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.
Business Development RepresentativeRead More
Business Development Representative
Aleecia is just getting started in her career and comes to Gather with a diverse background in food and beverage, human resources, and health care. She is excited to join the team at Gather because it’s been a very welcoming company so far, and she believes that she will have many great opportunities to grow, meet new people and develop herself professionally and personally. When she isn’t at work Aleecia loves working with plants, golfing, and fishing. She is also interested in growing her knowledge and skills in American sign language!
Customer SuccessRead More
Amanda has spent the last several years working in customer service and it is no wonder that when she came across Gather, she had to join the team to help funeral homes succeed and help their families as well. She’s thrilled to be working in this industry and helping Funeral Directors with everything from app questions, to troubleshooting LiveStreams on the weekend. Outside of work Amanda enjoys baking, cross-stitching, reading books, running, and being outside.
Account ManagerRead More
Amber is an expert when it comes to account management and implementation for SaaS products. She is excited to bring her skills to the team because she loves connecting with people and building those long-term relationships. Gather offers an amazing product that helps people in ways that most people didn’t know were needed. To Amber, being a part of something so great that is designed to help people through the most difficult time in their lives is rewarding. When she’s not being a rockstar in the office, she loves crafting, being with her family, and camping in the Idaho outdoors.
Billy spent the last five years in education, earning both his Bachelor's and Masters in Accountancy. He also worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Accountancy at Boise State University for two years (including as a Graduate Assistant for one of those years). He was drawn to Gather upon hearing how passionate everyone is about what we do, and the level of commitment and belief in its purpose that the team has. Outside of work, he enjoys playing video games, watching sports, blogging, and ATVing. He also remains involved in education as an Academic Coach for a managerial accounting class at BSU.
Sales ManagerRead More
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.
Demand Generation SpecialistRead More
Demand Generation Specialist
Chase has a depth of experience in various realms of digital marketing and business coaching across a range of industries, including his most recent experience at one of the top digital marketing agencies in Idaho. Chase knew he had to join Gather because it's a very cool opportunity to ultimately help provide better experiences for families during the most intimate and sometimes difficult life moments they will ever go through. When he isn't working on marketing projects, I enjoy building Spotify playlists, going on hikes with my Mini American Eskimo, playing sports (basketball, golf, cornhole), and spending an absurd amount of money on good food.
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.
Scrum Product OwnerRead More
Scrum Product Owner
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.
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.
Logan is originally from Michigan and moved to Idaho back in 2018. He is an experienced sales professional with a background in consumer goods and software. He joined Gather because of the great company culture. He was also interested in the unique problems Gather helps solve for funeral directors and funeral homes. In his free time when he's not spending time with his wife and wrangling his young daughter, he tries to spend as much time as possible in the mountains. In the winter snowboarding and in the summer mountain biking, hiking, backpacking and running.
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.
UX/UI DesignerRead More
Maddie is a recent graduate of Boise State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Games, Interactive Media & Mobile Technologies, with a focus in UX/UI Design and Animation. Maddie is passionate in her belief that death is something that should be more openly talked about between friends and loved ones, and not a topic to be feared or avoided. She hopes that by working for Gather she may do her part in bringing not only awareness to all that the death industry offers, but comfort in creating beautiful designs and systems to help memorialize loved ones. When she isn’t at work, her biggest passion would have to be Dungeons & Dragons! As a long-time Dungeon Master for over 10 years, she has always loved creating experiences for her players. From hand drawing and designing digital maps and game assets, to writing engaging stories and constructing unique and fun encounters. Creative storytelling is something she has always been passionate about. When not nerding out with dice and friends, she enjoys going on camping trips with her family and their dog!
Peter Van Gansen
Peter joins Gather with experience in software sales and as a life insurance provider. Peter was drawn to Gather because of the vision Zach has for the company. He is excited to be working for a company with such great passion for their product and the people they serve. When not working, Peter enjoys spending time with his wife and dog at the greenbelt, watching sports, and golfing.
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!
Lead Product DesignerRead More
Lead Product Designer
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.
Customer Service RepresentativeRead More
Customer Service Representative
Scott holds over 10 years of experience in the customer service and retail management realm. With a strong passion for helping people, Scott aims to make everyone feel valued and cared for. In his free time, Scott loves baseball and is a die-hard San Diego Padres fan - he watches nearly every game. When baseball season slows down, he loves to golf and work in the yard with his wife.
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!
Project SpecialistRead More
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.
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.
Custom Success RepresentativeRead More
Custom Success Representative
With a strong background in education from being a teacher for 5+ years, Wesley enjoys helping teach people how to find creative solutions to their problems. Gather supports families that are going through a very difficult time, and she feels like she can make a true difference working here, and finds that extremely fulfilling. Travel, food, and reading are huge passions for Wesley. She loves to find new authors or series that she hasn’t read yet. If you ever have any recs, send them her way.