About Us

Supported Autonomy, Success is a Team Effort, Tangible Results, Humble Expertise

Founded in 2015 in Dayton, Ohio, Mile Two is a trusted partner with experience building custom software for a range of diverse clients, including startups, Fortune 500 companies, and the US government.

Mile Two has developed a collaborative culture that encourages employees to support one another and collectively explore ideas and generate solutions, which fosters innovation and encourages employees to build relationships and trust across disciplines. Our culture is built on our core values: Supported Autonomy, Success is a Team Effort, Tangible Results, and Humble Expertise.

Mile Two Crew

Alexis Adams
Alexis Adams Associate UX/UI Designer Union, OH

Hobbies: Working out and hanging out with family and friends.

Pets: Two rottweilers (Waylon & Milli), one pitbull (Bella), and two cats (Oliver & Pumpkin).

Iftekhar Ahmed Senior Quality Assurance Engineer Cincinnati, OH

Top 3 movies of all time: Kung Fu Panda, Perfume Movie, 50 First Dates.

Favorite food/meal: Fish & Chips, Chicken & Shrimp Carbonara, Chicken Wings.

Layla Akilan Cognitive Systems Engineer Manager Dayton, OH

Something interesting about yourself: I organize fundraiser annually that benefit children with autism and other disabilities in the community.

Hobbies: Olympic weightlifting.

Chris Antonik
Chris Antonik Program Manager Dallas, TX

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Favorite sports teams: Buckeyes and Browns.

Favorite food/meal: Normal: Pizza, Slightly atypical: Uni, Obscure: Beef Rendang.

Tomasz Bartler, PhD Senior Software Engineer Cincinnati, OH

Hobbies: Running, photography, and chess.

Dave Best Technical Director Miamisburg, OH

Favorite food/meal: Pancake House with the family, Mango Curry from Thai 9.

Best restaurant: Thai 9 or El Meson.

Ken Best Quality Assurance Engineer Covington, KY

Something interesting about yourself: I am the son of immigrants. My parents are from the small Island of Barbados in the West Indies. I was born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in Cincinnati.

Hobbies: R/C Vehicles, Cycling, Fishing, Traveling, Movies, Concerts and Shows.

Susmita Bhowmik Associate Software Engineer Brooklyn, NY

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Top 3 movies of all time: Fight Club, Mean Girls, and Silence of the Lambs.

Hobbies: During my free time, I love to read, explore new places, discover new food, cook, and play board games.

Marisa Bigelow Cognitive Systems Engineer Lead Raleigh, NC

Top 3 movies of all time: Clue, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Jurassic Park.

Best restaurant: Blue Danube (great pies).

Thomas Blackburn Senior DevSecOps Engineer Fairborn, OH

Top 3 movies of all time: The Three Musketeers (1973), Gojira (1954), Lord of the Rings Trilogy (have to watch it in one sitting)

Hobbies: Reading, Board Games (games like Everdell, Terraforming Mars, Scythe, A Feast for Odin, etc…), Movies

Misty Blankley Proposal Manager Beavercreek, OH

Top 3 movies of all time: Fifth Element, Cinderella Man, and Anna and the King.

Favorite food/meal: Pho – Basil Fried Rice – Red Curry – Tikka Masala.

Pets: One puppy named Odin

Craig Boman Software Engineer Dayton, OH

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Top 3 movies of all time: Amelie, The Minimalists, and Get Out.

Hobbies: Bagpiper, guitarist, camping.

Jake Borkosky Senior Quality Assurance Engineer Cincinnati, OH

Someone who has had a positive impact on your life: My group of friends from college.

Best restaurant: Frickers.

Luka Bostick
Luka Bostick Associate UX/UI Designer Clayton, OH

Pronouns: They, Them, Theirs, He, Him, His

Something interesting about yourself: I can do the Macarena on a pogo stick.

Pets: I have a lot of goofy wonderful pets – Kittypurr, Kahlo, Banjo, Poe, Waffles, Cinnamon, and Maple.

Michael Bowman Portfolio Director Dayton, OH

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Favorite food/meal: Small 3-Way w/Habanero Cheese and Cheese Coney w/Habanero Cheese.

Best restaurant: Skyline.

Jason Brooks
Jason Brooks Quality Assurance Engineering Manager Cincinnati, OH

Something interesting about yourself: I used to be a DJ, I have hosted 3 different radio shows, used to perform music and I have a blog.

Someone who has had a positive impact on your life: My father, he taught me to work hard, go after what you want, discipline, strength and how to deal with adversity.

Danielle Brown Associate Software Engineer Springboro, OH

Top 3 movies of all time: What Dreams May Come, WALL-E, and Princess Bride.

Pets: Two dogs – Mayhem (rottweiler/hound mix), Havoc (shepard/chow mix).

Andrea Brunner System Engineer Dayton, OH

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Something interesting about yourself: I love the Renaissance fair, I got married there and I sew most of my costumes.

Pets: Two American Staffordshire Terriers (Bitty and Axton), one AmStaff/boxer/American Bulldog mix (Quinn), one Chi mix (Mordecai), three bearded dragons – Drogon, Viserion, Rhaegal, two jungle carpet pythons – Ares and Athena.

Jonny Butler
Jonny Butler Design Manager South Lebanon, OH

Favorite food/meal: Anything Italian, Greek, Indian and Thai.

Hobbies: Family hikes, family games, primitive survival skills, songwriting/guitar/music production, woodworking/custom fabrication.

Chase Buttery
Chase Buttery Associate Software Engineer Bellbrook, OH

Hobbies: Tennis and any sort of competition or sport. I have recently done drone racing, kickball, and golf.

Pets: Cooper, the fastest mini goldendoodle of all time!

Chris Caldwell
Chris Caldwell Engineering Manager Springboro, OH

Something interesting about yourself: I enjoy taking vacations to Thailand with my wife and daughter and going for long bike rides.

Hobbies: Road biking, hockey, and video games.

Brandin Canfield Associate Software Engineer Dayton, OH

Favorite food/meal: Lobster, Pizza, Steak.

Hobbies: Weightlifting, playing sports, gaming.

Raphael Carranza Business Development Manager Dayton, OH

Favorite sports teams: Cleveland Indians, Cavs, Browns, Ohio State Buckeyes.

Hobbies: Sportcial, Golf, Travel.

Zack Chadwick
Zack Chadwick Systems Administrator Dayton, OH

Something interesting about yourself: I accidentally detached my thumb from my hand while riding a bike, it was mother’s day in third grade. They reattached it but it has been a little bit shorter than the other ever since.

Hobbies: Video games (Not a ton of time anymore), spinning things up on my homelab, incomplete home improvement projects.

Jonathan Cherry Portfolio Director Tipp City, OH

Top 3 movies of all time: Harold and Maude, The Fountain, and Seven Samurai.

Best restaurant: The French Laundry, Coldwater Cafe, and Le Mani in Pasta.

Dakota Clawson
Dakota Clawson Associate Software Engineer Centerville, OH

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Best restaurant: Pine Club

Pets: I have a chocolate Labrador retriever named “Freya”. She is my world!

Anthony Cobranchi Software Engineer Lander, WY

Pets: I have 3 dogs, 3 cats, and 2 birds. The dogs’ names are Ice, Ember, and Luna. The cats’ names are Lily, Zane, and Gandalf. The birds’ names are Mercury and Saturn.

Top 3 movies of all time: My top three favorite movies are: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, 300, and Gladiator.

Emily Cory, PhD Portfolio Director Springboro, OH

Hobbies: writing, sewing and gardening.

Pets: Two dogs (both rescues) – Sophie (yorkie poo) and Bentley (mini schnoodle).

Andy Czupik Senior Software Engineer Dayton, OH

Favorite sports teams: Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers.

Top 3 movies of all time: The Sting, The Usual Suspects, The Sixth Sense.

Chris Dickman Engineering Manager Dayton, OH

Something interesting about yourself: I love epic road trips.

Hobbies: I enjoy working on anything with wheels.

Nick Dittoe
Nick Dittoe UX/UI Designer Kettering, OH

Hobbies: Playing piano/drums, listening to audio books, and traveling the world to try new things.

Someone who has had a positive impact on your life: My Grandma is 94, and has so much positive energy and youth pouring out of her, it’s hard not to get inspired. Attitude can trump aging, and I believe that because of her.

Ryan Donahue
Ryan Donahue Senior Software Engineer Springboro, OH

Someone who has had a positive impact on your life: My high school computer teacher who inspired me to pursue a technical degree and career.

Top 3 movies of all time: Big Fish, Fight Club, Good Will Hunting.

Lisa Douglas, PhD Senior Cognitive Systems Engineer Kettering, OH

Favorite sports teams: Dayton Dragons, UD Flyers basketball, and Dallas Cowboys

Hobbies: biking, landscape design, and cello

Justin Dunham Engineering Manager Dayton, OH

Top 3 movies of all time: The Matrix, Dumb & Dumber, and Back to the Future.

Something interesting about yourself: I have been home brewing beer for years and love it. It is a great mix of science and creativity.

Missy Elliott Project Manager Maineville, OH

Favorite sports teams: OSU, Minnesota Gopher soccer, Bengals, Cowboys.

Hobbies: I play lots of sports: volleyball, soccer, broomball, kickball, bowling, rock climbing and running group.

Kaleb Embaugh Senior Project Lead Orange Village, OH

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Hobbies: If it’s “nerdy” I probably have fun doing it. Anything from DnD to videogames, to learning about the latest in I/O Psychology. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the pets as well, we compete in Rally (obedience), Dock Diving, and Agility with our dogs.

Someone who has had a positive impact on your life: My parents are my biggest role models and I feel incredibly lucky to have had them in my life. They taught me intellectual curiosity, hard work, self-confidence, and integrity and I’m thankful for it every day.

Ren Estep
Ren Estep Software Engineer Washington Township, OH

Top 3 movies of all time: Jurassic Park, Aliens, and Fifth Element.

Hobbies: Running, drawing, learning.

John Fay Software Engineer Manager Kettering, OH

Hobbies: Lately I am interested in anything that gets me closer to nature and doesn’t break the bank. So that can be a lot from backpacking, fishing, disc golf, walking the dogs etc.

Pets: Two dogs – Dexter and Willow (German Shepherd’s).

AJ Ferguson
AJ Ferguson Project Lead Dayton, OH

What do you like about Dayton: I love Dayton because of all the people passionate about making it even better – business owners, artists, community leaders, volunteers, etc.

Hobbies: Yard games, sand volleyball, tennis, carpentry.

John Flach, PhD Senior Cognitive Systems Engineer Dayton, OH

Someone who has had a positive impact on your life: My wife (Linnea/Bits) keeps me grounded. Jim Kenny got me interested in Psychology at St. Joe’s. Rich Jagacinski shaped my early academic vision.

Hobbies: Took up classical guitar a few years ago–clumsy, but enthusiastic guitar player – specializing in kids and campfire songs. Indoor Soccer. Teasing grandkids.

Mark Fogel
Mark Fogel Learning & Development Manager Centerville, OH

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Something interesting about yourself: I’m really good at Tetris on the original 8-bit Game Boy, which, incredibly, is something I’ve leveraged into neither fame nor fortune.

Hobbies: Writing; wistfully imagining what it must be like to paint in oils as a hobby.

Andy Garrett Engineering Manager Xenia, OH

Favorite food/meal: Sushi, Mexican, or a nice slab of Brisket.

Hobbies: Currently lead Trail Life, an outdoor leadership program for boys. We serve 80+ boys in the Miami Valley, and help organize 30+ dads who volunteer with the troop.

Brad Gatchel Technical Recruiter Dayton, OH

Favorite sports teams: Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers and Penn State University, Wright State University, and University of Dayton.

Hobbies: Hanging out with my family, detailing cars, coaching, DIY home projects.

Steve Gentile Engineering Manager Kettering, OH

Favorite sports teams: The Ohio State Buckeyes.

Top 3 movies of all time: Lord of the Rings series, The Matrix, and Star Wars Return of the Jedi.

Tony Gilkerson Senior Solutions Architect Fairborn, OH

Something interesting about yourself: I placed third in the WV state wrestling tournament back in my high school days.
More recently I own a wedding venue in Fairborn which is just an excuse for me to own a John Deere tractor and play around in the yard. I have a small observatory for my astronomy stuff.

Hobbies: Astro Photography and all the tech that surrounds it, just ask me; Outdoor stuff like backpacking; Cycling.

Sarah Gorman
Sarah Gorman Software Engineer Greater Cincinnati, OH

Favorite sports teams: OSU for college football, Nationals for MLB.

Top 3 movies of all time: The Princess Bride, Return to Me, and Remember the Titans.

Jeff Graley President Beavercreek, OH

Favorite sports teams: San Antonio Spurs and West Virginia University

Someone who has had a positive impact on your life: My Dad (both parents really). He always sacrificed his goals to do what he felt was right by other people.

Shaunna Graley Employee Appreciation Coordinator Beavercreek, OH

Something interesting about yourself: I’m a huge Stephen King fan and amateur book collector.

Pets: Two dogs – Vedder (Golden Retriever) and Zoey (Great Pyrenees mix).

Stephen Gray Software Engineer Centerville, OH

Top 3 movies of all time: Inception, The Dark Knight and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Best restaurant: J Alexander’s / Redlands Grill.

Jordan Haggit, PhD Cognitive Systems Engineer Cincinnati, OH

Hobbies: Golf, fly fishing, triathlon.

Something interesting about yourself: As an undergrad I played soccer at Wright State before continuing on to grad school there.

True Hall
True Hall Software Engineer Beavercreek, OH

Favorite sports teams: Nebraska Cornhusker football, baseball and basketball. I really am not that invested in professional sports but tend to root for teams with Husker alumni.

Something interesting about yourself: I lived in Alaska for close to seven years, grades 7-12.

Nicholas Haven DevOps Engineer Hamilton, OH

Hobbies: I enjoy GNU plus Linux Software, gardening, and getting outdoors.

Something interesting about yourself: My first car was an ambulance.

Alex Heck Software Engineer Centerville, OH

Something interesting about yourself: Over the last year or two I have been teaching myself how to work on my car and have since plunged down the rabbit hole of chasing performance. I have a supercharger kit in the garage that I hope to have put on by the end of the season.

Hobbies: I enjoy working on my car, hiking / camping / generally being outdoors, playing video games, cycling, and hanging out with family.

Jed Helmers Software Engineer Dayton, OH

Favorite sports teams: Bad News Bears.

Top 3 movies of all time: Grosse Pointe Blank, Dark City, Waking Ned Devin.

Karl Hendrickson Human Factors Engineer Yellow Springs, OH

Something interesting about yourself: I was the drum major for my high school marching band.

Someone who has had a positive impact on your life: My mother, who always supported learning and discovery. Also, Harry, an early mentor who believed that software should be simple and easy to use.

Natalie Henningsen Human Resources Coordinator Dayton, OH

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Hobbies: Travel, backpacking, camping, hiking, kayaking, rollerblading, laser tag, wedding coordination (side hustle).

What I like about Dayton: The metroparks, the ice rink at Riverscape, Celtic festival, Greek festival, Neon movie theater, Woodland Cemetery, Sinclair College, The Fraze Pavilion.

Michael Heroux Technical Director Germantown, OH

Favorite sports teams: Washington Nationals and curling.

Pets: Three dogs – Bella, Cirsi, and Abe.

Jay Heyne
Jay Heyne Associate UX/UI Designer Indianapolis, IN

Pronouns: He, Him, His

What do you like about your currenty city: I love Dayton’s community events! Things such as Dayton Porchfest, the Fairborn Halloween Festival, or local street fairs.

In Indianapolis, I love picking a destination to bike to on the Monon Trail. I also enjoy how the White River cuts through the city into downtown.

Pets: I do not have any pets, but I hope to own a large breed dog – possibly a Bernese mountain dog.

Sarah Hill UX/UI Designer Cincinnati, OH

Pronouns: She, Her, They

Favorite sports teams: Cincinnati Bearcats (Football & Basketball), Cincinnati Reds.

Something interesting about yourself: I was in marching band for a collective 9 years (+3 years in middle school) as a Flute Player. I worked at the Cincinnati Zoo during the Harambe incident.

Jessie Hilliard Chief Financial Officer Fairfax Station, VA

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Favorite Meals: Sushi, Hogmaw, Cilantro Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa.

Hobbies: Biking, skiing, exploring local wineries & breweries, spending time with my sons.

Randy Hinders Director of IT Dayton, OH

Something interesting about yourself: The first five times that I took off in an airplane. I did not land inside an airplane.

Hobbies: Traveling and eating. My wife and I have been known to drive 4 hours one way for a great meal.

Didrik Hoag
Didrik Hoag Senior UX/UI Designer San Francisco, CA

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Favorite Meals: Almost anything in a shell: mussels, clams, crab, lobster, etc. Yes, even escargot.

Hobbies: Open water swimming, bodysurfing, blues harmonica, slow travel.

Stacie Hoelscher Chief Operating Officer Troy, OH

Favorite sports teams: You don’t attend Ohio State and leave with it NOT your favorite sports team.

Top 3 movies of all time: It’s a Wonderful Life, Pretty Woman, and Shawshank Redemption.

Lindsay Huling
Lindsay Huling Associate Software Engineer Beavercreek, OH

Top 3 movies of all time: Harry Potter 4, Law Abiding Citizen, and Bridesmaids.

Pets: Two dogs – Grady (Puggle) & Vader (Pug), and a snake – Salazar.

Sydney Ignet Associate UX/UI Designer Tipp City, OH

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Favorite Meals: Sushi.

Hobbies: Yoga, reading, and exploring new coffee shops.

Riza Ingalls Associate Software Engineer Dayton, OH

Favorite sports teams: I’d rather workout than watch sports.

Hobbies: Running, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, cycling, and yoga.

Denee Jones
Deneé Jones Associate UX/UI Designer Dayton, OH

Top 3 movies of all time: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Something interesting about yourself: Played french horn for Honor Band in Germany a long time ago.

Tim Jones
Tim Jones Associate DevOps Engineer Dayton, OH

Something interesting about yourself: Even though I am very involved in technology and work in the field I make it a point to take multiple tech detoxes per year to ground myself and get back to nature.

Hobbies: Woodworking, Meditation, & Music.

John Jung Senior Machine Learning Engineer Dayton, OH

Favorite sports teams: Cincinnati Bengals.

Something interesting about yourself: I’ve visited 37 of the 50 states.

Guethie Kane Software Engineer Sidney, OH

Something interesting about yourself: I speak French and I’m always seeking knowledge.

Andrew Kohls Associate UX/UI Designer Centerville, OH

Top 3 movies of all time: The Dark Knight, Shawshank Redemption, and Fight Club.

Hobbies: I love to be outdoors and hang out with friends. I also like to cook.

Anna Kristie Software Engineer Dayton, OH

Hobbies: Cycling, photography, cooking, singing at my church, and reading.

Favorite food/meal: Veggie tacos, curries, and pizza.

Irere Romeo Kwihangana Software Engineer Dayton, OH

Top 3 movies of all time: Jiro Dreams of Sushi, 500 Days of Summer, Avengers Endgame.

Favorite food/meal: General Tso’s Chicken, Breakfast food at any time of the day.

Paul Latif
Paul Latif Project Manager Troy, OH

Favorite sports teams: New York Yankees, New York Giants, New York Rangers, Chicago Bulls.

Top 3 movies of all time: Airplane, Coming to America, and Avengers Endgame.

Stacey Lawson Associate Software Engineer Franklin, OH

Something interesting about yourself: I grew up as a military brat and lived in Germany 3 times in my life, while never learning much of the language!

Hobbies: Traveling to Disney World, collecting video games and vinyl records.

Nero Lee Associate Software Engineer Dayton, OH

Top 3 movies of all time: The Color Purple, Warrior, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Favorite food/meal: Tikka Masala, Homemade Mac n Cheese, Sushi.

Tara Lee Quality Assurance Engineer Dayton, OH

Favorite sports teams: Ohio State Buckeye Football and Cincinnati Reds.

Something interesting about yourself: I was a licensed Social Worker for 10 years when I decided to make a career change. I somehow lucked out with a role in IT and Analytics where I have spent the last 10 years of my professional career.

Greg Lees Business Operations Manager Springboro, OH

Favorite sports teams: Cincinnati Reds, Ohio State Buckeyes, Cincinnati Bengals, UD Flyers, WSU Raiders, Dayton Dragons.

Pets: My wife and I have two cats named Taco and Rito (short for Burrito).

Jake Lester
Jake Lester Lead Linguist Kettering, OH

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Pets: We have 5 rescue cats: Ginger Louise, Boris Wilberforce, Liam Irving, Yoshi Jehosophat, and Phoebe Sophia.

Something interesting about yourself: I grew up in a photography studio in Cairo, Egypt. I love to shoot modern digital cameras and old-school medium format and 35mm film, which I develop myself.

Amy Linkous
Amy Linkous Chief Human Resources Officer Columbus, OH

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Favorite sports teams: The Buckeyes & any pro-team with Buckeye connections – currently a Titans fan because their coach Mike Vrabel is a Buckeye.

Hobbies: Cooking, reading, watching college football.

Dan Ly Facility Security Officer Englewood, OH

Favorite sports teams: Cleveland Browns.

Hobbies: Cooking and outdoor activities as long as my allergy allows me.

Jennifer Maher Software Engineer Lebanon, ME

Pronouns: She, They

Favorite food/meal: Beef Pho, Mac and Cheese, and Burgers.

Something interesting about yourself: In my free time I help run a local dance company and love to choreograph pieces and direct shows.

Rob Mahrt Program Controller Erie, PA

Current city: I live in Erie, PA with my wife, Rebecca, and our 3 pets.

Something interesting about yourself: I have over 1,000 old and rare books.

Greg Miller Accountant Sidney, OH

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Best restaurant: Half Shell Raw Bar (Key West, FL)

Something interesting about yourself: I run several marathons every year.

Ashley Mills Project Lead Englewood, OH

What I like about Dayton: I love that the majority of my family is here or close-by, allowing us to spend quality time with them. We also LOVE Dragon’s baseball and prior the this past year normally attend 15-20 games a season. Also, Dayton is central to most things so it is easy to get to anything you want or need. This is home.

Top 3 Movies of All Time: The Notebook, Love and Basketball, and Toy Story.

Ryan Miron Software Engineer Dayton, OH

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Favorite sports teams: Buffalo Sabres.

Pets: I have one dog named George (Dachshund Beagle mix).

Nino Mirtskhulava Associate Software Engineer Dayton, OH

Something interesting about yourself: I am from Republic of Georgia. I speak four languages and I like to play chess.

Someone who has had a positive impact on your life: My family for teaching me deep valuable messages and the investments they made on me. My parents for love, integrity, and guidance. My grandparents for imparting wisdom, work ethic, and family values. My brother for being my best friend, motivator, mentor and role model.

Leia Moore
Leia Moore Associate Cognitive Systems Engineer Sandusky, OH

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Favorite food/meal: Any kind of breakfast food.

Something interesting about yourself: I played college basketball (at more than one college due to transferring).

Alex Morison, PhD Chief Science Officer Dayton, OH

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Favorite sports teams: I’ve played volleyball and golf pretty consistently until recently; time is in short supply. So I enjoy watching the Pittsburgh Penguins (while washing dishes or folding clothes).

Top 3 movies of all time: Easy, Spaceballs, The Princess Bride.

Jennifer Mullins
Jennifer Mullins Executive Assistant Dayton, OH

Top 3 movies of all time: The Color Purple, East of Eden, and Bridesmaids.

Someone who has had a positive impact on your life: Pat Garland, a former boss that told me everyday: “thanks for coming back today”.

Isidore Dez Munyeshuli Software Engineer Dayton, OH

Something interesting about yourself: My last name literally means “student” and my parents weren’t wrong: I absolutely love to learn. I also still speak 4 languages fluently and I have spoken more languages growing up.

Someone who has had a positive impact on your life: My parents! The two most hard-working and visionary people I have ever known!

Amanda Neff
Amanda Neff Mid-Level UX/UI Designer West Carrollton, OH

Hobbies: Dungeons & Dragons 5e, anime and manga, digital illustration, casual biking, Pokemon, video games, Dance Dance Revolution and spending quality time with my husband and 3 cats, Noah Babs and GrrGrr.

Pets: Three rats named Quarkus, Cookie, and Cream and three cats named Noah, Babs, and GrrGrr.

Jenny Olsen Senior Software Engineer Portland, OR

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Something interesting about yourself: I haven’t driven a car since I was 17.

Hobbies: Reading, cooking, gardening, drawing.

Caitlin Pennington Quality Assurance Engineer Dayton, OH

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Top 3 movies of all time: The Emperor’s New Groove, The Duchess, and Robin Hood Men in Tights.

Something interesting about yourself: I trained to be a professional ballerina, and actually got a position with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater when I was 18 before I decided I’d rather be judged by the content of my character instead of the bone structure of my hips or the shape of my feet.

Sarah Pleasant Project Manager Piqua, OH

Favorite sports teams: Cleveland Browns.

Pets: I have one dog named Griffin, he is a Boston Terrier.

Carlos Portis
Carlos Portis Project Lead Dayton, OH

Favorite sports teams: Cleveland Browns & Ohio State.

Hobbies: Playing basketball any chance I get, design, coaching my kids’ team & traveling.

Kelsea Potter Software Engineer Fairborn, OH

Hobbies: Anime, K-Pop, video games, crafting / working with my Cricut, running during racing season, and enjoying time with my two pomeranians & husband.

Best Restaurant: Flyby BBQ.

Dawn Roth-Smith Office Coordinator Dayton, OH

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Favorite Sports Teams: Dayton Dragons, Gonzaga Basketball, & Columbus Crew FC

Top 3 movies of all time: The Princess Bride, Desk Set, & Signing in the Rain

Jorge Sánchez Chief Technology Officer Dayton, OH

Best restaurant: One of my favorites in Dayton is Kabuki. I had the chance to go to a place called the Herb Farm in Seattle for my honeymoon.
That was something else.

Hobbies: River surfing, free diving, biking, running, swimming, cooking.

Jackie Scheid Associate UX/UI Designer Miamisburg, OH

Something interesting about yourself: If I could have any super power, it would be the ability to speak with animals and shapeshifting.

Hobbies: Art, horse riding, video games, hiking, reading.

Alex Service Machine Learning Engineer Dayton, OH

Best Restaurant: Taco Loco.

Pets: Two dogs, Dobi (Shepherd mix) and Pan Pan (Corgi).

Michael Smith, PhD Cognitive Systems Engineer Manager

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Favorite food/meal: My mother-in-law’s refried beans.

Hobbies: Bike riding, cooking, reading.

Paul Spurlock
Paul Spurlock DevOps Engineer Miamisburg, OH

Favorite sports teams: Green Bay Packers, The Reds and UK Basketball.

Pets: One dog – Tate (retired greyhound racer) and one fat cat – Duke.

Chuck Stidham Contracts Manager Cincinnati, OH

Favorite sports teams: Cincinnati Bearcats and Dayton Flyers

Kayla Sturgeon
Kayla Sturgeon Associate Software Engineer Centerville, OH

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Hobbies: I play Magic the Gathering and paint the cards in my spare time. I also enjoy a wide variety of video games, reading on my porch, and buying more board games than I will ever have time to play.

Pets: One dog – Mando (Chihuahua Corgi Boston Terrier mix) and one cat – Reginald (Turkish Angora).

Ariel Swift Associate UX/UI Designer Cincinnati, OH

Something interesting about yourself: I’m a 4th generation designer and my dad, my sister, and myself all went to DAAP. My dad studied industrial design, my sister studied fashion, and I studied graphic so we like to say we hit the design trifecta.

Favorite food/meal: Sushi and Thanksgiving dinner.

Joshua Tang Machine Learning Engineer Cleveland, OH

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Favorite food/meal: Gumbo, garlic eggplant, pho.

Hobbies: Fencing, dancing, music, game development, cooking and baking.

Aaron Thomas
Aaron Thomas Senior Systems Administrator Fairborn, OH

Pronouns: He, They

What I like about Dayton: Dayton has a large and varied art scene and lots of great pop-up and farmers markets, and the breweries.

Something interesting about yourself: I can’t whistle very well at all even though I’ve tried forever.

Alex Thornbury Engineering Lead Liberty Township, OH

Best Restaurant: Pappadeaux.

Mountain Biking, Power/Olympic Lifting, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Learning.

Damon Troncone UX/UI Designer Clayton, OH

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Hobbies: Playing ukulele, juggling, painting, watching Netflix and obsessing over my cat Kittypurr.

Pets: Two dogs – Banjo (lab mix) and Poe (catahoula) and two black cats (Kittypurr and Kahlo).

Austin Van Scoik UX/UI Designer Dayton, OH

Top 3 movies of all time: Fellowship of the Ring (extended edition), Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Spirited Away.

Something interesting about yourself: I have a modest collection of books/graphic novels and I make a mean pistachio cheesecake.

Jennifer Vasquez
Jennifer Vasquez Project Manager Springfield, OH

Something interesting about yourself: I trained Arabian horses in high school.

Pets: Two dogs – Apollo (Yellow Lab) and Roo (Dane/Mastiff/Irish Wolfhound mix).

Peter Venero Senior Cognitive Systems Engineer Dayton, OH

Top 3 Movies of all time: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Titanic, and The Departed.

Favorite food/meal: Porterhouse Medium Rare.

Taj Virani Engineering Manager Springboro, OH

Favorite sports teams: Toronto Maple Leafs.

Best restaurant: I would say the best Chinese food I have ever had was at Peking Garden in Kettering.

Ashley Wade Cognitive Systems Engineering Development Manager Centerville, OH

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Pets: Two Tortoiseshell cats (Emma & Evie).

Hobbies: Knitting, reading, hiking, disc golf, roller skating.

Kati Walker
Kati Walker Cognitive Systems Engineer Dayton, OH

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Pets: I have two black cats named Porter and Hugo.

Hobbies: Sewing, quilting, random other crafts that allow me to add to the craft hoard…

Amanda Walther Program Manager Beavercreek, OH

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Something interesting about yourself: I used to design custom wedding invitations and stationery.

Hobbies: Coaching basketball, gardening, cooking, camping.

Shelby White
Shelby White Senior UX/UI Designer Dayton, OH

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Hobbies: Video games, crafts, and cosplay.

Something interesting about yourself: I am the President/Event Chair for the Dayton chapter of Extra Life. Extra Life is a national organization dedicated to raising money for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

David Will
David Will Software Quality Assurance Engineer Dayton, OH

Top 3 movies of all time: The Shawshank Redemption, V for Vendetta, & A Few Good Men

Favorite food/meal: Pasta Carbonara and Loaded Potato Soup

Mimi Zahedi Associate UX/UI Designer Kettering, OH

Hobbies: Pottery, quilting (maybe.. juries still out), baking/cake decorating, and plants!

Favorite food/meal: Breakfast! Especially pancakes. Favorite dinner option is Tahchin (Persian lamb & saffron yogurt rice dish).