How can our lives benefit from the products we design?

We ask “Why?”

The question that is asked every day around Uncorked is “Why?” “Why are we making this?” “Why would anyone care?” “Why did this work?” “Why did that fail?” “What problem are we solving?” It all begs the question “Why do we spend so much energy asking why?” We do it because it means everything is guided by reason, information and an obsession to understand how to best solve each problem set we wrestle with. Because we haven’t found a better way to stress test our thinking, creating, and teamwork. And, most importantly, because we know it works.

We turn theories into things.

We understand it’s critical to debate, discuss and deliberate before we start designing, making and testing. That said, turning something theoretical into something actual is what we do best. This is when our breadth of experience, skills and passion for producing both traditional and experimental products stops being a conversation and turns into a real, live thing. And once things are working, we push the boundaries - whether we’re talking about code, electronics or design. By searching for, and overstepping, the edges, we can learn exactly how far an idea is capable of going.

We are open.

At Uncorked we share ideas, inspiration, and advice with each other and the communities we are a part of. But more importantly, we include our clients in our thinking, our hypotheses and solutions as part of our core process. We’ve found this openness prompts everybody to share vital information, context, insights and other tools. The more open we are with our ideas, the more they grow and gain interest, contribution, and momentum - the stuff that makes a good idea turn into a well designed, useful product.

We speak human.

We deal with complexity, and we thrive on the intricate conversations involved in untangling it, but if we can’t explain our solution in a simple way to our friends, family or a barista at Water Avenue Coffee, our work is not finished. There’s always a complicated way to do something. We take pride in making the complex simple.

We are specialists. And generalists.

One thing everyone does at Uncorked is a lot more than one thing. We pride ourselves on each having a broad skillset that we enjoy applying in new ways on every project. The proof of this versatility lies in the range of work we do. Our unique variety of capabilities means we can do business strategy, product design, branding, startup launches, non-profit work and just about whatever else inspires us.

Our people

  • Marcelino Alvarez

    Marcelino Alvarez

    Chief Executive Officer

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    Marcelino Alvarez

    Marcelino Alvarez

    Chief Executive Officer

    Marcelino J. Alvarez is founder and CEO of Uncorked Studios, where his responsibilities include shaping the company’s vision and strategy, business development, and community outreach.

    Prior to Uncorked, Marcelino served as Executive Interactive Producer at Wieden+Kennedy Portland, where he worked on Old Spice, Electronic Arts, Laika, and Nike. His work on the Nike Chalkbot illuminated new possibilities for how people interact with technology. The project was a rare opportunity to bridge the divide between digital, physical, brands and people. The quest for similar opportunities led to the founding of Uncorked Studios.

    Prior to Wieden+Kennedy, Marcelino was one of the first Integrated Interactive Producers at Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Miami. He produced award-winning digital campaigns for VW, Coke Zero, Virgin Atlantic, and MINI USA.

    Marcelino attended Duke University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a received a certificate in Film & Video Production.

  • David Evans

    David Evans

    Chief Technical Officer

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    David Evans

    David Evans

    Chief Technical Officer

    David grew up in Pittsburgh, PA through the leanest years for that city’s fortunes, and also had the questionable fortune to graduate from college at the beginning of the dot com bust. As a result of both, David has learned how to thrive within a “can’t do” environment.

    Having managed tech teams on shoestring budgets, his approach to technology is that sometimes the best solution may be to think harder and more honestly about a problem before moving, rather than to run at the biggest price tag or the hottest buzzword. This experience across platforms has allowed him to stay up to date on the changing landscape while keeping the baggage over time limited to concepts and best practices.

    He firmly believes that technologies are like fashion - there are fads, forever classic styles, and outliers like the piano-key neck tie. He has an expansive understanding of technologies ranging from web and software, to hardware. His approach to technology is to identify what the difference between “impossible” and “very hard” is.

    He brings with him a history of lean startup life, having managed tech teams both local and remote for companies such as ModCloth, Intridea, and DeepLocal.

    David is a former adjunct instructor at the University of Pittsburgh where he taught mobile application development to graduating seniors. This further solidified his approach to technology as a set of skills beyond a simple single solution and helped him to further hone his communication skills.

    He has two dogs, Alfie and Charlie, who are his closest allies.

  • David Ewald

    David Ewald

    Chief Creative Officer

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    David Ewald

    David Ewald

    Chief Creative Officer

    David Ewald is Chief Creative Officer at Uncorked Studios. A founding member of the company, David leads the team to pursue design excellence across all Uncorked projects. His tenacity for user-centered design remains the core belief that inspires our team to build products that make life designed.

    David has helped shape the strategy and design vision for Uncorked’s clients including LEGO, Samsung, Intel, and Google Creative Lab. Additionally, David provided his branding expertise to Safecast, an organization co-founded by Uncorked Studios following the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. His previous work for Target, Cartoon Network, Nike, HP and Matador Records built a foundation for his unique blend of entrepreneurship and interaction design.

    David is an accomplished photographer, and spends his spare time seeking opportunities to document narratives in and around the Pacific Northwest. He is originally from Wisconsin and lives in Forest Grove, Oregon, with his wife and son.

  • John Furukawa

    John Furukawa

    Chief Operating Officer

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    John Furukawa

    John Furukawa

    Chief Operating Officer

    John is Chief Operating Officer at Uncorked Studios.

    John draws from a background of building and managing consumer software products and services in both established company and startup environments to operate Uncorked’s business, contribute consumer-focused strategy and UX, and produce technical projects.

    Prior to Uncorked, John helped launch and iterate Whrrl, a Kleiner-Perkins funded social location-sharing mobile platform lead by ex-Amazon, Yahoo, and RealNetworks executives. Before that, John helped shape the early mobile entertainment landscape at RealNetworks, building RealPlayer for mobile phones to first enable streaming audio and video technology and later launching and operating mobile music and entertainment services for both consumer and white-label markets. He worked with most mobile technologies, manufacturers, and operators.

    John is passionate about providing value and building trust, for users, clients, and our team. He lives in NE Portland with his wife Abby, son Oscar, and dog Martin. He loves food carts, spreadsheets, and quick-witted colleagues.

    John received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

  • James Keller

    James Keller

    Executive Director of Semiotics

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    James Keller

    James Keller

    Executive Director of Semiotics

    James Keller is an inquisitive outgoing introvert.

    She has been finding ways to interpret how the world works for other companies for more than 20 years, giving her the ability to articulate the why, who and how behind any project. Most recently, she was funemployed for a summer, recuperating from a 3-year-stint as the director of mobile user experience at @WalmartLabs. There she managed several dozen designers, design researchers and prototypers to create 12 different products across three markets. She found her way to Walmart after Small Society (a company that she owned and co-founded) was acquired. Small Society made the first branded apps for companies like Starbucks, Whole Foods and Amazon. Before that, she was a designer and strategist at many agencies (including Wieden+Kennedy where she met our CEO, Marcelino), working on accounts like Nike, Coca-Cola, and Laika.

    James’ goal is to make sense of the chaos of our business. At Uncorked, she uses this talent to understand the client problems that we are trying to solve, how our studio relates to the community and how our people relate to each other. She approaches all of these like a design problem, facilitating teams into articulating and achieving a shared vision.

    During her free time, you can find James working on her tomato garden, reading fiction books in a hammock and hanging out with her family. She also works as a mentor with various startups through organizations like the Portland Incubator Experiment.

    Side note, she was a junior police officer when she was ten and once had a stint as a paid GoGo dancer for a weekend. She also played rugby in college and was the handstand champion in the state of Hawaii in 1987. Basically, we know who not to mess with in the office.

    And yes, despite a name that would lead you to believe otherwise, James is most definitely a girl.

  • Avery Pollick

    Avery Pollick

    Executive Managing Director

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    Avery Pollick

    Avery Pollick

    Executive Managing Director

    Avery Pollick is an insightful, observant and delightfully forthright ex-New Yorker.

    With her extensive background doing a mix of product and account positions for about 14 years, she is able to make the ownership, direction and vision for any business or product easier to wrangle in any situation. Most recently, Avery worked as the managing director for a UK-based insight and strategy firm and established its first U.S operations in New York. Before that, she spent more than 10 years as a producer, account manager and product lead at companies like Google, R/GA and Firstborn working on global products including Nike+ Fuelband, Nikeplus.com, Google’s “30 Weeks” Program and Google Small Business Products.

    Avery’s goal is to keep the Uncorked ship afloat and going full speed ahead while also marrying the team’s personality, perspective and creativity in a way that unifies all of our work. She also creates an environment where cross-functional teams, clients and stakeholders can truly collaborate. At Uncorked, she manages the product partnership and production teams while partnering with our operations and semiotics teams to maintain a consistent business experience for everyone.

    When she isn’t at the office, you can find Avery chasing her hyperactive two-year-old around the house, exercising like a fiend and spending time outside. She is also constantly trying to catch her ‘enthusiastic’ husband on his cycling, running, surfing and snowboarding adventures.

    Side note, Avery has competed in a couple Olympic-length triathlons and is currently trying to master the art of intricate desserts—all while welcoming her new child (the fourth member of the Pollick clan) to the world. Who said that doing BurnCycle in your 39th week of pregnancy is crazy? Yeah, she’s nuts, but we love her.

  • Kaitlyn Anderson

    Kaitlyn Anderson

    Developer

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    Kaitlyn Anderson

    Kaitlyn Anderson

    Developer

    Kaitlyn Anderson is a social butterfly who loves a crowd and is direct in her communications.

    Her background varies from web to app development, giving her a good sense of the variety of ways to use technology to solve problems. Before Uncorked, she interned at NGP VAN, a company that offers a management tool for political parties, helping fix issues with the massive amounts of data being used for campaigns. She also worked with Gimbal Inc. in San Diego to create an iOS app that helped retail stores find difficult-to-locate beacons using Bluetooth technology. Most recently, she interned here at Uncorked, as an Android developer.

    Kaitlyn believes that you really need to care about what you’re doing to build a quality product. At Uncorked, she uses this passion to help create Android apps by collaborating with the team on the best ways to approach and solve problems.

    When she isn’t at Uncorked, you can find Kaitlyn learning how to rock climb, playing ultimate frisbee and watching Netflix. She also gets out there with her Uncorked colleagues on the weekends, tackling everything from a Spartan Race to riding motorcycles.

    Side note, she was the captain of the ultimate frisbee team during her senior year of college r and went to nationals. She also intended on being an engineer before taking her first computer science class at Harvey Mudd College—her life was forever changed at that point. We’re looking forward to seeing where Kaitlyn’s competitive spirit and caring attitude take us next.

  • Megan Bauer

    Megan Bauer

    Semiotician

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    Megan Bauer

    Megan Bauer

    Semiotician

  • Dimitry Bentsionov

    Dimitry Bentsionov

    Associate Technical Director of Web

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    Dimitry Bentsionov

    Dimitry Bentsionov

    Associate Technical Director of Web

    Dimitry is incredibly calm in every situation and will go out of his way to uncover problems that haven’t even presented themselves yet.

    His many years of developing software in multiple capacities has given him a good perspective on how to look at a project as a whole, instead of a sum of its parts. Most recently, he worked at an agency called DeepLocal where he sought to connect the physical and digital worlds together. He was the lead on many big marketing campaigns for companies like Google, Hallmark, ABC Family and more. Before that he worked at a small mobile development company called Two Tap Labs where he developed for iOS and Android.

    Dimitry strives to think about the biggest need for any project and develop for that—thinking about technology as supporting the overall goal. At Uncorked, he primarily writes software for web projects and helps define what it is to be a remote worker at Uncorked in Pittsburgh.

    When he isn’t working, you can find him building chairs and coffee tables, taking photos, motorcycling outside the city, or playing on the league soccer team.

    Side note, Dimitry has a finance degree but hasn’t worked in finance a day in his life. He started working with technology a long time ago and won a programming challenge in high school. He also eats a lot of bread, and makes his own bread at home. All that being said, we’re thrilled to see his skills for making technology come to life in action.

  • Peter Bliss

    Peter Bliss

    Senior Developer

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    Peter Bliss

    Peter Bliss

    Senior Developer

    Peter Bliss is equal parts curious and determined.

    With his years of experience creating products from scratch, he is able to look at something as a sum of its parts and figure out how it works. Before Uncorked, he spent a few years at Metal Toad as a senior developer where he built everything from robust back-end systems to several Android apps. Before that, he worked at Retail Dimensions Inc. and helped develop a platform that integrated their software with numerous retail sites.

    Peter strives to reverse engineer different things to understand how they work as inspiration for architecting new types of products. At Uncorked, he uses these skills to design, prototype and ultimately build systems where software, firmware and hardware work seamlessly together.

    When he isn’t at work, you can find him tinkering with things, making unique beers or wines (like banana wine) and cooking various types of food. He is now experimenting with the giant 3D printer he built at home from scratch.

    Side note, Peter used to play the sax in high school and worked in kitchens for ten years. He also directed, filmed and edited a movie in high school called the Blair Monkey Project. We are thrilled to see what Peter tears apart and invents next.

  • Midori Bowen

    Midori Bowen

    Developer

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    Midori Bowen

    Midori Bowen

    Developer

    Midori Bowen is an advocate for diversity who is always striving to grow in everything she does.

    Her background varies from community organizing and tutoring to development work. Most recently, she interned with us here at Uncorked working on Android apps. Before that, she interned at Solalla doing front-end development for the web. She also worked as a community organizer for a neighborhood group in Chicago and tutored at a community college for a year and a half.

    Midori tries to bring her ability to facilitate conversation to every project. At Uncorked, she works on our mobile team. She has a knack for figuring out what is causing a specific problem and then finding a solid way to solve it.

    When she isn’t at work, you can find her cooking and continuing to master the art of making homemade soups and sauces—she spent a lot of time working in restaurants and has a real passion for food. Otherwise you’ll likely find her hanging out with her cats or playing board games with her friends.

    Side note, Midori loves jigsaw puzzles and is really good at sewing. She also used the play the flute and piano and was a radio DJ with her friend in college. It goes without saying that we are excited to see what her passions help us create next.

  • Melissa Chan

    Melissa Chan

    Associate Design Director

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    Melissa Chan

    Melissa Chan

    Associate Design Director

    Melissa has been designing award-winning interactive experiences for the past 11 years for brands including Microsoft, Best Buy, HP, Ste Michelle Wine Estates, and Joie de Vivre Hotels. Her focus is user-centered visual and interaction design, and she revels in making the complex simple.

    Before she joined Uncorked, Melissa gained branding experience at Cinco Design and sharpened her mobile and interaction design skills at Sequence. She thrives on collaboration, and loves working alongside developers and designers of different skillsets in a constant quest to never stop learning.

    Melissa hails from Connecticut, and spent seven years in San Francisco before heading north to Portland in search of a backyard and cheaper rent. When she’s not working, she can be found cooking, gardening, biking, and hiking all over Oregon.

    She has a B.S. in Engineering Psychology and Biomedical Engineering from Tufts University, and an A.A.S. in Graphic Design from Parsons School of Design.

  • Josh D’Errico

    Josh D’Errico

    Director of Prototype Labs

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    Josh D’Errico

    Josh D’Errico

    Director of Prototype Labs

    Josh D’Errico is Director of Prototype Labs at Uncorked Studios.

    Josh is a cross-discipline engineer with wide interest and exposure to software, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and applied science. He leads up Uncorked’s hardware and fabrication lab and is commonly found soldering, designing circuits, researching components, milling wood and aluminum, and tidying up the hundreds of tools and parts that occupy the lab bench. Josh is passionate about understanding how things work, and has a knack of getting to the bottom of things through research and experimentation.

    Prior to Uncorked Studios, Josh designed and built his own workshop where he tackled fabrication and assembly with wood and metal on both large and small scales, restored a vintage Mini cooper, built numerous speakers and subwoofers, and masterminded home remodel projects for himself and a dozen friends. Before his self-imposed early retirement, Josh built and maintained automated testing software and hardware systems for RealNetworks for over a decade, with an emphasis on efficient database and scripts and low-cost, high benefit hardware.

    Josh received his bachelor’s degree in Economics at Claremont McKenna with a Computer Science senior thesis.

    Josh enjoys creation of all kinds, and is usually out hiking, sailing, or gardening when not indulging in maker side projects or photography. He achieved Italian citizenship several years ago and keeps an eye on politics on both sides of the pond.

  • Audrina De Moss-Steyn

    Audrina De Moss-Steyn

    Office Assistant
    Audrina De Moss-Steyn

    Audrina De Moss-Steyn

    Office Assistant

  • Annie DeYoung

    Annie DeYoung

    Senior Producer
    Annie DeYoung

    Annie DeYoung

    Senior Producer

  • Melodee Dudley

    Melodee Dudley

    Designer

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    Melodee Dudley

    Melodee Dudley

    Designer

    Melodee is originally from North Carolina — it’s the first thing she’ll tell you about herself, but Portland has been her home since 2002. Beginning her studies in design and photography at Portland Community College, where she earned a two-year degree, she has since moved on to graduate from the highly respected Graphic Design program at Portland State University. 

    Melodee joins Uncorked with a diverse skill set in design and photography from her previous experience with Big Giant, IDL Worldwide, and Harlo Interactive. In her down time she continues designing and shooting photos for her own projects. She also enjoys art history, yoga, and has a new found love for biking around Portland.

  • Joshua Fingert

    Joshua Fingert

    Developer

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    Joshua Fingert

    Joshua Fingert

    Developer

    Originally from California, Joshua received his Audio Engineering degree from Evergreen before rolling down to Portland. His formative years were spent programming, filmmaking, and producing cassettes on his Yamaha four-track.

    Over the course of his career he has worn a few different hats such as web developer, audio engineer, and espresso machine technician. After starting a family, he has had stints back in school and with local startup Smart Mocha, where he honed his front-end skills that he now applies at Uncorked.

    He feels very fortunate to be working in an environment where creativity and experimentation are highly valued and is currently working on expanding his skill set into other areas of development.

    He is often found hiking with the fam, enjoying beverages, thumbing through LPs, and fiddling with audio gear.

  • Ali Gary

    Ali Gary

    Designer

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    Ali Gary

    Ali Gary

    Designer

    Ali Gary’s personality exudes a quiet confidence that makes the work she does look almost effortless.

    With her specialized design background, she brings a keen eye for scale and proportion to projects in both the physical and digital realm. Before Uncorked, Ali interned down the hall at Laundry Studio where she designed everything from wallpaper to athletic wear, doing some work for Old Navy.

    Ali is a natural with typography and also surface design, which deals with creating designs that are printed onto actual surfaces, not just making the patterns themselves. At Uncorked, she thinks beyond design and bases her work on the product as a whole—balancing her instincts with experimentation to solve problems.

    When she isn’t at work, you can find Ali combing the world for inspiration. She finds it almost anywhere, such as when wandering around Portland to check out boutiques and artists, venturing outside of the city, or even watching tv at home.

    Side note, Ali considers herself a minimalist and never wears sneakers or athletic wear of any kind. Needless to say, she brings an uncommon charm to the studio.

  • Megan Hansen

    Megan Hansen

    Design Director

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    Megan Hansen

    Megan Hansen

    Design Director

    Megan Hansen is empathetic and insightful.

    Based on her more than 20 years of experience doing nearly every aspect of digital product development, she has a deep appreciation and understanding for how each team member plays a role in the creation of something. Most recently, Megan ran her own business consulting on user-experience design and research. In that time, she worked on numerous apps for National Geographic that won design awards, such as iPad Editor’s Choice and iPhone App of the Week. Before that, she spent time as a designer and researcher at PinPoint Logic and Nemo Design, where she worked on UX design and research for clients including Nike, Intel and Cisco.

    Megan’s goal is to make complicated things simple and loveable by truly understanding the user for any product. At Uncorked, she takes user research and draws insights from it to create design concepts—constantly thinking about how we can make better experiences for people. She really cares about giving users the ability to reach their full potential through the products we build.

    When Megan isn’t at the office, you can find her fostering a menagerie of animals, reading and studying food, gardening and spending time with family. She also owns and continues to build a business called Plant Lust, where you can search for and purchase plants.

    Side note, Megan played the harp for many years and loves elephants—she is also inspired by kindness. All we can say is that she sets the bar for what a human should be.

  • Miguel Higgins-Moy

    Miguel Higgins-Moy

    Lab Assistant

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    Miguel Higgins-Moy

    Miguel Higgins-Moy

    Lab Assistant

    Miguel Higgins-Moy is a rare type of experimenter.

    His interest in learning how to solve problems from a young age has led him to be a valuable member of the Uncorked team today. In the midst of spending his time here with us, he is currently at PSU earning his electrical engineering degree. In 8th grade he joined First Robotics, an organization that gives K-12 students access to mentor-based programs to build science, engineering and technology skills. He has been both a student and mentor in the program for the last eight years. Most recently, he held an internship at AutoDesk where he built and fixed 3D printers and worked with various computer-aided design programs.

    Miguel’s goal is to experiment with different processes to improve the workflow for future projects—he is always preparing the hardware lab for what could come next. At Uncorked, he works alongside Josh, our director of prototype labs, to make things. This ranges from creating our in-house seltzer water to building physical prototypes for clients.

    When Miguel isn’t at work, you can find him playing with quadcopters or drones, 3D printing, making Pad Thai and hanging out with his cat and fiancé.

    Side note, Miguel used to play the violin in middle school and wanted to be a pilot when he grew up—he also used to be really into PC games like Battlefield and Portal. All we can say is, he is destined for great things, and we’re grateful to have his talent and optimism to help us turn thoughts into things in the interim.

  • Stephanie Hudson

    Stephanie Hudson

    Human Resources Manager

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    Stephanie Hudson

    Stephanie Hudson

    Human Resources Manager

    Stephanie joined Uncorked as Office Manager in the summer of 2014.

    From Amsterdam to New York to Portland, Stephanie is pleased to bring her operational chops to the Portland area and keep Uncorked Studios running smoothly. With over 12 years of office management experience, Stephanie has an obsession for organization and love for Northwest wines. When she isn’t enjoying a bottle of wine with good friends, you will find her relaxing or working on a creative project.

    Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science in Management, Human Resources Management, Supply and Logistics Management and minor in Design Management from Portland State University.

  • Cindie Kellner

    Cindie Kellner

    Finance Manager

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    Cindie Kellner

    Cindie Kellner

    Finance Manager

  • Justin Kent

    Justin Kent

    Producer

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    Justin Kent

    Justin Kent

    Producer

  • Lee Lerner

    Lee Lerner

    Associate Technical Director of Environment/Experience

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    Lee Lerner

    Lee Lerner

    Associate Technical Director of Environment/Experience

    Lee Lerner is both inquisitive and logical.

    With a diverse engineering background, he is able to bridge the gap between software and hardware projects—whether that’s developing an app, creating new hardware or building the whole connected ecosystem. Before Uncorked, Lee worked in the medical device industry where he developed a sensor called HeartPOD. It monitors heart health to keep people with congestive heart failure out of the hospital through giving them information on which medicines they should take at what times. While it is still in clinical trials, more than 400 people have received a device and it has already made an impact on life expectancy. When not literally saving lives, he also spent a fair share of time working in the app development space.

    Lee is always looking for ways to solve problems by finding the right tool for the job. He has a knack for seeing multiple ways to do something and is open to all of the possibilities. At Uncorked, he uses his talents to uncover the best technical solutions to meet the needs of both our users and our clients.

    When he’s not at Uncorked, you can find Lee cooking and binge watching Netflix with his wife and three cats (who he says he is working hard to provide a good life for). He’s also really into live music, the outdoors, cycling and space.

    Side note, there may or may not be a YouTube video of Lee singing “Poker Face” in Cartman’s voice at a talent show. Either way, we know who to bring to karaoke night.

  • Mo Madono

    Mo Madono

    Senior Developer

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    Mo Madono

    Mo Madono

    Senior Developer

    Mo Madono is laidback and resourceful.

    Her diverse web development background has given her the ability to find an answer to any question. Before Uncorked, she worked at The Wall Street Journal as a senior technologist where she did everything from working with complex data for the Market Data Center (pulling in all the data on each specific company within a market) to implementing interactive advertising. She also developed websites for exhibitions for the Guggenheim Museum and before that worked at a nonprofit called Pittsburgh Filmmakers where she was a jack of all trades.

    Mo has a way of exploring problems that always provides answers. At Uncorked, she builds websites and researches new methodologies for how to create things.

    When she isn’t at Uncorked, you can find Mo playing with her dogs, perfecting new recipes (like ones for bread and pies), skiing, surfing or renovating her house.

    Side note, she is a classically trained violinist and briefly lived in Poland in college. Two of her grandparents were inventors and they created technologies that we are still using today. Needless to say, we have a creator in our midst.

  • Michael Maitlen

    Michael Maitlen

    Senior Developer

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    Michael Maitlen

    Michael Maitlen

    Senior Developer

    Michael Maitlin is forever curious about all the ways he can use technology.

    As a developer who can do both frontend and backend work, he is able to architect apps in a way that goes far beyond just meeting the requirements. Before Uncorked, he was a contractor for few years, working on apps like NFL Mobile. He also worked as an Android developer at RGA for two years with brands like Tiffany & Co. and Nike.

    Michael’s goal is to create apps that solve real problems—at Uncorked he develops for Android. He pushes the boundaries on the doctrine for how to create something and instead thinks about when and why to use certain approaches.

    When he isn’t at Uncorked, you can find Michael hiking, cooking and going to the gym with his wife. He is also working on a couple side projects, such as an app to help create encounters for roleplaying (RPG) games, including D&D5e.

    Side note, he has a black belt in American Kenpo and once tried to see if he could fit an entire cheeseburger in his mouth. He also finds inspiration in the poem Invictus. We’re excited to see where his determination and curiosity take us next.

  • Katarina Mitchell

    Katarina Mitchell

    Associate Technical Director of Mobile

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    Katarina Mitchell

    Katarina Mitchell

    Associate Technical Director of Mobile

    Kat Mitchell is the perfect combination of modesty and excellence.

    With a background focused on Android development, she is able to build mobile apps that are both functionally beautiful and user-friendly. Before her time with us, she worked as a research assistant making user interfaces for an app called iPrefer, which allowed people to enter in their preferences for certain products and get suggestions on what to buy, such as a certain make and model of car. Kat also worked as a teaching assistant at Iowa State University, helping students learn the art of coding.

    Kat’s goal is to write software that brings the work of designers to life in a smart, feasible way. She has a knack for developing in a way that allows for quick prototyping (because her code is easy to experiment with and flexible) but it is also thorough enough that it’s ready to launch.

    When Kat is outside of the office, you can find her playing with her parakeets Broccoli and Herbert, gardening various fruits and veggies, going to yoga or watching Netflix. She is also excellent at cooking/baking, as evidenced by her domination of multiple cookie challenges at the office.

    Side note, Kat went to the national championships for softball when she was 10 and went to all-state for choir in high school. She is also an originator of Little Friday, our once-a-month office ritual that involves spending a Thursday afternoon in unexpected ways. In her free time, she enjoys studying random things, like how to properly take care of and style curly hair—so we know who to call on a bad hair day.

  • Phillip Nguyen

    Phillip Nguyen

    Designer

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    Phillip Nguyen

    Phillip Nguyen

    Designer

    Phillip is a born and bred Portland native, with a drive to improve and develop new skills as a designer everyday. A graduate of Portland State’s design program in 2014, he got his first taste of user interface design during his final year of school through his continued curiosity of digital design. Through design, he strives to create a warm, personable, and memorable experience for both himself and the viewer.

    Outside of designing, Phillip enjoys shooting hoops, eating tacos, diddy boppin’, and watching Seinfeld re-runs.

  • Matthew Noe

    Matthew Noe

    Associate Design Director

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    Matthew Noe

    Matthew Noe

    Associate Design Director

    Matthew has been with Uncorked Studios since the Summer of 2012 and has lead design on a variety of projects for Jordan Brand, Samsung, and Vroom. He’s also been a champion for Uncorked’s many internal design initiatives, leading design on everything from our website and CMS to our holiday gifts and apparel.

    An alumnus of Portland State University’s design program, Matthew is a principled designer focused on form and function. He understands that experience is a holistic blend of interaction, visuals and hierarchy. Classic design principles are a foundation for Matthew’s approach to digital and real world problems. Recently, he has returned to Portland State as an adjunct faculty member where he teaches an Interface Design class in the school of art.

    Born and raised at the feet of the Rocky Mountains in Aurora, Colorado, Matthew is proud to have called Portland his home for the last 15 years. When he’s not working, Matt can be found missing easy putts on the golf course, living and dying with his hometown Denver Broncos, analyzing the state of rap music, and cracking on his homeboys.

    Matthew also holds a degree in Finance from the University of Portland.

  • Nick Parish

    Nick Parish

    Editorial Director

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    Nick Parish

    Nick Parish

    Editorial Director

  • Liz Rhodes

    Liz Rhodes

    People Director

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    Liz Rhodes

    Liz Rhodes

    People Director

    Liz Rhodes is simultaneously approachable and engaged.

    With her extensive background in people development positions, she understands the power of community, connections and knowledge. Before Uncorked, she was at ZGF Architects focusing on talent and staff development, which included implementing new programs, such as building communications skills and fostering interns. Before that she was with VMDO Architects and the American Institute for Architects developing classes and programs for the teams on topics like sustainability and public speaking.

    Liz approaches every situation with openness and is always trying to connect people with opportunities. At Uncorked, she strives to develop the staff at all levels while working towards the health and happiness of the entire studio—whether that’s encouraging the studio to support our community or giving them the ability to pursue their interests.

    When she isn’t at Uncorked, you can find Liz working on the board of directors for Portland Community Media, making pies, attending literary events, and watching PDX Eater for information on our city’s next best restaurants.

    Side note, Liz was a radio DJ during and after college—her handle was “That Darlin’ Darling.” She also participated in a pig scrambler when she was four and caught Miss Piggy, who went on to become a giant hog… then later on to bacon. So… you can probably see why her people development skills will be great for the folks at Uncorked.

  • Leia Sefkin

    Leia Sefkin

    Director of Technology

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    Leia Sefkin

    Leia Sefkin

    Director of Technology

    Leia Sefkin strikes that balance between being knowledgeable and humble.

    A truly versatile developer, she has deep experience and expertise in bringing the interface of websites to life, but also in developing the scalable infrastructure that drove experiences for folks like the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones. Having a common thread of experience around image processing and payment systems, Leia has tackled some impressive technical challenges. Most recently, she worked at GlobeSherpa (now Moovel) where she architected and designed services for Trimet’s mobile ticketing, all while starting an internship program.

    Leia is like a linguist but with data and information. Her forte is finding ways to break down the building blocks of a problem and using those blocks to create a new language (or architecture) to solve it. At Uncorked, she uses this talent to guide the team toward a unified product vision while also leading day-to-day development efforts, and being a tireless champion for diversity and culture.

    When she’s not at her day job, you can find her hiking, camping or reading a fantasy novel. She also volunteers at a horse rescue nonprofit, because she’s interested in the equestrian lifestyle, and at XRAY.fm, a local radio station.

    Side note, Leia started on May the 4th and even though she isn’t a huge Star Wars fan, she was really excited to make the pun. And yes, her name is pronounced the same way as the Princess. She’s also obsessed with digestives and studies liquids and foods that make your stomach feel good, which may or may not include black licorice. All in all, we definitely know who to go to for advice on proper digestion.

  • Justin Spohn

    Justin Spohn

    Design Director

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    Justin Spohn

    Justin Spohn

    Design Director

    Justin began his career in 1999 by answering an ad for a designer that read simply “Eames?”

    Since then he’s brought this modernist philosophy of design as innovative, useful, understandable, and honest to all his work, first a designer and later as a design strategist. His belief is that brands are best served when they serve their customers, and the focus of his work always starts with user experience and creating projects that provide clear benefits to their intended audience.

    Over his career he’s been able to bring this approach to brands like Nike, HP, Apple, Intel, Disney, Best Buy, and Portland General Electric.

  • Jason Strand

    Jason Strand

    Associate Design Director

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    Jason Strand

    Jason Strand

    Associate Design Director

    Jason wears one hat. Every day. Except, inexplicably, on the day this picture was taken. But as a member of the Uncorked team, Jason wears many, many hats. He’s part visual designer, part art director, part experience designer and part B.S. detector. He brings 15+ years of award-winning creative and technological experience to Uncorked, most recently at W+K Portland, and is thrilled to see what comes next. He also brings R&B slow jams, Louie the Boston Terrier and, when he remembers it, his lunch. The one thing he NEVER forgets, though, is his hat.

  • Charles Vestal

    Charles Vestal

    Head of Production

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    Charles Vestal

    Charles Vestal

    Head of Production

    Charles is the Head of Production at Uncorked Studios, working to iterate on process, communication, and tools to deliver awesome products for our awesome clients. Hailing from Texas, he brings a background in digital art, web development, product management, and sausage-making that inform the creative production process in unique and delicious ways.

    He has been helping creative teams create engaging software full-time since 2009, and breaking those things since slightly prior. With projects spanning Disney, Fox, Google, General Motors, and others, he brings a user-focused philosophy to his work, aiming to please clients by pleasing their audience. People seem to dig it.

    When not at Uncorked, he can be found re-watching one of the Star Trek series while most likely cooking something involving a potato. Charles is a collector of musical instruments (11), tiki mugs (23), and OK Cola ephemera (1 complete set of cans and bottles). He and his wife have a dog named after a fish, a dog named after a lady (who was named after a bird), and two lovely, lovely bikes.

    You can find pictures of his recent meals at https://instagram.com/charlesv/

  • Abby Yeakel

    Abby Yeakel

    Executive Producer

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    Abby Yeakel

    Abby Yeakel

    Executive Producer

    Previously living in Los Angeles, Abby began her career as coordinator for Zoic Studios scheduling interactive, commercial, film, and television projects for clients such as Jeep, HBO, and ABC.

    Although native to the San Francisco Bay Area, she is ecstatic to be back in Portland and completely immersed in mobile application and website production. At Uncorked she has produced content for clients such as LEGO, March of Dimes, and Samsung always bringing her intense level of organization and quick wit to every project.

    She also spends time on artistic fronts including sculpture and photography. With handy building skills and a sharp visual aesthetic, she joins technologically inclined minds to participate in projects that focus on physical and digital integration as well as her own personal endeavors.

    Abby attended Lewis & Clark College and Portland State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Art Practices.

  • Adrian Harris Crowne

    Adrian Harris Crowne

    Contributor
    Adrian Harris Crowne

    Adrian Harris Crowne

    Contributor

People are at the center of everything we build at Uncorked. From research and strategy to design and development, our world revolves around creating products that make life better for the people they touch. It’s this focus that connects every member of the Uncorked team and as we grow, we continue to seek people who view design and technology the same way. Sound like you?

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