8th Light is led by curious and experienced industry professionals, and powered by a global team of innovative developers, designers, and technologists. Together, we partner with clients to craft software solutions that unlock a wide range of opportunities.

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Jenny Farver
Chief Executive Officer

Jenny Farver is 8th Light’s CEO. She joined 8th Light as co-CEO alongside founder Paul Pagel in 2020. Prior to that she served on 8th Light’s Board of Directors and has been a CTO or VP of Engineering at several Chicago tech startups.

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Paul Pagel
President and Founder

Paul Pagel founded 8th Light in 2006, and has been a driving force in the software development community ever since. He has grown 8th Light from a small consultancy into a brand that is recognized by software developers worldwide.

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Rich Feller
Vice President of Client Services

Rich Feller has spent his career in IT leading and developing technology teams. His expertise in driving business and technology transformation serves him well as 8th Light’s Vice President of Client Services.

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Kate Hamilton
Vice President of Growth Marketing

As a trained storyteller and creator, Kate Hamilton serves as 8th Light’s Vice President of Growth Marketing. Kate specializes in developing compelling content, integrating and applying digital marketing solutions, and engaging B2B and B2C audiences with strategies and content that resonates.

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Brett Miko
Senior Director of Financial Analysis

As Senior Director of Financial Analysis, Brett Miko brings more than a decade of experience in Finance, Software Consulting, Small Business Administration and Management to 8th Light.

“Our human-centered design approach leads with the needs of people vs. technology, ensuring our solutions meet, if not exceed, the expectations of our target market.”
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Jon Wettersten
Head of Design

Jon Wettersten serves as 8th Light’s Head of Design, leading 8th Light’s design strategy and overseeing 8th Light’s design team and capabilities.

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Brad Ediger
Head of Technology

A staple in the Chicago tech scene since 2005, Brad Ediger serves as our Head of Technology with a focus on growing 8th Light's profile as a software consultancy. He joined 8th Light in 2019 when he merged his independent consultancy with the company.

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Kevin Kotowski
Head of Delivery

Kevin Kotowski has been a driving force in software development and delivery across a wide range of industries and roles for more than 25 years. Currently serving as 8th Light's Head of Delivery, Kevin helps design systems that evolve with the changing needs of a growing business. Kevin's success as an advisor is rooted in his fundamental belief that people are happier when their work is connected to their organization's vision in an authentic way.

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Melanie Murphy
Director of Business Development US

Melanie Murphy is 8th Light’s Director of Business Development. With more than a decade of technology-related sales experience, Melanie excels at building productive client relationships to deliver custom software solutions.

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John Burrans
Business Development Director UK

A skilled entrepreneur with a long history of working with IT startups and SMEs, John Burrans combines his talent for relationship building with his experience in acquisitions and C-level negotiations to identify and develop new business opportunities. As 8th Light’s UK Business Development Director, John leads our sales and client-relationship efforts by leveraging the expertise and experience of 8th Light’s team to create new strategic partnerships.

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Ryan Verner
Director of Key Initiatives

Ryan Verner is a passionate software craftsman who enjoys the way software allows him to learn new things every day and share that knowledge with others. As 8th Light’s Director of Key Initiatives, he directs and oversees the company’s modern apprenticeship program, helping developers learn new skills and adopt disciplined workflows that produce higher quality software products.

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Stacey Boeke
Director of Talent Development

Stacey Boeke made the decision to switch careers from marketing to talent development because she wanted to invest her professional efforts into making work better. Since then, Stacey has worked to ensure growth and development are prioritized wherever she’s led. As 8th Light’s Director of Talent Development, she works with leadership to help 8th Light’s employees unlock their potential.

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Camille Shrouder-Henry
Director of Talent Acquisition

As a dedicated and skilled leader with recruitment experience in corporate, startup, and consultancy environments, Camille Shrouder-Henry serves as 8th Light’s Director of Talent Acquisition. Her smart and analytical nature, attention to detail, and innovative recruitment strategies make her an all-star in finding great talent in a competitive labor market.

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Mary Burton
Design Director

Passionate about all things design, Mary Burton has spent more than two decades leveraging her knowledge as a user experience professional to deliver exceptional product experiences. Her curiosity, penchant for team-building, and mastery of customer preferences and behaviors, serve her well as 8th Light’s Design Director.

“Our opportunity is to be curious — to understand human behavior and intent before and while we build software products.”
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Connor Mendenhall
Technical Director

As a skilled and experienced technical leader, Connor Mendenhall is adept at fulfilling various roles and responsibilities, including his role as 8th Light’s Technical Director. Throughout his career, he has served as a software developer, architect, site reliability engineer, project manager, and engineering manager.

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Amanda Graham
Senior Account Director

As an experienced software consultant, Amanda Graham has built a number of organizations from the ground up and helped numerous companies leverage technology and deliver stellar customer-focused programs.

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Doug Gapinski
Account Director

With over a decade of experience as a team lead and project manager, Doug Gapinski is a Seattle-based Account Director managing long-term product builds with volatile scope. He advocates for quality, transparency, and a shared understanding of project constraints while applying agile methodologies across decentralized teams.

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Kristin Kaeding
Account Director

Serving as Account Director, Kristin Kaeding is an experienced technology professional who delivers high-quality software solutions in a wide range of technologies, industries, and countries. Throughout her career, Kristin has consulted on and delivered solutions that span from education technology to web applications for clients and nonprofits.

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Steve Hennegan
Account Director

As a dedicated sales leader, Steve Hennegan has a successful track record selling software solutions to a wide range of organizations. With a focus on solution/consultative selling approaches, Steve develops long-term partnerships with his clients where he drives revenue by solving complex technical challenges.

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Matthew Higgins
Project Director

In his role as Project Director, Matthew Higgins brings his experience as a software developer and passion for using technology to craft elegant solutions to real-world problems for our clients.

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Mike Danaher
Project Director

As an experienced team leader, Mike Danaher has helped deliver and maintain high-quality software solutions during long-term engagements in government, travel, medical, and non-profit industries.

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Nick Dyer
Project Director

Nick Dyer is an experienced software professional with more than a decade of experience managing multidisciplinary teams and delivering high-quality technical products. Nick serves as a project director, bringing a passion for building high-performing teams and growing technical careers.

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Tom Kowal
Project Director

Tom Kowal joined 8th Light as a software crafter in 2014 and has since grown into a project director who consistently delivers high-quality software solutions in a wide range of languages, frameworks, and technologies.

Board
Fred Lee (Board Chair)
Chief Technology Officer, Amount
Brad Ediger
Head of Technology, 8th Light
Carl Erickson
Executive Chairman and Founder, Atomic Object
Jenny Farver
Chief Executive Officer, 8th Light
Tari Haro
Managing Director, Chief Marketing Officer, Erie Street
Chris McGowan
Partner, CJM Ventures / Adjunct Professor, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Shontra Powell
Owner, Red Zone Fleet Services LLC, Principal Advisor, SPowellCo LLC