Our growth continues. In the past few months we added another Senior Developer to our team, and for the first time we have an Operations Manager on staff. Say hello to Steve and Kelly!
Steve Strand – Senior Developer
Steve has spent his career as a software developer focusing on creating meaningful and quality software to a wide range of audiences. His passion is in architecting and developing high-performance distributed software, specifically around multi-tenant ecosystems. He places a high value on clean code and encouraging fellow developers around him through mentorship, continuous learning, and meaningful relationships. Being a full-stack developer, he also places a high value on the user-experience and enjoys building clean, easy-to-use interfaces.
Steve joined PDA in April of 2018 and works on many facets of the software developed at PDA. From HL7 record transport to full-stack web applications, Steve is exited to bring his experiences and passion to the team. He also hopes to add value to the software development lifecycle at PDA by furthering concepts such as effective automated testing, continuous integration, and continuous delivery.
He received his B.A. in Information Systems from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and has been writing software for the better part of 15 years, starting before graduating college. He has worked at software agencies and companies in a wide range of industry verticals including agricultural, commercial, commodity-trading, e-commerce, automotive, manufacturing, and healthcare. More recently he worked as the principal software architect for a multinational fitness corporation based in Minneapolis. He and his team developed a multi-tenant, distributed, microservice-driven ecosystem responsible for running the company’s new software platform. Steve has also led multiple development teams and really enjoys producing meaningful results to not only end users, but also to the individual members of the team.
Outside of work, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife, 3 kids, and dog. Steve also has a passion for music and has been playing the cello since he was a kid. He and his wife met while playing together in the Calvin College orchestra. In the summers, Steve enjoys fishing and the occasional ride on his motorcycle.
Kelly Laurel – Operations Manager
As Operations Manager, Kelly’s strengths lie in her attention to detail, organizational skills, and willingness to do whatever it takes. Kelly enjoys working behind the scenes to keep the office running smoothly and ensure everyone else can focus on serving PDA’s clients. She loves finding more efficient ways to accomplish tasks and make her coworkers’ jobs easier.
Kelly joined PDA in 2018 and is involved in all aspects of business operations from facilitating contracts and managing vendors to human resources management. Kelly comes to PDA with nearly 14 years of operations management experience at a recruiting firm and online publication. In her last position, Kelly managed the recruitment process, established policies and procedures, and coordinated three separate office moves. She also led the transition team that turned the online publication over to its acquiring company, while simultaneously managing remaining employees’ expectations. Kelly has a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
In her free time Kelly can be found wrangling her two young daughters, doing HIIT workouts, and relaxing at the family cabin in northern Minnesota. A Wisconsin native and still a Wisconsin girl at heart, Kelly can also be found cheering on the Green Bay Packers.