Meet The Team
We love software, snacks, and helping funeral directors!
And we were voted one of the best places to work!
CEO & ChairmanRead More
CEO & Chairman
Zach is passionate about helping people. He has spent the last 10 years working tirelessly to help funeral directors and the families they serve. The idea of Gather came to him from the personal loss of his father, and the experience his mother went through during that difficult time. Luckily there was a kind and caring funeral director to help his mom and now Gather exists to help every funeral director across the world to better help more people like Zach’s mom. During his free time, he loves to hang out with his wife and children and do anything outdoors together. He also enjoys reading and learning.
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CTO & Board MemberRead More
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 in beautiful Idaho.
Board MemberRead More
Ben joined Pelion’s investing team in 2015 and has been an integral part of both the culture and investing success. He has sourced, led, or co-led 16 investments since becoming an intern in the spring of 2014, including Owlet, Deserve, Omadi, Neighbor, and of course Gather. He currently sits on six company boards. Ben spends his time and efforts investing in Fintech, Marketplaces, Frontier Tech, and AI/ML, choosing to invest in special entrepreneurs that have disruptive businesses in large and underserved markets.
Before Pelion, Ben worked for Jefferies Financial Group, Inc. (J.F.G.) in their strategy and operations group where he invested in and managed four operating companies (with over $10B in annual revenue), including their largest investment of $868M into National Beef Packing (N.B.P.) in 2011. Since the investment, N.B.P. has returned over $1.6B. Prior to J.F.G., Ben worked at Sears Holdings Co. on the Corporate Strategy and Analytics team where he analyzed potential capital investments using statistical, financial and data frameworks. Ben holds a B.A. in Economics and M.B.A. from Brigham Young University.
AJ is a natural when it comes to connecting with people and first joined Gather as part of the customer success team, he has since moved to Sales where he continues to provide funeral homes with an exceptional experience. AJ’s “why” for joining the team is being able to help make a great contribution to an industry that adds major value to people's lives. AJ reflects “Being a part of a company that is really helping the industry successfully transition into the future to meet the needs of business owners, directors, and families alike has been nothing short of rewarding”. When he isn't helping funeral directors be the hero to the families they serve, his passions are investing in the people that are in his life. Starting with his family, friends, and the many other incredible people he has the privilege of being associated with. It truly fuels him when he sees people thrive in life from discovering their purpose and identity. He is also passionate about the arts, particularly music, film, and dance.
Audrina is a licensed mortician and life insurance producer and joins Gather with a wealth of funeral industry knowledge. She is passionate about helping others in the industry and joined Gather to have more balance in her work and personal life. When she isn’t helping funeral homes find the right software solution for them she enjoys reading, cooking, camping and hiking with her family, organizing and is in the process of learning taxidermy.
Brad joins Gather with a variety of expertise ranging from supply chain engineering, analytics, and sales. He is excited about working for a company with a great mission and product. Brad’s “why” for joining the team comes from a personal experience with Gather, when his former manager passed away last April, the only way that he was able to view the service was because of Gather's live streaming. When he isn't helping funeral homes and funeral directors help more families he enjoys hiking and spending time with his daughter. He is also starting his new passion project of starting a flower farm.
Customer SuccessRead More
Casandra recently joined the Gather team to help keep up with Gather's growth. She comes to Gather from Boise State University.
David Cowles, CPA
David comes to Gather with a variety of expertise working with companies big and small, helping them with accounting, auditing, and financial controller services. He has 5+ years of Big 4 accounting experience around the states with an active CPA license in Idaho. His accounting knowledge combined with his 19+ years’ experience in the restaurant and bartending industry, makes him an invaluable asset to the team. He is skillful in human connections and numbers and Gather wouldn’t be the same without him. When he is not focusing on the financials, payroll, HR duties, or general help around the office, you will usually find him building custom cars, settling into his new house, and spending time with family and friends.
Account ManagerRead More
Emma joins Gather from the funeral industry, where she is a licensed Mortician. Her reason for joining Gather is simple, this is an app that she would have 100% used and benefited from as a funeral director. She knows that being a mortician is not easy, and they are a group of incredibly dedicated people that often get forgotten, so to give a gift back to directors and to help make their lives easier means so much. Emma’s passions outside of work are being outside as much as she can with her dog, Friday. They love to go paddleboarding, hiking, and roller-blading mostly! She also loves spending time with her family and has an extra special place in her heart for board games and graphic novels.
Software DeveloperRead More
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.
Technical Team LeadRead More
Technical Team Lead
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 and he and his wife are looking forward to exploring the great Idaho outdoors.
Jessica started her career in analytics and quickly discovered her love for Marketing. She is thrilled to join Gather where she can use her passion for Marketing to share Gather’s incredible story and help support the remarkable funeral professionals that help so many families. When she isn't writing, planning campaigns, or organizing events she loves to spend time reading, skiing, golfing, and hiking with her three dogs.
Software DeveloperRead More
Jon is an experienced full stack developer with a diverse background in software engineering. He loves working for Gather because he thinks it's a great product with proper motivations to make people's lives easier in some of the hardest times of their lives. Outside of work he does a lot of reading, is passionate about working on personal coding projects, and enjoys spending time with friends.
Customer SuccessRead More
Joey recently joined Gather to help keep up with Gather's growth. Joey has a great background in Information Systems and is excited to apply his skills to help even more funeral homes.
Software Team LeadRead More
Software Team Lead
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!
Kara has been Gather’s Legal Counsel from the very start of the company and has practiced law her entire career since school. 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. Kara is passionate about helping people who are going through their worst moments and loves watching Gather fulfill this mission. Outside of work she loves hanging out with family, spending time outside, reading, baking, running - and any other activities that keep the kids busy!
Data Migration / QA AnalystRead More
Data Migration / QA Analyst
Kevin comes to Gather with a diverse background in fraud mitigation and intellectual property protection, protecting both consumers and brands. Kevin joined Gather because he loves being part of a team whose efforts directly impact and improve the already devastating experience that is losing a loved one. And learning - he loves that every day he learns something new, innovative, or interesting. When he isn't learning the next new thing, he’s usually out spending time with his son, dogs, working on his car or other side projects, or finding a combination of those things to pass the time.
Account ManagerRead More
Marissa joins Gather from a local funeral home here in Idaho where she spent her time as a Funeral Director Apprentice serving families in the local community. Marissa is passionate about helping funeral directors and the families in their care and feels that she has found her place here at Gather, a place where it feels like home. Outside of work she loves to adventure with her family. The outdoors is where they find their happy place, from snowboarding to hiking and camping to enjoying her small town sunset views on a drive out on a country road. She also enjoys just being around those who mean the most to her because time is precious.
Customer SuccessRead More
Sarah is a master at all things related to customizing and mapping funeral home data into the Gather platform so that funeral homes get the best possible experience. She loves working at Gather and the whole team loves the effort and attention she puts into helping funeral directors!
UX/UI DesignerRead More
Sarah is a passionate UI/UX Designer with experience in graphic design and graphic design management for a range of Boise-based companies. She is passionate about creating usable, friendly designs that satisfy Gather’s wide range of user needs, in joining Gather she hopes she can make every user’s experience during their difficult time a little better. When she isn’t designing the next amazing user experience, her favorite things outside of Gather are camping, film, photography, exercise, and catching up on reality TV.
Account ManagerRead More
Sarah comes from a vast background of Customer Success, anywhere from a commercial real estate start up, to bigger companies such as Micron, and her own entrepreneurial pursuits. She first joined Gather part time helping out with the important task of onboarding of new accounts, and quickly transitioned to the position as an Account Manager. Her attention to detail and efficiency is unmatched and she is a gem of an asset to our funeral directors. The people behind Gather are ultimately the biggest reason she committed to join this wonderful mission. She dedicates her free time to her daughter, spending time with family, and reading as much as possible.
Sr. Product DesignerRead More
Sr. Product Designer
Sean is a Senior UI/UX Designer and extraordinaire who has been working in design for years, most recently on creating websites for car washes prior to joining Gather. When he learned about Gather he saw an opportunity for an untapped market to make the industry look amazing, as well as finding the heavy satisfaction that this work is also helping families in need. It made sense that he quickly jumped onboard to help with his first project and initiative - Gather Websites. In between his design work, he loves to spend time outside of work camping and hiking outdoors, drawing/sketching, gaming, and customizing his Humvee.
Software DeveloperRead More
Simon is an experienced senior software engineer with a background in working at startups. He joined Gather because he loves the people and is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives. Simon is an adventurer at heart and when he isn’t building the next incredible thing for Gather you can find him exploring the world scuba diving, skydiving, rock climbing, or even climbing Kilimanjaro!
Onboarding Team LeadRead More
Onboarding Team Lead
Shannon comes to Gather with a 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.
Business Development Representative
Tyler is an experienced software sales professional with a background in field and inside sales. Tyler is really excited about joining the team at Gather because he loves software and feels like Gather has such a niche in the industry because no one else does what they do. When he isn't helping funeral homes find the best software solution he loves hanging out with his wife and 3-month-old daughter, smoking meats, and keeping up with the Olympics and other sports around the world (mostly soccer and basketball).
Director of Customer SuccessRead More
Director of Customer Success
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.