Our Story

Innovative Mentoring Software began in 2001 when our CEO Jamie Anderson’s wife, Suzanne, was working as a volunteer coordinator at Kinship, a mentoring organization in Minneapolis, MN, that needed a better data management system. Having gone to college with Mark Bajema, a software engineer, and Stacy Bajema, a social worker, she recommended their newly formed software company for the project. Innovative Mentoring Software was born! Mark and Stacy not only took on the project but also became mentors themselves.

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The Innovative Mentoring Software partners are committed to providing you an excellent software solution for your important work. Pictured left to right, Mark Bajema, Suzanne Anderson, Jamie Anderson, Stacy Bajema, Chris Lefstad, and Hannah Lefstad.

Passionate about mentoring, seeing the need for a user-friendly yet robust software solution, and encouraged by the Kinship network to share the software more broadly, they made it available to mentoring programs across the country. Coming full circle, in 2015 the two couples partnered further and Innovative Mentoring Software became a division of Emergent Software, a top-rated software development firm in Minneapolis. Long-time friends now sharing a common vision: to bring the benefits of Innovative Mentoring Software to as many organizations as possible!

Since then, we’ve added a team of professionals who are passionate about technology and the ways it can help you serve kids better.

At Innovative Mentoring Software, we are committed to providing you with:

We know that for some kids, having compassionate adults who care about them and advocate for them can change their lives… or even save their lives. We love the work we do, and we know that you do, too. We want to team up with you to make a difference.

Our Team

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Chief Technology Officer
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Jamie Anderson - pro
Chief Executive Officer
Jamie Anderson
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Chris Lefstad - pro
General Manager
Chris Lefstad
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Stacy Bajema - pro
Vice President, Innovative Mentoring
Stacy Bajema
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Mike Allen - pro
Principal Software Engineer
Mike Allen
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Sales & Business Development
Tim Larson
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Mike Neal - pro
Senior Software Engineer
Mike Neal
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Hannah Lefstad - pro
Account Manager, Innovative Mentoring
Hannah Lefstad
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Kyle Larson - pro
Lead UX Designer
Kyle Larson
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Senior Software Engineer
Chris Knopf
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Senior Software Engineer
Ryan Drost
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Senior Software Engineer
Ben Rude
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Senior Software Engineer
James DeMeuse
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Director of Project Delivery
Sylvester D'Agostino
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Senior Software Engineer
Josh Dinndorf
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Software Engineer
Chase Kaufenberg
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Digital Marketing Specialist
Brita Hammer
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Senior Software Solutions Engineer
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Senior Business & Quality Analyst
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Senior Project Manager
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Recruiting Manager
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Software Engineer
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Account Executive
Dale Duppong
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Azure Architect
Jeremy Brewer
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Senior Software Engineer
Aaron Rolloff
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Implementation Specialist, Innovative Mentoring
Mindy Warland
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Senior Software Solutions Engineer
Tom Hart
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Principal Software Architect
Cory Maass
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Senior Project Manager
Kate Montella
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Software Engineer
Tyson Beebout
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Account Executive
Jon Matteson
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Senior UI/UX Designer
Biz Cook
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