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Michael

Michael Pahl

President & Owner

Michael Pahl founded Winona IT with the tremendous support of friends and family in 2019. He grew up on the east coast before moving to Switzerland and attending the International School of Basel, where he first got introduced to IT and Business.

After moving back state side, Michael graduated with a BS in Information Systems and worked various IT jobs including System Administration, Help Desk manager, and IT Operations Engineer.

Michael is currently pursuing additional education and certification, and holds several current certifications including Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and Microsoft 365: Enterprise Administrator Expert.

Currently Michael lives in Winona Lake with his wife Stephanie, two daughters Olivia and Ava, and son Jackson. In his free time he is a conservationist and shooting sports enthusiast, hunter, fisherman, and enjoys anything outdoors. He is also a diehard Philadelphia sports fan, and fantasy sports enthusiast, often caught screaming at the TV in support of the Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, and 76ers.

Brad

Brad Gutwein

Vice President of Operations

Originally from Mexico, Brad moved to Warsaw in 2005 to attend college where he earned his BS in Information Technology. He has since earned his VCP and CCNA certifications and joins our team with over 10 years of experience as the Technology Manager for Warsaw Community Schools. He, along with his wife and 3 children, have been attending Mission Point church for over 6 years.

Steve

Steve Smilay

Legal Counsel

Steve has spent most of his life in Southern California, earning his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge. A few years later, he earned his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He is admitted to practice in both California (currently inactive) and Indiana. He and his wife, Yvonne, moved to Indiana in 2004 where he then became General Counsel of Cedar Holdings, Inc. and Silveus Insurance Group, Inc. He also became General Counsel of Winona IT, LLC upon its creation.

Melanie

Melanie Shipley

Finance

Originally from Merrillville, Indiana, Melanie graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance. She later moved to the Warsaw/Winona Lake area with her husband Steve and her four children. She spent the first 9 years of her career in banking. After taking 8 years off to stay home with her children, she returned to the workforce and has held many roles in the financial and accounting department of Cedar Holdings. She has held the position of Financial Analyst with Cedar Holdings for the past 5 years.

Stephanie Shulaw

Finance

Scott

Scott Nieveen

Director of Culture Development

Loving mountains and outdoor adventure, Scott enjoys a good challenge. He brings over 25 years of leadership development, IT implementation and helping people grow both personally and professionally. He and his wife Julie, have four adult children. One of the most unique adventures Scott has experienced was underwater spear fishing with tribal people off the Great Barrier Reef in Papua New Guinea. He has a deep passion for people and seeing them reach their God-given potential.

Emily

Emily Beck

Cloud Solutions Engineer

A native to Winona Lake, Emily graduated with her BS in Biology. Emily joined our team with over 3 years of Quality Assurance and 2 years of Data Analytics experience. She is skilled in Microsoft SharePoint, Excel, Power Automate, Power App, and Power BI Development. She currently holds a certifications from Microsoft in Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals, Microsoft 365 Certified: Microsoft 365 Fundamentals and Microsoft Certified: Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals.

Daniel Patrick

Daniel Patrick

Senior System and Security Administrator 

Daniel earned his BS in Computer Information Systems from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2011, and has worked in IT for over 9 years. Daniel is joining the Winona IT team with the responsibility of managing network and server infrastructure, Microsoft 365 administration, and security. He is married with three kids and attends Grace Community Church in Goshen.

Elliot Jerge

Elliot Jerge

Security Engineer II

Elliot has a dual bachelor’s degree in Management of Information Systems and Criminal Justice. He is currently pursuing a master’s in applied Intelligence. He currently holds numerous certifications through CompTIA and Microsoft, as well as numerous other vendors. His expertise is in cybersecurity and has worked on numerous investigations involving some of the worlds most advanced cyber threats. He lives with his wife and two pets in southern Indiana.

Jake

Jake Barros

System and Security Administrator

Jake Barros joins Winona IT with over 23 years at Grace College’s Office of Information Technology. His experience ranges from managing infrastructure, cybersecurity operations, and running a helpdesk team. A Hawaii native, he currently lives in Winona Lake with his wife and three kids.

Matthew Warren

Matthew Warren

Project Manager

Born and raised in Merrillville, Indiana, Matthew moved out to Warsaw to complete his education, finishing his BS in Management of Information Systems. Matthew was with Winona IT when it started and has recently rejoined the team after a few months’ sabbatical. He holds the following certifications: CompTIA Project+, Professional Scrum Master, and PMI C Certified Associate in Project Management.

HelpDesk

Noah Pixton

Noah Pixton

Help Desk Team Lead

Noah grew up near Cleveland Ohio before moving to Winona lake to attend College. Before graduating with his BA in Biblical Studies and his Masters of Divinity he gained experience working in service-focused industries. Noah has always had a passion for problem solving, computer technology, and providing high quality customer service.

Krysta

Krysta Miller

Software Specialist

Born and raised in Winona Lake, IN, Krysta attended Grace College where she earned her B.S. in Elementary Education. She joins Winona IT with nearly 14 years of customer service experience from several different companies. A proud aunt of 3 extraordinary kids, she has also recently become a gym enthusiast.

Jonathan

Jonathan Morales

Help Desk Technician

Jonathan and his wife moved from Florida to the Indiana area for ministry opportunities, and while here worked with several different companies in the IT industry. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys hunting, fishing, spending time with family, and playing board and video games. He is excited to join the Winona IT team, and put his technical know-how to use.

Jeremiah

Jeremiah Butler

Help Desk Technician

Jeremiah Butler grew up in Ohio but moved to attend College in Winona Lake. There he studied Information Systems and also worked at the Office of Information Technology. While with them he learned valuable skills for fixing and diagnosing computer issues. After graduating from College, he worked at Silveus Insurance Group as a Software Support Technician, before joining Winona It.

Ken Koontz

Ken Koontz

Help Desk Technician

Ken graduated from college in 2017 with a BA in Marketing. Most of his experience is in the customer service field, as well as some work with digital marketing. Ken currently assists with help desk support and aids in any marketing projects as needed for Winona IT. Ken currently holds a Microsoft certification in Microsoft 365 Certified: Microsoft 365 Fundamentals.

Noah Blakesly

Noah Blakesley

Help Desk Technician

Noah grew up in Northeast Iowa and moved to Winona Lake to attend College. Here, Noah pursued a B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in Information Systems. Outside of work he enjoys fishing, game nights with friends, and PC gaming. Noah has a passion for learning and diving into the IT side of business as well as providing exceptional customer support.

Dustin

Dustin Shireman

Help Desk Technician

Dustin Shireman joins Winona IT with a desire to help and serve others. He has extensive customer service experience gained from the hospitality industry. With a love for learning new things, and an interest in information technology, Dustin is constantly working towards better serving clients and team members. In his free time, Dustin enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Brad Christenberry

Brad Christenberry

Help Desk Technician

As a Warsaw/Winona native, Brad has been in and around the area for 25 years. He went to Grace College and Seminary to study Worship Arts performance with a focus in drumming. He met his wife there and they have one daughter named Eden. Brad worked in IT User Services at Grace for 3 years before coming to WinonaIT this Spring.

Daniel Eberhardt

Daniel Eberhardt

Help Desk Technician

Daniel was born and raised in Warsaw, where he got his start in IT by interning at Warsaw Community Schools for several years. After graduating from Ball State University in 2019, he went on to work as an IT professional in both Warsaw and Indianapolis. He is happy to be a part of Winona IT and to help serve the local community.

Marcus Weimer

Marcus Weimer

Help Desk Technician

Marcus joins Winona IT after graduating with a degree in Computer Information Systems. While new to the Warsaw area, he is excited to learn from the team and make strong connections with our partners in Warsaw and beyond.

Software Development

Peter Dawes

Peter Dawes

D365 CRM Engineer

Originally from Indianapolis, Peter now resides in Warsaw, IN and graduated with a BS in Information Systems and a Masters in Business Administration. Peter worked in a Business Analyst and Project Manager role for 2 years, and for the last 2 years has been doing development for WinonaIT in the PowerPlatform space. He is proficient in all Microsoft PowerPlatform components such as PowerAutomate, Dynamics365, PowerApps, and PowerBI; and is a certified PowerPlatform Functional Consultant.

Brendan Allen

Brendan Allen

Software Engineer Team Lead

Born and raised in California, Brendan has been writing software since he was in high school and ran a business developing WordPress websites. He then got the opportunity to work as a full-time software engineer at Washington state. He currently holds MCSD, MCSA, MCP and MTA certificates for C#. Brendan joined Winona IT with three years of experience in software development, web hosting, and system administration of CentOS servers. After being at Winona IT for two years, Brendan has advanced to Software Team Lead and is currently leading a team of engineers to provide more automated and higher quality software for Winona IT clients.

Nate Reynolds

Nate Reynolds

Software Engineer Team Lead

Nate was born and raised in Northern Indiana and has a BS and MS in environmental science. He has over 20 years of software development experience, and is particularly skilled in software architecture, C#, APIs, SQL Server, WPF, React, and leading teams through the development process.

Aaron Schlorke

Aaron Schlorke

Sr. Software Engineer

Sr. Software Engineer, Aaron Graduated with his degree in Computer Science from IPFW in 2016 and began working with General Dynamics before joining Winona IT. Aaron, his wife, and daughter live in the Ft Wayne area where he enjoys spending time with his family, working on projects around the house, and some gaming on the Nintendo Switch.

Josh Zaugg

Josh Zaugg

Senior Software Engineer

Josh joins Winona IT after spending the last 8 years in the Defense industry. Josh has spent most of his life in the Winona Lake area, and brings 20+ years of experience across the full software stack. Although he currently spends most of his time trying to keep up with his daughter, Josh enjoys video games, camping and travelling to concerts or sporting events around the country.

Liz Yeiter

Liz Yeiter

Jr. Software Engineer

Liz graduated from Taylor University with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in 2022. She worked with Winona IT during the summer of 2019 as a Microsoft Trainer, and she is now rejoining the team as a full-time Jr. Software Engineer. She specializes in front-end development and is looking forward to broadening her scope as an employee of Winona IT. Liz lives in Winona Lake with her family and five cats.

Kamron Williams

Kamron Williams

Jr. Software Engineer

From Kendallville Indiana, Kamron graduated from Grace College with a BS in Information Systems and a Minor in Mathematics. Kam joined the team as an intern in 2020 for the Help-Desk team and then joined the Software team once he graduated in 2021. He is Skilled in C#, WPF, Web APIs, .Net frameworks, and has experience with Azure, and Azure DevOps.

Andrew Sanders

Andrew Sanders

Sr. Software Engineer

A native to Akron Ohio, Andrew graduated from the University of Akron with a BS in Computer Information Systems. Andrew joined the team with 7 years of Software Engineering experience. He is skilled in Software Architecture, Databases, Infrastructure Management and Maintenance, and Development Operations.

Laura Waibel

Laura Waibel

D365 CRM Engineer

Laura spent the last 13 years living in New York City after being born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. After working over a decade in her career as a Client Relations / Account Management professional in the IT industry, Laura trained and received her certification in Microsoft Dynamics 365 before joining Winona IT as a Microsoft D365 CRM Engineer. While she’s not working, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband and 7 year old daughter, and loves cooking and running.

Bryan Daniels

Bryan Daniels

Sr. Software Engineer

Originally from Illinois, Bryan received his degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois before diving into software development. He joins Winona IT after working in the software development industry for nearly 25 years. When not in the office, Bryan enjoys video games, board games, cats, and biking.

Justin Cozzone

Justin Cozzone

Software Engineer

Born and raised in the Atlanta area, Justin graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. After spending a couple years at an Atlanta-based company, he is excited to bring his full-stack development skills and passion for a good user experience to Winona IT. In his free time, he enjoys playing board games, foosball, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Ryan King

Ryan King

Sr. Software Engineer

Ryan was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Lapel Indiana after graduating from Ball State in 2004. He joins the Winona IT team as a Software Engineer with over 14 years in the software development industry. Ryan and his wife stay busy taxiing their three boys around to sporting events.

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