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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.

Engagement

Lea Barnes – Director, Engagement Management

Lea BarnesLea Barnes manages account success and growth through her relationship with client stakeholders and ECS Team consultants. She supports business development activities and is responsible for scoping delivery effort and creating business proposals and delivery statements of work. Lea also manages the delivery of large technology projects throughout the project lifecycle. She maintains continual communication with the client regarding delivery status, ensures consistent client satisfaction, and supports clients with any additional consulting services’ needs.   

Lea is a graduate of the University of Kansas. In her free time, she enjoys taking advantage of her neighborhood in Denver or spending time outside of town camping, hiking and skiing with her husband, daughter and dog. 


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 33-year history of success in dynamic environments and matrixed organizations.  David has spent the last 10 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, with vast experience managing large systems integration and custom software development projects. He is also the chairperson of ECS Team’s Solution Framework, which is the company’s prescriptive and flexible project delivery model.  

David is originally from Buffalo, N.Y. and is a graduate of Ithaca College with a degree in economics. David now considers Colorado home after spending the last 22 years enjoying all of the beauty, people and outdoor activities offered. 


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, with the past three years focused in Cloud Foundry development.  He has successfully led software development teams and guided clients from initial discussions on architecting and re-architecting entire systems through implementation and the into post-production support. This includes operator experience with Open Source Cloud Foundry and Pivotal Cloud Foundry. 

Steve is a Cloud Foundry Certified Associate and served on the Cloud Foundry Foundation’s committee to create the operator and developer certification programs. In addition, he has been a speaker at several user groups on Cloud Foundry-related topics, presenter at the Cloud Foundry Summit for the past two years, as well as a regular blogger on cloud-native topics.  

Steve was born and raised in Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in computer science. 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 is responsible for managing ECS Team’s Denver and Atlanta staffing teams, collaborating with other departments to recruit clients, and recruiting in all areas of IT professions while growing a matrix of high-level technology candidates. Chasity regularly sources qualified IT candidates and works to find the best consulting positions for them.  She is a results-driven professional who loves matching great candidates with corporate needs. Chasity has a passion for establishing long-term relationships and networking within the community. 

Chasity has over nine years of recruiting experience. Before joining ECS Team, Chasity was the director of talent acquisition at a financial services company, where she was responsible for developing the strategy and recruitment process, as well as executing the sourcing or recruiting campaigns for the company and all joining companies.  

Chasity is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Psychology and Education. In her spare time, she enjoys taking part in outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking and camping. 


Annie Christopherson – Director, National Staffing

Annie ChristophersonAnnie specializes in helping candidates reach their career objectives and goals in the information technology field. She 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. Annie has demonstrated success in building high-performance teams and is a results-oriented leader with many years of strategic national recruiting expertise.  

Prior to joining ECS Team, Annie acted as a senior national staffing recruiter for a national consulting company where she attracted top technical talent on a national level. She served as a full lifecycle recruiter for IT and technology projectbased work and staff augmentation for various clients with nationwide coverage. 

Annie is a graduate from Arizona State University. In her 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 long-term 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. He is a driven professional focused on guiding consultants through strategic processes which will positively impact their career. 

Prior to joining ECS Team, Nick was a division director at a national staffing firm, where he specialized in placing senior level ERP and business intelligence consultants on projects with clients throughout the nation. 

Nick attended Lake Forest College and the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a Denver native and enjoys playing golf and hockey, as well as spending time with his wife and two boys. 


Abbie Turek- Senior Staffing Manager

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

Before joining ECS Team in 2016, Abbie worked as the director of IT permanent service at a national staffing agency, where her team specialized in building relationships with local hiring managers in small to medium-size businesses, as well as helping find, hire and train new employees.   

Abbie is a graduate of Colorado State University. In her spare time, Abbie loves food, traveling, and spending time with her husband and son. 


Kennedy Jones – Recruiter

kennedy-jones-websiteKennedy supports all aspects of a dynamic staffing department and strategizes different ways to build talent pipelines and execute tactical research. He finds and engages passive candidates through various recruiting search techniques. He also screens resumes to determine the best technical fit and regularly tracks pipeline activity.   

Kennedy began his professional career in a business development and analyst role, and then rapidly advanced into technical recruiter positions. Kennedy is very enthusiastic with the ability to confidently connect with technical individuals to establish long-lasting relationships. 

Kennedy is a recent graduate from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Business Administration. 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.

Business Development

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.


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 profitability, improve operations and elevate employee morale and corporate image.  

Brett has strong ties within Denver’s technology industry and was previously voted one of the Top 25 Salespeople by ColoradoBiz magazine. He has achieved multiple certifications around the Amazon Web Services platform and is passionate about the development of cloud-native applications. 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 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. 


Cory VanGundy – Director, Business Development

Cory VanGundyCory brings more than 20 years of professional services, strategic planning and business development experience to ECS Team’s Atlanta office.  In this role, he is primarily charged with growing the Atlanta practice and introducing potential clients to ECS Team’s portfolio of services.  He also manages custom software development projects and integrates technology solutions, while understanding clients, business needs, solutions, and most importantly, people.  Cory is known for bringing talented people together to solve everchanging challenges for customers. He builds teams of great consultants, while ensuring customer success by delivering business value through their projects and consulting needs. Technologies and methodologies change, but great consultants deliver time and time again. 

Cory is an effective leader driving professional service practices and strategic alliances that exceed customer expectations. He is passionate about helping clients and has developed many long-term client relationships with his vast experience designing and leading largescale system implementations 

Cory is a graduate of Florida State University with degrees in International Economics, Marketing, and Sociology.  He currently resides in St. Ives in Johns Creek, Georgia with his wife, six children, four dogs and two cats. When he isn’t in the office, he enjoys boating, golf and tennis. 


Sydni Williams-Shaw – Marketing Manager

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Sydni is the Marketing Manager at ECS Team. In this position, 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.  

Sydni has over eight years of marketing and communications experience in the legal, non-profit, professional services and software industries.    

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


Operations

Ryan Carlson – Operations Analyst

Ryan Carlson joined the operations team in March 2015. Since joining, he has enjoyed various opportunities to put his skills in data analytics and process improvement to work. In this role, Ryan provides ongoing support to internal staff and consultants on the company’s CRM, PSA, and ERP web-based applications. Ryan also assists the team regularly with internal IT support requests/tickets, processing expense reports, invoicing clients, and assisting the finance team with month-end close financial reporting.

While at ECS Team, he has successfully implemented a cloud-based CRM application for the business development and engagement management teams, as well as developed and published useful dashboards, KPI’s/metrics and reports for various departments within the company.

Ryan is a graduate of Union University with a degree in Business Administration and Management. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, watching the Broncos win, and traveling.


Alyson Howard – Office Manager

Alyson oversees daily office and facilities management and assists in keeping all ECS Team office functions running smoothly. Joining ECS Team in early 2017, Alyson has already worked on a variety of projects while at ECS Team, most notably designing the volunteer and staff shirts as well as ECS Team’s interactive internal quarterly newsletter.

Prior to joining ECS Team, Alyson worked in a variety of different roles including as a creative and technology support administrator at a large staffing firm, an outflow manager at a family-owned jewelry manufacturer, and an office administrator and graphic designer at a local advertising firm. In all of these roles, she provided support to multiple project initiatives and oversaw continuous improvements towards efficient business operations.

Alyson is a graduate of Metropolitan State University with a degree in Communication Design. When she isn’t in the office, you can typically find her studying architecture or listening to True Crime podcasts.


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.