Meet the Team

Wayne Skipper / Leadership

Wayne’s background spans the technology gamut – from hardware design to software architecture. He is passionate about education and emerging technologies. A voracious learner from a young age, Wayne has spent many years pioneering the cutting edges of technology.

As Founder of Concentric Sky, Wayne leads a team of hand-selected professionals designing and building a wide range software products – from high-focus, individualized K-6 software, to large-scale analytics systems designed to quantify the activity of user populations. Wayne and his team have designed hundreds of products in Concentric Sky’s 8-year history, including some of the most widely used assessment systems available on the Internet today.

Wayne began his career in the US Navy working on Avionics Systems, but soon afterward became interested in microprocessor architecture and silicon chip manufacturing. This led him to work for Texas Instruments, Applied Materials and eventually to Dell, where he played a key role on the Component Engineering Team co-developing early PC prototypes with Intel.

After leaving Dell to study classical art and architecture in Europe, Wayne focused his energies on software design and specialized in technology-facilitated learning. He played a pivotal role in the development of several corporate learning platforms such as Peterson’s Test Prep product line and Cengage Learning's CengageNOW - as well as in numerous children’s products, including offerings by Encyclopedia Britannica and National Geographic.

Wayne has testified before the FTC on behalf of Google and led a team working with the IETF on next-generation web protocols. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Laboratory for Education Transformation and designs interactive LED art in his spare time. In 2010, Blue Chip Magazine honored Wayne with a 20 Under 40 Award for his career achievements. 



Cale Bruckner / Leadership

As Vice President for Concentric Sky, Cale applies his 15+ years of industry experience to developing technology solutions for clients all over the world.

Cale's career in the technology industry started with Palo Alto Software, makers of market-leading business plan software. Cale spent 10+ years leading development teams at Palo Alto, developing software products for Windows and the Web. As Senior Vice President of Product Development, he was responsible for all phases of the product development process.

Cale focuses on Enterprise Software Development and Mobile Development for Concentric Sky. Leading projects for Cengage Learning, and developing Mobile products for partners like Encyclopedia Britannica and National Geographic. Cale's passion for technology, extensive management experience, and industry experience are an asset to any project he's involved in.

Cale is also involved in efforts to strengthen and grow the Eugene-Springfield technology industry, leading a campaign to increase the visibility of the community by branding it the "Silicon Shire" and developing the technology business directory at

Cale graduated from the University of Oregon Charles H. Lundquist College of Business with a B.S. in Management and Marketing. He lives with his wife and three children in Eugene, Oregon. For fun, he enjoys spending time with his family, trail running, fly fishing, snowboarding, and the many other great outdoor opportunities available only in Oregon.

Cale's passion for technology has spread throughout the Web to places such as his blog, palmIT, Flickr, check-ins on foursquare, tweets on Twitter @calebruckner and @palmIT, and LinkedIn of course.

Annette Thurston / Leadership

Annette Thurston has been working in design and technology for 17 years. 

As Executive Creative Director, she leads Software Strategy, User Experience, and User Interface Design at Concentric Sky. She also heads the development of Concentric Sky’s Portland office. 

Annette’s career trajectory has spanned both design and technology—from brand and advertising to strategy, mobile, web and design language systems. Annette has led major accounts for clients like AT&T, Adidas, Oregon Health and Sciences University, AAA Oregon/Idaho and Intel. Her years as a designer and front end developer give her unique insight into not only how to strategically envision and design the experience and brand for a product, but also technical expertise to understand how it should be built.

Her passion for the intersection of design, culture, and technology has given her the opportunity to work on emerging technologies such as connected car, enterprise wearables, M2M and hardware sensors. 

Catherine Avery / Leadership

As Finance Director for Concentric Sky, Catherine develops, maintains and oversees the accounting systems and processes that support the wide variety of projects designed and developed at Concentric Sky.  Catherine runs a tight financial ship and is passionate about accuracy in every aspect of her work.  As one of Concentric Sky's founding team members, Catherine brings a wealth of historical knowledge of customers, projects and systems in addition to the trivial minutiae that only founding team members know.  "Ask Catherine" is a common phrase to be heard in the Concentric Sky office. 

When Catherine isn't crunching numbers for Concentric Sky, she and her husband enjoy gardening, going for a hike or tackling a challenging puzzle - made more challenging by her menagerie of rescued dogs, cats and critters who enjoy stealing the puzzle pieces.  As such, she's found Sudoku a much easier puzzle to manage.

Joey Bruckner / Project Manager

Joey Bruckner believes in effective design and transparent communication. With a focus on simple yet elegant answers to critical questions for your business, Joey distills the most complex and intricate concepts into usable and enjoyable applications that adhere to your company's requirements and values. 

Joey graduated with honors in English and Cinema Studies from the University in Oregon where he developed critical thinking and analytical skills that are central to his role as a Senior Project Manager.  Joey's ability to deftly liaise between programmers, staff, and clients ensures that your voice will be heard, your needs will be met, and your vision will be realized.

Jennifer Rea / Project Manager

As a Project Manager for Concentric Sky, Jennifer enjoys working closely with clients and the Concentric Sky team to ensure we deliver the highest quality solutions. Each project has a unique set of goals and specifications, and Jennifer uses a collaborative team approach to achieve those goals on time, and within the budget. She has a rich, technical background that has been developed through many years of experience providing technical support, software training, implementation, project management, and team leadership.

Before joining Concentric Sky, Jennifer spent 11 years with an Environmental Data Management software company, most recently leading a team of system engineers and technical client managers. Prior to this, she spent a few years working for an Environmental Consulting firm.

Jennifer graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Geological Sciences, focusing on Geophysics. She lives in Eugene with her husband, three children, and two dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family, taking trips to the coast, cooking, and Eugene microbrews. 

Jason Cowsill / Designer

As a Senior User Experience Designer for Concentric Sky, Jason has implemented leading edge design strategies for National Geographic, Encyclopedia Britannica, The World Bank, Cengage Learning and many other projects since he joined the founding team in 2006. Jason believes design is a visual language for the purpose of communication, one which should add beauty, value and meaning to an idea and encourage examination.  

Over the decades, Jason has worked in nearly every possible aspect of design. He began in the print world where he became known for award-winning designs creating high-end annual reports, corporate identity systems, and product brochures. As the culture began shifting more and more online, Jason followed suit focusing on modern web design, interface design, and information architecture. The release of the first iPhone added yet another opportunity to expand his knowledge and skill set, and he embraced the mobile world enthusiastically. 

His formal training began at age fourteen when he was accepted into the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), where he focused on traditional methods of painting and illustration. He spent the two years following high school were spent working in the Film and Television industry as a Special Effects Artist before moving to San Francisco to attend the Academy of Art College. 

In addition to his work with Concentric Sky, Jason has studied Martial Arts for nearly twenty years. He holds black belts in Taekwondo and Hapkido, and is working toward a third in Judo. He teaches Taekwondo at the University of Oregon and continues to study with his own teacher most days of the week. As a musician and singer, Jason has performed in major cities across the United States and has released two albums to date. He continues to write, paint and sculpt as time allows, and enjoys the elegance, poetry and logic of the game of Go. He also reads … a lot.


Josh Clark / Designer

Josh is a Senior Experience Designer at Concentric Sky and he utilizes his ninja design skills and extensive experience in marketing, usability, and project management to help clients from various backgrounds achieve their web goals. With a BA in Art and History from Valparaiso University (2002), Josh has over ten years in graphic design experience. In 2004, he moved from print to pixel design with the creation of his first website and fell in love with the web and web standards. He has since worked as a freelance web designer and in-house as a Senior Experience Designer.

Josh listens carefully to clients and helps guide them through the complex process of bringing a project to completion. He focuses on measurable goals and user experience, and his strength in project management helps keep projects on track, and on budget.

When not working or being teased by his wife for giggling at books on web standards, you can find Josh spending time with his family, hanging out at some of the finest coffee houses in town, or working in the garden. Josh is also a part-time pastor at a community-development focused Church in downtown Springfield.

Jeremy AAsum / Designer

As a Senior User Experience Designer Jeremy approaches each project using his background in design and development to listen, understand, and execute each project down to the last detail. Jeremy's focus is on understanding how a business or organization connects with the audience and how design and technology can come together to create the best user experience possible.

Before joining Concentric Sky Jeremy ran his own web design studio with Adam Barton. Jeremy provided businesses and organizations with complete in-house design and development of high-end websites centered around content management that served as vital marketing tools. Before branching out into the web design industry Jeremy worked for various design and marketing companies with a focus on identity and brand design.

Jeremy has a degree in Graphic Design from Lane Community College and currently serves on the Media Arts Advisory Committee with Adam Barton.

Adam Barton / Designer

As a Senior User Experience Designer for Concentric Sky, Adam brings a fresh outlook to projects by using his background in design, user experience, development and management to observe, analyze and carry out projects from start to finish. Adam zeros in on the goals, message, target audience and problem areas to uncover creative solutions to provide the best user-experience. Primarily, Adam concentrates on web design, user-experience and front-end development as well as mobile design and user-experience projects.

Before Concentric Sky, Adam ran an independent web design studio with Jeremy AAsum focused on providing local businesses and organizations with complete in-house web design and development. Prior to working in the web industry, Adam held various design jobs focused on branding, identity and pre-press design.

Adam has a degree in Graphic Design from Lane Community College where he currently serves on the Media Arts Advisory Committee with Jeremy AAsum. When not in the office, Adam can be found with his wife, Anna, their dog, Tuck, and their two rabbits, Jerry and Mrs. Pretty. Additionally, Adam also coaches girls soccer at Sheldon High School.

Samantha Kalita / Designer

Samantha Kalita is a Senior UX Designer. Her specialty is user experience design and she has extensive background in user research & testing and wireframing. By carefully listening to both clients and users, she’s able to identify key goals and pain points, resulting in simple and elegant designs.

Before Concentric Sky, Samantha enjoyed working at Peter Mayer Advertising in New Orleans as a User Experience Architect. Prior to that, she gained a great deal of her user experience expertise at Verizon Wireless in their in Device Marketing-User Experience Design team. 

She earned a M.S. in Industrial Engineering at Purdue University and a Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She holds three patents. Her research has been published in the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making. She and her husband love to travel, volunteer, and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.

Meet Some of the Concentric Sky Team

We are a collaborative group of relaxed, fun people who share a love of technology and enjoy working together to create beautiful products which users find meaningful and helpful.  

Interested in Joining the Concentric Sky Team?

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