Highly Qualified Team

CEO

Matt Russell

CEO

Matt has over 20 years experience in the IT and Environmental Engineering fields in roles varying from project manager, technical support, and sales. For the past several years Matt has been focused on Program and Project Management within the Federal Government. Matt founded Cynerge in 2005 and is responsible for the overall general management and client relationships.  Prior to founding Cynerge, Matt worked as a consultant for various clients in the automotive and environment engineering fields.  His projects ranged in size from 1-person efforts to highly matrixed teams with annual budgets over $15 million and resources spanning multiple continents.

Matt received his MBA and Bachelor’s degree in Environment Health/Toxicology from the University of Michigan-Flint.

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Jesse Sorge

Operations and Infrastructure

Jesse is an experienced senior IT leader with over 20 years experience in IT management, infrastructure implementation & operations, and software development.  Jesse has extensive international experience, including the completion of several projects across Asia.  He has also led global teams in the operational launch of new corporate facilities, with the
 scope including data centers, office space, networks, and telecommunications. At Cynerge, Jesse is responsible for our infrastructure and operations efforts and works to ensure that our resources are delivering at the highest level possible.

Jesse received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Moorhead State University.

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Dario Chiarini

Technical Writer

Dario is our Technical Writer here at Cynerge. It’s an amazingly niche’ position that he somehow fills perfectly. Need a solid one pager, Dario’s your guy. Need to compile that 80 page report into 5 slides but retain all the information, Dario’s your guy. Need to explain in a powerpoint how to work Jenkins / Docker / Puppet, Dario’s your guy.

Dario enjoys working out, eating salads, dressing well, grooming his voluptuous locks of hair, and keeping organized with various artesian handcrafted locally sourced planners. Dario also coach’s his son’s Hockey Team and travels the state doing so. Some would say he’s living vicariously, but he truly enjoys it.

Fun Fact: Dario has read the entire internet. Stuff that shouldn’t even exist, he’s found it, and likes to share it with the office. Hip Hip, He’s going to goose er

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Mike Laney

Application Magician

Mike is our Application Magician. We would say developer, but what he and Ben manage to do has to include a bit of magic. He’s a designer, a developer, and has years in Business Advisory roles. Mike specializes in Angular, Rails, Node and WordPress applications, but his real passion is Front End Development. Mike brings a little bit of country to the big city, and is often taken aback by our ways.

Mike spends the majority of his free time with his wife and daughter, avoiding all social gatherings at any cost. He also enjoys playing and making video games, doing outdoorsy stuff, and reading amazon reviews (weird right?).

Fun Fact: One time Mike spent 6 hours looking for a semi-colon.

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Liz Iafrate

Finance Manager

Liz is our Finance Manager at Cynerge. She’s a great accountant and is a certified CPA. She’s been in the accounting game since 1993, she definitely knows her stuff. Liz is also passionate about Health and wellbeing, and in her spare time runs her own business called Liz’s Health and Wellness LLC.

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Bob Bales

Business Development

Bob manages Business Development for us here at Cynerge. He is the bridge between clients and developers, as he understands the lingo on all sides, and is always willing to help.

Bob is currently building a new home for him and his Wife. He has been building this home for the better part of a decade, and should be finished soon. Mr. Bales always puts the business first, insisting on using a laptop from 1997 in order to lessen business expenses.

Fun Fact: Bob enjoys Golf and fine tequila, but is unable to handle either.

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Courtney Tyll

Operations Manager

Courtney is the Operations Manager here at Cynerge, she’s the one who makes sure everything happens when it’s supposed to happen. She handles scheduling, meeting clients, updating workloads, and building renovations.

She may be a millennial, but don’t let that fool you. Sure she likes Avocado Toast, Goldfish Crackers, and Macaroni and Cheese, but she can put in the work with the best of them. She’s an all-star hockey player, and has played in tournaments around the country. Quick with a laugh, and able to brush off any jabs, Courtney is the glue that keeps it all together.

Fun Fact: One time Courtney laughed out loud, at absolutely nothing for 47 minutes straight.

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Rachel Sassbauer

Marketing

Rachel handles all marketing and materials for Cynerge. She keeps us on schedule for all promotion events and fundraising. She’s a wiz at Design and Logo Management.

In her free time, Rachel owns no less than 3 personal watercraft she likes to enjoy. Her home is nestled in beautiful Lake Orion inside of a gated community. Needless to say, Rachel lives the high life with her German husband and two year old daughter. On the weekends she can be seen calling the HOA to complain about her neighbors enjoying their lake houses. She also enjoys 100 dollar socks, going to bed at 6pm, line-dancing, terrible food, and sweet sweet 90’s jams.

Fun Fact: Rachel lives off of a diet that would shame most college kids.

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Ben Howden

Application Wizard

Ben is a highly accomplished Application Wizard. You give Ben a computer, and magic is bound to occur. Ben specializes in backend development, with any language he decides to pick up. He gets into the nitty gritty of computer languages and computer science on a daily basis.

In his off-time, Ben enjoys staying at home with his wife and son, playing video games, and finding JavaScript memes to share with Mike. He is currently developing his own computer language.

Fun Fact: Ben created an application called InstaBram, that will digitally add a photo of Bram Stroker to yours. I couldn’t make this stuff up.

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Jason Myers

Spreadsheet Master

Jason manages our data analytics and also makes sure we have enough money to keep the show running. He has lived in Rochester Hills for 5 years. He likes huge spreadsheets and eating candy.

Jason has a weird but good obsession with Data, give him a maxed out excel sheet, and he’s like a kid in a candy store (Did we mention he likes candy).

Fun Fact: The office refers to Jason as Grumpy Cat, because he’s never happy. Jason could win the lottery, and complain about paying taxes.