The Ascendle Story

Over 35 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:

  • 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
Kevin Allen
Kevin AllenSoftware Architect
Gina Angelone
Gina AngeloneProduct Owner
Diana Bourns
Diana BournsPresident
Cat Caruso
Cat CarusoMarketing Coordinator
Lynzi Cashman
Lynzi CashmanDirector of Delivery
Clint Edmonson
Clint EdmonsonDirector of Software Engineering
Ben Friedberg
Ben FriedbergSoftware Architect
Jamie Geisler
Jamie GeislerScrumMaster
Justin Ling
Justin LingDirector of Product Stategy
Mark MacBeth
Mark MacBethSoftware Architect
Luke McConnell
Luke McConnellProduct Owner
Susannah Parnin Mitchell
Susannah Parnin MitchellVP Operations
Nelson Peters
Nelson PetersProduct Owner
Kris Pinto
Kris PintoScrumMaster
Tina Reynolds
Tina ReynoldsStrategic Advisor
Aaron Roberts
Aaron RobertsProduct Owner
Jackie Russ
Jackie RussStrategic Finance
Tom Schwendler
Tom SchwendlerProduct Owner
Lori Setliff
Lori SetliffSales Enablement Manager
Shantel Somerlott
Shantel SomerlottVP Client Partnerships
Jackie Sparks
Jackie SparksAdministrative Assistant
Lisa Todaro
Lisa TodaroVP Finance
Patrick Witt
Patrick WittScrumMaster

Ascendle 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