From red eyes to home visits, from kitten heels to construction helmets, we’ve been leaders in the senior housing industry for over three decades. We got there the only way we know how – one deposit, one building, and one uncompromising goal at a time. We passionately believe that prospects should be treated like people, and we won’t stop until every older adult is seen and valued as the beautiful, messy, intelligent human being they are.  

Our Founders

Alex Fisher, Founder and Chief Creative Officer

Alex Fisher, Founder and Chief Creative Officer

David Smith, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

David Smith, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dan Alstadt
Dan Alstadt
Sr Software Developer & Lead of Dev Ops
Dan Alstadt
Sr Software Developer & Lead of Dev Ops

When you think of a software guru, you probably don't envision a personable, outdoorsy, travel-hungry bourbon and coffee connoisseur. But, you'd be wrong--at least when it comes to Dan, Sherpa's Senior Software Developer and Lead of Development Operations. Dan's fascination with computers began as a kid when he'd test drive his father's IBM DOS. Those neon coding lines stoked an early passion for technology in Dan that has yet to dissipate. Luckily, he brings that continued passion and desire to create effective, helpful technology through the Sherpa headquarter doors every morning. St. Louis has always been home for Dan; after graduating from Washington University he and his wife couldn't think of a better place to experience life as foster parents to two great kids and two rambunctious pups. When they're not visiting London (Dan's favorite, frequent travel destination) or enjoying some quality family time, you can find him cycling in the St. Louis sun!

Greg Altepeter
Greg Altepeter
Junior Developer
Greg Altepeter
Junior Developer

Greg is all about 'connection' in his work and life. Apart from being a masterful software developer for Sherpa, Greg finds great joy in being the modern family man. His wife is his inspiration and his two children (Agatha, a princess-obsessed four-year-old who can fight the dragon herself, thank you very much, and Dominic, a coding-savvy artist), are the fuel that motivates him.

When he's not using his programming skills to streamline Sherpa's tech initiatives, or spending time with his extended family in St. Louis, Greg likes to write science-fiction pieces and relish the fact that after years of moving he's finally made a home.

Scott Barbeau
Scott Barbeau
Data Analyst
Scott Barbeau
Data Analyst

In Scott’s world, there’s no such thing as a typical day. So he never knows what challenges he may uncover as he begins each new day. A critical thinker with crazy technical skills, we know Scott will continually figure out ways to improve our data analysis and migration to deliver the highest quality results for our clients.

Typical is not something Scott embraces. He's always up for a challenge!

Elena Berkery
Elena Berkery
Director of Customer Experience
Elena Berkery
Director of Customer Experience

Elena is a Tuscan-born world traveler who never takes “no” for an answer, believing there’s always a way. After immigrating to the U.S. at age 29, she says she is proud to be the product of her own making.

As Director of Customer Experience, she represents the tone and voice of the Sherpa brand, focusing her worldly insight to develop targeted strategies that build, cultivate and sustain our key customer relationships.

Elena has been with Sherpa since the beginning. As a former leasing counselor at The Gatesworth and The Colonnade, Elena is one of Sherpa's first employees and helped with everything from onboarding to customer service to accounting. She is proud to say that all she knows she learned from Sherpa's founders, David Smith and Alex Fisher.

Terry Blackmill
Terry Blackmill
Architect/Dev Ops
Terry Blackmill
Architect/Dev Ops

Ask Terry where he's from, and he'll answer, "Nowhere." His father was in the Air Force, so Terry lived all over the U.S. and England while growing up. In high school, he figured out how to program games on his TI-86 calculator, and he's been teaching himself how to code ever since.

Terry still spends his free time learning new programming languages, and his message for anyone who wants to live a happy life is, "Don't ever stop learning." Terry enjoys cooking, painting and creating elaborate Halloween costumes that delight his children, ages 7 and 9.

Angela Buckley-Martin
Angela Buckley-Martin
Director of Operations
Angela Buckley-Martin
Director of Operations

Angela has a keen sense of organization with a humble, creative edge. It feeds her continual wanderlust and makes her the perfect Director of Operations at Sherpa. When she’s not streamlining operations in the office, she can be found creating a new ‘wanderlist’ of future travel plans or reading cookbooks like novels while a steady playlist of rap and disco shuffles in the background.

St. Louis was the home of her youth, and after living on the west coast and abroad in Ireland, has become her home again since 2008. Her daily objective? Exhibiting positivity and gratefulness. Her biggest motivation? Helping others. Her biggest fans? Her two lovable basset hounds, Maggie and Molly!

Vee Dillard
Vee Dillard
Customer Experience Support Specialist
Vee Dillard
Customer Experience Support Specialist

Vee, our Customer Experience Support Specialist, is a St. Louis native and embodies the definition of 'kindness', but with a bold and determined edge. As the eldest of four, Vee has a naturally developed ability to empathize and effectively communicate with others to help them find the perfect solutions to their challenges. With a studious mind, a psychology background and an overwhelming desire to help people, Vee rarely sits on the sidelines and instead prefers to--in her own words--"make things happen"! Her curiosity and search for her own path have led her to develop an arsenal of talents and skills that help her to build positive relationships and make Sherpa better each day. Included in her arsenal of success, and the big keys to Vee's self-motivation and mindfulness, are two inspiring grandparents, a community of friends and loved ones, and a lot of yoga-filled mornings!

Jennifer Dixon
Jennifer Dixon
Chief Customer Officer
Jennifer Dixon
Chief Customer Officer

Jennifer Dixon is a New England native who values challenges, connection, and all Philly sports organizations. Raised by an entrepreneurial mother and CEO father, Jennifer vowed to avoid “business” or “sales” and instead pursued a political science degree. Through her first few opportunities in the job force, she realized she truly enjoyed coaching others, managing and empowering teams to drive results and creating business strategies to help clients. This discovered passion led Jennifer towards the senior housing industry, which allowed her to improve the lives of others in a hands-on way. A career trajectory was born, and Jennifer committed her professional life to changing the status quo of sales and incorporating compassion and teaching into her daily approach.

As a pioneering user of Sherpa CRM, Jennifer instinctively connected with the Prospect-Centered-Selling philosophy and led Benchmark Senior Living through the transition to Sherpa. Her skills and experience would set the stage for her current role as Sherpa’s Chief Customer Officer. As CCO, Jennifer travels internationally to educate, encourage and further enable senior living community professionals to achieve their optimal success through Sherpa CRM.

When Jennifer isn’t hopping on planes or coaching new Sherpa users, she enjoys spending adventurous downtime with her husband, Brett, her son Ian, and her toddling daughter, Fiona, whether it’s on New England’s beaches or discovering a new town. In all of her roles-- wife, mother, daughter, big sister and CCO--Jennifer welcomes and embraces every challenge as a welcome mat to future successes for herself, her family and her team. To stay up to date on Jennifer's work at Sherpa or to connect with her regarding amplifying your community success through Sherpa CRM, follow her on LinkedIn through @SherpaCRM, or @JenniferMDixon.

Thomas Egan
Thomas Egan
Controller
Thomas Egan
Controller

As one of six children, Thomas has a natural ability to organize, adapt and communicate effectively to get the financial job done right. Though he enjoys crunching numbers and planning, he also enjoys the occasional musical or a hike with his girlfriend and her lovable pup. Don’t let the accounting degree and MBA from the University of Dayton fool you, Thomas is big on sports and loves a friendly athletic competition to test his abilities.

Over all, Thomas enjoys engaging in activities that lead him to meet, learn and discover people from all walks and stages in life. It’s this motivation that makes him a perfect addition to the Sherpa family. With an intense dedication to continued learning and growing, Thomas meets each challenge with extreme tenacity (although he leaves the friendly competition on the field).

Kyle Frischman
Kyle Frischman
Software Developer
Kyle Frischman
Software Developer

Family is at the heart of Kyle’s motivation. His wife, three kids, two dogs and three cats certainly keep him busy, but grounded. Whether he is helping his kids with homework or exercising with his dogs, he believes great things happen as a result of hard work and integrity.

This belief, coupled with his interest in computers at a young age, helped Kyle make a career out of what he loves. He strives to learn different coding languages and keep up-to-date on the latest programming tools. Kyle is using his background in web design and his programming talents to support Sherpa’s initiatives.

Kyle not only enjoys his job, but he also enjoys the location. One of his favorite sushi restaurants is right down the street, which he tries to eat at once a week!

Teresa Grosch
Teresa Grosch
CXS and ER Junior Developer
Teresa Gorsch
CXS and ER Junior Developer

Fluent in Arabic, Teresa's first job was in the intelligence community. After deciding that wasn’t for her, she discovered a passion for technology. That passion drove her to study development until she landed a job at Sherpa, where her talent for programming helps our clients enjoy greater efficiency and better overall customer service.

When she's not working, Teresa goes dancing with friends and spends time with her 25-pound black cat, Gus.

Cydney Grote
Cydney Grote
Sherpa Support
Cydney Grote
Sherpa Support

Cydney believes in gauging the “bigger picture,” and she starts with putting herself in the shoes of others. Raised by a single mom in a Michigan beach town, and influenced by the wisdom and support of her grandparents, empathy is at the forefront of her business and operational acumen. Though her communication skills and inherent, personable nature allow her to execute her role at Sherpa her career start actually began in financial management. Meal prepping, a full eight hours of sleep and early morning chores are just a few habits that keep Cydney prepared for the next step, every day. On the weekends Cydney can be found hiking, supporting local businesses at every opportunity, spending time with her husband and two cats (Luna and Tonks), and simply enjoying the quaint St. Louis neighborhood that has become home.

Evan Kuo
Evan Kuo
Director of Sales
Evan Kuo
Director of Sales

Evan is a Missouri-raised sports enthusiast with a fondness for the Cardinals, traveling, and volunteering with a local youth baseball program called ‘Mach1.' Evan brings the same drive, discipline and integrity he used in college as a student athlete to his position as Director of Sales. He is passionate about building relationships, identifying the right solution for partner companies and about honoring older adults through his work. When tasked to write a biography of his hero as a student, he chose his grandfather—a U.S. Air Force veteran, engineer and brother to eight. It’s this regard and respect for individual legacies and traditions that makes Evan a perfect addition to the sales team at Sherpa.

When Evan isn’t taking in a game, you can find him on the golf course or cooking dinner with his long-time girlfriend, Kelly.

Matt Jesperson
Matt Jesperson
Chief Operating Officer
Matt Jesperson
Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Matt plans, directs and coordinates the execution of Sherpa's operation strategy. He is responsible for ensuring that all of our team members have the resources and support necessary to improve the performance, productivity and efficiency of each department to successfully partner with our customers in guiding change.

Matt has 16 years of marketing and sales experience in the senior living industry. His prior responsibilities include Partner & Chief Marketing Officer of Havensworth Senior Living and Partner & Vice President of Marketing and Operations at Courtyard Senior Living. Matt has also presented for the Sales and Marketing Curriculum at Erickson School Executive MBA Program at the University of Maryland; and, he has been a contributor for the annual Advanced Sales & Marketing Summit for Senior Housing, Assisted Living and Nursing Industries.

Matt was born and raised in Orem, Utah, at the foot of Wasatch Mountains. He has climbed and skied mountains throughout the United States and South America. Prior to college, Matt lived in Argentina for two years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ. He then earned a finance degree in 2003 from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. Matt's happiest moments are spent with his wife and four children.

Adam Levinson
Adam Levinson
Chief Technology Officer - Technical Founder
Adam Levinson
Chief Technology Officer - Technical Founder

As CTO for Sherpa, Adam creates all technical strategy ensuring it’s power to execute Sherpa’s overall business strategy. His day includes communication with Business Partners and clients in implementation and understanding of the “big picture” as it relates to technical solutions. He oversees all technology aspects for the company including architecture, Integration, and the development of technical staff.

“As the world becomes more connected, technology provides a necessary role in linking empathy and deeper relationships. My motivation comes from a belief that high end technology can link genuine relationships and compassion in it’s technical design,” Adam says. As Adam moves beyond traditional boundaries in high-tech capacities, his goal is to ensure the technical roadmap adds a meaningful value to everyday lives.

Adam is married and has three children including two daughters and a son. He enjoys outdoor adventures in white water rafting, hiking, deep sea fishing, and traveling. He still has a passion for restoration of old muscle cars, and loves to play golf to relax.

Matt Leonard
Matt Leonard
Director of Client On-Boarding
Matt Leonard
Director of Client On-Boarding

Matt’s goal as a teacher was to have an impact on his students’ lives. He brings that same philosophy to Sherpa, where his role is to help new Sherpa users through the rigorous onboarding process with empathy and efficiency.  He holds a master's degree in clinical psychology and draws on his background as a therapist and researcher to guide both people and data through the transition.

In his free time, Matt enjoys yoga, working out at the YMCA, traveling, trying out new restaurants and watching TV dramas.

Patrick Leonard
Patrick Leonard
Senior Director of Sales
Patrick Leonard
Senior Director of Sales

Patrick has five older brothers, so it's no surprise he's big on relationships. He enjoys nurturing long-lasting friendships with people from all stages of his life as well as spending time with his family, who lives nearby. When he’s not working, Patrick likes to see live music and sporting events, spend time outdoors and try the hottest new food joint with his girlfriend.

Patrick's energy and enthusiasm for meaningful relationships shines through at Sherpa. As the Director of Sales, he works to please the people he serves, believing his legacy is less about what he accomplishes and more about how he makes people feel.

Michael Liu
Michael Liu
Developer
Michael Liu
Developer

Michael moved to St. Louis from Ohio for college with intentions of becoming a doctor. But his many interests led him from pre-medical biomedical engineering to psychology to computer science. Now Michael spends his days programming at Sherpa and his evenings either rock-climbing at a nearby gym or playing board games with friends. He has a passion for travel and dreams of dining around the world as a vegetarian. He looks forward to revisiting Taiwan with his family and eventually exploring Denver, Seattle, and Europe.

Scott McRae
Director of Software Development
Scott McRae
Director of Software Development

Scott loves music. A former professional musician, he's been playing guitar and bass in rock bands since he was in high school. At home, he keeps a drum set in the basement so his two children can get in on the fun. Scott says software engineering reminds him of playing music because it combines analytical thinking with creativity. At the office, you'll usually find him writing code while jamming out on his headphones.

Crissa Petrovic
Crissa Petrovic
Junior Developer
Crissa Petrovic
Junior Developer

Crissa is fiercely independent. When she makes up her mind, there’s no stopping her – she lost 100 pounds, eliminated all personal debt and took up the hula-hoop. Her professional journey is equally exciting. She started in law and is now in tech, where she says she’s found her groove.

Crissa came to Sherpa as an apprentice software developer through the LaunchCode program. Now her focus is on coordinating projects for the development team and working closely with the CTO and Product Manager. When she’s not coding at Sherpa, she’ll likely be hoop dancing and spending time with her husband and friends.

Lori Pletka
Lori Pletka
Onboarding Project Coordinator
Lori Pletka
Onboarding Project Coordinator

Lori is a fearless urban explorer constantly on the hunt for new adventures. She moved to St. Louis after law school, and when she's not studying for the Bar, you'll find her at baseball games, farmer's markets, museums, state parks and local coffee shops. She also loves to read and cuddle with her cats, George and Chai. At Sherpa, Lori's job is to make sure customers feel taken care of. She helps solve users' problems and answer their questions.

Brie Ramsey
Brie Ramsey
Manager of Customer Experience
Brie Ramsey
Manager of Customer Experience

Brie treats everyone like they're family. And that's good for us, because her own family describes her as a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. Brie married her high school sweetheart, and they have two adorable children together. She names her mother as her best friend and idol.

Brie's sunny personality makes her the perfect person to build and enhance customer loyalty as our Manager of Customer Support. When she's not working, Brie loves to dance, watch TV shows on Netflix and pretend she's a food critic.

Brent Roberts
Brent Roberts
Senior Product Manager
Brent Roberts
Senior Product Manager

Brent started his career decades ago as an analog film proofer. He soon found himself immersed in constantly evolving technologies, so he starting learning as much as he could – from workflow automation to digital solutions – on the fly. As a manager, he discovered he had a passion for mentoring those around him. He strives for excellence in every part of his career while never forgetting the experiences and people who helped shape his unique perspective. Admittedly, Brent considers himself a nerd.

There is no such thing as a typical day at Sherpa. Some days, Brent may be providing quality assurance testing while on others he’s drafting agile product requirements and creating new processes to improve workflow. Every day, however, our team – and our customers – count on Brent to ensure the Sherpa development processes and projects are running smoothly.

Alex Serrano
Alex Serrano
Data Migration Specialist
Alex Serrano
Data Migration Specialist

A former middle school and high school teacher, Alex quickly discovered he needed a new direction, and he found it in the tech industry. He left teaching teenagers and started training software users, eventually uncovering hidden talents for development.

At Sherpa, he ensures data is of the highest quality before going into Sherpa, which gets new users off to a smooth start. He also rediscovered his passion for teaching because at Sherpa, he found a group that loved to learn!

Pedro Soares
Pedro Soares
Chief Strategy Officer
Pedro Soares
Chief Strategy Officer

With over 20 years of experience growing companies and building brands at Anheuser-Busch and Turnberry Associates, Pedro has developed a phenomenal ability to create a vision and bring it to life.

Pedro was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and has extensive international travel experience which gives him a unique perspective on change and adaptability. No matter where he is located, Pedro is always holding firm to integrity, trust and deep connections.

Pedro speaks with his father in Brazil daily and enjoys spending quality time with his kids, Christian, Daniel and Gaby. He strives to be an inspiration and example for them in our ever-changing world.

When Pedro isn’t strategizing, he can be found riding his bike or decompressing with a good book.

Kailey Tennant
Kailey Tennant
Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Kailey Tennant
Sales and Marketing Coordinator

A degree in Psychology and Journalism gives Kailey a unique perspective when it comes to executing marketing and sales support objectives at Sherpa. She has a phenomenal ability to remember and appreciate the “little things,” since, growing up, she never spent much time living in one place. Traveling is still a major source of learning and inspiration for Kailey, as she spent a year living and traveling abroad.

Her adaptive nature serves her well in her career endeavors, as well as her personal goals which include consistently seeking to serve her community through faith and pursuing adoption some day. When she’s not supporting Sherpa’s goals, you can find Kailey relaxing in her hammock with a good book, having a date night with her fiancé, Kevin, or snuggling with her kitten, Lucy.

Shelby White
Shelby White
UX Designer
Shelby White
UX Designer

Being the oldest of four kids taught Shelby, aka “Shelbs,” a lot about responsibility and how to solve problems. Both of these skills come in handy in her role as one of Sherpa’s UX designers. Shelby has truly walked both sides of the design world. With a Master of Public Health in Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness under her belt, she suddenly felt the need to create. It’s this career curiosity that resulted in her hard work, epic portfolio and eventual role as Interactive Art Director for a local agency. She fell in love with UX/UI, eventually completing a certificate program in Human Centered Design from the University of California San Diego.

When asked why she chooses to station her talents in St. Louis, she’s quick to say, “the community.” Shelby is a self-described old soul (give her all of the early mornings and Murder She Wrote episodes), who enjoys deep conversations, spin classes and catching the latest binge-worthy podcasts.

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    “Sherpa has changed the industry, maybe forever.

    Donald Thompson
    CEO, Senior Living Communities – Charlotte, NC