Our Team

We've put a lot of effort into building the best team. Check out what community means to us.

Leadership

Leadership is not a title or position, but a habit. Here are the people who make ej4 better daily.

Ryan Eudy
Chief Executive Officer
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Ryan
"Hates to lose"
• I once traveled to China for two days
• I've caddied on the Celebrity Golf Tour
• I am super competitive

Since joining ej4 in 2005, Ryan has operated in every facet of the business. It is this experience that Ryan utilizes to manage ej4’s daily operations. Ryan offers innovative solutions and has a unique understanding of matching client needs with the right performance improvement tools to change targeted behaviors.

Ryan is fiercely competitive and incredibly fast. If you can beat him in Ping-Pong we will knock 10% off your contract.

Tom Lynch
Chief Technology Officer
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Tom
"Shhhh, he's coding"
• My first website was created on GeoCities in 1998
• I was a contestant on an internet game show called Gold Rush
• When I retire from programming, I want to be a farmer

Tom started as the first developer of the ej4 platform in 2004. Since then, Tom has developed multiple versions of ej4, countless Client versions, eCommerce solutions, and the new knowledge-sharing platform, Thinkzoom. His passion and focus on technology have helped keep ej4 in the forefront of video-based technology and communication platforms.

As most CTO’s are, Tom is driven by the latest techno gadget. Be careful, he will mock your old phone.

Karen Marino
VP of Sales
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Karen
"Country girl at heart"
• I have taken in 12 stray dogs. (so far and not all at one time!)
• My friends refer to me as Martha Stewart
• I am obsessed with the Food Network

Karen’s passion for adding value to organizations is her focus with ej4’s learning solution. As an experienced sales leader and business partner, Karen leads the ej4 sales, support and marketing teams to deliver just in time training programs to employees. Her goal is to share her excitement about ej4’s solution with the world.

What’s your favorite course? Karen has a new one every week.

Kathy Irish
Director of Operations
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Kathy
"Resident pastry chef"
• Voted Best Laugh and Best Smile in High School
• I am an avid baker
• I hate shopping

Kathy joined ej4 in 2007 as our first Instructional Designer. She has over 15 years’ experience in Human Resource Management, Training and Organizational Development. In addition to managing and planning ej4’s yearly new content development, Kathy also oversees all the production on updates (both legal and style-wise) to current off-the-shelf content.

Kathy can reach just about anything in a 10 foot radius. Need to dust off that training manual from the top shelf? Kathy can reach it and then transform it into a great training series.

Paul Russell
Founder
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Paul
"Jet Setter extraordinaire"
• I have been fired twice in my life. I probably should have been fired four times.
• I have visited 119 countries. More to come
• I lost 80 pounds and kept it off by cutting carbs and walking a lot

Paul Russell is founder and sole owner of ej4. Coupling broadcast television experience with leader-led training as principal at Russell Training Group, Inc., he re-engineered multi-day seminar learning into low-cost, on-line, curriculum-based, short-form, green-screen video learning.

In his spare time, Paul travels the globe and has hit over 100 countries. Go ahead, ask him his favorite place.

Core Team

The more smoothly we run, the better we serve you. Here are the people who make that happen.

Adam Lendowski
Account Executive
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Adam
• 2x NCAA Track & Field All-American in the Decathlon and current school record holder.
• Avid Chess, Risk, and Monopoly enthusiast. One of the three founding members of a college Monopoly club.
• Originally hailing from Milwaukee, WI. Adam is an unofficial Historian and Tour Guide of the Brew City.
Adam Bowen
Sr. Application Developer
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Adam
• It took me four years to realize I was just getting a Math degree because I liked the pretty pictures.
• Despite starting off with the original 151, my favorite Pokémon is Feraligatr.
• Lately, I feel like most of my free time is spent looking at pictures of chickens on Instagram.
Akta Bradshaw
Graphic Designer
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Akta
• I was born in Zambia, Africa.
• I grew up in a motel that my parents owned.
• Beyoncé is my spirit animal.
Amy Grojean
Art Director
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Amy
• I was goth in high school and I'm still goth on the inside.
• I hate the color purple, but The Color Purple is my favorite movie.
• In retirement, I hope to run a feline ranch somewhere in the South.
Chris Bingham
Video Editor
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Chris
• Though learned to fly as a kid, I'm deathly afraid of heights
• Was electrocuted and survived
• Played on a amateur paintball team
Christine Whitehead
Learning Consultant
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Christine
• Served in the United States Navy
• Loves to garden and craft
• Is a certified professional home stager
Cole Hieronymus
Studio Manager
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Cole
• I directed my first Short Film in 2015 and it was accepted into SLIFF.
• I've lost 75 pounds, without a day in the gym, lots of fruits and veggies.
• I enjoy thrift shopping, reading, meditating, and Astronomy.
Ellen Ziegler
Learning Consultant
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Ellen
• I completed the Dopey Challenge - which is 4 races, a 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon in 4 days and a total of 48.6 miles.
• I am on the board of the Young Friends Leadership Council for St. Louis Public Radio.
• I love movie trivia and have been called "EMDB" for Ellen Movie Database.
Jamie Wagner
Campus Administrator
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Jamie
• I used to sing in a band and also played the drums for several years.
• I worked as a radio DJ in St. Louis after college.
• I have an alter ego named Nancy Carbuncle.
Josh Dayan
Application Developer
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Josh
• I have two dogs. One is 9 pounds and the other is 90 pounds.
• I used to play collegiate Ultimate Frisbee.
• I prefer salty over sweet.
Katelyn Heying
Graphic Designer
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Katelyn
• I’m so laid back that I’m practically lying down
• Restaurants always mess up my order
• I don't like hugs
Kelly Elliott
Campus Administrator
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Kelly
• I worked at Canyon Ranch, which is a world-renowned spa with celebrity clientele.
• I started a snow ski club at my high school, which sits in the middle of the Sonoran Desert.
• I am in the movie "Boys on the Side" (Drew Barrymore, Whoopi Goldberg), and was actually paid $300 for my appearance.
Kyle O'Brien
Marketing Coordinator
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Kyle
• My Science Fair project came in 3rd place.
• I trained my dog to open and close the fridge.
• My favorite spot in the world is the Cliffs of Moher
Mandy Owen
Project Manager
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Mandy
• I have a twin brother. No, we are not identical, it doesn't usually work that way.
• My fiancé and I are perfecting our juggling tricks. We hope to join the circus within a year.
• My cat, Zelda, follows me around begging for Asiago bread.
Marie Jowett
Accountant
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Marie
Matt Mullins
Graphic Designer
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Matt
• I hustle wheel thrown pottery that I hand craft.
• The worst thing I ever did was run a 100 mile race.
• I always buy Legos for my kids but they are really for me.
Melissa Schmidt
Graphic Designer
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Melissa
• I enjoy cooking, and love trying new yet simple recipes.
• I danced competitively for 14 years, and wanted to be a choreographer when I was younger.
• I used to play the piano, and had Fur Elise memorized. I don’t remember it now, but I can still play a mean rendition of “Heart and Soul.”
Michelle Nutting
Script Writer
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Michelle
• I can name all the 50 states and their capitals in under 6 minutes.
• In 2013, I ran San Francisco's "Bay to Breakers" footrace with a GoPro attached to me.
• I've moved 6 times, in the last 5 years, to 4 different states.
Pete Nelson
Creative Director
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Pete
• I am a trained opera singer.
• I played tennis professionally for 3 years.
• I lie about myself on a regular basis.
Renee Steinkuhler
Account Executive
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Renee
• Huge dog lover-dog sitting as second job
• Completed the Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco.
• Love to travel, Ireland is my dream trip.
Scott McKenzie
Channel Sales Director
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Scott
Steve Eisenhauer
Account Executive
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Steve
• I have 2 boys ages 16 and 12.
• I have an identical twin brother.
• Brad Pitt was my fraternity brother at Mizzou.
Thorsten Fraley
Studio Manager
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Thorsten
• I still like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, even in my thirties.
• I was once in an Applebee's Commercial
• I love dogs.