The Ascendle Story

Over 40 years of hard-won software development experience

Years before Ascendle, I was in charge of developing a new product at my software company. It failed. The problem wasn’t the product – customers loved it. It was I had spent too much time and money getting it done. This painful conclusion led me to realize two things:Dave Todaro with the Epic Guide to Agile book

  • Software development isn’t about technology, it’s about delivering business value. In software, business value frequently takes the form of a new product designed to drive higher revenue for our customers.
  • Delivering business value doesn’t matter if it’s not on a predictable schedule. Otherwise, it’s impossible for the business to create plans to maximize that value. “When will I get this revenue?” is a critical question to answer.

Since that hard-earned lesson, I’ve become fully committed to the agile process. How committed? For starters, I learned everything I could and applied what I’d learned to each project I approached. I wrote a 500 page book that synthesizes the agile framework with the powerful technology tools available for today’s development teams. And most important, I founded Ascendle, a custom software development company built from the ground up with the sole purpose of delivering business value faster.

This relentless dedication to Accelerated Software Delivery has attracted a talented group of technologists, each as focused on delivering value as I am. Together, we take on the most critical and complex projects we can and deliver maximum guaranteed business value to our customers.


Dave Todaro Founder & CEO, Ascendle

Meet Our Team

Dave Todaro
Dave TodaroFounder & CEO
Diana Bourns
Diana BournsPresident
Lisa Todaro
Lisa TodaroVP Finance
Jackie Russ
Jackie RussStrategic Finance
Susannah Parnin Mitchell
Susannah Parnin MitchellVP Operations
Shantel Somerlott
Shantel SomerlottVP Client Partnerships
Clint Edmonson
Clint EdmonsonDirector of Software Engineering
Justin Ling
Justin LingDirector of Product Stategy
Lynzi Cashman
Lynzi CashmanDirector of Delivery
Raquel Elie-Pope
Raquel Elie-PopeSr. Director of Marketing
Kevin Allen
Kevin AllenSoftware Architect
Ben Friedberg
Ben FriedbergSoftware Architect
Luke McConnell
Luke McConnellProduct Owner
Tom Schwendler
Tom SchwendlerProduct Owner
Gina Angelone
Gina AngeloneProduct Owner
Nelson Peters
Nelson PetersProduct Owner
Jamie Geisler
Jamie GeislerScrumMaster
Patrick Witt
Patrick WittScrumMaster
Cat Caruso
Cat CarusoMarketing Coordinator
Jackie Sparks
Jackie SparksAdministrative Assistant
Tina Reynolds
Tina ReynoldsStrategic Advisor

Our Core Values

At Ascendle, our core values aren’t aspirational. Rather, they define who we are on a daily basis and are reflected in the work we do. You’ll find these six values prominently on display across the entire team, moment after moment, in sprint after sprint.

  • Deliver Business Value

  • Embody Extreme Ownership

  • Embrace Discipline

  • Always Be On Time

  • Set the Bar High

  • Be Kind