Meet the Team

Meet Morgan Jelic

Meet Morgan Jelic

Customer Facing Solutions , Architect, bringer of floppy puppy.

What do you like about CAVU?
Cavu is a good team of people who are fun to work with and we have great customers. I like the ability to live and work on Bainbridge. Also, the dogs.

Education:
BA and an assortment of IT creds

Where are you from?
My last residence was Phoenix, AZ, otherwise known as my exothermic mistake. The northwest is a much, much better geography for me.

How did you get to the Northwest?
We turned right at Phoenix after a long pit-stop from the east coast.

What was your favorite thing to do as a kid?
I worked on a farm, no time for shenanigans, except maybe to irritate my parents.

What do you do now for fun?
I have children so parenting is a full-time job. But, when I have time I enjoy playing with fire…seriously: welding, blacksmithing, glass blowing and lamp work. I also like sarcasm.

What is something unique about you?
I like to drive manual transmission vehicles. Ever drive a Miata during a rainstorm in an empty parking lot? In reverse?


Meet Dan Borchert

Meet Dan Borchert

Systems Administrator

Why do you like CAVU?
I like CAVU because of the smaller, casual laid-back work environment vs. giant corporations that have meetings about having meetings, and you get a strike if you’re a minute late for work.

Education:
Got into computers when I was 12 and stuck with them ever since. I’d help out with computer issues at school and even help set up computer labs. Went to school at Minnesota School of Business for an A.A.S. in Network Systems Engineering.

Where are you from? How did you get to the Northwest?
New Ulm, MN. I moved to the Northwest with my girlfriend in 2009, since Minnesota is pretty flat, boring, and seems about ten years behind on everything.

What was your favorite thing to do as a kid?
Going to our cabin on Gull Lake in Minnesota with the family. Participate in BMX dirt jumping contests and races and mess around with computers. Camping (Boy Scouts) was also very fun and adventurous.

What do you do now for fun?
Bocce ball, snowboarding, camping, surfing, exercising/gym, kayaking, old cars, shooting pool.

What is something unique about you?
My fingerprints and DNA?


Meet Ed Valley

Meet Ed Valley

Tech Support Specialist

Why do you like CAVU?
I love this work because I get to help people all day, play with cool toys, and get paid for it. What's not to love?

Education:
I have many years of experience at helping people get what they want from their computers; also, I have a degree in Computer Science.

Where are you from? How did you get to the Northwest?
Air Force brat, so we moved around a lot. I've lived where it's hot and dry and flat. Now that I'm here, I'm never leaving.

What was your favorite thing to do as a kid?
Reading the encyclopedia. It was a doorway to another world for me as a kid.

What do you do now for fun?
I love spending time with my family. If I can spend that time outdoors whether it's gardening or hiking, so much the better.

What is something unique about you?
Oysters fear me.


Meet Carl Feiten

Meet Carl Feiten

Scripting and Automation

Why do you like CAVU?
I specialize in scripting and automation. Cavu allows me to constantly be learning new technologies and expanding my skillset.

Education:
I was educated at a boarding school in the United Kingdom where I took my first Cisco networking course.

Where are you from? How did you get to the Northwest?
Born and raised in Seattle.

What was your favorite thing to do as a kid?
Bainbridge Island roller hockey league!

What do you do now for fun?
I’m an avid photographer and sailor.

What is something unique about you?
I’m a dual national and have lived and worked in the United Kingdom.


Meet Angei Kostoff

Meet Angei Kostoff

Office Manager, whatever else needed

Why do you like CAVU?
I have never worked with a manger who actually genuinely cares about their employees and clients. Support, trust and communication are very important to me and I have that here at Cavu. I actually love coming to work every day and besides we have dogs in the office so that’s a win right there!

Education:
A few years of college, mostly for fields I never really liked or got a job in.

Where are you from?
Born and raised on the Oregon Coast, move to Alaska, moved to Nevada finally moved to Chicago and lived there for 18 years.

How did you get to the Northwest?
My family is here….it was time to come home after my daughter graduated high school in Illinois.

What was your favorite thing to do as a kid?
Anything outside and going anywhere with my dad and listening to the Eagles on the radio! I was a total Tomboy, so anything outside kept me entertained.]

What do you do now for fun?
I teach West Coast Swing and other couples dances locally and around the US and camping of course so I can be outside!

What are your hobbies, passions, interests outside of work?
I have WAY too many hobbies. Repurposing furniture, photography, gardening, anything crafty, any project that requires power tools and anything outdoors. I have a passion for growing plants and for any animal that needs to be loved!


Meet John Benjamin

Meet John Benjamin

CAVU Founder

Why do you like CAVU?
I like being able to help solve problems for people in this great place of Bainbridge Island.

Education:
BA with a major in computer science along with the knowledge I’ve acquired from hours and hours and hours of tinkering and trial-and-error.

Where are you from?
I was born in Manhattan and lived there till I was 14 when I went to a boarding school in Williamstown, MA. After high-school I went to college in Richmond, IN.

How did you get to the Northwest?
After living in Richmond Indiana for almost 5 years I moved to Seattle.

What was your favorite thing to do as a kid?
I played a lot of sports with friends and dreamed of being a pilot. I tinkered with telephones, computers, electronics and anything else I could get my hands-on to take apart. I was very lucky to have a TRS-80 Model 1 computer as a kid. I was an avid cyclist and thought of racing professionally.

What do you do now for fun?
I spend time with my sons, boat on Puget Sound, follow the Mariners, travel as much as possible and, when I have a chance, tinker as much as I can.

What are your hobbies, passions, interests outside of work?
I was 11 years old when I went to my first rock concert and saw the group Yes at Madison Sq. Garden.


Meet Lucie the Pit Bull

Meet Lucie the Pit Bull

CAVU Concierge

Why do you like CAVU?
John Benjamin and I go way back. Personally, I think I was the inspiration behind the whole thing. The universe does revolve around me, but when it comes to CAVU I don’t mind sharing the spotlight because having someone like John and his expert team anticipating your every need can make anyone a happy puppy.

Pedigree:
Pound Princess/Pit Bull Terrier Mix. A real-life Cinderella story…

Where are you from?
Found domestic bliss as a damsel in distress, rescued by John through the unsung heroes of the Kitsap Humane Society. It was love at first tummy rub and I’ve been his best-half ever since.

What was your favorite thing to do as a pup?
Chewing on the shoes of my previous owner, an act that ultimately resulted in my exile to the Humane Society. But in my defense, they are called Jimmy Choos. I was set up.

What do you do now for fun?
I generally live for the moment. My hobbies include curling up on the CAVU couch to catch up on much-needed beauty rest (self-care is important), socializing with my CAVU human admirers (they live to pet me and I don’t like letting them down), and finding the most fabulous places to lie around the office (it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it).

What is something unique about you?
I’m a particular pup about most things. I don’t just follow anyone home.