Our Leadership Team

Bridging Gaps Through Technology


Gayathri Kher Co-Founder & President

Gayathri is Co-Founder and President of fusionSpan. She 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. Gayathri 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 currently serves as the Chair of the ASAE Technology Council.

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Manav Kher Co-Founder & CTO

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.

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Justin Burniske
Director, Enterprise Solutions

A member of the fusionSpan team since 2015, Justin brings his business and association background to the fusionSpan team. He serves in a range of roles both consulting with clients and supporting their strategic vision through technology. Prior to joining fusionSpan, Justin spent three years at the Council of Chief State School Officers, where he oversaw the implementation of the organization’s first ever association management system.

Justin has presented at both the Abila Users and Developers Conference, as well as the Texas Society of Association Executives. Justin has his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland, and was a Plan II and Math major at the University of Texas. Careful, his positive attitude is infectious.

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Linh Hoang
Director, Digital Strategy

Linh has been with fusionSpan since 2012 and enjoys working with associations of all shapes and sizes. As the Director of Digital Strategy, she works with associations to develop a holistic digital strategy to enhance their web presence and improve customer engagement. Previously she headed up the professional services department, which provided support and consulting for AMS, integrations and event registrar and management.

Prior to joining fusionSpan, Linh was the membership coordinator for the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, event specialist for The Balcom Group and a data researcher for the US News & World Report Graduate School Rankings. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from George Mason University. Linh lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico so…Go Isotopes!



Jason Cookman
Development Lead

Jason is a Senior Software developer and has been with fusionSpan since June 2014. He has created apps on a variety of platforms and frameworks including WordPress, Drupal, Spring Boot, AngularJs and Salesforce. He has experience in various programming languages; for example, Java, php, JavaScript and Apex. He has been coding in Java, php and JavaScript for more than four years and has over two 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.

Hans Stechl
Enterprise Architect

Hans was one of the leading architects of netFORUM Enterprise. He brings over 16 years of experience working on the product, and is intimately familiar with the ins and outs of the software. Having recently left Abila, the opportunity to engage directly with associations has him excited about working with fusionSpan.

He is a BSIS Summa Cum Laude graduate of Strayer University. If Hans ever challenges you to a ping-pong match, decline – he lead his high school team to second in state. Now you’re more likely to find him on the sideline cheering on one of his three kids who are all very active athletes!