Technology

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Technology

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

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), 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

Annie Darmofal

Lead Designer

Annie Darmofal

Lead Designer

Education: BS from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Life before Civis: Before Civis, Annie taught English in Spain, helped lawyers with technology and designed for users of a search driven analytics platform.

Fun Fact: First job was at an actual cheesecake factory (not to be confused with 'The Cheesecake Factory').

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.

Kayla Benker

Senior Data Engineer

Kayla Benker

Senior Data Engineer

Education: BA in Government from Claremont McKenna College

Life before Civis: Worked as an Online Data Coordinator for the 2012 Obama campaign and interned in the White House Photo Office

Fun Fact: Received an honorable mention in a 2001 issue of Nickelodeon Magazine for drawing Spongebob Squarepants

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

Paul Suda

Tech Lead

Paul Suda

Tech Lead

Education: Univ. of Missouri Columbia, didn't quite finish Math+CS

Life before Civis: Owned a small software business

Fun Fact: I'm a successful gardener, this year I have jalepeno, habanero, and ghost peppers growing.

Andrew Gnott

Software Engineer

Andrew Gnott

Software Engineer

Education: BS in Computer Science from the University of Notre Dame

Life before Civis: Student and former Civis intern

Fun Fact: Will find a four-leaf clover in almost any clover patch. Speed not guaranteed.

Allison Sullivan

Senior Product Manager

Allison Sullivan

Senior Product Manager

Education: Ph.D. in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania; B.A. in Political Science from Miami University

Life before Civis: 15 years of experience in survey research in academic, health care, business, and government settings

Fun Fact: Committed to getting Civis into the USA Today Snapshots

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.

Rupert Deese

Software Engineer II

Rupert Deese

Software Engineer II

Education: BS in Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College

Life before Civis: Performed the national anthem at his college graduation.

Fun Fact: Plays Appalachian fiddle music on the harmonica.

Nick Diaz

Software Engineer II

Nick Diaz

Software Engineer II

Education: BS in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Life before Civis: Carefree Youth

Fun Fact: Nick learned to code to avoid doing math. That's still a large part of his motivation.

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