Who's On First

At Accella, we place an extremely high value on hiring experienced, communicative and flexible team members. We want you to feel passionate about your team and start to form a relationship with them from day one. Check out the team below to get some background, we expect you’ll be impressed with what you read.

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Jason King | CEO

Jason started his professional career at government contractor Northrop Grumman where he helped build systems used for overseas tracking of foreign threats. During his time at Northrop, he gained a love for web based systems, but felt the commercial space was a more engaging venue for digital experiences. His interest in ground breaking technologies led him to start his own design and development consultancy helping aspiring companies leverage technology to transform their businesses.

In 2006, Jason formalized Accella and hired the company's first full time employee. The focus of Accella would be a positive work environment, a passion for customer service and communication, an eye towards new technology and innovation, and a foundation in creating robust and extensible websites and applications through the hiring of highly experienced, highly communicative, and an ultra-flexible team of designers and developers across the country. The result is a thriving design and development agency focusing on the implementation of robust systems for both growing businesses and enterprise organizations alike.

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Steve Demby | COO

Steve Demby began working for Accella in 2006. As Chief Operating Officer, Steve oversees all projects within the organization. With his knowledge and experience in development and project management, he ensures our projects are completed on-time, in budget, and within scope.

He began his career as a web programmer, developing web applications in PHP. He has worked on various projects including social networking, e-commerce and real-estate websites, as well as mobile applications. He spend a brief period doing sales for the organization before moving to director of development full time in 2008.

Steve earned his BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. He now lives in Los Angeles, California.

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John King | CFO

John earned a BS degree in Accounting and a MPA from the University of Baltimore. He spent 11 years working for the State of Maryland Pension Systems and then 23 years with 3 mid­size banks headquartered in Maryland. John finished his banking career with Provident Bank serving as President of the Greater Baltimore Region. He then went on to serve as the CEO/President of the Mid­Atlantic Clearing House Association for 8 years before joining Accella LLC as the CFO. John has served on numerous Boards including the Baltimore Museum of Industry (Treasurer) , Sparrows Point Country Club (Treasurer), Mid­Atlantic Clearing House Association (Chairman), and Saint ignatius Loyola Academy (Treasurer). John lives in Pasadena, Maryland with his wife Janine.

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John Rainey | VP of Business Development

John Rainey brings more than 20 years of sales, marketing and business development experience to the custom multimedia, Internet and mobile application development industry.

John’s breadth of knowledge comes from developing projects with a diverse group of companies, including Prudential Insurance, The National Archives, Zoll Medical Devices, Parker-Hannifin, PBS, Volvo, Senior Life Insurance and Culturalist.com, among others.

John enjoys guiding an intangible idea through to an online reality. He is comfortable working with Fortune 500 CEOs, venture capitalists and small- to mid-sized business owners alike.

John is a graduate of the University of Baltimore with a degree in history (summa cum laude) and has a passion for learning. He was in the U.S. Army for eight years, and served in the Persian Gulf War. He dedicates much of his spare time to honoring the last surviving veterans of World War II. John lives in the suburbs of Baltimore City with his wife. They enjoy traveling, reading and fitness.

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Michael Souder | Director of Strategic Initiatives

Mike brings more than ten years of marketing, communications, and government relations experience to Accella, providing a fresh perspective to the web and mobile development industry.

Prior to joining our team, Mike was deeply involved in multiple industries, including agency marketing, state government with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, independent consulting for small businesses and public safety associations, and rolls in over 30 political campaigns and organizations.

Mike believes deeply in challenging the status quo and reimagining ways to reach audiences and impact society. A college baseball player with a BS in Business Administration, Mike is also an avid sports fan and advocate for animal welfare.

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Crystal Buckley | Project Manager

Crystal began her Project Management career in the medical insurance industry working for MAMSI/United HealthCare. Opting for a change, she ventured into government consulting and has worked for companies including SAIC and Booz Allen Hamilton. During this time, she has had the opportunity to provide services to several agencies including the Maryland States Attorney’s Office, United States Air Force, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Such opportunities have provided experience with all aspects of the software development lifecycle with an extensive focus on requirements gathering, testing, and project management.

Crystal joined Accella in 2013 with a desire to work on many new and exciting projects as well as venture more into the mobile arena. As a project manager, she is responsible for maintaining and tracking schedules and resources. Her goal is always to keep the client happy while striving to stay on time and on budget.

Crystal was born and raised in Maryland, but moved to Seattle, WA in 2014 with her husband, son, dog, and two cats. In her spare time she enjoys DIY projects, restoring old furniture, hiking, and relaxing with a good book.

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Jennifer O'Leary | Project Manager

Jennifer joined Accella in 2014 as a Project Manager/Business Analyst. She has 15+ years experience in web and mobile development with an emphasis in project management, business analysis, and resource and risk management. A Colorado native, Jennifer received her BA from Colorado State University. She gained valuable experience working in London, Denver, Cleveland, and San Diego in a variety of industries, most recently at Qualcomm and LPL Financial in San Diego.

This past year, Jennifer moved to the New York Hudson Valley with her husband, daughter, and dog. In her free time, she is passionate about traveling, reading, and running.

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Mitch Maltese | Art Director

Mitch has been a Graphic Designer working in print and digital media since 1996. Prior to joining Accella he worked as a Senior Graphic Artist building education systems for large pharmaceutical companies and medical institutions. As Art Director at Accella it is his responsibility to be hands-on, executing the clients vision throughout the design process. Mitch spends much of his spare time with his family and working on his 90 year old house in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Kevin Lynch | Interactive Designer

Kevin is an experienced designer and html/css coder who started his professional career with an advertising agency in Baltimore where he worked with key clients on their branding and web based properties. As a Designer at Accella, he incorporates the latest design trends and principles into our web and mobile projects to ensure our client apps and websites are clean, modern and easy to use. In addition, he also provides HTML5/CSS3 code development on select web projects.

Currently residing in West Palm Beach Florida with his wife, Kevin is a proud father of two children (twins!). His wife and daughter own and operate a local business while his son proudly served in the U.S Marine Corp and is currently in the process of becoming a Firefighter in Maryland. Kevin spends his spare time helping his wife with her business while also keeping up with and cheering on his hometown teams, the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens.

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Steve Smith | Senior Solutions Architect

Steve has been a software developer for over 20 years, first developing in assembly language and Pascal on the Apple IIe. He went to RIT for Computer Engineering and decided to stay on the software side of computers. Steve has a diverse background in development for Windows, .NET, iOS, Android, and embedded systems and has worked on projects of all sizes from corporate business systems to small mobile apps.

Steve is always interested in learning new things and develops video games and apps in his spare time . Steve also enjoys cooking, taking walks, reading, going to movies with his family, and playing video and table-top games.

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Jacob Haskins | Director of Mobile Development

Jacob started with Accella on the web development side, building custom applications in PHP, Actionscript, and FLEX. The industry shifted when Apple released the iPhone and allowed developers access to create their own apps. As a result, Jacob shifted his technical focus to the mobile side.

The need for mobile application development has grown tremendously over the last several years. Jacob has made it his aim to stay on top of these rapidly changing technologies to deliver top quality iOS and Android applications.

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Shannon Garrahy | Director of Web Development

Building on a software development education focused on C, Java, Delphi and others, Shannon taught himself PHP and has accrued over a decade of experience in open source based web application development. In his years with Accella, he has been involved with projects such as The BCAT, National Archives, iWannamaker, and Parker-Hannifin. Prior to joining Accella, Shannon spent over four years in a leadership role developing a partner portal platform which allowed tens of thousands of users worldwide to access marketing materials, training, register sales leads and request Marketing Development Funds (MDF) for clients including Palm, Informatica, Arrow ECS, Ipswitch and ExactTarget.

Shannon is an alumnus of Bond University located on the beautiful Gold Coast in his native Australia. After completing his Bachelors degree in Information Technology with majors in Software Development and Multimedia Design, he went on to attain a Masters of Information Technology Management. Shannon followed his wife to the US and spent several years in Silicon Valley before moving to to the East Coast. Shannon now lives in Severna Park, Maryland with his wife Jena and three young sons. He is very active in his spare time enjoying ultimate frisbee, basketball, running and adventuring with his family.

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Adam Behnke | Application Developer

Adam Behnke has been a developer for most of his life, since he started on a Commodore VIC-20 at age eight. He got his first programming job at age 14, and decided that was the life for him!

After stints at an ISP and AT&T, he and a partner started a cellular location company, which took him and his family around the world a number of times, even living in South Africa for a year. He speaks fluent German and some Spanish, and proudly calls West Texas "home."

Adam is married to his high-school sweetheart, has eight children and two dogs, and plays bass and guitar in several Texas Country bands. He is active in his community, church, and children's school, cooks pancakes for his children every Saturday morning, loves reading about quantum physics, scientific accomplishments, and metaphysics, and is generally having a great time with life!

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Brian Swartz | Application Developer

Brian Swartz has been developing private and commercial applications since 1998. While attending college he took a job with a small medical software company where he specialized in developing interfaces for lab machines and clinical systems. At that time the web and mobile markets were relatively small but he spent his time studying and learning both while the industries grew. After more than fifteen years in the healthcare sector he decided to join Accella in 2012 where he now specializes in Net and mobile development.

Brian received his B.S. in Computer Science at Texas Tech University. He currently resides in Lubbock, TX with his beautiful wife and his two wonderful kids. When he isn’t working he spends his free time studying the latest in .Net, iOS, and Android development. He also enjoys watching college football and basketball with his family and friends.

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Ryan Krug | Application Developer

Ryan is a seasoned software developer who does math for fun. In the last 10 years he’s held positions with titles like Director of Mobile Development, Programmer Analyst (I, II, & III), High School Computer/Math Faculty Member, Adhoc Art & Design Faculty Member, and now is largely responsible for the development of web and mobile products for a variety of our clients. His background in math, computer science, and design has paved the way for our ability to create a wide range of web and mobile products with a large scope of capabilities and features.

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Jeff Sharp | Quality Assurance Lead

Jeff has held many positions and worn many hats within the world of I.T. He started out as a COBOL programmer and then quickly shifted gears and moved into a network sysadmin role, building and managing local and wide area networks. Later, he moved into project management, performing hardware and software testing, evaluation, and enterprise implementation. Jeff eventually worked his way into Quality Assurance testing and has been the QA Lead for Accella since 2013, ensuring that all websites and mobile apps developed by Accella meet or exceed their high quality standards and achieve a high level of customer satisfaction.

Jeff spends most of his spare time trail running through forests and in the mountains but also enjoys traveling, backpacking, and working on creative projects in his shop.