Board Members


Sharan Kalwani

SEMCO President
SIG-Linux Chairperson

Sharan Kalwani – is a long time UNIX user and enthusiastic trainer of many technologies including open source.
He was one of the founding members of the Michigan!/usr/group ( way back in 1985-1986.

Sharan has expertise in many areas, but he is specially fond of High Performance Computing. He has worked in many domains such as:
Engineering, Biomedical research, University/Academic computing, US Government, Theoretical & Particle Physics, in fact everything
else except Wall Street type work.

Sharan’s earliest exposure to computing took place with punched cards, paper tape, assembly language and
8-bit gear with front panel switches. He is very active in many a technical user group, is a member of ACM, IEEE and USENIX.
He also runs a discussion group on LinkedIn: ‘Innovatve uses of HPC’, his twitter handle is @skalwani.


Richard Jackson

Vice President
SIG-Programming Chairman

Richard has been a SEMCO member since 1976 when the organization was formed. He has been an active member serving the organization in a variety of capacities. He started the New Users Forum now known as the Novice Group. He was vice president previously in 1990s and has made presentations at SEMCO meetings.

He has been in the data processing and computer fields since 1967 when he started working on IBM punch card equipment when he started working for National Bank of Detroit (now Bank One). He started working as a mainframe computer operator in 1970 and has been in the field ever since.

His interest started in 1975 when Popular Electronics published an article about building your own computer from a kit. His interest was further developed in Wayne Recreational Computer Org., a student group at Wayne State University. He has owned Timex Sinclair, Commodore, and PC compatible computers.
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Julie Comptois

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Brian Brodsky


Brian is on the Board as Treasurer. He has served this position since 2013. He is also a member of the Internet Committee He first joined SEMCO in 1986. He was also SIG-Linux Chairman from 2013 – 2016. He served on the Audit Committee in 2012. In the past he has also served on SEMCO’s board as SIG-Programming Chairman and SIG-Internet Chairman. He also is a member of 3 Linux/BSD User groups, MUG, MDLUG and SEMIBUG.

Brian Brodsky has worked at TechniServe, Inc. for over 30 years. He has been involved in the conversion and development of many computer software systems. Brian is involved in the development of The Property Manager and Cemetery Manager systems. He has also helped with the development of Association Sites.

Brian has an Associates Degree in Data Processing – Business Programming from Oakland Community College. He also attended Wayne State University.
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Tom Allen

SIG-Computing Chairman

Laura Tait

Laura Tait

Board Member-at-Large

My name is Laura Tait, and I have been a SEMCO member for a year now. I have a background in Linux/Unix System Administration, as well as a Cyber Defense background. I used to work at HP for 2 years as a helpdesk analyst for Johnson Controls clients. However, I also run my own PC repair business called ‘PC Wizard’, and have been doing that for a few years now.

Sikander Rashid

Board Member-at-Large