The IT Application Development team consists of Danny Messina, Mike Childress, Lesli Younger, James Littleton and Dana Simmelink, and our App Dev Intern Laura Kneeshaw. Read more about each of these team members below.
Danny serves as the senior manager and point man for the Application Design and Web Development team. He hails from Florida where they grow big avocados and even bigger snakes. He likes to run, bike, and learn about anything involving technology. He completed an MS in Computer and Information Science at the University of Florida individually dropping the schools party ranking by six whole spots during his time there.
Mike Childress has spent over 18 years in the IT industry and currently serves EWU as an application architect and backend engineer specializing in the design of cloud-based, always-available web application environments that are scalable. A big believer in lifelong learning, Mike continually works to build his web technology skills and repertoire earning degrees & certificates from UW, EWU and SCC in addition to online bootcamps and courses of speciality. In his spare time Mike likes to work out, play music, collect guns and chill out with his family.
James graduated December 2016 with a BS in Computer Science from EWU. He interned at T-Mobile as a Message Engineer automating tools for the T-Mobile Digits program. James is an android developer/enthusiast who loves everything outdoors. James brings his backend web development experience to the Web Dev Team. He has a passion for keeping the user experience intuitive and simple.
Dana has a BS in Computer Information Systems (class of 2004) from Eastern Washington University and is an application developer for Information Technology. Upon graduating, he was hired by DEO (Department of Educational Outreach) to manage their website and perform general IT duties. In 2007, he joined the Business and Auxiliary Services team as their official web developer. He remained in this role until the fall of 2013 when he was officially moved over to the Application Design and Web Development team for Information Technology.
Lesli is an Information Technology Specialist with over 30 years of Instructional Technology and Information Systems experience in Higher Education. She currently specializes in Systems Implementation and Integration, Enterprise Application Administration, Project Management, Technical Communication, Presentation and Training, Functional and Technical Needs Assessment, and Quality Assurance. Lesli’s dedication to EWU students is evidenced by her years of service on the Student Disciplinary Council and her role as a club sports advisor for the EWU Ultimate Club. When she’s away from EWU, you will find her enjoying life on a river or a disc golf course.
Laura is a student of Visual Communication Design at EWU. She completed a certificate in User Experience Design in 2017. Interested in the flexibility and rapid evolution of the web, she has a passion for web design and frontend development, and she's always ready to take on new challenges. As an intern for the AppDev team, she brings her design background and a desire to enhance the usability of EWU's sites. Laura loves coding, drawing, writing and yelling about fonts.