DuraSpace Staff

Debra Hanken Kurtz

Chief Executive Officer
Debra provides strategic leadership and vision for the DuraSpace initiatives, activities, partnerships and hosted services to benefit stakeholder communities and customers. 

Jonathan Markow

Chief Strategy Officer

Jonathan helps develop and implement strategic initiatives for DuraSpace, with special attention to supporting collaboration within and among our open source communities, forming alignments with complementary organizations, introducing new services and technologies, and ensuring long-term sustainability.  Jonathan also leads the DuraSpace Registered Service Provider and Corporate Sponsorship programs.

Bill Branan

Technical Lead for DuraCloud

Bill is the technical lead for the DuraCloud project. He coordinates the design and development of the DuraCloud software and manages the operations of the DuraCloud service.

Mike Conlon

VIVO Project Director

Mike provides leadership for the VIVO open community semantic web application that supports the advancement of scholarship by integrating and sharing information about scholars and their activities and outputs.  He directs the development and enhancement of the VIVO information model, VIVO software, the VIVO community, along with associated tools and services.

Tim Donohue

Technical Lead for DSpace and DSpaceDirect

Tim is the technical lead for the DSpace project and coordinates community participation in the open source development process. Tim is also the technical architect of the DSpaceDirect hosted repository solution.

Valorie Hollister

Director of Membership and Finance

Val directs, manages and seeks ways grow the membership program and other related funding support for the DuraSpace open source projects. She also manages all aspects of the accounting and finance function for DuraSpace, including reporting and analysis for both projects and services. 

Carol Minton Morris

Director of Marketing and Communications

Carol leads editorial content and materials development and dissemination for DuraSpace publications, web sites, exhibits, initiatives and online events and develops strategies to get the word out about DuraCloud software and services.

Carissa Smith

Cloud Services Product Manager

Carissa manages the suite of DuraSpace cloud service offerings: DuraCloud, DSpaceDirect, and ArchivesDirect. She works directly with customers in their use of the DuraSpace services, coordinates community relations and development efforts, oversees the marketing and business strategy, creates training materials and resources, and oversees the web presence of each service.

Graham Triggs

Technical Lead for VIVO

Graham is the Technical Lead for the VIVO project and coordinates development of the technical infrastructure of the VIVO platform with the VIVO project director, project governance, and the VIVO community.

Andrew Woods

Technical Lead for Fedora

Andrew is Technical Lead for the Fedora project, coordinating the community efforts around the design, development, and infrastructure of the Fedora Repository platform.

David Wilcox

Product Manager for Fedora

David is the Product Manager for the Fedora project. He sets the vision for Fedora and serves as strategic liaison to the steering committee, leadership group, sponsors, service providers, and other stakeholders. David works together with the Fedora Technical Lead to oversee key project processes, and performs international outreach to institutions, government organizations, funding agencies, and others.

Michele Kimpton


Michele is the former DuraSpace CEO and Project Director of the DuraCloud project. Michele will continue to work with DuraSpace as Advisor to the executive and strategic consultant to the the organization.