About Us

IQ Inc. (IQ) is an award-winning software development company and consulting firm with one objective: develop outstanding products and partnerships while putting people—the driving force behind our business and the community—first.

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Building the Perfect Solution—Together

Since 1994, IQ has built a reputation for utilizing the highest caliber talent to consistently create high-quality products and long-term solutions across a variety of services and industries.

Over the last three decades, we’ve proven our expertise in end-to-end software development, software testing, consulting, data analytics, innovative technologies, and recruiting to help our partners grow now and in the future. That unwavering commitment to outstanding results has helped us earn the title as one of Pittsburgh’s Fastest-Growing Companies (2020) and one of the city’s Best Places to Work in multiple years!

A Message From Our Founder, Barbara VanKirk

IQ’s success over the last three decades is a direct result of our obsession with treating people well—including our team members, our customers, and our community. In fact, when I started the company in 1994, I began with a three-prong focus: the employees, the clients, and the company. That focus has empowered us to solve complex problems while building strong relationships with the companies we serve.

 

My dedication to putting people first has led me to a “serving leader” philosophy that I embody every day. While I carry the titles of CEO and Founder, I’m simply another member of the overall team. But through respect and honesty, I can inspire every member of our team to be their best.

 

At IQ, we actively encourage team members to pursue their passion, purpose, and happiness in both their work lives and their personal lives. The reason is simple. When we feel fulfilled, we can lead from the heart while serving our clients, families, communities, and each other.

 

Our people-first mentality spreads directly into the community. We regularly join and sponsor a variety of local fundraising events, especially those championed by our employees, their children, our clients, our neighborhoods, and our schools. You’ll spot our logo and team members supporting events like Race for the Cure, Toys for Tots, and Feeding the Spirit.

 

Ultimately, we believe work shouldn’t be about work. It should be about finding personal significance and satisfaction through the impact we have on others. With that in mind, I promise to provide continuous opportunities for employees to move from “success to significance”—a strategy that ensures our work has meaning well beyond a dollar amount.

 

As the CEO of IQ, my job is to lead. If I can help each and every member of our team find their own significance, I can ultimately find my own significance as well. After all, although I’m a CEO and founder on paper, I’m simply another humble member of the IQ team.

 

Warmest Regards,
Barbara VanKirk
President and Founder

Our Team

Barbara VanKirk

Barbara VanKirk

President and Founder

Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence

Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh

B.S. Computer Science, Point Park College, Pittsburgh, PA

Barbara VanKirk’s success has not gone by unrecognized. She is the winner of the 2020 Tech50 CEO of the Year Award, was selected as one of “Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business” by the governor in 2003 and in 2008, and is an Enterprising Women of the Year Award winner. In 2007, Barbara received the Monroeville Chamber of Commerce ROC’s (Recognizing Organizations and Companies that Shine in our Community) Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Barbara was awarded Point Park University’s Distinguished Alumni Professional Achievement for 2010, Seton Hill University’s 2009 E-Magnify ATHENA® Award, and 2009 Friend of the Family by the Parental Stress Center of Pittsburgh.

IQ Inc. was named the 2009 Pittsburgh Business Ethics Award (small business category) by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals and the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership at the University of Pittsburgh. IQ was honored as The Western Pennsylvania Woman-Owned Business of the Year in 2011.

Barbara served on the executive committee of the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce and the Murrysville Personnel Board. She is a member of Point Park University Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Business, the Forbes Health Foundation Board of Directors of the Western Pennsylvania Hospital Forbes Regional Campus, and is a founding member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council (Westmoreland County). She is an active member of the Women’s Presidents’ Organization, Pittsburgh Technology Council, and the Society of Women Engineers. Barbara has most recently been appointed to the Westmoreland County Forum for Workforce Development as a Chair on the Internships, Externships and Apprenticeships Task Force.


Director of Talent Acquisition has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources.

  • Most recently, Stephanie worked for Highmark Health as Director, Talent Acquisition where she was responsible for a team of 20 recruiters, TA coordinators, and oversaw Highmark’s University Relations and Employer Brand Programs. Other roles held at Highmark included Director, Employee Engagement, and Director, Talent Strategy.
  • Prior to Highmark, Stephanie spent 10 years at Thermo Fisher Scientific holding HR leadership positions for various divisions of the company including global HR roles across Europe and Latin America.
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Stephanie Schacht

Director of Talent Acquisition

Penn State University

Director of Talent Acquisition has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources.

  • Most recently, Stephanie worked for Highmark Health as Director, Talent Acquisition where she was responsible for a team of 20 recruiters, TA coordinators, and oversaw Highmark’s University Relations and Employer Brand Programs. Other roles held at Highmark included Director, Employee Engagement, and Director, Talent Strategy.
  • Prior to Highmark, Stephanie spent 10 years at Thermo Fisher Scientific holding HR leadership positions for various divisions of the company including global HR roles across Europe and Latin America.

Norbert Balko

Norbert Balko

Software Engineering Manager

B.S. Electrical Engineering

M.S. Software Development and Management

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

Customer focused manager with over 25 years of experience developing electrical and software products across a wide spectrum of industries. Superb project management, problem solving, judgement and decision making skills. Extensive knowledge of all design stages from inception to final product delivery.

  • Position: Engineering Manager, Project Manager, Sr. Software Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Test Engineer
  • Industries: Medical Device, Electric Utility, Process Control, Automotive, Consumer Appliance
  • Competencies: Project Management, Software Development, System Integration, Manufacturing, Subcontractor Management, Process Improvement, Risk Management, Formal Test

Mark is an Engineering Manager with over 15 years of software industry experience.  During his career, he has gained process-oriented software development knowledge, leading teams creating life support medical device software and propulsion control software through all phases of the software development life cycle.

In previous management roles, Mark has been responsible for building, developing, and coaching Agile SCRUM teams focused on providing high quality software solutions.  He enjoys collaborating to continually improve the engineering organization while providing a top-notch customer experience.

Mark Smorul

Mark Smorul

Engineering Manager III

B.S. Computer Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

Mark is an Engineering Manager with over 15 years of software industry experience.  During his career, he has gained process-oriented software development knowledge, leading teams creating life support medical device software and propulsion control software through all phases of the software development life cycle.

In previous management roles, Mark has been responsible for building, developing, and coaching Agile SCRUM teams focused on providing high quality software solutions.  He enjoys collaborating to continually improve the engineering organization while providing a top-notch customer experience.


People of IQ

April Rak

April Rak

QA Test Engineer

Fun Fact: I am terrified of heights, but love parasailing

Scott VanKirk_rlt

Scott VanKirk

QA Test Engineer

Favorite Vacation Spot: Johns Island, SC

Anthony de Almeida_rlt

Anthony de Almeida

Systems Architect

Favorite Movie: Grosse Pointe Blank

Eric Frick

Eric Frick

Software Engineer

Fun Fact: I once competed in bodybuilding

Roger Xue

Roger Xue

Software Engineer

Fun fact: I've visited almost 679 colleges.

Scott Plummer

Scott Plummer

QA Test Engineer

Fun Fact: In second grade, I was taller than my teacher.

Ryan McAndrew

Ryan McAndrew

Test Engineer

Fun fact: I like writing indie/emo/math rock riffs and I still do it with the same $120 Squire M80 I bought about 10 years ago.

Nancy Comisak_rlt

Nancy Comisak

Administrative Assistant

Fun Fact: I make dollhouse and miniature items.

Kevin Ross_rlt

Kevin Ross

Software Engineer

Fun Fact: I have been a professional photographer and an amateur musician.

Chris Allwein_rlt

Chris Allwein

Systems Architect

Fun Fact: I own a 2 foot tall bust of Kevin Bacon made out of bacon bits

Vijeta Bharat

Vijeta Prasad

Software Tester

Fun Fact: A Fashion Designer by education; love to bake; henna is my new passion.

Jeremy Vogel

Jeremy Vogel

Data Analyst

Fun Fact: I am a coffee addict, but the one I have not tried is kopi luwak.

Alyn Parry

Alyn Parry

Systems Architect

Fun fact: I enjoy playing disc golf.

Jeremy Zacharia

Jeremy Zacharia

Systems Architect

Fun fact: I love playing the drums and jamming out with friends

Chui Ong

Chui Ong

Software Engineer

Fun fact: I once worked as a housekeeper in Yellowstone National Park.

Steve Hayashi

Steve Hayashi

Software Engineer

Fun fact: I've designed and built my own guitar amplifier

Zach Hull

Zach Hull

Software Engineer

Fun fact: I can identify over 40 species of PA birds by song and feather

Kevin Davis_rlt

Kevin Davis

Test Engineer

Fun fact: I enjoy running and disc golf.

Chris Smith

Chris Smith

Talent Management Coordinator

Fun fact: I have tried out for "Deal or no Deal", "Survivor", & "Family Feud".....unsuccessfully.

Denise Cortinovis-Jablonski

Denise Cortinovis-Jablonski

Talent Management Coordinator

Fun fact: I once did a sprint triathlon.

Aaron Rosier

Aaron Rosier

QA Test Engineer

Fun fact: I hitchhiked, backpacked, and took public transit around Europe for 105 days

Matt Henry_rlt

Matt Henry

QA Engineer

Reggie Lynch_rlt

Reggie Lynch

QA Test Engineer

Fun fact: I love fishing, playing with my labs, and antique bottle collecting.

Nick Cecchetti

Nick Cecchetti

Software Engineer

Fun fact: I am a member of the Monroeville and the Achievers Toastmasters club.

Jared Wolff

Jared Wolff

Software Engineer

Fun fact: I lived in the Chicago area for almost 14 years.

Brian Peters

Brian Peters

Software Engineer

Fun fact: I like to write and record music.

Jason Byrnes

Jason Byrnes

QA Test Engineer

Fun fact: I drive a manual transmission vehicle and I like drag racing.

Omar Salha

Omar Salha

Software Engineering

Fun fact: I can speak a different language (Arabic)

Sreegowri Krishna_rlt

Sreegowri Krishna

Test Technician

Fun fact: I enjoy reading, cooking and music.

Ozoda Aripova

Ozoda Aripova

Software QA Test Engineer

Fun fact: I tried flying a plane for fun and was offered to get a flying license!

Sebastian Thiem

Sebastian Thiem

Software Engineer

Fun fact: I love to cook. Someday I hope to have lovely dinner parties.

Daniel Stoffregen_rlt

Daniel Stoffregen

Configuration Engineer

Fun Fact: I've gone skydiving, and highly recommend it.

Debra Klinefelter_rlt

Debra Klinefelter

QA Test Engineer

Fun Fact: I am a ski patroller at Hidden Valley resort.

Tim Braslavsky

Tim Braslavsky

Software Developer

Fun Fact: I have a 1st-degree black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do.

Marjorie Horner

Marjorie Horner

Software QA Test Engineer

Fun Fact: I am a cat lover who likes to bake and take cruises.

Kenny Wu

Kenny Wu

Software Engineer

Fun Fact: I’ve been to 18 countries and counting.

Evan McEllhenney_rlt

Evan McEllhenney

Test Engineer

Fun Fact: I played on an Ultimate Frisbee Team for 4 years.

Ryan Bost

Ryan Bost

Test Engineer

Fun Fact: My father and I are fixing up an old sailboat we found along the road.

Mike Kosior_rlt

Mike Kosior

Software Architect

Fun Fact: I love NASCAR

Adam Petrovich

Adam Petrovich

Test Engineer

Fun Fact: I enjoy tinkering with 3d printers and CNC machines.

Brian Raderman

Brian Raderman

Software Engineer

Fun Fact: I like to cook and bake.

Jacob Jordan

Jacob Jordan

Software Engineer III

Fun Fact: I have seven siblings.

James Davidson

James Davidson

Talent Management Coordinator

Fun Fact: Originally from Baltimore and absolutely loves seafood!

Maria Belan-Crawford

Maria Belan-Crawford

Software Engineer

Fun Fact: I am a certified SCUBA diver.

Rupert Christie

Rupert Christie

Software Engineer

Fun Fact: I am a field hockey umpire.

Karen Turocy 2_rlt

Karen Turocy

Co-op

Fun Fact: I have hiked 6 "14ers" in Colorado.

Ian Aldrich

Ian Aldrich

Test Engineer

Fun Fact: I like to build custom electronics.

Joel Muyskens_rlt

Joel Muyskens

Software Engineer II

Fun Fact: My favorite movie series is LoTR.

Bob Mueser

Bob Mueser

Software Engineer

Fun Fact: I've been a member of the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum for over 25 years.

Ryan Esquino

Ryan Esquino

Software Engineer Co-op

Fun Fact: I previously worked as an ice hockey instructor.

Mandi Bertocci

Mandi Bertocci

People and Ops Specialist

Fun Fact: My favorite food is sushi.

Jacob Hanko

Jacob Hanko

Software Engineer

Fun Fact: I have a fun sock collection of over 100+ pairs.

Charles Christiansen_rlt

Charles Christiansen

Software Engineer

Fun Fact: I've sailed to two countries with my family.

David McComber

David McComber

Test Engineer

Fun Fact: I have done several century bicycle rides (100 miles).

Drew Doyle

Drew Doyle

Software Engineer

Fun Fact: I own every set of the card game Android: Netrunner.

Andrew Murrell

Andrew Murrell

Software Engineer

Fun Fact: I grew up in Kenya.

Manas Pradhan

Manas Pradhan

Test Engineer

Fun Fact: I have skydived over the Virgin Islands before.

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