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We build smart digital products that transform the way companies do business.

Founded in 1996, Mission Data is a leader in helping global organizations implement successful digital products and platforms. We work collaboratively in user experience design and digital product engineering, applying emerging technologies to create innovative solutions that push our clients to the forefront of their industries. Our team is located across the country with offices in Louisville, KY and Washington, DC.

Our Mission

Our love of all things tech is grounded in the possible. The practical application of technology to enable big ideas is what excites us. We strive to make a lasting impact on the businesses with whom we partner. We are seasoned advisors, architects, designers, engineers, strategists, and builders of great things.

Aidan Arnold

Aidan Arnold Developer/Software Engineer

After a long journey through academia, Aidan found software development the best fit for his desire to make an impact and fuel his curious intellect. He’s dedicated to crafting elegant solutions that solve logistical problems and improve people’s lives and jobs. He enjoys pop culture, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
Todd Budnikas

Todd Budnikas Vice President of Design Operations

Todd has helmed Mission Data’s design team for many years. Artistic from a young age, he polished his graphic design chops at Rochester Institute of Technology. He’s inspired by making positive impacts on people’s lives. He mentors other designers as founder of Build Guild Louisville, enjoys playing guitar, and spending time with his wife and kids.
Eric Cassidy

Eric Cassidy Senior Front-End Developer

Eric started making websites during the dot-com boom and has been hooked ever since. He enjoys balancing face-to-face interactions with heads-down development to solve problems. He’s interested in simplifying interfaces and putting the user first. In his free time, he plays music and enjoys traveling.
Darren Day

Darren Day Principal Engineer

Darren brings a wealth of engineering expertise to Mission Data. He’s been hooked on tech since he used his first computer – a TRS-80 Model III – in second grade. He likes exploring corner cases before they become missing features or bugs. He earned a computer science degree from Transylvania University, and enjoys reading and traveling with family.
Ro Dixon

Ro Dixon Senior UX Designer

Ro majored in Literature at Indiana University and interned for an IS department before gravitating toward design. She’s passionate about building great products and continuing to learn about the latest developments in UX design. She spends her free time horseback riding, dabbling in carpentry, playing and singing music, and traveling.
Stuart Gavurin

Stuart Gavurin Chief Executive Officer

Stu balances the practical with the big picture. With more than 25 years experience pioneering digital strategies for several companies, he leads Mission Data with energy and focus on business outcomes. He holds a master’s in computer science from American University, is excited by the possibilities of non-screen interfaces, and enjoys martial arts.
Lucas Kern

Lucas Kern Associate Front End Developer/Designer

Lucas began building websites in the 10th grade using Microsoft’s FrontPage. He earned his degree in New Media Interactive Development from Rochester Institute of Technology, and he continues to embrace new technologies such as VR and deep learning. When he’s not working, you can find him hiking, producing videos, and meeting fellow JSLou members.
Jeffrey Lewis

Jeffrey Lewis Associate Developer/Software Engineer

Jeff became interested in programming during high school and started developing his own smartphone apps a hobby. He joined Mission Data after graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Computer Science. He is driven to create technology that enhances people’s lives. For fun, he plays sports, video and board games, and music.
Rachel Lipson

Rachel Lipson Recruiting Manager

Rachel has advocated for the best talent to join Mission Data since 2013. With a BA in psychology from George Washington University, she’s spent more than 15 years building teams and training professionals as a recruiter for a variety of industries. She also volunteers as an art teacher and school fundraiser.
Ann Liu

Ann Liu Chief Financial Officer

Ann is an accomplished financial executive who brings a results-oriented approach to Mission Data, ensuring we satisfy our customers. She has an MBA from Indiana University and is excited by the possibilities of data analytics and the remote workforce. Ann enjoys attending youth soccer games, golf, reading, and travel.
Robert Luftglass

Robert Luftglass Chief Revenue Officer

After working in telecommunications for more than 30 years, Robert joined the team to drive growth for Mission Data’s OpSense product. He enjoys solving problems and building relationships with clients, and he’s excited by the potential of clean energy, space, and wearable tech. He spends free time playing tennis and traveling with his family.
Scott Lund

Scott Lund Sr. Developer/Software Engineer

Scott has expertise in many languages and has written software that has been used by millions of users. His genuine love for computers and coding inspires him to keep up with the latest technologies, tools, and programming languages. One trend he is particularly excited by is the collision between Big Data and machine learning.
Jordan Matuschka

Jordan Matuschka Developer

Jordan started coding at the age of 9 and hasn’t been able to get the monkey off his back since. He was really into building LEGO robots as kid and earned his computer science degree at Indiana University Southeast. He’s driven by Dr. Frankenstein moments when all the pieces fit together and a project comes alive. He enjoys hiking and homebrewing.
Carson McDonald

Carson McDonald Vice President, Research & Development

Carson began programming for fun in the ‘80s and he still has fun doing it today. He’s a seasoned technologist and leads our engineering and research initiatives exploring emerging technologies. He holds a computer science degree from Transylvania University.
Rachel Miller

Rachel Miller Senior Associate Developer/Software Engineer

While studying biomedical engineering at George Washington University, Rachel discovered a love for software development. She enjoys helping Mission Data’s clients make their businesses more efficient and user-friendly. She likes to cook and bake, do circuit training, and she’s an alumnus of Alpha Omega Epsilon engineering sorority.
Federico Muñoz

Federico Muñoz Developer

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Aaron Patterson

Aaron Patterson Quality Assurance Analyst

Aaron earned a film degree at Columbus College of Art & Design before discovering his love for tech while working for a large online retailer. A self-described “hybrid analytical-creative,” he’s passionate about problem-solving to reach the ideal finished product. He still makes time for film and produces a comedy web series with local creatives.
Tom Pessler

Tom Pessler Developer/Software Engineer

Tom is a seasoned developer at Mission Data. He earned degrees in computer science and mathematics, and is inspired by the 25-plus years of change he has witnessed in the industry. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
Cindi Ramm

Cindi Ramm Chief Marketing Officer

After working in advertising, marketing, and other fields, Cindi joined Mission Data as COO before shifting gears to CMO. Passionate about helping clients achieve results and create value for their customers and staff, she brings Mission Data’s vision for digital transformation into focus. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and wine tasting.
Lori Ruzicka

Lori Ruzicka Administrative Support Specialist

Lori brought her jack of all trades background to Mission Data and has steered our front office for many years. She enjoys building relationships with clients and helping to manage Mission Data’s people and day-to-day activities, which may include playing with the latest gadgets. She enjoys spending time with her family, her dogs, and cooking.
Chris Smith

Chris Smith Principal Engineer

Coming soon
Evan Smith

Evan Smith Sr. Developer/Software Engineer

While double majoring in computer science and audio technology at American University, Evan interned in web development at The Washington Post and NonprofitCMS, forging a path in software development. A perpetual problem solver, he’s excited about APIs and streaming technologies. You can find him snowboarding and rock climbing in his downtime.
Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith Quality Assurance Analyst

Since earning his degree in computer science, Matthew has focused his career on Quality Assurance. He brings a thorough attention to detail to every project, explores automation frameworks for testing, and enjoys a good challenge. When he’s not sweating the small stuff for Mission Data you can find him gaming, gardening, or working on cars.
Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith Senior Associate Developer/Software Engineer

While at Hopkins, Nathan wore every hat he could, working on AR/VR, machine learning, and mobile projects. He's passionate about the ways technology can help tell stories, share experiences, and improve lives around the globe. Nathan enjoys making music, videos, and games, and putting them all together.
Sean Smith

Sean Smith Director of IT

Sean’s passion for tech first appeared at the age of 9 when he wrote his first program in Qbasic to keep track of ping pong scores. He has a degree in telecommunications from the University of Kentucky, and describes his system administration role as a digital janitor, support firefighter, server puppetmaster, and security nerd. He spends free time with his young kids, watching baseball, and tasting bourbon, beer, and coffee.
Melville Stanley

Melville Stanley Developer/Software Engineer

Melville brings a depth of engineering experience to the table. With a computer science degree from West Virginia University, he started out as a network and systems administrator for a dial-up ISP in the ‘90s before moving into mobile app development. He’s excited about virtual and augmented reality and enjoys playing the drums and riding his bike.
Henok Tadesse

Henok Tadesse Developer/Software Engineer

Henok started working as a software developer right after earning his degree in electrical and computer engineering. He’s motivated by solving problems and staying up to date with the latest trends and technologies. When he’s not at Mission Data, Henok enjoys working out, traveling, and reading.
Justin Toon

Justin Toon Senior Designer/Front-End Developer

After earning a degree in communication arts and design and working as a print designer, Justin taught himself front-end development to meet the industry’s demand for digital skills. He enjoys working within the constraints of a project while learning new skills and capabilities. He’s intrigued by the evolution of JavaScript and developments in AI.
Jess Wiltey

Jess Wiltey Senior Associate Designer/Front-End Developer

Previously a UX/UI intern for Mission Data, Jess joined the team after graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in new media design and visual media. She is eager to explore cutting-edge trends and technology, especially augmented reality. When she’s not traveling, she enjoys watching Netflix and hanging out with her cats.
Kevin Yam

Kevin Yam Vice President of Product Management

Coming soon.
Steven Yelton

Steven Yelton Chief Technology Officer

A founding partner of Mission Data, Steven earned his computer science degree from Transylvania University before interning with IBM and earning an M.S. from the University of Kentucky. He enjoys working with companies from a wide variety of industries. In his free time, you can catch Steven running, tasting bourbon, and rooting for UK sports teams.
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Our Community Initiatives

Together we can build a better future. Mission Data partners with global non-profit and non-governmental organizations that are working to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. We are honored to work with organizations such as:


For several years we’ve been a supporter of Clean Cooking Alliance. This organization is at the forefront of bringing clean cookstoves to countries where exposure to smoke from traditional cookstoves poses one of the greatest known health risks to women and children. Every 8 seconds someone dies from cookstove smoke inhalation. We want to help. Clean Cooking Alliance, a United Nations Foundation led initiative, is working to prevent these deaths by bringing clean and efficient household cooking solutions to 100 million homes by 2020. Learn more at

At Mission Data, we’re always eager to hear from talented professionals interested in joining our team. We’ve established an environment that cultivates creativity and fosters learning and innovation. We are passionate, curious, pragmatic, and dedicated. We’re growing—are you game?

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Our Culture

Spend some time with the team at Mission Data, and you’ll quickly learn we’re passionate people who highly value the work that we do. We’re a group of more than 40 individuals who enjoy designing and developing sophisticated market-leading digital solutions for businesses with big ideas. We’ve been around since 1996, and consider ourselves experts in systems engineering and web and mobile UX/UI design.

Our teams are based in Washington, DC, just steps from the Capitol Building; Louisville, KY; and also on-site with our clients nationwide.

Our Clients

We work with organizations of all sizes, from innovative small and medium-sized businesses to several Fortune 500 companies. Some of our more prominent clients are Papa John’s, National Geographic, NBCUniversal/BravoTV, Maker’s Mark, the Kroger Company, and The Johns Hopkins University. To learn more about some of our key clients and recent work we’ve done, view our work.

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What We Do, Day In and Day Out

At Mission Data, we build smart, innovative and market relevant digital products from the ground up. We apply with the leading market Open Source technologies, such as Ruby on Rails, Node.js, Objective-C, JavaScript, jQuery, Swift, HTML5, MySQL, and NoSQL databases. We’re experts in mobile platforms such as iOS and Android. We’ve also established Mission Data Labs where team members have the opportunity to experiment with emerging technologies and continuously learn new skills. Because of our size, all team members work directly with our leadership and clients. Together we build, solve challenges, and collaborate.

Interested in working with us?

If you’re interested in applying to Mission Data, please reach out to us. We’d love to see your resume, portfolio, GitHub profile, or anything else that might help us get a sense of your talent and desires. We also have a robust college hiring program and we hire both interns and permanent hires. We typically visit college campuses in the fall and spring months, however we are flexible are are willing to meet motivated students any time of the year. We look forward to hearing from you!

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