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.
Steve VanderLeest, Chief Operating Officer
Steve is a multi-talented technical expert and entrepreneur who works with our team to implement innovative solutions for our customers. Steve has proven expertise in engineering design and processes, with experience in both industry and academia, having been a professor of engineering at Calvin College for many years. He has published dozens of papers on a variety of technology-related topics. Steve and his wife Pam have been married for over 30 years and have three children and several grandchildren. Steve’s hobbies include music, app development with squishLogic, and blogging on Deus Ex Machina. As DornerWorks COO, Steve’s detailed organizational leadership has helped us clarify our mission and focus our energies so that we can then help our customers focus their expertise as well. His goal is to serve our customers well by enabling our team to thrive personally and professionally.
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.
Kevin Crots, Engineering 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, Engineering 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.
Shawn Isenhoff, Engineering Manager
Shawn started his career in engineering, and grew into project management because he saw a need for bridging gaps in the organization, being proactive, and advocating to see products meet the needs of all stakeholders. After Shawn came to DornerWorks, he continued to grow, and his personnel management responsibility has helped him to better understand the team and how each individual contributes to make a stronger team and to enhance our customers’—and their customers’—needs. Recently, Shawn has also helped customers consider alternative and strategic engagement opportunities, and he is excited to continue to explore customer needs through the design process, services, and products we offer.
David Johnson, Engineering 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.
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, Engineering 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.
Cindy Angerer, Human Resources Manager
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.
Eric Bigoness, Chief UX Strategist
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.
Justin Jansen, Chief Hardware Engineer
Justin joined DornerWorks in 2010 after 8 years developing embedded systems in the aviation industry. As Chief Hardware Engineer, he now uses his experience in the medical, aerospace, industrial, and automotive sectors, to provide technical leadership while working alongside other engineers as a mentor and a peer. Justin also serves as a technical liaison, working with DornerWorks’ clients to understand their spoken and unspoken needs, to help drive initial architectures and technical guidance for our engineering team. He enjoys diving in to a concept or problem and creating potential solutions for that need, as well as leveraging a creative thought processes in the variety of markets DornerWorks services, in each case, getting to understand their differences, as well as their similarities.
Kris Koorndyk, Chief FPGA Engineer
Kris Koorndyk plays an essential role in the architecture and development of innovative FPGA-based solutions for DornerWorks clients. He leads and develops business strategy for FPGA design services and IP at DornerWorks, which he joined in 2010, after 10 years with Smiths Aerospace and GE Aviation. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, as well as a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Grand Valley State University. Kris enjoys helping clients bring new and innovative products to market, as well as the opportunity to work on a broad range of products in many different market segments.
Anthony Boorsma, Chief Software Engineer
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.
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.
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.
Shameka Honorable, Office Manager
Since beginning with the company in 2009, Shameka Honorable has provided excellent office management and has effectively represented the face of DornerWorks when meeting and corresponding with our various clients. Shameka has proven to be invaluable in organizing and managing schedules and resources, as well as contributing to improving office support efficiency. With a long history of customer service, she loves providing not only a quality experience to both existing and new clients, but equally enjoys cultivating a harmonious work environment for the DornerWorks staff of 80+ employees. Working directly with Executive Leadership, Shameka continually coordinates the corporation’s payroll, human resources, accounts payable, project databases, financial bookkeeping, building maintenance and interns.
Paul Immoos, IT Director
Paul Immoos provides DornerWorks with exceptional oversight and security as IT director. A graduate of Ferris State University, Paul demonstrates tremendous value to the company by administrating daily service requests for technological assistance, drawing on a deep understanding of computer systems and infrastructure, optimizing DornerWorks’ performance overall.