Charlie was supervising a production line at a medical manufacturing firm in the mid-’90s, when businesses were beginning to recognize that the Internet might be more than a fad. Charlie co-assembled the company’s online team, which investigated building its first web site and introduced the workforce to email. Sensing the vast potential of these new tools, Charlie left to launch his own web services business. WRIS (Western Reserve Internet Services) outgrew Charlie’s house in less than a year, and has continued to expand, necessitating several moves and lots of hires. Charlie still manages the growing company and as many client relations as possible.
Senior Web Architect Manager
Adam, a Kent State University alumnus, has been a Senior Architect at WRIS since early 2008. His Art Education degree and past work experience in Kent’s IT department helped cultivate an interest in computers, resulting in a new appreciation for web development. After graduating, Adam was a senior programmer at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School for 7 years. After meeting Bonny Lafave, he began contracting with WRIS for a year before accepting a full-time position on the team. Adam’s role at WRIS is to keep up on the latest trends in technology, advancing his knowledge and skills to foster growth and innovation. Although mainly a ColdFusion developer, he continually researches other programming languages and techniques to stay on top of his craft. Because of his art background, Adam recognizes the importance of balancing good design and functionality; he strives to turn good ideas into great ideas.
Finance and Office Manager
Salli grew up in Northeast Ohio and attended Kent State University. She graduated with a degree in advertising and spent the next several years at advertising agencies in the area. Once she made the move into the web development sector, she spent time at some top area web firms. Eventually she joined the WRIS team as senior project manager. Then several years and 2 children later, Salli transitioned to her current role. She handles the daily billing and accounting efforts, and is involved in the creation of project plans and is responsible for proposal and quote development.
Becki grew up on The Big Island of Hawaii and moved to North Carolina when she was 17. She went to a small North Carolina University for her BA in Psychology and went on to get her MS in Education and Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. With a background in higher education, human resources, data analytics, and project management, she joined the WRIS team in 2019 to help manage the quickly growing number of accounts! Becki is involved with the acquisition, documentation, and day to day management of key accounts.
Sandy grew up in Seattle and graduated with a BA from The Evergreen State College and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington. After completing her degrees, she began working at Intel in Portland, Oregon and remained there for the next thirteen years. While at Intel, Sandy helped to develop www.intel.com and managed the content in the ‘desktop board’ section of the site. When she moved to Cleveland, Sandy began working remotely for Advanced Supply Chain International (ASCI), an Anchorage, Alaska based company. She assisted ASCI in ColdFusion and SQL development. Sandy joined WRIS in June of 2010 as a web architect, and hopes to continue working in ColdFusion and learning state-of-the-art web programming.
Senior Web Architect
Since 1999, Chris has been working with ColdFusion and building web applications. He graduated from Barry university with a BS in IT and ran his own web hosting and development business for 7 years. He has supported customers from the corner restaurant to NASA and everything in between. Chris takes pride in delivering the right solution to every customer need no matter how big or small.
Senior Web Architect
Josh is an enthusiastic and proactive Software Engineer and UI Architect who makes easy to use web applications by discovering how users really think. With twenty years’ experience of designing and developing websites, web applications, and iPhone/Android Applications; Josh has an excellent understanding of how technology can be used to align the requirements of both the business and the client.
Senior Data Architect
Digital Marketing Specialist
Jared joined the WRIS team as Front-End WP/WebFlow designer in 2020, and has since expanded to manage our Digital Marketing Team. He has a history in Linux System Administration but an educational background in Software Development with emphasis on Front-End and UI/UX design. Father of one and Father-figure to two more, he is family man that enjoys the little victories when they come by.
Account Success Manager
After serving in the U.S. Navy Lina went on to begin a career in IT working in various roles encompassing all aspects of what an IT Company should be. Beginning with Support Desk Technician and eventually scaling up to B2B Sales and Account Management. Moving on to gather knowledge in multi-server management and website development. Lina now assists in Business Development for JumpStart by WRIS while continuing to be the go-to for Clients who have grown to know her as their Account Manager.
Paul's first server language was Coldfusion and has been using that language for everything since. Early on, Paul owned a web development company that specialized in ecommerce, support various sizes of companies from very large to very small. He truly enjoys working with the customers during the concept phase to find the best solution to solve their needs.
Graphic Design Partner
Drew was raised in Wisconsin and moved to Northeast Ohio for the first time to attend Kent State University. After graduating in 1993, Drew moved to Aspen, Colorado to design with Burrows Bonds Communications and Aspen Magazine. After a year, Drew joined Structure, a division of the Limited, Inc. as a member of the company’s first complete in-house design and marketing team. He then moved on to Becker Design in Milwaukee, working directly with clients such as Gatorade, Kohler and Healthy Choice. Drew made his final return to Ohio in 1996 when he joined the Interlink New Media team as Art Director, where he became familiar with web design. Drew moved on to Karen Skunta & Company as a Senior Designer before starting his own company, Boom Creative, in 2002. Drew began working with WRIS in May of 2009, bringing a different design offering to WRIS clients. He believes that the cohesive bond that has been created between him and the WRIS team leads to excellent design and development, giving the client the best possible product.