Our Team

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Carolyn Borton – CEO, Lead Architect

carolynCarolyn Borton brings over 10 years of educational software development and architecture and a passion for educational software to every project she leads.  Carolyn is the founder and owner of Sunshine Learning Systems as well as its head software architect and systems developer. She is a top ActionScript programmer with experience in IT support, computer instruction, computer programming and Internet-based educational software. Prior to founding Sunshine Learning Systems, Carolyn was a key courseware architect for PLATO Learning, a leading provider of education technology solutions for K-adult learners. At PLATO, Carolyn led a cross-disciplined team of programmers, writers and artists in creating educational courseware in Flash.

Carolyn is a highly skilled Flash/Flex/FlashBuilder developer who specializes in creating robust, scalable, component-based solutions, optimizing ActionScript code, and transferring data to and from the Flash Player. She learned to build e-learning systems from some of the most experienced people in the business. She prides herself on her ability to build light-weight (quick download), user-friendly interfaces in Flash and robust and rich user experiences in Flex/FlashBuilder. Her user interface designs are so effective; they often don’t require documentation to use them – a true sign of a great interface.

Carolyn also has the unique ability to translate “tech-speak” into “regular-speak”. Software architects must be able to translate non-technical requirements into a language programmers can understand, but it is rare to find someone like Carolyn who can reverse that – to make it possible for untrained users to answer technical questions without requiring them to learn the technology.

 Previous Work Experience:

2000-2005    Lead Courseware Architect
Plato Learning, Bloomington Minnesota

1998-2000    Computer Training Specialist
CL&SS Partners, Minneapolis Minnesota

 Education:

Bachleor of Arts in Mathematics, Carleton College, Northfield Minnesota, Magna Cum Laude

 

 Jason Borton – President

jason-150x150Jason is co-founder of Sunshine Learning Systems.  He brings a wealth of programming, interpersonal relations and business experience to the company.  He has lead teams that have created data-driven web applications for a variety of companies including: Arctic Cat, Buffalo Wild Wings, Peregrine Capital Management, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America – Board of Pensions, and Carlson School of Management –  University of Minnesota.

Jason has been an entrepreneur for over 10 years.  He is also a certified success coach and was a master trainer for Success Coach Technologies.  He is very cognizant of the human factor in business as well as the business needs of our clients.  He provides .NET programming support and leads the internal art team and office staff.

Previous Work Experience:

2002-2005   ASP.NET Consultant
University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis MN

2000-2002   Technical Lead
Periscope Interactive, Minneapolis MN

Education:

BA Chemistry, Carleton College, Northfield Minnesota
MS Materials Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Minnesota

Numerous professional certifications in the fields of professional communication, human behavior and success coaching

 

ken-150 Kenneth Leishman – 3D Designer/Art Lead

Ken Graduated May 1996 from Vinton High School, Vinton Louisiana.  He joined the United States Marine Corps August 1996.  He spent the next six years as a Jet Engine Mechanic at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Hawaii.  Kenneth was honorably discharged August 2002.

In June 2005 Kenneth moved to Tampa Florida to attend the International Academy of Design and Technology.   Kenneth graduated from the Academy in September 2008 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Computer Animation.  Kenneth began his career at Sunshine Learning Systems as an Intern learning Adobe Flash and 3DS Max.  He was hired on full time upon graduation and is looking forward to many years here.  Kenneth is currently working as a 3D designer

Previous Work Experience:

2005- Present   Security Officer – Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

2003-2005   Security Officer
Delta Downs Casino/ Racetrack

1996-2002   Jet Engine Mechanic/Test Operator
U.S. Marine Corps

Education:

BFA Computer Animation, International Academy of Design and Technology, Tampa, Florida

 

Erika-150Erika Engel – Executive Assistant

Erika graduated High School from Fort Le Boeuf School District in Erie County, Pennsylvania in 2008. She furthered her studies at Erie Business Center, Gannon University, and also Erie County Technical School. She moved to Tampa in March of 2012 to get away from the snow and expand her business ventures.  She now spends her free time building her Personal Training business, exercising, visiting the beach, spending time with friends, and volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization.

Erika was hired at Sunshine Learning systems in August of 2012 as a secretary and has since advanced in job positions and plans to stay with Sunshine Learning Systems for a long time.

Previous Work Experience:

2010 – 2012 Delivery Driver
Napa Auto Parts

2012 – Present
Personal Trainer/ Owner – Angel Fitness

Education:

Associates in Tourism and Hospitality Management
Erie Business Center

Business ManagementErie County Technical School

Certified Personal Trainer American College of Sports Medicine