Who runs this company?
We’d like to tell you it’s run by fairies and ninjas, but in truth, we are a passionate bunch of hard-working folks with an unwavering commitment to our clients and our culture.
Soo Somerset has over twenty years of experience in business management, project management and software engineering.
Her commitment to procedural excellence makes possible our consistency and maintainability across multiple projects. She is personally motivated to help others achieve greater success.
Soo lives in San Francisco, California, with her husband and two children, and she is the author of the upcoming book, The Geology of Business, which has contributed significantly in the development of the Green Mars business model and culture.
Dave Jackson is a natural born problem solver. He delights in intricate puzzles, and his genuine talent for seeing patterns in chaos perfectly suits him to support clients facing complex technical challenges.
Dave’s twenty years in full-stack engineering have granted him the wisdom to anticipate and avoid obstacles and minimize delays, and his creative mind will often see the path to the most effective solutions and create a plan for the team to execute.
He is a founder of Green Mars, which came from his ambition to provide true engineering excellence to startups, and support them to build life-changing technology.
He lives in Oakland, California, with his wife and two young daughters, and we’ve never seen him pass up an opportunity to play board games with his friends.
Joe Decker spent two decades in tech, writing software that established the foundations of some of the tools we use every day. He holds more than a dozen patents for his technology designs, and sets a high standard of excellence in engineering.
Joe has come out of retirement from tech to join Green Mars and develop the strengths, consistency and expertise of our talented engineering team.
Joe is also known for his Smithsonian-exhibited photography and co-host of the widely enjoyed parody site godhatesshrimp.com.
He resides in Oakland, California, and frequently travels the world to continue his work teaching and shooting photography.
Damianne Abel has nearly a decade of testing and quality assurance strategy expertise that they bring to Green Mars. They possess an indefatigable dedication to clarity and quality in their work.
Damianne understands that not all solutions need the same degree of testing, and they swiftly assess the appropriate need for testing, preventing our clients from spending too much (or too little) on the quality and reliability of any solution.
Damianne lives in Boulder, Colorado with their partner and their dogs, and they are an avid volunteer worker supporting and advocating for survivors of trauma and abuse all over Colorado.
Patrick Smith has many years of experience as a cat herder. His background in project coordination, management and business support makes him ideal for his role at Green Mars.
Patrick oversees onboarding and oversight of our client projects, coordinates achievable workloads for our engineers, and generally makes sure everyone knows what’s going on. In short, he is indispensable.
Patrick lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his spouse and two of their four children. Patrick keeps himself busy plotting schemes for epic barbecues and mostly harmless game nights.
Kelly defines marketing as “finding people who genuinely need us, and getting them excited about our amazing service.” This sets aside a lot of activities that ultimately waste everyone’s time, which is just part of what makes her amazing.
Kelly comes to us with over a decade of experience in marketing and her approach puts the emphasis on problems we can solve and conscientiously seeking out those that have those kinds of problems.
Kelly lives in Oakland, California with her family and cats. She is a devoted mom and spends a lot of time reading, writing and thinking about hard problems and how to solve them.
Jamie has a reputation for building companies. From her years of experience working with various businesses and industries, she understands the balance of priorities of cash flow, profitability, and growth for small firms, and she brings that balance to support stability and stamina for our business, all while accommodating our flexible engagements with our clients.
Her personal drive to reward excellence and clear away financial obstacles fits perfectly with our company’s culture, where we strive for collective, collaborative success.
Jamie lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is also a talented professional actor and director of stage productions in the area with her partner.
Mik Scheper founded Green Mars with Dave from their passion for producing maintainable code for clients using best practices in architecture and engineering.
Mik has designed countless solutions for clients spanning the globe and naturally observes opportunities to improve a solution for usability, maintainability and scalability.
Mik is a technomad, travelling the world as a lifestyle. They spend most of their time exploring the U.S., Australia, and Europe, and they hold an impressively stamped passport.