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Nick Lee

Software Engineer ||

Nick Lee

Software Engineer ||

Education: University of Wisconsin - BS Math, Finance

Life before Civis: I've spent the last 5 years working on web applications. Prior to that, I worked in corporate finance.

Fun Fact: I own around 90 pairs of shoes.

Tony Garcia Acosta

Client Success Analyst

Tony Garcia Acosta

Client Success Analyst

Education: BS, Information and Decision Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago

Life before Civis: My past involves data and CRM consultancy for civically active organizations, as well as being a part-time children's STEM instructor.

Fun Fact: I can usually be seen wearing an expressive enamel pin on my lapel. I got the inspiration from Madeleine Albright.

Katherine Shelley

Software Engineer ||

Katherine Shelley

Software Engineer ||

Education: Master of Data Science, Master of Science; Mathematics, Bachelor of Arts; Mathematics and Economics

Life before Civis: I previously worked at MITRE as a Lead Data Analyst supporting customers at the FAA, answering questions related to risk of runway operations. Previously, I worked as a Senior Engineer at Cogniac, a small computer vision startup in Silicon Valley, working on REST APIs and data integrations such as image processing.

Fun Fact: I am the middle of 5 children, and the only one of my siblings who does not work in healthcare.

Felix Wong

Senior Software Engineer

Felix Wong

Senior Software Engineer

Education: B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Life before Civis: Nearly 20 years in tech, ranging from systems administration to software development

Fun Fact: I really enjoy baking things for friends, both sweet and savory!

Ari Ehrmann

Software Engineer ||

Ari Ehrmann

Software Engineer ||

Education: B.A. in Computer Science from Brandeis University

Life before Civis: I grew up in Chicago, moving out to Boston for undergrad. After returning to Chicago, I worked at various startups, most recently Wyzant, a marketplace for students to find tutors in a huge variety of subjects.

Fun Fact: I played drums, guitar and bass in a (pretty horrible) high school rock band, mostly playing alt-rock covers from bands like the Strokes and Radiohead.

Carrie Utter

Software Engineer I

Carrie Utter

Software Engineer I

Education: Bachelor of Science from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Life before Civis: I was a student.

Fun Fact: I love dogs.

Giovanni Meneses

IT Support Specialist

Giovanni Meneses

IT Support Specialist

Education: I received an AA of Computer Information Systems from Miami Dade College

Life before Civis: Originally from Miami, I worked with Northwestern University at a satellite campus for their school of business. Previously to Civis, I was working at Uptake.

Fun Fact: I have a dual citizenship, I have a passport for Colombia and the US. I'm also bilingual.

Heidi Fleck

Sr. Product Designer

Heidi Fleck

Sr. Product Designer

Education: MS in Human-Computer Interaction from DePaul University, BS in Business Administration from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Life before Civis: UX design and digital marketing in hospitality, lending and risk management industries

Fun Fact: Seeking tips on how to get on Wheel of Fortune

Gabby Skifstad

Software Engineer

Gabby Skifstad

Software Engineer

Education: BS in Computational and Applied Math from University of Chicago

Life before Civis: student

Fun Fact: I taught my self how to make and decorate fondant cakes

Salil Gupta

Software Engineer

Salil Gupta

Software Engineer

Education: BS in Computer Science from Northwestern University

Life before Civis: Hipster wannabe

Fun Fact: Only dudes compliment me on my red chucks

Eva Gonciarczyk

DevOps Engineer ||

Eva Gonciarczyk

DevOps Engineer ||

Education: BA Journalism; double minor Photography & Japanese; certificate in Magazine Production.

Life before Civis: Linux Sysadmin-ing & I delivered pizza by bike!

Fun Fact: I have 14 piercings but am too afraid to look at the needles.

Coleman Smith

Software Engineer ||

Coleman Smith

Software Engineer ||

Education: B.A. in Chemistry from University of Chicago

Life before Civis: I'm a Chemist turned Chemical Engineer turned Software Engineer.

Fun Fact: I've managed to wreck a lab bench while making soap.

Michael LaRue

Senior Tech Lead

Michael LaRue

Senior Tech Lead

Education: BS in Computer Science: Human-Computer Interaction from DePaul University.

Life before Civis: I've worked in technology for organizations as small as 16 employees to as large as 300,000 employees.

Fun Fact: I started a neighborhood newspaper when I was 10 years old.

Kyle Kurtenbach

Senior Software Engineer

Kyle Kurtenbach

Senior Software Engineer

Education: BA in Computer Science and Philosophy from Beloit College

Life before Civis: I previously worked in tech in Chicago.

Fun Fact: I'm always planning my next bicycle tour.

James Kylstra

Software Engineer

James Kylstra

Software Engineer

Education: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (B.A. Music and Philosophy); University of Chicago Law School (J.D.)

Life before Civis: I was a lawyer before I realized I would rather be a programmer.

Fun Fact: I did improv and sketch comedy in college.

Jackie Tapia

Software Engineer

Jackie Tapia

Software Engineer

Education: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Life before Civis: I was president of the ACM at UIC Student Chapter 2017.

Fun Fact: I'm a volunteer at the Anti-Cruelty Society.

Masa Aida

Principal Survey Scientist

Masa Aida

Principal Survey Scientist

Education:

Life before Civis:

Fun Fact:

Chris Perry

Senior DevOps Engineer

Chris Perry

Senior DevOps Engineer

Education: MPA, University of Washington; BA in Philosophy, concentration in logic and philosophy of science, University of Washington

Life before Civis: I was involved in agricultural development Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa.

Fun Fact: My favorite band is Sleep.

Haley Bryant

Product Designer

Haley Bryant

Product Designer

Education: BA in Professional Writing and Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University

Life before Civis: Haley spent a year tutoring math in the Chicago public schools followed by a Product Design role at a early stage Matter startup called Below Your Belt

Fun Fact: Draws New Yorker style cartoons (that have yet to appear in the New Yorker), and can crack two eggs at a time.

Ben Luo

IT Manager

Ben Luo

IT Manager

Education: BS in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology

Life before Civis: System Administrator at Apcera

Fun Fact: Grew 6 inches one summer back when he was a teen.

Saranga Komanduri

Principal Software Architect

Saranga Komanduri

Principal Software Architect

Education: PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University

Life before Civis: Geek Squad before it was called Geek Squad

Fun Fact: As a four-year-old, aspired to be Animal from the Muppets and learned to play the drums.

John Kulzick

Senior Data Architect

John Kulzick

Senior Data Architect

Education: MBA, Chicago Booth. BS in General Engineering, BA in French Commercial Studies from UIUC.

Life before Civis: Worked in asset management and as a consultant

Fun Fact: Played the violin for 12 years

Leanne Miller

Software Engineer

Leanne Miller

Software Engineer

Education: B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Ancient Languages from Wheaton College.

Life before Civis: Translating Ancient Greek texts.

Fun Fact: Has studied 9 different languages.

Zach Friedlander

Software Engineer

Zach Friedlander

Software Engineer

Education: Joint BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College

Life before Civis: Harvey Mudd College '17

Fun Fact: Captain of his high school fencing team

Erica Elizaldi

Visual Designer

Erica Elizaldi

Visual Designer

Education: BS in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of San Francisco and a certificate in HCI (Human Computer Interaction)

Life before Civis: Lived in San Francisco for 11 years and previously worked as an Art Director in Mobile Advertising.

Fun Fact: Erica is Hypermobile through out my whole body! (double-jointed)

Chantel Miller

Software Engineer

Chantel Miller

Software Engineer

Education: MS in Analytics from the University of Chicago; BA in Biology, BA in Political Science (American and Comparative Politics) from Washington University in St. Louis

Life before Civis: Previously worked in QA then Software Development in legal consulting

Fun Fact: Working on seeing a baseball game in all 30 MLB stadiums.

Mike Saelim

Software Engineer II

Mike Saelim

Software Engineer II

Education: BS in Physics and Mathematics from Michigan State University, MS and PhD in Physics from Cornell University

Life before Civis: Previously did research in particle physics, and then software engineering at GrubHub

Fun Fact: Has watched almost every episode of Good Eats at least three times

John Kerkstra

Senior DevOps Engineer

John Kerkstra

Senior DevOps Engineer

Education: BS in Science

Life before Civis: Dog Walker

Fun Fact: Maintainer of two lovable cats: Battlecat and Voodoo

Jonathan Cobian

Tech Lead

Jonathan Cobian

Tech Lead

Education: BS In Computer Science from University of Notre Dame

Life before Civis: Grew up in Orlando, FL

Fun Fact: I am a lifelong Survivor fan

Chelsea Badiola

Product Designer

Chelsea Badiola

Product Designer

Education: B.S. in Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology

Life before Civis: Completed a fellowship program in human-centered design.

Fun Fact: Currently getting a certification in health coaching.

Evelyn Ting

Software Engineer

Evelyn Ting

Software Engineer

Education: Amherst College

Life before Civis: Grew up in Cleveland, Ohio

Fun Fact: I enjoy philosophical discussions.

Alexis Perlmutter

Senior Product Manager

Alexis Perlmutter

Senior Product Manager

Education: MBA from University of Washington, BA from New York University

Life before Civis: Alexis previously worked in product management at Amazon, digital strategy for Funders Together to End Homelessness, and policy advocacy for the National Immigrant Justice Center.

Fun Fact: When not at work, Alexis spends her time on interior design projects for friends and family and with her dogs in local parks.