Our team

 



 

Executives


 

Our team


 

Bart Frischknecht

While on a run one day, was followed by a stranger in a car who blasted the Rocky theme song. You know you wish that happened to you.

Bart Frischknecht

Vice President, Research & Customer Success

Mike Beck

Believes in the will to win, the desire to succeed and the urge to reach your full potential. Unless it involves eating vegetables. Vile, vile vegetables.

Mike Beck

Director, Software Engineering

Michael Seiler

A spreadsheet master who can hit a 1-iron with the best of them and make a mean smiley face pancake.

Michael Seiler

Director, Finance & Operations

 

Melissa Kavanagh

A terrible sleeper with a knack for throwing parties and organizing her children’s activities, Melissa loves fresh seafood … and McDonald’s Coke.

Melissa Kavanagh

Accountant

Mick Bockstruck

The resident craft beer snob with the power to grow a killer beard that loves Saved By The Bell reruns and anything Chicago Blackhawks.

Mick Bockstruck

Senior UI/UX Designer

Rich Giudice

A vigilant QA tester and incredibly fast reader who wishes he could grow a better beard and really hates spiders. Like, really, really hates them.

Rich Giudice

Scrum Master

 

Kevin Spangler

The last member of the Development Team to convert to a Mac, Kevin loves board games and baking cookies.

Kevin Spangler

Software Engineer

Mary Claire Sullivan

With a BA and MBA from Notre Dame, Mary Claire has previous experience in social enterprise and business development. She is also on a personal mission to find and then replicate the world’s best cinnamon roll.

Mary Claire Sullivan

Business Development Manager

Rachel Mele

Rachel is an expert parallel parker and sleeps soundly at night dreaming of world domination. By day, she brings Vennli’s value to the dental industry and actually enjoys public speaking.

Rachel Mele

General Manager, Healthcare

 

John Henry

This witty creative thinker is an entrepreneurial spirit with an MBA and a degree in religion. John’s past experience includes consulting and new product development. He dreams of a good nights’ sleep.

John Henry

Manager, Customer Success

Mark Porter

When not helping Vennli clients be successful, Mark likes sports. He really likes them. Swimming, surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, running, paddle boarding, Chicago sports teams… All the sports.

Mark Porter

Customer Success Manager

Joe VanWanzeele

This Master of Procrastination may wait until the last minute, but he crushes it every time. When not performing programming magic at Vennli, you can find him playing with his kids or playing Fallout 4. Hopefully not at the same time.

Joe VanWanzeele

Senior Software Engineer

 

Blake Robertson

While he dreamed of becoming a mad scientist when he grew up, this programmer extraordinaire settled on making the world a more efficient, enjoyable place through technology.

Blake Robertson

Software Engineer

Lindsay Baxter

A scientific researcher at heart, Lindsay applies her analytical mind to her client’s biggest challenges. She loves craft beer and French toast but hates inefficient processes and typos.

Lindsay Baxter

Customer Success Manager


 

 

Board members


Gary Gigot (Chairman)
Gary’s work experience spans advertising, software, angel investing, and venture capital. Gary is also the benefactor of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Notre Dame.

Robert Dowdell (CEO)
Bob has vast experience leading organizations from executive and Board positions. He brings with him rich experience in financial management, start-up strategy, and business development.

Christophe Dessaigne
Chris an investment manager representing Ambassador Enterprises, a for-profit, philanthropic equity firm that invests in leaders and the organizations they lead. He brings experience in international business, education, sales, account management, and social enterprise.

Ting Gootee
Ting serves as the Chief Investment Officer of Elevate Ventures, with primary responsibilities in investment strategies, due diligence, portfolio oversight and back office operational support. She brings rich experiences in fund management and in business, financial and legal due diligence.

Kevin Keleghan
Kevin is President and CEO of URS and has a successful track record of leading large public companies and private equity-backed companies. He is experienced with global businesses that provide services to multiple industries, including financial services, healthcare, telecom and utilities, and state and local governments. He brings expertise in growing revenues and profits through a disciplined management approach and building winning teams.

James Thompson
Jim is a career veteran of Leo Burnett, and he has broad advertising and marketing management experience spanning a range of categories from Hallmark to United Airlines to Nestle to General Motors. He has a particularly deep expertise regarding competitive differentiation and brand positioning.