Our Team

The people behind Gravity Works have a variety of interests, backgrounds, and experiences; but we share a passion for what we do, and doing it well. The sharp minds of our experts and an excitement to learn and grow puts us a step above the rest.

Our team is constantly growing and evolving, turning “I have an idea” into “you should see this” on a local, national, and international scale. Gravity Works was founded on a passion for detail-focused design, sound development practices, education, and community involvement.

Learn more at an upcoming speaking engagement, community event, or contact Gravity Works directly.

Managing Partner

Jeff McWherter at the Gravity Works office

Jeff McWherter is a graduate of Michigan State University and has 15 years of professional software development experience. Jeff is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD), and Microsoft Technology Specialist (MCTS).

In 2010 Jeff was awarded with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for the third year in a row. Jeff is a published author, with Testing ASP.NET Web Applications (Wrox Press), Professional Test Driven Development with C# (Wrox Press), and Professional Mobile Application Development (Wrox Press). Jeff is very active in developing programming communities across the country, speaking at conferences and organizing events such as the Lansing Give Camp, pairing developers with non-profit organizations for volunteer projects.

Likes:

Learning, reading, winter, eating

Dislikes:

Unformatted code


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Developer

Scott Gowell at the Gravity Works office

Scott Gowell graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in Network Computing: concentrating on the latest software development concepts. With non-profit organizations and large corporations, he has maintained and evolved existing legacy systems; steeped in the development of line of business and custom web applications, and his most recent development includes a selection of mobile applications. With almost a decade of professional programming experience, Scott is engaged in designing the next generation of tools for our clients to be more productive, and help make their lives easier. Along with Jeff and a number of the Gravity Works team Scott co-authored Professional Mobile Application Development (Wrox Press)

Likes:

Lego, Doctor Who, Green Lantern, surprisingly-loud keyboards, Board Games, the Oxford Comma

Dislikes:

Direct sunlight 


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Creative Director

Steve at the Gravity Works office

Steve Jencks loves visually solving problems, and he is particularly interested in the challenge of simplifying designs for mobile experiences. Steve received a degree in Studio Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design from Michigan State University, and he has 15 years of design experience. Today, Steve believes that meeting user goals with intuitive interfaces is the basis of visually-attractive websites. His favorite clients have a passion for what they do, lending to an excitement during collaboration.

Likes:

B-movies, roller derby, rat rods, anything deep fried

Dislikes:

Twist ties on packaging, the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"


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Information Architect &
Business Development Strategist

Lauren Colton at the Gravity Works office

Lauren is a graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University in Social Relations and Policy, who focuses on how people interact with technology to find and use information. She writes client web copy and Gravity Works sales and marketing materials; and uses modern methods for long-lasting results: Search Engine Optimization (SEO), accessibility, User Experience (UX), and interaction design. Her editorial work includes the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (Macmillan Reference USA) and Encyclopedia of Modern China (Charles Scribner’s Sons). Lauren is active in her local IXDA, and is a GiveCamp participant, volunteering content strategy and human computer interaction skills to nonprofits.

Likes:

Information democracy, sociolinguistics, pit bulls

Dislikes:

Grammar snobs, running out of ink in my favorite pen


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Project Manager

Jeff Pompliano

A Michigan native, Jeff is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Telecommunication Information Studies and Media. As project manager, he will bring together all the components of projects and customer service: design, development, and stakeholders. His extensive experience in a variety of industries and business sizes both managing projects and building relationships will help us continue to provide excellent customer service and great project outcomes. He is excited to work with Gravity Works to help businesses thrive by helping them create amazing online experiences.

Likes:

Cinnamon rolls, Spartan green, and dressing up as Link

Dislikes:

Centipedes, doing dishes


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Developer

Jamie Altizer

Jamie delivers features that connect people together, having worked with clients in health care, automotive, accounting, and manufacturing. Through each project, Jamie turns business goals into powerful features by leveraging the appropriate tools. He has 11 years of development experience, after graduating from Bowling Green State University with a Computer Science degree. At Gravity Works, Jamie is excited for the flexibility to try new and emerging technologies.

Likes:

Chocolate, steak, football, baseball, architecture

Dislikes:

Dishonesty, arrogance, onions

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Front-End Developer & UI Designer

Heather Buchel at the Gravity Works office

Heather studied Computer Database Administration at Lansing Community College. She loves creatively using technical knowledge to create design solutions; Heather spends a lot of her time learning the latest HTML and CSS methods, creating custom WordPress themes and enabling front-end e-commerce solutions.

Likes:

WordPress, Hank's Root Beer

Dislikes:

Grape Gum

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Kevin at the Gravity Works office

Kevin Thomas sees the tools around him—ASP.NET, SQL, Android—as a way to help people efficiently reach their goals. Kevin loves the puzzle of building great applications, turning requirements into functional tools by visualizing complex data and code structures. Since earning degrees in Biology and Oceanography, Kevin spent 15 years moving from scientist, to data manager, to developer. His practical, scientific outlook frames his excitement to creatively solve problems.

Likes:

soccer, scuba, Dr. Demento, science fiction, craft beer, travel

Dislikes:

pop music, Wrestlemania

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Dan Glover

Dan Glover has developed efficient solutions and support clients in the healthcare and utilities industries. After earning a Computer Science degree from Grand Valley State University, Dan has worked in SQL, Perl, C#, and ASP.NET. He is a Trekkie and a Tigers fan who is excited to learn new languages and see how emerging technologies—especially native mobile applications and mobile web tools—evolve.

Likes:

Golf, working on cars, craft beer

Dislikes:

Zombies

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Front-End Developer

Monica Salter

Monica studied web design at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Combining her love of code and visual design, Monica is passionate about making sites and applications both beautiful and functional. At Gravity Works, she plays a vital role collaborating with our other designers and developers to create mobile and web solutions. From mock-up to mark-up, Monica utilizes her keen eye and HTML and CSS expertise for great front-end design.

Likes:

Michigan beaches, big dogs, Hayao Miyazaki movies, hearing good news

Dislikes:

Cold (except in ice cream)

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Seth Allison

Primarily an iOS developer, Seth is determined to learn as much about programming as he can, especially mobile development. At Gravity Works, Seth joins our development team as a key player in creating solutions for our clients. Seth has a degree in Computer Science from Northern Michigan University and hopes to some day publish a board game, an iOS game, and travel to every museum that features dinosaurs.

Likes:

Bacon, board games, and dinosaurs

Dislikes:

Failing


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Kristen Overberg

Kristen graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Professional Writing and minors in Computer Science and English. She approaches programming with a linguistic mindset, for both front-end and back-end languages. At Gravity Works, she’ll join the team in working on both sides of websites, implementing high-quality design and development. She is passionate about design and illustration, and is looking forward to more involvement with server-side functionality and architecture. A Michigan native, Kristen loves her home state’s microbreweries, along with paddle boarding, video games, and power lifting.

Likes:

Sloths, Aesop Rock, JavaScript Libraries

Dislikes:

Celery, Duckface, Catcher in the Rye

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Content Strategist

Jensie Simkins

Jensie’s MA in English Composition and Rhetoric from UM-Flint gives her a unique perspective on digital and marketing content. With experience working with large hospitals to small start ups and non-profit organizations, Jensie understands the value of great storytelling and brand integrity. She is passionate about articulating and defining an organization’s brand and effectively conveying it to the community.

Likes:

Boise State football, office supplies, afternoon naps

Dislikes:

Bell peppers, yard work, scary movies

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