Core Team

Anthony Minessale II

Lead Developer
And Primary Author

Brookfield, Wisconsin

IRC: anthm

Anthony Minessale is the primary author and founding member of the FreeSWITCH Open Source Soft-Switch. Anthony has spent close to 20 years working with open source software. In 2001, Anthony spent a great deal of time as an Asterisk developer and has authored numerous features and fixes to that project. In 2005, Anthony started coding a new idea for an open source voice application. The FreeSWITCH project was officially open to the public on Jan 1st 2006. In the years that follow, Anthony has been actively maintaining and leading the software development of the FreeSWITCH project.

Brian West


McAlester, Oklahoma

IRC: bkw

Brian West is a founding member of the FreeSWITCH team. He has been involved in open source telephony since 2003. Brian was heavily involved in the Asterisk open source PBX Project as a Bug Marshal and developer. In 2005, Brian joined the initiative that eventually lead to the FreeSWITCH Open Source Soft-Switch. Today, Brian serves as the General Manager of the FreeSWITCH project and keeps the software moving forward. Brian has countless skills as a developer, tester, manager and technologist and fills a vital role in the FreeSWITCH Community.

Michael Jerris


Ann Arbor, Michigan

IRC: mikej

Michael Jerris is a founding member of the FreeSWITCH Open Source Soft-Switch. Michael has been working with open source since the early 2000's. He contributed heavily to the Asterisk Open Source PBX and helped maintain the project infrastructure. In 2005, he joined the FreeSWITCH project as a founding member and has been working on the project since that time. Michael manages the platform and infrastructure side of the FreeSWITCH project and works directly on the code doing new features and improvements.

Ken Rice


Memphis, Tennessee

IRC: swk

Ken Rice has been working in telecom since 1991. He started using open source telephony in 2003. He has done countless projects on Asterisk in the early 2000's and was one of the first early adopters of FreeSWITCH in 2006 when the project became public. Since then he has worked heavily on the FreeSWITCH project contributing in numerous ways with patches and bug reports and testing. In 2012, Ken joined the FreeSWITCH team in an official capacity acting as the Stable Branch Maintainer sponsored by Star2Star Communications. Ken works heavily in the packaging and distribution of the stable branch of FreeSWITCH making the packaged releases possible for various operating systems.

William King


Seatle, Washington

IRC: quentusrex

William King has been working with open source telephony since 2002. He did several projects using Asterisk and discovered FreeSWITCH in 2007. Since then, he has immersed himself in all things FreeSWITCH. In 2008, he worked with Barracuda Networks on a FreeSWITCH-driven PBX product. In 2015, William joined the FreeSWITCH team as the director of automated testing and contributes heavily to the Debian packaging effort. William also serves as a developer on the project auditing the code and fixing open bugs and has authored various FreeSWITCH modules.

Notable Community Members

Kathleen King

Public Relations

Seattle, Washington

IRC: merosovrana

Kathleen King is a fresh face in the FreeSWITCH Community. She has been studying the art of programming by the time-tested age-old method of RTFM. She also constantly scours the commit logs and works to summarize them for the Week-In-Review posted every Tuesday on FaceBook and the FreeSWITCH Website. Miss King serves as the project's Social Media Correspondent publishing interesting news in the community where others can find it. Kathleen is a surviving veteran of ClueCon and also works to help make that event possible every year.

Italo Rossi

Natal, Brazil

IRC: italorossi

Italo Rossi is the CTO/Owner of Evolux a Call Center ACD & Analytics company. He started in the FreeSWITCH community with small contributions and helping to organize the documentation sprints. Today he is a crucial part of the documentation team, a bug marshal, Verto Communicator developer, and mod_callcenter maintainer.

Giovanni Maruzzelli

Milano, Italy

IRC: gmaruzz

Giovanni Maruzzelli (OpenTelecom.IT) is heavily engaged with FreeSWITCH, and the interface with Skype and cellular phones author. He's a consultant for the Telco sector, develops software and training courses for FreeSWITCH, SIP, WebRTC, Kamailio, and OpenSIPS. An Internet tech pioneer, in 1996 Giovanni was cofounder of Italia Online, the most popular Italian portal and consumer ISP, and architect of its Internet technologies. Then supervisor of Internet operations and architect of the first engine for paid access to , the most read financial newspaper in Italy and to its databases (migrated from mainframe). After that, he was CEO of venture capital funded Matrice, developing Telemail unified messaging and multi language phone access to email (Text To Speech), and CTO of incubator funded Open4, an open source managed applications provider. He was in Serbia for two years as Internet and Telecommunication Investment Expert for World Bank - IFC. Since 2005 he's based in Italy, and serves ICT and Telco companies worldwide.