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Bryan Root

Bryan Root

Founder and CEO

Bryan has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Bryan started his engineering career at Mostek Corporation in Dallas TX as a device reliability engineer researching and developing fast wafer level reliability tests. Bryan then took a job at Sperry Semiconductor in Eagan MN as a senior device engineer in the advanced technology development group continuing his device and reliability research. While at Sperry (and with their knowledge and approval) Bryan founded Sienna Technologies in 1987, a reliability test equipment company. In 1998 he left Sperry to devote full time to Sienna. He took Sienna public in 1991 and then later sold Sienna to Aetrium in late 1993, today it is the Reliability Test Products group at Formfactor’s Cascade Microtech. Bryan left Aetrium in 1997 to start Celadon Systems focusing on ultra-high performance probe cards for device modeling, and wafer level reliability. Along the way he was the founding Chairman of the JEDEC 14.2, the industry standards committee on wafer level reliability; has published research at IEEE IRPS, VMIC, IIRW, was an invited speaker at a chips in space conference, and has spoken at other conferences. Bryan holds more than 50 patents and is a senior member of IEEE.

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Bill Funk

Bill Funk

Vice President of Research and Development

Bill earned his Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at University of Minnesota. Bill spent 16 years in Aerospace with Beech aircraft and Rosemount Aerospace and has been leading the technical pursuits at Celadon for 15 years. Bill has multiple patents in Electronics, Industrial, and Medical. Bill enjoys cycling, skiing and building things.

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Jennifer Nichols

Jennifer Nichols

Controller

Jennifer earned her B.A. in Mathematics from St. Olaf College and is currently working towards her CMA designation. Jennifer is responsible for fiscal management and planning, internal controls and budgeting. She came to Celadon in 2014 having spent most of her career in the banking industry, most recently as a Regional Manager for $100+ billion Savings and Loan. Jennifer also serves on the board of directors for EVCF, an organization that gives scholarships and grants to local school districts.

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Karen R. Armendariz

Karen R. Armendariz

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Karen earned her Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from Oklahoma City University. Karen has spent the majority of her 20+ year career in the electronics industry mostly in semiconductors and as well in contract manufacturing. She held various engineering and manufacturing leadership positions within Goodyear, York International, Nat’l Semiconductor and Intel Corporation. She shifted into outside sales with TEXSource, a leading semiconductor rep firm located in Texas where she worked over 10 years. Next she was responsible for business development at Krypton Solutions then Creation Technologies in contract manufacturing. Karen joined Celadon Systems almost 4 years ago. Karen loves a good challenge, OH WOW products and building partnerships. She enjoys traveling, hiking and water sports.

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Joan Hennes

Joan Hennes

Director of Manufacturing

Joan attended Minnesota State University, Mankato. She started her career in Manufacturing at Rosemont Control Division where she gained 11 years of experience in production and training. Joan came to Celadon 15 years ago as a production lead. After a short stint in Research and Development, she was promoted to Director of Manufacturing. Joan enjoys camping, boating and time with family and friends.