The GradLeaders team includes top experts in the world of student recruitment, focused on providing superior service to our school, professional association, and corporate partners.

Executive Team

Jack Gainer

Jack Gainer  
Chief Executive Officer

As Jack’s 4th entrepreneurial growth business, he brings nearly two decades of senior management experience in information technology, recruiting and consumer products to the firm.

College: Marietta College
Experience: 25+ years in Senior Management
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Born in: Huntington, West Virginia
Outside of Work, Find Me: On the golf course

Darrell Dewese

Darrell Dewese   
Chief Technology Officer

Darrell, a co-founder of GradLeaders, began his career within the MBA recruiting industry in 1999 as an applications developer at Resume-Link, and now has total oversight of all aspects related to product development provided by GradLeaders.

College: The Ohio State University
Experience: 27 years in Software Development and Management
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Favorite Destination: Colorado
Outside of Work, Find Me: Coaching my cross country team

Amber Driver  
Chief Financial Officer

Amber has over 20 years of professional services experience principally in public and industry accounting, as well as human resources and teaching.

 College: The Ohio State University
Experience: 20+ years in professional services
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Handedness: Right
Born in: Chicago, Illinois
I’m a Trivia Expert at: Music, Art and The Princess Bride

Research and Product Management Team

 

Beth Divelbiss  
Vice President,
Product Management 


College: The Ohio State University, MBA from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University
Experience: 11 years in HR and Product Management
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Dream Destination: Bahamas
I Can’t Live Without: My toothbrush, makeup, gum, chapstick and lotion

Michael Bell  
Research & Analysis Associate 


College: Master’s from Texas State University
Experience: 5 years in Survey Research
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Coffee: Hot chocolate mix as the sweetener
Ask Me About: My preferred game in the Halo series

Dave Hoy   
Business Intelligence Specialist


College: John Carroll University, Franklin University
At GradLeaders: 14 years
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Favorite Destination: Las Vegas
Ask Me About: My poker addiction

Esme Smith  
Customer & Technical 
Support Manager


College: Austin College, MA from St. Edward’s University
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Born in: Temple, Texas
Coffee: Black and cold-brewed
Outside of Work, Find Me: At home on my PC being snuggled by my cats

 

Max Wartel  
Head of Research & Analysis


College: Eastern Michigan University, PhD Candidate at University of Texas, Austin
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Coffee: Cream and sugar
Born in: Southfield, Michigan
I Can’t Live Without: Technology

 

 

Judy Znidar  
Manager, User
Research & Analytics


College: Cleveland State
Experience: 6 years in Research & Analytics
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: Mac
Dream Destination: Dubai
Ask Me About: My African Grey Parrot named Beaker

Technology Team

 

Shaminder Rai  
Vice President, 
Product Development


College: University of Cincinnati
Experience: 13 years in Software Development
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Favorite Destination: Italy
Outside of Work, Find Me: Grilling

 

Brandon Bonito
Intermediate Software Engineer


 College: DeVry University
Experience: 6 years in Software Development
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Dream Destination: Sicily
Ask Me About: My comics

Nicho Brown
Intermediate Quality
Assurance Analyst


 College: Franklin University
At GradLeaders: 5 years
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Handedness: Right
Born in: Columbus, Ohio

Patty Godfrey  
Business Analyst Lead


College: Salem College, M.Ed. from Salem Teikyo University
Experience: 20+ years in Technical Writing
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Dream Destination: Prague
Outside of Work, Find Me: At home gardening, baking, knitting and being a domestic goddess

 

 

Jared Headings   
Entry Level Software Engineer


College: The Ohio State University
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: Mac
Favorite Destination: Yellowstone National Park
Coffee: Any way, pumpkin spice creamer preferred
I Can’t Live Without: Football season, caffeine, quiet days at home and smoked meats

 

Sasi Ikkurti    
Senior Software Engineer


College: Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University
At GradLeaders: 10 Years
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Born in: Repalle, Andhra Pradesh, India
Ask Me About: My gardening

 

Nick Johnson  
Intermediate Software Engineer


College: Franklin University
Experience: 15 years in Software Engineering
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Handedness: Left
Outside of Work, Find Me: Playing with my kids, playing guitar, working on cars or fishing

 

Nicole Kuebler  
Business Analyst


College: Valparaiso University
At GradLeaders: 13 years
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Favorite Destination: Bora Bora
Ask Me About: Cats, U2 concerts, Arrested Development

 

John Oates
Senior Network Engineer


 Experience: 18 years in Network and System Engineering
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: I’m not taking sides
Handedness: Right
Born in: Birmingham, Alabama
Ask Me About: Kuvasz dog

 

Newton Olivieri 
Test Lead  


College: PUC-Campinas, MBA from Ibmec
Experience: 13 years in Quality Assurance and Testing
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Born in: Campinas, SP, Brazil
Outside of Work, Find Me: Playing my guitar or running

 

Scott Simmons
Senior Software Engineer


College: Franklin University
Experience: 18 years in Software Development
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Handedness: Right
I’m a Trivia Expert at: Space and military

 

 

Ken Ward 
Entry Level Software Engineer 


College: University of Oregon
Experience: 2 years in Tech
Born: Nago, Japan
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Ask Me About: My summer internship in Ghana
I Can’t Live without: Clif bars

 

HuaShyr Wu
Senior Software Engineer 


College: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Experience: 18+ years in Software Development
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Born in: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Outside of Work, Find Me: Reading tech-related books

Customer Support Team

 

Tami Scott 
Vice President, Customer Support


 College: Miami University

Experience: 20+ years in Customer Support, Project Management & Process Improvement
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Dream Destination: Savannah, Georgia
I’m a Trivia Expert at: Yoga

Mo Al-Badah
Customer Support Associate


College: Green Mountain College, Community College of Vermont
Experience: 5 years in Customer Service
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: I’m not taking sides
Born in: Stanford, California
Outside of Work, Find Me: Riding the streets on my skateboard

Nick Carney 
Customer Support
Specialist - Lead  


College: Columbus State
Experience: 4 years in IT support
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Dream Destination: Japan
Outside of Work, Find Me: Playing video games or building something

 

Jessica Fertel 
Senior Customer
Relationship Manager 


College: Undergrad and MA from Bowling Green State University
Experience: 11 Years in Software Consulting and Implementation
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: Mac
Favorite Destination: Stowe, Vermont
I Can’t Live Without: Coffee, my husband’s sarcasm and slobbery kisses from my daughters

 

Bryan Furler  
Director, Customer Support


College: Buena Vista University, M.Ed. from Texas State University
At GradLeaders: 9 years
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Handedness: Left
I’m a Trivia Expert at: Geography

  

Marco Galvan 
Customer Support Associate 


College: The University of Texas at Austin
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: Mac
Handedness: Right
Born in: Harlingen, Texas
Ask Me About: My side gig as a wedding DJ

 

Chelsey Gold 
Senior Customer
Relationship Manager


College: Concordia University, Texas
Experience: 6 years in Marketing Management
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Born in: Santa Barbara, California
Outside of Work, Find Me: At the dance hall with my husband

 

 

Austin Grace
Customer Support Manager


College: The University of Texas at Austin, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Experience: 4 years in Customer Service
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: Mac
Born in: Hobbs, New Mexico
Outside of Work, Find Me: On the water or the hiking trail

 

Aaron Greider
Customer Support Specialist


College: Antonelli College
Experience: 5 years in IT Support
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Favorite Destinations: Alaska and Orlando
Ask Me About: My music experience

 

Gonzalo Gutierrez 
Customer Relationship Manager


College: Undergrad and MBA from Texas State University
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: Mac
Handedness: Left
Born in: Bahia Blanca, Argentina
I Can’t Live Without: Cookies and milk

 

Rob Hageman
Customer Relationship Manager 


College: The Ohio State University
Experience: 15 years in Marketing Management
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Born in: Lima, Ohio
Ask Me About: The time Ohio State thought I was a football player so I got season tickets

 

Lindsey Hagen
Customer Relationship Manager


College: St. Edwards University, Master of Arts from Bowling Green
Experience: 8 years in Higher Education Administration & Tech
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: I’m not taking sides
Ask Me About: My rescue pup, Jake

 

 

Bobbi Jennings
Associate Director,
Customer Support


College: The Ohio State University
Experience: 12 years in Career Services
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Favorite Destination: Key Largo, Florida
I Can’t Live Without: Ohio State football

 

Amy Jones 
Senior Customer
Relationship Manager


College: Elon University
At GradLeaders: 13 years
Experience: 16 years in MBA and Recruiting
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Outside of Work, Find Me: In my kitchen

 

Tomo Kresic
Customer Support Associate


College: Concordia University, Texas
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: Mac
Coffee: Black
Born in: Croatia
Ask Me About: My camera

 

 

Kevin Mbugua
Customer Support Associate


Experience: 6 years in Customer/Tech Support
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Handedness: Right
Born in: Nairobi, Kenya
I Can’t Live Without: The Internet
 

 

Beau Osborn 
Customer Support Associate 


College: University of Mary Hardin Baylor
Experience: 10 years in Sales and Customer Service
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: Mac
Born in: Aurora, Colorado
Outside of Work, Find Me: Hanging with my daughter, doing super human dad things

 

Ellie Ringler 
Customer Relationship Manager


College: Franklin University
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: I’m not taking sides
Born in: Male Kozmalovce, Slovakia
Coffee: Often
I Can’t Live Without: Coffee and lipstick

 

Monica Rivas
Customer Relationship Manager


College: University of Texas, Austin
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Handedness: Right
Dream Destination: Italy
I Can’t Live Without: Weekend camping trips

 

Eddie Thomas
Customer Support Associate 


College: ITT Technical Institute
Experience: 12 years in Customer Service
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Handedness: Left
Outside of Work, Find Me: You won't find me. Hide and Seek Champion 2011-2016

 

Kent Utterback
Customer Support Associate


College: Ohio Northern University
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Handedness: Right
Born in: Columbus, Ohio
Outside of Work, Find Me: Dominating in corn hole

 

Carlina Wong
Customer Support Associate


College: University of Incarnate Word
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: Mac
Handedness: Right
Born in: San Antonio, Texas
Outside of Work, Find Me: Doing yoga or shopping

 

Josh Zeise
Customer Support Associate


Experience: 3 years in Customer Service
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Handedness: Right
Born in: Columbus, Ohio
I Can’t Live Without: The Internet

Customer Success Team

 

Heather Krumpak    
Vice President, 
Customer Success


College: Ohio University
At GradLeaders: 14 years
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Born in: Canton, Ohio
Outside of Work, Find Me: Spending time with my husband and kids

Aaron Clark    
Manager, Customer
Success - Schools


Experience: 10 years in Customer Service/Sales, 7 years in Tech
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Handedness: Right
Born in: Columbus, Ohio
I’m a Trivia Expert at: Video games, Seinfeld and cars

Todd Erdy    
Vice President, Customer
Success - Employer


College: Ohio University
Experience: 25 years in Corporate Sales
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Handedness: Ambidextrous
Outside of Work Find Me: Playing pick-up basketball

Amy King    
Director, Customer
Success - Employer


College: Ohio University

Experience: 14 years in Recruitment Technology
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Favorite Destination: Paris
Outside of Work, Find Me: Reading, gardening or watching my son run track

 

Joel Schumm  
Manager, Customer
Success – Schools


College: Wright State University
Experience: 10 years in Customer Relationship Management
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Dream Destination: Bora Bora
Outside of Work Find Me: Entertaining my kids, golfing, boating or gardening

 

Andy Richardson
Manager, Customer
Success – Schools


 

 

Meghan Swonger 
Manager, Customer
Success - Schools


College: Ashland University
Experience: 9 years in Sales and Customer Relationship Management
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Born in: Orlando, Florida
Outside of Work, Find Me: Chasing my sons, cooking, crafting or hitting golf balls

Sales Team

 

Sean Arata   
Director, Sales Operations


College: University of Cincinnati, New Mexico State University
Experience: 5 years in Sales, 3 years in Operations
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Born in: Cincinnati, Ohio
Ask Me About: My singing with the Worthington Chorus

Kate Barton  
Director, Business
Development – Schools


College: The Ohio State University
Experience: 20+ years in Higher Education
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: Mac
Dream Destination: Fiji
Ask Me About: My obsession with cooking and travel shows

Sean Nelms  
Inside Sales 
Associate - Employer


College: Ohio Wesleyan University
Experience: 10 years in Sales
Mobile: Android
PC or Mac: PC
Born in: Chicago, Illinois
Ask Me About: My love for lacrosse or my sneaker collection

Veronica Ortega   
Director, Business Development – Schools


College: University of Texas, San Antonio
At GradLeaders: 13 years
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Dream Destination: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Outside of Work, Find Me: Chasing after my toddler and at the lake

Marketing Team

 

Ryan Pratt   
Director, Marketing


College: The Ohio State University
At GradLeaders: 8 years
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: Mac
Favorite Destination: Aruba
Ask Me About: Star Wars

 

Michelle Dranschak   
Web & Marketing
Support Designer


College: AIU  via The Ohio State University
Experience: 10 years in Design
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: Mac
Favorite Destination: The woods or someplace with big water
I Can't Live Without: My sewing machine

 

Catie Ewen    
Content & Digital
Marketing Specialist


College: Miami University
Experience: 4 years in Marketing and Journalism
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: I’m not taking sides
Coffee: With sugar and cream
Outside of Work, Find Me: Cooking, hitting the Columbus food scene or doing yoga

Devan Humphries  
Marketing Operations Specialist


College: The Ohio State University
Experience: 12 years in Marketing, 8 Years in Tech
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: I’m not taking sides
Handedness: Ambidextrous
Ask Me About: My Boston Terriers

Finance Team

 

Neil Drake 
Assistant Controller


College: University of Cincinnati
Experience: 5 years in Public Accounting
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: PC
Born in: Marysville, Ohio
Ask Me About: My fear of green foods

Paul Gault
Manager, Accounting
& Administration


Experience: 10 years in Accounting and Human Resources
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: Mac
Born in: Detroit, Michigan
Coffee: Black
Ask Me About: My musical instrument collection

 

Courtney Steele
Manager, Accounts Receivable 


College: Baylor University
Mobile: iPhone
PC or Mac: Mac
Coffee: Cream and sugar
Born in: Houston, Texas
Ask Me About: My creepy doll collection

Board of Directors

 

Jack Gainer

Jack Gainer  

As Jack’s 4th entrepreneurial growth business, he brings nearly two decades of senior management experience in information technology, recruiting and consumer products to the firm.

 

Bob Fisher

Bob Fisher 

Bob, a successful entrepreneur with 35 years of executive experience, serves as an advisor and board member to several firms, and advises early stage companies in key activities including launch, raising capital, business plan development, and growing strong management teams.

Randy Fortener

Randy founded Cozzins Road Captial after retiring as President of Crane Investment Company in 2014.  During his 25 years with Crane he directed over 40 private equity transactions with outstanding results.  Prior to joining Crane, Randy was a Partner with Deloitte, specializing as a mergers and acquisition advisor.


Jeff Lautenbach

Jeff brings over 25 years of sales and operations experience building cloud and SaaS business. He is currently the President of World Wide Field Operations at Jive Software and a former executive at hc1.com, SAP, Salesforce.com and IBM. Jeff holds a B.A. from Xavier University and an MBA from the University of Illinois.

Mike Sienkiewicz

Mike, a co-founder of GradLeaders, spent virtually all of his corporate business career on the sales side of the ledger, both in the field and in management, and is involved in a diverse group of businesses, boards, and committees, while serving as a consultant to several small firms.

 

Mark Shary

Mark, the founder of several high-growth start-ups, is an advisor and board member for several firms. He has provided growth and transaction consulting to more than 20 early stage and mid-market companies, and has been interim CEO of two software companies.


Willis Wolf

Willis has forty years of experience as an owner/operator of several successful companies, is a co-founder of GradLeaders and has served as chief executive and senior sales executive in the businesses he has owned and managed.

 

© GradLeaders 2016