September 13-16, 2022
Dublin, Ireland + Virtual
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Thursday, September 15 • 11:00 - 11:40
Panel Discussion: Mental Health in Community Caretaking - Monica Ayhens-Madon, Independent; Karen Hixson, Karen Hixson LPC; Ruth Ikegah, CHAOSS; Amy Marrich, Red Hat

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Community caretakers are treasures in our open source communities. As social, economic, and environmental challenges mount in our world, burnout seems like an acceptable hazard in these roles. How do we give back and take care of our community caretakers? In this panel we’ll explore common issues with community management such as burnout, maintaining boundaries, and getting extra support when needed. The panel will feature community caretakers from across the open source ecosystem with a range of experiences and expertise. We will focus on various strategies to both normalize the discussion of mental health in these roles along with approaches to mitigate the impact of burnout. We hope to inspire other community caretakers to spark change and advocate for a focus on the social, emotional, and mental wellbeing of community caretakers and to support reasonable expectations in these roles. Attendees to the panel will receive a sense of solidarity with fellow community caretakers and come away with new practices to bring to their roles.

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Amy Marrich

Open Source Evangelist, Red Hat
Amy Marrich is an Open Source Evangelist at Red Hat. She currently serves as the Chair of the CentOS Project and on the Open Infrastructure Foundation Board of Directors and the CHAOSS Projects Governing Board. In addition she serves on the OpenStack Technical Committee, as chair... Read More →
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Monica Ayhens-Madon

Community Enabler, Independent
Monica Ayhens-Madon most recently served the Ubuntu Community Representative at Canonical, as part of the Community Team, where she advocated for volunteer contributors to the Ubuntu project, and supported community governance and initiatives. She is also an Ubuntu member and a contributor... Read More →
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Open Source Consultant, Bitergia
Ruth Ikegah is an Open Source Program Manager, Technical Writer, GitHub Star, and Public Speaker. She currently works as an Open Source Consultant at Bitergia. She also serves as the Community Lead for CHAOSS Africa. Ruth's impressive professional journey is marked by her unwavering... Read More →

K Hixson

Counselor, Karen Hixson LPC
K Hixson is a doctoral level professional counselor, clinical supervisor, and continuing education trainer living in Portland, Oregon. They are passionate about providing politically aware and social justice informed therapy in these challenging times. When they get time off, they... Read More →

Thursday September 15, 2022 11:00 - 11:40 IST
Wicklow Meeting Room 1 (Level 2)
  Community Leadership Conference, Community Management