About Us

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Leadership

Dan Sheetz

Partner + Managing Director

Dan is a seasoned designer, developer, and entrepreneur. He first learned to program as a wide-eyed child on a VIC-20 attached to his grandfather’s TV in the early 80s. While pursuing an English degree at the University of Iowa, he was drawn to the web as a venue for non-linear narrative forms, multimedia, and digital art. His early experience in programming steered him toward the technical side of the web, and he spent the better part of the 20-oughts working as a developer, while continuing to gain valuable experience in UX design and business strategy.

In a career spanning more than twenty years, he has built websites and digital products for big companies, startups, non-profit organizations, and activists. An entrepreneur at heart, Dan heads up business development, operations, and strategy at Tighten.

When he’s not at work you’ll find him opining over possible futures, poring over baseball statistics, or at a poker table someplace.

Matt Stauffer

Partner + Technical Director

Matt is an accomplished developer, teacher, writer, and communicator. Since the late 90s, Matt has been thinking deeply about coding practices, while continuously refining his craft. He combines an aptitude for big-picture thinking with serious development chops, honed in his professional practice and through his continuous onslaught of side projects.

In recent years, Matt has become deeply involved in the Laravel community, and his blog at mattstauffer.co has become required reading for Laravel developers and responsive designers alike. Matt is a regular speaker at Laracon, and has written a book entitled Laravel: Up and Running, published by O’Reilly Media in 2016.

As technical director, Matt provides leadership on every client project, directs and mentors our growing development team, and leads all of Tighten’s internal product development efforts. Matt is fiercely passionate about work and life, and he keeps Tighten and our clients on their toes at all times.

Our People

Anthony Terrell

Developer

Anthony is a New York native and a Chicago transplant. His early years were spent re-installing Windows, trying many Linux distributions and playing video games.

Being so comfortable with computers, he sought out a degree in web development with a minor in networking. Since graduation he's worked in startups, agencies, corporations and even freelanced for a while.

Development, tech and fatherhood are his passions. When he isn't consumed by them, he spends the rest of his time becoming a professional food taster and tv watcher with his wife Mary.

Bryan Chung

Karani Product Lead

Bryan grew up by the beach before heading off to the University of Southern California to study film (Fight On!)

After college he decided to publish a couple of artsy-fartsy books and live in a loft to complete the quintessential artist stereotype. He’s a sucker for great tech and good design and the combination of those things.

You may find him in an overly-hipster LA coffee shop aggressively sniffing the aromas of a freshly made cappuccino.

Caleb Porzio

Developer

Caleb spent his childhood falling off skateboards, and using his teeth as wire-cutters. He learned to program during math class on a TI-83 and hasn’t looked back.

Instead of finishing college, he coded for people, and shot a bunch of wedding videos. This made him happy.

When not digging into code, you might find him obsessing over financial independence, camping, teaching people stuff, or belting out a tune on the guitar.

Cenitoria Melton

Developer

Cenitoria grew up in Kansas City (the one in Missouri) before running off to college to study Computer Science. She was in the program for a year before chickening out and deciding that a degree in Japanese was easier and got one of those instead. After working as a professional paper troll for several years, she got bored and went back to school for Computer Science.

When she’s not nerding out on Japanese study techniques or computer stuff, she can be found having Android vs. iPhone arguments with her brother, practicing calligraphy, and preparing for old age by obsessively knitting.

Daniel Coulbourne

Developer

Daniel grew up in Tokyo, where he hit his head on many low doorframes.

He attended Covenant College, where he studied philosophy.

He was a freelance seafood-dude in New Orleans, where he learned to remove shrimp-juice from clothing.

He’s been a developer ever since and is super into Slack Bots at the time that he is writing this bio.

Also a big fan of Artisanal Baked Goods.

Jake Bathman

Developer

Jake started programming in 8th grade with a C++ clone of Pocket Tanks. It was terrible, so he ended up at Texas A&M, earning a B.S. in Political Science and Masters in Public Service and Administration. He then worked in public health for a county government just outside Dallas, planning for bioterrorism and pandemic flu.

During this time, Jake started programming again. It started with small websites and chatbots with his friends, and moved to a full-time developer role at a software company in Dallas.

Today, he can be found with his three kids, three cats, and one wife in McKinney, Texas, playing video games, pretending to be a filmmaker, nerding out over severe weather, and spending far too much time on Twitter.

Jamison Valenta

Developer

custom interior lighting enthusiast
ultimate frisbee handler
off grid adventurer
itinerate traveler
big city bicyclist
blues dancer
rock climber
eagle scout
plant lover
slack liner
potter
cook
yogi

John Bonaccorsi

Developer

John grew up in Northeast Philadelphia where he first started creating websites in "10 simple steps" at age 9 on AOL Hometown.

Since then, writing code has become his craft. He obsessively consumes every tech-related article or tutorial that gets posted to his twitter feed.

When he's not coding, you'll probably find him either binge watching a new TV show with his wife or at the park with his dog. Lately, he's also been aspiring to become an amateur woodworker (mostly focusing on keeping all his fingers).

Jose Soto

Developer

Jose spent his childhood years playing soccer and tinkering on computers. He accrued over 90,000 free hours for AOL.

He loves to read up on new technological trends while sipping on a freshly brewed cup of coffee. He geeks out on well-designed databases and APIs.

When he isn't in front of his computer, you can find him captivated by his daughter, hiking with his wife, or searching for his next real estate deal.

Keith Damiani

Senior Developer

Keith spent his youth being amazed that he could make a computer do what he wanted it to do. Later, he studied public policy at Stanford University and urban design at the University of Virginia, ran a graphic design agency for a couple of decades, and helped raise three kids.

Today, he spends his days being amazed that he can make a computer do what he wants it to do. When he's not coding or flipping tables, Keith likes to ski, build houses, hang out in Italy, sleep occasionally, and enjoy a good martini.

Logan Henson

Developer

Logan was first drawn to the development field when accidentally taking a Computer Science class instead of a BCIS class in High School. Ever since then, he has been continuously striving toward excellence in the field and efficacy in his roles.

After a college stint for a degree in CS and a Math minor, he went on to try to raise the bar for East Texas development, both professionally and as a service to the community. He has helped many teams and individual developers connect and grow together through meetups and non-profit efforts.

When he isn’t knee-deep in development or community work, he can be found wrapped around his daughter's finger or cycling around the city.

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Marje Nitz

Operations and Content Manager

Marje's first career plan was chemical engineering, until she got to a quarter in college without any writing classes. She promptly changed her major to technical communications. Since then, she's split her career experience writing about software, engineering, and financial systems, and developing content structures for usable websites. Her favorite questions include “Who is the audience?” and “What do they need to know to be successful?”

When not wrangling content or her children, Marje spends time running around Saint Paul and Minneapolis, plays in the dirt when seasonally appropriate for vegetable gardening, and loves having friends over for dinner. She has been known to leak poetry and sometimes stays up too late dancing.

Nohemi Olvera

Designer

Nohemi is a multidisciplinary designer living in Monterrey, Mexico. She is excited to work across different media because she wants to learn as widely as she can and explore new things that fuel her creativity.

Nohemi has experience working in different fields such as advertising, branding and user experience. It was her innate curiosity that led her to web design when she was 13 years old and create her first website, back in the early 2000s.

She lived in New York for a year and worked as a product designer at AlphaSights. After that she travelled and worked remotely for Stack Overflow.

When not spending time with her family, she enjoys reading, making linoprints (merakipaper.co) and lettering.

Samantha Geitz

Senior Developer

When Samantha was in the final semester of her English Literature degree, she took a C++ class as an elective and realized that she actually wanted to be a programmer when she grew up. She went on to receive a master’s in Information Science from the University of Missouri; since then, she has alternated between freelance/agency work and helping early-stage startups build scalable systems.

Samantha is a proud — too proud, some would say — native of Chicago. Aside from writing code, her hobbies include getting angry about Game of Thrones, hanging out with her animal friends (two dogs and a cat), and avoiding social obligations in favor of going to bed at a reasonable hour.

Sara Bine

Developer

Sara grew up in Minnesota and spent her winters (and summers) hunkered down chatting on IRC and bedazzling her MySpace page. After years of studying Hebrew, Spanish, and French, she followed her love of language to the University of Denver in Colorado to obtain a degree in foreign languages.

A year into her degree, she stumbled into programming as a viable career path while helping some Computer Science majors with their Java homework. She immediately switched her major to CS and never looked back. Since then she's worked in game development, e-commerce, and higher education, and discovered a renewed passion for language and interpersonal communication dynamics, especially on remote teams.

On the rare occasion she's not at a computer, Sara can be found reading, cooking, singing, playing with her dog Sudo, or traveling. She's visited 6 continents including Antarctica, and hopes to make it to Africa soon in true completionist style.

Shawn Jones

Developer

Shawn grew up in Lexington, Kentucky with an enthusiasm for music, movies and traveling. After serving in the United States Army, Shawn's interests in music lead him to study sound and film at Full Sail University and Los Angeles Film School. During a course at Full Sail, Shawn would gain an interest in computer science and start tinkering with web development, eventually creating horrible websites for everyone to see.

After relocating to Saint Louis, Shawn's interests in CS would outweigh his love of the arts thrusting him into web development full-time. Besides working at Tighten, Shawn occasionally assists others in educational programs geared towards learning basic web development skills within the Saint Louis area.

When Shawn isn't coding or teaching, you can easily catch him out running with his dog Taco, reading, or sharing his love for music and movies with his amazing wife Maria and their five kids.

Steve Schoger

Designer

Steve is our friend from north of the border. He began designing for the web in the early 2000's. The internet wasn't very pretty back then and he wanted to see that change. He doesn't like to seeing frustrated developers, so he learned how to code so he could understand how to make their life easier.

He has experience working with small to mid size agencies, startups, large corporations and always has a side project on the go.

When he's not working on anything design related (rarely), Steve likes to spend time on music production, travelling Europe and house renovation projects.

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