Software Engineer Bios

John Morales

John Morales is a graduating senior from the CSE program at OSU. He’s passionate about creating visually appealing and intuitive UIs that leave users satisfied with their experience on an app. In his free time, he loves playing games, be it board games or video games, and his current gaming obsession is Dead by Daylight. Outside of gaming and coding, he stays active by heading to the gym and lifting some iron or dancing some Zumba. After graduation, John will be heading to San Francisco to work at Gap Inc. where he will be a front-end developer.

Blake Hearn

Blake Hearn is a freelance developer from Annapolis, MD. Blake enjoys troubleshooting problems and working with software that will benefit peoples’ lives. He recently helped program software that makes user interaction easier and more enjoyable for healthcare applicants. When he is not programming, he is a car enthusiast and animal lover. Blake is interested in giving back to the community, coding solutions to future problems, and sharing his passion with others.


Sarah Ryherd

My name is Sarah Ryherd and I’m a 5th year student at The Ohio University with a major in Computer and Information Science and a minor in Communication Technology. I’m passionate about project management, sustainability, and empowering other women in STEM. After I graduate I will be moving to my dream city, San Francisco, to work as an IT project manager at Gap, Inc. in their technology infrastructure department.

Post-Grad Position: IT Project Manager at Gap Inc.

Sam Trabitz

Hi, my name is Sam Trabitz. I am a graduating senior here at Ohio State and I’m all about healthcare and coding. Thankfully, my capstone let me combine my two passions in Affordable. I live a pretty easy-going life, spending time with friends, my lovely girlfriend, reading books, working on fitness, and participating in environmental activism. I’m looking to adopt a couple of pet rats after graduation, since I couldn’t subject a rat to the chaotic life of an OSU student. After graduation, I will be working for a startup here in Columbus called Nimbis Services as a DevOps Engineer.

Hannah Taylor

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Hannah Taylor is a graduating senior at The Ohio State University studying Computer Science & Engineering.  She will continue to combine her passions for helping people and designing software through her work at the healthcare software company Epic Systems in Madison, Wisconsin.  She spends her free time wandering through arboretums with her partner, playing board games with friends, and water-coloring her favorite plants and animals. She hopes to one day retire with a few acres to grow plants on, a variety of dogs, and a few hives of bees.

Andre Lipiec

Andre is currently attending Salisbury University in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. He is a very passionate, life-long learner who loves to be challenged. Andre is assisting with the front-end and back-end development, such as the user-interface and the networking security. In his spare time he surfs (no matter how cold it is outside) and goes to the gym almost everyday to improve both his physical and mental health.


Networking & Research Bios

Jessica Jha

Jessica Jha is a freshman at Drexel University where she is involved in the Society of Women Engineers, Drexel Blockchain, and Latinos for a United Campus. Her other interests at school include in aviation, renewable energy, and human-computer interaction, and she is excited to dive into the complexities of the healthcare system through her involvement with AFFORDABLE. On the weekends, Jessica dances with Overflow, a student group made up of 3 different universities in Philadelphia. She also loves traveling; her favorite places so far have been South Korea and Israel.


Benjamin Shepard

Benjamin Shepard is a recent graduate of Butler University with a Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration and Dance. While at Butler he extensively studied the workings of non-profit organizations with a main focus in arts organizations while constantly developing his craft as a classically trained ballet dancer. He was the treasurer for the Butler University chapter of Movement Exchange, a non-profit organization that works to provide free dance/creative movement classes to underprivileged children and he was the events coordinator for the dance service fraternity, Sigma Rho Delta. Benjamin is an avid car enthusiast and has written for the online magazine 95Octane as an automotive journalist.  He is currently dancing professionally in his first season with Verb Ballets in Cleveland, OH and is excited to be a new member with the AFFORDABLE team.