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Meet the Team Behind Gather

We love software, snacks and helping funeral directors!

Zach Chatterton

Zach Chatterton

CEO & Chairman

Zach is a passionate entrepreneur and has spent the last 10+ years working at multiple companies discovering new and better ways to design, build, and launch amazing products. The idea of Gather came to him from a personal loss of his father, and the experience his mother went through during that difficult time. This drives him to build a platform that helps her directly and also helps funeral directors and the families they serve. During his free time he loves to hang out with his wife and kids, and do anything outdoors together. He also enjoys reading and learning. 

Fun Fact: Met his wife in the 8th grade and knew immediately he would marry her! 

Favorite Trader Joe’s Snack: Banana chips

Paul Price

Paul Price

CTO & Board Member

Paul has extensive background in development, CTO, and CEO roles, and has previously worked with other local tech companies for the last 10+ years. He joined Gather to work on a mission that truly makes a difference in people’s lives through a difficult time and to help make funeral directors’ jobs easier. Besides using his technology superpowers for good, he loves spending time with family, motorcycling, hunting, backpacking, and any other outdoor adventures. 

Fun Fact: Speaks Spanish and was an interrogator/linguist in the Army National Guard.

Favorite Trader Joe’s Snack: Unsalted, roasted almonds!

Joel Flake

Joel Flake

Board Member & Investor

Joel has been a Member of Board of Directors for Gather for some time now, where he continues to share his expertise from his past ventures across many industries and companies. A recovering attorney, he started and acquired several home service companies across the United States. After selling those companies in 2016 and 2017, he has since focused his efforts on angel investing. He loves helping businesses improve profitability, and the entire Gather team is excited to work alongside him on this journey. He spends his free time skiing, traveling, and helping his sweet wife raise their 7 children

Fun Fact: He can rap in Spanish

Favorite Trader Joe’s Snack: Easy – Trader Joe’s Lacey’s Milk Chocolate Cookies!

Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor

Software Developer

Josh started his career as a Software Engineer in the corporate world, and after 7 years switched to helping smaller local businesses develop and thrive. His passion for creating software that people love and enjoy, and the passion for free snacks, made it a no brainer that he chose to make a difference in people’s lives at Gather. When he’s not busy simplifying complex processes into easy-to-use systems, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys going to the park, church, and hiking. He also loves playing golf, basketball, board/card games, and watching college basketball and football. Go Cougs!

Fun Fact: Prefers frozen cookies over warm cookies any day of the week.

Favorite Trader Joe’s Snack: All popcorn flavors, especially Dill Pickle!

James Hatmaker

James Hatmaker

Software Developer

James joined the Software Development team at Gather with a wealth of knowledge in the industry. In the most recent years his experience comes from companies with the best of both worlds – Balihoo (a local tech start up at the time) and Cybersecurity for the State of Idaho (government/corporate). This helps him fit perfectly into the team, being able to work creatively and efficiently! He loved the pace of work, and the challenges and growth that came with being in the startup world, and he’s so excited to be able to apply those skills with Gather now. Some of his personal passions that drive him outside of work are God, family, camping, riding ATVs/motorcycles, and amateur radio.

Fun Fact: He enjoys ASL so much, that he once created a robotic signing hand for a final project in college

Favorite Trader Joe’s Snack: Frozen Mochi

Kara Chatterton

Kara Chatterton

Legal

 

 Kara has a JD/MPA and has been Gather’s Legal Counsel since the early days of the company. We are so grateful to have her with us to keep our company, funeral homes, and families protected and compliant. She has loved seeing Gather come to life over the years, from an idea to the company that it is today. She is passionate about the potential that Gather has to help people throughout the world as they go through their worst moments. Outside of work she loves hanging out with family, spending time outside, reading, baking, running marathons – and any other activities that keep the kids busy! 

Fun Fact: She spent a semester in London during college. 

 Favorite Trader Joe’s Snack: Trader Joe’s Pancake Bread

Violetta Smirnova

Violetta Smirnova

Customer Success & Marketing

Violetta has been in the customer service world for 10+ years, most recently working for local startups in Boise. She is passionate about helping people and making a difference in growing small companies. When she heard the Gather story she had an immediate personal connection of how the idea was born, and quickly joined the team to help people through one of the most difficult times in their lives. Her biggest passion outside of work is her son, and spending as much time together as possible. She also loves cooking, music, travel, and being outdoors. 

Fun Fact: Born in the Ukraine and speaks Russian.

Favorite Trader Joe’s Snack: Rolled Corn Tortilla Chips Chili & Lime Flavored

Shannon Clark

Shannon Clark

Onboarding Specialist

Shannon comes to Gather with background in real estate, as well as the legal field. With her natural way of enjoying helping people, and the many ways she has helped people in both of those professions, she is a natural fit for the Customer Success team as a Support Analyst. She believes helping people during a difficult time and alleviating their stress is honorable, and loves being able to provide exceptional service to funeral directors and their families. Her favorite things outside of Gather are cooking, traveling, gardening, crafting, and spending time with her family. 

Fun Fact: She lived on a 49′ sailboat for two years during high school.

Favorite Trader Joe’s Snack: Bamba Peanut Snacks

Jeremy Garner

Jeremy Garner

Onboarding Specialist

Jeremy has extensive IT experience and background since graduating college, and is super excited to join Gather’s Customer Success team in the Support Analyst position. His critical thinking skills and love of data helps him do his job every day – helping funeral directors, so they can help even more families. His willingness to help is admirable and he’s always ready to jump in and help out however the team needs it. When he’s not keeping busy helping out funeral directors his hobbies include cars, music, ATVs, and motorcycles. 

Fun Fact: He learned to ride his bike and swim when he was 4 years old.

Favorite Trader Joe’s Snack: Brownie + Cookie = Brookie. Classic combo!

Jason Burner

Jason Burner

Customer Success

Jason loves startups, and with Gather’s growth and awesome team, it was an opportunity that he couldn’t pass up! Most recently he was in DC at another high growth startup where he wore many different hats. Jason loves helping people and is excited about working for a company with a great mission. He loves being active, whether it’s playing ultimate frisbee or hiking. He and his wife are looking forward to exploring the great Idaho outdoors.

Fun Fact: I have been shipwrecked off the coast of Somalia.

Favorite Trader Joe’s Snack: The caramel chocolate bars they keep at the front

Jeff Hogg

Jeff Hogg

Sales & Family Services Councilor

Jeff’s career in both the funeral industry and sales has started right after college where he worked on pre planning insurance sales for Precoa in Georgia, then Idaho. He is so grateful for the opportunity to be part of the team, and it was truly the perfect match for him. He’s passionate about helping people, especially during hard times such as grief, and loves to be able to make people’s lives better and easier – families and funeral directors alike. When he’s not traveling the states helping funeral homes discover Gather, he loves spending time with his family, playing and watching sports, and learning through books, podcasts, and motivational talks. 

Fun Fact: Knowledgeable about all sports history, player stats, and random sports trivia.

Favorite Trader Joe’s Snack: Flavored popcorn, especially Herbs and Spices!

Curtis Smith

Curtis Smith

Sales & Licensed Mortician

Curtis started out as a Funeral Director Apprentice while working to receive his mortician’s license. He then worked at a local funeral home for six and a half years prior to joining Gather. With his knowledge of the industry and seeing the power that Gather has to offer to funeral directors and their families, he couldn’t wait to spread the word about a software that could help with the entire collaboration process. Outside of traveling the states and doing demos, Curtis loves to hang out with his wife and four kids and go bike riding. 

Fun Fact: Lived in the Philippines and learned to speak Cebuano and Waray Waray. 

Favorite Trader Joe’s Snack: Banana and apple chips.

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