Staff

Brian Bucher, President

Brian’s prior work experience includes service as the Assistant Director of Assessments for the Indiana State Board of Tax Commissioners, Software Consultant, and Deputy for the Elkhart County Assessors Office. At the Tax Board, Brian coordinated the promulgation of the Real Property Assessment Manual for the 2002 General Reassessment. He was responsible for the re-design of the Assessors Certification Exam, served Governor O’Bannon as a member of the State Enterprise Zone Board, and has conducted numerous training classes for assessors and state personnel on assessment practices. Other projects that Brian has been involved with include being a key contributor of the design, testing, and deployment of an Indiana CAMA product. He has also developed training materials, conducted training and supported Indiana CAMA products since 1999. He currently serves as a member of the Grant County PTABOA. A certified Level 3 Indiana Assessor-Appraiser, Brian earned a B.A. and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Indiana University.

Markus Luedin, Software Architect

Markus’ work experience has primarily been in software design and implementation, including service as a developer in the Mobile department for Siemen Corp, as well as over 10 years as a CAMA software engineer. Serving as the lead engineer for XSoft, Markus has been instrumental in the creation of the INcama product. Markus earned his Electrical Engineering degree from HTL Muttenz, Switzerland. In his spare time, Markus enjoys paragliding.

Jacob Schmidt, Software Developer

Jacob is a graduate from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a B.S. double major in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. In his capacity as software developer for XSoft, Jacob is an integral part of our CAMA development team. Jacob loves knowledge—and achievement through knowledge—above all else. He uses that knowledge to repair all manner of things, and make them better than they were originally. In his spare time, Jacob creates homemade printed circuit boards for personal use and amusement.

Kelly Smith, Software Developer

Kelly Smith is a Native Texan and comes to us from The General Land Office of Texas. Kelly has been in the IT industry since March 2000, and he continues to learn about growing new technologies in his down time. He is an innovative and experienced leader, with a proven capacity in managing teams of professionals and staff; He has managed large volumes of transactions in multiple industries. Kelly brings broad knowledge of customer relationship management principles allowing for maintaining a solid relationship and customer retention -- Skilled in evaluating and implementing business continuity processes, making organizations more profitable while reducing overhead -- Experienced in managing mass marketing programs that include television, direct mail, and online coverage. Kelly is a proud Veteran of the United States Marine Corp. He served in Desert Storm Operation before being Honorably discharged in 1992. Kelly and his family live in Austin, Texas, where they maintain an active lifestyle with all that Austin has to offer.

Rick Finkbeiner, Software Developer

Rick has been in the IT industry since 1993 and has a BS in Computer Information Science. He has been touching a keyboard since 1984 right after he served 4 years in the US Army. Over his career, using many different programming platforms, he worked in client services for both local and national industries including manufacturing, warehousing, accounting, service support and more. Most recently he has worked with the Indiana Tax system including XSoft’s INtax. Rick is married to Janine and has lived on their 10 country acres for the past 20+ years in NW Indiana but also has a residence in Chattanooga, TN. He enjoys traveling, landscaping, gardening and being an elder at his local church congregation.

Sean Mongoven, Software Developer

Sean is a graduate of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. He enjoys finding and fixing bugs in code, as well as developing new features in software. In his free time, Sean enjoys reading stories or watching shows pertaining to Sci-Fi or Fantasy.

Scott Stephens, VP, Business Development

Scott has devoted his entire 25+ year career to working both with and for local governmental agencies on the enterprise-wide integration and deployment of CAMA, property tax, GIS and building permit information. From his time working for Johnson County, Indiana - Department of Planning and Zoning, to the formation of an Indiana property tax software company, and work with a national property tax software company, Scott has gained nationwide recognition as an industry leader in land records management. As a certified GIS Professional (GISP), Scott applies multi-disciplinary expertise to analyze current technology trends, ensuring XSoft™ delivers highly innovative solutions to our clients. Scott holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering technology from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Ed Koerner, Sales/Marketing

Ed is a graduate of Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois. He started his career at St. Ambrose School as a 7th and 8th grade math and science teacher in Seymour, Indiana. He also served as the school’s athletic director from 1976 thru 1980. Ed is not new to the county government environment. He served as Jackson County Auditor (1981-1988) and as a Jackson County Councilman (2001-2008). During this time, he served as AIC Southeast District Vice President (2001 -2003) and District President (2004-2008). During his tenure as County Auditor, he attended the Academy in Public Service in conjunction with Georgetown University. Since serving as County Auditor, he has been associated with companies who provide services and products to county government. While working as a sales representative, Ed received numerous sales awards including: National Salesman of the Year, Indiana Salesman of the Year and numerous other sales recognition awards. Ed’s knowledge of county government is an asset that has greatly assisted him in his chosen career. Ed has been married to his wife Tammy for 24 years. They have three children, two daughters (Heather and Kara) and a son (Jordan).

Michael Clough, Technical Director

Michael previously served as Sales and Market Analyst in Allen County. Michael was responsible for overseeing various aspects of the assessment process including sales verification, data collection for all three approaches to value, ratio studies, record maintenance and data compliance. Michael has over 18 years of assessing experience in mass appraisal. He is a Certified Level II Assessor-Appraiser and has completed IAAO courses 101, 102, 300, and 311. Michael also has extensive knowledge of database engines and querying tools, as well as integration with other applications, such as GIS, oblique imagery, and various third party applications.

Joey Samples, Technical Consultant

Joey's career in the field of Property Tax and Assessment began in 2009; having gotten his start as the Network Supervisor for the Vanderburgh County Assessor. In this role, in addition to day-to-day technical operations, he was also responsible for data analysis, report development, and conducting the office's annual ratio study. Following 2 years in local government, Joey took his appraisal knowledge and technical skills to the software side of the industry to serve as a Software Support Manager and Technical Lead. Joey attended Henderson Community College and holds a Level III Assessor-Appraiser certification from the State of Indiana. He and his wife (Lori) of 15 years have two sons (Codi and Elijah) and one daughter (Piper) and reside in Evansville, Indiana.

Ryan Keuneke, Application Manager

Ryan previously served as the Chief Deputy Assessor in Allen County for over 10 years. In that position, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office. He oversaw a staff of 35 assessing officials with a budget of over $2 million annually. He was also responsible for annual trending, database management, data compliance and the implementation of a custom mobile fieldwork application. Ryan attended Indiana University – Fort Wayne where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance. He is a Level III Assessor-Appraiser. Ryan is married (Julie) and has a son (Jack) and daughter (Charlee).

Dean Brown, Application Manager

Dean graduated from Indiana State University with a B.S. in Accounting. After spending 7 years as the CFO for a non-profit organization he spent the next 23 years in software implementation and development including roles in consulting, support, quality assurance, systems analysis, and software design. These roles include experience with both custom and out of the box accounting, property tax, fundraising, and membership systems. He has experience in very small to very large county implementations in a dozen states across the country.

Khris Seger, Project Manager

Khris' career in the field of Property Tax and Assessment has spanned 20+ years; having gotten his start in the late 90's as a Hearing Officer for the Vanderburgh County Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals (PTABOA). Today, Khris still proudly serves his community as a County Commission appointment to that same board, a number of years presiding as President. Subsequent to his time as a Hearing Officer, his experiences have encompassed software design, data conversion, system implementation and application (CAMA & Web) support management to local, State, and international government agencies. Driven by positive engagement, he strives to provide solutions that are aimed at the constant improvement of the customer experience. Khris is a graduate of Indiana University and holds a Level III Assessor-Appraiser certification from the State of Indiana. He and his wife (Kathy) of 26 years have two daughters (Sydney & Emily) and live in Evansville, Indiana.

Vicki Voris, Senior Consultant

Vicki's prior work experience includes service as a Tax Data Analyst for the Data Analysis Division of the Department of Local Government Finance, and Supervising Deputy for the Wayne Township Assessor's Office in Marion County. At the DLGF, Vicki reviewed Assessor Real, Personal, Sales and Auditor Tax data for compliance with state requirements. In Wayne Township, she served as Supervisor of the Business/Personal Property Department and then as Supervisor of the Residential Real Estate Department. Vicki represented the Township through the hearing process, managed data collection and data entry, and performed ratio studies. A certified Level 3 Assessor-Appraiser, Vicki earned a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrations in Management and International Business from Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania.

Eric Smith, Consultant

Eric previously served as Market Analyst for the Allen County Assessor’s Office. Eric’s duties included record maintenance, detailed reporting, data compliance, ratio studies and staff training. Eric is a Level II Assessor-Appraiser and has over 9 years assessing experience. Eric has completed IAAO courses 101, 102, and 151. Eric also has extensive knowledge of Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server and GIS.

Dionne Adams, Consultant

Dionne has been working in the assessment field since 2002. Beginning in 2009 she managed the Reassessment of Lake and Jasper Counties and throughout her tenure has been responsible for annual ratio studies in numerous counties. Dionne also has extensive knowledge and experience with the assessment process, including, parcel management, delineating neighborhoods, establishing land rates, data collection, verification of sales, personal property, the appeal process and CAMA software. Dionne also has extensive knowledge of Microsoft products including Excel and Access. A Level III Certified Indiana Assessor-Appraiser, Dionne has completed a variety of continuing education and IAAO courses. She is currently working toward the IAAO’s AAS designation. Dionne is married (David) and has two sons (Tyson and Gage).

Christine Belt, Consultant

Christine previously served as a Deputy Assessor in Newton County, IN. Christine is a Certified Level 3 Assessor-Appraiser (2013). Her responsibilities have included parcel management, personal property and mobile home assessment and State data compliance. She comes to XSoft with extensive knowledge of our INcama product. Christine is married (Brandon) and has two children (Sierra and Austin).

Derek Grimes, Consultant

Derek is a graduate of Franklin College with a degree in political science. In 2008, he was hired as part-time help in the Decatur County Assessor’s Office in Greensburg, IN, and continued working there after graduation in 2011, before being hired as a full time Deputy Assessor in 2012. At the county, Derek assisted with the conversion to INcama and was an integral part in completing the 2012 General Reassessment. He also maintained and verified the sales disclosures and sales disclosure database and handled business tangible personal property abatement forms. In 2014, Derek was hired by the Department of Local Government Finance as the Southwest District Field Representative. At the Department, Derek assisted county officials and taxpayers in understanding the policies and procedures of the Indiana Property Tax code. He also played a major role in thoroughly reviewing county submitted ratio studies for the annual adjustment process, ensuring that they complied with Indiana law and IAAO standards. He is an Indiana Level III Certified Assessor/Appraiser.

Beth Singleton, Consultant

Beth has been working in the assessment field since 2007. She began her property tax career as a Deputy Assessor in the Wells County, IN Assessor’s Office. There her responsibilities included personal property, abatements, real property, mobile homes, sales disclosures, and appeals. Additionally she was involved with the conversion process to XSoft’s CAMA product. In 2016 she began working for the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance as a Field Representative. At the Department, Beth was responsible for updating and instructing the Level 1 Assessor Appraiser Certification Class, assisting with the 2018 Cost Schedule Update and the assessment of large industrial properties. Additionally, she worked on sales reconciliation reports, cyclical reassessment plan approval and review of county submitted ratio studies for the annual adjustment process – ensuring compliance with Indiana law and IAAO standards, as well as assisting local officials and taxpayers in understanding the policies and procedures of the Indiana Property Tax code. She is a Level III Certified Assessor/Appraiser. Beth is Married (Brandon) and has two sons (Trenton and Tyler).

Ben Atkinson, Consultant

Ben’s work experience is extensive and varied, most recently coming from the Monroe County Assessor’s Office where he served as Real Estate specialist. His duties included tracking new construction across the county and rental properties. He is a level II Assessor-Appraiser. His prior career utilized his music degree from Hanover College as he taught and performed piano across Indiana, Wisconsin, and Guatemala. He lives in Bloomington with his partner Katherine and daughter Annica.

Charlene Decker, Consultant

Charlene previously served as Administrative First Deputy in the Vanderburgh County Auditor’s Office, where she was employed for 24 years. Her responsibilities included assessed value roll and balancing, calculation of taxes, tax duplicates, roll of year end delinquencies, TIF maintenance and neutralization, management of Enterprise Zone and property abatements, along with numerous other duties. Charlene has one son and is expecting her first grandbaby (January 2020).

Mindy Penrose, Consultant

Mindy started her career in the Marshall County Assessor’s Office in 2001 before being elected Center Township Assessor. She served as Township Assessor from 2003 until the state restructured in 2009. During that time she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Business Management. Upon returning to the County Assessor’s Office in 2009 she obtained her Level III Assessor/Appraiser License and was promoted to Director of Assessments (1st Deputy). While there she gained extensive knowledge of INcama and handled commercial/industrial properties, neighborhood delineation, personal property, appeals, setting land rates, and worked directly with the Auditor on interface and balancing. Mindy is married (Brett) and has one son (Reid).