Meet The Team

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Ray Wilson

Chief Executive Officer

Ray is our CEO and he is passionate about helping businesses – both ours and our clients’ – succeed. Except for Skip, he’s probably been involved with

IT longer than anyone – he was troubleshooting computers and repairing them at his school when he was seven! As an intern while attending UMHB, he was involved with IT, but really started growing when he joined our team in 2005. When he transitioned most of our clients to managed services, our MSP business was truly born, and we then grew it from five to forty people between 2006 and 2016. In that time, he was a help desk tech, business processes consultant, account manager, salesperson, sales engineer, client services manager, sales manager, and COO. If you want to get his juices flowing, challenge him to any team sport or ask him to go snow skiing. He’s been married to his high school sweetheart thirteen years and they have three high-energy boys. Oh… and both of his parents are also small business entrepreneurs.
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Skip Carruth

Principal | Strategic Advisor

Skip is the old guy (hey, somebody has to be the oldest!) and the reluctant entrepreneur. Though trained as an engineer (BSME in ‘82 from Texas A&M), he got into

IT full time in 1999 when he started JC Technology Group in Temple, Texas. He is passionate about the culture and values that form the core of a business, investing time in mentoring young folks, and helping our clients get the most out of their IT. Married for thirty-eight years and the father of three grown children and four nearly-perfect grandchildren, he dabbles in home design and not-quite-finishing his ’73 Triumph TR-6. He also manages our financials and keeps the taxing authorities happy!
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Jeremy Thompson

Principal | Strategic Advisor

Jeremy is our serial entrepreneur. We like to say he has “business ADD,” because he’s started, bought, and sold many businesses in multiple fields. He gained his

IT skills during ten years of developing and operating many movie theaters, wherein he provided design, implementation and support for their IT needs. His experience makes him awesome at helping clients make wise decisions in their IT investments. Married for twenty-three years with two kids, Jeremy loves football, playing games with the family, driving things really fast, and creation science. Though to really engage Jeremy, just start talking about business. It’s his passion and joy!
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Eli Meier

CTO | Solutions Architect

Eli is our jack-of-all-trades. His degree is in English, and he intended to teach before he discovered a natural aptitude for computers. He combines the two in

his role at Lighthouse, as he has a unique ability to explain complex technology in relatable, understandable conversation. Over more than twenty years working in IT, he’s written e-commerce programs for a university, set up an email cluster for a major league baseball team, and managed/executed hundreds of IT projects. He enjoys classic Volkswagens, cooking and barbeque, and hiking and camping. He and his wife have been married nineteen years and have nine kids. Though he is 6’1”, he is the SHORTEST male in his entire extended family. We all feel badly for him.
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Aaron Johnstone

Director of Operations

With more patience than Job and more experience than most people in IT today, Aaron is the go-to guy for challenging problems. He directs our team

both in the maintenance and help-desk functions. Aaron has been in IT for over twenty years and has played nearly every role possible EXCEPT, he reminds us, Sales. We can test almost every system in our client base on Aaron’s home network because it’s extensive and complex. When he isn’t tinkering with computers, he loves to read, play video games with his kids, and run. Several years ago, Aaron went from a couch potato to a marathoner in nine months, losing more than 100 pounds in the process! Aaron’s been married to his wife for nineteen years and they have two daughters, a son, and a new baby on the way! His teammates say, “I can always count on him to have my back. If I can’t find the answer, Aaron knows where to look!”
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Garrett Dycus

Client Advisor | Senior Project Engineer

This young man is a very special addition to our already outstanding team. Garrett was a part of the original half-dozen folks, along with most all the leadership of

Lighthouse, who grew up in the IT business together. We all worked together for a decade and when we formed Lighthouse IT, we knew we were missing an important part! We finally have ALL the band back together and we could not be more excited to be doing together with Garrett what we do best – helping businesses.
Garrett has been in IT for twenty years from an intern at UMHB and on to various roles with ever-increasing responsibility. What most folks may NOT know is he also worked on a turkey farm, changed tires it a local tire store and even spent some time with TXDOT. He grew up in Cameron and is one of only two hard-core Cameron Yoemen supporters I have known. Ever.
Garrett loves to coach – particularly soccer – and is coaching an under-8 team in Belton. He is also an avid disc- golfer. He’s been married for eighteen years with two children – a girl and a boy. One other interesting little tidbit – he’s been dog-sledding in Canada!
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Adam Kolls

Projects Team

Adam was in the Navy before he joined our team in 2015. He is cool under pressure and a calming influence on the help desk. Perhaps this is because, after staring

down Somali pirates off the coast of Africa, printer and email problems don’t seem so intimidating! Adam likes to shoot things (not people – thought we should make that clear), play Xbox, and of course, shoot things on Xbox! A husband of thirteen years with two children, he has been all over the world and still calls Central Texas his home. His teammates say, “Adam has an incredible memory when it comes to our clients. He remembers names, Internet settings, applications and printers!”
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Ashli Adams

Help Desk

Ashli started out in our admin position, but picked up on IT so well that we knew we needed to bring her on to the help desk. It’s been a great fit for her, and our clients

love her! Ashli is always cold, but inexplicably also likes to go barefoot in the office. She has been on TV twice in her life, but we aren’t sure if we should be impressed, as we’ve seen lots of people on reality shows and America’s Most Wanted! She has (perhaps wisely) not yet revealed to us the when and the why of her appearances. When Ashli takes a break from planning for her October 2021 wedding, she loves hiking, traveling, and – who’d have guessed? – karaoke!
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Tyler Severson

Projects Team

Tyler cut his technological teeth through four years both in part-time work and in working with one of our telephony partners. Tyler loves working and learning,

and has built a larger network at his home than 90% of our clients have in their businesses! He is thoughtful with his own money, preferring to buy a home and drive an old truck rather than pay rent and car payments. His hobbies of woodworking and gardening dovetail nicely with home ownership! He’s been known to play a bit of electric guitar, he enjoys 3D modeling and printing, and drives a gray Mustang GT that he's modded as completely as his computers! Several of our team were in the wedding party when he got married!
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Jenn Monaghan

Office Administrator

We have a few things to say about Jenn. In a vast sea of geek-types, she’s outgoing and, dare I say, effervescent. Jenn is a determined young lady – she’s been

working hard to complete her Bachelor’s in Forensic Psychology and she’s almost there. During this time, she’s worked full-time in the insurance industry and in the statistics department of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. AND she’s raised two children by herself! I’m telling you – she’s determined! Her hobbies include crochet (limited audience among the geeks here), hand-lettering (though some of us think hands are only for mice and keyboards), and fishing (finally something we can all agree on, cuz we’re from TEXAS!). You’ll love Jenn!
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Marisol Cadenas

Office Assistant

Marisol joined our team to help with the ever-growing administrative demands of a rapidly growing company. She’s a great fit because she brings a lot of elements into

play here: she has a degree in Human Resource Management (we have some humans around here) but more importantly, she was a substitute teacher - meaning if anyone knows how to herd cats, Marisol does!
Although Marisol doesn’t have past experience in IT, her computer-nerd husband does and she’s learned how to work around nerds! Marisol is married with four kids – one daughter and three sons. She has three pets, too (the non-human variety).
If food were a love language, Marisol has a bachelor’s degree and if our experience is meaningful, she’s on her way to her master’s! She tells us she loves to cook but the whole cleaning up after might be another story! Marisol means “the sea and sun” in Spanish and true to her name, she loves water activities like boating, tubing, swimming and fishing. Her most recent experience was traveling to Cabo San Lucas with her husband, where they took turns reeling in a good-sized marlin. I’m sure that will make a great story! We’re so glad to have Marisol aboard at Lighthouse!
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Brodie Cutts

Client Advisor

Brodie came to our attention through a fellow Resident Assistant at our local college, University of Mary-Hardin Baylor. We caught him trying to work as a Dell

ProSupport agent in Round Rock (you know – handling warranty repairs, third party applications and Windows support) and thinking, “There must be more to life than working at Dell.” This from a guy who spent eight years living in the mission field in the Dominican Republic! We had to help the guy! When Brodie isn’t geeking, he loves to watch football, play Madden (hey, that’s a little geeky) and – writing and playing music. He's been the instigator and director of our ever-popular Lighthouse LAN parties, giving us all even more space to have fun together and build relationships. We were all thrilled to attend his wedding last fall and are thrilled to see him become a father this fall!
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Ridge Smith

Help Desk

Ridge joined us in December of 2018. We kind of consider him a Christmas gift. Seriously though – what a cool name! Ridge. Seems like he’d be Navy SEAL or a Delta

operator. Perfect for our guerrilla help desk team! Ridge is kind of like Ray – they both cut their teeth in IT by helping teachers with computers in middle school. Before joining us, Ridge spent five years working primarily with mobile devices – phones, tablets, laptops – but by far his favorite repairs involve Nintendo handhelds. This is because he and his wife are Nintendo fans and avid gamers. He’s also been known to watch a lot of Star Trek and, as you might expect, a lot of anime. Ridge jumped right in because he has a great work ethic – a mix of meticulousness and the commitment to finish his bachelor’s degree while managing a store full-time. Meet Ridge – guerrilla geek!
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Mitchell Motsinger

Projects Team

Mitchell interned with us a bit before graduating UMHB in the spring of 2019. At that point, we were thrilled to have him sign on with us full-time! Before he

joined us, he’d had some practical tech experience modding various video games and building a server with a professor, and his skills have grown from there. Mitchell enjoys reading, playing video games, watching movies, and hanging out with his wife, friends, and family. He says they all call him “Mitchell,” but our team has dubbed him “Mitch,” and in his characteristic easygoing manner, he answers to it with good humor.
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Chris Simpson

Help Desk

Chris comes to us with a VERY diverse background. He did not mention being a monk, but it could have been on the list! He’s worked lots of retail, was a valet,

worked with his dad who was a professional carpenter, and developed video games. Like a lot of us, he's spent decades being the IT person for his entire family tree! IT isn’t usually the career choice of adrenaline junkies, but Chris is that guy – rappelling, bungee jumping, and even drag racing. Chris loves any project that allows him to buy new tools and learn new skills. At home, he’s an artist, woodworker, mechanic, groundskeeper, cook, and he builds arcade sticks (…and we had to look that last one up.) Chris and his wife are the proud parents of two rambunctious boys. For Lighthouse, Chris is an awesome addition to an elite team and we are thankful he came our way!
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Josh Olivares

Help Desk

Josh joined Lighthouse as an intern, and we quickly saw that we needed to make him a full-time Lighthouse team member! His initial foray into creating a future for

himself was studying to be a sports journalist / broadcaster. He took a 90 degree turn at that door and thought he’d try Advertising and Marketing. Finally coming to his senses, he realized IT was where it’s at and here we are! The great thing about this trek is this: He did it all while working full-time at Wal-Mart for six years. Although Josh has not really worked in IT before Lighthouse, he enjoys video games (along with the vast majority of his peers at Lighthouse) but has an increasing demand among friends and family to build and repair computers. Appropriately for a young man, he charges 1 meal per problem! Josh also enjoys reading, cooking and watching football. Some of you may remember the Newhart show where Larry introduces his brother Darryl and his other brother Darryl. Forget that. Josh wants to introduce his brother Josh, his other brother Josh and his cousin Josh!
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Mike Rivera

Help Desk

When you’re in a tight spot and need a cool head under fire – find a Marine. We found one. Mike, after a four year stint with the Marines, joins us on our

Help Desk. He also brings with him a variety of experience in IT over the past six years.
Every self-respecting geek worthy of help-desk engagement is a gamer – and Mike is no different. He also likes to build robots and, our favorite, make mead. For those who don’t know – mead is arguably the oldest alcoholic drink in existence since it’s made from fermented honey and 1) honey has been around since Adam and 2) we had centuries without refrigeration therefore – mead!
Mike is the youngest of six kids and his special super-power is making models and worlds for VRChat. (Don’t feel badly if you have to Google it!) We are really excited to add Mike to our incredible team!
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Max Pendley

Help Desk

There are very few young people with the diversity of experience that characterizes Max. If you’re a golfer, you might have heard of Whispering Pines – probably

one of the top two courses in Texas. Max would tell you it’s number 1 but I asked my uncle and he wasn’t so sure. The reason it’s important to Max is he spent many an hour as a caddie at that course. This certainly requires a high level of customer service as did his previous jobs such as a restaurant manager, personal trainer, audio/video technician, audio engineer and a resident advisor at Sam Houston State University. Which, by the way, is where he earned his degree in management information systems.
Using his newly-minted degree, Max went on to work for an IT support company in Huntsville doing many of the tasks he’s now doing for Lighthouse. His experience with their tools and techniques gave him a great start here.
Max loves music and has played the guitar for many years. He led worship at his church since his early teens, and he still has a passion for it today as a young married man. Say ‘Hi’ to Max!
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Kristopher Bunch

Help Desk

Kristopher just joined us and what a special reunion! Many of us worked together with him before and are thrilled to be teammates once again. He brings six years of

IT experience to Lighthouse but even more importantly, he comes to the team already sharing our values and our culture and ready to live it out every day with us.
Before going into IT, Kristopher had another profession. I’m telling you this – but don’t get any funny ideas! Kristopher was a traveling bartender. He got to explore the world on cruiselines and visited a lot of places. Same idea as a traveling nurse – just different medicine!
Kristopher enjoys traveling with friends and family, tinkering with some new tech project or making home improvements. Face it – who was EVER happy with their home as-built, right?
But here is something that sets Kristopher apart – he is an honest fisherman. Seriously. How can he make that claim? He can fish all day, never catch a thing and then…. admit it.
Welcome to Lighthouse IT, Kristopher!
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Bill Splittgerber

Help Desk

Bill has been toying with computers since they were, well… toys. Some of you young folks may need to refer to a good history book here but… Bill would

communicate through a BBS (bulletin board system) using his dial-up modem, played with games that were stored on floppy disks (even he doesn’t remember the 5.25” and 8” floppies) and even had an 80MB hard disk that was MUCH faster than a floppy. Who could ever use that much space?
Bill went into the US Navy as an electronics technician and went into mobile communications repair and finally into IT working in a PC repair shop. He has spent over twenty-five years in IT in manufacturing, banking, hospitality and service providers like Lighthouse. However, his favorite job experience was working at The Breakers Palm Beach.
Married and raising three awesome girls, they have a family farm they work together that has been in operation since 1891! Bill is also a state champion swimmer and loves Broadway musicals.
We appreciate Bill joining us and even though it’s recent, he's known six of our most experienced teammates for over five years. Welcome aboard!
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Daniel Mendenhall

Help Desk

We hired Daniel as an intern, but that lasted about two minutes before we knew we needed him full-time! He is no beginner with IT. He actually began

at the ripe age of 3 by reading computer manuals. He built on that start in high school, repairing phones, computers and video game consoles. Then in college he used those skills for financial gain. Good call!
We don’t have many artists here and certainly not many who studied art in college at TAMU Corpus Christi. However – Daniel combined his love of art and interest in IT and used physical pieces of computers for some of his pieces.
Not surprisingly, Daniel’s hobbies include video games, music production, digital art, and both Amiga computers and PowerPC computing platforms.
Much more surprisingly, Daniel is a huge fan of languages (not Cobol or Java) but real spoken/written languages and he is learning his SIXTH!
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Jeremy Grenell

Help Desk

A hearty ‘howdy’ to Jeremy Grenell! Jeremy came to us from the Marine Corps so even on our worst day, I doubt we’ll rattle his cage! He specialized in aircraft electronics

and cable repair but prior to his service in the USMC, worked in landscaping and was a life guard and swim coach.
Jeremy is pursuing his BS degree in network operations and security so he is in the right place!
He loves music, playing piano and the drums and physical exercise. This is convenient because he also loves to cook! I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’ Jeremy is not married and has no children – but he does come with a dog!
Jeremy grew up in Kansas – the urban and not the rural part! He doesn’t like to sit still (who would have guessed?) so we have many ways to keep him busy! We're happy to have him here!
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Luis Aponte

Help Desk

Coming soon!