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Our Team

Our people are the greatest asset of ECS Team. At the core of every successful project engagement are people overcoming the business challenges presented on a day-to-day basis. We have built that team.

Technology

Dustin Ruehle – Director, Integration & API Management

Dustin Ruehle Dustin has over 20 years of software development, integration and architecture expertise. He has architected, implemented and supported large-scale, mission critical projects for ECS Team for nine years with a passion for creating value within the business. He enjoys building successful relationships with partners and consultants to ensure effective project delivery.

Dustin is a trusted professional that acts as a liaison with team clients, partners, consultants, sales, engagement management and staffing. He is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines with a major in chemical engineering and a minor in computer science. Dustin currently resides with his wife of 17 years and his two kids in Lakewood, Colorado.


Steve Wall – Director, Solutions Architecture

steve-wall-websiteSteve has over 20 years of experience architecting, designing and developing sophisticated enterprise applications. He has been successful leading software development teams and is excellent at guiding clients from initial discussions for architecting and re-architecting entire systems from implementation through post-production support.

Steve was born and raised in Colorado and attended Colorado State University. He married his college sweetheart and they have three beautiful daughters. He enjoys vacationing with his family, skiing, mountain biking, camping, yoga and good wine.

Staffing

Chasity Rohl – Director, Staff Management Team Lead

Chasity RohlChasity has over nine years of recruiting experience. She is a results-driven professional who loves matching great candidates and corporate needs. Chasity has a passion for establishing long-term relationships and networking within the community.

In her extra time, she enjoys taking part in outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking and camping. She just recently completed a backpacking trip to Machu Picchu, Peru and is looking forward to planning her next adventure!


Annie Christopherson – Director, National Staffing

Annie ChristophersonAnnie has demonstrated success in building high-performance teams. She is a results-oriented leader with many years of strategic national recruiting expertise. Annie specializes in helping candidates reach their career objectives and goals in the information technology field. Annie is committed to guiding candidates through a positive, thoughtful and exciting journey by truly understanding each candidate’s objectives, objections and desires throughout their career path.

In Annie’s spare time, she enjoys competing with her dogs in Agility Trials.


Nick Delap – Senior Staffing Manager

nick-delapNick has over 10 years of experience in all aspects of the staffing and consulting industry including recruiting, sales and management. Nick recognizes the importance of building solid relationships and continuously strives to make service and satisfaction his number one priority. He is passionate about ensuring a solid client and consultant match and follows a step-by-step approach for success. Nick is a driven professional who is focused on guiding consultants through strategic processes which will positively impact their career.

Nick is a Denver native and enjoys playing golf, hockey and spending time with his wife and two boys.


Abbie Turek- Senior Staffing Manager

abbie turekAbbie has over six years of technical recruiting experience, where she has done everything from business development to candidate recruitment. While always striving to provide quality service to everyone she encounters, she is devoted to her work and loves assisting candidates with finding their next professional opportunity. Abbie always considers herself a mentor to her peers and candidates, while looking out for their best interest and helping them get to that next level in their career.

When not in the office, Abbie loves food, traveling, and spending time with her husband and son.


Kennedy Jones – Recruiter

kennedy-jones-websiteKennedy is a recent graduate from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Business Administration. He began his professional career in a business development and analyst role and then rapidly advanced into technical recruiter positions. Kennedy is very enthusiastic and has the ability to confidently connect with technical individuals to establish long-lasting relationships.

He is a proud Colorado native with strong family roots in the state and is an avid Broncos fan. In his free time, Kennedy enjoys all sports including lacrosse, football and basketball.

 

Our staffing team has a collective 30 years of proven success in the industry. You can be assured we are qualified to uncover your professional and individual talents and goals, then walk you step-by-step through our staffing process to align your experience and skills with appropriate roles and projects.

Engagement

Lea Barnes – Director, Engagement Management

Lea BarnesLea is happy to be able to call ECS Team home for over four years now and is excited for the continued opportunity to help grow our team. She is passionate about meeting and hiring the right people to join us as long term team members and enjoys aligning candidate skill sets with customer and internal team project needs. She’s even grown to love the ‘tech talk’ over the years.

Lea spends most of her free time either taking advantage of her neighborhood in Denver or outside of town camping, hiking and skiing with her husband and two dogs, a basset hound and mini dachshund.


Karen DeRose – Director, Engagement Management

karen-derose-websiteKaren represents the opportunity to go above and beyond on all endeavors. This includes encouraging and supporting consultants, dedicating exceptional focus to ensure client’s successful project delivery as well as providing unparalleled opportunities to build genuine, authentic, long-term relationships across the board. Karen’s high energy and commitment to grow the ECS Team business provides a systematic approach to ensure the focus stays on people. Coming from a unique background of engineering, sales and independent consulting, Karen finds unique ways to solve client’s problems while being a trusted partner. Prior to joining ECS Team, Karen worked in the consulting field mainly focused on the telecommunications sector.

Outside of work, you can find Karen on running trails, having dinner with friends or traveling.


Sara Edenfield – Director, Engagement Management

sara-edenfieldSara brings more than 15 years of experience successfully delivering technology-driven projects and helping clients solve their complex business challenges. Her broad industry experience includes automotive, manufacturing, government, utilities, mining, healthcare, telecommunications and financial services. Sara is a strategic analytical thinker who is a true leader for progressive change.

Sara is a proud Colorado native and loves sharing the year-round beauty and recreation Colorado offers with her husband, Lee. In summer 2015, Sara and Lee welcomed twins – Charlotte and Ford. The family of four lives in Denver with their golden retriever, Piper.


Michelle Shane – Director, Engagement Management

Michelle ShaneMichelle has over 15 years of IT experience in systems implementation, project management, analysis, solution delivery and client services roles. She is passionate about ensuring client’s projects are successfully delivered from needs assessment through implementation and adoption. Michelle is highly focused on providing solutions and delivering results for all ECS Team clients. She has a talent for communicating with all levels of an organization and building valuable relationships.

Michelle is married with two boys and enjoys snowboarding, camping and tennis.


David Gerring – Director, Project Management & Governance

David Gerring - ECS TeamDavid is a governance practitioner with a 30 year history of success in dynamic environments and matrixed organizations.  David has spent the last 8 years as a Senior Program/Project Manager with ECS Team, working with clients to implement large-scale business process driven IT solutions while employing best practice methodologies.  David is a Certified Agile Professional and Scrum Master, skilled with systems integration and custom software development projects.  

David is also the chairperson of ECS Team’s Solution Framework, which is our prescriptive and flexible project delivery model.  He is originally from Buffalo, N.Y., graduating from Ithaca College.  David now considers Colorado home after spending the last 20 years enjoying all of the beauty, people and outdoor activities offered.


Business Development

Christine Heimbuck – Senior Director, Business Development

Christine is a sales leader with over 15 years of experience in high-tech solution sales. She has been recognized for multiple sales achievements, but she is most proud of the relationships she has built with her clients both personally and professionally. Christine prides herself in being a competent client advocate and partner that works as a trusted advisor for key clients.  

Christine is a graduate of the University of Kansas and received her M.B.A. from Baker University. She moved to Colorado in 2005 from Prairie Village, KS to start her family. Her greatest accomplishments are her two beautiful daughters, Tanner and Finley. When she is not working for her clients, she enjoys spending time with her family playing golf, boating and smiling.


Brett Larson – Senior Director, Business Development

brett-larsonBrett joined ECS Team with nearly 20 years of experience in business development across various industries, including consulting services. He is skilled in finding solutions that drive organizational change to maximize sales profitability, improve operations, and elevate employee morale and corporate image. Prior to joining ECS Team, Brett was responsible for the national sales operations and strategy for a cloud services provider. With deep technical knowledge and a natural likeability, Brett is trusted by Fortune 500 and mid-size business customers for his ability to solve business problems with creative solutions.

Brett has strong ties within Denver’s technology industry and was voted one of the Top 25 Salespeople by ColoradoBiz magazine. He has achieved multiple certifications around the AWS platform and is passionate about the development of cloud-native applications. Brett is a graduate of Western Illinois University and moved to Denver in 1992, where he spent his first years in restaurant operations. When he isn’t in the office, Brett enjoys spending time with his five kids, cooking, biking and producing music.


Rob Ernstsen – Director, Business Development

Rob ErnstsenRob has over 15 years of business development experience with an emphasis on building long-term relationships and delivering a high level of personalized service to clients. Previously, he worked as Vice President of Business Development at a management consulting firm where he landed numerous new client relationships and helped drive notable revenue and enterprise growth.  He also worked in corporate and residential real estate where he was consistently recognized as a top sales professional in the area.

Rob is a Colorado native and prides himself on being well connected within the business and nonprofit communities in and around the Denver metro area. He has been on the Associate Board for Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver since 2013 and is a regular volunteer with the Tennyson Center for Children. He is an active member of the Western Energy Alliance and has worked closely with the Colorado Technology Association. Rob enjoys all things Colorado including skiing, hiking, cycling, golfing and traveling, as well as spending time with his Rhodesian Ridgeback, Goliath.


Bob McDowell – Director, Business Development

bob-mcdowell-websiteBob has over 20 years of industry experience in various roles such as Director of Sales, Business Development Manager and District Manager. Bob is passionate about promoting reliable, innovative and consistent high quality solutions designed to meet our client’s IT challenges. He is adept at identifying organizational challenges and resolving those challenges with a technology agnostic solution. He has a genuine interest in building trust and rapport to build long-term relationships.

Bob is a graduate of Arizona State University and resides in Greenwood Village with his wife Linda and children Samantha and Jackson. In his free time, Bob enjoys his kid’s sports, skiing, golfing, reading and traveling.


Cory VanGundy – Director, Business Development

Cory VanGundyCory brings more than 20 years of professional services, strategic planning and business development experience to our Atlanta ECS Team. He is an effective leader driving professional service practices and strategic alliances that exceed customer expectations. Cory is passionate about helping clients and has developed many long-term client relationships with his wide-ranging talent for designing and leading large scale system implementations, while re-engineering and improving customer’s business processes.

Cory is a graduate of Florida State University and also possesses an extensive background with large enterprise companies and consulting firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM. Cory resides in St. Ives in Johns Creek, Georgia with his wife, six children, four dogs and two cats and enjoys boating, golf and tennis.


Sydni Williams-Shaw – Marketing Manager

sydni-williams-headshot-websiteSydni has over eight years of marketing and communications experience in the legal, non-profit, professional services and software industries. At ECS Team, she manages all areas of marketing, internal and external communications, event planning and public relations.  She enjoys the challenge of marketing a professional services organization and keeping up with the ever-changing innovations in marketing technology.

Originally from Iowa, Sydni is a graduate of Wartburg College and spent 5 years on the east coast before coming to Colorado in 2014. She is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of Colorado-Denver. Sydni enjoys traveling, taking on house projects with her husband, and spending time with friends, family and their two mischievous cats.

Finance

Kathy Hooper – Human Resources Manager

Kathy Hooper

Kathy joined ECS Team in 2011 with over 20 years of experience in training and leadership at companies in a variety of industries. She has vast experience in process improvement, employee engagement and recognition programs, as well as the management of human resources and benefits. In this role, Kathy manages all aspects of human resources at ECS Team including benefits, employment laws, employee recognition, training and teambuilding.

Kathy is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a degree in Biology/Chemistry. After graduating, she spent nearly 10 years managing a research lab and traveling the world as a trainer and conference speaker. Nowadays, she loves spending time with her husband and three sons at cycling events or on the lacrosse field.


Geoff Ingerson – Senior Accountant

geoff-ingerson-websiteGeoff joined the operations team in October 2013. Prior to ECS Team, he had five years of experience as a seasonal tax associate and handled bookkeeping for his own small business.

Geoff is a 2010 graduate of Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and is pursuing his CPA license. He is a native of the UK and moved to Colorado in 1997. Geoff is a Veteran who served five years in the Royal Marines, UK. He is married with a son and his personal interests include coaching his son’s football and baseball teams. Geoff enjoys early morning workouts, off-roading and camping in Colorado’s back country.


Bolo Januud – Senior Accountant

bolo-januud-websiteBolo joined ECS Team in 2016 and has over 9 years of professional experience with a background in asset management, manufacturing and retail. She graduated from Metropolitan State University in 2007 and is currently pursuing a Masters in Organizational Leadership with an Accounting specialization at Colorado State University. Although Bolo was born and raised in Mongolia, she has lived in Colorado since 2002 and considers Colorado her home.

When she isn’t working, Bolo enjoys being active and enjoying time outdoors with her husband and two extremely energetic boys. She runs and participates in fun races like the Warrior Dash, Spartan Race and other relays with a goal to eventually finish a triathlon.