A2geeks is volunteer driven: Our Board of Directors devote time, energy and skill to support A2Geeks' sponsored and supported projects. Appointed in two-year terms with the opportunity to renew allow for new faces and skill sets to emerge as well as for past directors to leave feeling like they've made a difference.
Jim Deakins is a local software developer, engaged in the startup scene. His past work includes everything from the being the Lead Developer at AnnArbor.com, to software development at small local startups.
Mohan Kartha co-founded his current consulting firm, Syntech Development in 1998 to leverage Internet, Database, Virtualization, and Cloud technologies to build innovative solutions in many business domains including Internet-of-Things Automation, Mobile IoT and Telematics, Alternative Energy, Biotech and Genomic Analysis, BigData Analysis and Visualization, and Internet security.
Most recently, Mr. Kartha has been building cloud-hosted industrial and consumer Internet-of-Things (IoT) solutions, Mobile/Wearable IoT and Telematics systems, and developing open-source IoT devices and solutions. He is currently consulting with a number of startup companies and partnered in some new IoT startup product/service ventures.
Thea is a mixed media artist who works in digital fabrication. She owns Hosta Designs and Consulting, which specializes in CNC design/fabrication in wood and plastics and education/training. Her previous experience includes working for ShopBot Tools Inc. in their education department teaching software and machining workshops. Thea became involved in Ann Arbor's maker community while serving as Maker Works' first employee. She joined A2Geeks in 2015. As a director, she places importance on women and minorities becoming more visible and vocal in Ann Arbor's tech, arts and maker communities. She co-organizes the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire and is involved in other art-related events. Thea is passionate about 18th-early 20th century polar exploration history and enjoys gardening and building things for her husband and daughter.
Patti Smith is a special education teacher who lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and cats. She has had two local history books published, and hopes to one day be a young adult author. Patti enjoys public speaking, storytelling, dinner parties, and Ann Arbor. She has been on the board of A2Geeks for years and loves meeting all sorts of Geeks!
Zach Steindler has helped out with many meetups and events in Ann Arbor over the years. He's co-founded meetups (CoffeeHouseCoders) and companies (Olark). When he isn't working he enjoys camping and biking, sometimes at the same time. His favorite hobbies often involve making computers do unusual things, like woodworking or drawing aperiodic tilings. If you have five minutes, ask him why hexagons are way cooler than squares.
Ryan Burns founded Ignite Ann Arbor in 2009. He was President of A2Geeks from 2011 to 2015, and has worked on a number of events including ArbCamp and Avalanche. He is an electrical engineer working with electronics and FPGAs, and is generally interested in many topics, including cooking and space exploration.