Team
Lino Tadros

Alain "Lino" Tadros, President and CEO

Alain "Lino" Tadros is President & CEO of Falafel Software, a Silicon Valley based company, with presence in Colorado,Texas, Michigan, Florida and North Carolina, dedicated to providing world-class consulting, training, and software development for small, medium, and enterprise level businesses. Prior to founding Falafel, Lino was a member of the development team at Borland for Delphi and C++Builder. Lino has been awarded Microsoft MVP status twelve years in a row for his numerous contributions to the C# community and is an expert in .NET, LINQ, ASP.NET, MVC, XAML, Windows Phone and Web Services. Lino is an industry renowned speaker and has given numerous presentations on 5 different continents since 1994. He also currently sits on the Board of Directors of 4 Silicon Valley corporations.

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Steve Smith

Steve Smith, Chief Technology Officer

Steve Smith is an experienced software developer, architect, speaker, trainer, author, and entrepreneur. He has been developing web-based software using primarily Microsoft technologies since 1997. He has been a Microsoft MVP since 2000 (for ASP.NET) and a Microsoft Regional Director since 2005. Steve has a passion for software craftsmanship, and has published numerous courses for Pluralsight intended to help software developers improve their skills.​

  • Pluralsight Certified
  • Microsoft Regional Director
 
Sean Samuel

Sean Samuel, Chief Financial Officer

Sean comes in with almost over 20 years experience of accounting and management skills including all aspects of billing, A/R and A/P general ledger postings, and payroll processing. Also, he’s very efficient in optimized bookkeeping principles, debits, credits, taxes and closings. Sean’s specialties include proven problem-solving, analytical and creative thinking skills, ability to function with a do-whatever-it-takes attitude, strong capability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Sean has a passion for traveling, hiking, photographing and exploring any mountain state that has alpine lakes and waterfalls, he loves to play tennis, ping pong and beach volleyball.

 
Noel Rice

Noel Rice, VP Software Services

Microsoft Certified Application Developer Noel has over 20 years of experience in the software industry including numerous successful projects in the industries of medical, telecom, financial and manufacturing. He has also worked as a lead developer on major projects for Hewlett Packard and Johnson & Johnson. Noel has authored over ten books on diverse subjects ranging over ASP.NET, ASP.NET AJAX, Silverlight, Android development, CMS, Reporting, automated testing, Winforms and ORM. He has also written numerous articles on software development for top industry magazines.

 
Jim Holmes

Jim Holmes, VP ALM and Testing

Jim has been in various corners of the IT world since joining the US Air Force in 1982. He’s spent time in LAN/WAN and server management roles in addition to many years helping teams and customers deliver great systems. Jim has lead successful delivery teams at software consulting firms and product companies alike. He’s worked with organizations ranging from start ups to Fortune 100 companies to improve their delivery processes and ship better value to their customers. Jim’s worked in many different environments but greatly prefers those adopting practices from Lean and Agile communities.

When not at work you might find Jim in the kitchen with a glass of wine, playing Xbox, hiking with his family, or banished to the garage while trying to practice his guitar.

 
George Saadeh

George Saadeh, Managing Director of Falafel Dubai

Sitefinity Certified Developer George has been working with leading-edge programming tools since 2002. Driven by his belief in the modern web and his ability to assimilate and utilize emerging technologies, he has been working with customers from all over the world in a wide range of industries including banking, insurance, retail, design, advertising, ecommerce, education, tourism and real estate. He has in depth knowledge of the .NET platform and specializes in ASP.NET Webforms, MVC, HTML5 and JavaScript, Restful Services and SQL Server to deliver web enterprise solutions. When he is not coding or learning something new, George is either working out, road tripping, playing basketball or spinning the latest tracks with his DJ friends.

 
Adam Anderson

Adam Anderson, Master Consultant

Microsoft Certified Solution Developer Adam Anderson is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer with over 14 years of experience. He started as a consultant using Delphi to rapidly deliver custom, high-quality business solutions in a wide variety of industries. His later experiences afforded him the opportunity to become familiar with a number of different products, technologies, and disciplines, including SQL Server and T-SQL, Oracle and PL/SQL, Crystal Reports, SQL Reporting Services, Internet Information Services, .NET Framework, LINQ, Entity Framework, Command batch files, Windows Script Host, PowerShell, normalized relational database design, dynamic databases, and good object-oriented design based on design patterns and re-factoring.

 
Matt Kurvin

Matt Kurvin, Chief Designer

Matt has been involved in the arts his entire life. Attending art schools since he was 5, it was only natural that his career be surrounded by the creative. From layout, illustration, concept design, to photography and animation, he strives to keep on the cutting edge of contemporary design.

Matt's specialties are in Web Design, User Interface Design, and Usability Design, implementing a full spectrum of software and programming languages including Html, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Adobe Suite, Sitefinity, and many others.

Matt's passions include surfing, photography, playing music, world travel, and new experiences.

 
Jesse Liberty

Jesse Liberty, Master Consultant

Jesse Liberty is a Master Consultant for Falafel Software, an author and he creates courses for Pluralsight . Liberty hosts the popular
Yet Another Podcast and his blog is required reading. He was a Senior Evangelist for Microsoft, , a XAML Evangelist for Telerik , a Microsoft MVP, Distinguished Software Engineer at AT&T; Software Architect for PBS and Vice President of Information Technology at Citibank. Jesse can be followed on twitter at @JesseLiberty .

  • xamarin ceritified mobile developer
  • Pluralsight Certified
  • Telerik MVP
 
Jonathan Tower

Jonathan Tower, Senior Software Architect

Jonathan--or J. as he is known to friends--enjoys the creative side of software development. With over eleven years of software development experience, his projects have included areas such as e-commerce, procurement, marketing, logistics, and manufacturing. Over the years, Jonathan has helped companies like Abbott Laboratories, LTD Commodities, and Uline Shipping Supplies to develop their enterprise software applications using technologies such as ASP.NET, SQL Server, and more recently WPF and Silverlight.

Jonathan lives in Michigan, where he enjoys biking, backpacking, and photography. Jonathan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Taylor University.

  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist
  • Icenium Insider
  • Pluralsight Certified
 
Josh Eastburn

Josh Eastburn, Senior Software Architect

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Josh has over 14 years of web and application development experience as a software engineer and consultant in various industries including distribution, logistics, financial services, marketing, and education. He enjoys working with the latest technologies and specializes in using C#, ASP.NET MVC, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS, XAML, and SQL Server to deliver enterprise-scale applications.

Josh holds a BS in Computer Science and Business Systems from Taylor University and lives in Charlotte, NC. He enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with his wife and children.

 
Jesse Liberty

​Jason Follas, Senior Software Architect

​Jason Follas has spent the better part of the past twenty years successfully writing software for clients in the manufacturing, engineering, and financial services sectors. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and user groups, and loves the opportunity to teach as well as to learn from others. His career has been centered around the use of Microsoft technologies, from ASP.NET and SQL Server to writing Windows Store and Windows Phone applications. Most recently, he has focused on writing web client apps using HTML5 and JavaScript.

Jason was previously a Microsoft MVP for SQL, and is currently a Microsoft MVP for Visual C#. When not working or speaking, you can find him writing a number of casual games currently in the Windows Store, fishing for catfish in the local river, or riding his motorcycle across the flattest part of Ohio.

 
Bary Nusz

Bary Nusz, Software Architect

Falafel’s “Tinkerer-in-Chief”. Bary’s career has taken him from the oil field services industry, to LCD research, and to the DOE. He’s served as a lead researcher, designer, and programmer on numerous systems that encompassed a wide range of technologies such as ultrasonics, eddy current, and down-hole viscosity measurements — all along the way using the latest software technologies to solve complex control and data imaging challenges. With numerous patents and engineering/scientific achievement awards he finds no challenge too hard to handle. During the spring he spends time chasing down severe storms, and in the summer spends time at the lake with his family. He also enjoys competing as an epee fencer along with his son and daughter. Bary has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University.

 
Basem Emara

Basem Emara, Software Architect

Basem has over 10 years experience as a consultant and developer for dozens of projects for educational, advocacy, non-profit, small business, enterprise, and governmental organizations. As an innovator who recognizes and leverages the power of the web, he has been able to help real estate agencies, schools, hospitals, wholesale distributors, shipping carriers, and other businesses pioneer their industries utilizing the best that today’s technology has to offer from a more creative point of view. Simple yet elegant is the key to his approach, as well as the belief that continual process improvement is always possible.

Basem has a BS in Computer Science from Florida Atlantic University and is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer, Systems Engineer, Technology Specialist, and Business Management Solutions Professional. His specialities include content management and e-commerce systems.

  • Microsoft Certified Solution Developer
  • Sitefinity Certified Developer
  • Pluralsight Certified
 
Rachel Hagerman

Rachel Hagerman, Senior Software Engineer

Microsoft Certified Professional Rachel finds joy in meeting challenges in her career and her life. After deciding to pursue a career in electronics, and as one of only a handful of female students in her department, Rachel graduated at the top of her class with a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Oklahoma State University. Two years after graduation, she was leading the software design team on a multi-million dollar testing system for the Department of Energy. Rachel has experience in circuitry design and automated test systems, but her true passion has always been for software.

Rachel loves to spend time with her husband and daughter on their Oklahoma cattle ranch enjoying horseback riding, taking photos, and making memories with her extended family.

 
Josh Morales

Josh Morales, Software Consultant

Telerik MVP Josh has been developing with Sitefinity since 2008, eventually earning Telerik MVP status and later an official Developer Support Specialist for Sitefinity at Telerik. His interest lie in expanding and extending the Sitefinity platform, adding new features and functionality to help end users make the most out of their website. Josh is also passionate about all flavors of .NET and develops apps for both Windows Phone and the Windows 8 store.

Music is Josh’s other passion, and in his spare time, he spins and produces electronic music under the name DJ SelArom.

 
Venkata Koppaka

Venkata Koppaka, Senior Software Engineer

xamarin ceritified mobile developer Venkata Koppaka has over 7 years experience developing variety of line of business applications to various financial and IT organizations. Venkata has been developing with all Telerik products since 2008, he ended working for Telerik on Sitefinity team as a senior developer for Ecommerce module. He is extremely interested in developing custom solutions for Sitefinity based Ecommerce stores. Venkata is a big fan of Test Driven Development and strives himself to write code that is completely testable and modular.

Venkata has a Masters in Computer Science from Syracuse University, which drives his continuos learning addiction. In his spare time, Venkata develops apps for Windows Phone 8 platform and learns the most cutting edge technologies in software development.

When he is not spending time on computer writing software, Venkata enjoys reading about cars and watching football.

 

Heather Kostes, Senior Project Manager

Heather is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 15 years of experience in Project, Program and Account Management. She has a background working in various industries including finance, insurance and technology; most recently working for Microsoft in the MVP program. Throughout her career, Heather’s focus and passion have been on building strong customer relationships and delivering value to the customer via clear communication and consistent follow through.

Heather recently relocated to Silicon Valley from Seattle, WA and is enjoying exploring all that the area has to offer. Health and fitness are also a great passion of hers and Heather is a certified Pilates instructor.

 
Kevin Babcock

Kevin Babcock, Senior Software Engineer

Kevin Babcock began his career as an IT professional for the U.S. Air Force in the late 90s. After 9 years of service he transitioned from the armed forces to the private sector, simultaneously making the switch to software development. Kevin returned to school to finish his degree and, by the time he graduated, held several part-time jobs as a software developer and Microsoft student evangelist. It was during his time in college that Kevin fell in love with web development and .NET. After graduating, Kevin joined Telerik as a Developer Evangelist and spent the next year sharing his passion for software development at conferences and user groups around the country. Since then Kevin has developed software for companies in a variety of industries, from government (defense) to major league sports. Most recently he was the lead developer on a web-based scouting solution for Major League Baseball clubs. Kevin has a degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University and is a Telerik MVP.

Kevin has two young sons. When he’s not spending time with them or writing code, he enjoys biking, fishing, and catching the occasional Aggie football game. Gig ‘em!

 
Keith Burnell

Keith Burnell, Senior Software Engineer

Keith is a Senior Software Engineer with Falafel Software. He has been developing software since 1999 specializing in web-based solutions primarily using the Microsoft stack. He has been a Microsoft MVP in ASP.NET since 2012. Keith is an active member of the developer community who speaks regularly at local and regional user groups and developer events as well as at national and international conferences. He has been featured multiple times in MSDN magazine and has authored courses for Pluralsight.

Keith has two wonderful daughters and is married to his high school sweetheart who is still way out of his league! When not slinging code, Keith enjoys spending time with his family, martial arts, soccer, running, and biking.

  • Pluralsight Certified
 
Carey Payette

​Carey Payette, Senior Software Engineer

​Carey Payette has over 14 years professional IT experience in industries ranging from government, to private sector and utilities holding multiple titles throughout this time including support developer/technician, data architect, software developer, software architect and enterprise architect. Carey's an ASPInsider and was a recipient of the Microsoft MVP award in Client App Dev from 2009-2011. She also serves as the Treasurer for the US National GiveCamp organization and is a member of the Stir Trek conference organizing committee. Carey is a mom to 3 fabulous boys, a black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys coding for fun!

 
Jeff Valore

Jeff Valore, Senior Software Engineer

Jeff has over 15 years of experience in software development. Inspired by the movie 'War Games' in his youth, he taught himself C++ in his teens and later expanded his professional experience to include Java, C#, and JavaScript. Over the last year he has been focused on client-side web development and performance tuning. Jeff enjoys attending development conferences and user groups, and strives to be an active participant in the software development community. Jeff previously worked at Telerik, and brings a wealth of Kendo UI knowledge to the Falafel team.

 
Patrick Dunn

Patrick Dunn, Software Engineer

Patrick began his career in the U.S Navy as an Information System Security Officer. During his service he was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for developing a suite of applications to improve network health and security. After four years of service he transferred to the civilian sector officially making the switch to development. He worked as a Sitefinity Developer Consultant for Telerik and has been developing using Telerik products for more than 3 years.

Patrick acquired a Bachelors in Computer Information Science during his service. In his spare time he enjoys tinkering with new technologies and studying anything that interests him.

 
Ryan Axford

Ryan Axford, Inbound Marketing Manager

Ryan is a certified marketing professional dedicated to digital content creation and optimization using inbound marketing techniques. He has experience managing content and web development, graphic design, and email campaign design and construction.

Ryan is responsible for all content marketing initiatives and programs at Falafel. He oversees content and lead generation, nurturing, SEO optimization, landing page creation, social media and outbound campaigns for both Falafel and the EventBoard Mobile App.

 
Saad Ahmed Khan

Saad Ahmed Khan, Software Engineer

​Saad is an ASP.NET developer with 4 years of experience, and has also made a number of contributions to the Sitefinity marketplace and community. He loves to explore new code, and create innovative tools and procedures while exploring new approaches in his work with Sitefinity and MVC. As an experienced .NET developer, he frequents both Telerik and Microsoft technologies.

In his spare time, Saad is an avid gamer and movie fanatic, and also experiments with new and interesting tools on the Microsoft platform.​​

 
Scott DePouw

Scott DePouw, Software Engineer

Scott has been working with .NET and web technologies for over five years, having developed many backend applications and front-end web sites. He's an experienced developer well-versed in many flavors of ASP.NET and SQL, C#, JavaScript/jQuery, and has even dabbled in a little CSS. He loves to solve problems, and is a major proponent of Test Driven Development. In recent years he's become very experienced with many Telerik technologies, particularly Sitefinity, and has built and maintained many sites using these tools.

Scott enjoys playing games of all kinds: video games, board games, tabletop games! He also likes to get outside whenever possible, to enjoy a good book, and spend time with his family.​​

 
Tyler Coolbaugh

Tyler Coolbaugh, Software Engineer

Tyler has under a year of experience working with .NET and web technologies since graduating from The University of Akron with a degree in Computer Science. He has spread his experience over a range of languages and tools, from MS Batch to Java, C#, and WebGL. Tyler has recently acquired experience with Sitefinity and putting it to use.

In his spare time, Tyler is an avid video gamer and enjoys working on small software and electronics projects with colleagues

 
Sarah Olson

Jennifer Staretorp, Marketing

Jenn is an experienced and versatile marketer with an understanding of modern-day marketing practices and a passion for learning new technologies. Her marketing experience spans many industries from aviation to the marketing agency world, and most recently software.

Jenn lives right outside of Boston in the beautiful town of Cambridge. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her dog. She’s a foodie, novice runner and crossfitter.

 
Sarah Olson

Sarah Olson, Project Manager

Sarah has 7+ years experience in Project Management. Her background includes working in the technology, finance and most recently, education industries. She has contributed to a wide range of projects including large scale CRM implementations, Computer-Telephony integration and managing an award-winning implementation of JAWS screen reading software for sight-impaired customer service agents. Sarah prides herself in providing five star customer service and building long-term relationships with clients.

Sarah lives in Gig Harbor, WA and is the mom to three wonderful girls. They enjoy time on the beach and fun in the water.

 
Susan Langone

Susan Langone, Executive Account Manager

Susan comes with 10+ years experience as an Executive Account Manager in both product software and professional services sales. She develops relationships with existing customers through continuous communication to evaluate partner satisfaction, builds new relationships capable of building revenue, manages multiple phases of accounts including initiation, analysis, monitoring, determines consulting/training services and evaluating new opportunities

Most important to Susan is dedicating time to her family, cooking and a healthy lifestyle!

 
Eric Fleming

Eric Fleming, Software Engineer

Even though I'm starting my senior year at The University of Akron studying Computer Engineering I have about 6 years of programming experience. I've worked under Steve Smith at NimblePros as well as Telerik as a Junior Developer and began while I was still in high school. I have experience with C#, .NET, MVC, SQL Server, XAML, CSS, Javascript, Java, and even VB6! I'm a huge advocate of TDD, and ATDD.

When I'm not doing homework or at work I enjoy weight-lifting, watching/playing sports, being outside, playing guitar, learning new technologies, and working on Windows Phone Apps.

 
Dhananjay Kumar

Dhananjay Kumar, Software Engineer

Dhananjay Kumar is a software engineer, consultant, trainer, blogger and speaker from India. He has been a Microsoft MVP since 2010. He can be followed on twitter @debug_mode.

 
Aly Fluckey

Aly Fluckey, Front End Developer

Aly is a front end developer and designer with a passion for fine art and learning new things. Her unique background (including COBOL development, Ruby on Rails and graphic design) helps her approach problems creatively. She loves working with clients and team members to come up with beautiful, intuitive solutions. In the community, she can be found speaking, teaching and mentoring, especially with organizations like Girl Develop It.

When she's not at the keyboard, Aly can usually be found traveling, listening to records, eating good food or spending time with friends.