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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 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 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 Shipley


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



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.


Jake Barros

Project Manager

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.


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.


Nolan Haines

Help desk Technician

Nolan has spent most of his life fixing computers. He is currently studying Information Technology at Purdue Fort Wayne with a focus on systems administration as well as working full time at Winona IT. He has worked for multiple small repair centers as well as fixing devices for people in his local community in his spare time. He is CompTIA A+ certified and pursuing his MCSA Windows Server certification.


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.

Jeremiah Butler

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.

Noah Pixton

Noah Pixton

Help Desk Technician

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.

Noah Blakesley

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.

Jonathan Morales

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.

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