Joe DonnellyRead more
Joe is here for you, the customer, the prospect, anyone who needs help with SCORM, xAPI, or our products. Part customer advocate, part drill sergeant, Joe helps our customers get what they need and helps projects stay on the straight and narrow. Joe’s also seen nearly as much SCORM stuff as the SCORM Engine, since he’s been supporting it since its inception.
As milo1973 on Xbox Live, Joe is convinced that Halo and NHL 2009 are ripe for SCORM-ifying. He’s also mostly forgone Ping Pong in favor of Magic: The Gathering.Most of that isn’t accurate anymore, but Joe does still play Magic: The Gathering. He’s also very proud to be employee #1 on the Rustici tenure ladder.
Featured content from Joe Donnelly
How happy employees create happy customers
Last month, I presented to the Nashville Network of Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) and…Read more
Advice from the Donnellys: People might like us
While we are not one to toot our own horn, we do support pretty well…Read more
What 10 years at a Best Places to Work has taught me
About 12 years ago I was the guy looking in the window at what Tim…Read more
Brian RogersRead more
Brian implemented the SCORM Content Player and the SCORM Engine against an LMS at his former company Evolve Learning. He was so easy to work with and understood things so well that when he came back looking to work with us years later, we couldn’t ignore him. Now Brian provides that same service to our customers. Brian’s built his own LMSs, and he’s seen the inner-workings of countless customer LMSs.
When it comes to xAPI, Brian is a real pioneer. He even chooses to spend his time off building his own xAPI projects…he’s even xAPI-ified Minecraft!
Brian is currently working on software development for the Cloud team.
Ben ClarkRead more
When Ben became available on the job market, we jumped at the chance to get him to join us. He’s a legitimate challenge to Mike Rustici’s throne as SCORM wizard and – bonus! – came complete with collar. (We’re not sure he owns a t-shirt, actually.) Ben’s work with Mike on the ADL Technical Working Group had impressed us for years and as SCORM moves through a necessary evolution, Ben adds to our bandwidth on standards development activities. Heck, he wrote the first draft of xAPI.
Ben is what some folks might call a Yankee and his trips to the Franklin office have involved adventures in grits, fried catfish and turnip greens. He’s also a serious guy who only has one face for the camera, despite David’s best efforts to provoke a different reaction.
Tammy RutherfordRead more
Tammy knew what SCORM was several years before she had even heard of Rustici Software, and she’s not even a standards geek. (For standards geeks, see Clark, Ben and Miller, Brian.)
Tammy also instills fear in Rustici Software employees because she can run, or swim, or bike, forever. We mean it. She’s an Iron(wo)Man many times over! It is this persistence and attention to detail that attracted us to Tammy in the first place. As the Managing Director of Rustici Software, Tammy leads our company with a passionate commitment to caring for our people and customers.
Featured content from Tammy Rutherford
LTDX Q&As: Fitting standards in a learning ecosystem
Recently, we took part in LTDX and participated in 2 live panel discussions covering the…Read more
Looking back and thinking ahead: Learnings from 2020
2020 forced us all to rethink how we approach work and life in general. Moving…Read more
Celebrating Thanksmas 2.0
I’ll be honest. I’ve been having a really hard time getting into the holiday spirit…Read more
Chris TompkinsRead more
We knew that Chris, our director of sales, was going to fit in here when he told us stories from a prior job in which he visited various Walmarts, teaching the disinterested staff about how to sell satellite radios. When your job will revolve around explaining eLearning standards and educating people about them, patience and teaching become pretty important.
Chances are that if you need something from us, then Chris is your man. Chris and Andy round out our sales team, even though our sales process isn’t typical.
Featured content from Chris Tompkins
Looking back at ADL’s virtual iFEST conference
Once again we were excited to participate in NTSA’s ADL iFEST conference. iFEST brings together…Read more
Centralizing content and building xAPI Profiles at iFest
We have been working with government entities since 2005, so it’s no surprise that we…Read more
Our meeting room names in a pinch
Whenever we have visitors at the building, we inevitably get asked the question, “what’s with…Read more
Andy WhitakerRead more
Andy is the office jokester — ask him about his puns! (Actually, you don’t have to ask him. He’ll tell them to you. Over and over and over again.) He also collects rubber animal head masks (like this) and his current collection consists of heads of a horse, squirrel, kitten and german shepherd.
He’s a music fanatic, and currently working on creating playlists to represent his life in decades. He’s feeling pretty good about how ‘My 30s’ is turning out. We’re so happy for you, Andy!
Andy recently started eating breakfast, and he’s thinking about working out.Andy has stopped eating breakfast and never took the leap into exercising. “It was a fail,” he says.
Andy helps people understand what SCORM and xAPI are. He’s considered a “salesperson”, but we don’t do sales the way most companies do.
Featured content from Andy Whitaker
“How do I deploy my courses when moving to Moodle LMS?”
This blog post is part of our “Ask Andy” series in which we publish Andy’s…Read more
Behind the scenes of the industry’s “Best of” lists
Prior to 2020, my personal end-of-year “Best of” lists typically consisted of films, music, video…Read more
“I’ve built courses in Articulate, but how do I send them to an LMS via LTI?”
This blog post is part of our “Ask Andy” series in which we publish Andy’s…Read more
Brian MillerRead more
There’s this problem. You see, we already have a Brian in the office, so adding a second one just confuses things.
So, we’re calling the new Brian “Bobby”. It’s just easier for everyone (except maybe Bobby.)Update: we’ve settled on calling him B Miller.
B Miller is a big Michigan sports fan, but mainly football.
He’s studied organic chemistry, philosophy, and business, and seems to be the go-to guy in the office if you have a question about taxes or 401ks or investing… he’s a deep wealth of information!
B Miller is working with xAPI and cmi5.
Nathan SkirvinRead more
Nathan is a familiar face to many of us and we’re so happy to welcome him back to the Rustici team as an Infrastructure Engineer. As part of our DevOps team, he’s responsible for ensuring our hosted systems stay up and running. He previously worked as a software developer and most recently on the DevOps team supporting the LTG brands.
Nathan is our resident art critic and is always up for sharing an opinion on the latest movie, TV show or video game. He especially enjoys art forms that push the boundaries and really have something to say. Just ask him about his favorites like Deadwood, Empire Strikes Back or The Last of Us. Nathan also likes to dabble in his home studio creating instrumental, new age music on his keyboard.
Tim EdwardsRead more
His name is Tim, but we already have a Tim, so what are we going to call Tim Edwards? Tim E? Time? Tedwards? Ted?
We’re going to try a few out and see what sticks.We decided on Tedwards.
Tedwards has taught us that peanut butter is good on hamburgers, and while we’re on the food front, it’s worth noting that he likes to put Sriracha sauce on everything. (Yeah, that’s another hot sauce lover, if you’re keeping tally.)
During the first fall in our new office, we repeatedly saw wild turkeys roaming in our back parking lot. Tedwards wanted to get bird seed to scatter about for them, but Tim (Martin, the other Tim) said no. (I guess he didn’t think it would be a great idea to encourage the turkeys to make home in our parking lot, or something like that.) We appreciate that about Tedwards, though. He’s thoughtful, asks questions, and has a big heart. For wild turkeys, anyway.
Tim is the Director of Engineering. He wears a lot of hats, makes sure we we are doing the right work, and that we have what we need to work efficiently as possible.
Featured content from Tim Edwards
Authorizing learner access without using third-party cookies
We started delivering SCORM courses to learners around the world with SCORM Cloud about ten…Read more
We are proud to announce ISO-27001 certification
At Rustici Software, we have always considered security important. Today, I am glad to announce…Read more
SCORM Cloud API gets its biggest upgrade of the decade
Good news fellow SCORMarians. We are excited to announce the beta release of our SCORM…Read more
Ryan DonnellyRead more
Yep. It happened. We hired another Donnelly! And yes, they’re related. Ryan is Joe’s younger (
more handsome) brother. Rustici Software just got much more awesome.
Before joining us, Ryan worked in the music industry for 12 years. Click Check out his Spotify if you want to keep up with what he’s into these days.
Ryan is part of our client support team alongside his brother Joe.
Jim IngramRead more
Jim might just be the most normal one of all of us—he’s a great guy,
and you always know what you’re getting with himbut it’s all fun and games until you ask him to drive you to Chipotle, and then forget you asked and drive yourself. Of course, that wouldn’t be a thing that would happen at Rustici Software! It just seems like a thing he might not like.
Jim gets credit for starting the ‘Rusticians with Bears’ thing around here. What started as an inside joke somehow became our official company mascot, and if you ever tour our office, you’ll see a few bears throughout.
Jim likes reading sci-fi and biographies, he likes playing board games, and he plays guitar badly (he said so himself.) Sometimes, if we’re lucky, he’ll bring his guitar in on a Friday and strum around for a bit during our loosely-held late afternoon happy hour.
Jim used to work on various products as a software developer, but now he’s a product manager.
Featured content from Jim Ingram
New in Engine 20: LTI support, YouTube connector, and more
There’s a new release of Rustici Engine available now, and we’re calling it 20.1. Long-time…Read more
New in Engine: Video support, third-party content integrations, and reporting
Rustici Engine 2019.1 is now available! We’re excited about this release, not only because Engine…Read more
Rustici Engine and SCORM Cloud now share the same API
The release of SCORM Cloud’s v2 API is a pretty big milestone for Rustici Software;…Read more
Laura MenselRead more
Laura is our Director of Finance and HR. She keeps a watchful eye on all things related to money and people and usually has somewhere north of 10 spreadsheets open on her computer at any given time.
Like a lot of Rusticians, Laura has daughters…six of them!
Laura is probably one of the most positive people you’ll ever meet. She loves kids, does foster care, and has a passion for helping troubled teens.
She likes riding bikes, and most especially riding a tandem bike with her husband. She loves outdoor adventures like canoeing, hiking, camping, and mountain climbing, but her favorite thing to do is visiting waterfalls, everywhere from Dominica to the back country of Tennessee.
Chris HooksRead more
Chris decided he hadn’t had enough of Rustici, and joins the team again for his second year. A Nashville native, he joins us from Miami University of Ohio.
He’s baaack! Chris interned with us for two summers, and worked part-time with us for a third, and then finally decided he ought to join us full time post-college graduation. We’re excited to have him here as an official Rustician, where he’ll spend his time on Engine development.
These things are still true of Chris: in his spare time, he enjoys working with cars as well as riding his motorcycle. Additionally, he has dabbled in making his own electronic music. He has a soft spot for dogs, especially Corgis and other short-legged varieties. A newer hobby that he has started to get into is snowboarding. (Update, June 2017: When asked how the snowboarding was going, Chris said, “minus the broken leg this past January, it’s going great!” Hmm. Broken leg. Sounds great indeed…. keep practicing, Chris. 🙂 He says he’ll probably join in on the annual Rustici co-vacationing ski trip, and promises to try and not break his leg if he accompanies the group. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.)
Chris claims to be an adequate juggler, and might be the only juggling Rustician! We’ll put this to the test and report back. Stay tuned!
Kyle PatmorRead more
We’re pretty sure that Kyle is the only Rustician that regularly keeps up with Sri Lankan politics, and he has a good reason.
Before joining us, Kyle spent a decade in Sri Lanka. He was teaching English and computer classes in a nonprofit school that he and his friends started. Yep. They started a school.
He considers himself a homebody, even with a passport full of stamps. When not playing My Little Pony with his daughter, or getting beaten at video games by his son, he loves to read and catch up on his Netflix queue.
Kyle is helping us do Engine integrations, and we couldn’t be happier to have him.
Featured content from Kyle Patmor
Can support be delightful? Just ask our customers.
At Rustici, we’ve always prided ourselves on our customer service. Even from its early days,…Read more
Reid WigginsRead more
Popular Rustici folklore tells it like this: Reid never played much pong, and one day, Tim Martin asked Reid when he was going to get to play a game of pong with him. Reid pointedly and specifically answered Tim with, “July 17, 2016.” Now, it should be noted that here at Rustici we like to have fun and celebrate things, so naturally, we quietly recorded Reid’s pong debut date in our calendars and when July 17 arrived, we were ready with custom designed tees, ice cream, and a crowd of Rusticians eager to witness Reid’s big pong debut (and Reid had no idea any of this was in the works). Reid played a game of pong that day, but has never been seen with a pong paddle since.
Reid is also the youngest Rustician, but he’s an old soul. He likes rock/alternative music (and a little bit of metal), cars, video games, and math.
Reid is working on SCORM Cloud, mostly database things.
Catherine ColliganRead more
Catherine worked with Laura at two previous jobs, and when Laura was looking to hire someone to work alongside her in the accounting department, she knew that Catherine was exactly who she wanted to hire. And boy are we glad that Catherine agreed to come hang out with us here at Rustici! As our accountant, Catherine keeps our books in tip-top shape and makes sure all of our money (coming in and going out) is right where it needs to be.
Catherine tried skiing once, and has since passionately vowed to never do it ever again. Instead, she’s fallen head-over-heels in love with snowmobiling, and gets as many runs in as she can each year on our annual co-vacationing trip. She also has a great poker face and has been known to come out victorious after a rousing Rustici game of Exploding Kittens.
When she’s not at work, she spends her time with her 5 year old son, helping to coach his baseball team (he also likes bowling and soccer), and cheering on both college and pro football (her teams are Alabama and Dallas). She also loves Broadway shows, which is another good indicator that she fits right in here at Rustici.
Sam CayfordRead more
Sam is from Guildford, England. He moved to Nashville from London (where he worked in the Gherkin building.) Of course, Sam has a British accent. (Duh.) He likes relaxing on the weekends, occasionally going hiking or trying to get in a game of Snooker. He has a German Shepherd named Sampson (Samps), which Sam refers to as a “frenemy”.
Sam really likes pancakes. He claims there is a holiday in February called Pancake Day that’s widely celebrated in the U.K. that involves, well, eating pancakes. We still aren’t sure if Pancake Day is a real holiday or not, but we went ahead and celebrated this year just to be safe, and because we think Sam is a good guy and we’re happy to eat pancakes with him.
Sam is working on SCORM Engine, and bringing us lots of “Brexit” jokes, which are greatly appreciated.
Ryan PfeifferRead more
Ryan was born in a small town in Indiana (population 3,000). Chasing a girl (his now wife) brought him to Nashville. Ryan is most passionate about his family, but he also really likes sports (Everton soccer, Cardinals baseball, and Hoosiers for anything college.) He very loosely identifies as a foodie and a beer snob, which just means he prefers IPAs to Bud Lights.
Ryan claims that there’s nothing really weird or terribly interesting about himself, which has made him realize he needs to pick up a hobby or two. (He’s open to suggestions!) His claim to fame? He’s the great-great-great nephew of Grandpa Jones.
Ryan will be working closely with our customers as an account manager, and we’re sure that our customers will like him just as much as we do.
Featured content from Ryan Pfeiffer
You do you: Helping Degreed host client content
I talk to clients every day about how they differentiate themselves in an increasingly crowded…Read more
Tara MoreyRead more
We knew Tara would have no problem making herself at home here when we saw her eyes light up at the mention of our annual co-vacationing ski trip. She got engaged in Vail and honeymooned in Banff, so it seems like there’s a pretty good chance she’ll join us on the slopes during our yearly trip. Not only does she love to ski, but she plays games—round of ping pong, competitive card games or the latest video game—she’s in!
Tara works in an area of our office that we fondly refer to as Friendship Hall. It also seems to be the headquarters to a new and quickly growing cat lovers club. Tara’s cat is named Cole Porter, a.k.a. Cat King Cole, and Tara is the third Rustician in Friendship Hall to proudly claim an affinity for felines. Friendship Feline Fan Club, anyone?
As our Brand Marketing Manager, she leads the charge on our general marketing needs including (but not limited to) managing our content, website and events.
Featured content from Tara Morey
LTDX 2021 special sneak peek
Normally this time of year, we’d be gearing up for a long plane ride to…Read more
Connecting learning technologies through functional hubs
The learning landscape has changed a lot over the last several years. The traditional, straightforward…Read more
Rustici Engine and Rustici Dispatch are now IMS certified
Rustici Engine and Rustici Dispatch have officially passed the IMS Global certification testing for Learning…Read more
Avery LasterRead more
As the newest member of the Accounting Department, Avery is already in the running for the most beloved Rustician here, because part of her role is to make sure we all get paid. Naturally this makes us have all the heart eyes for Avery!* <3
She has two young daughters, which she says means she doesn’t have too much time for herself these days, and when asked what she would do with 2-3 child-free hours, she quickly responded with, “SLEEP!” (Psst, Avery, the couch in Team Beef is out-of-this-world comfortable and great for naps. Just sayin’….)
When she’s not day-dreaming about naps, she really enjoys to spend time with her family and friends and catch up on her DVR. Lately it’s been recording shows like America’s Got Talent, The Voice, This Is Us and any/all of the Chicago series.
There’s just one little problem with the addition of Avery to the Accounting Department. She is a passionate Auburn football fan. Which is all fine and dandy, except for the fact that Catherine Colligan, who sits directly across from Avery, is a die-hard Alabama fan. I don’t know much about sports, but even I know that this is a recipe for disaster come fall!!! We might have to temporarily relocate one of them to a different office for a few months. I suspect there will be some good stories to come out of this Departmental rivalry. Stay tuned!
*Truthfully, we think she’s pretty rad regardless of what she’s here to do.
Reed McLeanRead more
Reed has the same name as Reid Wiggins. So now we have Reid, and Reeeed (emphasis on the ‘eeee’).
“My main hobby is making noise,” he proudly told me, and does so on the bass guitar, upright bass and keyboard. As far as musicians go, we have quite a few of those around here now (not so shocking for an office located in Nashville, I suppose) and the addition of Reed has me believing that my dream of hosting a Rustici jam sesh night is closer to becoming true! His love for music doesn’t stop at playing. He also really enjoys trading listening recommendations, so if you’re looking for some fresh tunes, he’s your guy.
I don’t have a great segue for this next fact, so I’ll just say it. His favorite celebrity chef is Guy Fieri, which I find to be fantastic.
Reed says he is clumsy and jumpy and scares easily, which is good news for Chris Tompkins (our in-house scarer) and mostly just bad news for Reed.
Reed’s a software developer, and we’re really quite pleased to have him here.
Josh WhiteRead more
In his life, Josh has worked as the vintner’s farmhand at le Clos de la Meslerie vineyard in Vouvray, France and stayed with a pilot in Sweden who offered to fly him to Goa, India if he was willing to sit in the plane’s jump seat for the 13 hour flight—he said yes. And those are only the stories he shared when I made him narrow his expansive travel memories down to some of his top moments!
Travels aside, Josh describes himself as a jack of many trades who can do a lot of things poorly, including juggling and poi (which is fire spinning, if like me, you weren’t aware.) He has two dogs, enjoys rock climbing, and offered up a piece of advice at the end of our time together that I loved so much, I made him type it out as to not mince his words.
“There are a million reasons you can come up with for why not to do something. But you’ll find if you just do it, the reasons aren’t as many or as daunting as you imagined.”
Josh is a software developer for us, and we are so glad that he chose Rustici Software as his latest adventure.
Luke WiedemanRead more
Luke is a Rustici-unicorn in that he does not share his name with anyone else, which feels rare and special these days. He’s a brand new Nashvillian, having just moved here from Maryland where he was born and raised.
Working at Rustici comes with a certain set of perks, one of which is our drink refrigerator, which I keep stocked with over 30 varieties of beverages. When I gave Luke a tour of our office, we stopped at the refrigerator, where Luke informed me he mostly drinks water. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I think there’s a chance he expands his beverage repertoire in the next 6 months and will follow up at that time. Stay tuned.
Luke’s first day in the office coincided with our most elaborate Thanksmas celebration yet. I can confidently say no one has ever received a more extravagant welcome!
Luke is going to be doing some QA work for us, and we are really just thrilled to have him here.
Featured content from Luke Wiedeman
SSO, Equivalents, and more in Content Controller v2.2
We’re so excited to roll Content Controller v2.2 out! This release is the culmination of…Read more
John GrinerRead more
John is a nostalgic gamer and likes to play on retro consoles and emulators. He even passed his enthusiasm to his two children, who compete on old-school versions of Pokémon and Super Smash Bros.
He also enjoys honing his culinary skills. And like several other Rusticians, he likes his food spicy—but unlike our other in-house “hot heads,” he prefers using peppers over hot sauce. He’s attempted to grow his own fiery peppers, but hasn’t had much luck (although, he still lets his daughter water the withered plants in hopes they’ll come back to life). Not everyone in his family can tolerate the heat, though, so he cooks two meals each night—an adult meal and a less-spicy, kid-friendly version.
John is a software developer working on Rustici Engine, and we’re thrilled to have him “spicing” things up here at Rustici Software.
Kyle BellinoRead more
It was only a matter of time before Kyle found his way to working with us. After all, he’s connected to about half our employees through friendships or past jobs. Maybe it’s because he’s so friendly: his wife says he could befriend a lamp post.
Before working here, Kyle worked in graphic design and even built eLearning courses at UL. From there, he moved into sales and now joins us as a Client Success Manager.
If you want to talk about food, talk to Kyle. Not only do he and his wife enjoy experimenting with recipes, they also plan eating and drinking tours to various cities. His favorite city so far has been Savannah but his favorite restaurant was St. Augustine’s Preserved.
Featured content from Kyle Bellino
Our platform or yours? With RXD and SCORM Cloud, compatibility is key
One thing that I love about being an Account Manager at Rustici Software is talking…Read more
The EVERFI story: Treating customers as partners
When we have a customer come to us, it’s our goal to talk through the…Read more
Even better in person: The DevLearn experience
I’ve been to my fair share of software conferences—many focused on eLearning—but this was my…Read more
Philip FallinRead more
Philip Fallin has come waltzing into our lives to help us with sales. We mean that literally… Philip is a competitive dancer. West Coast Swing, country, ballroom, you name the dance, Philip knows it. The things Philip loves about dance make him great at supporting our prospective customers: he’s passionate about getting to know people and building relationships.
Before working at Rustici, Philip served as an account manager and salesperson at technology companies. He’s a great matchmaker; talented not only at helping folks figure out the right product for them but sometimes helping them find their soulmate–he’s matched two couples who’ve married!
Featured content from Philip Fallin
ATD ICE 2019: A first timer’s perspective
What an exciting time it is! Thanks to how rapidly technology is advancing, training is…Read more
Cameron GrayRead more
Cameron Gray is a builder. At work, he builds relationships with clients and he’s joined our team as a Client Success Manager. At home, he builds furniture. Last year, he and his wife gutted and renovated their 1962 ranch in Franklin and in his spare time, he builds anything from a coffee table to a record console. He loves figuring out how to do something and then sharing how to do it with other people, which will make him great at serving our clients.
Cameron is a serious Arsenal fan. He’s played pick up in an adult soccer league and enjoys returning to his hometown of Atlanta to watch Atlanta United. He’s also passionate about cycling, which is his hands down his favorite hobby. He has big plans to bike into our office each morning during the warmer months.
Featured content from Cameron Gray
Building a distribution model for Valvoline’s product training
I like building stuff. A couple of years ago I got on a cutting board…Read more
Keep it simple, Genius
A long time ago, I overheard a manger tell someone on their team to “keep…Read more
HBI sets off a positive chain reaction using SCORM Cloud Dispatch
We do two things really well here at Rustici Software: build eLearning software and provide…Read more
Sara TopicRead more
Sara has been dreaming of Nashville ever since high school as she’s a huge Taylor Swift fan. She’s originally from New Hampshire and now she calls Music City home. Although she isn’t looking to become a Billboard artist herself, you’ll frequently find her at songwriter’s nights around town listening for the next Liz Rose and eagerly waiting for new music to release every Friday. Sara loves making people laugh–she’s already informed us about her bad habit of overusing jokes as she’s still doing “the dab” dance move years after its debut.
Though she misses being able to ski every weekend, Sara loves the weather and community she has found here in Nashville. Sara paddled on a canoe team a few years back and is looking forward to exploring Tennessee from the water this summer. We’re happy to have Sara join us as a software developer for our Rustici Engine team.
Featured content from Sara Topic
A developer’s reflection on learning the LTI standard
I’ve been a developer on the Rustici Engine team at Rustici Software for a little…Read more
Liz PostonRead more
Liz is a great listener. With her background in therapy, she loves diving into people’s stories and motivations. No wonder she makes for a great office manager as she’s always in tune with everyone’s needs.
Liz spends part of her free time preparing organic food for Dinner Belle Nashville, a local meal delivery service. She’s an expert at chopping vegetables and peels back the layers of an onion just as easily as she asks you questions to know you on a deeper level.
Liz is also a musician and songwriter. In fact, she sang us a song about “why we should hire her” which won over our hearts. Although she shares her name with the lizard, Liz is actually most fond of the manatee.
Featured content from Liz Poston
An office manager without an office: Virtual onboarding and welcoming new hires
It’s hard to believe that we’ve been remote for over a year now even though…Read more
An office manager without an office: Keeping connected virtually
Next week marks the one year anniversary of Rustici, like so many companies, shifting to…Read more
In the Bin: Recycling at Rustici Software
Here at Rustici Software, we care just as much about our community as we do…Read more
Joshua TurnerRead more
Joshua is trying out a few different hobbies — running, weightlifting, billiards, you name it. He’s even programming a computer to play chess, but he doesn’t describe himself as an enthusiast yet (He says he needs to “keep up with it before I can start bragging.”).
After completing some impressive renovations to their house, Joshua and his wife have created a resort-like feel with a giant deck complete with a hot tub and a koi pond. After putting their kiddos to sleep, they routinely get in a round of cue ball into their garage-turned-game room. Sounds like Joshua might just become the next pool shark of Columbia?!
Joshua is a full-stack developer that works on the Delight team, providing support to keep our customers happy.
Joshua TenniesRead more
Third time’s a charm as we now have three Joshuas on our team. We’ll have to decide on his nickname soon as things might get confusing at the office. Maybe we’ll use his last name (Tennies) as it’s actually pronounced tennis, just like the sport.
Talking about sports, he’s been playing basketball since he was a little kid. He’s even an avid gamer on the eSports scene, and is pretty competitive on his favorites like Call of Duty and Fortnite. We know he’s one of us as he’ll join for a pick-up game of hoops or for a match on the latest first-person shooter.
Joshua signed up for the Army National Guard at age 17, quickly advanced through his computer science undergrad, and hasn’t stopped since. Joshua says he’s “very passionate about being passionate about life.” He’s enjoying the new views of the rolling hills of Tennessee as that reminds him of his hometown in Pennsylvania, although he appreciates the warmer weather down south.
We’re happy to have Joshua join us as a full-stack software developer for our SCORM Cloud team.
Leo GouldRead more
Leo is a transplant from Los Angeles and a recent graduate of the University of Southern California. Being from LA near Hollywood, Leo is really into movies. You might find him at screenings of old classics or listening to director Q&As. He’s a fan of noir and early 70s era films like The Conversation, China Town and The French Connection.
Leo has taken up a new hobby of playing darts. He claims to be able to nail those hard to hit double and triple spaces, and has achieved the feat of a queue the announcer voice one hundred and eiiiigggghhhhty, the highest score in one trip. His affinity for numbers (and aiming at them on a cork board), also applies when he analyzes software code. Leo says the most rewarding part of the process is the tinkering to get something to work.
We’re happy to have Leo join us as a software developer for our Rustici Engine team.
Kelley GriggsRead more
Kelley is an avid gardener. At work, she grows our products across the industry as she’s joined our team as a Product Marketing Manager. At home, she tends to a variety of herbs, vegetables and flowers in her backyard. She’s even nurturing an avocado tree from a seed with the goal to be less dependent on the grocery store even though the odds of bearing fruit are slim.
Kelley lives by the latin saying “aut viam inveniam aut faciam” meaning “either find a way or make one”. If you apply yourself and learn along the way, you don’t have to wait for an opportunity to present itself. She started her career as a journalist writing for the Nashville Post and covered stories on start-up tech companies. Since then, she’s worked at those very companies focused on product marketing, and we are so glad her path led her to Rustici Software.
Featured content from Kelley Griggs
Import, play and track media with video, audio and PDF support in SCORM Cloud
Today's learning and training programs go far beyond traditional eLearning courses. Whether it's video based…Read more
Customer chats: How universities are partnering with companies to train the next-gen workforce
Genius SIS uses SCORM Cloud API to help higher-ed clients create continuing education courses for…Read more
Level up your learning strategy with us at LSDX
Remember the days of going to conferences together? There were long plane trips, new places,…Read more
Michael SchuetzeRead more
As a kid growing up in the small village of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, Michael wanted to be an astronaut. Later it was the thought of working on the Mars Rovers that shifted his interest to software engineering and led him to pursue his degree at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.
Michael describes himself as a jack of all trades, master of none, letting curiosity be his guide. He’s chock full of weird talents and strange skills. He can recite the alphabet backwards faster than he can forward. He also shared that he can spell the longest word in the dictionary, pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis – call me impressed!
Michael is constantly listening to music and you’ll typically find him with a set of headphones on dancing in place. Spotify can’t even categorize his music taste as he loves all genres. Michael is a software developer working on SCORM Cloud, and we’re thrilled to have him ‘keepin’ it fresh’ here at Rustici Software.
Lara AbdurazakRead more
Lara grew up in XinJiang province in China, moved to Beijing for college and job opportunities and has spent the last few years in the States. She can speak an impressive 4 languages, including English, Mandarin Chinese, Turkish and her native tongue, Uyghur which is one of the turkic languages spoken by Uyghur people living in XinJiang China. She says the biggest culture shock is the lack of spicy food. She frequently orders the hottest flavor on the menu, which might make most people sweat, but it is nothing for Lara.
Food aside, Lara enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 year old son, Almas. She loves roller coasters and is looking forward to when he meets the height requirements to be able to join her on the rides. In her downtime, she finds beauty rituals for skincare to be very therapeutic. Part of her job is to be nit-picky, and we’re happy to have Lara join our team to quality check our software products.
Joseph MarinoRead more
Joseph grew up in New Jersey, went to school at Southern Methodist University in Texas and recently relocated to Tennessee. He studied finance and shifted his career to software development as he enjoys seeing the connection between the work you put in and clear results of your contribution. We’re happy to have Joseph join us as a software developer for our Content Controller team.
Joseph admits that he’s absorbed in all things tennis—watching it, reading about it, thinking about it, you name it. He is looking to join a local Tennis club to get back into playing himself. Joseph also has a crazy story of how he camped out for cheap Wimbleton tickets. After 3 days waiting outside, he was able to see star athletes like Roger Federer and Andy Murray compete in the 2017 championship.
Besides tennis, Joseph also enjoys listening to indie/alternative music and reading Japanese comics. Sometimes he even watches Chinese sitcoms to brush up on his Mandarin Chinese which he studied in college.
George VilchesRead more
George has the need. The need for speed. If you’re fast enough, catch him speed running video games, especially “Megaman 2” and “Super Dodge Ball.” While the rush of beating your previous time is exciting, what he really enjoys about rushing through games is being part of a community and “not being any good at the thing itself.” On running recovery days, George dives into books by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman or watches “Mystery Science Theater 3000” since sometimes making fun of movies is better than watching them.
You could say that George has been programming since he could reach the keyboard back in the 8-bit days. After attending the University of Central Florida for computer science, he worked as a senior software engineer before making his way to the eLearning industry. George joins Rustici Software from JCA Solutions and brings extensive experience working with SCORM and xAPI as well as helping companies take their eLearning standards game to the next level.
Featured content from George Vilches
Remote hackathon: We’re up all night
As our one year anniversary of being a completely remote team was nearly upon us,…Read more
Dottie LindseyRead more
We’ve always wanted someone who’s de-FRIGHT-ful on the team! An avid horror fan, Dottie spent many a fall season as a scare actor at Halloween Horror Nights, but you may know her better as the “terrifying person chasing me with a chainsaw” (be sure to ask her how to get the best revving noise) or the “rat lady.” Did you know that it takes a lot of work reading people to pull off the best scares?
When she’s not covered in varying amounts of fake blood, Dottie enjoys defying gravity and improving her aerial silks skills. In fact, one of her favorite tricks is performing dangerous front flips.
Dottie brings a wealth of software development experience to Rustici, including seven years working with SCORM and xAPI. She’ll be putting her knowledge and people-reading skills to good use as a developer at Rustici. Don’t worry, her chainsaw skills probably won’t be necessary.
Alicia PackRead more
Alicia knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. In fact, she wrote a book before 2nd-grade, and her first article was published in the local newspaper by 3rd. She’s even working on her own young adult novel trilogy. Her undergrad is in radio, television and film, and she has a master’s degree in mass communications.
Every year, Alicia volunteers as a reporter for the Daily Dragon at the annual Dragon Con convention in Atlanta. She brings a comical writing style in her interviews and panel recaps of popular shows like “Firefly” (RIP) and “Games of Thrones.” But her celebrity status doesn’t stop there. Alicia was an extra in numerous movies and television shows, including “Captain America: Civil War,” “Drop Dead Diva,” “Teen Wolf” and “The Watch.”
We’re happy to have her as a technical copywriter on our marketing team and providing editing support on the cmi5 project.
Featured content from Alicia Pack
Celebrating our tech ‘Superwomen’
It’s funny how some memories stick with you. I once toured a company that decorated…Read more
Nolan McDonaldRead more
We knew Nolan was one of us when he casually talked about robots, skiing and bad jokes during his welcome breakfast. The big Rustici three. He loves art, but painting takes a long time. Instead of picking up a brush, he spent nearly his entire high school senior year learning to code so he could construct a robot to create murals for him. Later, he realized he’d built a giant wall plotter. But what he really created was a strong feeling of accomplishment in himself that sparked the desire to work as a software developer.
And we gained another skier! When he’s not on the slopes, Nolan spends his time playing a variety of different video games because, to him, “games are an art form.” You’ll also find Nolan listening to records or struggling to keep his growing collection of house plants alive.
Nolan joins our Delight team supporting our SCORM Cloud customers. Be sure to bring your best — or absolute worst — dad jokes when chatting with him.