About Us

  • Dave Jefferson - Chief Executive Officer
  • Eli White - Chief Technical Officer
  • Sandy Smith - Chief Product Officer
  • Mickey Skelton - Chief Culture Officer
  • Kevin Bruce - Creative Director
  • Oscar Merida - Lead Developer
  • Kevin Kestler - Digital Media Strategist
  • Elizabeth M Smith - Developer
  • Corey Ballou - Developer

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Dave Jefferson

Dave Jefferson
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Dave is an entrepreneur with more than 23 years of experience growing successful technology companies. Prior to mojo, Dave was a Vice President and principal at Worldwide Information Network Systems, an IT company with more than 320 technology professionals which he helped lead from a start-up until it was acquired for $90 million dollars.

As the CTO for BigChange Networks, a new media company, Dave led the development of AllowanceNet a patented, web application for Gen Y that taught kids responsible money management using gaming principles. Dave was also the Director of Technology for Highway 1, where he spearheaded initiatives with Internet2 and the Next Generation Internet programs, and served as a technology advisor to companies such as Microsoft, Apple, Netscape, Sun, Oracle and Cisco. While there, he also collaborated with digerati like Jaron Lanier, Marc Andreessen, Vint Cerf and Bill Joy, where they worked on advanced Internet technology, and spent time calculating what the odds were of the scenario predicted in Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash really occurring.

Eli White

Eli White
Co-Founder & Chief Technical Officer

Eli has spent his professional career building large-scale, data-driven websites. As one of the first engineers at Digg, he led the transformation of the site from 30,000 users to over 3 million. He did similar work for the Hubble Space Telescope program at NASA and for TripAdvisor, always putting a large focus on scalability and security.

Eli has also been deeply involved with the PHP community and spent a stint at Zend Technologies as their Community Relations Manager. With more than 16 years of experience in web application development, Eli is a frequent speaker on software engineering practices and systems architecture at conferences around the world, and is also a published author. When not creating deep web architecture, some would say he has far too many hobbies, including woodworking, homebrewing, golfing, poker, video games, and his membership in a medieval re-enactment society. You can find him online at eliw.com

Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith
Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer

Sandy has been creating web sites and applications for more than 15 years, rising to a position of managing and mentoring technical teams. As the Manager of Technical Development for Forum One Communications, a web consultancy firm, he is most proud of helping newbie developers see beyond the next job to think of software as a career. While there, he led efforts to transform the organization’s software development processes across roles, and encouraged developers to see how they fit into their larger teams, the company, and the open source community.

Sandy has assumed a leadership role in the open source community serving as a leader of the DC PHP community. At Forum One, Sandy’s background in international policy enabled him to lead the development of custom sites for more than 50 organizations spanning the globe, while serving hundreds more with innovative and collaborative products. While his technical quals are top-notch, his degrees in Music Composition and International Studies add a fourth dimension to his talents, and his love of malty beers adds a tasty social dimension.

Mickey Skelton

Mickey Skelton
Chief Culture Officer

Mickey is a recovering management consultant whose work with companies ranging from sole proprietorships to the Fortune 100 across the spectrum of industries and functional areas has convinced her that there simply must be a better way to manage people. An MBA concentration in change management set the tone for her focus on the mentoring and development of staff, and her more than 20 years of work experience have fueled her passion for treating “human capital” as people.

Mickey has been a Subject Matter Expert for the Federal Government, consulted for private sector clients with Ernst & Young, and managed projects at the not-for-profit American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) in Houston. While she still had “spare time” before becoming a parent, she also wrote occasionally, publishing numerous articles for the APQC, and authoring a chapter on user-based IT implementation in the book CIO Wisdom II: More Best Practices.

Kevin Bruce

Kevin Bruce
Creative Director

Beginning with his BFA, Kevin has spent his career traveling between the worlds of design and coding. Starting out designing afghans as a pen and ink illustrator for 3 years, he quickly moved through desktop publishing and into the realm of web design and development.

He has designed sites for the likes of Philips Hadco, the National Cancer Institute, Volvo Heavy Truck, cancerpage.com, and did information architecture for drdrew.com. He has held two Art Directorships and one Communications Manager position, as well as being a short order cook for the original Charlie’s Steakery, where he made one mean cheese steak! He moved to Oregon for two years and learned the joys of code writing (because there were no "actual" jobs out there), good wine, and excellent coffee. Kevin also organizes the Frederick Web Technologies Group where great knowledge and food flow freely. He is also active in the PHP community, is a Twitter socialite, and runs the blog neutralgood.net where he has fallen woefully behind in his writing.

Oscar Merida

Oscar Merida
Lead Developer

Oscar still remembers downloading an early version of the Apache HTTP server at the end of 1995, and promptly asking "Ok, what's this good for?"

In September 2000, he first had the pleasure of working alongside Sandy Smith at Forum One Communications, building web sites for non-profit, advocacy, and member-based organizations.In 2008, he joined D.C. United, and while he didn't see a minute of on field action for the professional soccer team, he rebuilt dcunited.com, and later MLSSoccer.com, using Drupal to integrate with Twitter, Facebook, Brightcove, Flickr, and more.

While still on the look out for the occasional pick-up soccer game, he also writes at oscarm.org and runs soccerblogs.net.

Kevin Kestler

Kevin Kestler
Digital Media Strategist

Kevin is a digital native who has spent his life as a teacher, ambassador, and advocate for all things digital. When this collided with an education in industrial-organizational psychology and business at Penn State, a digital marketer was born.

Kevin took over the stagnating communications department of his family's financial services business and rebuilt it from the ground up to be one of the most digitally pioneering brands in the industry and a 2011 Inc. 5000 honoree. Kevin is a fan of simple design, user-friendliness, and the radical idea that brands should treat their customers as actual people. It is this kind human-centric approach to marketing and brand communications that Kevin strives to cultivate at mojoLive.

Elizabeth M. Smith

Elizabeth M. Smith
Developer

Elizabeth M. Smith is a developer, speaker, and writer with an unhealthy obsession with learning new programming languages and making everything compile on Windows. She also sews, teaches classical ballet, and chases around her four kids, husband, golden retriever, and cat who thinks she's a dog.

She started working in IT in manufacturing, moved to consulting, and recently jumped into the wild world of startups with a job at MojoLive where she's going to attempt to create something useful and interesting without breaking the site. Elizabeth is a charter member of PhpWomen and asks the question "Why didn't I ever try this in school", and wants to make sure other women have the same opportunity to see how much fun programming can be. She is active in far too many open source projects as well, which you can read about on emsmith.net

Corey Ballou

Corey Ballou
Developer

Corey began his web development career back in middle school and hasn't turned back since. After graduating from Clarkson University with a BS in Computer Science, he quickly nestled into life as a web developer for two highly respected design and development agencies where he flourished. He thrives on developing custom web applications, having built from scratch and launched several startup MVPs for clients. His experience also includes working on several national brands and high profile sites.

Corey is an avid developer, blogger, beer lover, and homebrewer. He's got the drive of an entrepreneur and the technical chops to bring ideas to fruition. In his free time he enjoys contributing to open source projects, keeping up with the latest industry trends, and swimming with his bulldog Dixie. Corey has become increasingly involved in the PHP community and is a co-organizer of the Queen City PHP meetup group. You can find him online at coreyballou.com or blogging at blackbe.lt.