Meet The Team

It is better to have a great team than a team of greats.  At Codagami, we have both!  We are made up of passionate and creative individuals with a team-first mindset.  Get to know the people that make Codagami great!

Jeff Young, President/CEO

President and CEO Jeff Young founded Codagami in 2001 and considers himself lucky to have created a place that allows him to spend every day doing something he loves. Jeff’s areas of expertise include large-scale, cloud-based distributed systems and all things C# and .NET. When Jeff isn’t spending time at or on work, he is with his wife, managing partner Krystal Young, and their three daughters; automating some type of household gadget; or building electronics with aspirations of becoming Tony Stark. Jeff is an avid collector of nothing—“My wife doesn’t allow such shenanigans”—and lists “anywhere warm” as his favorite travel destination.

Krystal Young, Managing Partner

Krystal Young, managing partner and “Jackie of all trades,” has been with Codagami since the beginning. A former English teacher clocking in at not-even five-feet tall, Krystal is known as the enforcer of the office, and surely no one would question that assessment. Krystal and her husband, President/CEO Jeff Young, are caretakers of Benji, the office mascot who is not aware that he is, in fact, a small dog. Krystal’s free time is spent baking, traveling, and helping at her daughters’ school, and her area of expertise is the same as her favorite part of working at Codagami: bossing Jeff around. Krystal is the only office member who can brag that she has graduated from McDonald’s Hamburger University, subtly noting that it’s “kind of a big deal.”

Kris Akers, Developer

Kris Akers began working for Codagami as an iOS developer in 2018 and enjoys the team and office environment. Kris is married with two dogs and a cat, and he enjoys building and flying radio control airplanes during his time away from work.

Joe Hedges, Developer
Software developer Joe Hedges has worked at Codagami since 2017 and has come a long way from his days as a clerk at RadioShack. Joe, whose areas of expertise include Microsoft technologies and troubleshooting, came to the company after spending nine years as a systems administrator and professional photographer, a hobby he still enjoys when he has the time. Joe also enjoys playing video games, but because of his superpower to memorize visual elements and experiences, he rarely plays the same one twice!

Brett Lofendo, Developer

Brett Lofendo is a software developer currently attending the University of Illinois, studying computer engineering. Brett’s interests include mobile development, the Chicago Cubs, and collecting and selling limited edition sneakers. His favorite vacation spot has been scuba diving the coral reefs of Cozumel, Mexico, and he aims to travel more in the future.

Ricky Machado, Developer

Ricky Machado is a software developer at Codagami and is currently attending the University of Illinois. Ricky comes to Codagami with a varied background, including lab work at Underwriter Laboratories, construction positions, and factory machine operation. Ricky can take off his socks with only his feet, and he claims relation to Gerardo Machado, former general and president of Cuba who has been described by historians as a dictator—which definitely is not related to his future positions at Codagami.

Michael Martin, Office Manager / QA Analyst

Michael Martin—QA analyst, office manager, and “The Office” aficionado, has been with Codagami since 2017. Michael’s favorite travel destination is his hometown near Peoria, but around the Champaign-Urbana area, Michael can be found coaching middle school basketball or watching the St. Louis Cardinals or Green Bay Packers with his wife and pup.

Kyle McDermith, Office Assistant / QA Analyst

Kyle McDermith has been with Codagami since 2019, working as a software tester and office assistant while attending Parkland College, with plans to transfer to the University of Illinois in the future. Kyle is a lifelong sports fan, with allegiances to the Philadelphia Eagles, Milwaukee Brewers, and Dallas Mavericks.

Sam Schoenberg, Developer

Software developer Sam Schoenberg has been with Codagami since 2011. His areas of expertise include C#, JavaScript, the .Net framework, and all of the games in Codagami’s multicade machine.  Away from work, Sam enjoys playing Magic the Gathering, speedrunning Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, and eating his grandmother’s special holiday cookies.

Josh Thompson, Sr Project Manager

Josh Thompson, senior project manager, has lent his skills in project management, business analysis, and documentation to Codagami since 2019. Outside of the office, Josh’s interests revolve around his family, including his wife (whom he can communicate with solely through gifs), his kids (who love to read with dad before bedtime), and his dog (who gets a special lunchtime visit every day). In the movie of his life, Josh would be played by Jeremy Renner, and all of the best scenes would depict Josh’s time as a roller skate rink concessions attendant/DJ/skate counter.

Dallas Watterson, Sr Developer

Senior developer and professional meeting attender Dallas Watterson has been with Codagami since 2012. Dallas’s areas of expertise include web development (primarily focusing on front end, making him “the front end guy”), C#, Javascript, and CSS. He is known for having the sunniest disposition of anyone in the office. Dallas can, if asked, wiggle his ears, dunk a basketball (which he has done, he swears), and sing all of the lyrics to “B.O.B.” by Outkast AND “Love is an Open Door” from the Disney animated classic Frozen.

Benji, Chief Security Officer

Benji, Codagami mascot and gentleman pup, has been vaguely aware of the presence of people at the office since 2016, although acknowledging them is an entirely different story. Pastimes for Benji include being petted, being fed, and being annoyed at those who don’t participate in either of the aforementioned pastimes.

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