DISHER is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan near the scenic shores of Lake Michigan just three hours from Chicago and thirty minutes west of Grand Rapids. This office provides an excellent customer experience with many vertically-integrated product development services. A fully-equipped model shop provides rapid prototyping. An Electronics Lab, a Lighting Lab, Design Studio, and Project Lab DISHER’s Whiteboard Room is truly the heart of the company. The space is constantly in use with clients, co-workers, and community members seeking to resolve their challenges through highly visual, collaborative, ideation sessions.



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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 brings over two decades of experience in the automotive electronics industry with expertise in printed circuit board design, prototyping, validation, and production. Aaron is the drummer for his church’s praise band. He also enjoys working on cars and motorcycles, and spending as much time as possible camping and watching movies with his family.

Aaron Denbow

Electronics Engineer

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!

Aimee VandenElzen

Team Lead – Product Development | Program Management

Alexa is contributing to the Business Operations team while attending Grand Valley State University where she is studying Human Resource Management. When she is not working or studying, Alexa enjoys cooking, traveling, playing volleyball and spending time with her family. Her mom is her hero because she has taught her that faith and family come first, and you can achieve anything by working hard.

Alexa Perna


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.

Andras Kupfermann

Product Development Engineer

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.

Angela Morrill

Business Solutions

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

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.

Brennan Steenhoek

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.

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

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 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

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

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 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.

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

Project 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.

Christopher Slamp

Manufacturing 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.

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

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.

Costa Fanourakis

Electronics 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’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 Harkey

Electronics Engineer - Software

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

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 a 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

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.

Derick Disher

Machine | Product Development Engineer

Eric has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Design, Innovation, & Society (DIS) from Rensselaer. His expertise includes solid and surface modeling in a number of different CAD packages. He also applies his craftsmanship skills to building physical prototypes in DISHER’s shop. Eric is an avid Detroit sports fan and loves the outdoors.

Eric Otto

Product Development 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.

Foster Webb

Manufacturing 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 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.

Frank Groen

Talent 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

Hannah is a welcome addition to DISHER’s Marketing Team. Hannah attends Liberty University and is pursuing her degree in Graphic Design. During her free time, Hannah enjoys paddle boarding, trail running with her dog, cooking, and traveling. If she could do anything for a day, she would climb a mountain or read her favorite book, Let My People Go Surfing.

Hannah Dozeman

Marketing Intern

Hope has her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Public Relations from Iowa State University and seven years of experience in social media and digital marketing. Hope recently relocated from Pella, Iowa, and is excited to be living in beautiful West Michigan. As a music junky, Hope has been to over 250 concerts in the last five years. A college athlete and all-around competitor, she enjoys everything from yard games to sport leagues.

Hope Wadle

Digital Marketing Strategist

Jaclyn bring eight years of industry experience in recruiting and talent placement to the Talent Solutions team. She also brings business savvy with her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Western Michigan University. Jaclyn enjoys spending every possible second outdoors either camping, kayaking, boating, hunting, or fishing.

Jaclyn Reed

Talent Engineer

James has a BS in Plastics Engineering Technology from Penn State Erie with over 10 years of experience. He is a certified CATIA V5 Part Design & Surface Design Specialist, a proficient user of NX, and 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 running competitively, helping Habitat for Humanity, traveling, and camping.

James Szymanowski

Product Development Engineer

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.

Jamie Schippa

Finance | Business Operations Coordinator

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.

Jason Noteboom

Team Lead - Machine | Product Design Engineer

Jay has an Associate’s in Electrical Engineering, a Bachelor’s in Business Management, and an MBA in Project Management. He is also an AIAG certified APQP/PPAP Specialist, KT Certified Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Practitioner, ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, and ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. In his spare time, Jay enjoys his 3 kids, participates in Tae Kwon Do tournaments, runs a Korean Martial Arts Club, and prepares tax statements.

Jay VanderBoon

Advanced 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

Joe enjoys coaching the Manufacturing Technology team and draws from a wide variety of work experience including manufacturing, quality systems, machining, and programming. Joe received an Aeronautical Engineering degree from Western Michigan University. Outside of work, he likes to spend time at home with his wife and two boys and leads various 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 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 Brandonisio

Project 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.

Joe Brophy

Product Design 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.

Joel Rottman

Automation Engineer

John is a part of DISHER’s Electrical Engineering team for the summer. John is a student at Grand Valley State University where he is working towards a degree in Electrical Engineering. John also brings certifications from Lincoln Technical Institute and an Associate’s Degree in Business Management. In his free time, he loves to rock climb, swing dance, and participate in Grand Valley’s Formula Race Team.

John Santose

Electrical Engineering 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

Jonathan brings DISHER deep software engineering knowledge with close to 20 years of work experience from his time at JCI automotive, GE aerospace, and a variety of small companies. In addition to outdoor activities, Jonathan enjoys piano, photography, travel, cooking, games, and electronics. His favorite day so far was jumping off the tallest building in Auckland, NZ and seeing Phantom of the Opera that night. Jonathan received his BSEE from Grand Valley State University.

Jonathan Van Antwerp

Electronics Engineer – Software

Jon brings a decade of engineering experience to benefit DISHER customers. He earned his Electrical Engineering degree from the Citadel and his MBA from Southern Arkansas University. Jon enjoys spending time with his young family, sports, and exercise. He’s a big fan of college football, the Olympic games, and C.S. Lewis.

Jonathan Vallejo

Project Manager

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

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!

Joshua Manninen

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

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.

Kelli Hills

Business Operations Specialist

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

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 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.

Laura Anthony

Graphic Designer & Copywriter

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.

Lynn VanSickle

Team Lead – Product Development | Program Management

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 and visiting her family in Chicago. Maddie is a fan of the Harry Potter series and considers pasta to be her favorite food.

Maddie Swets

Product Development Engineer

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 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.

Mark Ekdom

Manufacturing Engineer | Project Manager

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

MaryAnn received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and brings close to a decade of experience in manufacturing, quality, and process engineering. She loves seeing teams succeed and lives by the mantra—“Teamwork makes the dream work!” Besides enjoying the variety of work at DISHER, MaryAnn loves cooking, beach volleyball, golf, reading, and time with her family.

MaryAnn Gereaux

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.

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 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 Boelens

Product Development Engineer

Matt is an experienced project manager with a background in manufacturing engineering and continuous improvement. He earned his BA in Marketing from Davenport University and is pursuing his PMP certification. Matt enjoys running, photography, camping, and travelling with his wife. He is passionate about learning and making a positive difference.

Matthew Harmelink

Project Manager

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 is equipped with over 20 years of Project Management, Advanced Quality Engineering, and Launch Manufacturing experience in a variety of industries including: automotive, battery, food, building products, and office furniture. Mike received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. During the summer months, he enjoys camping, NASCAR, and fishing.

Mike Moerler

Program Manager | Project Engineer

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 Morrell

Electronics Engineer – Software

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.

Nate Woznick

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 Vlietstra

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

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.

Patrick Grossman

Product Development Engineer

Paul is a recent graduate of Michigan Tech with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He also brings four years of manufacturing internship experience to the DISHER engineering team. Paul enjoys cycling, mountain biking, the outdoors, sports, volunteer work, and spending time with his new bride and two dogs.

Paul Moeggenborg

Manufacturing 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 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.

Phil Dirkse

Product Development Engineer

Ray has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nebraska with almost 30 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

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

Ron recently joined DISHER’s growing Electronics Team. He is dual enrolled at Grand Haven High School and Muskegon Community College. In his limited free time, Ron participates in the Grand Haven Science Olympiad program and the high school band. His hero is his grandfather who has been a great mentor and positive influence in his journey to becoming an engineer.

Ronald Hodge

Electronics Intern

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 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

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 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 Bozio

Electronics Engineer | Software

Sarah joins the Manufacturing Engineering team after two years as a remarkable intern. Sarah is a recent graduate of Grand Valley State University with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading with her Australian Shepherd puppy and a good cup of coffee.

Sarah Watson

Manufacturing 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

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.

Scott Brandonisio

Electronics 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.

Sean Townshend

Mechanical 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 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

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 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.

Tami Sneller

Business Operations Specialist

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.

Tim Ullrey

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.

Todd Kercher

Product Development 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.

Travis Gibbs

Packaging 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.

Trevor Campbell

Project 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

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