dsmHack is everyone that helps build this community. However, dsmHack is led by a Board of Directors that organize events and facilitate programming. Here are the people, helping the people, help the people that help people.
Lynn is an agile coach and trainer at John Deere Financial. Having started her career as a developer, she understands the needs of the developer and seeks to bridge the gap between business and IT teams. Having experienced the power that agile principles make within teams and culture, she’s the happiest when others get to realize that power. She has participated in the dsmHack for many years, including providing an agile workshop for non-profits. Lynn enjoys traveling with her husband and being active in her church.
Kyle is a Tech Lead and Senior Software Engineer II at HubSpot, a global software company the provides a CRM platform with marketing, sales, customer service, content management, and operations capabilities. Outside of work, Kyle enjoys contributing to open source projects, playing guitar, boating, and spending time with his wife and kids. Kyle has been involved as a participant of dsmHack since 2015 and became a board member in 2018. Kyle received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Northern Iowa.
Darin is a software developer with Source Allies, a technology services company in Urbandale, IA who’s teammates strive to be Experts, Owners, Teachers, and Leaders. Since his first hack in 2016, Darin found joy in far more than developing software. The opportunities to work with skilled local people, teach and learn new technologies, and to discover the passions of the non-profit participants bring him back every year. Beyond dsmHack, Darin is the Assistant Technical Director and Short Film Coach for Valley High School in West Des Moines and a member of the Comedy Xperiment improv troupe – somehow finding a way to professionally use every portion of his BA in Cinema and minors in Theatre and Computer Science from the University of Iowa.
Molly is an Iowa native, a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, and a Green Bay Packers fan. She grew up playing soccer and used her Earth Science and Geology degree to discover and protect natural resources. She is the active Executive Director at Iowa Rivers Revival- a non-profit river advocacy group for the state. Molly lives in Des Moines with her boyfriend Johnny and her dog Lola, and enjoys biking, kayaking, craft beers, and food trucks.
Mitchel is the CEO and Director of Development at IowaComputerGurus, a software development company based in Ankeny, Iowa. At IowaComputerGurus Mitchel is responsible for day-to-day operations as well as software architecture and security. When not busy developing custom solutions for customer problems, you will often find him sharing his love of flight with others. Mitchel also gives back to the community through a number of other organizations by serving as a board member for the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association (COPA), Treasurer of the DNN Association Organization, and volunteering time and talent to others. Mitchel is a Des Moines native and received his Bachelor’s degree from Grand View University.
Ethan is a technologist with a wide ranging variety of interests and experience. He has worked in IT across the construction, financial, and agricultural industries. Starting out in a support role, he moved into systems administration and networking and then onward to infrastructure support and eventually into DevOps. His primary tools are Bash, Python, Vim, and a mechanical keyboard.
He has been playing with a bit of everything over the years and using it in various strange and terrible ways. He is passionate about security because he’s seen how bad things can get, especially for those without strong digital literacy and he doesn’t want anybody to have to deal with identity theft or worse.
He currently contracts through Lean Techniques for a large agricultural company in Des Moines.
Antoinette Stevens works remote from home full time as a Senior Security Detection and Response Engineer for Cisco Meraki, a San Francisco based Cisco Systems company specializing in the production of cloud-managed IT and networking devices. Antoinette is originally from Stone Mountain, GA and moved to Des Moines in 2015 after receiving her Bachelors in Computer Science from the University of Georgia. Since arriving in Des Moines, Antoinette has been an active member of the tech community by working with organizations such as Girls Who Code and the Technology Association of Iowa. In 2018, Antoinette was named as a Business Record’s Forty Under 40 honoree for her continued dedication to tech community in Iowa.
Chuck was a fixture at dsmHack from day one. For the first three years of dsmHack, he not only helped the teams he joined as a volunteer but was the first to step up and help any other participant or team that needed it. He was our go-to guy and everyone knew he’d bend over backward to make sure that all of our nonprofits left happy. He then joined as a board member in 2017 so that he could “help as many people as humanly or superhumanly possible.” He wanted to focus his energies and direct his efforts to make each dsmHack event that much better. And he did. The impact that Chuck was able to have on not only our organization but on the community as a whole were immeasurable and he is greatly missed.