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Our Team

Modern Signal is fortunate to have a talented, dedicated, and tightly knit team who have enjoyed working together for many years, over many projects and even through previous jobs. This history makes us a strong team, allowing us to work together in lock step, to bring our clients' goals and visions to the web.

Founders

Eleanor Frias
Client Services & Project Management, Baltimore, MD (but misses Washington, DC)
Eleanor manages Modern Signal's technology projects throughout the entire development cycle - from the initial strategy and project definition to graphic design, production and programming - to ensure that projects adhere to the initial specifications, budget and schedule.

Eleanor has more than fifteen years of experience from the field of Internet consulting and development. As a Strategic Consultant and Senior Project Manager for iXL and as a Multimedia Producer for Magical Fox, Inc., she helped prominent clients such as General Electric, Monsanto, Nabisco, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, PBS, and Catholic Relief Services conceive and plan web development projects to enhance marketing and outreach efforts, improve customer service and streamline operations. Eleanor holds a BA in Philosophy from Haverford College.

David Hammond
Technology, Vienna, VA
A talented web applications developer in various programming languages, and a ColdFusion and ASP.NET expert, David is responsible for leading the technical planning, database design and development for all Modern Signal projects. Always putting the user as the primary focus of development, David combines complex, database-driven programming with a sensitivity to interface to produce robust but user-friendly Internet applications.

A fifteen-year veteran to web consulting and development with stints at iXL, Key Point Software and TVisions, David has developed web presences for a variety of prominent Fortune 500 companies and large associations including Aetna US Healthcare, Fidelity Investments, Hewlett Packard, Whole Foods and Alzheimer Research Forum. David holds a BA in English from the University of California at Irvine.

Adam Polon
Technology, Arlington, VA
Adam is responsible for the overall technical success of Modern Signal projects. From the initial project planning to the technical implementation, he works with the entire team to ensure that all modules fit together as one seamless website or mobile app optimized for the hardware, software and network infrastructure selected. Adam also works to optimize code and queries to improve site performance and guarantee that the completed site handles the anticipated traffic and is scalable for future growth.

As Technical Lead for PrimeShot Corporation and iXL prior to that, Adam has fifteen years of experience managing and programming large-scale web development projects. Clients have included General Electric, Whole Foods, Schlumberger and The Pew Charitable Trusts. Adam holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Delaware.

Client Services

Cathy Field
Project Manager, Springfield, VA
Having supported large government projects in the energy, health, and transportation industries, Cathy has a strong understanding of complex project coordination and diverse client needs for IT solutions. In her project management work with SAIC and Carter and Burgess, she maintained close client communication on changing requirements, status and training. She holds a dual BBA in Computer Information Systems and Operations Management from James Madison University.

Jennifer Frias
Project Manager, Baltimore, MD
With a background in managing electronic communications and marketing projects, Jennifer understands the importance of conveying an organization’s mission and vision through its websites and brings that focus to her projects. Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in English from Kenyon College.

Emily Guyton
Project Manager, Nashville, TN
Emily has wide experience managing membership database and web application solutions for nonprofits and associations. She works with clients to develop tools for a variety of common association needs for managing members, designation programs, conferences, exhibitors, speakers, committees, documents, and advocacy efforts. Her work has included shepherding iMIS customizations, learning management system (LMS) implementations, and discussion forum integration. She received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Vanderbilt University, and holds the PMP certification.

Design & Development

Our team also includes four graphic designers and interface developers, as well as ten web and database programmers. These individuals bring the color, splash, and technical backbone to Modern Signal's projects.

Testimonials

  • Modern Signal has a professional staff that was very responsive to our needs during all phases - scoping, developing, implementing and maintaining - of our project.  We have been pleased with their ability to deliver quality work on time and on budget. If given the opportunity, I would work with them again.

    - The National Center for Safe Routes to School

  • I love working with Modern Signal! Their CMS is very easy to use and they are incredibly responsive to questions or challenges I bring them.

    - NALP

  • Modern Signal significantly enhanced our site to be more efficient and user-friendly. They provide excellent customer service with timely and cost-effective solutions.

    - Center for Medicare Education

  • This was by far the smoothest website redevelopment I have ever experienced. Modern Signal was a wonderful company to work with and we greatly value our working relationship. 

    - National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

  • Modern Signal has been a great partner for us for over the past 10 years.  As our business grew and our needs changed, Modern Signal was able to work with us to adjust our website platform in the ever-changing online world.  Their service and response level has been second to none, and we've been never been happier with our relationship with them.

    - Charm City Run

  • We wouldn’t have gotten where we are today without your support over the years.  Modern Signal has always been a great partner to us.

    - Kirk Gillis, Managing Director at Zoom Tanzania

  • I felt as if my company was their only client. They responded to my needs quickly and efficiently despite short turn around time and intense demands.

    - Teaching Strategies, Inc.

  • Modern Signal understands our business - from future needs to current limitations - so their solutions are always scalable, solid, and service-oriented.

    - National Association of Home Builders

  • Modern Signal worked with us to understand our needs and figure out what solution would work best for us. Our Lighthouse CMS is perfectly suited to our website goals. When we later needed to modify the CMS, they again took the time to understand exactly what was  needed and then built that functionality rather than delivering a cookie cutter solution.   

    - Ecosystem Investment Partners