OUR TEAM

Meet Your Force Multiplier

Our team is fueled by a powerful combination of passion, talent, and expertise. Each individual represents a unique set of knowledge and experience. When we bring them all together, we are able to approach each and every product with the care and consideration of a dedicated craftsman.

Accelerating businesses and working through the challenges that arise gets us out of bed every day. We are committed to not only creating the best possible products, but also helping ensure our partner companies’ success.

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DEEP EXPERTISE

Our team specializes in the Microsoft .NET technology stack. We chose to build deep expertise on this general-purpose platform so we can effectively solve a variety of problems in wide-range of industries.

Over the years, this focus allowed us to build competences in many different areas and even take on R&D opportunities. From startups to enterprise-level projects, we are able to scale our solutions and bring value to all sizes of clients.

belief in proven methodologies and processes

Our strong belief in proven methodologies and processes power all that we do.

  • Builds upon SOLID design principles
  • Leverage service-oriented design
  • Volatility-based decomposition
  • Test-driven development to minimize bugs and maximize throughput
  • Rapid prototyping of UI/UX

These principles allow us to build:

  • Highly scalable cloud based solutions
  • Highly intuitive user interfaces

A well-versed grasp of web technologies is a must in today’s market.

  • HTML5 / HTML / CSS
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Knockout.js
  • Backbone.js
  • Bootstrap
  • AngularJS
  • Electron
  • WPF

Our know-how in implementing the right web technologies has fueled our process in:

  • Web-based application design and deployment
  • UI/UX Design
well-versed grasp of web technologies
platforms upon which we have focused our knowledge are the heartbeat of our team

The platforms upon which we have focused our knowledge are the heartbeat of our team.

  • Microsoft .NET Framework
  • C#
  • VB
  • WCF
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle RDBMS
  • NoSQL

Our expertise in these platforms have given us experience in:

  • HIPAA / PCI / SOX
  • Workflow Automation
  • Machine Learning
  • Systems Architecture and Design
  • Data Mining and Analysis

Development of both desktop and mobile applications has allowed us to serve clients of all sizes and needs.

  • Microsoft Windows
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Xamarin

Our expertise of developing a wide-range of applications includes:

  • Embedded Systems
  • Desktop Applications
  • Mobile Device Sensor Analysis & Integration
  • Mobile App Development
we serve clients of all sizes and needs
expertise with various hosting options gives us flexibility

Our expertise with various hosting options gives us flexibility in meeting the requirements of new products.

  • Azure
  • AWS
  • On-Premise

This experience has helped us create products in the areas of:

  • Geo Spatial / Mapping / GIS
  • Scalable & Redundant Systems
  • eCommerce / Transaction / Payment Processing
  • Internet Video Encoding / Transcoding / Streaming

Our strong belief in proven methodologies and processes power all that we do.

  • Builds upon SOLID design principles
  • Leverage service-oriented design
  • Volatility-based decomposition
  • Test-driven development to minimize bugs and maximize throughput
  • Rapid prototyping of UI/UX

These principles allow us to build:

  • Highly scalable cloud based solutions
  • Highly intuitive user interfaces

A well-versed grasp of web technologies is a must in today’s market.

  • HTML5 / HTML / CSS
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Knockout.js
  • Backbone.js
  • Bootstrap
  • AngularJS
  • Electron
  • WPF

Our know-how in implementing the right web technologies has fueled our process in:

  • Web-based application design and deployment
  • UI/UX Design

The platforms upon which we have focused our knowledge are the heartbeat of our team.

  • Microsoft .NET Framework
  • C#
  • VB
  • WCF
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Oracle RDBMS
  • NoSQL

Our expertise in these platforms have given us experience in:

  • HIPAA / PCI/ SOX
  • Workflow Automation
  • Machine Learning
  • Systems Architecture and Design
  • Data Mining and Analysis

Development of both desktop and mobile applications has allowed us to serve clients of all sizes and needs.

  • Microsoft Windows
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Xamarin

Our kexpertise of developing a wide-range of applications includes:

  • Embedded Systems
  • Desktop Applications
  • Mobile Device Sensor Analysis & Integration
  • Mobile App Development

Our expertise with various hosting options gives us flexibility in meeting the requirements of new products.

  • Azure
  • AWS
  • On-Premise

This experience has helped us create products in the areas of:

  • Geo Spatial / Mapping / GIS
  • Scalable & Redundant Systems
  • eCommerce / Transaction / Payment Processing
  • Internet Video Encoding / Transcoding / Streaming

OUR TEAM

Tracy Moody

Tracy Moody

Ever since writing a web app to help her high school librarians check out equipment, Tracy has loved building software to make people’s lives easier. A lifelong Nebraskan, Tracy attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln as part of the Raikes School of Computer Science and Management. She interned with Don’t Panic Labs back in 2013, and she has gained experience at Garmin International and Spreetail. Tracy loves designing systems and building elegant, maintainable software. Always eager to collaborate, she believes bouncing ideas back and forth makes solutions better and helps individuals learn from each other.

Tracy spends a great deal of her free time watching or attending sporting events. She attended the NCAA Championship when the Husker Volleyball team won in 2015 and has missed very few home games since. Her other teams include the Red Wings, Lincoln Stars, St. Louis Cardinals, and Sporting KC.

Tracy is also an avid board gamer. Careful though, if you ask her about Monopoly, she might lecture you on the difference between “family” board games and “designer” board games. She believes that there’s a board game genre out there for everyone and loves making recommendations.

Bob Whitmer

Bob Whitmer

Armed with 20 years of HCI, user interface design, visual design and development skills, Bob merges his passion for understanding people with the skills for understanding business to create products and services that transform complex interfaces into practical, user-friendly experiences for devices of all shapes and sizes.

Before Don’t Panic Labs, Bob worked for a variety of companies (both as an employee and as an independent consultant) including PenLink, Prairie Cloudware, Intuit, and Union Pacific Railroad to name a few. In his free time, you can find him hiking and camping through the backcountry with his black Lab Nash, cooking for family and friends, or traveling with the love of his life, Mary.

Bob’s first car: 4-door ‘69 Chevy Impala
Kids: Ryan, Maddison, Kate, and Jack
Hobbies: BJJ, The Outdoors, Travel, Cooking
Work Nickname: Brisket

Sophie Lorenz

Sophie Lorenz

Sophie is DPL’s interaction designer. She’s been hopelessly addicted to the internet since roughly 1998 and has encountered one too many poorly designed websites, thus, her passion for design was born. Not only does Sophie enjoy making things look pleasing on the outside, she strives to put herself in the shoes of a diverse group of users and enjoys solving the many complex visual problems that arise from that.

She has a plethora of random knowledge and is constantly hungry for more. Whenever Sophie hears of something unknown to her, she jots it down and researches it later. Sophie is a sucker for animated comedy shows, simulation games, 80s music, pugs, and poorly made YouTube food reviews. In her downtime, she enjoys sharpening her coding skills and doodling. Sophie’s claim to fame was when Charlie Day reposted her spaghetti portrait of him on his Instagram.

Todd Guenther

Todd Guenther

Todd is a planner. He has a list for everything, makes sure things get done and don’t fall through the cracks. These are just a few of the responsibilities in his Project Management role that he loves.

Outside of work he loves spending time with family, traveling, golf, bowling and going to dirt track racing events. Todd lives in Lincoln with his wife Susie. His son, daughter-in-law and 3 precious grandchildren also live in Lincoln. They are his pride and joy in life.

Read Todd’s blog posts.

Phil Mizner

Phil Mizner

Phil is a .NET programmer who loves SQL Server and thinks Typescript is alright too. He has worked on apps and databases to help banks and hospitals do their thing.

Once when he had spare time he wrote a system for a local nonprofit organization.

Nathan Wilkinson

Nathan Wilkinson

Nathan loves answering questions. It is a quest of discovery for Nathan. From business processes to software system architecture to program bugs, Nathan will try to identify what the root issue is and then solve the problem efficiently. Along the way, he enjoys helping others do the same in their work. At Don’t Panic Labs, Nathan gets the opportunity to tackle a wide variety of questions. That is why you will often find him at his desk happily struggling to find an answer.

When not answering questions at DPL, you can probably find Nathan at home watching TV shows like NOVA or Mythbusters, or reading about the sciences. He’s also been known to put together a few small electronics projects with an Arduino board or Raspberry Pi. He also loves playing games of all sorts with his fiancé and son.

Read Nathan’s blog posts.

Zach Lannin

Zach Lannin

Born and raised in Lincoln, Zach is an avid Husker fan, golfer, and sand volleyball player. Zach was reluctant to become a programmer, but after giving it a try he instantly became hooked and has been programming professionally since 2008. Upon working at DPL he began to learn how to better architect software and became hooked to IDesign.

Zach enjoys traveling and hopes to see more the world in the upcoming years. Outside of work you can find Zach eating at taco joints around the town. A lifetime goal of his is to compete in a steak eating challenge.

Read Zach’s blog posts.

Jeff Kodad

Jeff Kodad

Jeff is a former middle school science teacher turned software engineer. As a teacher he ran several programming clubs as well as encouraging problem solving and engineering in and out of the classroom. He has always enjoyed seeing how things work and solving problems, which is what drove him to pursue a career in software development. Every day he strives to learn more about software and the techniques of modern programming.

When he’s not writing code you can find Jeff in his two-garage woodshop brushing up on his skills. He also enjoys many other hobbies like board games, homebrew, and flying model airplanes. When he’s not engaged in making something he’s usually kicked back watching movies.

Jeff was born and raised in Schuyler, Nebraska but came to Lincoln to play trumpet in the University of Nebraska marching band. He has loved every day of being in Lincoln since then and considers it his new home.

Santi Murtagh

Santi Murtagh

Santi enjoys solving problems. Whether it is a customer’s business problem, a crossword puzzle, or “why this damn thing won’t work”, he enjoys the challenge of analyzing a situation and coming up with simple, efficient solutions.

Outside work, he enjoys riding bikes in the dirt, Sunday night fútbol, and playing the bass guitar without an audience.

Santi lives in Lincoln with his wife Sarah and son Alister.

Read Santi’s blog posts.

Everett Rhodes

Everett Rhodes

It’s the excitement and challenge of the journey that drives Everett. He sees software development as providing endless learning opportunities.

He feels lucky to have had a high school physics teacher who taught a programming class as a hobby and gave Everett his first real introduction to software development. He has been driven to learn more ever since. And he will tell you that he learns more every day.

Continual self-improvement is Everett’s goal and that extends beyond his professional career. Outside of work, he has many hobbies that rotate often as he tries and learns new things. Many of his interests involve the great outdoors, with camping and hiking as mainstays. Whenever he can, he brings his family along for new adventures.

Chris Niemann

Chris Niemann

Chris is one of the younger specimen of the DPL crew. He joined the team right after he finished playing college basketball, and has been learning from his colleagues about the depth of programming since. It turns out that there are a lot of things that college doesn’t teach you about what it means to be a good software engineer.

Most days you will find him in the office, but he also like to stay close to coffee shops when he is writing code.

In his free-time, Chris likes to participate in all kinds of sports. Crossfit, golf, volleyball, basketball and foosball are just a few of them. On nice days he likes to take his German shepherd for an adventure, but on bad days he prefers to play simulation or RTS games. Farming Simulator 2017 and Starcraft 2 are his current favorites.

Read Chris’s blog posts.

Krista Odbert

Krista Odbert

Krista is not a Nebraska native and you will know within a few minutes of talking with her. She grew up in Tennessee and moved to Nebraska in 2000 after graduating from college. Krista has spent much of the last 15+ years doing product development work on a variety of software applications. Working closely with clients and customers over the years, Krista is passionate about finding a solution to a problem and simplifying the work. Krista also considers herself a student of agility and actively embraces improving her knowledge of the various software development methodologies. Her favorite core value for succeeding with Agile and life in general is being a servant leader.

When she’s not working, you will find Krista with her husband and two kids. She loves being outdoors especially in the spring, summer, and fall but often questions why she lives in Nebraska when winter arrives. Running and cooking are among her other hobbies along with traveling whenever she gets the chance.

Read Krista’s blog posts.

Branden Barber

Branden Barber

Branden (known as “Beebs” around the office) had the unique opportunity of testing the DPL waters as an intern in 2011 while working toward his Computer Science degree at UNL.

DPL’s passion for building quality software and company culture is why he stuck around. He enjoys collaborating to find the best solution and is quick to pick someone’s brain.

In his spare time, Branden enjoys cycling, foosball, and RC airplanes. You’ll also see him at the monthly Beer and Code (@BeerCodeLincoln) meetup, which he organizes.

He lives in Lincoln with his wife Emily.

Read Branden’s blog posts.

Lori McCarthy

Lori McCarthy

Lori helps connect all the teams and partners together and keep projects moving on schedule. She helps keep track of and report on things so her engineers don’t have to worry about them. She enjoys the chance to explore challenges across a variety of companies and industries.

At home, she partners with her husband John as they try to keep up with their son Owen.

Her random claim to fame is that she has won 5 “Food for a Year” prizes at restaurants.

Doug Durham

Doug Durham

Doug has over 30 years of experience with software engineering and development in aerospace and defense, healthcare, manufacturing, ecommerce, consumer web applications, and internet network services.

He’s passionate about the process of software design and development and the application of sounds principles and patterns to these efforts.

He is a co-founder of Nebraska Global and Don’t Panic Labs.

Read Doug’s blog posts.

Bill Udell

Bill Udell

Small town Nebraska born and raised, Bill has spent the last couple of decades finding ways to build cool things with his buddies. In that time his circle of “buddies” has grown and the “cool things” have morphed from building software platforms to building communities and ecosystems of software engineering, corporate innovation, and entrepreneurship.

His first real job at a Silicon Valley startup in the early 2000’s set the stage for a career of creating innovation. His next stop at TAG/TMI transformed both TAG and its client insurance companies into innovation leaders in the industry. That innovation lead to the creation and growth of an ecosystem of companies in Lincoln, and Omaha and ultimately the acquisition of TAG/TMI by Perot Systems.

Currently, Bill is happily creating a groundswell of change and innovation in the Silicon Prairie ecosystem with his buddies at Don’t Panic Labs. He can be found regularly at community events or busily working in coffee shops and boardrooms to create opportunities for collisions of entrepreneurs, community leaders, and the ecosystem.

When not at a coffee shop he is likely with his wife Tina and his kids at a cross country meet, concert, or ball field.

Matt Will

Matt Will

Matt Will, not to be confused with any of the other dozen or so Matts that we have walking around the DPL office, is a self-proclaimed code wrangler who has a great passion for developing quality software. He has been developing software for a while and his love of writing code was reignited when he heard about IDesign during his first interview with Doug, Ganz, Todd, and Chuckles.

Being a code wrangler means he spends a lot of time looking at bad code and knowing that there has to be a better way to do it. This is where DPL and IDesign come in. Since joining the team, Matt has worked on a wide variety of projects. Most recently, his interests in building his own mobile applications has grown based on what he has learned working with partners on their mobile apps.

Outside of work, Matt loves spending time outdoors including camping, hiking, running, and bicycling. He is also a dog lover as proved by his ever growing collection of bite marks and scratches from his dogs.

Matt has 2 claims to fame. 1 – he ran down Carl Lewis in the Omaha airport when he was 8 years old to get an autograph, and 2 – he made an appearance in an Indian reality TV show – Lift Kara De – where he was a passenger on a rickshaw riding thru the streets of Delhi.

Read Matt’s blog posts.

Andrew Tarr

Andrew Tarr

Andrew is constantly challenging himself to try new things, both professionally and personally. This attitude has served him well both in his 10 years of service in the Nebraska Army National Guard and at Don’t Panic labs where he has worked mostly in web and mobile development.

He pursues his hobbies with the same dedication and completed his first Ironman triathlon in 2015 after finishing several sprint and Half Ironman races. He enjoys collecting travel experiences and tattoos. His most recent piece was a koi fish he got while on a trip in Japan.

When they aren’t travelling, Andrew and his wife Kayla can usually be found at their home in Lincoln with their dogs and cat, reading and figuring out what to do next.

Read Andrew’s blog posts.

Kyle Versaw

Kyle Versaw

Kyle grew up just outside of Lincoln. A computer programming class he took in high school got him interested in development and he decided to pursue it as a career.

When it comes to web development, Kyle feels right at home. He has spent the last ten years developing web applications and services and has worked on everything from simple web sites to large, ecommerce systems.

In his spare time, Kyle enjoys reading comics and playing video games.

Andy Unterseher

Andy Unterseher

Andy has a passion for software architecture and building software with a disciplined engineering approach. He has been working for the last six years with local companies and startups for Nebraska Global and Don’t Panic Labs.

At home, he enjoys reading, cooking for his family, and getting in as many rounds of golf as he can. He enjoys volunteering as a youth basketball, baseball, and soccer coach for his kid’s teams, and is a huge fan of all things Huskers and of the U.S. Soccer team.

He lives in Lincoln with his wife and three kids.

Read Andy’s blog posts.

Chris Ford

Chris Ford

Chris is the Don’t Panic Labs software quality assurance engineer. He supports multiple software applications ranging from desktop to mobile. He ensures the team releases quality software before it is deployed to the public through automation and manual testing on multiple devices and browsers.

When he is not traveling with his wife he calls Lincoln home.

Brian Zimmer

Brian Zimmer

Brian became deeply interested in software and technology when he saw the difference it could make in people’s lives. He found a passion for innovation (defined as transforming ideas into market-sustainable products and companies)—especially when technology is leveraged as part of the solution. It might be hard to find him at his desk—he’s generally out meeting entrepreneurs and corporate innovators to help them take the next step or explore how we might turbo-charge their efforts.

In his downtime, Brian spends time with his wife and daughter. As you might expect, he has a few geeky hobbies including automating his home, playing strategy board games (Star Wars Armada), and enjoying a good Xbox game (Titanfall).

With that said, he still exercises his farm roots by spending way too much time on his lawn.

Read Brian’s blog posts.

Chad Michel

Chad Michel

In 2000, Chad graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering. He then graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 2003 with a Masters in Computer Science. After college, he worked for STI, MindVision/eSellerate/DigitalRiver, and Internap before ending up at Nebraska Global / Beehive Industries / Don’t Panic Labs.

Chad is the Software Architect working at Don’t Panic Lab projects.

Chad is a life-long Nebraskan. He grew up in rural Nebraska and now lives in Lincoln. Chad and his wife have a son and daughter.

Read Chad’s blog posts.

Tony Wilsman

Tony Wilsman

Tony is driven to find solutions. Whether he’s designing a system, or writing a single method, he strives to create simple yet complete solutions for customers’ problems. The only thing he enjoys more is sharing his experience and teaching others.

He divides his spare time between being a handyman, (very) amateur carpenter, occasionally playing a video game, and being a dad.

He lives in Crete with this wife and three children.

Read Tony’s blog posts.