As you get to know Beaconfire's cast of characters you'll see that we don't take ourselves as seriously as we take our work.

Mark Leta Mark Leta
  • I grew up in Chesapeake, VA.
  • My perfect day includes run, a leisurely stroll for coffee, guitar playing, and friends.
  • In the movie of my life there’s definitely a montage where the underdog trains to overcome great odds and ultimately wins the affection of the love interest.
  • I went to college to become a GLG20 in the State Department. That didn’t pan out.
  • The most interesting task I’ve ever been assigned was building an interactive version of the Constitution.
  • If I could live anywhere, it would be on the leeward slope of Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii.
  • The last book I read was "Perfect from Now On: How Indie Rock Saved My Life," by John Sellers.
  • The show I stop and watch any time I flip past it on TV is “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” or “Entourage” or “Mad Men.”
  • A distant relative leaves me a million dollars, so I travel, pay off some debt and donate to charity.
  • I have a phobia of photoaugliaphobia
  • I can’t live without music, my guitar, food… in that order.
  • My last vacation was to Montréal, QC Canada.
  • My pet(s) is/are a whirling gang of lovable insanity that should always be accompanied by a soundtrack of banjo music.
  • Coffee or tea? Coffee
  • College or pro sports? College football and basketball, pro soccer.
  • Metro or drive? Metro
  • It’s snack time: sweet or salty? Salty
  • My first Real Job was record store employee.
  • The most unusual job I’ve held was pinboy at a bowling alley.
  • If I wasn’t a/n _____ for Beaconfire, I would be an architect.
  • My favorite professional conference is NTEN.
  • If I had the power to stop any evil, I’d ban anyone caught writing malware, viruses, spyware, and phishing schemes from ever touching a computer again.
  • Firefox or IE? Firefox
  • Proprietary or Open Source? Whichever makes the most sense in solving a problem.
  • Laptop or smartphone? Laptop

A confirmed audiophile, Mark’s first job was at a record store, and he couldn’t (and still can’t) make it through the week without a few hours spent strumming his guitar. As the manager for Beaconfire’s functional group, Mark and his team make sure that our clients know what they need, and that their website and its software components can deliver it, before they buy.

Andy Dimock Andy Dimock
  • I grew up in Philadelphia, NY.
  • My perfect day includes my wife and son, the great outdoors, and an IPA.
  • A distant relative leaves me a million dollars, so I use it as seed money for a real estate empire.
  • In the movie of my life be played by Russell Crowe (or so I have been told).
  • My dream vacation is a grand tour of Italy, France, and Germany to explore cathedrals and castles.
  • My favorite childhood memory is canoeing with my dad in the Adirondacks.
  • If I could live anywhere, it would be Rochester, NY.
  • My perfect birthday meal is prime rib and garlic mashed potatoes.
  • The last book I read was Devil in the White City.
  • If I could only have one album, it would be the soundtrack to Les Miserables.
  • The show I stop and watch any time I flip past it on TV is Myth Busters.
  • It would surprise most of my co-workers that I the only televisions shows I watch avidly are Downton Abbey and Supernatural.
  • I have a phobia of snakes.
  • My superpower would be immortality. Life is far too short and truth is far too infinite.
  • The most unexpected gift I’ve ever given was a “flower cake” to my wife for her birthday (before we even started dating).
  • According to my mother, the craziest thing I’ve ever done was swim across a two mile wide lake by myself when I was four years old.
  • I can’t live without my wife and two kids.
  • My last vacation was to New Orleans.
  • My best vacation was to Lake Placid.
  • My pet(s) is/are Scruffles (my dog).
  • Coffee or tea? Both.
  • College or pro sports? Pro.
  • Metro or drive? Drive.
  • It’s snack time: sweet or salty? Sweet.
  • My first Real Job was developing billing software for the municipal electric company in the small town I grew up in.
  • My proudest career accomplishment so far is writing a study that was covered in major media in the United States and Britain.
  • The best thing I’ve ever done for a client was helping them make a last minute change to their website on Christmas Day.
  • The most interesting task I’ve ever been assigned was auditing and writing a report about congressional campaign websites way back in the very early days of the web.
  • The nonprofits I’ve worked for include Mott, Public Citizen, PPFA, Inova, IUE-CWA, EastWest Institute, etc.
  • The most unusual job I’ve held was a bouncer.
  • I went to college at The George Washington University.
  • I went to grad school at SUNY Buffalo School of Management.
  • If I wasn’t a/n _____ for Beaconfire, I would be the owner of and run my own restaurant and bar.
  • My favorite professional conference is NTEN.
  • The coolest group I network with is Digital Rochester.
  • The most useful training I’ve ever attended was Advanced Excel Techniques.
  • eliminate the discrepancy between wants / need and resources. A world of infinite plenty should be a world of peace.
  • the YMCA of Greater Rochester for a capital campaign.
  • The social networking application with the most business potential is LinkedIn.
  • Firefox or IE? Firefox.
  • Proprietary or Open Source? Open Source.
  • PC or Mac? PC.
  • Laptop or smartphone? Laptop.

Best known as Rochester, NY’s biggest fan, Andy has been helping organizations build websites and develop digital strategies for more than 15 years. While Andy was once an amateur boxer, he is more of a lover than a fighter, spending most of his free time with his wife and kids camping, hiking, and fishing. He has a passion for stained glass art and runs a studio out of his home in Rochester.

Arnold Tim Tim Arnold
  • I grew up in Eugene, Oregon where the trees are tall, the water clean, and the liberals proudly, and freakishly so.
  • My favorite childhood memory is my first day of fourth grade. I walked in and the entire classroom was filled with a refrigerator-box maze. It was also the day I met the person who would be my best friend for many years. My daughter is just starting fourth grade this year, which really brings back memories. However, I sure wish she could enjoy an education free of “No Child Left Behind” like I did.
  • My perfect day includes sleeping late and goofing off all day with my family, cooking delicious food, and watching a movie together.
  • My perfect birthday meal is fresh baked bread, homemade veggie chili, salad, and plenty of beer.
  • If I could only have one album, it would a very sad day indeed. Music is the breath of life, and without it, I’d have a hard time going on.
  • If I could live anywhere, it would be Eugene, Oregon near a tall tree, some clean water, and surrounded by freakishly liberal liberals.
  • The last book I read was “The Sunborn” by Gregory Benford, a story about living creatures the size of planets, somewhere outside the orbit of Pluto. I’m also listening to random snippets of “The Lightning Thief” as my kids move from room to room.
  • The show I stop and watch any time I flip past it on TV is Mythbusters or Good Eats ‘cause good food and science (even pseudo-science) are good for your soul.
  • If I were throwing a dinner party, I’d want to invite Jon Stewart.
  • A distant relative leaves me a million dollars, so I pay off debts and the mortgage.
  • It would surprise most of my co-workers that I really, really like what I do.
  • I have a phobia of spiders. Spiders are horrible, horrible little things that silently watch you until you sleep and then bite you all over.
  • My superpower would be flight
  • In the movie of my life you would likely fall asleep. Heck, I usually do too.
  • According to my mother, the craziest thing I’ve ever done was accidentally set a neighborhood church on fire.
  • I can’t live without sleep. No really, sleep is my favorite thing in life.
  • My last vacation was spent painting rooms and getting organized.
  • My best vacation was two weeks on the coast of Kenya with my sister and a couple of friends.
  • My dream vacation is two weeks on the coast of Kenya with my sister and a couple of friends.
  • My pet(s) is/are an incredibly sweet Beagle named Allegra. I’m pretty sure she thinks she’s a cat because she doesn’t do anything you tell her and sleeps in the sun all day long.
  • Coffee or tea? Tea
  • College or pro sports? What are sports?
  • Metro or drive? Metro for sure; it’s the only time I get to read these days.
  • It’s snack time: sweet or salty? Snickers is so you don’t have to decide!
  • My first Real Job was sorting recyclable cans at Safeway.
  • My proudest career accomplishment so far is changes daily. I get to do really cool work, and every day I learn something new. So I guess my proudest career accomplishment so far is getting to work for a company that values experimentation, learning, and innovation.
  • The best thing I’ve ever done for a client was the HTML cut for http://bronxzoo.org. I still wish we could have gotten the page weight down a bit, but the transparencies involved in this one were very hard to figure out.
  • The most unusual job I’ve held was rock drummer.
  • If I wasn’t a/n _____ for Beaconfire, I would be If I wasn’t a Functional Consultant for Beaconfire, I would still want to be doing the same work for organizations trying to make the world a better place.
  • The last conference I spoke at was with Cara at N-TEN in Chicago, three years ago.
  • The most useful training I’ve ever attended was the recent week of Flash Actionscript training I did.
  • If I had the power to stop any evil, I’d wave a magic wand and end prejudice of any kind. Without that, I have the feeling nearly everything else would work itself out pretty quickly.
  • Firefox or IE? Firefox
  • Proprietary or Open Source? Open source, every time.
  • PC or Mac? Honestly, I don’t really care. I have PCs at home because that’s what all the parts lying around the house add up to. I know how to fix anything that breaks without having to pay someone else to do it and every job I’ve had has also used PCs. If someone were to give me a free G5, I’d switch to Mac without thinking twice.
  • Laptop or smartphone? Neither. I like work to stay at work where it belongs!

Whether he's banging drums to keep the band together or banging uncooperative pixels into place, Tim is Beaconfire's go-to guy for resolving chaos. That's why he's a functional consultant - Tim makes it work.

Ferraro Cara Cara Ferraro
  • If I could live anywhere, it would be beachside with plenty of space, in a location that still sees 4 seasons and has access to a high-speed Internet connection.
  • My perfect day includes my family, good food (that I don’t have to prepare), fresh air, laughter, and a sense of accomplishment.
  • The show I stop and watch any time I flip past it on TV is Ice Road Truckers. I haven’t seen them fall through the ice yet but, like a train wreck, I can’t seem to turn away.
  • A distant relative leaves me a million dollars, so I pay off all of my debt, install a wind mill on our land, put aside money for my kids’ education, and involve my kids in selecting (and remaining engaged in) what charities our family will support.
  • It would surprise most of my co-workers that I spend most fall weekends stacking wood in preparation for the cold Vermont winter.
  • I have a phobia of buffets – I can’t bring myself to eat off of a restaurant buffet.
  • Coffee or tea? Coffee, occasionally tea.
  • College or pro sports? Yankees, Men’s Tennis and UNH Hockey – that pretty much sums it up.
  • My first Real Job was in the meetings and conventions department at the American Bankers Association.
  • The best thing I’ve ever done for a client was exceed their expectations while coming in under budget.
  • The most interesting task I’ve ever been assigned was to build an organization a website, even though the board wasn’t convinced this Internet thing was sticking around.
  • The last conference I spoke at was NTen’s NTC.
  • My favorite presentation topic is designing for web usability.
  • Firefox or IE? Firefox.
  • Proprietary or Open Source? Proprietary.

Beaconfire’s longest serving project manager, Cara keeps watch over the Canadian border from Beaconfire’s outpost in Northern Vermont. Her resume of client projects is as long as a New England winter:  Wildlife Conservation Society, Heifer International, the Skillman Foundation, and the American Lung Association.

Franco Sara Sara Franco
  • I grew up in all over the place. My dad worked for IBM at the time known as I’ve Been Moved, but primarily North Carolina and Germany
  • My favorite childhood memory is converting an old chicken coop into the “Strafford” restaurant with my best friend.
  • If I could live anywhere, it would be Borneo with the orangutans
  • My perfect day includes a beautiful day, a fun festival, my family and good friends.
  • My perfect birthday meal is my husband’s risotto and the Raspberry Marquis cake from Filomena’s
  • The last book I read was "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."
  • If I could only have one album, it would be Vivaldi’s 4 seasons – a stress reliever for me.
  • The show I stop and watch any time I flip past it on TV is flipping through channels? I DVR everything.
  • If I were throwing a dinner party, I’d want to invite Jane Goodall (just because Birute Galdikas went a little nutty), Johnny Depp (I have a huge crush) and Jennifer Love Hewitt (just so my husband has his crush at the table too).
  • A distant relative leaves me a million dollars, so I buy a house on the lake, go visit the 20+ countries on my list, donate a large sum to Orangutan conservation and save the rest (if there is any left).
  • I have a phobia of spiders.
  • My superpower would be flying.
  • The most unexpected gift I’ve ever given was a scrapbook I made for a friend of all the good times we’ve had together or maybe the surprise b-day party I threw in NYC for my husband’s 30th.
  • According to my mother, the craziest thing I’ve ever done was Eurail with a (younger) girlfriend when I was 15.
  • I can’t live without chocolate and exercise.
  • My last vacation was the Pawleys Island, SC.
  • My best vacation was Belize or Italy.
  • My dream vacation is Micronesia.
  • My pet(s) is/are just a hermit crab at the moment, though looking for a kitten.
  • Coffee or tea? Hot chocolate.
  • College or pro sports? neither.
  • Metro or drive? drive.
  • It’s snack time: sweet or salty? sweet.

Sara’s managed and launched Web sites. She’s built and sold a company. She loves a good workout but even more time with her family. As a project manager for Beaconfire’s, Sara’s “been there, done that” life experience is something she brings to every project she works on.

Goldsmith Marissa Marissa Goldsmith
  • I grew up in Patchogue, NY.
  • My favorite childhood memory is tobogganing down a hill at my aunt’s house in Catskills.
  • It would surprise most of my co-workers that I I have been watching soap operas since I was three. One of my first full sentences involved Luke and Laura.
  • My superpower would be mind reading, only in multiple languages and of babies too (so I could trump Matt in Heroes).
  • My best vacation was last one is always the best. But Jamaica was particularly fun because I was at a wedding of college friends, and I felt like I was in college again.
  • If I could live anywhere, it would be Nice, France.
  • My perfect day includes coffee.
  • My perfect birthday meal is grilled cheese and beer.
  • The last book I read was Memoirs Found in a Bathtub by Stanislaw Lem.
  • If I could only have one album, it would be Shine on Brightly, Procol Harum.
  • The show I stop and watch any time I flip past it on TV is I Love the 70s, 80s, 90s on VH1.
  • A distant relative leaves me a million dollars, so I either join the craft fair circuit or become a tour guide.
  • I have a phobia of spiders.
  • According to my mother, the craziest thing I’ve ever done was study abroad in Kazakhstan.
  • I can’t live without coffee.
  • My last vacation was Jamaica, during Tropical Storm (soon-to-become Hurricane) Gustav.
  • My dream vacation is several weeks riding the Trans-Siberian Railroad.
  • My pet(s) is/are an iguana. Yes. Really.
  • Coffee or tea? Coffee.
  • College or pro sports? Depends – College Basketball but Major League Baseball.
  • Metro or drive? A combination of the two.
  • My first Real Job was Web Applications Developer for The American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS.
  • The most interesting task I’ve ever been assigned was building a Deaths on the Job database for AFSCME.
  • The nonprofits I’ve worked for include the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS.
  • The most unusual job I’ve held was a spook at a haunted hayride.
  • I went to college at The George Washington University.
  • I went to grad school at Georgetown University.
  • If I wasn’t a/n _____ for Beaconfire, I would be doing something with Russia/Russian language.
  • The last conference I spoke at was South Central MLA, 2003: Online literature modules for learning Russian and St. Petersburg Literary history.
  • My favorite professional conference is An Event Apart.
  • The most useful training I’ve ever attended Lunametrics Google Analytics.
  • My favorite statistic about the Internet is that users in Kazakhstan still do all their Internet searching in Russian, but users in Lithuania mostly search in Lithuanian or English (Long live Google Insights http://www.google.com/insights/search/).
  • If I had the power to stop any evil, I’d end the oppression of journalists.
  • My favorite fundraising event for charity is anything involving gambling.
  • The social networking application with the most business potential is Facebook – you want to be where the people hang out, and that’s where they hang out.
  • Firefox or IE? Firefox.
  • Proprietary or Open Source? Depends on your goals and resources.
  • PC or Mac? PC.
  • Laptop or smartphone? Laptop – my vision is already awful.

Affectionately known as “Madame MacGyver,” Marissa can make familiar computer applications perform new and unexpected tricks. She rescues Beaconfire clients like AFSCME, Half the Sky, and Share our Strength from their technology cliffhangers with a mix of cutting-edge computer skills and a mastery of languages that were popular during the Cold War.

Herron Jeff Jeff Herron
  • I grew up in Baltimore
  • My favorite childhood memory is crab feasts with family and friends.
  • My perfect day includes sailing, followed by a great dinner.
  • If I could only have one album, it would U2’s Joshua Tree.
  • The nonprofits I’ve worked for ACLU, Heifer, Human Rights First, Amnesty International, American Federation of Teachers, Wildlife Conservation Society, American Physical Society.
  • If I could live anywhere, it would be on the water somewhere.
  • The last book I read was Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
  • The show I stop and watch any time I flip past it on TV is Seinfeld.
  • It would surprise most of my co-workers that I am a fanatical gardener.
  • My last vacation was to the Grand Canyon.
  • My best vacation was World Cup 2006, followed by 10 days in Russia.
  • Coffee or tea? Coffee.
  • College or pro sports? College Basketball, Pro everything else.
  • It’s snack time: sweet or salty? Salty.
  • My first Real Job was working with Russian immigrants in job training role using my Russian language skills.
  • My proudest career accomplishment so far is Beaconfire.
  • I went to college at the University of Maryland at College Park.
  • The last conference I spoke at was NTC 2008.
  • Firefox or IE? Firefox.
  • Proprietary or Open Source? Doesn’t matter if it works.
  • Laptop or smartphone? Both.

A die-hard sports fan, Jeff’s goal-orientation extends to building the country’s finest nonprofit technology consultancy. Jeff is one of Beaconfire’s founding principals and his title is Vice President for Client Services.

Knox Amy Amy Knox
  • My perfect birthday meal is shrimp alfredo. It is so deadly I only will eat it on my birthday.
  • My best vacation was 10 days in Key West that included snorkeling, paddling and scootering.
  • My first Real Job was a temp job in an insurance company filing index cards with claim numbers on them. The permanent workers told me to slow down because I was working too fast and making them look bad.
  • It’s snack time: sweet or salty? Tostitos
  • The most unusual job I’ve held was testing bumper cars at the amusement park in the Mall of America.
  • I grew up in the heartland.
  • A distant relative leaves me a million dollars, so I pay off my student loan.
  • The most useful training I’ve ever attended was a hands-on “Troubleshooting PC Hardware” workshop. We dismantled and rebuilt computers from the motherboard out. I have never feared attacking a badly behaving computer since.
  • Firefox or IE? Firefox.
  • Laptop or smartphone? Laptop.

Prone to raising tadpoles, impersonating presidential candidates, and other random bursts of eccentricity, Iowa native Amy Knox specializes in making websites and applications easy for non-technical people to use.  When she’s not carrying out her duties as a Beaconfire functional analyst, she indulges her playful nature with her “fabulous” cat O.J. and kayaking on local rivers and lakes.

Kresonja Miro Miro Kresonja
  • I grew up in the socialist bliss of the 80’s Eastern Europe.
  • It would surprise most of my co-workers that I that I had a Mohawk 5 years ago. Well, most of the recent hires anyway.
  • I have a phobia of spiders. The 8 little beady eyes just freak me out. Not to mention the hairy little legs.
  • In the movie of my life explosions, aliens and man-eating robots.
  • My dream vacation is a week-long tennis camp somewhere in Florida.
  • My favorite childhood memory is a two-week summer vacation on the Adriatic.
  • If I could live anywhere, it would be the Buckingham Palace, overlooking my minions.
  • The last book I read was to my three year old, last night: That Curious George!
  • My superpower would be growing hair again.
  • I can’t live without air, water, food, and sleep.
  • Coffee or tea? Coffee. Cream, no sugar. Stirred. Repeat 4-5 times a day.
  • Metro or drive? Drive. If I were going to spend the metro-ing time, I’d just be biking in.
  • If I wasn’t a/n _____ for Beaconfire, I would be building giant robots.
  • Firefox or IE? IE. Still where most of the game is. It’s also much easier to debug with Firefox developer tools than starting with Firefox and debugging in IE.
  • Proprietary or Open Source? Proprietary, when done right, documented well, and upgraded frequently. Because I like to be able to blame others for the wrongs they’ve committed on the software community.
  • PC or Mac? PC. I can’t stand the Apple smugness, or their complete inability to admit they were wrong. (CISC vs. RISC; who’s laughing now, RISC people?)
  • Laptop or smartphone? Definitely smartphone. It’s much more aerodynamic, you can grip it more easily, and throw it much, much farther.

One of Beaconfire’s original employees, Miro oversees the company’s code-slinging software engineering group.  A native of Croatia, Miro’s prize possessions include his family of four, his tennis rackets, and his hot-off-the-presses green card.

Labieniec Lynn Lynn Labieniec
  • I grew up in I’m still growing up, but here goes: New Britain, CT; Grinnell, IA; Wappingers Falls, NY; Wallkill, NY; Poughkeepsie, NY; Cobleskill, NY; Manhattan (upper West Side); Charleston, SC; West Kington, United Kingdom; and since 2000 Washington, DC!
  • My favorite childhood memory is being a crossing guard at the ripe old age of 7. I felt so grown up in that orange belt with the badge! And the time a bull got loose in town and ended up in the yard next door where a battle of wills took place to get him on a truck (only in a small Iowa town…).
  • My perfect day includes either a leisurely day with a good book and a movie or a mountain hike with friends, after which we cook a big meal with some lovely wine or scotch to celebrate our summit.
  • My superpower would be like Samantha on Bewitched. A mere twinkle of the nose would transport me wherever I wanted to go, freeze time, and clean the house, too.
  • My best vacation was Yosemite National Park with great friends, a ton of food, many bottles of wine and scotch, and all those fantastic granite peaks to climb.
  • My perfect birthday meal is with good friends, good food, and something chocolate for dessert.
  • The last book I read was Three Cups of Tea, about Greg Mortenson’s experience building schools in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Very inspiring…
  • The show I stop and watch any time I flip past it on TV is anything involving home renovations or an old movie.
  • If I were throwing a dinner party, I’d want to invite all my friends (and someone with a very large dining room!).
  • It would surprise most of my co-workers that I love being hands-on physically building or fixing things.
  • I can’t live without chocolate.
  • My last vacation was to Outer Banks, NC.
  • My dream vacation is a combination of ocean and mountains.
  • My pet(s) is/are Sam, the dog.
  • It’s snack time: sweet or salty? Both!
  • My first Real Job was a secretary in IBM’s corporate philanthropy department. It didn’t last long once I started programming a System/36 (I am so old) to track grant requests, and they realized I was so in the wrong career.
  • My proudest career accomplishment so far is starting Beaconfire, and 8 years later, it’s going strong.
  • The best thing I’ve ever done for a client was help them make truly sound business decisions.
  • The most unusual job I’ve held was installing playground equipment and bleachers for my Dad’s company.
  • If I wasn’t a/n _____ for Beaconfire, I would be working at a book store that had a great bakery/coffee bar.
  • The coolest group I network with is Beaconfire staff and alums of course!
  • If I had the power to stop any evil, I’d end violence.
  • If I had a million dollars to donate, I’d give it to children’s organizations – they are our future.
  • Firefox or IE? Firefox.

Lynn has been helping the nonprofit sector apply technology to their business operations since 1980 and is currently the CEO of and a strategy consultant for Beaconfire Consulting. She is currently serving as the Board Chair of the Nonprofit Technology Network (N-TEN), the membership organization of nonprofit professionals who put technology to use for their causes.

Niemi-Gillig Kristin Kristin Niemi-Gillig
  • I grew up in Rome NY.
  • My favorite childhood memory is wandering through the woods with my dog.
  • If I wasn’t a/n _____ for Beaconfire, I would be If I wasn’t a project manager for Beaconfire, I would be outside more.
  • The nonprofits I’ve worked for include WWF, TWS, ACLU, BBBS, American Legacy, Heifer International, Americares, LCV, Feeding America, Trout Unlimited, etc.
  • It’s snack time: sweet or salty? Depends
  • If I could live anywhere, it would be Sydney, Australia.
  • My perfect day includes lots of sleep!
  • My perfect birthday meal is ice cream cake.
  • The last book I read was Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
  • The show I stop and watch any time I flip past it on TV is CSI (only the Vegas version).
  • A distant relative leaves me a million dollars, so I buy a beach house.
  • It would surprise most of my co-workers that I have a black belt in tae kwon do.
  • I have a phobia of snakes.
  • My superpower would be stopping time.
  • My last vacation was to visit the in-laws in northern Michigan.
  • My best vacation was my 9-month trip around the world and the US.
  • My dream vacation is ….there’s not enough room on this page. but Galapagos is high on the list.
  • My pet(s) is/are a black lab named Kodi.
  • Coffee or tea? Coffee.
  • College or pro sports? Pro.
  • Metro or drive? Drive.
  • My first Real Job was teaching gymnastics.
  • I went to college at the George Washington University.
  • I went to grad school at George Mason University.
  • My professional certifications include an MBA.
  • The last conference I spoke at was the PM conference.
  • Firefox or IE? Firefox.
  • Proprietary or Open Source? Proprietary.
  • PC or Mac? PC.
  • Laptop or smartphone? Laptop.

Kristin is unflappable, unstoppable, and simply unbelievable as Beaconfire's senior project manager and consultant. She has led web development projects for Planned Parenthood, Heifer International, Feeding America, ACLU, and Big Brothers Big Sisters and puts her skills to work as the fearless leader and mentor of the rest of Beaconfire's project management team.

Schmitt Kesah Kesah Schmitt
  • I grew up in St. Paul, MN.
  • My perfect birthday meal is would be washed down with champagne.
  • My best vacation was traveling through Brazil with stays in Rio de Janeiro, the Amazon, Salvador, Morro de Sao Paulo, and Iguazu Falls.
  • A distant relative leaves me a million dollars, so I travel the world, meeting friends and family along the way.
  • The coolest group I network with is the Women’s Information Network.
  • If I could live anywhere, it would be New Orleans, LA.
  • If I could only have one album, it would be “Baduizm” by Erykah Badu.
  • In the movie of my life the soundtrack would be amazing.
  • The nonprofits I’ve worked for are the National Conference for Community and Justice and Save the Children.
  • I went to college at Tulane University.
  • Firefox or IE? Firefox.

Part of Beaconfire's Midwestern posse, Kesah is a Minnesota native and client manager with eclectic tastes in music and an itch to travel. Kesah's clients include Population Action International, the Center for Applied Linguistics, and many others.

Simon Eve Eve Simon
  • I grew up in main line Philadelphia, near Villanova University.
  • My perfect day includes sunshine, a breeze, and no humidity.
  • The last book I read was pure escapism, and I’m embarrassed to even say its name. However, my favorite book, that I keep re-reading, is the Time Traveler’s Wife.
  • A distant relative leaves me a million dollars, so I would put it away for retirement. Oh, and buy a few pairs of kick-ass shoes.
  • My superpower would be keeping the world safe from people who mistake “your” and “you’re”/”their” and “there” in written communication.
  • My favorite childhood memory is designing a line of “Flashdance” inspired sweatshirts and being featured on a local morning show with a fashion show of my “line”.
  • If I could live anywhere, it would be a killer loft in some amazing city.
  • My perfect birthday meal is really REALLY good Chinese food.
  • If I could only have one album, it would have to consist of every song on my iPod.
  • The show I stop and watch any time I flip past it on TV is Project Runway, can’t help myself. I Heart Tim Gunn.
  • If I were throwing a dinner party, I’d want to invite all my friends, but regressed to when they were kids. Food fight!
  • It would surprise most of my co-workers that I don’t have a tattoo (as much as I would like one) cuz I’m terrified of needles.
  • I have a phobia of small confined places and bugs (preferably NOT at the same time please), and going to the mall during the holiday season.
  • In the movie of my life I would be a size 4, be able to blow dry and style my hair, everyday, perfectly, and I would have a computerized closet like Alicia Silverstone did in “Clueless.”
  • The most unexpected gift I’ve ever given was a pair of fairy wings that I adore.
  • According to my mother, the craziest thing I’ve ever done was deciding not to go to law school and become a civil rights lawyer, but to grad school for theatrical design instead. Or, really, anything that she disagreed with but I did anyway.
  • I can’t live without Doc Marten boots.
  • My last vacation was too long ago, and probably too short (I can’t even remember).
  • My best vacation was my honeymoon in St John, USVI.
  • My dream vacation is a month in Australia and New Zealand, traveling around the country, OR renting a villa in Tuscany.
  • Coffee or tea? Chai.
  • College or pro sports? Pro. Eagles. ‘Nuff said.
  • Metro or drive? Drive, quickly, listening to music very loudly.
  • It’s snack time: sweet or salty? Who are we kidding? Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate.
  • My first Real Job was working at AOL in 1996.
  • My proudest career accomplishment so far is being experienced and confident enough in what I have learned in this industry to teach it at the college level and positively affect a student’s future.
  • The best thing I’ve ever done for a client was to tell them to trust me, I’m a professional.
  • The most interesting task I’ve ever been assigned was to design a web site for an organization whose purpose was to reduce methane emissions in developing world cattle. In other words, to keep cows from farting.
  • The nonprofits I’ve worked for make me realize I can do more good for the sector on the outside as a consultant than working within an NPO.
  • The most unusual job I’ve held was creating web companions for college textbooks before anyone knew what websites really were.
  • I went to college at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating as a Philosophy major.
  • I went to grad school at Brandeis University to get an MFA in Theatrical Lighting Design.
  • If I wasn’t a/n _____ for Beaconfire, I would be a spy.
  • My favorite professional conference is South By Southwest (SxSW).
  • The coolest group I network with is a gang of wacky designers.
  • If I had the power to stop any evil, I’d make sure that all rapists were caught and never able to see the light of day ever again.
  • If I had a million dollars to donate, I’d create an endowment for animal rescue named after my puppies, Max and Zoe.
  • Firefox or IE? Firefox.
  • PC or Mac? Like there’s EVEN a question? I’m a creative after all, and those PC’s are just soooo ugly.
  • Laptop or smartphone? Both (Macs, of course).
  • The last conference I spoke at South by Southwest
  • My favorite presentation topic Design for Good

A lapsed Philosophy major with an MFA in theatrical lighting design and 16 years experience in the web industry, Eve is either a quirky dinner party guest or a source of random knowledge. Or Beaconfire's Creative Director. When not helping make the world a better place (one website at a time), Eve rocks South by Southwest Interactive as the creative muscle behind The Beacon Lounge, blogs for the Huffington Post, is a frequent speaker about design communication for nonprofits, and wears an inordinate amount of black.

Lenger Scott Scott Lenger
  • My favorite childhood memory is LEGO's
  • If I were throwing a dinner party, I’d want to invite politicians and tax collectors
  • A distant relative leaves me a million dollars, so I finally get that martin d-14 made with sustainable Pennsylvanian Cherry in 3-tone sunburst with black machine heads and no pickguard, a compass in the stock, and this thing which tells time.
  • The best thing I’ve ever done for a client was Most things I touch become faster, leaner, easier to manage, and rank better in Google. I enjoy being able to help like that.
  • If I could live anywhere, it would be Colorado
  • My perfect day includes uninterrupted time with my family ... and a nice craft-brewed IPA.
  • My perfect birthday meal is Tokyo Joe’s Unagi Bowl with a side of Sukomono.
  • The last book I read Lawrence Lessig's "Code 2.0"
  • If I could only have one album, it would be Over The Rhine's The Long Surrender.
  • The show I stop and watch any time I flip past it on TV is I do not have a TV, however, I watch 30 Rock religiously on my computer.
  • In the movie of my life I'm Bruce Wayne's successor and I sell the Wayne estate and use the money and my influence to rebuild universal healthcare.
  • According to my mother, the craziest thing I’ve ever done was I've properly taught my mother not to distribute such information on the internet.
  • My last vacation was Tokyo, Japan
  • My best vacation was Alaska
  • My dream vacation is a snowy cabin in the mountains with wifi and an espresso machine
  • Coffee or tea? Cappuchino
  • The most interesting task I’ve ever been assigned was helping digitize a comic book on documentary film and fair use.
  • The nonprofits I’ve worked for include The American Lung Association, Feeding America, National Breast Cancer Coalition, National Council on Aging, and the Wildlife Conservation Society
  • The social networking application with the most business potential is Diaspora.
  • Laptop or smartphone? Either.
Mitchell Adam Adam Mitchell
  • I grew up in Wood River, IL – a little industrial town in the shadow of the St. Louis Arch.
  • My perfect day includes heading to the beach with my wife, a nice breeze, and some sun.
  • If I could only have one album, it would be either Lateralus by Tool or Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins, I never tire of either of them.
  • The show I stop and watch any time I flip past it on TV is The Daily Show, and by flip past, I mean DVR and watch religiously.
  • If I were throwing a dinner party, I’d want to invite a few friends that are obsessed with food and anyone from Iron Chef to cook for us
  • My favorite childhood memory is going fishing with my parents for a week every Spring.
  • If I could live anywhere, it would be somewhere without snow, preferably something with year-round beaches and fishing.
  • My perfect birthday meal is some home-made pizza chased with Angel-food cake.
  • The last book I read the Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks… now I need a bigger apartment for the supplies I’m stockpiling.
  • A distant relative leaves me a million dollars, so I add a plush theater room to wherever we are living.
  • My superpower would be time-travel.
  • In the movie of my life I’d be played by Jack Black and he would be very bored by the script.
  • According to my mother, the craziest thing I’ve ever done was still pretty tame.
  • I can’t live without creating something. Drawing and writing music always seem to happen.
  • My last vacation was to Upstate New York to visit my parents.
  • My best vacation was 2 weeks in Hawaii for my wedding and honeymoon.
  • My dream vacation is never going to happen because, sadly, Jurassic Park doesn’t exist. A man can dream, can’t he?
  • My pet(s) is/are both cats and polar opposites: one always afraid and one always friendly.
  • Coffee or tea? Tea.
  • College or pro sports? Either, but only if it is hockey.
  • Metro or drive? Metro.
  • My first Real Job was content entry and html work in a fossil of a cms.
  • The most interesting task I’ve ever been assigned was migrating an entire active community from one platform to another.
  • The most unusual job I’ve held was at an independent CD, DVD, and Videogame chain. Which was more fun and bizarre than it may sound. Like a combination of Clerks, Empire Records, and High Fidelity.
  • I went to college to get into CGI for movies.
  • If I wasn’t a/n _____ for Beaconfire, I would be a screenwriter but probably not very successful at it.
  • If I had the power to stop any evil, I’d do away with IE6.
  • If I had a million dollars to donate, I’d give half to a worthy cause like Doctors Without Borders and use the other half for microloans.
  • The social networking application with the most business potential is easily Facebook. If the privacy debacle didn’t rattle their user base, I’m not sure anything else will.
  • Firefox or IE? Firefox.
  • Proprietary or Open Source? Open Source, I love digging in and seeing the gears underneath the surface.
  • PC or Mac? Either, if I can get to the web, I’m happy.
  • Laptop or smartphone? iPhone, for portability.
Sayre David David Sayre
  • If I could live anywhere, it would be environmentally neutral and politically stable.
  • My perfect day includes pleasant conversation and some snacks.
  • It would surprise most of my co-workers that I sang lead in ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
  • My superpower would be electromagnetism because I could levitate off the earth and write digital media without an adapter.
  • My favorite fundraising event for charity is ballroom dance lessons.
  • If I could only have one album, it would be the Beatles white album.
  • If I were throwing a dinner party, I’d want to invite George Carlin, the Dalai Lama and Richard P. Feynman.
  • A distant relative leaves me a million dollars, so I donate a third, invest a third, and the government would takes the rest.
  • I have a phobia of knives.
  • In the movie of my life I’d have an accent.
  • I can’t live without my family.
  • My first Real Job was stocking shelves in a paint store.
  • The most unusual job I’ve held was kindergarten teacher’s assistant.
  • Proprietary or Open Source? Both.
  • PC or Mac? Both.
  • Laptop or smartphone? Neither.
Zumbrun Paul Paul Zumbrun
  • The most unexpected gift I’ve ever given was a dozen bottles of Diet Snapple. Long story.
  • My last vacation was a wedding in New Delhi.
  • I grew up in Churubusco, Indiana. Much more exciting than it sounds.
  • If I could live anywhere, it would be in a new city every few years. Or maybe Sydney.
  • My first Real Job was building battlefield situational awareness software for Her Majesty's Armed Forces.

Paul’s interests span not only the global uses of the Web and emerging technologies, but globe trotting, as well. His wanderings have taken him to China, France, India, among others. He enjoys the cuisine and sport of the world – just ask him his interests and he’s happy to wax philosophical about the cultures of the world.

O'Malley Amanda Amanda O'Malley
  • I grew up in Virginia
  • A distant relative leaves me a million dollars, so I Pay off debt
  • My superpower would be Flying
  • In the movie of my life Everyone would be a wizard.
  • If I could live anywhere, it would be Probably Toronto. I feel oddly at home there.
  • My favorite childhood memory is Riding a big wheel in front of my house while chewing way too much bubble gum.
  • My perfect day includes Fall weather and my family.
  • My perfect birthday meal is duck sauce pizza & a good rose wine.
  • The last book I read A Dance with Dragons
  • The show I stop and watch any time I flip past it on TV is Project Runway
  • My first Real Job was A hostess at an Italian restaurant
  • I have a phobia of snakes. Ugh, I don’t even like typing the word.
  • According to my mother, the craziest thing I’ve ever done was I don’t even want to get her started…
  • I can’t live without My daughter.
  • My best vacation was My honeymoon in Phuket.
  • My pet(s) is/are 2 cats (Creature & Stomper) and a bunny (Pirate Deathmaster).
  • Coffee or tea? Coffee
  • Metro or drive? Drive... for a long time.

Amanda is always looking for something to organize, whether it’s a project schedule or every closet in her house. When she isn't managing projects, Amanda likes to sing with her band or just with her husband on acoustic guitar.

John Ren Ren John
  • My favorite childhood memory is the Redskins winning the Super Bowl
  • If I had a million dollars to donate, I’d pick 10 worthy causes, mostly geared towards children
  • The most interesting task I’ve ever been assigned was creating a touch screen application, 7 yrs before the iphone
  • If I could only have one album, it would be Bob Marley's Legend.
  • A distant relative leaves me a million dollars, so I pay off my debt and give the rest to my parents so they can have a good retirement.
  • It would surprise most of my co-workers that I have the same birthday as my brother but we aren’t twins.
  • I have a phobia of letting people know my phobias
  • My superpower would be flying.
  • In the movie of my life I would need a sequel.
  • According to my mother, the craziest thing I’ve ever done was paint our walls with butter.
  • I can’t live without music.
  • My dream vacation is Outer Space.
  • My first Real Job was at a computer store.
  • My proudest career accomplishment so far is technical lead on internal workflow application.
  • The best thing I’ve ever done for a client was listen.
  • If I had the power to stop any evil, I’d stop war.

Ren is problem solver who has coded in more languages than he can speak. Currently, Microsoft .NET is his lingua franca. He is an avid home team sports fan with a love for anything Skins, Caps, Wizards, Terps. Even some love for the Ravens, Nats and O's. Not to be forgotten, he loves to watch tennis and world cup soccer.

Lambert Ashleigh Ashleigh Lambert
  • I grew up in Lancaster, PA
  • My favorite childhood memory is playing outside all day long, running barefoot through the yard, laying in the grass (if it’s sunny out), and summertime before school started!
  • My perfect day includes sleeping in, taking a walk with my dog, spending time with my husband, and spending some time outside getting a little vitamin D.
  • It would surprise most of my co-workers that I love to dance – just for fun and traditional dance like ballet, tap and jazz.
  • My proudest career accomplishment so far is receiving the position of Marketing Manager at National Wildlife Federation.
  • If I could live anywhere, it would be somewhere warm – I am not a fan of snow and don’t mind heat and humidity. I would love to live in the Caribbean.
  • My perfect birthday meal is I don’t care about the meal; I just want some chocolate cake – chocolate with chocolate icing or chocolate with vanilla icing. Mmmmm.
  • The last book I read was The Alchemist.
  • If I could only have one album, it would be Echoes by Pink Floyd.
  • The show I stop and watch any time I flip past it on TV is Intervention on A&E.
  • If I were throwing a dinner party, I’d want to invite Aziz Ansari (comedian from the show Parks & Rec).
  • A distant relative leaves me a million dollars, so I invest most of it and buy some awesome stuff with the rest.
  • I have a phobia of throwing up in public.
  • My superpower would be teleporting.
  • In the movie of my life there would be a lot of stupid comedy, jokes and zombies.
  • The most unexpected gift I’ve ever given was a plant for my 21st birthday.
  • According to my mother, the craziest thing I’ve ever done was try and convince her to drive us home from Miami to PA, because I was afraid to fly. We were in the Miami airport and I was nervous about the plane ride.
  • I can’t live without hand lotion and lip gloss.
  • My last vacation was Sarasota, FL.
  • My best vacation was Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Park with my mom.
  • My dream vacation is Australia.
  • My pet(s) is/are Harley (golden retriever), Wilma (cat) and Lester (cat).
  • Coffee or tea? Coffee.
  • College or pro sports? Neither.
  • Metro or drive? Both.
  • It’s snack time: sweet or salty? Sweet, then salty.
  • My first Real Job was working for a nature center in Philly.
  • The best thing I’ve ever done for a client was empower them to understand and take an interest in marketing.
  • The most interesting task I’ve ever been assigned was to assist a scientist and her college students with a study on salamanders and marking them with dye.
  • The nonprofits I’ve worked for include The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education and the National Wildlife Federation.
  • The most unusual job I’ve held was working at the mall in a stuffed animal store.
  • I went to college at Drexel University.
  • I went to grad school – not yet, but hope to in the future.
  • My professional certifications include - nothing.
  • If I wasn’t a/n _____ for Beaconfire, I would be a hair stylist.
  • The last conference I spoke at – I’ve never spoken at a conference.
  • My favorite presentation topic – anything about marketing, whether it’s tactics, research, online, print, etc.
  • My favorite professional conference – haven’t attended any, so I don’t have anything to compare!
  • The coolest group I network with includes other web marketers, graphic designers, etc.
  • The most useful training I’ve ever attended was the Social Marketing University.
  • My favorite statistic about the Internet is that the average age of a Facebook user is 37.
  • If I had the power to stop any evil, I’d use it to implement stable governments across the world to improve the lives of third world citizens. Noble, huh!
  • If I had a million dollars to donate, I’d help the environment and domestic animals.
  • My favorite fundraising event for charity is the Goblin Gallop 5K run in Fairfax. It’s around Halloween and people dress in costumes to run. The run supports the John Quadrino Foundation, which helps children with cancer.
  • The social networking application with the most business potential is Twitter.
  • Firefox or IE? Either – no preference.
  • Proprietary or Open Source? - ummm.
  • PC or Mac? – Used to working on a PC, but I like Macs too.
  • Laptop or smartphone? – Laptop for stationary stuff and smartphone for on the go – so both!

Friendly and loveable, just like her golden retriever, Ashleigh most enjoys collaborating with clients and becoming part of their team.  As a member of the Online Campaigns & Marketing team at Beaconfire, Ashleigh specializes in fundraising and website engagement strategy.  

Chettiar Russell Russell Chettiar
  • I grew up in Mumbai, India and boy was it a rollercoaster ride
  • If I could live anywhere, it would be Goa, India (Google it)
  • My perfect day includes cricket, lots a’ time with my son n wife, and the History channel
  • If I could only have one album, it would Nevermind (Nirvana)
  • The show I stop and watch any time I flip past it on TV is The Office (I miss Michael Scott!)
  • It would surprise most of my co-workers that I did a little bit of small-time modeling in college (3 commercials made it on TV)
  • I have a phobia of snakes
  • I can’t live without Fiber One Oats & Chocolate breakfast bars
  • My best vacation was hiking the Andes mountains for 4 days to get to Machu Picchu
  • My pet(s) is/are our part chow-part German shepherd dog Chillie
  • Coffee or tea? Coffee (Instant, yeah really!!)
  • College or pro sports? Pro (football and soccer mostly)
  • Metro or drive? Looonnngg Drive, unfortunately
  • My first Real Job was for an Airline and I got to wear a snazzy looking uniform
  • The nonprofits I’ve worked for ACLU, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Equal Justice Works, NeighborWorks America, AFL-CIO, and several more
  • My favorite statistic about the Internet 210 billion emails are sent daily, out of which 80% are spam
  • If I had the power to stop any evil, I’d stop it
  • If I had a million dollars to donate, I’d think about it
  • Firefox or IE? Firefox… What’s IE?
  • PC or Mac? (Big) Mac
  • Laptop or smartphone? Laptop for production, iPad for reading, Smartphone on the Go

On a typical day Russ optimizes and manages projects for Beaconfire, spends time with the 9 month-old son, and catches up on the latest episode of Madmen.  On weekends he heads to a Cricket game, which he has been playing since he was eight.  Russ also helps with the local chapter of the Indian American community association.

Boland Jen Jen Boland
  • I grew up in Jacksonville FL
  • My favorite childhood memory is Circus Camp
  • If I could live anywhere, it would be Costa Rica
  • My perfect day includes surfing, biking riding and good food
  • My perfect birthday meal is cup cakes
  • The last book I read The Company that Solved Healthcare
  • If I could only have one album, it would can’t pick just one
  • The show I stop and watch any time I flip past it on TV is I don’t have a TV
  • If I were throwing a dinner party, I’d want to invite Jeffrey Sachs
  • A distant relative leaves me a million dollars, so I build a tiny house and dedicate my life towards helping others
  • It would surprise most of my co-workers that I struggle with my weight
  • I have a phobia of snakes
  • My superpower would be mind reading
  • The most unexpected gift I’ve ever given was my dog Wonka
  • According to my mother, the craziest thing I’ve ever done was I don’t think I ever surprise my mom
  • I can’t live without chocolate
  • My last vacation was Costa Rica
  • My best vacation was Costa Rica
  • My dream vacation is anything active
  • My pet(s) is/are Wonka the Chocolate Lab
  • Coffee or tea? Coffee
  • College or pro sports? Don’t care….cycling, running, triathlon, action adventure sports
  • Metro or drive? Walk
  • It’s snack time: sweet or salty? Sweet
  • My first Real Job was Capitol Hill
  • My proudest career accomplishment so far is taking the chance to start my own company
  • The best thing I’ve ever done for a client was helped them maximize margin by presenting different discounts based on how traffic arrived at a site
  • The most interesting task I’ve ever been assigned was evaluating web analytics providers
  • The nonprofits I’ve worked for YMCA
  • The most unusual job I’ve held was ...my jobs have all been pretty ordinary
  • I went to college at UVA
  • I went to grad school at the University of Northern Colorado
  • My professional certifications include Certified Personal Trainer, Convio, Ad Words, Health Insurance License
  • If I wasn’t a/n _____ for Beaconfire, I would be Marketing Production Specialist for Beaconfire, I would be doing something in health care
  • The last conference I spoke at Ignite (not really a conference)
  • My favorite presentation topic is employee wellness
  • My favorite professional conference Emetrics
  • The coolest group I network with was Green Drinks in Fort Collins
  • The most useful training I’ve ever attended Predictive Analytics
  • My favorite statistic about the Internet 7 Billion people use it; almost 1/3 of the population
  • If I had the power to stop any evil, I’d stop Junk food (it is killing us)
  • If I had a million dollars to donate, I’d parcel it out to health and education non-profits
  • My favorite fundraising event for charity is any active event
  • The social networking application with the most business potential Facebook…it’s all the about the potential with the data
  • Firefox or IE? Chrome
  • Proprietary or Open Source? Open Source
  • PC or Mac? PC
  • Laptop or smartphone? laptop

Jen’s believes that being an internet consultant is all about bringing marketing ideas to life on the web and mobile in ways that build support and raise money for worthwhile causes. While she loves her job, she’s happy to go home and spend time with her chocolate lab, Wonka.

Holland Curtis Curtis Holland
  • I have a phobia of spiders
  • My superpower would be telekinesis
  • I can’t live without friendships
Schwartz Jared Jared Schwartz
  • I grew up in outside of Philadelphia
  • If I could live anywhere, it would be Chicago in the summer time
  • The most unexpected gift I’ve ever given was the original publications of Franny and Zooey from two issues of long ago New Yorker magazines
  • If I could only have one album, it would David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust
  • If I were throwing a dinner party, I’d want to invite artists and troublemakers
  • My first Real Job was as a free-lancer building Content Management Systems and extranets for political campaigns. This was back in the glorious mid-90s, when building and selling an individual CMS was a thing
  • My proudest career accomplishment so far is was creating and leading a world class digital program for the labor movement at the AFL-CIO
  • If I wasn’t a/n _____ for Beaconfire, I would be helping some awesome progressive or non-profit integrate digital strategy and online organizing into its mission
  • The most useful training I’ve ever attended was on Allaire’s Cold Fusion 3 in 1997. It got me started doing this work and I haven’t looked back
  • The social networking application with the most business potential is still facebook. Figuring out how to harness the power of a supporter’s personal network remains the holy grail for non-profits

Jared has helped progressive organizations increase their
digital footprint and integrate emerging technologies and new media strategies
into their core mission for 15 years. Jared loves spending time with his wife
and two sons and if there is any time leftover, playing basketball.

Kapoor Nupur Nupur Kapoor
  • I have a phobia of Lizards
  • If I could only have one album, it would be an assortment of indie-rock.
  • It would surprise most of my co-workers that I suffer from “Compulsive footwear shopping disorder”
  • In the movie of my life it’s always a happy ending!
  • The nonprofits I’ve worked for SOS, CRY, WWF and Green Peace
  • I went to grad school at GWU
  • The coolest group I network with is DC Metropolitian Hikers
  • If I had the power to stop any evil, I’d stop child trafficking
  • PC or Mac? Both
  • According to my mother, the craziest thing I’ve ever done was pushed my cousin from 10ft high slide, because he wouldn't dance with me! (I was 7 then)
  • My first Real Job was was to read books for kids at a local library.
  • The most interesting task I’ve ever been assigned was to teach swimming to visually impaired kids.
  • I can’t live without my dad! Am a daddy’s princess.
  • My dream vacation is would be a sponsored euro trip with my girlfriends!

Nupur knows how to balance perfectly work and play. She is creative, fast-paced and loves challenges in her work and her play. She is a trained dancer who is currently learning belly dancing. In her free time she loves to play with her lab, swim, watch movies, shop with her girlfriends and cook.

Goldberg Darren Darren Goldberg
  • If I could only have one album, it would Moving Pictures by Rush
  • A distant relative leaves me a million dollars, so I triple check to make sure it’s not a joke
  • It would surprise most of my co-workers that I am obsessed with fantasy baseball
  • My superpower would be to fly
  • In the movie of my life it would be quite boring
  • I can’t live without The MLB Network
  • My dream vacation is Australia
  • My first Real Job was govt contractor working with DoD
Cole Jaclyn Jaclyn Cole
  • My favorite childhood memory is playing flash light tag with the neighborhood kids in the summer.
  • If I could only have one album, it would Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers.
  • A distant relative leaves me a million dollars, so I start a small indie film production company.
  • It would surprise most of my co-workers that I I love running.
  • My superpower would be to fly.
  • I can’t live without avocados.
  • My dream vacation is a trip around the islands of Greece.
  • My first Real Job was sales person at Bath and Body Works.
  • My proudest career accomplishment so far is leading an online grassroots campaign to defeat a bad bear hounding bill in California.
  • The most interesting task I’ve ever been assigned was creating an online pet photo contest for members of Congress and their staff.
  • If I had a million dollars to donate, I'd donate to art/creative writing programs in underserved communities.

As a Marketing Client Manager/Consultant for Beaconfire Consulting, Jaclyn excels in growing online marketing campaigns, engaging the right audiences, and providing guidance on content strategy for clients. Jaclyn holds a B.A. in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University.

Lenahan Kerry Kerry Lenahan
  • If I could only have one album, it would Moving Pictures by Rush
  • My superpower would be to fly
  • My dream vacation is Australia
  • My first Real Job was govt contractor working with DoD
  • If I had a million dollars to donate, I'd give it to Children’s Hospital
Berryer Pierre Pierre Berryer
  • My favorite childhood memory is the many end of summer birthday pool parties!
  • If I could only have one album, it would live a very sad life indeed.
  • A distant relative leaves me a million dollars, so I invest it and keep on working - with a fancy new stereo.
  • It would surprise most of my co-workers that I used to keep my hair long and sport a scruffy goatee.
  • I have a phobia of having a phobia.
  • My superpower would be flight. It’s a simple one but nothing beats the dreams I’ve had when I can fly.
  • In the movie of my life the original director gets fired, the producers go bankrupt, but a bootleg copy of the film makes it to the Cinema Drafthouse.
  • According to my mother, the craziest thing I’ve ever done was was meticulously obsess over the placement of a big book I was returning to the shelf as a toddler.
  • I can’t live without energy drinks.
  • My dream vacation is doing the same relaxing things I always want do but somewhere else and guilt-free.
  • My first Real Job was working at American Management Systems as a consultant on enterprise level Web projects.
  • My proudest career accomplishment so far is launching the WAMU 88.5 Drupal site in spite of many sleepless nights.
  • The best thing I’ve ever done for a client was write a $75k grant proposal that was accepted and funded by the USDA.
  • The most interesting task I’ve ever been assigned was designing a Web site for a record label.
  • The most unusual job I’ve held was working for my family’s ice cream making business.
  • If I had the power to stop any evil, I'd go after political corruption.
  • If I had a million dollars to donate, I'd help fund research on Alzheimer’s and Machine Intelligence.

An avid indoorsman, Pierre enjoys avoiding long hikes, jogging, the beach, extreme temperatures, stinging and biting insects, etc. Besides spending way too much time voraciously reading e-books (since 2000 on a Palm Pilot), he has embraced the new future and can no longer imagine life without an iPad. Somehow, though, he can still remember too many muggy weeks without power after 1994’s hurricane Andrew down in South Florida.

Taylor Thomas Thomas Taylor
  • My favorite childhood memory is playing with the backyard hammock but I can't put my finger on anything specific.
  • If I could only have one album, it would definitely the Forrest Gump soundtrack.
  • A distant relative leaves me a million dollars, so I I would invest 80% of it, blow 10% of it on vacations and give 10% of it away (ok probably 5% of it away).
  • It would surprise most of my co-workers that I don't actually have or ride a dinosaur, like in my caricature.
  • I have a phobia of quicksand and sinkholes
  • My superpower would be the power to control people's perceptions
  • In the movie of my life there would be a lot of western gun battles and Bollywood-style dance numbers
  • I can’t live without my cellphone. Seriously... I don't know what we did before them.
  • My dream vacation is New Zealand or Macau with a ton of money
  • My first Real Job was a projectionist in a movie theater... lots of free popcorn and free movies!
  • My proudest career accomplishment so far is creating a monster online worksheet a couple of jobs ago... a technical challenge and it worked flawlessly
  • The best thing I’ve ever done for a client was go on-site to a survey and helped them out with software while they were doing stuff in-process. Pretty gratifying to see your work in the field.
  • The most interesting task I’ve ever been assigned was when my boss made me go to the Cyclotron in Atlanta, GA when we had a day extra on travel. Kinda awesome and historic.
  • The most unusual job I’ve held was when I worked at the university for a bit supporting teachers doing IT stuff basically -- it sounds boring but there was a lot of bizarre tasks or problems we'd run into.
  • If I had the power to stop any evil, I'd end slavery... definitely banish slavery
  • If I had a million dollars to donate, I'd give it to Little Lights (http://www.littlelights.org/). Urban ministry with a great mission in DC

Thomas has the rare quality of being a native to DC. His primary responsibility at Beaconfire is to implement what comes out of the creative and planning processes. When he's not coding up a storm, he really enjoys the beach (any beach will do!), a good long run and some solid uninterrupted time at the poker table.

Mackley Steve Steve Mackley
  • It would surprise most of my co-workers that I used to work as a casket maker.
  • In the movie of my life Hayao Miyazaki would be the director
  • I can’t live without my bike.
  • My dream vacation is Paris in the October.
  • My first Real Job was evaluator for the Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • My proudest career accomplishment so far is switching careers and getting hired as a designer.
  • The best thing I’ve ever done for a client was consistently delivering on time and staying on budget.
  • If I had the power to stop any evil, I'd ensure better distribution of the world’s food resources.
  • If I had a million dollars to donate, I'd give free bikes to anyone who wanted one.

Steve blends the art and science of UX design, crafting solutions that are straightforward in meeting the client’s needs.  Steve enjoys century rides on his bike and has also been known to rant endlessly about bad  font choices on menus at restaurants.

Turner Emily Emily Turner
  • A distant relative leaves me a million dollars, so I found free yoga and poetry schools.
  • It would surprise most of my co-workers that I used to work as (New Orleans style) Snoball Disher.
  • I have a phobia of whales.
  • In the movie of my life Amanda Peet would play me.
  • I can’t live without my brains.
  • My dream vacation is hot air balloon tour over lands and seas.
  • My proudest career accomplishment so far is landing at Beaconfire.
  • The most interesting task I’ve ever been assigned was to draw a landscape design for a Parsonage.
  • If I had the power to stop any evil, I'd ensure the earth could sustain us.
  • My favorite childhood memory is discovering mountains.

One of five siblings grown on 80 functional acres in Southern Maryland, Emily was raised by a farm.  This bred her free, bold and innovative spirit that she applies to managing Beaconfire headquarters and growing its flock through Business Development. She enjoys yoga, piano, photography, farms, travel and morel. When she grows up she will be a neuroscientist and a chef.