indiana University

Brianna Marshall

Project Assistant, Indiana University

Karen Miller

Metadata Specialist, Northwestern University

Mark Notess

Product Owner, Indiana University

Cynthia Ramlo

Lead User Experience Designer, Indiana University

Carrick Rogers 

Senior Developer, Northwestern University

Nathan Rogers

Programmer/Analyst, Indiana University

Ariadne Rehbein

Project Assistant, Indiana University

Julie Rudder

Product Owner, Northwestern University

David Schober

Digital Initatives Project Manager; Product Owner for Avalon, Northwestern University

David has over 10 years of experience managing different types of digital projects for non-profit organizations. While at Poetry Foundation, one of his many projects was to implement a digital asset management system for their photos.  At the AAP, David managed the re-launch of aapublications.org and worked with design and development teams on both coasts to implement new features on several websites and mobile apps.   David also has prior experience at Northwestern University as the Assistant Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations at Feinberg School of Medicine.

Shelby Silvernell

QA Tester, Northwestern University

Ryan Steans

Project/Community Manager for Avalon, Northwestern University

Claire Stewart

Co-Project Director, Northwestern University

Chris Syversen

Programmer, Northwestern University

Evviva Weinraub

Project Director, Northwestern University


Jennifer YoungJennifer Young

Metadata Specialist, Northwestern University

As a metadata expert for the Avalon Media System, Jennifer works with Julie to make decisions regarding all aspects of metadata. She is the Metadata Coordinator in the Repository & Digital Curation workgroup at Northwestern University managing the creation of metadata for NU’s digital repositories.

Andrea Zielke

Project Assistant, Northwestern University