Meet the team that is helping social workers, police officers, and other public servants connect people in need with the services they need.
Michael Kehoe, PE
Board Chair & Executive Director at Johego
Michael Kehoe is the Board Chair and Executive Director of Johego. In these capacities, he is responsible for implementing strategic objectives developed by the Board of Directors.
While working on a water and sanitation assessment in Sierra Leone, Michael became interested in how to more effectively coordinate the efforts of individuals and organizations working in the public interest. By founding Johego, he hopes to improve social service delivery throughout the United States, using big data and mobile technology to streamline the collection, curation, and delivery of information concerning the availability and quality of public resources.
Michael earned a BS with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS from Stanford University. Prior to working on Johego full-time, he was a senior staff engineer for an environmental consulting firm, where he gained licensure as a professional engineer and worked on iPad applications for field data collection, among other projects.
In his free time, Michael enjoys exploring St. Louis, meeting new people, and reading as much as he can.
Frontend Developer at Johego
Michael Goldman is the Frontend Developer and Product Designer at Johego. In this role, Michael will help design and develop the next generation of user-facing Johego software.
With a personal mission to improve lives through the power of well-designed software, Michael was drawn to Johego. His experience developing various mobile-ready web applications and a passion for user experience have led him to this role.
Michael has a BS in Computer Science as well as a Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Innovation from Purdue University. In his time at Purdue, he lead a tech startup to second place in The Boiler, a mini-accelerator competition, and learned many lessons in the process.
In his free time, Michael enjoys playing drums and exploring St. Louis.
Ruben Portugal, PhD
Data Scientist at Johego
Dr. Ruben Portugal is a Data Scientist for Johego. In this capacity, he is responsible for streamlining, strengthening, automating, and migrating Johego’s existing data pipeline to the cloud. He’s also employing natural language processing and machine learning to analyze and categorize semi-structured text corpora based on transcribed question-and-answer phone conversations.
After being a university instructor in South America, a research scientist in France and Belgium, and an entrepreneur and teacher in Australia, Ruben landed in St. Louis ready to jump in the data science field. He expects his experience in dealing with simulations of physical systems will be an invaluable asset for his position at Johego.
Ruben has a BS from the University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay, a PhD in physics from the Catholic University of Chile, and a Master in IT Studies from the Australian National University. He’s also recipient of the L. Falicov Award for best graduate research from the Division of Magnetic Materials and Nanostructures of the AVS – American Institute of Physics.
When Ruben is not playing soccer with his son, he enjoys reading about developments in physics, 20th Century history, and poems by Antonio Machado.
Quentin Ortega, MBA
Board Member & Vice Chair at Johego
EVP of Business Development at Great Data Lake
Quentin is a Board Member at Johego. In this capacity, Quentin supports Johego’s strategic planning, product development, and customer acquisition, among other initiatives.
Over the years, Quentin has been involved with numerous entrepreneurial ventures and organizations. Currently serving as the Square One IT Track Leader, ITEN Entrepreneur In Residence, and Executive Vice President of Business Development at Great Data Lake, Quentin is passionate about improving processes, growing companies, negotiating fair business deals, and seeing new thought leadership applied to organizations of all sizes. These passions have lead Quentin to his current roles which allow him to have the most positive impact possible on multiple organizations.
Quentin has his MBA, a degree in Management and Information Systems, and a certification for Sustainable Business from Missouri University of Science and Technology.
In his free time, Quentin enjoys watching movies, attending concerts, and learning new things.
Laura Novack, CPA
Board Member & Treasurer at Johego
Powder Metal Controller, Burgess Norton Mfg. Co., Inc.
Laura Novack is a Board Member and Treasurer for Johego. In these roles, she provides strategic objective planning and financial management for the organization.
Laura works as the Controller of the Powder Metal division for Burgess Norton, an international manufacturer of piston pins and powder metal parts. At Burgess Norton, she provides support in month end closing, financial reporting and financial analysis. Her previous work experience includes financial audits of non-profit organizations similar to Johego.
Laura earned both her Masters in Accountancy and BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Outside of work, Laura enjoys traveling, cooking and trying new workouts with family and friends. She has been an active member of her community since she was young and is excited to support Johego’s efforts to improve social service delivery.
Board Member at Johego
Vice President, Rodgers Townsend/DDB
Crystal Merritt is a Board Member for Johego. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing Johego’s strategic objectives, especially as related to branding and market research.
Crystal is a Vice President and the Director of Account Planning at Rodgers Townsend/DDB, a nationally acclaimed, full-service marketing communications agency. Her 20+ year career in advertising covers a range of disciplines: general market advertising, B2B advertising, urban advertising, direct marketing, digital, and social. She has helped telecom/tech, insurance, travel, retail, medical, and nonprofit organizations build their brands, based on qualitative and quantitative research.
Crystal has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Harvard University and is a lifelong explorer of new methods, tools and techniques related to branding and market research.
In her free time, Crystal enjoys spending time with her dog, playing on RT Chickens softball team, and volunteering in her community. She is exited to leverage her insights and experiences to help Johego grow.
Board Member at Johego
Membership Manager, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro St. Louis
Carlos Restrepo is a Board Member for Johego. In this capacity, he is responsible for connecting the dots between the mission of Johego and the different stakeholder supporters, users and funders who will see that mission through.
A native of Medellin, Colombia, Restrepo is the Membership Manager of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis, helping hundreds of businesses in the St. Louis Metropolitan region grow into productive members of the local economy. Restrepo is also an independent contractor working as translator, interpreter, graphic designer and journalist. He makes sure that all his professional endeavors one way or another enhance the lives of the immigrant communities in St. Louis.
Restrepo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Webster University. In his spare time, he likes to play guitar, dance tango and salsa, and practice martial arts.
He has lived in St. Louis for more than a decade, and is a proud naturalized citizen of the United States of America.
Patrick Reed, CFA, FRM
Board Member at Johego
Director of Advisory Risk Management & Reporting, Edward Jones
Patrick Reed is thrilled to be joining the Board of Johego beginning June 2019. In this capacity, he is focused on Strategy and Risk consultation.
Patrick is currently the Director of Advisory Risk Management & Reporting at Edward Jones. He is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of risk management, as well as the risk management of strategic initiatives for their Investment Advisory business. He also has non-profit board experience, serving as a founding board member of The Big Muddy Dance Company, a contemporary jazz dance company with the mission “to invigorate life through dance.”
Patrick received his bachelor’s in Finance with a second major in Music Performance from Saint Louis University in 2007. He also received his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2012 and is a member of the CFA Society of St. Louis, as well as the CFA Institute. Additionally, Patrick became a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM) in 2015 and is a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals.
Patrick is passionate about learning and helping others. The CFA and FRM designations are self-directed, and Patrick has also committed himself to establishing competencies in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and decision sciences. Patrick is also committed to developing other professionals to achieve success and bringing joy to those around him. He is particularly excited to support Johego with his skills and abilities and make a new impact in the lives of others.
Mary Cameron, PhD
Volunteer Data Scientist at Johego
PhD Researcher, Stanford University
Mary Cameron was Johego’s first-ever Data Science Fellow and currently serves as a Volunteer Data Scientist at Johego. As an avid puzzle fan and math nerd, Mary learned early on that she could help make the world a better place by using math and computers to help chip away at big problems in our community. She is delighted to be putting those skills to use as a member of the Johego team, where she collects, analyzes, and validates the information that goes into the Johego social services directory.
Mary has a B.S. in Mathematics from Arizona State University and an M.S. in Computational and Mathematical Engineering from Stanford University. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, where she is using mathematical models to quantify the effects of air pollution on climate and health, and developing solutions to help society transition to 100% renewable energy.
When she’s not on her computer, Mary enjoys firing up an audiobook and going for a long trail run in the beautiful California mountains.
Ryan Moniz, PhD
Volunteer Data Scientist at Johego
Data Scientist, Facebook
Ryan Moniz is a Volunteer Data Scientist for Johego. In that capacity, he is developing and implementing strategies to achieve a variety of organizational objectives through social media.
Ryan works as a data scientist at Facebook, where he leverages his analytical and project management skills to improve advertising outcomes on the world’s largest social network.
Ryan earned a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Davis and an MS/PhD in Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology from Stanford Engineering, where his research was focused on scale-dependent dispersion within the stratified interior on the shelf of northern Monterey Bay.
Outside of work, Ryan enjoys water sports, board games, snowboarding, and romping with his French bulldog Bowser.
Executive Advisor at Johego
Partner, Future Laboratories
Zac is serving as an Executive Advisor to Johego’s CEO, Michael Kehoe. In this capacity he is helping to shape Johego’s strategic and tactical development, as well as secure partnerships that will support Johego’s business and technical evolution.
Zac is also a Partner at Future Laboratories, a nationally-recognized education initiative, and advises a number of organizations in the social justice and social innovation space. A 2008-2009 Henry Luce Scholar, Zac has taught at MIT, the University of Washington, and Richard Hugo House, and has held policy positions with the Mayor of Memphis and the Selangor State Assembly. He was also a lead game designer for the card game Magic: The Gathering and a designer for Duels of the Planeswalkers, which was named one of the top 100 games of all time by PCGamer Magazine. He lives in Manhattan.
Zac’s mission is making the world work for as many people as possible in the shortest possible time.
Peer Advisor at Johego
Co-Founder, Create a LOOP
Darren is serving as a Peer Advisor to Johego’s Executive Director, Michael Kehoe. In this role, Darren helps Michael identify and prioritize actions to achieve Johego’s strategic objectives.
Darren has spent over a decade working to empower children to reach their highest potential. He’s helped to develop multiple clubs, camps, and programs across the country that have equipped children and young adults become leaders in their communities. He and his wife, Danielle Jackson, launched the first LOOP club in 2016 serving 30 clubbers across St. Louis.
Peer Advisor at Johego
Dan serves as a Peer Advisor to Johego’s Founder, Michael Kehoe. In this capacity, Dan helps Michael develop, test, and refine tactics and strategies to advance Johego’s objectives.
Dan is the cofounder of Mavuno, a nonprofit organization that empowers local leaders in eastern Congo to end extreme poverty in their own communities. At Mavuno, Dan helps organize communities and build businesses at the grassroots level. Mavuno’s five-step process is designed to place local interests and ingenuity at the center of a community’s development.
Dan served on active duty for seven years as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer in the U.S. military. He holds worldwide operational experience, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for actions in Afghanistan. Most recently, he served a 2-year tour in South Korea before transitioning to Mavuno full-time. Dan is a passionate leader who believes the Congolese already have the right people, the right talent, and the right ideas – his goal is to simply unlock the doors of opportunity. He currently resides in South Bend, IN with his wife and two sons.
Want to Get Involved?
We are currently looking to expand our team. If you might be interested in volunteering for Johego, please check out our Volunteer page for more information:
Disclaimer: In their capacities as Johego board members and staff, the above personnel affirm that they are not acting as agents of any external organizations.