Our Leadership

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.

Founders

Gayathri Kher
Co-Founder & President
202-804-6769

Gayathri has extensive experience evaluating business processes and technology infrastructures and assisting associations in implementing solutions that are scalable based on future needs. Prior to co-founding fusionSpan, Gayathri spent over 10 years working in the association industry. She has a Masters of Science Degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Gayathri is an active participant in the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and previously served as the Chair of the ASAE Technology Council.

Manav Kher
Co-Founder & CTO
202-804-6723

The official gear-head of fusionSpan. Manav has over 18 years of enterprise software development experience and has been leading the software development team at fusionSpan since 2010. Previously he spent 10 years in various development leadership and architect roles in the healthcare industry.

Manav has a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is an avid golfer and spends most Saturday mornings trying to lower his handicap.

Leadership

Noel Shatananda
Chief Delivery Officer
(240) 552-9966

Noel comes to fusionSpan with more than 25 years of software experience, having worked in multiple roles in software and product development, consulting services, and product implementations. He has been in the association industry since 2004, notably working as VP of Engineering at Community Brands, and most recently, as Director of Client Services at Silverline.

Noel enjoys collaborative environments and is driven by the challenges of a growing industry. He values putting client goals first, explaining, “When we enable clients to be the best they can be, the company automatically benefits; it’s simply the by-product of fully enabling passionate human beings.” He plans to strategically move fusionSpan forward toward its vision of bridging gaps through technology.

Carla Yvonne Murphy
Vice President, People & Culture
(240) 715-9514 Ext. 282

Carla leads the People & Culture team across fusionSpan’s fast-growing, global diverse team to align people practices with organizational culture, values, and strategies. She leads engagement and total rewards programs that scale to retrain and attract talent. Additionally, she manages HR operations and systems, internal communications, talent acquisition, DEI, and works alongside managers to optimize individual and team performance and nurture career development.

Carla has over 17 years of broad experience in Human Resources and Talent Acquisition in various industries including Technology, Professional Services, Digital Marketing, Hospitality, and Network & Communications. For the last 10 years, she has led people teams, built HR infrastructure from the ground up for high growth companies, and been a part of their senior leadership team. Carla earned her Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Shidler College of Business, and is currently based in Chicago, IL.

In her free time, Carla enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, traveling, going on walks, streaming shows, and visiting museums. Carla also runs full marathons and is on a quest to run marathons in all 50 US states (30% completed so far)!

Gary Ondecko
Vice President, Finance & Operations
(240) 552-9407

Gary brings a strong financial background to fusionSpan having spent the early part of his career working in New York City and Northern Virginia at public accounting firms. He then transitioned to focus on financial transformation in the technology industry, where he has held various leadership positions such as working with the association industry at Aptify as their Global Financial Operations Controller. Most recently Gary served as the VP of Finance at RocketDocs, a SaaS company located in Baltimore, Maryland.

Gary received his MBA from SUNY Binghamton in Binghamton, New York, and his BA in Accounting from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, where he met his wife Erica. His key responsibilities include managing the company’s financial health, operations, human resources, and administrative aspects of the company. Gary spends his free time traveling and participating in various sporting activities with Erica, their dog, Howard, and the newest addition to their family, their son, Trey.

Jerry Martin
Director, Project Management Office
8888517995 Ext. 274

Jerry has over 20 years of experience in enterprise software delivery, working in a variety of technical and management roles. He has a reputation for driving excellence in service delivery to improve the customer experience. Jerry also enjoys improving business processes through automating, streamlining, and optimizing operations.

Jerry has a Master of Project Management degree from Keller Graduate School of Management in Kansas City, Missouri and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. He currently lives near Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife and son. Jerry spends his spare time on camping trips, playing golf, and tackling various home improvement projects. He is also a volunteer in the Big Brothers / Big Sisters organization.

Jennifer O’Brien
Senior Director of Consulting
518-225-0693

Jennifer is a technology consulting leader with over 20 years of experience in improving organizational and individual performance. She most recently led product marketing for Explorance, an employee experience survey and technology provider. Jennifer also led Explorance’s consulting team managing the development and execution of technology and analytics solutions for Fortune 500 clients.

Jennifer’s prior background includes developing consulting, technology, and training solutions for nonprofit organizations looking to measure the impact of their programs.

Jennifer lives in Chicago with her husband, Kevin, and their 10-year-old daughter, Madeleine.

Tracy Utterback
Managed Services Manager
240-408-5458

Tracy serves as fusionSpan’s Managed Services Manager, and comes with over 15 years experience working in the Salesforce ecosystem, including Salesforce.com and Salesforce.org environments. She has extensive knowledge in other areas such as Sales Cloud and Marketing Cloud, as well as 3rd party integrations, data migrations and the release management process.

Tracy is a self-described Salesforce nerd, and has been involved in close to 100 implementations. One of the things she enjoys most is working with customers and really digging into their processes. Tracy says the most rewarding part of her career has been helping customers achieve their goals and to build long term relationships.

Himali Shah
Manager, Consulting
202-804-6833

Himali joined fusionSpan in May 2017. She brings her expertise and passion for working with associations and enjoys helping them use Salesforce as a tool to make their jobs easier and provide a better service to their members/customers. Prior to joining fusionSpan, Himali was a Senior Membership Associate at Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) for four years. Himali graduated from the University of South Carolina, with a B.A. in International Studies.

Rose Palipalli
Manager, Consulting
202-930-4006

Rose worked as a Senior Business Analyst in fusionSpan’s Delivery Team, and has recently become a Manager! She enjoys helping clients overcome challenges on a daily basis, and is constantly looking to learn something new. In her free time, you can most likely find her traveling.

Jason Cookman
Manager, Engineering
202-804-6852

Jason is a Senior Salesforce Architect and has been with fusionSpan since June 2014. He has multiple Salesforce Certifications and has led the solution architecture on dozens of Salesforce implementations. In addition he has created apps on a variety of platforms and frameworks including MuleSoft, Spring Boot, AngularJs and Drupal. He has been coding in Java, php and JavaScript for more than eight years and has over six years of experience developing on the Salesforce Platform in Apex, Visualforce and Lightning.

He is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a double bachelor degree in Computer Science and Accounting. Jason’s favorite foods are ramen, ramen and more ramen.

Matthew Addy
Manager, Engineering
(240) 770-9728

Matt joined fusionSpan in late 2020 and brings six years of experience implementing Salesforce for associations and holds several Salesforce certifications. He has spent the last several years working in different divisions at Nimble AMS, including Customer Success, Implementations, and Product development. Matt holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. Matt resides in Tampa, Florida with his wife and son.

Prakash Kurothe
Delivery Head, India

Prakash heads our Hyderabad development center. With more than two decades of experience in the industry, Prakash has worked in different phases of software project management, delivery management and IT operations management. His forte lies in software development—from conceptualization to deployment on multiple technology platforms. Prakash focuses on achieving delivery excellence by capitalizing on fusionSpan’s unique approach towards creating value for its stakeholders.

Prakash leads various initiatives for automating processes to aid a robust Management Information System, in the sustenance of a stellar operational ecosystem at fusionSpan. He started his career as an engineer and then moved on to a manager position with Raymond group, Tata Consultancy Services, Cybage, Gantner and Sonata Software. He last worked as Software Delivery Manager with Teletext Holidays before joining fusionSpan.

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