We choose our teammates carefully, looking for people that communicate well, have substantial experience in the field, and have a history of coherent design and reliable implementations. We also invest in their continued training and encourage involvement in the larger development world to help expand their sense of perspective and enhance their abilities.
Clint has over twenty five years of experience in software development in a variety of fields, and he's passionate about creating clean, efficient, and concise code. He prefers leveraging existing work to reinventing the wheel, but only if the existing wheel is well-built and maintained. His role at 42 Lines is part engineering lead, part programmer, part code reviewer, and part framework architect. He seeks to create a relaxing work environment (unless you create background noise on the daily stand-up call) that rewards excellence. He's also a tango dancer, bandoneón player, and the father of two brilliant humans.
Marcus began working with computers at the stereotypical predetermined young age for geeks, but fought against it as a career choice for almost 15 adult years despite his abilities. He eventually found his perfect niche as the liaison between technology and human. Marcus spends his workday translating back and forth across the technology barrier between business types and engineers to guide development in the proper direction, and spends his non-work days biking and living the good life with his wife and two young boys.
Deanna has been immersed in software testing for the past 4 years. After graduating from the University of Denver she has worked in higher education in a variety of positions, from data processing to leading a team of 35 employees. Her automation experience is focused around FitNesse, DbFit, and Selenium, however, she enjoys investigating new automation testing tools, always seeking to make her job more efficient. When Deanna is not testing you will find her playing tennis or spending time with friends, family, and pets.
Mike has been manually testing software and writing test automation since 2000. After spending his first six years with a large enterprise software company, his years since have been spent with smaller companies specializing in 401k, life insurance and online learning. Once the workday ends you can find him at one of his four son's baseball games, tackling projects around the house, or figuring out how to get the whole family out biking, hiking, or camping.
Brooke has worked in software development in one capacity or another since 2005. Before joining 42 Lines as an Agile Tester, she worked as a Business Intelligence developer, Business Analyst, and a Quality Assurance Engineer. Much of Brooke's work has focused on reporting, data migration and integration, and user interface testing. Outside of work, Brooke enjoys spending time with her family, playing recreational soccer, and cooking up new dishes for family and friends.
Scott has been a software tester for 20 years. His career started in the US Air Force, where he was trained to be a programer, told to be a system administrator and eventually asked to be a tester. Since then Scott has worked for multiple large financial companies, and a number of technology companies both big and small. He is a father of three and a husband of one. In his spare time he enjoys playing soccer, proving to himself that he's still young, (though his body vehemently disagrees). Scott is also an avid football fan (HTTR), and, given enough free time, will brew the occasional beer.
Bethany has 18 years of experience as a professional software tester. She initially learned black box testing techniques from Cem Kaner, a man regarded as the godfather of testing. She built a career on those early lessons that has taken her from small startups to companies as large as Google and GoDaddy. When she isn't in front of a computer, you can find Bethany outside with her dogs or exploring the Olympic Peninsula by foot or by bike.
Dan has been a software tester and toolsmith for 16+ years. He is obsessed with computers and gadgets and, as a reformed English major, dabbles in the digital humanities by participating in social media conversations about technology, testing, and beer. He's worked in the industrial automation software, commercial property/casualty insurance policy administration and supply chain management domains. After first seeing Bob Martin present on FitNesse in 2004 and having no idea how he would use it, he became immersed in the use of FitNesse and is now a committer on the FitNesse project. Dan is rarely separated from a computer, but when he is, he enjoys spending time with his children.
Before joining 42 Lines Alex spent 13 years as a programmer and technical manager at the University of California Davis where he specialized in enterprise application and middleware service development. At home, he's dedicated to his wife and two children and enjoys cooking, trying new foods, and all forms of whisky. Backyard landscaping and gardening projects keep him busy on the weekends.
Tricia has worked in Project and Product Management for the past 15 years. She has worked with small and large development teams in various industries, from online learning, ecommerce, to staffing and recruiting, translating business requirements to working features. She spends her free time with her husband and two boys living in Sonoma, CA.
Elan has over 20 years of business applications design and implementation experience. He has served in executive IT positions at IBM and Consumer Reports. Additionally, Elan has a strong management consulting background, implementing ERP systems and business process improvement at clients such as GE Capital, DeutscheBank, JPMorgan Chase, Warner-Lambert, University of Rochester, The Hartford, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and others. Elan is excited to be part of a small, sharp team that harnesses Agile to rapidly deliver quality software.
Helen started life in custom software as both end-user and programmer, while putting her fancy schmancy liberal arts degree (Music History!) to good use at a tiny nonprofit. She soon discovered that creating software precisely tailored to users' needs was much more satisfying than producing theatre. Helen spent the intervening 12 years before joining 42 Lines building custom web-based database applications for a variety of small businesses. She now combines her empathy for the user with advanced technical experience to guide 42 Lines customers and engineers through making exceptional software together. Based out of Washington, DC, Helen plays violin (and if absolutely necessary, viola) with her string quartet, cooks and bakes, and enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and volunteering for several DC nonprofits.
Kevin has a passion for empowering organizations that educate, advocate, and enrich the lives of others. For more than 18 years, Kevin has focused on solving the complex business problems of Higher Ed, K-12, and non-profit institutions through the strategic use of technology. Kevin currently resides in Chicago, IL with his amazing wife and two charming children. Outside of 42 Lines, Kevin is an avid photographer and enjoys hiking, theater, and international travel.
Ahmed studied communications at Northeastern Illinois University and has worked in sales and marketing for seven years in Chicago. Prior to 42 Lines, he worked as a recruiter and facilities manager in the education industry. He was also the first student employee to ever be promoted to facilities manager at Northeastern Illinois University. He has a passion for people and loves to learn about different cultures and backgrounds. He currently resides on the north side of Chicago, spending his free time with family and friends, or playing basketball. He is an avid Chicago sports fan and follows the Cubs religiously.
Leslie has been working in the tech world as a front-end developer since 1999, starting off in the industry during the exuberant bubble years. After surviving the bubble-burst, Leslie landed at Yahoo! and then AOL. She specializes in the latest front-end methodologies and best practices, including accessibility and html semantics. She finds inordinate joy in refactoring old and bulky front-end code. Having been an English major at UC Davis, Leslie keeps one foot in the tech world and one in the "fuzzy" world, sometimes acting as a translator between the two.
Tonya has 10 years experience in design and front-end development. She has a keen eye for design but also delights in the technical side of things. Working at advertising agencies prior to 42 Lines, Tonya worked on a wide spectrum of projects for various clients but soon found her niche in the digital world. She loves the challenge of simplifying complex interfaces and is always interested in learning new technology or finding a creative approach to an existing convention. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, biking, and being outside.
Jim was supposed to be a chip designer, but people kept paying him to write software and run operations teams. He started two internet companies in the roaring '90s, and most recently spent seven years running Systems Administration and Operations for CNET Networks. Jim has orchestrated so many colo and site moves that he worries a pilot may ask him to change a plane's engines mid-flight. He recently pushed aside his hobby of triathlete for the parenting triathlon of feeding, entertaining, and changing. When not hiding out in the mountains of Nevada with his family, Jim can be found in a restaurant in San Francisco or on GitHub.
Breandan has been working in UNIX and Linux operations for almost 15 years. His specialties include monitoring, alerting, trending, and log aggregation at scale. He is comfortable with most flavors of UNIX and Linux, but has spent his entire professional life using a Macintosh. He has spent considerable time working for academic institutions and travelling internationally. When not working, Breandan is usually playing with his children or making hot sauce.
Thomas has been a sysadmin for over 20 years, and worked with many companies, such as the Palo Alto School District, iFilm, CNET, and more recently Virgin America, before joining 42 Lines. When away from the keyboard, Thomas enjoys long distance cycling and participates in charity events like the AIDS Lifecycle ride.
Hector joined 42 Lines as an Operations Engineer. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, and a minor in Mathematics in 2005 from San Jose State University. Hector has years of experience in the Information Technology field, starting out as a Junior NOC Associate at a managed service provider, and moving on to a mainstream web entity – CNET Networks/CBS Interactive, Inc. He is skilled in different facets of the vast IT Operations world from hardware to software: Nagios/Icinga, BIND, Apache, Online Collaboration Tools, LDAP, EMC's Networker/Legato, Dell hardware, HP hardware, VMWare, etc. Of his many interests outside of work, Hector enjoys photography, social dancing, outdoor activities, and cooking.
Jeffrey has been a UNIX systems and storage administrator for over 15 years. Before joining 42 Lines, Jeffrey was Principal System Administrator at Tesla Motors, responsible for architectural design and administration of all Linux, Windows, and Storage systems, including site operations for www.teslamotors.com. Prior to Tesla, Jeffrey spent 4+ years at CNET Networks managing linux servers and storage systems, and deploying VMware in a large-scale environment. Before his years at CNET he invested several years in the biotech field, learning the basics of mass computing and large-scale data management. When not working, Jeffrey can be found spending time with his wife and two young kids, swimming, and playing video games.
Jack joined 42 Lines after 12 years at NC State University as their site-wide Linux Architect. He specializes in configuration management systems, automation, backend infrastructure, virtualization, and scalability. Jack has contributed code to a number of operations related projects including Ansible, Yum, MoinMoin, Bcfg2, and the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Installer. In the Open Source community Jack has lead several Open Source projects and founded the NCSU FOSSFair, which is a FOSS barcamp event in Raleigh, NC. Offline, Jack enjoys growing roses, singing, and is the Tenor Section Leader for the North Carolina Master Chorale.
After a youth pursuing degrees in mechanical engineering (BSME Rice University and MSME Duke University), Sean found his calling in information technology and UNIX system administration while a graduate student. This interest has lead to over 15 years of managing UNIX and UNIX like systems (Ultrix, FreeBSD, Tru64, Solaris and Linux) in a variety of settings both in academia (Duke and UCSD), online media (CNET/CBS) and now at 42 Lines. Sean enjoys the challenges of providing and maintaining flexible, scalable, well-documented computer infrastructures and developing the tools to manage them. Away from work, Sean enjoys running, growing hot chile peppers, following the Duke basketball and the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins, and hanging out with his wife and pets.
Duane grew up in an 800 person farm town, went to a private academy to become a mechanical engineer and spent time in the US Army prior to finding his calling in the IT world. Duane is an operations engineer with 15+ years experience in IT system administration roles ranging from phone support for a small ISP to Data Center design and buildout for CNet/CBSi. When not tinkering around on a computer you can find Duane spending time with his family, studying Kung Fu, playing/writing/recording music, riding a motorcycle or designing/building a new invention.
Jarod has over a decade of experience working as a sysadmin in many different environments. Although a jack-of-all-trades he frequently finds himself managing the infrastructure that runs and deploys large scale web applications. While not a classically trained programmer, Jarod believes in infrastructure as code and lives by automation. When not in front of a keyboard Jarod loves to spend time with his family, woodworking, and golfing.
Zach has been writing data-driven web applications since 1993, when both he and the web were young. He considers himself a jack-of-all-trades, with extensive experience with software engineering, system administration, requirements analysis, and agile project management. Zach loves solving hard problems, and his current passion is figuring out the best approaches to adapting Agile/Scrum methodologies to a completely distributed workforce. In his spare time Zach plays with power tools, bicycles, and wearable computers, and organizes events.
Laura brings over twelve years of experience in project streamlining through prior work in graphic design, web development, back-end administration, procurement/inventory management, and lean manufacturing processes. Her enjoyment of outside activities trends toward ultralight backpacking and lay mycology. She also enjoys Bollywood films, and savoring every moment with two mostly-grown daughters.
Igor is a Software Architect, residing in Sacramento, California. His liking for computers was sparked when he received a Sinclair Z80 for his birthday at the age of ten. Since then he has worked in companies both large and small building scalable web applications. Igor's main interest is finding ways to simplify development and maintenance of complex user interfaces for the web tier. Igor is a core committer for the Apache Wicket framework, the aim of which is to simplify the programming model as well as reintroduce OOP to the web UI tier. When he is not head deep in code he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and children, as well as snowboarding and playing video games.
Jeff began working professionally as a software engineer in the Bay Area in 1999. When the dot-com bubble burst, he went to grad school to satisfy his interests in literature, philosophy, and cultural studies. He returned to software development in 2009, focusing on solving data modeling and data processing problems for non-profits and universities, including the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Experience has made him a firm believer in compiled languages and static typing. When he's not on the computer, he enjoys reading, practicing martial arts, and riding his bicycle around Seattle.
Peter has been a software engineer for 14 years and lives in Chesapeake, Virginia. Prior to joining 42 Lines he worked for the Department of Defense, Transportation, and in the video game industry. Peter strives to solve complex problems using code that is easy to understand and to maintain. After he unplugs for the day, Peter spends time with his family and enjoys solving puzzles.
David has over 10 years of experience developing large client-server enterprise applications in Java. Graduating in 2002 with a B.S. in Computer Science, he went into the new family software business developing products for many of the telecom industry's largest providers. After six years of building up a solid reputation amongst its customers, the family business was sold to a major telecom software company, where David brought many innovations to new and legacy systems. David is hard-working and dedicated, and he has a passion for software development that shows through in his work. He is happy to call 42 Lines his home and is excited to be working with such an amazing group of people. While not working, David enjoys listening to and playing heavy metal music and spending time with his wife and two young children.
With over 15 years as a Developer, Steve has had a wide variety of experiences in both small and large companies. Prior to joining 42 Lines, he worked for large companies such as The Walt Disney Company and EDS as well as small companies with as few as 10 employees. Most of his career has been spent helping to design and build web-based enterprise applications in Java and various other web technologies. Steve currently resides in Clermont, FL with his wife, Jennifer, his dog and two cats. When he is not working or otherwise attached to his computer, he can be found hanging out with his "family", walking his dog or working on home projects. Other pastimes include cheering on his Indianapolis Colts, camping and spending time (and too much money) at nearby Walt Disney World resort.
Luke's passion for technology began at a young age. When Luke was ten, his dad brought home a 25mHz Packard Bell 386 (sans math co-processor), and it was all downhill from there. In high school, Luked worked on a UCLA research project while getting his first taste of Linux. He then attended UC Irvine and graduated with a B.S. in Information and Computer Science in 2005. Since then, he has worked at large companies, like the Boeing Company, and smaller ones, like for a local online newspaper, The Sacramento Press. A software engineer located in Sacramento, California, Luke spends every moment of his free time with his wife and daughter, except when they're asleep. That's when he plays video games.