The Team

A project of this magnitude doesn't happen without an amazing team. We're proud to have some of the finest designers, developers, QA, and support crew out there. Interested in joining?

Rob La Gatta

  • Director of Operations

Rob has been working with Modern Tribe since 2011, a year in which he declared his last day would come the day the company brought in a HR department. He now leads that team with an iron fist, an esoteric vernacular, and a bigly passion for maintaining the Modern Tribe culture that we all know and love.

Clifford Paulick

  • Support

Cliff is our ultimate secret support weapon. He's half-man and half...well...the other half is also a man - but both halves ARE really good at digging into WordPress. When he isn't fielding questions at our support help desk, he enjoys taking pictures, playing tiddlywinks, and writing poetry about bees.

Rachel Fell

  • Marketing Director

Rachel is a force to be reckoned with, applying her former derby girl fierceness to level up our marketing game. She’s an expert at wearing many hats, so long as they’re not the flat-brimmed ones. Also—as a Wisconsinite, she’s always got cheese in her house.

Dan Bramer

  • Business Analyst

This is Dan. He’s a jack-of-all-trades. Dan is a voice double for Han Solo and an award winning filmmaker for 15 second indy films. He also analyzes our data to make sure we make smart decisions.

Courtney Robertson

  • Support

Courtney has made a name teaching software development to both kids and adults alike. Her greatest task might be teaching this team to act more like adults than third graders, but her knack for explaining tough concepts in plain English is the hallmark of the stellar support she provides via our help desk.

Juan Francisco Aldasoro

  • Developer

Juan isn’t just another Juan of our Grade-A Argentinian based team members - oh no. Juan squashes bugs and commits code like no other, and when he’s not helping to organize or speak at WordCamp Buenos Aires, he’s either enjoying the very best food that Argentina has to offer or traveling the world.

Sky Shabatura

  • Support

Sky, so-named because of his strength of belief in cloud infrastructure, is a passionate WordPress developer who we are lucky to have on our team. Along with being a strong support member, Sky is a musician, a chef, and a WordCamp regular.

Peter Chester

  • Partner

Peter is real smart. He wears hats.

Nicole Ramsey

  • Quality Assurance

It took a brutal bidding war with Orkin to bring Nicole on the team, but the payoff has been incredible. Her keen attention to detail leaves no room for nasty bugs and only fuels her passion to eradicate them with each and every release.

Jaime Marchwinski

  • Support

You will not croissant paths with a better pastry chef turned support specialist than Jaime. Every support answer comes with 2 cups of technical know-how, 1 cup of product knowledge and a whole lot of love for our community.

George Gecewicz

  • Developer

George does it all: he writes code, supports our customers and is generally the nicest guy you'll ever meet. He's as deliberate with development as he is with vocabulary and currently owns the team title of Pun Champion.

Luca Tumedei

  • Developer

Luca has a fixation for writing unit tests and a dream of someday saving the world from being overrun by pandas and mountain goats. He hails from Bologna and works while many of the rest of us sleep.

Neill McShea

  • Project Manager

We found Neill sleeping under an apple tree using the book Learn PHP The Hard Way as a pillow. We knew right then he was the guy to rally our team to a new level of productivity and efficiency.

Jeff Serani

  • Strategy

We spotted Jeff at a convention for making decorative ornaments out of macaroni noodles and glitter and were super impressed with his fine attention to detail, which he now applies to improving and enhancing our product suite.

Sydney Tucker

  • Quality Assurance

Although QA is Agent Tucker's cover occupation while in the field, she does a damn good job of finding bugs. She uses her southern charm to sweetly break the news to developers that their stuff is still broken...all the while transmitting secret messages via walkie talkie and morse code. Squirt-gun wielding children tremble in her presence.

András Guseo

  • Support

András is a sucker for solving problems. In fact, he just can't help himself when he hears the words "Help me" typed via the help desk. Or when his daughters ask him for ice cream.

Reid Peifer

  • Partner

When the rest of the team is not blowing up his Slack account with questions about design, branding, marketing, strategy and general tips for being awesome, Reid can be found working on his smiling exercises in front of any given mirror. Oh, and he wears hats.

Gustavo Bordoni

  • Lead Plugins Developer

Raised by rabid anteaters in the Brazilian wilderness, Gustavo learned to hunt bugs at an early age and writing bug-free code was the next logical step. Now, wielding a keyboard and the debut Spice Girls CD, he keeps our plugins running in tip-top shape.

David Hickox

  • Design

David is an instrument wielding powerhouse within the Products team and has an keen eye for branding, content, and strategy. David's beard is a masterful web designer. Combined, the fantastic duo makes sure our crazy ideas are clear, usable, and look super pretty.

Susan Jantzen

  • Project Manager

We like Susan. She is a masterful translator of Dev-speak, Strategy-ese, Quenya, Pig Latin, and Shavian. A true clairvoyant seer, Susan uses her crystal keyboard to answer questions before they are even asked. She also runs a mean retrospective.

Brian Jessee

  • Developer

Brian has more hits on the plugin repos than Rod Carew, but that doesn't stop him from bringing his mad skills to the development team -- that is, when not surfing at Assateague.

LaToya Murray

  • Support

You need help via emails, or social media? LaToya has your back. She’s awesome. She told us so, but we’ve also seen how well she takes care of our customers so we know it too.

Jen Jamar

  • Marketing

Jen does an amazing job at keeping us consistent, marketable, and social. She's a quality editor, too. But we don't let her touch her own bio on this site so we can mayke as miny tYpos' and impeerfekshunns as we want! WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT, JEN?! YOU HAVE NO POWER HERE! <3

Geoff Belanger

  • Support

Geoff B., a Quebecois gentleman, brings great panache to our team. He and Geoff G. are putting together a cage match to determine who will be The One True Geoff. Until then, Geoff B. enjoys helping folks via our support help desk, making music, and becoming a gamification ninja.

Barry Hughes

  • Manager of Quality & Support

Discoverer of Barium, the 56th element in the periodic table named after him. Barry can be found drinking coffee and donning unicorn masks whilst leading our troops to write elegant, bug-free code and caring for customers.

Shane Pearlman

  • Partner

Shane often speaks of the future in the present tense. It is confusing until you get to know him, but probably why we picked him to be our CEO. He's good at hugs, values living intentionally and is rarely found sitting still. He surrounds himself with smart, hat wearing people.

Scott Kingsley Clark

  • Developer

Scott is no stranger to dev. He knows the rules and so do we. A full commitment is what we're thinking of. We wouldn't get this from any other guy. He's never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down. Never gonna run around and desert you. Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye. Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.

Zach Tirrell

  • Director of Products

Zach likes comics, WordPress, and wearing turtlenecks. Like all proper product strategists, he spends evenings sticking post-it notes to his twelve pet guinea pigs. From there, determining feature priority is as simple as tracking the order in which they poop.

Nico Santos

  • Quality Assurance & Support

Nico is our pizza-loving Argentinian. He's got a unique help-aholic personality (and a huge cup of mate) that pushes him to spend his days providing top notch support to each and every customer.

Edward Rishel

  • Support

Hailing from the backwoods of Pennsylvania, Ed is many things: father, Android aficionado and WordPress plugin expert. You’ll find him in the community forums, charming our users and helping them get the best from our core plugins.

Victor Zarranz

  • Support & QA

Victor is our non-pizza-loving Argentinian. OK, well, he likes pizza but we need something that distinguishes him from Nico since they are both masters of support, advocating for customers and making The Events Calendar a better experience for everyone.

Crisoforo Gaspar

  • Developer

Crisoforo was purchased from FC Barcelona in a rare WP developer transfer window that was in Modern Tribe’s favor. Since his debut for The Events Calendar team he has scored on multiple levels, both on the pitch at our team retreat, and off the pitch as a bug squashing machine

Jeremy Marchandeau

  • Support

France is home for Jeremy, and like any good Frenchman he loves top quality wine, cheese and WordPress plugins. Jeremy offers quality support to all of our users and is dedicated to spreading happiness throughout our community by leaning on his real life Kung-Fu discipline to block against aggressive bugs and provide fast-as-lightning support.

Matthew Batchelder

  • Manager of Backend Engineering

Matt is a full stack developer and children's book illustrator who wishes to engineer the perfect mammal using a zebra, a narwhal, and a platypus. With code. Somehow. We just smile and nod.

Leah Koerper

  • Strategy

Leah loves gifs. More cats and more sparkles means more better. She spends her time at Tribe being awesome, organizing things, and helping customers. Fastest Googler in the Western Hemisphere.

Geoff Graham

  • Strategy

Blond hair. Blue eyes. Knockout. WordPress fanboy. Gangsta rap aficionado.

Jennifer Theodore

  • Support

If Jennifer is not traveling the world or attending heavy metal shows, she is putting her scientific research skills to good use - putting any bugs she finds under the microscope and figuring out awesome solutions to keep our customers happy!

Neal Fennimore

  • Developer

Leaving his mild-mannered past as an urban farmer and interior plantscaper, "The Real Deal" Neal Fennimore dismounted his alpaca, donned his fake mustache, and adjusted his jammies. His quest? To hunt down and tame the SaaSquatch. The bait? JavaScript. Lots and lots of JavaScript. And corn.

Alexis Karnauskas

  • Project Manager

Alexis previously managed projects for the Ocean Observatories Initiative, which might explain why she’s so good at the game battleship. Now we're lucky to have her navigate the ever changing seas of software development and project manage the good ship S.S. Events Calendar.

Patricia Hillebrandt

Located in Brazil, Patricia is our resident Ubuntu nerd. Ubuntu, she says, is the key to future world peace and harmony. The rest of the team disagrees. When she’s not helping customers she can be found building bots, automating workflows and playing the piano.

Stephen Page

  • Developer

Stephen has lots of chickens and ducks. They lay eggs and he eats the eggs. The system is marvelous. As luck would have it, there's an added bonus: he also allows the ducks (not the chickens, that'd be stupid) to code for him while he tools around on a motorcycle he named "Ghazat, Champion of the Road."

Brendan Skousen

  • Support

Brendan likes to hurtle down steep slopes at breakneck speed on his mountain bike, and the rest of his time he likes to hurtle through the helpdesk queue at breakneck speeds to help keep our customers happy. He rarely uses his brakes.

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Modern Tribe is a full service digital agency with expertise in enterprise level WordPress design and development, product design, and user experience.