MEET THE TECHNOLOGY TEAM

Technology

Shawn Kuenzler

Director of Engineering

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

The degree of empathy the Zen Planner staff has for its customers is unparalleled.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

Family time, CrossFit, yoga, skiing & mountain biking.

Words to live by:

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

Dave Kilmoyer
Dave Kilmoyer

Chief Architect

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

Two things come to mind about what I like about Zen Planner. I like Zen Planner’s mission to truly make our customers and partners businesses succeed. That is pretty powerful and can positively affect many lives. Secondly, its employees are truly a family of diverse awesome spirits.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

I love all things cycling, mountaineering, and winter sports. A desolate dirt road up a secluded canyon, any time spent up above tree-line is what I seek. A cold beer and a beautiful sunset after a great adventure are rewards I cherish.

Words to live by:

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” –John Lennon

Jake Warren
Jacob Warren

Senior DevOps Engineer

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

I like that I could wear my superman cape with my batman mask to work if I wanted to. I enjoy working with fellow superheroes of technology.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

I love to travel with my family! I like to play golf and basketball, and take long drives in the mountains looking for wildlife.

Words to live by:

“Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible. ” – Cadet Maxim

Joseph Kabuika

Engineering Lead - Software Test

How do you stay active?

Cycling and playing video games

What is on your bucket list?

Make a difference in someone’s life, Travel around the world.

What is your secret talent that nobody knows about?

It’s still a secret even for myself… :)))

Shawn Kuenzler
Director of Engineering

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

The degree of empathy the Zen Planner staff has for its customers is unparalleled.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

Family time, CrossFit, yoga, skiing & mountain biking.

Words to live by:

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

Dave Kilmoyer

Dave Kilmoyer
Chief Architect

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

Two things come to mind about what I like about Zen Planner. I like Zen Planner’s mission to truly make our customers and partners businesses succeed. That is pretty powerful and can positively affect many lives. Secondly, its employees are truly a family of diverse awesome spirits.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

I love all things cycling, mountaineering, and winter sports. A desolate dirt road up a secluded canyon, any time spent up above tree-line is what I seek. A cold beer and a beautiful sunset after a great adventure are rewards I cherish.

Words to live by:

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” –John Lennon

Jake Warren

Jacob Warren
Senior DevOps Engineer

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

I like that I could wear my superman cape with my batman mask to work if I wanted to. I enjoy working with fellow superheroes of technology.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

I love to travel with my family! I like to play golf and basketball, and take long drives in the mountains looking for wildlife.

Words to live by:

“Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible. ” – Cadet Maxim

Joseph Kabuika
Engineering Lead - Software Test

How do you stay active?

Cycling and playing video games

What is on your bucket list?

Make a difference in someone’s life, Travel around the world.

What is your secret talent that nobody knows about?

It’s still a secret even for myself… :)))

Josh Tischer
Josh Tischer

Senior Software Developer

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

Our job is to have fun working on challenging & engaging projects.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

Being outdoors preferably in the mountains.

Words to live by:

“Today me will live in the moment unless it’s unpleasant, in which case me will eat a cookie” – Cookie Monster

Gregg Petri
Gregg Petri

Senior Software Developer

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

We work in a fun, collaborative, high performance environment where individual contributions make a difference.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

Spending time with my family, walking my Vizsla and photography.

Words to live by:

The classic Aesop quote “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

Michael Conlin
Michael Conlin

Data, Reporting & Analytics Developer

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

All the helpful, positive people and an environment that breeds a collaborative, fun and social atmosphere.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

Anything outdoors with friends and family – skiing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, etc…

Words to live by:

“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.”

Ashley Dennis
Ashley Dennis

Senior QA Analyst

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

The people. We have built an amazing group of individuals here that make coming into work like spending time with your friends.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

Lift heavy things, spend time with family and friends and get some down time in at home.

Words to live by:

“When you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.”

Josh Tischer

Josh Tischer
Senior Software Developer

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

Our job is to have fun working on challenging & engaging projects.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

Being outdoors preferably in the mountains.

Words to live by:

“Today me will live in the moment unless it’s unpleasant, in which case me will eat a cookie” – Cookie Monster

Gregg Petri

Gregg Petri
Senior Software Developer

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

We work in a fun, collaborative, high performance environment where individual contributions make a difference.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

Spending time with my family, walking my Vizsla and photography.

Words to live by:

The classic Aesop quote “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

Michael Conlin

Michael Conlin
Data, Reporting & Analytics Developer

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

All the helpful, positive people and an environment that breeds a collaborative, fun and social atmosphere.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

Anything outdoors with friends and family – skiing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, etc…

Words to live by:

“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.”

Ashley Dennis

Ashley Dennis
Senior QA Analyst

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

The people. We have built an amazing group of individuals here that make coming into work like spending time with your friends.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

Lift heavy things, spend time with family and friends and get some down time in at home.

Words to live by:

“When you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.”

Michael Darschewski
Michael Darschewski

Senior Software Developer

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

The best part of being on the Zen Planner team is being able to work with great people every day.  Everyone here at Zen Planner brings a unique aspect of their personality to the team, and together we create a fantastic place for both play and work.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

My favorite thing to do when not working is hardware hacking.   I like to see how I can put together fundamentally different pieces of technology to create useful, and sometimes whimsical, contraptions.

Words to live by:

“Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.” ― Walt Whitman

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Mark Baldwin

Software Engineer in Test

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

We have an amazing team and get to work on cool new software.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

I love hanging out with my family, taking my dog to the park, and playing guitar whenever I have free time.

Words to live by:

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Mark Twain

Mike Kasberg

Software Engineer

How do you stay active?

I’m really into running, and I enjoy doing a 5k or 10k every now and then. I also like cycling and rock climbing, and I ski a lot during the winter!

What is on your bucket list?

My bucket list includes running a marathon and visiting Tokyo. Maybe I can do both at once!

What is your secret talent that nobody knows about?

I have many secret talents… One is that I’m pretty good at juggling.

John Binning

Software Engineer

How do you stay active?

Walking, hiking, cycling

What is on your bucket list?

Visit Norway, hike Trolltunga and see aurora borealis

What is your secret talent that nobody knows about?

I suppose it’s that knowing a lot about baseball and fantasy baseball. I’ve won my fantasy baseball league 3 out of the last 4 years.

Michael Darschewski

Michael Darschewski
Senior Software Developer

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

The best part of being on the Zen Planner team is being able to work with great people every day.  Everyone here at Zen Planner brings a unique aspect of their personality to the team, and together we create a fantastic place for both play and work.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

My favorite thing to do when not working is hardware hacking.   I like to see how I can put together fundamentally different pieces of technology to create useful, and sometimes whimsical, contraptions.

Words to live by:

“Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.” ― Walt Whitman

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Mark Baldwin
Software Engineer in Test

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

We have an amazing team and get to work on cool new software.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

I love hanging out with my family, taking my dog to the park, and playing guitar whenever I have free time.

Words to live by:

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Mark Twain

Mike Kasberg
Software Engineer

How do you stay active?

I’m really into running, and I enjoy doing a 5k or 10k every now and then. I also like cycling and rock climbing, and I ski a lot during the winter!

What is on your bucket list?

My bucket list includes running a marathon and visiting Tokyo. Maybe I can do both at once!

What is your secret talent that nobody knows about?

I have many secret talents… One is that I’m pretty good at juggling.

John Binning
Software Engineer

How do you stay active?

Walking, hiking, cycling

What is on your bucket list?

Visit Norway, hike Trolltunga and see aurora borealis

What is your secret talent that nobody knows about?

I suppose it’s that knowing a lot about baseball and fantasy baseball. I’ve won my fantasy baseball league 3 out of the last 4 years.

Raj Tiruchunapally

Software Engineer

How do you stay active?

Try to hit the gym at least 3 days a week

What is on your bucket list?

Visit all the Colorado State Parks to start with and then may be some National Parks

What is your secret talent that nobody knows about?

I started a new hobby recently, photography!!

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Nic Judson

Software Engineer in Test

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

Hmmm.  Let me think about this and get back with you.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

Hmmm.  Let me think about this and get back with you.

Words to live by:

Hmmm.  Let me think about this and get back with you.

Juli Modi

QA Analyst

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

Working in a very casual and relaxing environment makes me more productive.  Get to keep myself fit at work while testing an awesome fitness software.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

Love outdoors – hike & camp, travel and spending time with my family.

Words to live by:

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

Thomas Hildesheim

Software Developer

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

The supportive culture. Never before have I worked with such a positive and supporting group of people. Oh and the dogs, snacks, team events, and nerf wars don’t hurt either.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

Pretty much any activity in the mountains, but if I had to pick just a couple biking and hiking would be it!

Words to live by:

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

Raj Tiruchunapally
Software Engineer

How do you stay active?

Try to hit the gym at least 3 days a week

What is on your bucket list?

Visit all the Colorado State Parks to start with and then may be some National Parks

What is your secret talent that nobody knows about?

I started a new hobby recently, photography!!

Nic

Nic Judson
Software Engineer in Test

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

Hmmm.  Let me think about this and get back with you.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

Hmmm.  Let me think about this and get back with you.

Words to live by:

Hmmm.  Let me think about this and get back with you.

Juli Modi
QA Analyst

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

Working in a very casual and relaxing environment makes me more productive.  Get to keep myself fit at work while testing an awesome fitness software.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

Love outdoors – hike & camp, travel and spending time with my family.

Words to live by:

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

Thomas Hildesheim
Software Developer

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

The supportive culture. Never before have I worked with such a positive and supporting group of people. Oh and the dogs, snacks, team events, and nerf wars don’t hurt either.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

Pretty much any activity in the mountains, but if I had to pick just a couple biking and hiking would be it!

Words to live by:

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

Pat Putnam

Software Engineer

How do you stay active?

I love doing just about anything outside – hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing – you name it!

What is on your bucket list?

I’d love to check a 14er off the list – it’s my goal for this year!

What is your secret talent that nobody knows about?

Well if I tell you it won’t be a secret! I’m pretty decent at foosball!

Gena Israel

Associate Software Engineer

What I like best about Zen Planner:

I am grateful for the emphasis on mentorship and collaborative learning at Zen Planner; everyone is more than willing to help one another. Did I mention that I get to work with really intelligent people every day that inspire me?

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

I love dancing! Samba, salsa, house and anything in between!

Words to live by:

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. -C.S. Lewis

Ryan Gray

Software Developer

How do you stay active?

Hiking, skiing, ultimate frisbee… Whatever else is going on!

My bucket list includes:

Trekking in Nepal and spending some time in Kathmandu has been at the top of the list for my wife and I for a couple years. I’d also like to visit each continent. Four to go…

What is your secret talent that nobody knows about?

This is a tough one, so I asked my wife what my secret talent would be. Her response was, “You have the best/worst dad jokes ever.” Nothing could be father from the truth. I dadn’t even know how to respond to that.

Bart Scully

Senior Systems Administrator

How do you stay active?

I am an avid cyclist and general outdoorsy person. I ride my bikes a ton, and suspect I’ll be getting into hiking a lot more in Colorado.

My bucket list includes:

Current objective: Bikepack the whole Colorado Trail.

What is your secret talent that nobody knows about?

I hope to one day build bike frames as a side business. I’ve taken a class to learn how – and was actually pretty good at it.

Pat Putnam
Software Engineer

How do you stay active?

I love doing just about anything outside – hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing – you name it!

What is on your bucket list?

I’d love to check a 14er off the list – it’s my goal for this year!

What is your secret talent that nobody knows about?

Well if I tell you it won’t be a secret! I’m pretty decent at foosball!

Gena Israel
Associate Software Engineer

What I like best about Zen Planner:

I am grateful for the emphasis on mentorship and collaborative learning at Zen Planner; everyone is more than willing to help one another. Did I mention that I get to work with really intelligent people every day that inspire me?

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

I love dancing! Samba, salsa, house and anything in between!

Words to live by:

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. -C.S. Lewis

Ryan Gray
Software Developer

How do you stay active?

Hiking, skiing, ultimate frisbee… Whatever else is going on!

My bucket list includes:

Trekking in Nepal and spending some time in Kathmandu has been at the top of the list for my wife and I for a couple years. I’d also like to visit each continent. Four to go…

What is your secret talent that nobody knows about?

This is a tough one, so I asked my wife what my secret talent would be. Her response was, “You have the best/worst dad jokes ever.” Nothing could be father from the truth. I dadn’t even know how to respond to that.

Bart Scully
Senior Systems Administrator

How do you stay active?

I am an avid cyclist and general outdoorsy person. I ride my bikes a ton, and suspect I’ll be getting into hiking a lot more in Colorado.

My bucket list includes:

Current objective: Bikepack the whole Colorado Trail.

What is your secret talent that nobody knows about?

I hope to one day build bike frames as a side business. I’ve taken a class to learn how – and was actually pretty good at it.

Chad Kembel

Development Manager

How do you stay active?

Weightlifting. 

My bucket list includes:

Finish the Wheel of Time book series. Lift my pickup.

What is your secret talent that nobody knows about?

I’m an impromptu song lyricist.

Joe Mielke

Technical Lead

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

Working with a team that is genuinely interested in the products and services we provide.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

Hang out with my wife, 2 sons, and dog – there is never a dull moment.

Words to live by:

Give it a try and see what happens.

Matt Cahill

Database Developer

Stay tuned!

Scott Harris

Software Engineer in Test

How do you stay active?

Strength training and core/stretching routine twice a week to be ready for skiing in the winter and all kinds of cycling the rest of the year. You’ll see my bike in the office as I prefer to commute to work by bike. My personal trainer is my dog and he ensures I do walk almost every day too :)

What is on your bucket list?

Finish all CO 14’ers (currently at 44). Complete the Colorado trail by mountain bike. See the Tour de France in person. Ski with my boys and get them on a mountain summit.

What is your secret talent that nobody knows about?

I bring my air guitar with me everywhere I go and occasionally break it out when under the influence of too much red wine or beer.

Chad Kembel
Development Manager

How do you stay active?

Weightlifting. 

My bucket list includes:

Finish the Wheel of Time book series. Lift my pickup.

What is your secret talent that nobody knows about?

I’m an impromptu song lyricist.

Joe Mielke
Technical Lead

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

Working with a team that is genuinely interested in the products and services we provide.

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working:

Hang out with my wife, 2 sons, and dog – there is never a dull moment.

Words to live by:

Give it a try and see what happens.

Matt Cahill
Database Developer

Stay tuned!

Scott Harris
Software Engineer in Test

How do you stay active?

Strength training and core/stretching routine twice a week to be ready for skiing in the winter and all kinds of cycling the rest of the year. You’ll see my bike in the office as I prefer to commute to work by bike. My personal trainer is my dog and he ensures I do walk almost every day too :)

What is on your bucket list?

Finish all CO 14’ers (currently at 44). Complete the Colorado trail by mountain bike. See the Tour de France in person. Ski with my boys and get them on a mountain summit.

What is your secret talent that nobody knows about?

I bring my air guitar with me everywhere I go and occasionally break it out when under the influence of too much red wine or beer.

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Kyle Patchin

Software Engineer in Test

How do you stay active?

I try to run a few half marathons a year. I also stay active with my wife and son with time spent hiking and going for bike rides.

My bucket list includes:

I would love to run a full marathon.

What is your secret talent that nobody knows about?

Not sure if this a secret talent, but I’m pretty into vegetable gardening.

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Kyle Patchin
Software Engineer in Test

How do you stay active?

I try to run a few half marathons a year. I also stay active with my wife and son with time spent hiking and going for bike rides.

My bucket list includes:

I would love to run a full marathon.

What is your secret talent that nobody knows about?

Not sure if this a secret talent, but I’m pretty into vegetable gardening.