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About Us

Our Mission is our purpose. Making a positive difference all over the world, one customer at a time.

  • WHO IS DISHER

    DISHER delivers innovative solutions in engineering, manufacturing, and talent through a high-performing team of cross-functional experts. Since 2000, hundreds of Fortune 500 companies, suppliers, and organizations from a diverse set of industries have trusted DISHER to help them develop positive outcomes. DISHER’s integrative capabilities include:

    INNOVATION & DESIGN |  ENGINEERING  | MANUFACTURING TECH  | TALENT HIRING & RECRUITING |
    BUSINESS & ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT | CULTURE CONSULTING 

    At DISHER, each team member believes that the work they do should be meaningful and have a lasting impact in the world we live in. DISHER’s mission to Make a Positive Difference is more than a collection of words displayed on our wall and in our marketing materials. It pervades everything we do and motivates our actions every day.

  • Culture

    WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

    What makes DISHER so unique? Our culture. We value our mission as stewards who count it a privilege to serve our customers, coworkers, and communities. DISHER’s 12 core culture characteristics inspire the team in a unified direction towards achieving our goals. DISHER has been recognized by Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE as the 5th Best Small Workplace in the USA due to our strong sense of mission, trust from managers, employee autonomy, teamwork, and communication.

    We’re committed to building exceptional teams through personal development opportunities, individual coaching, subject matter communities, weekly lunch meetings, and off-site training and experiences. We’re inspired to give back to our communities with our time, talent, and financial resources. We understand that the stronger the culture—the better the performance.

     

    • UNVARNISHED COMMUNICATION

      Be honest. Talk directly with the person you want to encourage, praise, or confront. Gossip is not acceptable.

    • PLANNING & PREPARATION

      Be ready and prepared to deliver on your responsibilities. Anticipate needs. Have a plan and a contingency plan.

    • TAKING RISKS

      Take risks… calculated risks. Analyze the risk-reward. Sometimes, the greater risk is not taking the risk.

    • INNOVATION

      Creatively solve problems. Continuously seek to improve. Innovate with products, projects, services, processes – in everything we do.

    • JUST DO IT

      Embrace responsibility. Serve others in a way that exceeds expectations. Take the initiative to get things done and done well.

    • STEWÅRDSHIP

      Be responsible with the resources (time, money, and talent) you’ve been given. Grow, lead, and serve. Selflessly give to others and create ripples of influence that will make this world a better place.

    • EXECUTING THE FUNDAMENTALS

      Do the basics very, very well – those things that customers won’t notice when you do them well but they will notice if you don’t. Don’t take shortcuts.

    • FINDING YOUR SWEET SPOT

      Take initiative to grow personally and professionally. Discover your: Mission - What the world needs; Vocation - What someone will pay for; Profession - What you’re good at; and Passion - What you love.

    • TRUSTING RELATIONSHIPS

      Build trust by staying true to your word and treating others with respect. Admit your mistakes. Make things right at no extra cost. Go more than half way.

    • REJUVENATION

      Restore a proper work-life balance. Proper rest, time with family, a good laugh, regular exercise, and time away is healthy. Make time to be alone (TreeTop Time) to reflect, evaluate, process, and plan.

    • TWO EXTRA THINGS

      Do the extra small things that make a big difference with customers, co-workers, and community. Go the extra mile.

    • HIGH EXPECTATIONS

      Set the bar high and hold yourself accountable to it. Perform your best whether someone is watching or not. Continually improve.

  • Team

    WHO MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

    DISHER is intentional about Making a Positive Difference with our customers, coworkers, and communities to create Ripples of Influence that have far-reaching impact. It’s all about steward leadership— the desire to grow, lead and serve others. We’re committed to going the extra mile with our client’s projects to make sure they receive great outcomes. We are 160+ experts in engineering, manufacturing, hiring, innovation and marketing ready to bring it.

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    Think you want to be a part of the team that makes a positive difference? Join team DISHER and find your sweet spot today. Click below to see our open positions.

    Join our team

    Aaron Koerth

    Product Development Engineer

    Aaron Koerth

    Product Development Engineer

    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.

    Aimee VandenElzen

    Area Lead | Business Development

    Aimee VandenElzen

    Area Lead | Business Development

    Since joining DISHER, Aimee has discovered a passion for facilitating workshops. Aimee has a BS in Engineering and an MBA with over 25 years of product launch and leadership experience. She’s 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!

    Allison Ives

    Talent Engineer

    Allison Ives

    Talent Engineer

    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.

    Andras Kupfermann

    Product Development Engineer

    Andras Kupfermann

    Product Development Engineer

    Andras is a seasoned pro at product development with close to 40 years of experience to draw upon. Andras graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Politehnica University in Bucharest, Romania. His favorite thing about his career is seeing one of his designs used by thousands of end users. “It makes me feel that I have made a modest contribution to society.” Andras enjoys tennis, kayaking, photography, and an annual vacation to Myrtle Beach with his family.

    Andrew Wunderlin

    Product Development Engineer

    Andrew Wunderlin

    Product Development Engineer

    Andrew recently completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Andrew is a problem solver who loves taking 3D printers apart to make them better. He also enjoys gardening (hot peppers in particular), hockey, Elon Musk, and a good comedian. He dreams about riding a motorcycle across the country.

    Angela Morrill

    Business Solutions | Advisor & Coach

    Angela Morrill

    Business Solutions | Advisor & Coach

    Angela brings a wealth of business, process, and program management experience to DISHER customers. She loves helping others solve puzzles to bring about transformational change. Angela received an MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, PMP Certification, and 6 Sigma Black Belt Certification. Boating, biking, hiking, camping, and cheering on her two teenagers bring her great joy.

    Anna Briggs

    Team Lead | Talent Solutions & Business Development

    Anna Briggs

    Team Lead | Talent Solutions & Business Development

    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.

    Becky Bonnell

    Product Development Engineer

    Becky Bonnell

    Product Development 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.

    Ben Coopland

    Manufacturing Engineer

    Ben Coopland

    Manufacturing Engineer

    Ben is a skilled Manufacturing Engineer with experience in team leadership and master scheduling. He has his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. After completing his degree, he spent five years as a college campus minister before making the transition into more technical roles. In his free time, Ben enjoys racing cars and go-karts.

    Ben Zuiderveen

    Industrial Designer

    Ben Zuiderveen

    Industrial Designer

    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.

    Bob Soeters

    Business Lead | Corporate Officer

    Bob Soeters

    Business Lead | Corporate Officer

    Bob Soeters has been influential in cultivating DISHER’s high-performance culture and applying what he has learned with countless other organizations. Customers value his insights and expertise with strategy implementation, business development, mechatronics, operational execution, finance, and leadership development. With 35 years of experience with world-class organizations, Bob is a go-to resource externally and internally. He strives to live out DISHER’s Mission-Profit-Growth approach to business every day.

    Brandon Zervas

    Business Development

    Brandon Zervas

    Business Development

    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.

    Brennan Steenhoek

    Product Development Engineer

    Brennan Steenhoek

    Product Development Engineer

    Brennan is excited to apply his engineering knowledge to real engineering solutions for DISHER customers. He recently earned his BS in Engineering with a Mechanical concentration along with a Business minor from Calvin College. Brennan is a music aficionado and is able to play numerous instruments including piano, violin, bass, and guitar. He also enjoys card games, strategy games, running, and peanut butter Captain Crunch.

    Brennen Proudfit

    Machine | Product Development Engineer

    Brennen Proudfit

    Machine | Product Development 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.

    Brent Heeres

    Business Lead | Engineering

    Brent Heeres

    Business Lead | Engineering

    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.

    Brian LaFrence

    Team Lead | Product Development

    Brian LaFrence

    Team Lead | Product Development

    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 Team Lead – Product Engineering and Program Management, 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 Lauer

    Team Lead | Manufacturing Tech Solutions

    Brian Lauer

    Team Lead | Manufacturing Tech Solutions

    Brian brings over 20 years of manufacturing, product, and quality engineering experience across a variety of industries. At DISHER, Brian enjoys the variety of opportunities to serve customers and community. Outside of DISHER, he enjoys family, home improvement projects, and occasional trout fishing. Brian has a BS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University).

    Brian Sommer

    Product Development Engineer

    Brian Sommer

    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.

    Casandra Bouwhuis

    Manufacturing & Quality Engineer

    Casandra Bouwhuis

    Manufacturing & Quality 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.

    Casey McKellar

    Project Engineer

    Casey McKellar

    Project Engineer

    Casey is passionate about concept development, prototyping, and blending innovative ideas with technology to deliver great results. He has a BS in Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering from Grand Valley State University. Casey loves spending time camping, fishing, and exploring trails at his cabin in the Manistee National Forest.

    Charles Crouch

    Product Development Engineer

    Charles Crouch

    Product Development Engineer

    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.

    Cheri Wolters

    Office Administrator

    Cheri Wolters

    Office Administrator

    Cheri has over 30 years of experience as an Office Administrator. She enjoys supporting the DISHER team by overseeing payroll, benefits, month-end reporting, and company-wide offsites. She enjoys reading and spending time with family.

    Chris McKitrick

    Product Development Engineer

    Chris McKitrick

    Product Development Engineer

    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.

    Christian Mandrell

    Project Engineer

    Christian Mandrell

    Project 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.

    Christopher Slamp

    Manufacturing Engineer

    Christopher Slamp

    Manufacturing Engineer

    Christopher brings an array of fresh skills to Disher as a recent graduate from Michigan State University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Christopher enjoys traveling and high-adventure sports like climbing, mountain biking, and kayaking. If he could live anywhere, Christopher would choose a custom-outfitted school bus where home is where he parked it.

    Chuck Beasley

    Product Development Engineer

    Chuck Beasley

    Product Development Engineer

    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.

    Collin Riemersma

    Product Development Engineer

    Collin Riemersma

    Product Development Engineer

    Collin is a recent graduate of Ferris State University who majored in Mechanical Engineering Technology. His previous work history in industrial automation combined with his hard-working attitude has allowed him to learn a variety of different skill sets. Most of his work has taken place on the shop floor where he has had hands-on experience with machine building. These previous positions have not only enhanced his technical skills but have also proven his design and problem-solving capabilities.

    Conlin Britton

    Manufacturing Engineer

    Conlin Britton

    Manufacturing 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.

    Costa Fanourakis

    Electronics Engineer

    Costa Fanourakis

    Electronics Engineer

    Costa has close to a decade of experience in engineering as a technician with laboratory instruments and in manufacturing with data analysis, signal processing, process improvement, and inventory management. Costa received his BS in physics and a minor in math from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also hopes to one day finish his MS degree. In addition to electronics, Costa enjoys the outdoors, gardening, tennis, piano, and his young family. Costa grew up in Greece where he spent his summers spear-gun fishing and octopus hunting.

    Dan Cempel

    Product Development Engineer

    Dan Cempel

    Product Development 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 Parker

    Conceptual Engineer

    Dan Parker

    Conceptual Engineer

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

    Dave Harkey

    Electronics Engineer | Software

    Dave Harkey

    Electronics Engineer | Software

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

    Dave Hooker

    Area Lead | Engineering

    Dave Hooker

    Area Lead | Engineering

    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.

    David Hondorp

    Talent Engineer

    David Hondorp

    Talent Engineer

    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.

    Davis Moes

    Product Development Engineer

    Davis Moes

    Product Development 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.

    Dayna Beal

    Business Lead | Discovery & Marketing

    Dayna Beal

    Business Lead | Discovery & Marketing

    Dayna is a strategic growth guy with a BA from Hope and an MBA in corporate strategy from Northwestern. He is a Simon Sinek, 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.

    Dennis Smith

    Mechanical Engineer

    Dennis Smith

    Mechanical Engineer

    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.

    Derick Disher

    Machine | Product Development Engineer

    Derick Disher

    Machine | Product Development Engineer

    Derick’s sweet spot is designing machines and products that look good and work well. Derick graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University and is a certified SolidWorks professional. He loves taking bright ideas and bringing them into the physical world. Derick also enjoys wakeboarding, fishing, project cars, and snowboarding. His hero is Elon Musk because of his advancements in technology while everyone told him he was crazy.

    Foster Hovey

    Machine | Product Development Engineer

    Foster Hovey

    Machine | 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 Webb

    Manufacturing Engineer

    Foster Webb

    Manufacturing Engineer

    Foster has his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Trine University and six years of manufacturing experience in the automotive industry. He recently relocated to West Michigan from Indiana. Foster loves reruns of The Office, working on house projects, and playing volleyball and soccer. He played soccer throughout college and looks forward to joining a recreational league.

    Frank Groen

    Talent Engineer

    Frank Groen

    Talent Engineer

    Frank graduated from Hope College with a BA in Communications. He’s a part of the Talent Solutions team and enjoys helping customers and candidates achieve their long-terms goals. In 2016 Frank earned his Professional Recruiter Certification (PRC) from AIRS Training Academy. When he isn’t working, Frank’s favorite activities include golfing, kayaking, and volunteering his time to the Hudsonville High School Varsity Basketball team.

    Gabe Boss

    Talent Engineer

    Gabe Boss

    Talent Engineer

    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!

    Hannah Dozeman

    Graphic Designer & Marketing Assistant

    Hannah Dozeman

    Graphic Designer & Marketing Assistant

    Hannah has her bachelors degree in graphic design from Liberty University. She also has a background in video production. Through her work she desires to tell stories and create discussions about the world around us through media and design. She loves to try her hand at printmaking and crocheting, and she enjoys spending time outside with her dog.

    Hunter Kostal

    Project Engineer

    Hunter Kostal

    Project Engineer

    Hunter has his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and has worked in automotive and product design companies in a variety of roles. Hunter loves the outdoors including camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, hunting and fishing. He also has four scuba certifications.

    James Szymanowski

    Product Development Engineer

    James Szymanowski

    Product Development Engineer

    James has a BS in Plastics Engineering from Penn State Erie with over 12 years of experience. He is a certified CATIA V5 Part & Surface Design Specialist, is proficient in NX, and has a wide range of automotive component diversity with OEMs.  James is an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and has completed the SAE Product Engineering Tools & Methods Certificate Program. In his free time, James enjoys traveling, camping, playing in an 8-ball pool league and volunteering with local organizations.

    Jamie Schippa

    Finance | Business Operations Coordinator

    Jamie Schippa

    Finance | Business Operations Coordinator

    Jamie brings significant knowledge to DISHER’s Finance and Operations team, with experience in finance, corporate safety, daily operational rhythms, and accounts payable. Jamie loves to work and is a team player, but she’s also competitive. Jamie and her family love to be active and you can often find them playing, coaching or watching sports.

    Jason Noteboom

    Team Lead | Machine & Product Design Engineer

    Jason Noteboom

    Team Lead | Machine & Product Design Engineer

    Jason loves solving problems and coming up with new ideas. He brings a variety of experience in machine design and product development. Jason is a certified SolidWorks expert and a certified DriveWorks professional. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, DIY projects, and exploring new places. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Calvin College.

    Jed Powell

    Machine | Product Development Engineer

    Jed Powell

    Machine | Product Development 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.

    Jeff Disher

    Founder & President

    Jeff Disher

    Founder & President

    Jeff is the Founder and President of DISHER. He brings close to three decades of new product development knowledge with experience in program management, product design, manufacturing, quality, training, and development. He received a BS from Hope College and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Jeff is a certified Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan. He and his family enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.

    Jenny Munn

    Talent Engineer

    Jenny Munn

    Talent Engineer

    Jenny’s sweet spot is finding and developing people. She has been in the industry for twenty years with the last five years focused on recruiting top talent. Jenny is a graduate of the University of Michigan. In her free time, she enjoys exploring farmers markets with her husband and daughter, traveling, and playing with her two dogs. She loves to visit new cities to experience their local food and culture.

    Joe Brandonisio

    Project Engineer

    Joe Brandonisio

    Project Engineer

    Joe brings strong manufacturing experience to the DISHER team. For the last seven years, he has worked in project management, production engineering, and plant-site supervision roles. Joe received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemical Engineering from Hope College. His favorite sport is water polo which he played in high school. Joe enjoys music. You can find him playing in the Holland Street Performer Series during the summer or in his worship band at church.

     

    Joe Brophy

    Product Design Engineer

    Joe Brophy

    Product Design Engineer

    Joe brings close to three decades worth of product design skills to the DISHER team. He earned his BSME from Michigan State University, and since then has dedicated his career to developing various consumer products. When he isn’t focusing on CAD, Joe spends his time traveling the world alongside his family, eating obscene amounts of nachos, and playing on a coed soccer team with his wife.

    Joel Rottman

    Automation Engineer

    Joel Rottman

    Automation Engineer

    For the past 20 years, Joel has actively applied his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University in a variety of roles. His expertise includes machine and controls design and development, customer service, and quoting. Joel and his family enjoy exploring new places and meeting new people. Golf is his favorite pastime and reading insightful books that are full of adventure.

    Jon Brock

    Machine | Product Development Engineer

    Jon Brock

    Machine | Product Development Engineer

    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.

    Josh Bultema

    Product Development Engineer

    Josh Bultema

    Product Development Engineer

    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.

    Joshua Manninen

    Product Development Engineer

    Joshua Manninen

    Product Development Engineer

    Joshua is motivated by engaging, diverse challenges and helping people solve problems. After six years as a mechanical engineer in the trucking industry, Joshua is applying his skills at DISHER. Joshua received a BS in Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics from Michigan Technological University with a Minor in Product Design. He is also a Professional Engineer for the state of Michigan. Joshua enjoys spending time with his wife and three young sons. He also appreciates cars, music, sports, travel, and food!

    Karl Kaluzny

    Electronics Engineer | Software

    Karl Kaluzny

    Electronics Engineer | Software

    Karl has his Bachelor’s Degree from Grand Valley and his Master’s in Computing from Marquette University. His experience has been primarily in embedded software development for avionics. He is married, has two kids and enjoys sports, hunting, fishing, and doing home improvements. If he could live anywhere it would be in a luxury cabin on a lake in the mountains.

    Kathy Osmun

    Talent Engineer

    Kathy Osmun

    Talent 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.”

    Katie Wezeman

    Electronics Intern

    Katie Wezeman

    Electronics Intern

    Katie is thrilled to join DISHER’s Electronics team as an intern . Currently a student at Grand Valley, she is pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering with a Biomedical minor. Katie loves running, hiking, traveling, playing the violin and guitar. Her favorite vacation was when she visited the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National park with her family and she really wants a pet alpaca.

    Kelli Hills

    Financial Analyst

    Kelli Hills

    Financial Analyst

    Kelli is part of our Business Operations team and handles customer invoicing. She has over 13 years of accounting and office management experience. Kelli loves spending time with her husband and five children and attending many of their activities. She also enjoys church involvement, being outdoors, and boating… and loves to laugh! Kelli received her BA in Accounting from Grand Valley State University.

    Keri McCarthy

    Business Lead | Talent Solutions

    Keri McCarthy

    Business Lead | Talent Solutions

    Keri is an expert in staffing management with over 21 years of experience in talent attraction, retention, branding, implementation, problem solving, and reorganization. Keri has worked in a variety of industries assisting companies in acquiring top talent as well as developing a solid culture and infrastructure. She is also the instigator of DISHER nerf wars!

     

    Kevin Pinner

    Business Lead | Business Solutions & Manufacturing Tech Services

    Kevin Pinner

    Business Lead | Business Solutions & Manufacturing Tech Services

    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.

    Kim Blackburn

    Business Lead | Finance & Business Operations

    Kim Blackburn

    Business Lead | Finance & Business Operations

    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.

    Kimberly Bauer

    Talent Solutions Marketing Specialist

    Kimberly Bauer

    Talent Solutions Marketing Specialist

    Kimberly is a talent acquisition professional that specializes in market research, employment branding, data base management and process improvement. Her degree in Nonprofit and Public Administration from Grand Valley State University and 10 years of work experience have given her the skills to partner with companies to create a talent strategy and improve their employment brand.

    Kristen Reenders

    Project Coordinator

    Kristen Reenders

    Project Coordinator

    Kristen’s project management experience in marketing and logistics combined with her degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University has been advantageous to our Operations team. In her free time, Kristen loves to travel, watch football, and play volleyball and tennis. Her proudest accomplishment was being invited to compete in the USA Olympic Women’s volleyball tryouts.

    Kristian Woods

    Team Lead | Talent Solutions

    Kristian Woods

    Team Lead | Talent Solutions

    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.

    Kyle McLellan

    Team Lead | Electronics

    Kyle McLellan

    Team Lead | Electronics

    Kyle likes to design complex systems at the intersection where hardware, firmware, mechanics, and optics meet. Kyle has a BS in EE from Hope College, certifications in Altium Designer and LabVIEW, and is a certified Functional Safety Automotive Engineer. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and dog, and volunteering with youth robotics programs.

    Laura Anthony

    Marketing | Graphic Designer & Copywriter

    Laura Anthony

    Marketing | Graphic Designer & Copywriter

    Laura brings over 20 years of creative marketing experience as a business owner and employee. She has a BA in Business – Marketing/Management from Cedarville University and an MBA from Western Michigan University. She is passionate about developing useful communication tools that help others to succeed. Time with family/friends, long walks, art, sports, and summer are a few of her favorite things.

    Lynn VanSickle

    Area Lead | Engineering

    Lynn VanSickle

    Area Lead | Engineering

    Lynn enjoys coaching his team and brings over 20 years of experience in account management, product development, and quality engineering. He serves customers in a variety of industries:  aerospace, automotive, RV, food processing, agri-business, consumer products, and more. Lynn has a BS from Central Michigan University and an MS from Western Michigan University.

    Maddie Swets

    Product Development Engineer

    Maddie Swets

    Product Development Engineer

    Maddie is a Calvin College alumni with a BS in Mechanical Engineering who has a knack for problem solving and passion for tackling complex engineering challenges. In her free time, she enjoys painting, creating pottery, and visiting her family in Minnesota.  Maddie loves trying new things through intramural sports, food, and traveling.”

    Mark Ekdom

    Manufacturing Engineer | Project Manager

    Mark Ekdom

    Manufacturing Engineer | Project Manager

    Mark brings over 30 years of manufacturing experience in engineering, operations, machinery, automation, quality, and project management within multiple industries. He received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. During his downtime, Mark loves sports (Go Blue!) and home remodeling.

    Matt Boelens

    Product Development Engineer

    Matt Boelens

    Product Development Engineer

    Matt Boelens joined the DISHER team full time after an internship here in 2017. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Sustainability from Calvin College. Matt loves running. He ran cross country and track throughout his college years and currently runs around 75 miles a week! Matt is originally from Bolton, Massachusetts, and loves to travel. He also enjoys hiking, backpacking, camping, biking, and ultimate frisbee.

    Matt Engle

    Machine | Product Development Engineer

    Matt Engle

    Machine | 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 Steenwyk

    Product Development Engineer

    Matt Steenwyk

    Product Development Engineer

    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.

    Mike Morrell

    Electronics Engineer | Software

    Mike Morrell

    Electronics Engineer | Software

    Mike brings close to 25 years of electrical engineering and software development experience to DISHER customers. He received an undergraduate BSEE degree from Kettering University and an MBA from Grand Valley State University. A few of Mike’s favorite things include: the Lord of the Rings book series, recreational golf, and Jack Kilby – the inventor of the integrated circuit.

    Mike Zwiers

    Team Lead | Product Development

    Mike Zwiers

    Team Lead | Product Development

    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.

    Nate Vlietstra

    Product Development Engineer

    Nate Vlietstra

    Product Development Engineer

    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 Woznick

    Machine | Product Development Engineer

    Nate Woznick

    Machine | Product Development Engineer

    Nate is all about creating more efficiencies and improving systems to better the world around us. He recently graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Nate enjoys spending time with his new bride, friends, and family. If he’s not playing basketball, golfing, or travelling— Nate can be found reading a great book with a good cup of coffee.

    Nathan Cummings

    Product Development Engineer

    Nathan Cummings

    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.

    Nick Tonar

    Machine | Product Development Engineer

    Nick Tonar

    Machine | 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.

    Olek Berezecky

    Electronics Engineer

    Olek Berezecky

    Electronics Engineer

    Olek has his Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from Grand Valley and two years of experience working in the HVAC industry modifying existing factory units. In his free time, Olek enjoys playing electronic music utilizing synthesizers, sequencers and samplers. He also enjoys spending time rock climbing, backpacking and exploring. His proudest accomplishment was thru-hiking all 500 miles of the Colorado Trails in 6 weeks.

     

    Patrick Grossman

    Product Development Engineer

    Patrick Grossman

    Product Development Engineer

    Patrick graduated from Michigan Tech with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and has nearly 20 years of experience with mechanical design and FEA. He has developed and analyzed products in a variety of industries but specializes in welded structures, metal fatigue, and injection-molded components and assemblies. Patrick enjoys restoring vintage cars, tinkering with audio equipment, and time with family.

    Paul Moeggenborg

    Manufacturing Engineer

    Paul Moeggenborg

    Manufacturing Engineer

    Paul is a graduate of Michigan Tech with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He brings manufacturing and problem solving experience to the DISHER engineering team. Paul enjoys being active outdoors by mountain biking, running with his dogs, and playing a variety of sports.

    Phil Dirkse

    Product Development Engineer

    Phil Dirkse

    Product Development 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 renewable energy, and he’s written STEM curriculum for Michigan school districts using community projects as authentic learning opportunities. Phil is an avid sailor who races locally on Lake Michigan and holds a 50-ton Masters License with the USCG.

    Richard Campbell

    Team Lead | Product Development

    Richard Campbell

    Team Lead | Product Development

    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.

    Robbie Schreur

    Mechanical Design Engineer

    Robbie Schreur

    Mechanical Design Engineer

    Robbie Schreur is a Mechanical Design Engineer with his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Grand Valley State University. He enjoys hiking, playing and watching sports. Basketball is his favorite sport. If he could live anywhere, he’d live in West Michigan in summer and Florida in the winter.

    Robbie Sullivan

    Project Engineer

    Robbie Sullivan

    Project Engineer

    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.

    Ron Paul

    Product Development Engineer

    Ron Paul

    Product Development Engineer

    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.

    Ryan Bozio

    Electronics Engineer | Software

    Ryan Bozio

    Electronics Engineer | Software

    Ryan spent 5 years at GE Aviation creating user interfaces for flight management systems. This experience has given Ryan a strong software-engineering foundation to build upon at DISHER. Ryan earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from Grand Valley State University. He enjoys bowling, disc golf, cooking, traveling, and Pittsburgh sports. Ryan is motivated to work hard by helping others succeed.

    Ryan Noble

    Area Lead | Engineering

    Ryan Noble

    Area Lead | Engineering

    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 Snip

    Area Lead | Engineering

    Ryan Snip

    Area Lead | Engineering

    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 Warsen

    Product Development Engineer

    Ryan Warsen

    Product Development Engineer

    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.

    Scott Brandonisio

    Electronics Engineer

    Scott Brandonisio

    Electronics Engineer

    Scott received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Hope College and brings experience in controls, electrical, and design engineering. He is passionate about building new things and learning along the way with a team that works together. Scott enjoys wood working, sailing, outdoor activities, and long walks on the beach. His hero is Elon Musk and favorite authors include Orson Scott Card, JK Rowling, and JRR Tolkien.

    Sean Derrick

    Product Development Engineer

    Sean Derrick

    Product Development Engineer

    Sean has nearly a decade of product development experience in a variety of industries ranging from medical, automotive, furniture, consumer products, and defense. He holds a BS in Engineering Design and an MS in Manufacturing Engineering from Western Michigan University. Sean enjoys hiking, mountaineering, skiing, movies, and is pursuing a PhD in his free time.

    Sean Townshend

    Mechanical Engineer

    Sean Townshend

    Mechanical Engineer

    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.

    Shawn O'Farrell

    Team Lead | Manufacturing Tech Services

    Shawn O'Farrell

    Team Lead | Manufacturing Tech Services

    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.

    Shawna Vite

    Talent Engineer

    Shawna Vite

    Talent Engineer

    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.

    Stephanie Hamelmann

    Talent Engineer

    Stephanie Hamelmann

    Talent Engineer

    Stephanie is passionate about helping others find success. Stephanie partners with clients to integrate recruiting efforts such as, developing targeted sourcing plans, building and managing successful recruiting initiatives, and managing client expectations. In her free time, she enjoys playing baseball and water skiing with her two active boys.

    Steve Spoerre

    Product Development Engineer

    Steve Spoerre

    Product Development 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.

    Susan Landon

    Research | Innovation Specialist

    Susan Landon

    Research | Innovation Specialist

    Susan has her Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design from Western Michigan University. Her background includes interior design, sales, and design consulting. She loves being able to utilize her analytical and creative skill sets. Susan’s heroes are thinkers and innovators like Einstein, Tesla, and Elon Musk because of their ability to engage curiosity, imagination, and creation.

    Tami Sneller

    Business Operations Specialist

    Tami Sneller

    Business Operations Specialist

    Tami enjoys working part-time in accounts receivable with the flexibility to accommodate her busy family schedule. She supports the DISHER team in a variety of ways from greeting guests, assisting with payroll, and helping coordinate meetings and events. Tami is also the Teaching Leader for Bible Study Fellowship, an interdenominational Bible study.

    Tim Ullrey

    Product Development Engineer

    Tim Ullrey

    Product Development Engineer

    Tim received a BA in Physics from Kalamazoo College and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He brings over 10 years of experience in concept to manufacturing product development within the automotive and office furniture industries. Tim loves to spend his free time with his kids. He also enjoys reading, golfing, and playing soccer whenever possible.

    Tod Grams

    Area Lead | Electronics

    Tod Grams

    Area Lead | Electronics

    Tod has a Bachelors degree in Electronics Engineering and an Masters degree in Engineering Management with over 24 years of Electronics industry experience. Outside of work, he’s either in the kitchen cooking or enjoying activities including competitive bowling, camping with the family and golfing.

    Todd Kercher

    Product Development Engineer

    Todd Kercher

    Product Development Engineer

    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.

    Travis Gibbs

    Packaging Engineer

    Travis Gibbs

    Packaging Engineer

    Travis is passionate about sustainability and all things mechanical. He brings over ten years of knowledge in packaging design, process and product improvements for manufacturing, and the packaging value chain. Travis received a BS in Packaging from Michigan State University. He also is a Certified Packaging Professional (CPP), a Six Sigma Greenbelt, and a board member for the West Michigan IoPP chapter. Travis has two kids and enjoys mountain biking and anything in the snow.

    Trevor Campbell

    Project Engineer

    Trevor Campbell

    Project Engineer

    Trevor’s sweet spot is solving complex problems with a great team of people. Trevor received his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Alaska – Fairbanks. In fact, if he could live anywhere in the world he would choose to return to Alaska to enjoy his hobbies of hiking, camping, and hunting. Trevor is also passionate about hockey, breweries, trying new foods, and Seinfeld reruns.

    Tyler Last

    Product Development Engineer

    Tyler Last

    Product Development 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 Nicholson

    Manufacturing Engineer

    Tyler Nicholson

    Manufacturing Engineer

    Tyler is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and has spent a lot of time in the automotive industry. He is a problem solver at heart and enjoys fixing things. He is currently working on restoring his grandfather’s 1956 F100 pickup. He and his wife enjoy camping and hiking at different state parks in Michigan, Ludington State Park being their favorite! Tyler has also been a huge Star Wars fan since the age of 3 and enjoys reading the books.

    Tyler Rumsey

    Machine | Product Development Engineer

    Tyler Rumsey

    Machine | Product Development Engineer

    Tyler Rumsey has his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Hope College and is a Product Development Engineer specializing in SolidWorks design. His background includes design engineering for conveyor systems as well as leading IT and SolidWorks needs for the team. In his free time, Tyler enjoys hunting, fishing, mountain biking, working on cars and playing the banjo.

    Vicki Zylstra

    Team Lead | Marketing & Discovery

    Vicki Zylstra

    Team Lead | Marketing & Discovery

    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.

    Zach Neville

    Machine | Product Development Engineer

    Zach Neville

    Machine | 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.

  • Locations

    WHERE WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE

    While DISHER’s impact spans the globe, the partnerships we form have a local feel as we provide tailored solutions for each customer. Currently, DISHER has a physical presence in: Zeeland, Michigan and Indianapolis, Indiana. Our team is energized by serving a wide variety of industries and markets. We can’t wait to work with you to bring about favorable outcomes. Regardless of where you’re located, we can help you get the job done.

    Zeeland

    Indianapolis

    Zeeland

    201 W. Washington Ave.
    Suite 230
    Zeeland, MI 49464

    Tel: 833.282.3730

    • 2000

      After 11 years of hustle in automotive engineering, Jeff Disher started to dream about what it might be like to operate a product development firm that truly made a difference. He was looking for more meaning— a greater purpose. The time was right to take a chance.

      In early 2000 with a young family at home, Jeff took that chance. He set up a card table, plugged in his computer, and went to work inside a local conference room in Zeeland, Michigan. Disher Design and Development was born. DISHER’s sweet spot? Delivering product development solutions in a highly collaborative and responsible way. “I wanted my customers to sleep better at night knowing their project was in good hands,” comments Jeff.

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