The Virtuance Team

We’re lucky to have a great team. We’re passionate about photography, technology, and business, and we love what we do.

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David Ames

Chief Executive Officer

Igor Zlokarnik

Chief Technology Officer

Igor is a leading expert in signal process engineering and systems engineering. He is responsible for developing the core algorithms and processes that power our current image processing technologies, as well as designing and building the core functionality for many of the company’s proprietary software applications. Prior to joining Virtuance, Igor was the first employee at VoiceSignal, a groundbreaking voice recognition technology company founded in 1997. He spent ten years serving as Chief Scientist and oversaw a team of fifty engineers. Under Igor’s technical leadership, VoiceSignal developed voice recognition technology that has become the industry standard and is currently used on nearly 60 percent of all of the world’s mobile phones, including Apple’s iPhone. Prior to VoiceSignal, Igor worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratories as a signal processing engineer engaged by the government to work on government imaging projects. Most recently, Igor was a founding partner of Color Leap, the creator of an automated image processing application designed to be used on smartphones.

Jade Bartlett

Head of Sales

Contact Information Phone: 847-440-5017 Email  

Stephanie Leclerc

Director of Photography Operations

Stephanie was born and raised in Kalispell, Montana, and was lucky enough to have Glacier National Park as her backyard growing up. She has worked for many years in the tourism and hotel industry and 8 years in Construction. Her motto is, work hard, and play even harder. On her time off, you will find her outside mountain biking, dirt biking, running, camping, boating, skiing...anything outside with her husband, kids, and best friends. Her family lives the saying, "those that play together, stay together". Stephanie also has a boutique event company that she started over 10 years ago, that solely operates as a pro bono to help non-profits start a new event or enhance an existing event. She is super excited to join the Virtuance team and become part of this amazing company.

Ollie Trueman

Director of Image Production

Ollie was born and raised in Cambridge, UK. Pursuing the arts throughout his education, he was formally introduced to the joy of photography while documenting his sculpture work, and was an instant convert. After dedicating his studies to the photographic medium and graduating from the Cambridge School of Art with a Bachelor’s Degree in Photographic and Digital Media, Ollie has gone on to work in various areas of the photographic industry. Doing everything from professional equipment sales with Nikon through to photography and retouching for the tailors to the Queen has really given him the chance to work out what part of photography he loves the most. It’s safe to say that post-production comes out on top, and there’s nowhere he’d rather be using those skills than here in the Image Production Department! Photography and retouching are certainly Ollie‘s favorite pastimes, but somewhere along the lines he still makes time for the other important things in life; hiking, riding (and rebuilding) enduro motorcycles, and spending hours in the kitchen trying to expand his culinary repertoire.

Nathan Fenderson

Director of Client Success

Nathan’s focus over the past 20 years has been on that of the client and team member experience.  He has led teams as small as 3 in a startup environment and teams as large as 200+ in high growth organizations in both the United States and Canada.  He brings with him a passion for collaborative brainstorming and solution-focused implementation.  In his spare time, he can be found attempting to beautify the front yard with his husband and seeing how many of his 4 dogs he can cuddle with at the same time.

Haley Wilhite

Business Development Manager

Haley has spent most of her life in Texas. She grew up around the DFW area, and then moved to San Antonio, TX where she attended school. She received her bachelors of business and pursued a career in sales during, and after college. After 2 years of working with Virtuance as a sales and marketing consultant in both San Antonio and Austin, Texas, she accepted the position as the National Sales Trainer. In this role, she gets to train and coach our new sales reps and also continue to develop the skills of our existing sales team. This new position at Virtuance is what brought her to Denver, CO. She misses the warm weather, but has a new found appreciation for the mountains and the snow! Haley has a passion for traveling, being near the water, drinking wine, and hanging out with her pup, Bentley.

Jill Kingsbury

Enterprise Account Manager

Jill spent most of her life in the Midwest, near the lakeshore of West Michigan. There she completed a BA in psychology before joining a private detective agency as a field investigator for 10 years. Jill has had an interest in photography since she was a child, and in 2008 started her own studio and wedding photography business. After moving to Colorado, she dove headfirst into the customer service field and has been helping people ever since! Outside of the office, Jill enjoys hiking with her pup, kayaking, playing the piano, and watching movies.

Rachel Gombosch

Marketing Manager

Born and raised in the Buckeye State, Rachel earned her Bachelor’s in Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati and has worked as an urban planning consultant for government jurisdictions (aka map making!). From there, she decided to pack up her bags and move across the country in search of the West Coast sunshine and new experiences. She has since gathered and built her expertise in the events, marketing, and real estate industries, hosting events for Olympic basketball teams, spending time as a Marketing Director for TEDxCincinnati, and working towards her real estate license. Alongside whipping up only the best content for the Virtuance community, you can catch Rachel rollerblading down the California beach fronts, drinking way too much coffee, or incessantly listening to a variety of TED Talks.

Kristin Macklin

Office Manager / Executive Assistant

Kristin recently moved to the Denver area from Montana. While she misses the wide open spaces of Big Sky Country and the absence of traffic she is excited about all the possibilities Denver has to offer! Kristin has already hiked her first fourteener and is looking forward to trying skiing this winter! (In theory anyway, her one attempt at snowboarding was disastrous, so here’s hoping skiing will be better ? Kristin is excited about the growth Virtuance is experiencing and is looking forward to contributing to such an amazing company!

Brenda Janota


Brenda grew up in Minnesota where hockey skates were placed on her feet at an early age and remained glued to her for 20 years. She earned a Business Administration degree from Minnesota State University in 1996 and moved to CO shortly thereafter. Brenda proudly accredits her renowned tater tot casserole and crockpot skills to her Minnesotan heritage.
Brenda worked with various Denver/Boulder companies in an Operations + Accounting role  – from software companies to landscape architects to art fabricators. In her most recent position, she worked as a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor consulting/training small companies on their QuickBooks software and accounting apps.
When Brenda is not staring at spreadsheets and crunching numbers, she enjoys: competing in Spartan races, camping, live music, playing guitar, biking, and maintaining her Uno household champion status against her two sons.

Janelle Matejcek


Janelle moved to Colorado to attend the University of Denver where she earned a BSBA in Management in 2018. Spreadsheets, improving processes, and reducing costs are some of Janelle’s specialties. Minnesota born and raised had her on ice skates when she was the age of three but could be found later doing back flips on a 4-inch-wide beam with the local gymnastics team. Janelle found that Colorado was a great place to explore her interests which include skiing, hiking, and overall health and fitness.

Randy Baldwin

Senior Software Engineer

Joel Elfrink

Software Engineer

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Sean Dove

Web Developer

Sean is a web developer at Virtuance. He was born in San Diego, CA, where he spent two decades taking the perfect weather for granted. He moved to Denton, TX in 2004 to attend the University of North Texas, majoring in Business Computer Information Systems. After graduating, he began his career in Dallas, working in the automotive sales and online textbook industries for several years before relocating to Denver in the summer of 2017 with his girlfriend. In his free time, Sean is a guitarist, a collector of weird punk records and a comic book nerd who enjoys scuba diving, video games and being okay at bar trivia. He and his girlfriend recently purchased a house that they share with their cats, Sadie and Pants, who hate each other.

Heidi Swonger

Partner Experience Manager

Heidi is a rural Pennsylvania native, with a heart for the western lifestyle. She graduated with a degree in Specialized Technology in Photography from Antonelli Institute. Heidi is also a wedding, elopement, and portrait photographer.  In her spare time, you can find her enjoying her love for the great outdoors via hiking, running, and traveling with her camera in tow! She also enjoys some quiet time while doing DIY projects.

Paul Hogsett

Image Processing Manager

Paul is a Colorado native, who spent much of his childhood playing Sega, and not understanding everyone’s obsession with hiking— it’s just walking uphill. He graduated from the Art Institute of Colorado with his degree in Photography, including specialties in fashion and post-production work. Since graduating college, Paul has spent time working in Commercial Photo and Video Studios, where he learned that he is really good at carrying heavy stuff. After spending a year as a photographer for Virtuance, he is excited to move into the office as an image processing specialist. In his free time, he enjoys discovering unusual music, using his camera as much as possible, and trying to learn something new every day.

Ashley O’hara

Partner Innovations Manager

Claire Teator

Partner Acquisition Manager

Claire is originally from the beautiful Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania but has spent the last 9 years living in Brooklyn, N.Y. She graduated from Marywood University with a BFA in Photography. Claire is also a wedding photographer and loves photographing her clients throughout the year. In her spare time, you can find her wandering around New York City exploring with her film camera! She is also a proud plant mom to her ever-growing plant collection!

Chris “Crio” Silvas

Image Processing and Development Specialist

Crio’s journey into photography began in his high school graphic design class. Once he discovered photoshop he was immediately hooked and determined it would turn into a career. Born and raised in Denver, Crio attended Colorado Film School and majored in Film and Video Post Production. After only a few months of school he began working at a production company as a retoucher and video editor. Retouching is basically Crio’s entire life but in his free time he enjoys shooting his own photography, even more retouching, and competitive gaming.

Beth Eggleston

Image Processing Team Lead

Beth grew up in rural southern Colorado, and spent most of her childhood either reading books or climbing trees. Her first fascination with photography was with her grandfather’s Viewmaster slides, which she still thinks are a magical lost technology. Her interest led to a degree in photography from the Art Institute of Colorado, where she concentrated on product and still life images. She enjoys post-production editing as much as the planning and shooting stages. In her free time she runs a small handmade jewelry company and loves exploring Denver on her bicycle, tinkering with the bicycle while watching shows on Netflix, and pretty much anything crafty.

Shannon Bement

Quality Assurance Team Lead

Shannon was born and raised in Colorado. She got her B/A in Photography from The Art Institute of Colorado. Before Virtuance, she was photographing real estate and hotels across the U.S. When she is not working, Shannon enjoys traveling, going to concerts, taking care of her plants, collecting vinyl records, thrifting, watching horror movies, and spending time with her cat Mochi.

Deb Niemeyer

Partner Success Team Lead

Prior to joining the Virtuance Team, Deb was an award-winning General Manager for Marriott Hotels for over a decade. She currently resides in Lubbock, TX with her husband Jon, and their dog Dallas - a Great Dane PitBull. During free time Deb loves to travel, fish, go camping and read books. Fun, personable and passionate in all things service related, Deb enjoys making people laugh, entertaining and making new friends.

Christie Hambright

Sr. Enterprise Account Specialist

Christie is technically the middle child of three (her identical twin sister is older by 2 minutes). With a father who was constantly relocating for work, Christie spent most of her childhood moving all over the country. She eventually ended up in Colorado, where she fell in love with the blend of urban living, sustainability, and outdoorsy lifestyle. She attributes her well-rounded perspective and humble outlook on life to all of the diverse places she grew up in. Her mother recognized her creative soul from a young age and put her through tap and ballet classes, gymnastics, computer science courses, interior design and art classes, but it was color guard in her high school marching band that allowed her to thrive. After an exciting performance career, Christie began teaching color guard through Jefferson County Public Schools, but it wasn’t until she took an Intro to Digital Photography class in college that she discovered a true passion for photography. With over six years of retail and sales experience, as well as a passion for photography and technology, Christie excitedly found her way to a CSA position at Virtuance, which perfectly blends her years of customer service, photography interests, and a genuine love of helping others. In her spare time, Christie practices photography that showcases dance and color guard techniques, reads, or plays video games. She is a cat lover, a coffee fanatic, and an avid organizer. Christie is excited to be a part of the Virtuance team and is looking forward to growing with the company and exploring Colorado on weekend hiking and camping trips.

Kelsey Scruek

Partner Acquisition Specialist

Kelsey was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO and currently lives in the Denver area. Like many other Colorado natives, Kelsey loves spending her time outdoors and in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Visiting mountain towns has become one of Kelsey's favorite weekend activities and she hopes to one day move to one of them with her fiancé and their three dogs! In her role at Virtuance Kelsey loves having the opportunity to meet and connect with photography applicants and existing partners all over the United States!

Michael Keatley

Partner Onboarding Specialist

Michael is a 10-year resident of Phoenix Arizona, but a Midwestern boy at heart, having been raised in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin. In his mid 20’s he went to live in rural Missouri and began his passion for photography while chasing around severe storms in his 2004 Toyota Prius. While clearly in an elite storm-chasing vehicle, a few close calls and a newborn daughter quelled that urge for adrenaline. Michael began to expand his portfolio shooting weddings, events, portraits, real estate and lots and lots and lots of baby photos. In the summer of 2015 he began working with Virtuance as it slowly began gaining a foothold in the Phoenix Arizona market. After several years of working in the field as a partner-photographer he’ll transition to a more operational role in an effort to apply the knowledge learned in the field into furthering a positive environment and experience for Virtuance’s clients, partners and team members.

Susie Inverso

Partner Success Specialist

Susie is one of our Partner Success Team Leads and enjoys assisting our photography partners in their efforts to bring you beautiful images! Susie spent most of her life in Chicago, where she was a photographer for the public transit system for many years, and a wedding and portrait photographer before that. She also photographed for two Chicago guidebooks - 111 Places in Chicago That You Must Not Miss, and another of that same series just for kids! After visiting Colorado on her honeymoon, it was love at first sight and she and her husband moved to Denver in 2020. Her third book - 111 Places in Denver That You Must Not Miss - has just been released! When not hiking, biking, or skiing, Susie specializes in pet photography and runs Crimson Cat Studios where she helps pet-parents celebrate, honor, and share the saga of their non-human family members. She and her husband are enjoying life near the foothills with their two cats and box turtle.

Bobby Ramirez

Partner Success Specialist

Before joining the team on the supporting front, Bobby was a photographer for Virtuance and in 7 years has shot over 7200 houses. He still holds the most shoots ever completed by a photographer for the company. He brings his extensive knowledge from the field to assist our partners every day. Although Bobby's background is in Digital Arts he is through and through a photographer by trade. He enjoys shooting film photography in his free time and is an avid movie buff working his way through the cinematic industry. Although he called Denver his home for many years he is originally from Arizona and now resides in California.

Darren Stafford

Image Processing Specialist

Darren grew up in Northern Minnesota where in his childhood enjoyed camping and being in the outdoors. These fond memories of nature were the catalyst for his passion to explore new wilderness places and photograph them. After Graduating from the University of Minnesota with a BFA in Graphic Design and a studio emphasis in Photography; he move to Colorado and his passion for the outdoors and photography grew as he began exploring Colorado’s mountains and Utah’s desert. When not shooting photos or processing images Darren enjoys hiking, camping, mountain biking, skiing, climbing mountains, and canyoneering.

Mason Saunders

Image Processing Specialist

Born and raised in Aurora, Co, Mason started doing photography in the dark room of his high school. His first camera was a pinhole camera he made out of an oatmeal box. After learning the basics of shooting on film for two years, he moved onto digital and made his high school yearbooks. After graduating high school, and serving a quick 5 years in the military, Mason went onto get his B/A in Photography from The Art Institute of Colorado. With a portfolio completely focused on Architectural Photography, he has been working in his field since college shooting real estate and hotels across the US and a little bit in Canada until he found his place here at Virtuance in 2019. He loves his Boston Terrier, Murphy and his favorite food is Spaghetti.

Rae Bass

Image Processing Specialist

Rae is a surrealist/fine art photographer, a North Carolina native and a Colorado nomad. She graduated with a BFA in Photography from The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham. Prior to working at Virtuance, Rae was an art teacher by day and bartender by night. At Virtuance, Rae is very much fulfilled by her work as an image processor, really flexing her muscles in the area of photography that she loves best; editing! In her spare time, Rae enjoys spending time with her husband and two cats, yoga, urban exploration and simply being outside in any capacity.

Emily Lamont

Image Processing Specialist

Emily was born and raised in Minneapolis. She ventured her way to Bluffton, South Carolina for 6 years where she completed a degree in communications, had three beautiful children and began her business in photography. She then spent two years in the Memphis area before finally making her way to beautiful Denver. Emily loves to travel, eat and cook, photograph (landscapes, people, you name it), and engulf herself in DIY projects! Along with her already hectic life, she works alongside her significant other; together they raise their 6 kids Brady Bunch style.

Minka Ricker

Quality Assurance Specialist

Minka loves to create and travel! She enjoys sharing her passions through photography, painting, writing and baking. Her travels have taken her to Europe where she ate the best nectarine ever watching the sunset over Florence, to Hong Kong exploring hidden gardens with a mouthful of bubble waffles and to Scotland where she has unfinished business. Iceland and Japan keep sending her love letters to visit. She is a daughter and older sister. One of her favorite experiences is to bake and watch scary movies in the twilight of an October afternoon.

West Gajan

Quality Assurance Specialist

Before joining our team, West attended Colorado State University and worked creating handcrafted leather goods, like wallets and bags. West brings a keen eye to the quality assurance team.  After growing up in Kansas City, West moved to Fort Collins to focus on his outdoor passions, rock climbing, fly fishing, and photography!

Brandy Guthrie

Client Success Specialist

Brandy moved to Colorado in 2010 due to military orders, her father spent most of her childhood in the United States Army. She decided to stay after she met her Fiance in Colorado Springs and decided Colorado would be her forever home. She enjoyes spending her free time with her three dogs hiking and adventuring, working in her garden, trying and cooking new foods, and travelling. Ask her about her new found hobby with Aquariums and fresh water fish!

Sarah Boger

Client Success Specialist

Sarah is a Denver native who has been making art for most of her life. Starting with Graphic Design Degree and then moving on to a Photography Degree from the Art Institute of Colorado, she has been figuring out how to make things fit together within different mediums ever since. She’s been working in customer service roles for most of her life and finds that helping is the thing she does best. She’s often at live local venues enjoying the Colorado music scene or hanging out at home watching whatever random show or movie is the new favorite streaming item with her cat and dog.

Alex Brunner

Customer Service Specialist

Before joining our team, Alex provided technical and customer support to leading companies in the Premium Retail & Payment Processing industries. He also used to work as a carpenter/handyman. Alex looks forward to assisting Virtuance’s clients and fine-tuning the client experience into something extraordinary. Alex grew up in Fort Collins, CO, and graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. He has lived in Eugene, Oregon, for the last four years. When he’s not at work, Alex enjoys snowboarding, hockey, mountain biking, bouldering, rafting throughout Oregon, the occasional beer, and spending time with his partner Checkers, who is currently obtaining a Ph.D. in Chemistry/Materials Science.