Ken Gracey - President
Ken Gracey is Parallax's President. He has, in the past, managed almost every department and he continues to be one of Parallax's biggest cheerleaders. Ken's enthusiasm and optimism is positively contagious. One can always tell when Ken is in the office - he thrives on making things happen and makes sure everyone is having fun while getting the job done.
Chip Gracey - Founder, Director of Research & Development
Chip Gracey is Parallax's founder and Director of Research and Development. Chip works with a layout engineer to create our unique multicore chips. He's entirely self-taught and has been designing development systems for professionals since the age of 14. At Parallax, Chip has designed many microcontroller tools, the BASIC Stamp microcontroller, and now the multicore Propeller microcontroller.
Chip, his wife, and their five children live on an orchard in Northern California. He likes farming, cooking, and building/refurbishing commercial food equipment. At home, he doesn't care for any more technology than a light switch.
Jessica Uelmen - Director of Strategic Operations
Jessica Uelmen got her start at Parallax in 2009 in the Education department training teachers how to use microcontrollers and robotics in the classroom. She also made captivating educational videos In 2011 Jessica was acknowledged for the outstanding videos and Parallax was awarded a Makey by MAKE Magazine for Best Educational/Outreach Program.
Today Jessica oversees the Engineering team and manages new products from concept through production, ensuring they are cohesively designed to provide our customers with the best Parallax has to offer.
Jessica’s background includes a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology with a Computer Systems specialty from the University of Central Florida. When asked why she chose to work in electronics she responded, “Because almost anything is possible! You can easily make useful contraptions to solve everyday problems, which is so much more rewarding than simply buying stuff from a large retailer.” Jessica incorporates her love of electronics by creating her own e-textiles, adding lighting and electronics to clothing.
In her time outside the office Jessica is working on a Master of Engineering degree in professional practice through the University of Wisconsin. She also enjoys skiing, biking, and playing video games. In addition to being an avid Doctor Who fan, Jessica is also our resident Harry Potter expert.
Lauren Davis - Director of Marketing and Education
Since 2006 Lauren Davis has been our Marketing Manager, a new position that now seems it was created exclusively for her abilities. Lauren brought a variety of communication and marketing experience from prior work experience along with a B.A. in Communications and Business, along with an MBA from a leading private California university. Such a background certainly helps the rest be professional.
Lauren is responsible for our websites, managing the E-commerce component, packaging design, distributor communication, pricing, bringing 3rd-party products to market, showcasing our customer's success stories, and of course the most important part: creating the Parallax brand. Lauren also runs many special projects at Parallax: the creation and release of OBEX, the Propeller's Object Exchange; the Parallax Perspective video series on YouTube; and behind-the-scenes efforts for new products. These projects make it easier for our customers to find what they're looking for, and for a new customer to get inspired with ideas.
How is all of this possible? Lauren works closely with the whole company without hanging around the water cooler. Effective communication skills and respect define her presence at Parallax. Couple this with consistent results and it's no wonder our customers think we're a much larger company than we are. Lauren spends her free time with her family and friends. She likes being outdoors and enjoys all water sports.
Jen Fabrizio - Inventory and Warehouse Manager
Jen Fabrizio is Parallax’s Inventory and Warehouse Manager. For over ten years Jen has been a consistent contributor to our behind-the-scenes operation. Out of school Jen’s first job at Parallax was to manually test and program thousands of chips a day, while listening to piles of CDs. Today her role is to run our warehouse, kitting, shipping and manage all aspects of our Rocklin and Asian physical inventories. Her history at Parallax proves useful in all of our new projects, helping us get the job accomplished right the first time.Jen feels a special connection to our customers and has pride in our packaging and final presentation. She adds “I have had a lot of great opportunities at Parallax and was able to test my skills in several departments throughout the years – I am excited to see what happens next!”Jen enjoys spending her free time and dinners with family and friends. This comes as no surprise to people who’ve met Jen. She’s a high-spirited, positive and enthusiastic cornerstone in Parallax.
Andy Lindsay - Application Engineer and Educational Author
Andy is a key part of the education team at Parallax . He has been extremely influential in developing many of the educational kits and books. He is the author of the "What's a Microcontroller Book," and the "Robotics with the Boe-Bot text" that are both part of our top selling educational kits. He also authored four other Stamps In Class textbooks and developed the Propeller Education Kit & Labs among others. If it has to do with Parallax Education, Andy has had his hand in it.
Andy started at Parallax in 1999 as an intern and was hired immediately after he graduated with his B.S. EEE (Electrical & Electronic Engineering). He found Parallax while working on his electronics engineering senior design project (a pair of glasses that can be worn to control a mouse). A power supply he had checked out from the lab malfunctioned and fried his first BASIC Stamp. At the time, he was really unhappy because not only was his microcontroller damaged, but he also missed an interim project deadline at school because of it. He says, "I didn’t know that when I brought that BASIC Stamp back to Parallax for a discounted replacement, I would find out about an internship opening. That’s how I got started at Parallax. If anyone had told me that damaging my first microcontroller and missing an interim design review for my senior project would be a career defining moment, I would never have guessed that it would result in the coolest job ever, working for Parallax using both software and electronic hardware to invent all manner of cool gizmos and gadgets."Andy enjoys electronics hobby, kayaking, and skateboarding when he is not busy writing or developing a new educational kit.
Bonnie Teuton - Human Resources & Office Manager
Bonnie Teuton has been the Human Resources and Office Manager at Parallax since 2003. She has a B.S. and her HR career began at a video game design company in San Luis Obispo. Bonnie is responsible for payroll, recruiting, office management, health care benefits, and organizing company events.Bonnie's sense of humor and friendly nature makes her the perfect fit for her role here at Parallax. Bonnie says, "I love working at Parallax. During my first week at Parallax I was learning about the payroll process and talking on the phone with the recruiter that placed me here. I said, “Tina, there is this really weird sound outside my office… it kind of sounds like marching.” And there came a parade of Toddler robots, toddling along… it was awesome… it was then that I knew that I was at the right place!"
Bonnie likes to be outside and enjoy all seasons: snowboarding, hiking, biking, rafting, swimming, and lots of golf. Her husband, son and daughter keep her very busy these days.