About Us

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

We want to eliminate the skills and opportunity gaps preventing workers and entrepreneurs in rural regions from thriving in the digital economy.

Our History

Codefi opened its doors in the historic Federal Building on November 7, 2014, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 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.

Our Mission

We want to eliminate the skills and opportunity gaps preventing workers and entrepreneurs in rural regions from thriving in the digital economy.

We are entrepreneurs who partner with private and public groups in rural communities to deploy an innovation ecosystem to educate and train digital workers and entrepreneurs, build and attract software-focused companies, and create community spaces to expand the digital economy. In strong digital economies, workers drive innovation and become entrepreneurs, creating local wealth, more economic diversity, and future-proof jobs and occupations.

Collaboration Over Competition, Community Over Agendas, Doing Over Saying, Innovators Over Institutions

Our Team

If anything brought us together, it was our dissatisfaction with 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.

Animal Lover

Liza Buerck

Youth Coding League Coordinator

Shana Burden

Community Manager

Chris Carnell


Enjoys NBA Basketball

German Cruz

Code Labs Code Coach

Cheer Mom

Cara Dirnberger

Digital Workforce Director

Space Fanatic

Iva Harbison

Operations Manager

Nature and Music Addict

Ryan Harris

Junior Software Developer

Twin Girls Dad

Lee Hodges

Junior Software Developer

Likes Hiking

Nolan Hovis

Code Labs Code Coach

Library Superfan

Stacy Dohogne Lane

Youth Coding League Director

Bougie Grocery Shopper

Rachel O'Loughlin

Project Manager


Crystal Owens

Head of Startup Programs

Fascinated by Maps

Brian Rhodes

Senior Designer

Closet Gearhead

James Stapleton, Ph.D


Sound Design
Neophyte /
Dungeon Master

Mark Wallace

Head of Regional Networks

Just Another

William Wilder

Code Labs Code Coach

USA Paratriathlon Champ, 2014-2015

Zach Young

Senior Software Developer


Creating Success and Making Each Other Better

Codefi provides startup entrepreneurs, emerging innovative companies, freelancers, and more with tech-powered, flexible enterprise space, while serving the area with innovative technology education programs and an inspiring community. Plus, the space just looks cool and there's coffee and stuff.

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