Meet the Wild Apricot Team

There are a lot of people behind Wild Apricot... let us introduce you to our team members:

Eric Thurston

Eric Thurston [Flying Apricot] Eric Thurston [Flying Apricot]

Eric is the President and CEO of Personify (owner of Wild Apricot). Eric joined Personify in 2013 with a focus on helping organizations leverage technology to fulfill their missions. In 2015, Eric spearheaded the acquisition of the leading online community platform, Small World Community, to help Personify customers increase engagement with their constituents. Under Eric’s guidance, Personify acquired Wild Apricot in 2017 to further extend Personify’s mission of helping organizations of all sizes engage their constituents through a better use of technology.

Eric began his career as an engineer with the Shell Oil Co. before moving into enterprise technology at Oracle and SAP. He became the Senior Vice President of Operations at P2 Energy Solutions and then served as President of Mitratech, a multi-national legal software company, before joining Personify.

Eric lives in the Austin, Texas area and enjoys just about anything outdoors, including boating, hiking, skiing, and fishing with his family. He also enjoys flying single-engine airplanes as a private pilot.

Shawn Klerer

Shawn Klerer

Shawn is the General Manager of Wild Apricot at Personify. He has been with the organization since 2016, most recently as Chief Financial Officer, Wild Apricot. Shawn has served in multiple executive roles, including being the CEO for a publicly traded education company, as well as holding CFO and GM roles in the financial services and travel industries.

Shawn holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and is a CPA. He lives in Toronto with his wife and four children.

Donald Cowper

Donald Cowper

Donald Cowper is the Director of Marketing of Wild Apricot at Personify Corp.

He is a bestselling author of several business books and a marketing professional who has worked with some of the top SaaS businesses in Toronto. He also cofounded a successful training business from his kitchen table, which grew into a multi-million-dollar enterprise working with leading financial institutions all over the world. His books have been translated into multiple languages, and his ebook with FreshBooks, Breaking the Time Barrier, saw over 130,000 downloads within the first three months.

He has also written a popular business-advice column on that profiled leading entrepreneurs in the tech space. Long before all of this, he was a child actor on SCTV.

He lives his wife and daughter in Toronto and loves writing, tennis, and playing the piano.

Alain Lo

Alain Lo [Fresh Apricot] Alain Lo [Fresh Apricot]

Alain joined Wild Apricot in 2012. Starting off in our Support team, he now brings his expertise to the Customer Success team. He graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Commerce in Information Technology Management.  Prior to Wild Apricot, Alain has done IT for hardware, software, industrial, insurance, and health care industries.  

Being a part of Scouts Canada for the majority of his life, Alain has a helping mentality and understands the needs of non-profit organizations. During his off hours, Alain enjoys volleyball, outdoor activities, and looking for best food joints in town.

Chalini Vallepuram

Chalini Vallepuram [Chalini]
Chalini joined the support team in the fall of 2014. She has a background in biology and computer technology and loves to help others. She is happiest providing great hospitality and gains most satisfaction from knowing her help has benefited those in need. In her spare time, she enjoys the arts, music, literature, film, reading and dancing.  She is also always on the lookout to learn something new and exciting! 

Steve Andrews

Steve Andrews [Picky Apricot] Steve Andrews [Picky Apricot]

Steve is Wild Apricot's technical communicator, responsible for our product documentation. Steve has been a technical writer for over 20 years and plans to use his experience to improve Wild Apricot's online help and videos. His educational background includes English, Political Science, Psychology, and Journalism. Steve enjoys playing guitar, hockey, soccer, and biking.

Denis Fokin

Denis Fokin [Artistic Apricot]

Denis Fokin is our Creative Director and brings a wealth of creative experience, graphic design knowledge and passion to the company.

Among his many accomplishments, Denis has designed websites, magazine covers, ads, corporate style guides, 3D objects, animations, paintings, and many more. His Maya 3D designs were showcased by Alias (now Autodesk) for Maya Learning Edition. Denis enjoys working at Wild Apricot because of the spirit of teamwork -- he appreciates that every successful online project requires very close cooperation between a team of experts from many different disciplines.

His hobbies and passions include digital painting, being outdoors and traveling.

And the rest of the Wild Apricot Team:

Dmitriy Smagliy [Bearded Apricot] Dmitriy Smagliy [Bearded Apricot]
Sergey Denikin [Muscular Apricot] Sergey Denikin [Muscular Apricot]
Kseniya Garipova [Cheerful Apricot] Kseniya Garipova [Cheerful Apricot]
Ivan Rudakov [Snowy Apricot] Ivan Rudakov [Snowy Apricot]
Vasiliy Luckinykh [Lucky Apricot] Vasiliy Luckinykh [Lucky Apricot]
Vasiliy Kholopov [Ghostbuster Apricot] Vasiliy Kholopov [Ghostbuster Apricot]
Kirill Zharkov [Net Apricot] Kirill Zharkov [Net Apricot]
Anatoliy Oblauhov [Cat Apricot]
Ekaterina Tyukina [Funny Apricot] Ekaterina Tyukina [Funny Apricot]
Pavel Febenchukov [Siberian Apricot] Pavel Febenchukov [Siberian Apricot]
Sergey Vinogradov [Raisin Apricot]
Andrey Pustovoit [Happy Apricot]
Miroslava Aristova [Zippy Apricot]
Maxim Ivanov [Sweet Apricot]
Sergey Ilyenkov [Air Apricot]
Yuri Karatunov [Quality Apricot]
Julia Ivanova [Lively Apricot] Julia Ivanova [Lively Apricot]
Dmitry Fefilov [Lanky Apricot]
Vladimir Tazin
Michael Nikitin [Sharp Apricot] Michael Nikitin [Sharp Apricot]
Dmitry Avilov
Oleg Shinkarenko
Alexey Grigoryev
Artem Chernousov
Dmitry Stepanov Dmitry Stepanov
Dmitry Smirnov
Vivian McDonald [Vibrant Apricot]
Oleg Nesterkin Oleg Nesterkin
Gleb Smagliy
Alexandra Birillo
Nadya Rerikh [Lush Apricot]
Romie Battista [Bubbly Apricot] Romie Battista [Bubbly Apricot]
Alex Febenchukov [Iron Apricot] Alex Febenchukov [Iron Apricot]
Romlin Babarodi [Friendly Apricot]
Oleg Musienko Oleg Musienko
Alexey Tkach
Vladimir Yarovenko
Stephen Rowlinson [Square Apricot] Stephen Rowlinson [Square Apricot]
Rami Ali Rami Ali
Sergey Ostrovskiy
Ekaterina Testova
Grigory Smyslov [Appricot] Grigory Smyslov [Appricot]
Ekaterina Groshnikova [Perry the Apricot] Ekaterina Groshnikova [Perry the Apricot]
Iuliia Rotcheva
Nickolay Kazantsev
Ranojoy Ghosh
Lorelie Borromeo
Svetlana Dovgan
Maxim Antakov
Nicki Kowsari
Eugene Khlebnikov
Sergey Bay
Alexander Gurin
Yevgeniy Goncharov
Michael Leroux [Canuck Apricot]
Mark Faccia
Gordon Cheng
Denis Gusev
Jennifer Quadros
Ellen  Craig
Olga Bogacheva
Tatiana Morand
Kate Hawkes
Sonia Khosla
Andrey Mitsyk
Thomas Kuruthukulangara
John MacKenzie
Tyler Hutchinson


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