We Exist to Do Stuff That Matters

Our team is committed to meaningful work. We craft products for the most secure environments in the world, help our customers streamline everyday tasks, give back to our community, and have fun in the process.

Security-Centered Design

We got our start developing information-sharing platforms for multiple agencies in the U.S. intelligence community. As we expand our technology to serve other organizations, integrity and confidentiality remain our foundational design principles.

A Culture of Shared Responsibility

Yakabod is a values-driven organization. We take our culture seriously, and we work together every day to ensure that our environment enables everyone to thrive. Our team members are entrepreneurial, passionate, and committed individuals with the authority and independence to make a real difference.

Meet Our Team

Yakabod is led by technology pioneers, security experts, and outdoor enthusiasts who are constantly looking for new ways to serve their customers and build creative solutions.

Scott Ryser

Leadership Team Scott Ryser Founder and CEO / Board Member Scott Ryser is a technical guy with a head for business and an entrepreneurial spirit. While he’s now focused on Yakabod corporate strategy, culture and operations, his background includes designing, building, and managing technology initiatives ranging from small pilot projects to enterprise overhauls. Scott has a passion for seeing his community prosper, and is active in the Frederick tech and business community through various non-profit and corporate board roles, including TechFrederick, crossedBridges, FITCI and others. He holds an MSEE from The Johns Hopkins University and a BSEE from The University of Akron. When not in Frederick, he’s probably out on a backcountry adventure, training for one, or plotting the feast he’ll have when he gets back.

Scott Williamson

Leadership Team Scott Williamson Founder and CEO/Board Member​ Scott Williamson is a technology trailblazer. He is the co-author of RWhois, the technology used for Internet domain and address registration worldwide. Under his supervision at Network Solutions (now VeriSign), the domain name registry and root server system grew from 2,000 domains to tens of millions. Over the past 35 years, Scott has been involved in every aspect of Internet technology, and his ongoing work with community-specific online collaboration is at the core of Yakabod’s technology platform. In their spare time, Scott and his wife Debbie are avid cyclists and produce award-winning wood-kiln-fired pottery.

Jonathan Pernell

Leadership Team Jonathan Pernell Vice President, Mission Operations Solutions With nearly two decades of leadership experience, Jonathan leads the account management and growth trajectory of Yakabod’s government-focused portfolio. His previous roles include work with a variety of intelligence, DoD, and federal-civilian agencies such as US Homeland Security and the US Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Branch. Jonathan is a proud WVU Mountaineer, holds an MBA from Liberty University, and earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification through the Program Management Institute (PMI). In an attempt to stay young, he competes in the USATF masters track & field division, leads a local youth track & field program, and recently added cycling to his repertoire.

Andy Lewis

Leadership Team Andy Lewis Vice President, Yakabod Ventures Andy Lewis is an experienced sales, business development, and product management executive with a focus on creating new high tech businesses. As a co-founder of Group Logic, he helped grow the company’s base of customers to more than 10,000 globally on the way to its strategic acquisition by Acronis in 2012. Andy is a “product guy” who has personally brought to market or advised teams on more than a dozen networking, communication, and other technology-driven software products. Andy holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University. When he’s not focused on products, he’s an avid soccer player, even scoring a goal or two on occasion.

John Thorhauer

Leadership Team John Thorhauer Vice President, Software Development John Thorhauer has over 20 years of experience as a developer, systems architect, and leader. His background in both the financial and manufacturing industries brings an expertise that is grounded in real world solutions, spurred by an ethos for getting things done. Yakabod benefits from John’s passion for both technology and the people who make the technology possible. When John steps away from his role leading application development, he usually takes a step towards the woods, hiking until his feet catch up with his thoughts.

Amber White

Leadership Team Amber White Controller Amber has been a part of the Yakabod team for the past 10 years and she is a finance guru, overseeing Yakabod’s operational accounting and financial reporting.  Not only did she graduate from Southern Methodist University (SMU) with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degrees in Marketing and Organizational Business Behavior Policy, but she was also a 4-year member of the women’s golf team.   After graduating from SMU, she worked as an Assistant Event Director for 3 years, organizing amateur golf events across the United States.  She then continued her education at Ohio University receiving a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Sports Administration.   She moved to the DC area and took a position with the Washington Freedom, DC’s first Women’s Professional Soccer Team, as the Deputy Director of Finance and Operations.  From there she transitioned into accounting for the government sector.  If she isn’t crunching numbers for Yakabod, you might catch her cheering at her daughter’s field hockey game or volunteering for the Mid-Maryland Girls on the Run nonprofit.

Meet Our Board

Scott Ryser

Leadership Team Scott Ryser Founder and CEO / Board Member Scott Ryser is a technical guy with a head for business and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Scott Williamson

Leadership Team Scott Williamson Founder and CEO/Board Member​ Scott Williamson is a technology trailblazer. He is the co-author of RWhois, the technology used for Internet

Dr. Robert W. Kellemen

Board Member Dr. Robert W. Kellemen Robert Kelleman is Founder and CEO, RPM Ministries and VP of Strategic Development and Academic Dean, Faith Bible Seminary.

Emma W. Morris

Board Member Emma W. Morris Emma Morris is a Partner of The Morris Group and the Author of Wingtips for Women.

We’re always looking for talented, principled people to join our dynamic team.

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