The following individuals have confirmed their acceptance of their nomination as replacement for the role of Vice President. Included are comments provided by the nominator(s) of each, nominees are listed in no particular order.

Vice President

Alexander Metzler

Alexander Metzler

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"He is a great community member, always positive and great on stage (speaking)."

Statement from the nominee:

I would like to express my sincere thanks to Elisa and am very pleased to accept the nomination and stand for election. In my understanding, this role is mainly a representative function. Thanks to my qualities as speaker and networker, I would be honoured to represent Joomla at various conferences, events and meetings in order to further spread the spirit of Joomla into the world.

My Joomla background:

I have been working with the cms as a designer for about 10 years. I support the German community with speeches at Joomla events such as Joomla Day and J and Beyond and organize the Joomla User Group Frankfurt.

Beside my passion for design and Joomla I am driven by health topics and nature protection. I have a vision to merge these components and use the worldwide influence of Joomla to contribute to a better world.

Elisa Foltyn

Elisa Foltyn

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"Elisa is one of the most dedicated person in the Joomla! universe. First of all she is humble, friendly and helpful to everyone. Every day she supports and inspire people arround her to have success with Joomla! Simultaneously she works hard to bring Joomla! itself on a new level. This mindset is, in my opinion an absolute "must have" for this position. Due to the fact she speaks many different language she is a good communicator. Which is also important for a project like Joomla! So she can represent Joomla! on different occasions. Beside of all this "soft skills" she has a wide range of "hard skills". On one hand she is a great designer but also understand to code, to hold presentations, to organize events (JUG, PBF, JCamping), and many more. That means, she understands the wishes and needs of a very broad audience and can handle different situations. Last but not least is she has the ability to assert oneself, if needed, she is a woman of action who brings project into the running and to success. So to sum it up. Elisa is an excellent fit for this role die her soft and hard skills and the fact, that she dedicates all of her "beeing" into Joomla! and the people around Joomla!"

Statement from the nominee:

“Thank you for nominating me again for the position as a vice president of Joomla.
 There is not much to add to my statement from the nomination from February 2017 you can read up here:
Most important for me is to serve the awesome Joomla community and spread the word about my most favourite CMS Joomla 
by keeping my business separate from this role. Thank you for your trust.”

Brian Teeman

Brian Teeman

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"Brian is a staunch advocate for Joomla and governance. His years of experience with Joomla as well as other organizations would be invaluable to the project and provide momentum on issues which strongly need to be addressed: Code of Conduct, Ombudsman, Board of Advisors, and much. He follows through on his work and equally holds others accountable."

Statement from the nominee:

"I am not a developer, I am not a marketeer, I am not a blogger, I am not a public speaker, I am not an event organiser, I am not a CEO. I am much more than the things than I am not. I am all of these and none of these.

The role of Vice President is completely undefined - so before voting please consider what it is Joomla needs from a VP and if your choice is the best person for that.

I am in my 50th year and for 35 of those I have been involved in community and volunteer organisations serving on many governing boards.

Our structure defines that Board of OSM exist to be leaders and coordinators. The Board are "our" representatives so it saddens me when I see so many motions where there are more board members who abstained than those who voted. As leaders it is the responsibility and duty of all board members to express their views and those of their members.

Our "new" structure also mandates that the board form a CoC, Communities Department, Ombudsman and Advisory Board. All hard tasks but not achieved so far - we must address this urgently.

As a board of leaders and coordinators it is not the board's role to do everything. If the board is doing all the work then the structure isn't working. We are a community of volunteers from across the world and we should be working to increase contributions and not doing everything ourselves. That's not healthy and it's not sustainable.

Finally as we work towards the release of Joomla 4 we need to have advocates who are both knowledgeable and presentable if we are to succeed in spreading the Joomla love. Just as not everyone can be a developer or a designer being a public face also requires special skills.
Joomla has a great future ahead, but only if we all stand up and contribute. Standing on the sidelines and throwing popcorn or waiting for others to stand up and do something will never achieve anything. We can and should be doing much more in all areas of Joomla to increase engagement and contribution. We should and must look at removing barriers to entry and make it even easier for those that wish to contribute."


The term of the replacement Vice President will end together with the term of the other Group 1 members, on September 2018.

Next Steps:

  • Voting Ballots will be going out to those who vote for Officer roles within the next day. An outline of who will vote and how votes are tallied can be found in the Bylaws.
  • Voting parties will have 7 days to cast their votes.
  • Votes will be tallied and announcement of newly elected officers will be posted approximately 24 hours after voting closes.

According to the Bylaws (link below), existing Officers also vote for new officers.


Thank you!