David Dorner, President and CEO
David started DornerWorks to provide electronics engineering expertise to businesses who need reliability in both design and service. In its first few years, the company grew rapidly, doubling in size several times over, and now continues to grow with those original principles, serving many businesses and institutions. David has been recognized as a business leader by the Grand Rapids Business Journal (40 Under Forty) and by his alma mater, Calvin College (Horizon Award), among others. As our CEO, he helps make sure all of us stay on the mission of helping our customers focus on their core expertise through that same reliable design and service for which DornerWorks was founded.
Jeff Dorner, Vice President of Finance and Administration
Jeff is a skilled business administrator who works closely with our customers to make sure that all invoicing is accurate and timely. He joined DornerWorks to work with his brother David after honing his skills as a business manager for two high profile medical practices in New York City. Jeff oversees all administrative, financial, and human resources activities here at DornerWorks. His goal is to provide much-needed perspective as one of the few non-engineers in an engineering company while we serve our customers reliably.
Lance Hilbelink, Vice President of Marketing and Sales
Lance is the unusual engineer who likes to write. He has a passion for showing customers that they matter though our work, service, and communication. He joined DornerWorks as a staff engineer after a career developing software in the automotive industry, and soon became responsible for all customer proposals and quotes. Lance now leads our effort to clarify our message, communicate the value DornerWorks brings to our customers, and help customers become fans.
Shawn Isenhoff, Vice President of Engineering
Shawn is a graduate of Michigan Technological University with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He brings to DornerWorks’ customers 19 years of experience in engineering for both product and services based engineering, with 15 years of progressive management experience. Shawn has experience in product launch and sustaining services, new product development, research, project management, program management and strategic planning. His current role is oversight of research and development across all groups/areas within engineering. His work passion is successful product innovation and development.
Kevin Crots, Engineering Operations Manager
Kevin joined DornerWorks in 2014 and is responsible for project and account management, operational execution, and engineer development. His background comes from developing hardened electronics for transportation systems as well as manufacturing system design. Kevin serves DornerWorks and its customers through product development, leading the drive for operational excellence through business tool improvements, and helping engineers achieve their goals and grow into what they want to become.
Danche Gjorgjievski, FPGA Engineering Group Manager
Danche Gjorgjievski brings a wealth of experience in engineering and program management to DornerWorks. Before joining the team in 2016, she spent a decade and a half in engineering leadership roles between Johnson Controls Automotive and Visteon. Drawing on her technical knowledge from the field, as well as a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and an MBA in engineering management from Grand Valley State University, Danche helps DornerWorks clients translate their needs into stand-out designs, guiding them through the development process, while working across different industries and products.
David Johnson, Core Services Engineering Group Manager
David has a passion for collaborating with clients to create the very best products and technologies. From the spark of an idea all the way to the product’s realization, David leads engineering teams to tackle the tough problems in embedded electrical engineering. After graduating from The Ohio State University, he worked as a research scientist at a nonprofit R&D institute, and joined DornerWorks in 2012 as an embedded engineer.
Anthony Boorsma, Medical Solutions and IoT Solutions Engineering Group Manager
Anthony helps empower DornerWorks’ exceptional engineering talent to provide high-quality engineering services and solutions that consistently exceed expectations. He works with clients throughout the development process, keeping them updated on their project’s progress and goals. Anthony joined DornerWorks in 2010 after obtaining a B.S. in Engineering with a concentration in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Calvin College. He now brings a deep understanding of embedded system software development to the team, aimed at a variety of industries, including the automotive sector, defense and safety critical applications, medical environments, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Anthony says it’s a great reward to work alongside DornerWorks clients, helping to launch innovative products, and the opportunity to share ideas with creative and talented engineers makes his work especially fulfilling.
Gary Kersting, Director of Quality Assurance,
Manufacturing Engineer, Test Engineer
Gary brings a variety of skill and expertise to DornerWorks, where he specializes in LabVIEW development and Quality Assurance. Along with a degree in electronics engineering from DeVry, he has also proven himself essential our team as an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Certified LabVIEW Developer. Gary joined DornerWorks in 2008 and has since been responsible for improving testing and the DornerWorks QMS, helping deliver high quality product to our clients.
Jarvis Roach, Separation Technology Engineering Group Manager
Jarvis Roach leads the technical team developing hypervisor-based solutions in the embedded space. After serving in the Army and graduating from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering, he has worked on embedded projects for over 18 years, including 6 years at GE Aviation leading teams developing safety-critical avionics software.
Gregg Wildes, Business Development Manager
Gregg joined DornerWorks as it was evolving from a regional engineering services business to an international technology solutions organization. Gregg focuses on understanding our customers’ goals/objectives and, leveraging DornerWorks expertise and partnerships, creates plans to maximize project value and customer success.
Russ Ramsay, Business Development
Russ Ramsay is passionate about helping companies integrate technology into their product development with ease and confidence. He joined DornerWorks in 2018 after owning and running his own small business, and spending more than 13 years working in management roles at a global semiconductor chip manufacturer. Russ effectively leverages his own experience to help individuals and companies exceed their potential, and understand the technology they need to make products that “wow” their customers. He focuses on understanding customer challenges and building unique, cutting-edge solutions for the Internet of Things and Medical product development spaces.
Jamie VanDeWinkle, Controller
Jamie supports DornerWorks through oversight of all accounting-related activities such as; managerial accounting, financial analytics, budget preparation, financial reporting, GAAP standard adherence, and risk mitigation through implementing best practice standards. She focuses on DornerWorks’ finances so our engineering groups can focus on innovative solutions for our clients. Jamie says she gets very excited about process improvement and strategic planning in order to move DornerWorks toward its future goals.
Cindy Angerer, Director of Human Resources
Cindy creates and implements programs centered around DornerWorks being a Great Place to Work. We strive to create an environment where our talented engineers can excel at what they do best, creating innovative solutions for our customers.
Deb DeVries, Talent Acquisition Consultant
Deb DeVries helps DornerWorks recruit multi-talented individuals who best fit the technical and cultural needs of our customers and company. Deb works on building DornerWorks’ brand as an employer, enticing new engineers to join our team, reviewing their resumes and conducting interviews. Deb also ensures new staffers are happy and having fun at work by leading the dwSOCIAL committee, which organizes and promotes the many group activities our staff and their families take part in throughout the year.
Relationships are an important part of Deb’s mission, and she finds college recruiting particularly exciting. She says the work is most rewarding when she gets to spend time developing relationships with hiring managers and candidates or helping students find their first internship/co-op or full time job.
Eric Bigoness, Project Manager
Eric Bigoness identifies and drives strategic Internet of Things (IoT) opportunities at DornerWorks, identifying and developing R&D ideas as well as developing internal tool sets and tailored approaches to IoT development. Since joining DornerWorks in 2016, Eric has helped DornerWorks clients build and manage their cloud infrastructure and web applications, as well as advising them on future projects, IoT security and maintainability and scalable system architecture. He enjoys working with all the great people and projects found at DornerWorks, along with contributing to the company and its sustained growth.
Greg Nowak, Chief IoT Engineer
As Chief IoT Engineer Greg leads DornerWorks Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives. This includes training, research, best practices, sales, marketing, as well as technical leadership of the IoT Team. Greg works on the projects that have a web/mobile component or have a connectivity aspect to the firmware. Greg has worked on a variety of connected projects ranging from automotive to connected medical devices, and is passionate about finding solutions to customer problems and implementing those solutions. He loves taking an idea from a whiteboard to a circuit board and delivering value to DornerWorks customers.
Nathan Studer, Chief Separation Technology Engineer
Nathan Studer originally worked for DornerWorks between 2006-2014, and because he liked it so much rejoined DornerWorks in 2016 after a two year interim working in the automotive industry. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Calvin College and shortly thereafter acquired a master’s degree from Michigan State University in Computer Science. As Chief Separation Technology Engineer, he is the architect for the Separation Technology team’s dream of virtualizing everything while protecting the important parts. His experience with software, custom logic, and hardware helps him and his team design systems that meet customer requirements using an appropriate blend of software, hardware, and/or software that emulates hardware. He enjoys working alongside the diverse groups of people and companies that DornerWorks supports; collaboratively developing outstanding products leveraging DornerWorks’ expertise.
Corrin Meyer, FPGA Design Architect
Corrin works with DornerWorks’ customers to architect and develop FPGA solutions for their new products, and help them solve issues with existing FPGA based designs. He has played a critical role on many state-of-the-art design projects, from helping a customer transition from their pure microcontroller based solution to a Xilinx Zynq based solution for high-performance motor controller for medical applications to acting as technical lead/architect for the DornerWorks high-speed AES IP core. Corrin has worked on multiple multi-camera video capture systems for automotive, military, and aerial uses. He says he enjoys the variety of challenges and opportunities to learn and use the technology that each new project brings.
Allison Sluis, Chief Embedded Automation Engineer
Since graduating from Grand Valley State University with a B.S. in Computer Science, Allison has obtained certifications from the International Institute for Software Testing and National Instruments as a Certified LabVIEW Developer. Allison spent more than a decade in the automotive industry where she was instrumental in achieving SPICE level II compliance. Allison joined DornerWorks as an Embedded Engineer in 2012 with a specialty in Embedded Software Testing and Automation. She enjoys working closely with the customer to cultivate a positive experience through mutual understanding of expectations. Responsibility and integrity top her core values.
Nathanael Dick, IT Manager
The IT department is a resource to help both engineers and management staff at DornerWorks continue to exceed customer expectations. As IT Manager, Nathanael serves the company by maximizing those resources, as well as DornerWorks’ efficiency, building strong relationships with engineers and management staff, and serving them with integrity and a positive attitude.
Nathanael enjoys working alongside engineers who create amazing products and being a resource for them when they need it.