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?

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.

Rob La Gatta

  • Director of Operations

Rob has been working with Modern Tribe since 2011. His love for QA stems from an obsession with pointing out imperfections...his passion for support, a byproduct of his fanatical respect for the Golden Rule.

Neal Fennimore

  • Developer

Leaving his mild-mannered past as an urban farmer and interior plantscaper - Neal "The One True 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.

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.

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 into the forums. Or when his daughters ask him for ice cream.

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.

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.

Caleb Lai

  • Design

We spotted Caleb on the north shores of Kauai, where he was wireframing detailed calendar interfaces in the fine grains of sand. We knew then that we had found our guy for creating killer designs for our products and have never looked back.

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.

David Macbale

  • DevOps

We attempted to hire Lady Jade von Wigglebottom to fill a canine gap in our team. Though our immediate need was for a wiggly bottom, the conditions for hire turned out to be a package deal that included David. Lucky for us, Mr. Macbale knows his way around automation, server deployments, and monitoring!

Matthew Batchelder

  • Lead Developer

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.

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 in our forums.

Caroline Tucker

  • Support

As an ambitious young sorceror's apprentice, Caroline dabbles in the art of support spellcraft, weaving intricate tapestries of email and forum threads. In her spare time she enjoys such lofty pursuits as painting with pixels, sipping cups of chamomile tea, and curating top-notch playlists of Backstreet Boys deep cuts.

Sydney Tucker

  • Quality Assurance

Although QA is Agent Tuckers 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Brook Harding

  • Developer

Brook began taking computers apart and rebuilding them at a young age. They never did work right after that, but it was awfully cute. These days, he picks apart our plugins and they work much better when he puts them back together. Go figure.

Geoff Graham

  • Strategy

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

Victor Zarranz

  • Support

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.

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.

Shelby Elliot

  • Support

Shelby's got more answers to forum questions than Dre's got beats. You can find her slinging out helpful tips, tricks and general awesomeness in our support forums, Knowledgebase and on WordPress.org.

Jeff Serani

  • Quality Assurance

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 locating errors and issues with our products before they ship.

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.

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.

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 on our support forums, he enjoys taking pictures, playing tiddlywinks, and writing poetry about bees.

Rachel Lloyd

  • Project Manager

Nothing makes Rachel happier than reclining on the beach with a camera in one hand and a bowl of Pad Thai in the other. Except maybe traveling. Or molding half-monkey, half-pony hybrids out of clay - which is often the very thing that occupies her hands as she verbally wrangles developers, designers, and strategists like a project management virtuoso.

Gustavo Bordoni

  • 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.

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 his motorcycle named "Ghazat, Champion of the Road."

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 in our support forums, making music, and becoming a gamification ninja.

Peter Chester

  • Partner

Peter is real smart. He wears hats.

Leah Koerper

  • Strategy

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

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.

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.

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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.