Our Team

Our collaborative team members have a wide range of industry knowledge and experience. They are highly qualified experts with a passion for their work. Meet them below!

Aaron has a B.S. in Engineering Graphics and Design from Western Michigan University, with an emphasis on Automotive Engineering. He specializes in automotive part design, and also has experience in a variety of industries. Aaron is a sports fan and a real car nut.

Aaron Koerth

Product Development Engineer

Aaron has 20 years of experience in the automotive electronics industry, including printed circuit board design, prototyping, and production. As a Program Manager, his passion for customer service helps him build positive, effective relationships.

Aaron Denbow

Electronics Engineer

Aimee has a BS in Engineering and an MBA with over 25 years of product launch and leadership experience. She is passionate about communication, diversity and inclusion to create workplaces where people thrive and feel connected! Two things that bring her absolute joy… reading a real book printed on paper, and cooking up multiple course meals for friends!

Aimee VandenElzen

Team Lead - Product Development

As an engineering intern, Alex is gaining real-world experience and applying classroom knowledge and training from a prior internship at DPI. Alex is a Mechanical Engineering student at Michigan Technological University. A true born Yooper, he enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and hockey. “Hockey, without a doubt, is the best game ever… the skill, competition, fighting, legacy—there’s nothing better. I’ve played since I was three,” smiles Alex.

Alex Repke

Mechanical Engineering Intern

Good design has the power to organize cultural complexities and yield clarity. Alison applies this philosophy through various market research and graphic design projects with Disher’s Discovery team. As a Hope College alumna, she is naturally fond of Lake Michigan, trail running, tulips, and Captain Sundae.

Alison Zdan

Market Researcher & Visual Communications Designer

Allen has an A.S. in Drafting and Design Technology with 30 years of design experience in the automotive industry. Allen enjoys the creativity of the design process and constructing 3D models in NX and Catia. He has past experiences on fuel and brake systems, steering systems and interior design with injection molded plastic part components. He enjoys golfing, traveling and Michigan summers.

Allen Gatica

Product Designer

Allison is a graduate from Grand Valley State University, with studies in Public Administration, Business, and Public Relations & Advertising. She began with DISHER as an intern, and now recruits for internal and external positions as a part of the Talent Attraction Team. Allison also loves continuing to learn through her passions in painting, playing music, and traveling.

Allison Ives

Talent Engineer

Andrew has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and a wide range of experience involving mechanical design, basic electronics, high-volume manufacturing, and program launches.  He enjoys doing various DIY house projects, woodworking, tinkering with classic cars, and the outdoors.

Andrew Westrick

Product Development Engineer

Anna has invested her talents in the wonderful world of human resources since 2009. “I love being in a role that allows me to talk with people and build relationships every day.” With a BS degree in Music Business at Huntington University, Anna still makes music a big part of her life whether creating her own or enjoying other people’s works. Anna enjoys hiking, camping, cycling, and snowboarding.

Anna Briggs

Talent Engineer

Becky has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech along with an MBA from Wayne State University and Program Management Professional certification. She is able to provide great insight into any part of a project from developing a business plan, launching a product to completing value analysis of existing products. She loves spending time with her family and is a foodie at heart.

Becky Bonnell

Product Development Engineer

Ben has a double B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Michigan Tech.  He is an electronics engineer by day and a backyard mechanic and tinkerer by night.

Ben Veltman

Electronics Engineer

Ben enjoys taking an active role in DISHER’s front-end Discovery team. He’s a graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design with a BA in Industrial Design, and his hero is Henry Dreyfuss who elevated ID to include human factors, ergonomics, and usability. Ben enjoys mountain biking in the summer, cross country skiing in the winter, and woodworking year round. Mike Birbiglia makes him laugh the hardest.

Ben Zuiderveen

Industrial Designer

Bob Soeters possesses over 30 years of industry experience, working in a variety of roles ranging from manufacturing supervision to strategic planning. He leads several of Disher’s multi-disciplined engineering teams and is also responsible for the financial, accounting, and human resource areas. Bob has been influential in Disher’s healthy growth, responsible for transformative increases in the organization’s capacity and capabilities.

Bob Soeters

Business Lead - Corporate Officer

Brandon has a B.A. in business management and communications from Hope College.  He is a part of the Talent Engineering team in which he recruits for internal and external positions. Brandon enjoys the Great Lakes of Michigan in which he can paddle board, boat, and wake surf.

Brandon Zervas

Talent Engineer

Brennen just completed his Freshman year at Kettering University. While young, Brennen already has four years of SolidWorks experience under his belt and co-op experience at Ford. Brennen is an off-road enthusiast who loves being on the sand dunes with his friends and family. He enjoys tinkering on cars and trucks and building things with his brother and friends.

Brennen Proudfit

Engineering Intern

Brent has 23 years of experience in Product Development and Machine Design. He is a business leader at Disher and  jumps in to guide the Informational Technology needs as well. Connecting a customer to our Disher team to help solve complex problems is a highlight of his role. Brent and his family enjoy their church family, spending time at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes and playing Lacrosse.

Brent Heeres

Business Lead - Engineering / IT

Brent brings 5+ years of digital marketing and website experience to Disher. “I am motivated by a good challenge… something without an easy solution.” Brent received his BA degree from Calvin College and is pursing an MBA from the University of Illinois. A huge Michigan fan, Brent enjoys lacrosse, football, and auto racing. He’s thankful for his wife and 2 girls who make his life magical. They enjoy the outdoors, camping, sports, and movies.

Brent Klein-Horsman

Digital Marketing Strategist

Brian has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing an MBA from Western Michigan University.  As a Product Development Engineer, he specializes in bringing products to launch and supporting current production products.  He is a big sports fan and is involved with youth sports programs through officiating. 

Brian LaFrence

Product Development Engineer

Brian has a B.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from GMI, and over 20 years of manufacturing and product engineering experience across Automotive, Office Furniture, Appliance and Heavy Truck industries.

Brian Lauer

Product Development Engineer

With a BS in Engineering Design and Minor in Automotive Systems from Western Michigan University, Brian enjoys engineering product development solutions. “Taking an idea from a thought to a physical object is what I enjoy most.” Brian’s hero is Neil deGrasse Tyson with his magical power to make us think more broadly about our world and universe. Brian enjoys biking, boating, snowboarding, web design, drawing, producing electronic music, & more.

Brian Sommer

Product Development Engineer

Brian gained design engineering experience from his years at the Toyota Tech Center where he did surface modeling CATIA, part installation drawings, vibration analysis, value engineering, design reviews, and program management. In addition to his beautiful wife and two daughters, Brian enjoys snowboarding, basketball, travelling, cooking, and photography. Brian has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Brian Corpuz

Product Development Engineer

Bryan brings 15+ years of experience from Intel as a Yield Defect Metrology Engineer and Process Engineer in thin films planar and Nike as a Sr. Quality Control Engineer. Bryan is all about family and health. He enjoys camping, hiking, biking, golf, ultimate Frisbee and beach time. He has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Michigan Technological University and MS in Material Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Bryan Molloseau

Product Development Engineer

Casandra has a B.S. in Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering from GVSU. She has had a variety of experiences including automotive quality, APQP documentation, process improvement , and product launch and change coordination. Casandra enjoys getting involved in stewardship activities, spending time with her family, and woodworking.

Casandra Bouwhuis

Manufacturing & Quality Engineer

Casey currently attends The Padnos School of Engineering through Grand Valley State University in hopes to attain a BS in Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering. He’s excited to learn from the experienced engineering team at DISHER. Casey loves spending time camping, fishing, and exploring trails at his cabin in the Manistee National Forest.

Casey McKellar

Engineering Intern

Cassie attended Grand Valley State University’s Honors College where she received a BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a Minor in Business. A Gold Award Girl Scout, Cassie loves exploring the outdoors and time spent biking, running, and hiking. She also enjoys hanging out with friends and family and wishes she had the super power of time travel.

Cassie Smith

Business Operations and Finance Coordinator

Chad has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Idaho and an A.S. in Automotive Technology from Brigham Young University Idaho. As a Product Development Engineer he provides a unique perspective and understanding to the design and development of products. Outside of work he spends his time enjoying his young family, serving in the community, working on home improvement projects, and when time permits engaging in outdoor recreational activities.

Chad Barnes

Team Lead - Product Development

Charles has a B.S. in Engineering Design and experience in new product development. He specializes in mechanism design, CAE, and complex CAD modeling with Pro Engineer and excels at solving engineering problems in a team atmosphere. He enjoys sports, cars and the outdoors.

Charles Crouch

Product Development Engineer

Cheri has 30 years of experience as an Office Administrator.  She wears many hats at Disher – in charge of payroll,  benefits, invoicing, offsites and front desk to name a few.  Outside of work, she enjoys reading and watching her kids’ sporting events. 

Cheri Wolters

Office Administrator

Chris has a B.S. in Product Design and Development from Eastern Michigan University and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Engineering Management there. He has extensive knowledge in CATIA V5, automotive exterior & interiors, plastics part design, and design feasibility progression. Chris has global experience leading design projects in places like China, Germany, Japan, and a handful of others, enjoying traveling and visiting new places.

Chris McKitrick

Product Development Engineer

With a BS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University, it’s no wonder Christian has enjoyed astronomy since childhood and would one day like to live on a Mars colony. Christian also enjoys backpacking, woodworking, rock climbing, and anything that flies.

Christian Mandrell

Quality Engineer

Christopher brings an array of fresh skills to DISHER as a recent graduate from Michigan State with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Christopher enjoys traveling and high adventure sports including: climbing, mountain biking, and kayaking.

Christopher Slamp

Manufacturing Engineer

Christy has nearly a decade of recruiting experience, primarily for technical, professional and leadership positions within manufacturing.  She advises and implements process improvements in recruiting teams for local and North American companies.  Christy has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters in Public Administration.

Christy Landrigan

Team Lead - Talent Solutions

Chuck has a diverse background across many industries and brings those 30 years of design, quality and manufacturing experience to life in a positive and creative manner. He enjoys his community service and mission trips each year as a part of his way of giving back to the world.

Chuck Beasley

Product Development Engineer

Cody has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Product Design & Manufacturing Engineering from Grand Valley State University. As a Product Development Engineer, he has taken products from an idea to production, and supported many other products in different phases of the Product Development Process. Outside of work he enjoys working on his own projects and spending time with his family. 

Cody Holstege

Product Development Engineer

Conlin has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Grand Valley State University. He has 3 years of experience in Manufacturing Engineering in which he has been able to improve processes in getting quality parts out the door in a systematic fashion. He loves the outdoors and sports  and is looking to serve God in all that he does.

Conlin Britton

Manufacturing Engineer

Connor graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Engineering Management Technology and a Math Minor. He also brings his Six Sigma Green Belt Certification to Disher. While at WMU, Connor was the captain of an award-winning concrete canoe team—he still mentors for this program. Connor enjoys basketball, flag football, snowboarding, guitar, and video games. Elon Musk is his hero.

Connor Tierney

Product Development Engineer

Dan is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering. He is experienced in multiple facets of product development including aesthetic design, concept development, modeling, prototyping, testing, and FEA. Dan is trained in user centered design, design thinking and design for manufacturing/assembly.

Dan Parker

Conceptual Engineer

Dan has a B.S degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Valparaiso University. Dan has experience with project management in the automotive industry, and he also has hands-on experience with the controls and instrumentation industry. Dan enjoys spending his free time with friends and family.

Dan Cempel

Product Development Engineer

Dave has a B.S. in Production Management from Ferris State University with over 27 years of industry experience. He provides teams with the leadership needed to meet their project goals. He enjoys water skiing during the summer months and building model kits during the winter.

Dave Hooker

Team Lead - Product Development

Dave has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration at GVSU. He has experience in the automotive, heavy equipment, renewable energy and furniture industries.

Dave Courtade

Product Development Engineer

Dave has worked on a variety of software development projects for commercial, aerospace, embedded, and the internet of things. “Coding is like art. You can create whatever you can dream up!” Dave also enjoys spending time with his new bride, at Barnes & Nobles, and cooking new dishes. He has a BSE from Grand Valley State University in Computer Engineering, a MDiv from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and a BA from Moody Bible Institute.

Dave Harkey

Electronics Engineer - Software

David has a BBA in Human Resources Management from GVSU. As a Talent Engineer, he brings his natural focus on building meaningful relationships to connect great people and great companies. He enjoys helping people find what they’re best at, and helping firms discover what and who they need most. David also loves to travel to go skiing and hiking whenever he can.

David Hondorp

Talent Engineer

“Engineers have in a sense built the world we live in today—and I’m excited to be a part of that community,” states Davis. Davis received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Grand Valley State University and a BS in Recreation from Calvin College. He enjoys playing golf and lacrosse and likes to camp, backpack, and travel. Davis’s hero is his late father-in-law who battled severe health issues but continued to work hard and live out his faith.

Davis Moes

Product Development Engineer

Dayna is strategic growth guy with a BA from Hope and an MBA in corporate strategy from Northwestern. He is a Jim Collins, Patrick Lencioni and Bill Hybels fan. Dayna helps organizations with vision mapping, branding, developing their people and more. He is a soccer coach, youth group leader and an energetic family man.

Dayna Beal

Business Lead - Discovery | Marketing

Dennis has over 10 years of experience as a product and manufacturing engineer in the furniture and automotive industry. His passion for lean product development has helped customers launch and support dozens of new products.

Dennis Smith

Mechanical Engineer

DJ has a BSME from GMI Engineering & Management Institute and is a certified PMP (Project Management Professional) with more than 23 years in automotive safety experience prior to joining the Disher team. He is active with family, church, sports and coaching volleyball.

DJ Kellogg

Area Lead - Southeast Michigan Region

Eric has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Design, Innovation & Society from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has experience with solid and surface modeling in SolidWorks, as well as building prototypes in the model shop. He’s also an avid Detroit sports fan and loves the outdoors.

Eric Otto

Product Development Engineer

“I love the fact that I get to do my hobbies for a living. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing… as long as it’s engineering!” Foster graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. In his spare time, Foster enjoys tinkering, making things… and getting grease and sawdust everywhere! If Foster had the chance, he would live in the Canadian Rocky Mountains as their size and beauty puts things into perspective.

Foster Hovey

Product Development Engineer

Frank graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in Communications. He is a part of the Talent Attraction team and enjoys helping others advance their career. In his free time, Frank enjoys golfing and volunteering his time to the Hudsonville High School Varsity Basketball team.

Frank Groen

Talent Engineer

Frank brings decades of electronics, design, and engineering experience mainly in automotive. Frank enjoys cycling, cars, and building challenging outdoor equipment for his 2 kids. An avid reader of adventure stories, Frank’s hero is Ernest Shackleton an explorer with amazing inner strength and loyalty. Frank received an HND Computing Technology degree from Teesside University and an OND Engineering degree from Mid-Warwickshire College in the UK.

Frank White

Electronics Engineer

Fred is a business leader at Disher coaching a group of highly talented mechanical engineers who are experts in new product development.  His experience includes engineering, project management, and sales.  He holds a BSME from the University of Michigan and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Michigan.  Fred has over 20 years in the office furniture industry in a variety of positions.

Fred Pettinga

Business Lead - Product Development

The desire to make a significant impact in the lives of others makes Gabe an asset to the Talent Solutions team. Gabe is a native of Zeeland, Michigan and graduate of Hope College with a BA in Business Management/Communication. He enjoys hiking, fishing, time with friends, and is an avid dog lover. He also enjoys sipping a good cup of Joe—
let him know when you’re free!

Gabe Boss

Talent Engineer

Gerry has worked in the automotive industry for over 20 years, owned an electronic design business, and worked as a consultant prior to Disher.  He also contributed to Apollo lunar landing project. Gerry has a BS in Aerospace Engineering and a MS in Controls Engineering from the University of Michigan.  He also has an MBA from Michigan State University.  Gerry and his wife have four grown children and eight grandchildren.

Gerry Sivulka

Product | Business Development

Jacquelyn has a BS in Integrated Leadership Studies/ Enterprise Leadership from Central Michigan University. She is originally from Alabama’s gulf coast region and enjoys indulging in southern cuisine regularly (any cuisine really). She enjoys watching sports and getting on the tennis court as often as possible.

Jacquelyn Pogue

Talent Engineer

Jake has a B.S. in Engineering with a Mechanical emphasis from Hope College. As a Product Development Engineer, he takes product ideas from napkin to launch. He’s also a big sports fan and loves photography.

Jake Bylsma

Product Development Engineer

James has a B.S. in Plastics Engineering Technology from Penn State Erie with over 9 years of industry experience.  He is a certified CATIA V5 Part Design & Surface Design Specialist and also an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.  He has a wide range of automotive component diversity with many OEMs.  In his free time, James enjoys competing in running events, helping at Habitat for Humanity builds, traveling, and camping.

James Szymanowski

Product Development Engineer

Jason loves solving problems and coming up with new ideas. His focus is machine and product design and he is certified in SolidWorks and DriveWorks. He enjoys playing hockey and building forts for his kids.

Jason Noteboom

Team Lead – Machine | Product Design

Jay has an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, a Bachelor’s in Business Management and an MBA in Project Management. He is an APQP/PPAP specialist, a certified Problem Solving and Decision making practitioner and a Six Sigma Green Belt.

Jay VanderBoon

Quality Engineer

Since 2011, Jed’s applied his mechanical design engineering aptitude using SolidWorks and CAD software. “I enjoy creating things in general. 3D printers are great because anyone can bring their design to real life. I personally like to prototype robots with hobby electronics.” Jed loves the outdoors and survival-type camping, he also enjoys cooking. Jed completed his BS in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Jed Powell

Product Development Engineer

Jeff is the founder and president of Disher. He is a 26 year veteran of new product development.  Jeff has held roles in program management, product design, manufacturing, quality and training & development.  He has a BS  from Hope College and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.  He also is a certified Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan.  Jeff and his family enjoy many outdoor activities.

Jeff Disher

Founder & President

Jessi enjoys the blending of people and business in Talent Attraction. Since 2009, Jessi’s been applying the skills she’s learned from her BS in HR Management from Ball State University, MBA from Anderson University, and Black Belt in Internet Recruitment. Jessi loves to read, shop, attend concerts, and play with her twin daughters. If she had a super power, she’d travel back in time and become a member of the Resistance during World War II.

Jessi Fluke

Talent Engineer

Jim is a product development engineer with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University. He is also an avid sports fan and loves everything about movies.

Jim Hargrove

Product Development Engineer

Joe has an Aeronautical Engineering degree from Western Michigan. He has a variety of experiences in manufacturing, quality systems, machining, and programming. Joe likes to spend time at home with his wife and two boys and lead ministries at his church.

Joe Dyer

Team Lead - Manufacturing Tech Services

With 15 years of aviation systems engineering, product engineering, production support, project/program management (think Boeing 787 Dreamliner), Joe has a ton of knowledge to contribute. He has a Masters in Engineering Management from Western Michigan University, a BS in Electrical Engineering from GVSU, and PMP Certification. In his spare time, Joe enjoys cooking, making music, woodworking, and building a beautiful life with his wife & 3 kids.

Joe Pighetti

Electronics Systems Engineer

Joe is passionate about people and the planet and the ways business can be used as a tool to make this world a better place. He is currently pursuing his BA in Business Marketing and Environmental Studies at Calvin College and expects to graduate in 2019. Joe is a true outdoors enthusiast who enjoys fishing, hiking, sailing, water sports, and training. His favorite author is Aldo Leopold.

Joe Sikma

Marketing Intern

Jon has a BS in Engineering with a Mechanical emphasis from Calvin College. He holds certifications as both a Certified SolidWorks Professional and also a Certified DriveWorks Professional. Jon enjoys mountain biking as well as golfing and also volunteers at the First Tee of West Michigan. 

Jon Brock

Product Design Engineer

Jonah loves everything automotive… from working on cars and taking long road trips to his experience with performance-related components like exhaust systems and superchargers. If Jonah could live anywhere he would choose a home on Lake Michigan. “Sure, the winters here are a bit rough sometimes, but you can’t beat a Michigan summer!” Jonah received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University.

Jonah Heemstra

Product Development Engineer

Jordan is pursuing a BS in Product Design and Manufacturing from Grand Valley State University, a Minor in Business Administration, and an Emphasis in Entrepreneurship. His experience includes machine assembly, CNC operator, and product design using SolidWorks. Solar power energy is an important topic to Jordan as he uses it in his home and teaches a STEM solar-panel-making workshop to middle school students.

Jordan Vanderham

Engineering Intern

Josh has a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He assists customers in all phases of new product development, but specializes in mechanism design, optimization, and Pro/E modeling. He is an avid fly fisherman and lifelong Michigan fan.

Josh Bultema

Product Development Engineer

Kathy is a Talent Engineer with over 15 years of experience helping to hire people. Training and mentoring team members are a joy. “In our team, People are our Product. We are Recruitment Redesigned.”

Kathy Osmun

Talent Engineer

“For the longest time I wanted to become a doctor to help people. As I grew older, I found that I loved building things. When I discovered biomedical engineering, I found the perfect fit!” Kayla has a BS in Biomedical Engineering, an MSE in Biomechanical Engineering, and an International Minor for Engineers from U of M. Kayla loves art and dabbles in drawing, painting, pottery, and crafts. She studied in Japan and wants to live there someday.

Kayla Curtis

Product Development Engineer

Kelli has a BBA in Accounting from Grand Valley State University. Onboarding & invoicing are her primary focus. She loves to serve others on the Disher team in any capacity needed. Kelli loves to laugh!

Kelli Hills

Business Operations Specialist

Keri is an expert in staffing management. She has over 18 years of experience in talent branding, talent selection, process implementation, talent related problem solving and reorganizing business units. Keri has worked in a variety of industries to assist companies in acquiring top talent as well as develop a solid infrastructure. She is also the instigator of office nerf wars!

 

Keri McCarthy

Business Lead - Talent Solutions

Kevin enjoys improving processes – manufacturing or business processes. When he isn’t doing that, he enjoys playing soccer, running, mountain biking, and driving old sports cars. Kevin has a BS in Industrial Management and MBA in Finance. Kevin leads the Disher Manufacturing Tech Services and Disher Business Solutions Teams.

Kevin Pinner

Business Lead - Disher Business Solutions | Manufacturing Tech Services

Kevin Casey has a BS in Plastics Engineering Technology from Ferris State University and has experience in the plastics and consumer goods industries. His capabilities include process engineering, material formulations work and full cycle product development engineering. Outside of work he enjoys being  outdoors and watching the Tigers.

Kevin Casey

Product Development Engineer

Kim is a Certified Public Accountant with a Masters in Accounting from Grand Valley State University. She brings both public and private accounting experience to Disher as the Finance Leader.  Kim is responsible for Disher’s Business Operations team and finance functions.  She spends her spare time volunteering, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Kim Blackburn

Business Lead – Finance | Business Operations

Kimberly brings many skills from her years at Bethany Christian Services and Women at Risk International. A Grand Valley State University alumni, Kimberly received her BA in Public and Nonprofit Administration with an Emphasis in Community Health and a Minor in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Kimberly loves kayaking, hiking, camping, traveling, and art— in addition to her husband and golden retriever.

Kimberly Bauer

Talent Acquisition Coordinator

Kristian has a BA in HR Mgmt. from WMU.  As a Talent Strategist, he helps organizations attract and retain top talent in a wide variety of industries and fields.  He’s passionate about travel and experiencing new cultures which is why he joined the Peace Corps as a Small Business Development consultant where he served 27 months in Morocco.

Kristian Woods

Team Lead - Talent Solutions

Kristin is a driven individual that can do technical design or project management. Her passion for organization and quality make her a key player in any project. She graduated from Calvin College with a BSE in Mechanical Engineering and holds training certifications for Solidworks and Pro-E.

Kristin Zietlow

Product Development Engineer

Kyle is an electronics engineer with experience in analog and digital circuit design, embedded firmware development, and EMC testing. At Disher, he designs light engines, all types of sensors, and more. Outside of Disher, he is an avid runner and closet clock maker.

Kyle McLellan

Product Development Engineer

Larry has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design and an Associate’s Degree in CAD Technology, with over 7 years of design engineering experience. He enjoys fitness, movies, and is an enthusiastic basketball fan.

Larry Rhodes

Product Development Engineer

Laura has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Central Michigan University. She has experience in product validation and test engineering. She loves trying new things and spending time with her friends, family, and hound dogs.

Laura Nelson

Product Development Engineer

Laura’s enjoyed a variety of marketing roles as a business owner and employee. She’s supported a wide range of companies, from manufacturing to retail to business services. Laura’s passionate about creating marketing tools that delight. Time with family and friends, watching her kids’ sports, walks, art, coffee, and summer bring her joy. Laura has a BS in Business – Mktg and Mgmt from Cedarville University and an MBA from Western Michigan University.

Laura Anthony

Graphic Designer & Copywriter

Lynn has a BS from Central Michigan University and an MS from Western Michigan University. He has over 19 years engineering experience in the Aerospace, Automotive, Food, Consumer Products Industries and more. His capabilities include program management, product development, and quality engineering.

Lynn VanSickle

Team Lead - Product Development

Marcus brings to DISHER a wealth of experience in manufacturing, machine design, and product development. Marcus always wanted to grow up and become an engineer so he’s living the dream at DISHER! Outside of work, his growing family is his primary focus. He enjoys singing, camping, trips to northern Michigan, and cheering on the Detroit Lions. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Calvin College.

Marcus Krosschell

Product Development Engineer

Mark has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and over 25 years of manufacturing experience with engineering, operations, machinery, automation, quality, and project management in multiple industries.  He loves sports and home remodeling.

Mark Ekdom

Manufacturing Tech Solutions

Martin spent three years as a Disher engineering intern and became a leading draft pick upon graduation for Disher’s product development team. Martin is a graduate of Northwestern University with a BS in Materials Science and Engineering. In his free time, he enjoys reading, podcasts, running, hiking, trivia, and soccer. If he could live anywhere in the world, he’d choose Seattle because it smells like the ocean and he wouldn’t get sunburned.

Martin Hewitt

Product Development Engineer

Marty has a B.A. from Indiana University in general studies and joins the Disher team as a Product Designer. He has 30 years of automotive experience including establishing design teams in Mexico and India. Marty’s role at Disher is component and assembly design across various applications and industries. He enjoys bowling, golfing, jogging, and playing Euchre with family and friends.

 

Marty Boike

Product Designer

Matt has been working in Product Development for 14 years, primarily in the material handling industry.  His experience spans concepting, design and sourcing through to production and product launch.

Matt Steenwyk

Product Development Engineer

Matt has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lake Superior State University.  He is an ISO certified Category III Vibration Analyst and Certified Solidworks Professional. 

Matt Engle

Mechanical Engineer

Matt is a graduate of Nashoba Regional High School in Bolton, Massachusetts and is heading into his senior year at Calvin College. He looks forward to receiving a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Economics with a sustainability designation. Matt is a collegiate athlete competing on Calvin’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams. He enjoys hiking, camping, and the outdoors. Matt is passionate about environmental conservation and sustainability.

Matt Boelens

Engineering Intern

Matt brings over a decade of experience in Project Engineering and Program Management in the aerospace and consumer fitness industries. He is a travel enthusiast and a fan of both Michigan and Alabama college sports. Matt enjoys living in Ann Arbor with his wife and dog Bear. His current hero is Elon Musk because of his resolve to change our planet and humanity. Matt holds a BSME from the University of Michigan.

Matt Kramer

Project Manager

Matthew received his BS in Computer Engineering from Cedarville University in Ohio. He is using his automotive product development background as an Electronics Engineer at Disher. Matthew’s interests range from gardening and mountain biking to cooking, woodworking, coffee, and photography. When asked what motivates him to work hard, Matthew replied, “helping other people”.

Matthew Reed

Product Development Engineer

Melissa has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering along with profession certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP). She has held a diverse set of roles including; Product Development Engineer, Design Engineer, Continuous Improvement Engineer, Resident Engineer and Quality Engineer. Her personal time is spent hiking and horseback riding with her family.

Melissa Charron

Product Development Engineer | PMP

Michelle brings significant product launch and project management skills from her years in automotive at Prince Corporation. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a Bachelors of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (BEEE) and Bradley University with an MBA. Michelle loves to read in addition to outdoor activities including biking, camping, hiking, and water sports. Her proudest accomplishment is raising four boys with character, integrity, and amazing values. Lastly, GO GREEN!

Michelle Bjork

Project Manager

Mike has a B.S. in Product Design & Manufacturing Engineering from Grand Valley State University with over 16 years of industry experience. He has developed many products  across a wide array of industries from Automotive to consumer product to furniture to lighting development and more. He enjoys working on cars, kiteboarding, and solving problems.

Mike Zwiers

Team Lead - Product Development

Mike has a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois with almost 40 years of manufacturing experience. He provides teams with manufacturing, Lean and project management leadership to enhance their operations. He is an avid reader enjoying science, history, mystery/adventure and science fiction.   

Mike Wells

Manufacturing Engineer

Mike has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. He has 19 years of experience in the Automotive, Battery, Food, Building Products and Office Furniture industries. His primary responsibilities during that time have included Project Management, Advanced Quality Engineering and Launch Manufacturing Engineering. During the summer he enjoys camping, NASCAR and fishing.

Mike Moerler

Engineering | Program Management

Nate has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from Grand Valley State University. He provides capability and experience in product design, CAD design, quality and regulatory engineering, and biomechanics and data analysis.

Nate Vliestra

Product Development Engineer

“I believe you reap what you sow; therefore, I work hard to get the most out of every opportunity given,” comments Nathan. Nathan enjoys life and lives it with purpose in Christ. His hobbies include mission trips, recreational vehicles, sports, and spending time with family. Nathan’s alma matter is Ferris State where he received an Automotive Engineering Technology degree. On Karaoke night, Nathan would sing with Long Black Train by Josh Turner.

Nathan Cummings

Product Development Engineer

Nick comes to Disher with design engineering experience that dates back to 2005. He’s done everything from designing part assemblies to supervising the parts successfully through the manufacturing process. Nick attended Ferris State University where he received his BS degree in Product Design Engineering Technology, and an Associate in Applied Science – CAD Drafting and Tool Design. Nick enjoys boating, woodworking, and automobiles. His favorite sport to watch and play is football.

Nick Tonar

Product Development Engineer

Noelle is currently pursuing a BS in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Graphic Design from Michigan State University. She brings a unique set of skills and experiences to DISHER having held past internships with both General Motors and Walt Disney World. Noelle’s favorite book is Captain Underpants and she dreams of one day living in the United Kingdom.

Noelle Miles

Electronics Engineering Intern

Patrick graduated from Michigan Tech with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and has over 18 years of experience with mechanical design and FEA.  He has developed and analyzed products in a variety of industries, specializing in welded structures, metal fatigue, and injection molded components and assemblies.  Patrick enjoys restoring vintage cars and audio equipment and time with his family.

Patrick Grossman

Product Development Engineer

All things audible have kept Pete’s interest peaked and his career path loaded with opportunities to play with electronics and mechanical acoustic phenomena.  It has inspired software and hardware creations and now many projects later he’s now comfortable in multiple engineering environments, able to create digital or analog electronics that meet the contradicting goals of: cost, efficiency, function, environment, EMC, validation and production.

Pete Mokris

Electronics Engineer

Phil is a graduate of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering where he received a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Phil has several patents under his belt relating to steam energy, and he’s written a curriculum for Michigan school districts using community projects as authentic learning opportunities. Phil is an avid sailor who races locally on Lake Michigan.

Phil Dirkse

Product Development Engineer

Ray has a BS in Mechanical Engineering with over 25 years of automotive experience, primarily in interiors (door panels, overhead systems, plastics, and vinyl wrapped components).   He has also worked with power steering systems.

Ray Hartnett

Project Engineer

Richard is a Product Development Engineer with 17+ years expertise completing comprehensive projects to meet and exceed cost and quality objectives while adhering to timelines and cost control. As a team lead, Richard trains and mentors teams to top performance. He is adept with CAD tools and plastic molds, die-castings, electronic components and metal stampings as well as electro-mechanical products.

Richard Campbell

Team Lead - Product Development

Robbie has a B.S. in Product Design & Manufacturing Engineering from Grand Valley State University. Primarily working as a Project Engineer, Robbie has a background using internal engineering systems and tools to complete projects while coordinating with suppliers and customers.

Robbie Sullivan

Project Engineer

Robert has a BS in Engineering and an MBA. With 26 years of experience managing projects and teams in the automotive and non-automotive industries, Robert has held the role of Plant Manager, Senior Program Manager, and Engineering Manager. His experience in technologies include exterior and interior trim, automotive glass encapsulation, air compressors, and biomass fuel. Robert has been married for 12 years with two dogs, Teddy and Bear.

Robert Oswald

Program Manager

Ron has a A.A.S. in Machine Tool Technologies from Ferris State University. He has also completed a four year United States Department of Labor Tool and Die Journeyman certification. Ron also has a A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies from Davenport University and is still seeking a B.S. in Legal Studies from Davenport. Ron works in most all automotive product launch roles including product design and tool manufacturing. Ron’s hobbies include photography and fly fishing.

Ron Paul

Product Development Engineer

Ryan is a seasoned mechanical engineer with substantial experience in machine and product development. He’s a continual learner and teacher/coach, welcoming constructive criticism to satisfy an insatiable desire for excellence.

Ryan Noble

Team Lead - Product & Machine Design

Ryan has a BFA from Kendall College with a primary focus in Industrial Design. He hopes to help people however possible through his design process. Ryan also fancies building bicycles and drinking good coffee.

Ryan Gardner

Industrial Designer

Ryan has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Grand Valley State University.  He started with Disher in 2002, and has worked in many different fields of engineering across several industries.  Outside of work, Ryan is an avid sports fan and enjoys coaching his 4 boys.

Ryan Snip

Team Lead - Product Development

Ryan brings to DISHER expertise in product development with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. His role model is his mother who raised him and his two older sisters by herself. “Being exposed to her work ethic all of my life really pushes me to be the best I can be,” Ryan states. Ryan is a big football fan and admits to rooting for the Detroit Lions.

Ryan Warsen

Product Development Engineer

Sam has a B.S. in Product Design Engineering Technology with 10 year’s experience in the automotive industry. He is a Product Designer with automotive experience in Plastic Injection Molding, Plastic and Aluminum Extrusion, and Roll forming and stampings.  Sam is also experienced in CAD  NX & Catia V5.

Sam Smith

Product Development Engineer

Sarah has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, with professional experience in Engineering Sales, Account Management, Project Management, and Business Ownership. In her free time, Sarah enjoys camping, vacationing, water sports, and loves the summertime. 

Sarah Koetsier

Project Manager

Sarah is currently pursing her Mechanical Engineering degree from Grand Valley State University. Sarah enjoys playing sports – especially volleyball and softball. She also plays the violin and performed at Carnegie Hall with her high school. Her most memorable family vacation was the Smokey Mountains where she enjoyed horseback riding, zip lining, the Dixie Stampede, and fantastic food.

Sarah Watson

Engineering Intern

Sean has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BS in Psychology, both from Grand Valley State University. As a product engineer, he facilitates design and manufacturing changes on production parts. He has a strong background in statistical analysis and is a self-proclaimed sommelier. 

Sean Townshend

Mechanical Engineer

Sean has a B.S. in Engineering Design and a  M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from Western Michigan University. He has over 7 years of product development experience in a variety of industries ranging from medical, automotive, furniture, consumer products, and defense. Sean enjoys hiking, mountaineering, skiing, movies, and is pursuing a Ph.D in his free time. 

Sean Derrick

Product Development Engineer

Shawn has a BS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Kettering University. He enjoys coaching hands-on Continuous Improvement/Lean activities. He has a background in machine automation (robotics, CNC, sensors, pneumatics, PLC programming (AB, Omron), Vision Systems, HMI screen programming, PLC to Network Database Integration),  micro-electronics integration and mechatronics, computer programming, and has a strong drive to always learning new things. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his two adorable little girls and his wonderful wife.

Shawn O'Farrell

Team Lead - Manufacturing Tech Services

Shawna graduated with a BA in Management and Communication from Hope College. As a Talent Engineer, she partners with companies and plays professional matchmaker. She enjoys traveling and finding the next best cup of coffee.

Shawna Vite

Talent Engineer

Stephanie is passionate about staffing. “I’ve never seen recruiting as a job but as a way to make a difference in someone’s life.” In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys playing baseball with her two active boys and water skiing. Stephanie’s hero is her Great Grandmother who showed her what it’s like to live a life full of love, laughter, and happiness. Stephanie graduated from Purdue University with a BA in Communications.

Stephanie Hamelmann

Talent Engineer

As a CAD designer, Steve has 30+ years of product engineering experience – with the majority in automotive interiors and several in construction equipment. He is named on 3 US patents, has a BS in Computer Technology and an Associate in Mechanical Design and Drafting Technology.  

Steve Spoerre

Product Development Engineer

Tami enjoys working at Disher part time with a flexible schedule to spend time running a household and busy family.  Planning fun corporate events, paying the bills, greeting guests as they come into our beautiful office, and encouraging healthy communication within evaluations, are just some of the things she does while supporting the Disher staff.

Tami Sneller

Business Operations Specialist

Tim has a B.A. in Physics from Kalamazoo College and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He has over 10 years of experience in concept to manufacturing product development in the automotive industry. Tim enjoys spending most of his free time with his kids, but also likes to golf and play soccer when the opportunity arises.

Tim Ullrey

Product Development Engineer

Tod has a BS degree in Electronics Engineering and an MS degree in Engineering Management with over 19 years of Electronics industry experience. He volunteers as President of the Greater Holland Bowling Association and loves competitive bowling.

Tod Grams

Team Lead - Electronics

Todd has a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University.  For the last 30 years he has been involved in all phases of design and development of a large variety of products.  He enjoys traveling, sports, time with his friends and family and is active in the community.

Todd Kercher

Product Development Engineer

Todd’s sweet spot is working on the conceptual, fuzzy, front-end of world-class products. With over 33 years of product development experience, Todd’s a wonderful resource. Todd studied clay modeling & drafting at Walpro Technical and has a BFA in Industrial Design from The College for Creative Studies. Camping with family in his vintage Airstream trailer is Todd’s favorite pastime along with building custom furniture, sculpture, and cooking.

Todd Kauranen

Industrial Designer

Travis has over ten years of packaging design, development, and project management experience in a variety of industries. His capabilities include packaging process reviews and improvements, competitive packaging reviews,  and implementation throughout the packaging supply chain. He has a six sigma greenbelt and is a board member for the west Michigan IoPP chapter.

Travis Gibbs

Packaging Engineer

Tyler has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University. He has several years of product design and development experience in a variety of industries, but specializes in injection molding. Highly trained in NX Unigraphics and Solidworks. At home, he enjoys working on his many mechanical projects and hobby farming with his wife.

Tyler Last

Product Development Engineer

Vicki holds a degree in Sales and Marketing and has over 20 year experience in project management and client services that span a wide variety of industries – including furniture, automotive, consumer products and residential homebuilding. She enjoys her girls’ sporting events, family vacations, gardening and her morning coffee.

Vicki Zylstra

Team Lead - Marketing | Discovery

This quote from Will Smith resonates with Zac, “If you’re not making someone else’s life better, then you’re wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other lives better.” Zac loves problem solving and is excited to contribute. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Grand Valley State University where he also played hockey and participated in two national championship games. He also enjoys golfing, skiing, and the outdoors.

Zac Strain

Product Development Engineer

Zach has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Grand Valley State University and primarily works as a Machine Design Engineer using SolidWorks. He plays golf, softball, and soccer in his spare time.

Zach Neville

Product Design Engineer

Zachary graduated from Purdue University West Lafayette with a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Manufacturing Engineering Technology. He’s passionate about woodworking, sports cars, and trying new foods with his wife with whom he enjoys traveling the world. Zachary considers his Grandfather his hero and credits him for pushing him to pursue his passion for engineering.

Zachary VanNess

Project Manager