The talent behind JoeScan
At JoeScan, we pride ourselves on developing and maintaining strong customer relationships. To that end, we'd like you to get to know us better.
Joey Nelson President
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Joey Nelson learned about the benefits and difficulties of sawmill optimization from an early age through his father's business.
After studying engineering at Washington State University, he founded JoeScan in 1999 with the goal of making scanning easier to use, more reliable, and more affordable. In the twenty years since, Joey has continued to raise the bar for 3D laser scanning in sawmills, introducing innovative new scanners with an industry-leading warranty. Today JoeScan scanners can be found in over 400 sawmills across six continents, and Joey is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on sawmill scanning.
In his free time, Joey enjoys playing guitar, running, and spending time with his family.
Jacalyn McGeehan Vice President, Operations
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Jackie joined JoeScan in 2016 as the Operations Manager. Her responsibilities include all aspects of accounting, purchasing of raw materials, and processing and scheduling customers’ orders. Jackie is also responsible for taking care of JoeScan’s most important resource – the employees. If you aren’t sure who to speak with, start with Jackie. If it’s not her, she’ll know where to direct you.
Jackie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University. She has worked in educational software design, commercial real estate, construction, chemical manufacturing, and in a recording studio. However, the hardest job she ever had was as a Commercial Fisherman in Southwest Alaska, which she did for too many years to count.
In her spare time, Jackie spends time reading (mostly fiction), practicing her accuracy at the shooting range, and spending time with friends and family.
Brad Michael Marketing Manager
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Brad was thrilled to join the JoeScan team in 2018. He brings with him a swiss-army marketer’s skill set, with experience in everything from copywriting to email & web design to social media management and strategy.
As the marketing manager, Brad’s number one goal is to tell the world all about JoeScan’s amazing people and products. He is responsible for the overall marketing strategy and budget, as well as all of the outward facing materials and messaging for the team, including our website, our social media channels, printed materials and handouts, print and digital advertising, and our presence at tradeshows and industry conferences.
In his free time, Brad loves to write science fiction novels, to collect vinyl records, and to hit the trails with his wife and two darling pit bulls.
Vadim Kovalev Mechanical Engineer
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Vadim joined JoeScan in 2011 as an engineering intern. Vadim has since earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from Washington State University, and he’s now a full-time mechanical engineer with JoeScan. During his internship, Vadim worked on a variety of projects that enabled the hands-on application of his theoretical engineering knowledge. Now Vadim focuses on special projects related to JoeScan’s in-house manufacturing equipment and product assembly. He will also play an active role in producing new video content for the marketing department.
Vadim’s interest in engineering dates back to childhood. Instead of playing with toys, Vadim took apart the toys to discover what was inside and then reassembled them. During his teen years, he spent a lot of time tinkering with the inner workings of everyday objects. Vadim’s interests, combined with his love for science and math, made engineering an obvious career choice.
In his spare time, Vadim enjoys videography. He and his wife, Dasha, like to travel the world, hang out with friends and family, and find new adventures in the Pacific Northwest.
Cristian Phipps Senior Software Engineer
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Cristian joined JoeScan in 2019 as a Software Engineer. His principle responsibilities include API, UI, and algorithm development, but his diverse engineering background in manufacturing, electronics, automation and robotics positions him ready to tackle many engineering problems at JoeScan.
Cristian holds an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Utah where he studied controls and robotics. His career history includes work in aerospace, boutique electronics manufacturing, and high precision manufacturing automation. He enjoys time in the lab and on the factory floor, but he is happiest at work when he is writing code.
In his free time, Cristian shares many of the pleasures of a typical Portlander such as hiking, cycling, trips to the coast, and eating and drinking the delectable food and cocktails the city and surrounding areas provide. His true passion, however is dance and dancing and he can be found many nights of the week in a dance class or in the dim lights of a salsa club.
Jason Farmer Vice President, Engineering
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Jason joined JoeScan in 2014 as a Software Engineer. In 2017, he was appointed the Vice President of Engineering. In his current role, Jason manages engineering, oversees product development and contributes to strategic direction.
Jason started his career at Aculight (now Lockheed Martin Aculight), where he led numerous technology development programs in solid state lasers and nonlinear optics. The success of these programs led him to cofound a spin-out company, nLight, with colleagues from Aculight. At nLight, Jason held a series of technical and management roles in R&D, product development and business unit management. He was instrumental in helping the company raise venture capital from leading firms and growing the company to over 400 employees.
Farmer received his B.S. in Physics from the UCSB and his M.S. in Astrophysical, Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences from the CU Boulder. He has co-chaired technical conferences, been a principal investigator on numerous government programs, authored technical papers and is an inventor on over 20 patents.
Kelvin McDonald Software Engineer
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Having joined the JoeScan team in 2019 as a Software Engineer, Kelvin brings technical expertise from his previous work at a Fortune 50 company. He contributes to the feature set, stability, and ease-of-use of both the hardware and software codebases, and carries along a certain joie de vivre that is known to be infectious.
Kelvin has always had a fascination for learning, creating, and problem solving. As a kid, he would build, tear down, and assemble something new from every Mega Bloks/Lego/Erector/K’Nex set that he could get his hands on. This passion led him to get a B.S. in Embedded Systems Engineering and A.S. degrees in both Hardware and Software Engineering from the Oregon Institute of Technology.
You can catch Kelvin out on the soccer pitch, drumming to Rush, or playing games in his spare time. He and his wife, Vanessa, also enjoy ballroom dancing, restaurant-ing, and playing with their two doodle dogs.
Kristina Shepley Assembly Technician
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For nearly a decade, Kris has prided herself in building the best products for JoeScan’s customers. Kris joined the JoeScan team in 2005 and has built hundreds of JoeScan scan heads since. As an Assembly Technician, Kris builds, repairs, troubleshoots and tests all models of JoeScan scan heads. In addition, she writes procedures, maintains test fixtures and trains colleagues. Kris enjoys the hands-on nature of her job.
Kris spent most of her teenage years tinkering with electronics and mechanical components. She began working in the technology field immediately after high school. While working in the semi-conductor industry, Kris attended school and earned two Associate of Applied Science degrees – one in Electronics Technology and the other in Information Technology.
Kris enjoys spending time with her two children, scuba diving, fishing, gardening, traveling and being outdoors.
Matthew Fitzgerald Assembly Technician
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Matthew joined JoeScan in 2016 as an Assembly Technician. His duties include assembly, calibration, testing, and repair of scan heads.
Matthew has been working on electronics since 2001 when he joined the US Navy and was trained as a electronics technician. He was responsible for keeping the radio and navigation equipment in proper working order aboard the USS Ingraham. After his time in the Navy, he continued to pursue a career in electronics.
Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, hiking, photography, and tinkering around the house in his spare time.
Michael Reutman Software Engineer
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Michael began assisting Joescan as a part time software engineer in 2018, transitioning to a full time position in 2019. Currently he works at developing the software that goes into Joescan’s products from the low level embedded code to higher level client application code.
Michael began his foray into the world of engineering in his youth building various electronic audio hardware devices for use with music projects. After graduating high school, Michael went to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana to further his interest in electronics. In 2014, he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and promptly began his professional engineering career. While primarily working on problems focusing on embedded software, Michael has eagerly pursued new challenges and has been able to work across various domains of software development.
Outside of work, Michael enjoys reading fiction and nonfiction books, keeping up with open source software, and long distance running.
Samuel Berezhinskiy Electrical Engineer
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Samuel joined JoeScan in 2013 as an Assembly Technician. He transitioned into an Engineering Intern role in 2014. In 2017, Samuel completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and became a full-time Electrical Engineer at JoeScan.
As an Electrical Engineer, Samuel works with the Engineering team to continually improve production efficiency. During his time at JoeScan, he has contributed to many exciting projects – he was part of the team that built the Monster Mesher, and he is currently working on new product development.
During his free time, Samuel enjoys photography, hiking and exploring new places. When it’s too cold for any of those things, he enjoys working on his own software projects.