ABOUT US

A little weird. A lot of fun. (Okay, maybe a lot weird.)

Codefi opened its doors in the historic Federal Building on November 7, 2014, as the area’s first co-working space and technology incubator with a larger vision for economic growth: to be a catalyst to increase the formation and growth of technology-based companies in our region.

We believe in:

Collaboration Over
Competition

Community Over
Agendas

Doing Over
Saying

Innovators Over
Institutions

Our Team

If anything brought us together, it was our dissatisfaction of the status quo. The “security” and “truths” that were promised from ivory towers and institutions (in whatever form that may have been) - yeah, we knew we could do better. Way better. But we also wanted to remove silos, break down barriers, and build a foundation - for a community of people who felt the same. Not just defying the rules; re-writing them. Together. Co-defying.

Jay Bennett Chris Carnell Stacy Dohogne Lane Brian Holdman Heather Holdman Alan Long Breyana Ray Brian Rhodes James Stapleton Alexis Wunderlich Zach Young

Mouse over a team member to learn more.

Jay Bennett

Full Stack Software Developer

Jay started in the field of construction before venturing into Launch Code 101. He began coding as a hobby over 20 years ago when he became interested in text based games as a teenager. This led him to freelance coding before eventually ending up in the LC program. Jay excels at JavaScript and jQuery and began working at Codefi in 2017 upon completion of the Launch Code course.

Chris Carnell

Co-founder/Venture Development

Chris has 10+ years experience working in and alongside startups and SMEs. He specializes in customer, process, and innovation development. He’s led economic development organizations the past three years, raising over $1 million to support startups and computer programming training for adults and youth.

Stacy Dohogne Lane

Community Director

Stacy joined the Codefi team in March of 2018 as the Community Director and focuses her work on youth coding education for the Marquette Tech District Foundation. A native of Cape Girardeau, Stacy facilitates and oversees youth coding camps, the Youth Coding League and other community outreach.

Brian Holdman

Co-founder/Senior Software Engineer

Brian, a native of Cape Girardeau, brings 21 years of software developing to Codefi. He specializes in Ruby on Rails, PHP and MySQL development, ASP, ASP.net, MSSQL, HTML, CSS, Javascript, Network Administration, Database Maintenance, Database Reporting, Web Development, Internet Marketing and SEO. He has extensive knowledge in both desktop and web applications and proven success in leading teams and finding innovative solutions.

Heather Holdman

Co-founder

Heather is a busy lady. Her bio is coming soon!

Alan Long

Senior Software Engineer

Alan comes to Codefi with 7 years of software engineering experience. He specializes in software architecture, C#/ASP.NET, Ruby/Ruby-on-Rails, JavaScript, and GIS. From Learning Management Systems for the Education sector, to optimizing trading engines for Fortune 500 Finance companies, to custom software for the DoD, he brings with him strong technical and domain knowledge. Alan is a native son of Southeast Missouri, and has lived here his entire life. He has been with Codefi since 2017.

Breyana Ray

Director of Community Engagement

Breyana comes to us after 7+ years in the aerospace engineering industry and is responsible for connecting internal community members and stakeholders to each other and the greater community. She works on and develops initiatives that provide company and industry-specific value to our members. She also plans and organizes the amazing events here at Codefi. Breyana has been with Codefi since November, 2016.

Brian Rhodes

Front-end Developer and Designer

Brian utilizes his skillset in website and graphic design to create sites for a broad set of clientele. He uses his expertise in HTML, CSS and JavaScript to tailor the user experience and bring a client’s concept to life. In addition to website development, Brian has experience in content writing and illustration, as well. Brian has been at Codefi since 2015 and has over 11 years of design experience.

James Stapleton, Ph.D

Co-founder/Business and Customer Development

James has 25+ years of entrepreneurship experience with expertise in business and customer development. He is currently co-founder of three technology companies. He earned his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University and was the founding director of Southeast Missouri State University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Alexis Wunderlich

Community Manager

Alexis joined Codefi in November of 2016. When she is not meeting the needs of our members, keeping the space functional, and maintaining a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Alexis is working on a degree in corporate communication. She is happy to have found Codefi and to be a part of something that impacts the community on a daily basis.

Zach Young

Full Stack Software Developer

Zach is a full-stack developer that works on every aspect of software development at Codefi. He has also has extensive knowledge developing, as well as designing, maintaining, and project management for E-commerce sites. A lifelong resident of Southeast Missouri, Zach has been designing and developing for 6 years and came to Codefi in 2017.