Meet Our Team
The key to Solstice's success lies in our ability to find people that believe in our mission and truly love what they do. We then put those individuals in a position to succeed. Our clients reap the benefits.
J Schwan is the Founder and CEO of Solstice Mobile and the Solstice product incubator, Bottega Sol. J has been helping enterprises understand and embrace disruptive technologies for over 15 years, spending the last five years focusing on enterprise mobility. J has his BS in Materials Science Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and started his career at Andersen Consulting. J enjoys playing tennis and golf, but gets most of his exercise chasing around his 4 year old daughter and 3 year old son.
Kelly is an Enterprise Mobile Delivery Manager and company leader at Solstice. Kelly works with Fortune 500 clients to plan and manage the delivery of their enterprise mobile initiatives. She is a thought leader in the mobile domain publishing a monthly mobility blog and has lead mobile best practices workshops. Kelly is experienced in managing all facets of the mobile delivery lifecycle from strategy through implementation. Kelly has been a consulting professional for over a decade bringing both deep technology & business perspectives to her clients. Kelly has been with Solstice Mobile since it's inception and has worked to grow the business through sales leadership, client delivery leadership, and internal business process optimization. Kelly was born and raised in Cleveland OH and lives in Chicago with her husband and 2 boys. Kelly is a marathoner, wine lover, and is passionate about the use of mobile technology to make life simpler and more fun.
Eric is a Director, Client Engagement and has been with Solstice since 2008. He has over 12 years of experience within the Financial and Technology industries where he has excelled in client and partner relations, project management, and business process design and analysis. Clients appreciate his thoughtful approach to problem solving and the way he works and collaborates with individuals across an organization. Eric's first job after graduating from the University of Illinois was as a Certified Flight Instructor.
Gregg is a Director, Client Engagement focused on helping his clients embrace enterprise mobile technologies. His passion is working with creative and progressive clients to define their enterprise mobile strategy and build innovative mobile applications that help their businesses thrive. Outside of work, Gregg loves family fun time, sports, tech gadgets and coffee (lots of coffee).
Peter is Director of Client Engagement with 17+ years of enterprise IT experience. He understands all areas of IT from desktop and networks, to applications, mobility and security. Over his career, Peter has been a network administrator, software developer, development manager, and Identity and Access Management architect, to name a few. Peter's greatest quality is his commitment to his clients and his desire to ensure project success. With Peter you get experience, high-touch personalized attention, and comfort knowing that he's on your side.
Greg is a technologist with 18+ years of application development and architecture experience. He has spent the last 10 years in the financial services industry building award winning consumer and business web and mobile applications. Greg’s passion is mobile development leading him to create applications with functionality ranging from a Mobile Card Management (Wallet) application to a Workout Tracking application. His hobbies include boating, fishing, arduino hacking, beekeeping, kids soccer coach, and anything else that allows him to spend time with his wife and 3 sons.
Chris joined Solstice Mobile in 2012 as a Senior Consultant. Chris has over 20 years of experience leading teams and designing and developing creative solutions to business problems through the effective use of technology. He has developed applications for healthcare, financial, sports, content management, media and online communities on mobile, web, desktop, broadcast and interactive television platforms, and won a team Sports Emmy® award for his work on live data-driven visual enhancements for Fox Sports NASCAR broadcasts. Chris' many hobbies include photography, travel and culture, music, sports (hockey, soccer and cycling), design and the maker movement.
Bob joined Solstice Mobile in September 2010 and has recently become a Principal. Bob has over 18 years of experience primarily within the banking industry, managing projects and programs across Financial, Credit Risk and Reporting areas both on the IT and Business side. He is focused on forming partnerships and working collaboratively to solve problems and build strategic solutions. Bob is an avid sportsfan, especially golf, and loves spending time with family and friends.
Ajay Jain has recently joined Solstice Mobile as a Senior Leader providing over 18 years technology experience across Retail, Banking, Telecommunications, Technology, and Consulting Industries. He is a Mobile Strategist and Mobile Readiness Advisor engaging clients in the areas of Mobile Strategy, Mobile Performance Engineering, Mobile Analytics, Mobility Platforms Selection and Mobility Solutions rollout. Ajay holds an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago and holds three US and International patents in the area of Internet Telephony. He is currently an Adjunct Faculty Member at DePaul University teaching Investments and Portfolio Management. He currently resides in Naperville with his wife, two daughters and a son.
Amol has earned his masters in Information Systems from Illinois State University in August 2010. He is experienced in web application development on .Net framework. Before joining Solstice in June 2011 Amol has worked as an intern at Liventus and as a C#/SQL programmer at American Eagle. Currently he works as an analyst representing Solstice at Nuveen Investments.
Andy Sheehan is an Android developer with great enthusiasm for game development and gamification. He also has experience developing rich internet application using the Adobe Flex SDK. When he's not writing code Andy practices juggling and unicycling. Andy is a proud graduate of Knox College.
Kevin is a Principal at Solstice Mobile who joined the team in July of 2012. He is a software architect/developer specializing in object oriented framework design and implementation. Kevin has 15 years of experience in both small startup organizations and large corporate environments, specializing in end to end J2EE applications. He is currently working with iOS and Android in the mobile space. Kevin enjoys a wide variety of music, cycling, ice hockey, and spending time with his family.
Dave is a mobile developer specializing in client applications and software design. Dave has experience in iOS, Android, and web application development, human-computer interaction, and cloud/distributed systems. He has worked with customers and business partners in consumer and enterprise settings to help deliver software solutions, provide technical training, and ensure maintainability. Dave is an enthusiastic developer, Mac user, and technology lover. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies, TV shows, and hiking.
Graham is a mobile software developer specializing in enterprise applications. Graham has experience with both server- and client-side technologies such as Java EE, Objective-C, and Android. He has worked on projects involving advanced concerns such as high-concurrency, scalability, and data access performance requirements.
Jamal is a graduate of DePaul University with an MS in Computer Science. He has a strong background in Object Oriented Programming and SQL, and currently focuses on iOS and Ruby on Rails development. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and theater.
Jon graduated at the University Of Iowa with a BBA specialized in Management Information Systems. Jon is very driven and enjoys learning about the newest technologies. Jon is currently working with one of our successful clients as a web developer. Jon's technical background includes .NET , ASP.Net, Windows 7 Phone, and SharePoint. In Jon's spare time, he likes to play hockey and soccer.
Kelly is a Mobile Delivery Consultant at Solstice Mobile, with a strong track record of successfully delivering various cost-saving and revenue-producing initiatives to established and growing companies. She is focused on using agile methodologies to strategically deliver projects efficiently and effectively, and implementing sustainable process improvement initiatives. As a recent graduate of the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa, Kelly brings a fresh angle to each and every project and strives to always provide value. In her free time, Kelly is an active participant in Chicago's Dance Marathon charity organization.
Lewis is a Principal at Solstice and joined the team in March of 2012. He has a strong background in gathering business requirements and effectively communicating across the IT and business side of projects. Lewis is passionate about working with clients to identify user needs and take innovative ideas from ideation and turn them into effective features in their mobile products. A die hard Cubs fan, he enjoys listening to music, golfing, playing guitar and meeting new people.
Matt is a Mobile Delivery Consultant at Solstice Mobile, helping deliver innovative and effective mobile applications to enterprise level clients. Using his analytic and problem solving skills, he effectively leverages mobile technologies to meet the requirements of the enterprise and its users. In his free time, Matt enjoys attending concerts and Chicago sporting events, training for and participating in local running events, and spending time with his friends and family.
Nikhil is a lead developer on the Product Development Team at Solstice. As a software engineer, Nikhil has worked on a variety of industry projects in different domains. Nikhil is currently working as a mobile app developer and also has a strong background in Java and .NET technologies. He likes to play cricket, watch movies and direct short films in his free time.
Sampath Kumar Kunta
Sampath is a developer on the product development team at Solstice. He is a versatile and passionate developer with a unique combination of Object Oriented Programming, scripting and graphic design skills. Sampath specializes in iOS, Android, Java, .NET and Mobile Web applications. In his spare time he likes to listen to music and play tennis.
Sam recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an education in Computer Science. Currently he is helping develop mobile applications for a large B2B retailer. When Sam isn't playing PC games you can find him enjoying a round or two of disc golf.
Sujan is a developer on the Product Development team at Solstice. He has experience working with iOS, Java, .NET technologies, Databases, Business Intelligence Services (SSIS, SSRS and SSAS) and graphic design, which shows his interest and flexibility to learn new technologies and new things. His wide range of interests include playing cricket, tennis, volleyball, games on Xbox and PS3, carroms, badminton and he loves traveling.
Travis is currently working as the Internal Delivery Consultant at Solstice. He has a strong financial, leadership, and entrepreneurial background, and honed his analytical skills as an accountant working on the University of Iowa's multi-million dollar campus capital plan. Travis also helped start a successful event production company focused on multi-sport races. He has gained experience as a business analyst working with Microsoft SharePoint. Travis likes to stay fit, cook, play guitar, and spend time with friends and family exploring Chicago.
Margaret (Peggy) Domke
Peggy is the Operations Manager at Solstice. After graduating from NIU with her Bachelors Degree in Organizational Management, she went on to work as a construction accountant for 6 years. She received her MBA with a concentration in accounting from Loyola University in 2011. Peggy is very passionate about volunteering and has been an active member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s Chicago chapter since November 2009. She enjoys attending sporting events in her spare time, especially rugby matches. She also loves to cook, and is a big supporter of the Chicago Food Truck Movement.
Gian offers a unique blend of experience in the area of IT recruitment. He has over 5 years of full lifecycle recruiting, specializing only in IT. His strengths lie in both candidate development and talent assessment. He uses his solid communication skills, can-do attitude, and sense of urgency to directly benefit his clients. At Solstice Mobile, we partner with leading organizations looking for the talent that can take them to the next level.
Kizzie Davis is a highly accomplished and goal oriented IT Recruiting professional with a proven track record of success in sourcing and developing top talent across various industries. With a strong combination of college recruiting and corporate recruiting experience from Fortune 500 organizations, Kizzie has demonstrated her strengths as a solid tactical recruiter along with proven leadership and people management experience. Kizzie enjoys finding the undiscovered talent and is excited by the thrill of the recruiting chase. "I am a people person, I like talking with people to understand their objectives and their strategies. I enjoy recruiting for this very reason."
Robin is a member of the Talent Acquisition Team at Solstice. She is an alumnus of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign - Go Illini! With a background in full life-cycle technical recruiting, Robin strives to utilize her experience to find the best person possible for each job. In addition to traditional sourcing methods, she uses tactics such as recruiting via social media and networking events to find and retain top talent. In her free time Robin enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as exploring Chicago with her dog, Chance.
Andrew (A.J.) Leeds
A.J. has experience in developing mobile apps for Android, iOS, and web applications. He's currently working as a developer on an Android B2B retail mobile application. When he's not busy working, he's at home playing with his daughter, watching/playing basketball (Go Bulls!), or playing video games.
John is an Analyst that joined the team after going through the Solstice Mobile Internship Program. He graduated from The University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business with a degree in finance. As a mobile technology analyst, John has been a part of several development teams as the QA lead, but recently has taken on managing and supporting our internal mobile applications, specifically MiGym. John possesses strong planning and attention to detail skills to execute business related critical tasks on time and with high quality. Known for “can-do anything and nothing is impossible” attitude, and recognized for the ability to juggle multiple priorities and meet tight deadlines without compromising quality. Able to lead others in demanding situations and remain calm under stressful conditions. John is an avid sports fan and loves music so he is constantly trying to attend the next big game or concert.
Manikanta Sanisetty works as a mobile software developer at Solstice. His main area of focus has been iOS development, and also has experience working with .NET and Java. His entrepreneurial spirit drives his passion and willingness to learn new technologies. Outside of the office he loves to spend time playing Sony PlayStation, watching movies, and his love for the badminton sport made him gain accolades among his peers.
Priya is a Mobile Delivery Analyst at Solstice Mobile. She’s a recent full-time scholarship graduate from Illinois State University with a Masters degree in Information systems and a certification as a System Analyst. She also has HIPAA certification to her credit. She has experience working in field of iPhone app development as a UI developer and Business analyst. She also possesses experience working as a Business analyst in the web development domain. For past three and half years she worked as an Administrative/Technical GA with Illinois State University. In her free time she likes to hang out with friends and cook.
Purna is a junior iOS developer at Solstice. He has experience in iOS, Java, .NET and Database development, and likes to learn new techologies. He likes to play cricket, watch movies and travel with friends in his free time.
Allie Curry is an avid Android developer with experience building native and hybrid environments. With a computer science degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, she is always looking for new and interesting ways to expand her technological prowess. Allie has a keen interest in visualizations and user interface design and enjoys utilizing graphical tools (eg. Photoshop, Illustrator) to bring data to life. In her free time, Allie enjoys bird watching, fine dining, and PC gaming.
Dan is the IT Support Analyst at Solstice, and is currently specializing in network administration at Western Governors University. With over 12+ years of Information Technology support, he is experienced in all aspects of IT having worked in network administration, system administration, desktop and other support roles. Outside of the office he is a true nerd at heart, enjoying all things technological, and is a big tabletop role player and video game fan.
Jessica is a UI/UX Designer Analyst at Solstice Mobile. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a bachelors in Visual Communication Design. Jessica has several years of experience in print and web design, which she looks forward to morphing into many years of mobile. With a love for creating designs that work, she strives to keep mobile design looking sleek while still functioning to serve its ultimate goal. In her free time, Jessica enjoys reading, painting, and cooking/trying new restaurants.
Nikki joined Solstice Mobile in 2012 as a Mobile Delivery Consultant. She has several years of experience managing custom software implementations, specifically work management tools and CRM systems for municipal organizations. Results driven and creative, Nikki is devoted to delivering mobile solutions that will establish efficiency in a business's day to day and will change the way the world perceives and interacts with that organization. Nikki is an avid traveler, self proclaimed foodie, paleo lifestyle devotee and a beach volleyball enthusiast.
Krista is a Mobile Delivery Analyst at Solstice Mobile. She is a graduate of North Park University and alumnus of CSC's Financial Services team. Krista has several years of business analysis and agile methodology experience. Her project experience includes launching a SharePoint blog, offshore development, and custom application analysis and testing. Overall, Krista strives to bring enthusiasm, creativity and structure to her teams while providing total client satisfaction through facilitation, documentation (as necessary) and fast to market solutions. After work, Krista enjoys playing sports, reading and baking. She and her husband live in Streeterville, play a lot of ultimate Frisbee and are partners at Park Community Church in the Near North neighborhood of Chicago.
Lauren recently joined Solstice Mobile as a Mobile Delivery Consultant. With 5+ years of experience in software implementation and project management, Lauren thrives on the ability and opportunity to enhance other's lives through technology. Enthusiastic, driven, and creative, Lauren is committed to ensuring total client satisfaction and ultimate project success. Lauren's passions include triathlon, cooking, travel, art/crafts and volunteering in the community.
Sarah is the Operations and Marketing Administrator at Solstice. She recently graduated from Illinois State University (Go Redbirds!) with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing. While at ISU, Sarah primarily focused on Integrated Marketing Communications, studying the coordination of marketing efforts in order to deliver and execute brand communication. Before coming to Solstice, Sarah held an internship through ISU's Athletics Department, as well as held a job with a large marketing firm independently leading promotions across the Midwest. Sarah loves living in the city and spending her time enjoying Chicago. She is passionate about fashion and creativity, and loves spending time with her friends, family, and her adorable dog, Belle.
Andrew joined Solstice straight out of the University of Chicago, where he studied Political Science. As a Mobile Delivery Analyst, Andrew draws upon his organizational skills, ability to learn quickly, and overall enthusiasm for the mobile space to deliver the best product possible with maximum value. In his free time, Andrew enjoys PC gaming, photography, and basketball.
Dinesh is a Mobile Developer Analyst at Solstice Mobile. He has experience working with C, C++,Java, .Net and iOS. He also has experience developing mobile applications using Phonegap. He has a passion for programming and gaming. He is a soccer freak and a huge Manchester United Fan.
Michael joined Solstice Mobile as a Mobile Developer Analyst in 2012. With a passion for learning programming languages and new technologies, Michael approaches every situation with positive enthusiasm. In his free time, Michael enjoys playing the guitar, recording music, sports, and exploring Chicago.
Karthik has graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with master degree in Applied Computer Science. He has keen interest in learning new technologies and implementing them. He has hands on experience in iOS app development, Java, .Net and 3D game development. He enjoys listening to music and photography.
Ravi is a Consultant at Solstice. He has 5 years of experience in Software Engineering and greatly enjoys programming and end-to-end architecting of computer applications. He is a recent graduate of CCRMA, Stanford University with a Masters in Music, Science and Technology. His other interests include Audio/Video technologies, specifically Audio Signal Processing. Apart from these, trying different coffees, biking, reading Frederick Forsyth, knowing more (and beyond) about space science and listening to hammond organ-based rock are other things he loves spending time on. One day he hopes to sip the worlds best coffee while listening to obscure 70s prog rock in outer space (really).
Kenny uses his passion for helping others and strong desire for understanding how things work to bring success to his projects. Studying computer science in a primarily engineering school taught him to quickly learn new technologies and apply them to solve clients' needs. He also enjoys running, playing any sports, and studying psychology and philosophy.
Scott is an Analyst with Solstice Mobile. Scott recently graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BS in Computer Science. While at NAU he gained valuable team experience, working on many Java projects along with web and Android development. He is always striving to gain more experience and knowledge and enjoys contributing all of his skills to any project at hand. In his free time, Scott enjoys camping, bike riding, disc golf, music, working on his car, and gaming.
Michael is a Mobile Analyst at Solstice Mobile, with a passion for iOS development though he dabbles in Android development from time to time. A die hard Apple enthusiast from early on, Michael effectively leverages the newest apple technologies to maximize application innovation and usability. In his free time Michael enjoys attending concerts, maintaining and enjoying a large media library, and cultivating a small Bonsai tree collection.