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

    Chairman, Founder, and President

    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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    Cheryl Moss

    Vice President of Finance

    Cheryl Moss oversees all aspects of financial management for 8th Light and provides strategic financial guidance to the company’s management team and board.

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    Kate Hamilton

    Vice President of Growth

    As a trained storyteller and creator, Kate Hamilton serves as 8th Light’s Vice President of Growth. Kate specializes in driving strategy, building teams and developing a lead-generating function supportive of 8th Light's growth. She helps our teams tell authentic stories about the amazing work we do with our clients and help engage prospective buyers, clients, talent, and the industry at large in compelling ways.

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    Rich Feller

    Vice President of Client Service

    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 Service.

  • “At 8th Light, purpose sparks inspiration, fuels potential, and ignites the best in our clients and our employees. We are invested in seeing you thrive.”
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    Stacey Richey

    Vice President of People

    For over 18 years, Stacey has built teams for international tech companies. Stacey takes a data-driven and heart-led approach to people operations that balances rapid scaling with retention. 

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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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    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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    Kristin Kaeding

    Head of Delivery

    Serving as Head of Delivery, 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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    Pia Opulencia

    Head of Product

    Pia Opulencia has been a product executive at multiple technology companies and has taught Product Management for AI at Northwestern Kellogg University's MBA in AI program. With more than 15 years of experience working with teams and companies of all sizes, Pia specializes in creating valuable, tech-forward products and the operating systems for the teams that build them.

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    Kevin Kotowski

    Executive Consultant

    Kevin Kotowski has been a driving force in software development across a wide range of industries and roles for more than 25 years. Currently serving as 8th Light's Executive Consultant, Kevin partners with clients as a successful advisor 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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    Amanda Graham

    Senior Director, Strategic Solutions

    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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    Nick Dyer

    UK/EU Regional 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 UK/EU Regional Director, bringing a passion for building high-performing teams and growing technical careers.

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    Jeff Mielke

    Design Director

    Jeff Mielke serves as 8th’s Light’s Design Director, bringing a wealth of experience from his work with both prominent and emerging brands over the years. His expertise lies in tackling intricate challenges and infusing a user-centric approach to his design practices. His portfolio spans across a range of applications, from consumer-oriented to enterprise-level solutions.

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    Ryan Verner

    Director of Operations

    Ryan Verner, 8th Light’s Director of Operations, is an experienced software engineer and business leader dedicated to enhancing organizational systems and processes. With a focus on improving efficiency and fostering growth, Ryan guides cross-functional teams and projects toward excellence. Specifically, Ryan works with leaders throughout 8th Light to support organizational initiatives, often focusing on the collection and organization of data and the processes that support various teams across the company. In support of 8th Light’s vision and mission, Ryan helps craft the strategy for how the organization gets where it’s trying to go.

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    Tina Indalecio

    Director of Learning & Development

    Tina Indalecio is passionate about people and creating inclusive and high-performing cultures that drive business outcomes. As 8th Light’s Director of Learning & Development, she leverages her extensive experience in organizational development, learning strategy, and DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging), to build capabilities that benefit our people, business and clients.

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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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    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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    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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    Tom Kowal

    Project Director

    At 8th Light, Tom Kowal brings a blend of technical expertise and leadership to his role as Project Director. His decade-long journey in full-stack programming has been marked by significant contributions across a diverse array of tech stacks. An experienced software professional, Tom has a passion for not just improving software systems, but also the processes that create them. From a new platform for the U.S. Department of Defense to APIs at the heart of international entertainment companies, Tom has worked with a variety of clients.


  • Paul Pagel

    Chairman, Founder, and President, 8th Light

  • Rich Bartell

    Former Chief Financial Officer, 8th Light

  • Carl Erickson

    Founder, Atomic Object

  • Tari Haro

    Managing Director, Chief Marketing Officer, Erie Street Growth Partners

  • Courtney Hemphill

    Product and Technology Executive, Board Member, Advisor

  • Raj Joshi

    Adjunct Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Co-founder, Noodle.ai

  • David Sheehan

    Founder and Managing Partner, Athru Partners