About Us

Flexibility and Freedom

The mission of ByWater Solutions is to empower libraries by giving them the technological flexibility and freedom they deserve through the use of open source software with comprehensive and honest support.

The ByWater Family

ByWater Solutions is made up of a diverse group of librarians, book lovers, technology and data geeks, photographers, Tolkien fans, space nerds, genealogists, knitters, gamers, animal lovers (furry or hairless) and most importantly, open source fanatics who share our culture to positively impact our clients and our community.

How we roll

  • '09 Year founded
  • 30 Dedicated ILS experts
  • 47 US states represented
  • 86% Have worked in Libraries

How we started

I guess you could say that the seeds of ByWater Solutions started all the way back in 1982, when Nathan Curulla and Brendan Gallagher first met at the age of 3.

Meet our team

Addie Van Salisbury

Addie Van Salisbury

Process Polymath

Addie Van Salisbury

Addie Van Salisbury

Process Polymath

Addie received a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As long as she can remember, her and libraries have been close friends - beginning with being an honored member of '100 Books Read' club in first grade to finishing her research in the long stacks at UNC. She is very excited to extend her relationship with libraries through Bywater. In her spare time, Addie loves exploring her home in Coastal North Carolina, traveling, and cooking!

Andrew Fuerste-Henry

Andrew Fuerste-Henry

Educator

Andrew Fuerste-Henry

Andrew Fuerste-Henry

Educator

Andrew received his MLIS from the University of Iowa and has worked as an adult services librarian and department manager in public libraries in Iowa and Illinois. His library experience runs the gamut from designing and teaching beginners computer classes to organizing Nerf blaster capture the flag games. His introduction to Koha and Bywater was at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque, Iowa, where he helped guide their selection of and migration to a new ILS.

Brendan Gallagher

Brendan Gallagher

CEO

Brendan Gallagher

Brendan Gallagher

CEO

Brendan founded ByWater Solutions in 2008 and is an expert on installation, data migration, and customization of many open source platforms. He graduated with an MLS from Southern Connecticut State University. He was a member of the first class of ALA Emerging Leaders where he focused on ways those in the library profession could re-brand themselves in the digital world. He was honored as Alumni of the Year for the Southern Connecticut State University in 2011. Brendan has worked in all types of libraries (Public, Academic, and Special libraries).

Cindy Norman

Cindy Norman

Business Manager

Cindy Norman

Cindy Norman

Business Manager

Cindy is a mom of 2 awesome teens. She graduated from UCSB with a degree in Philosophy and a professional accounting certificate. Cindy also holds a Juris Doctorate from Santa Barbara College of Law and has worked in accounting and Human resources for 25+ years.

Clifton Johnson

Clifton Johnson

Linux Systems Admin

Clifton Johnson

Clifton Johnson

Linux Systems Admin

Clifton has been providing systems and end-user support for 30 years, for both public and private entities. He has been involved with open source communities for at least 20 of those years and has experience with research clusters and scripting to process large data sets. He is passionate about cycling, Linux, and family. In his spare time, he loves hiking, traveling, cycling, history, and reading from a variety of genres.

Danielle Elder

Danielle Elder

Data Support Lead/Special Projects

Danielle Elder

Danielle Elder

Data Support Lead/Special Projects

Dani lives in central Texas with her family and pets. She has worked in public and special libraries.

Donna Bachowski

Donna Bachowski

Educator

Donna Bachowski

Donna Bachowski

Educator

Donna decided in 8th grade that she wanted to be a librarian, and that is exactly what she did. She earned a BA in Library Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and a MLS from the University of South Florida. She has worked in public libraries for more than 23 years, focusing on Adult Services. She currently resides in Central Florida with her husband of 20 years, who she met in a library.

Emily Fowler

Emily Fowler

Aspen/FOLIO Educator

Emily Fowler

Emily Fowler

Aspen/FOLIO Educator

Emily holds an MLIS from the University of Denver and a BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Her love of teaching began when she was a snowboard and ski instructor before starting college and has grown into a passion for sharing information through libraries and higher education. She has a toddler and preschooler at home and loves nothing more than splashing in puddles with them. She also loves all things nature and enjoys hiking and amateur astronomy among her many hobbies.

Enica Davis

Enica Davis

Data Migrations Lead

Enica Davis

Enica Davis

Data Migrations Lead

Enica was born and raised in the Philippines, where public libraries are not well-known. Twelve years after moving to the U.S., she was able to fulfill a dream of working as an Emerging Technologies Librarian. Enica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Management, and now, as part of the Migrations team at ByWater, she gets to work with three of the things she is most passionate about: data, technology, and libraries.

Ian Walls

Ian Walls

FOLIO Implementation Lead

Ian Walls

Ian Walls

FOLIO Implementation Lead

Ian earned his MLIS and MS in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island in 2008. While there, he worked for URI's Web Development Group, implementing blog software, project management software and anti-spam security measures. After that Ian joined ByWater Solutions, supporting hundreds of libraries, developed new features for Koha, and provided on site training for several of the company's partners. Over the last several years Ian has worked as the Web Services and Emerging Technologies Librarian at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Jesse Maseto

Jesse Maseto

Systems Ninja

Jesse Maseto

Jesse Maseto

Systems Ninja

Jesse uses his 20 years of experience in operational management and client relations to streamline development processes and ensure that custom developments are delivered on time and according to specifications. Using his history of success in spearheading new initiatives and managing customer correspondence, Jesse follows new feature developments from conception all the way to realization. He has worked in many different business forums and is perfectly suited to bring the levels of organization and communication we are know for to our Koha partners.

Jessica Beno

Jessica Beno

Data Migration Librarian

Jessica Beno

Jessica Beno

Data Migration Librarian

Jessica received her BA from St. Xavier University and her MLIS from Dominican University’s School of Library and Information Science. She has worked for historical societies, museums, and archives across Chicagoland, but it was in her role as a corporate digital asset management associate where she developed her passion for data organization. It was with this passion and her love of libraries that she decided to continue her career as a migration librarian for ByWater Solutions. In her free time, Jessica enjoys staying active and spending her days outdoors.

Jessie Zairo

Jessie Zairo

Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

Jessie Zairo

Jessie Zairo

Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

Jessie has both graduate and undergraduate degrees in Library Science; receiving her MLIS from the University of South Florida. Her previous experience as a Law Librarian and as Member Services Coordinator for an 18 county library consortium in Florida provided her with the opportunity to work and train with libraries of all sizes and types. Her primary professional interests are advocacy, outreach and training library staff on everything from technology to project management and customer service techniques. In her spare time she is an avid runner, traveler, outdoors lover and crafter.

Josh Barron

Josh Barron

Eastern U.S. Sales Representative

Josh Barron

Josh Barron

Eastern U.S. Sales Representative

Josh has a degree in Sports Management and Marketing from the University of New Haven. Before joining the team at ByWater he spent over 10 years of providing excellent customer service in sales and retail. He brings that experience and passion to help spread the Koha name and be able to bring it to libraries everywhere.

Joy Nelson

Joy Nelson

President, Koha Division

Joy Nelson

Joy Nelson

President, Koha Division

Joy Nelson is the President of ByWater Solutions Koha Division where she supports a staff that works to provide the absolute best possible ILS and exceptional service to libraries. After spending many years in libraries and various software development firms, she knows what makes for great code development and database management --and it's open source. It's about connecting with librarians and leveraging their skills and knowledge to make Koha better with each release.

Joy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and her Masters in Information Science from the University of North Texas. She has been active in the Koha community since 2011 and most recently was the Release Maintainer for 19.11 version and sincerely hopes she did not introduce any 'unintended features'.

When Joy's not at work or in the library, you can find her painting watercolors, traveling, and/or enjoying a dirty martini - gin, never vodka.

Julie Wilson

Julie Wilson

Support Lead

Julie Wilson

Julie Wilson

Support Lead

Julie has a MLS from Texas Woman’s University and has worked in special libraries in the field of print journalism. She stepped away from libraries to raise her daughter and has come back into the field to work at ByWater. She has had a lifetime love for libraries and currently lives in central Texas.

Kalleen Marquise

Kalleen Marquise

Partner Engagement

Kalleen Marquise

Kalleen Marquise

Partner Engagement

Kalleen holds a MLIS from the University of South Florida and a BA in English from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). She has over seven years of experience working in public service in public and academic libraries. Kalleen is passionate about providing outstanding customer service and getting to know library partners far and wide. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the natural wonders of Florida and countries on her travel bucket list.

Kelly McElligott

Kelly McElligott

Educator

Kelly McElligott

Kelly McElligott

Educator

Kelly received her MLIS from the University of Arizona and her BA from Mercyhurst University. She has worked as a librarian in the public library sector as a cataloger, systems and adult programming. As an educator with Bywater, her focus is to help, educate, and manage change for libraries and librarians around the globe.

Kyle Hall

Kyle Hall

Director of Development & Operations, Loose Cannon

Kyle Hall

Kyle Hall

Director of Development & Operations, Loose Cannon

Kyle is the Senior Developer at ByWater Solutions. He received his B.S in Computer Science and M.S. in Information Technology from Edinboro University of PA.

Kyle has spent his entire career as part of the Koha community working to make Koha better than ever. His work not only included enhancing Koha itself, but also authorship of the Koha Offline Circulation tool and an untold number of Koha plugins. He is also the author of Libki, an Open Source library kiosk management system.

Liz Rea

Liz Rea

Swiss Army Kohacker

Liz Rea

Liz Rea

Swiss Army Kohacker

From Polytech academic libraries, public libraries large and small, brewery libraries, and everything in between, Liz has helped Koha libraries succeed for over 10 years. Avid open source fanatic and general doer of things for the Koha community, she loves libraries and fights fiercely for security, privacy, usability, and freedom for Koha users.

Lucas Gass

Lucas Gass

Developer

Lucas Gass

Lucas Gass

Developer

Lucas received his MLIS from San Jose State University. He spent 7 years working in public libraries and 4 as a systems librarian. In his free time, Lucas loves skiing, mountain biking, and anything outdoors.

Margaret Hade

Margaret Hade

Support Lead

Margaret Hade

Margaret Hade

Support Lead

Margaret’s love affair with libraries began as a volunteer at her local public library when she was thirteen. Since then she’s worked in public, academic, and specialty libraries; interacting with library users and library software of all kinds. She earned her M.L.I.S. at the University of Denver and has a B.A. in History, minor in Chinese language and culture, from The College of New Jersey. As a support lead, Margaret nurtures ByWater Solutions’ partnerships.

Mark Noble

Mark Noble

Aspen Discovery Team Lead

Mark Noble

Mark Noble

Aspen Discovery Team Lead

Mark graduated with a degree in Architectural Engineering, but moved immediately into software development. More than half his career has been spent building software for libraries with the majority of the time spent working on Discovery software. He enjoys creating innovative new functionality to make library software work better for patrons and staff. In his spare time, Mark enjoys being outdoors running and hiking, traveling, and hanging out with his kids.

Mitch Morrison

Mitch Morrison

Systems Team Lead

Mitch Morrison

Mitch Morrison

Systems Team Lead

Mitch has been tuning Unix and Linux servers for over 30 years for a wide variety of environments including higher education, research, large scale e-commerce, and credit card processing. He is passionate about providing excellent service and communication to people of all technical levels. In his down time he enjoys reading, music, and cooking.

Nathan Curulla

Nathan Curulla

CRO

Nathan Curulla

Nathan Curulla

CRO

Nathan has a degree in Business Management and Marketing, and has expert customer service and relationship development experience. His extensive sales experience in regional, national and international forums has given him a broad scope with regard to our clients needs. He has also successfully managed many operational projects, maximizing work flow procedures and streamlining business operations.

Nick Clemens

Nick Clemens

Sonic Screwdriver

Nick Clemens

Nick Clemens

Sonic Screwdriver

Nick lives in Vermont with 2 humans and 2 cats. He enjoys long walks in the code, debugging by candlelight, and discovering new library work-flows. Nick loves being part of the ByWater team and helping librarians and computers get along.

Sarah Maseto

Sarah Maseto

Assistant Business Manager

Sarah Maseto

Sarah Maseto

Assistant Business Manager

Sarah studied business management at Southern Connecticut State University and has over 10 years of experience in working closely with customers in many different support-centric business environments. Sarah brings her impressive organizational skills and operations experience to the table while maintaining healthy communication with ByWater partners regarding contracts, renewals, and billing questions.

Todd Goatley-Seals

Todd Goatley-Seals

Koha Evangelist and Support

Todd Goatley-Seals

Todd Goatley-Seals

Koha Evangelist and Support

Todd hales from the Washoe County Library System in Reno/Tahoe, NV. It's a large and wonderful library system nestled in the incredible Sierra Mountain Range. He came to Reno/Tahoe via Southeast Florida a move that changed his life in many ways. He enjoys running, biking, skiing, traveling and sharing time with family and attending community events.

Our Sales Philosophy

ByWater Solutions has a unique outlook on Sales. We avoid high pressure tactics at all cost. Interested in migrating from your existing ILS or Platform?

Library Partners

ByWater Solutions currently supports over 1,500 individual library sites. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate implementation processes with library systems of all sizes. Our customers range from small special collections to large multi-type consortia ranging from 7 to 100 member groups.

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Company Partners

ByWater Solutions believes that to provide the best possible service companies need to work together. That is why we work in close partnership with the following companies to improve Koha for our libraries.