Our collaborative team members have a wide range of industry knowledge and experience. They are highly qualified experts with a passion for their work. Meet them below!
Aaron has a B.S. in Engineering Graphics and Design from Western Michigan University, with an emphasis on Automotive Engineering. He specializes in automotive part design, and also has experience in a variety of industries. Aaron is a sports fan and a real car nut.
Aaron 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.
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!
Good design has the power to organize cultural complexities and yield clarity. Alison applies this philosophy through various market research and graphic design projects with Disher’s Discovery team. As a Hope College alumna, she is naturally fond of Lake Michigan, trail running, tulips, and Captain Sundae.
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 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 will graduate this year with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Manufacturing 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 J.K. Rowling. He dreams about riding a motorcycle across the country.
Andrew has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and a wide range of experience involving mechanical design, basic electronics, high-volume manufacturing, and program launches. He enjoys doing various DIY house projects, woodworking, tinkering with classic cars, and the outdoors.
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 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 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 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 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 possesses over 30 years of industry experience, working in a variety of roles ranging from manufacturing supervision to strategic planning. He leads several of Disher’s multi-disciplined engineering teams and is also responsible for the financial, accounting, and human resource areas. Bob has been influential in DISHER’s healthy growth, responsible for transformative increases in the organization’s capacity and capabilities.
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 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 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 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 brings 5+ years of digital marketing and website experience to DISHER. “I am motivated by a good challenge… something without an easy solution.” Brent received his BA from Calvin College and is pursing a Masters in Digital Marketing. A huge Michigan fan, Brent enjoys lacrosse, football, and auto racing. He’s thankful for his wife and 2 girls who make his life magical. They enjoy the outdoors, camping, sports, and movies.
Brian has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing an MBA from Western Michigan University. As a Product Development Engineer, he specializes in bringing products to launch and supporting current production products. He is a big sports fan and is involved with youth sports programs through officiating.
Brian 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).
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 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 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.
Chad has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Idaho and an A.S. in Automotive Technology from Brigham Young University Idaho. As a Product Development Engineer he provides a unique perspective and understanding to the design and development of products. Outside of work he spends his time enjoying his young family, serving in the community, working on home improvement projects, and when time permits engaging in outdoor recreational activities.
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 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 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.
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 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.
Christy has nearly a decade of recruiting experience, primarily for technical, professional and leadership positions within manufacturing. She advises and implements process improvements in recruiting teams for local and North American companies. Christy has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters in Public Administration.
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.
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.
Colin is currently pursuing his BS in Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering from Grand Valley State University. He also plans to earn his MSE from GVSU. Colin has an impressive variety of internship experience including stints at: Inrad Inc., Herman Miller, Bissell Homecare, and GVSU. In his spare time, Colin enjoys backpacking, camping, disc-golfing, homebrewing, cooking, and reading.
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.
Connor graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Engineering Management Technology and a Math Minor. He also brings his Six Sigma Green Belt Certification to DISHER. While at WMU, Connor was the captain of an award-winning concrete canoe team—he still mentors for this program. Connor enjoys basketball, flag football, snowboarding, guitar, and video games. Elon Musk is his hero.
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 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 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’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 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 applies his experience from the automotive, heavy equipment, renewable energy, and furniture industries. He holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and an MBA from Grand Valley State University. Most of Dave’s free time is spent with his wife and kids either outdoors or playing games inside. He also enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and working on project cars.
David is making valuable contributions within the Talent Solutions team while working on his Recording Arts and Business degree at Hope College. When he isn’t working or studying, David enjoys snowboarding, playing drums, and motocross. His hero is his dad, Jeff, because of his hard-work ethic, the values he lives by, and how much he invests in their family.
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.
“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 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.
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’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.
DJ brings over 25 years of engineering experience primarily related to the automotive industry. He has a BSME from GMI Engineering & Management Institute, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and enthusiastically leads the Ann Arbor team. DJ is active with family, church, sports, and coaching volleyball. His team won the MHSAA Class D state championship in 2016.
Emily is thrilled to join DISHER’s Indy team as a Talent Engineer. She recently graduated with a Human Resources and Management degree from the IUPUI (Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis) Kelley School of Business. In her spare time, Emily’s favorite hobbies include traveling and reading anything by JK Rowling.
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.
“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.
Frank brings decades of electronics, design, and engineering experience mainly in automotive. Frank enjoys cycling, cars, and building challenging outdoor equipment for his 2 kids. An avid reader of adventure stories, Frank’s hero is Ernest Shackleton an explorer with amazing inner strength and loyalty. Frank received an HND Computing Technology degree from Teesside University and an OND Engineering degree from Mid-Warwickshire College in the UK.
Frank 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.
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.
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!
Gerry has worked in the automotive industry for over 20 years, owned an electronic design business, and worked as a consultant prior to DISHER. He also contributed to Apollo lunar landing project. Gerry has a BS in Aerospace Engineering and a MS in Controls Engineering from the University of Michigan. He also has an MBA from Michigan State University. Gerry and his wife have four grown children and eight grandchildren.
Jacquelyn has a BS in Integrated Leadership Studies/ Enterprise Leadership from Central Michigan University. She is originally from Alabama’s gulf coast region and enjoys indulging in southern cuisine regularly (any cuisine really). She enjoys watching sports and getting on the tennis court as often as possible.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Jessi enjoys the blending of people and business in Talent Attraction. Since 2009, Jessi’s been applying the skills she’s learned from her BS in HR Management from Ball State University, MBA from Anderson University, and Black Belt in Internet Recruitment. Jessi loves to read, shop, attend concerts, and play with her twin daughters. If she had a super power, she’d travel back in time and become a member of the Resistance during World War II.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.”
“For the longest time I wanted to become a doctor to help people. As I grew older, I found that I loved building things. When I discovered biomedical engineering, I found the perfect fit!” Kayla has a BSE in Biomedical Engineering, an MSE in Biomechanical Engineering, and an International Minor for Engineers from University of Michigan. Kayla loves art and dabbles in drawing, painting, pottery, and crafts.
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 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 enjoys improving processes – manufacturing or business processes. When he isn’t doing that, he enjoys playing soccer, running, mountain biking, and driving old sports cars. Kevin has a BS in Industrial Management and MBA in Finance. Kevin leads the Disher Manufacturing Tech Services and DISHER Business Solutions Teams.
Kevin 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.
Kiernan is thrilled to join DISHER’s Discovery team as an intern for the summer. Currently a student at Kendall College of Art and Design, he is pursuing a degree in Industrial Design. Kiernan loves climbing, spikeball, fixing bikes, and being outside. He spent five months doing mission work in Mexico and considers this experience his greatest accomplishment to date.
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 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.
Kourtney is happy to return to DISHER to help the Operations team continue to run smoothly. She is a recent graduate of Grand Valley State University with a BS in Mathematics and Minor in Elementary Education. Kourtney loves to stay active by playing volleyball, enjoying Lake Michigan, reading, and spending time with her family. (She gets to do this quite a bit as her mom is also part of the DISHER team.) As an identical twin, we are not always certain if it is Kourtney or her sister showing up to work each day!
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.
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.
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.
Larry brings his customers over a decade of design engineering experience. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Wayne State University. Larry enjoys fitness, movies, and is an enthusiastic Pistons and basketball fan.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
As an intern, Martha is excited for the hands-on learning opportunity with the engineering team this summer at DISHER. Martha is an undergrad student at Georgia Institute of Technology and is pursuing a major in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Economics. She enjoys giving back in various ways. She has helped improve the living conditions in the Dominican Republic through construction projects and has volunteered at Yo se Leer, a program designed to help Hattian kids learn Spanish. Martha enjoys volleyball, soccer, reading, and movies. A true foodie, Martha enjoys trying new recipes, cuisines, and restaurants
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.
Marty has a B.A. from Indiana University in general studies and joins the DISHER team as a Product Designer. He has 30 years of automotive experience including establishing design teams in Mexico and India. Marty’s role at DISHER is component and assembly design across various applications and industries. He enjoys bowling, golfing, jogging, and playing Euchre with family and friends.
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.
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 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 brings over a decade of experience in Project Engineering and Program Management in the aerospace and consumer fitness industries. He is a travel enthusiast and a fan of both Michigan and Alabama college sports. Matt enjoys living in Ann Arbor with his wife and dog Bear. His current hero is Elon Musk because of his resolve to change our planet and humanity. Matt holds a BSME from the University of Michigan.
Matthew received his BS in Computer Engineering from Cedarville University in Ohio. He is using his automotive product development background as an Electronics Engineer at DISHER. Matthew’s interests range from gardening and mountain biking to cooking, woodworking, coffee, and photography. When asked what motivates him to work hard, Matthew replied, “helping other people”.
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.
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!
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 has a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois with almost 40 years of manufacturing experience. He provides teams with manufacturing, Lean and project management leadership to enhance their operations. He is an avid reader enjoying science, history, mystery/adventure and science fiction.
Mike 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 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.
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 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.
“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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Quentin is part of DISHER’s marketing team for the summer. Quentin attends Messiah College as a Business Marketing and Economics major. He also is a member of the Men’s lacrosse team at Messiah. In his spare time, Quentin enjoys hiking and has traveled all across the United States and Canada.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Sam joins DISHER’s engineering team for the summer while he continues to pursue a Mechanical Engineering and Economics degree and a Minor in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Sam is also working towards certificates in Simulation and Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Product Design. For fun, Sam enjoys playing soccer and cycling. His proudest moment to date has been helping coach a soccer team to a state championship during high school.
Sarah is currently pursing her Mechanical Engineering degree from Grand Valley State University. Sarah enjoys playing sports – especially volleyball and softball. She also plays the violin and performed at Carnegie Hall with her high school. Her most memorable family vacation was the Smokey Mountains where she enjoyed horseback riding, zip lining, the Dixie Stampede, and fantastic food.
Sarah 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 is passionate about staffing. “I’ve never seen recruiting as a job but as a way to make a difference in someone’s life.” In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys playing baseball with her two active boys and water skiing. Stephanie’s hero is her Great Grandmother who showed her what it’s like to live a life full of love, laughter, and happiness. Stephanie graduated from Purdue University with a BA in Communications.
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.
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 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 has a BS degree in Electronics Engineering and an MS degree in Engineering Management with over 19 years of Electronics industry experience. He volunteers as President of the Greater Holland Bowling Association and loves competitive bowling.
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’s sweet spot is working on the conceptual, fuzzy, front-end of world-class products. With over 33 years of product development experience, Todd’s a wonderful resource. Todd studied clay modeling & drafting at Walpro Technical and has a BFA in Industrial Design from The College for Creative Studies. Camping with family in his vintage Airstream trailer is Todd’s favorite pastime along with building custom furniture, sculpture, and cooking.
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’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 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.
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 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.