Our team of 25 professionals offers decades of technology experience in the association sector as well as an unparalleled track record of delivering client-centric, complex software solutions on-time, on-scope, and on-budget. Our technology leadership is staffed by former association and software professionals who bring an informed, experienced perspective to each engagement.
The depth of our technology expertise is matched by our deeply-held commitment to ensuring 100% client satisfaction for every engagement.
Tim WardPresident and Ceo
Tim Ward is President and Founder of Old Town IT. With over 23 years of experience in the technology arena, he offers unparalleled insight into translating the unique business needs of associations into Web-based technology solutions that optimize business processes and create operating efficiencies.
With a commitment to bringing greater value to the association technology marketplace, combined with decades of experience in understanding the complex business requirements of the sector, Tim has built Old Town IT into a proven and trusted technology firm. More than 70 clients have come to trust Old Town IT as their development partner.
Tim has envisioned, built and implemented applications and systems that return great value to Old Town’s clients. From an onsite registration system that enables event data to stream directly into the netFORUM database to complex online dues renewal applications, Tim’s creative vision and technical expertise have enabled Old Town IT’s clients to gain more value from existing systems and leverage new technologies so they may enjoy staff and system efficiencies. While leading the organization, he is active in projects, overseeing and delivering software development while also mentoring developer resources and managing the consulting services team.
Prior to founding Old Town IT, Tim served as the Chief Technology Officer at Avectra, Inc., where he led all aspects of software development and served as the chief architect of the company’s AvectraFORUM and Web-based netFORUM products. Tim was one of the founders and principals of Avectra and had been with the firm from its inception through 2007, when he left to start Old Town IT.
Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia and lives with his wife and two children in Alexandria, Virginia.
Don WorthleyChief Software Architect
Don Worthley is Old Town IT’s Chief Software Architect. As an experienced developer and software trainer, Don has helped many of Old Town IT’s clients optimize their business processes while guiding them to more fully leverage their existing software systems. Don leads Old Town IT’s Research and Development efforts out of the firm’s Missouri office, where his team is currently developing mobile device applications and tools to promote member engagement.
With his deep knowledge of systems and technologies – such as netFORUM and SharePoint – Don has consistently earned the trust and respect of his clients. His trademark calm demeanor and deeply-held commitment to delivering projects on-time, on-spec, and on-budget typify Old Town IT’s approach to serving its clients. Don has worked on many of Old Town IT’s key engagements and is currently devoting his energies to his passion: developing software that enables organizations to better engage their members.
Before joining Old Town IT, Don founded the software development firm IT Crossing, offering software and services for nonprofits. With a focus on servicing enterprise customers, his clients included Johns Hopkins University, the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the Suburban Newspaper Association of America. In addition, he provided software training to the USDA, the U.S. Army, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the FBI.
Don earned his Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) certification in 1997 and also holds his Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer, Microsoft Certified Database Administrator, and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert certifications. Don leads Old Town IT’s open source initiatives and is committed to finding ways for organizations to lower IT costs by leveraging open source technologies.
Don earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Math and Physics from Missouri State University and a Master’s of Divinity from Trinity International University. He lives in Springfield, Missouri with his wife and five children.
Meg SchwindChief Marketing and Operations Officer
Meg Schwind is Old Town IT’s Chief Marketing and Operations Officer. As a business executive with over 23 years of experience, Meg’s knowledge of process improvement, team-building and client management have been vital to Old Town IT. She leads the operational and marketing areas for the firm.
Meg has helped build the firm by working to gain and retain clients, recruiting and hiring staff, and building infrastructure to support the growing team. Old Town IT has grown during her four-year tenure to a staff of more than 25 professionals working in four locations across the United States, and the firm now serves over 70 of the most prestigious member-based organizations in the country.
Prior to Old Town IT, Meg served several technology companies in a project management and sales and marketing capacity, including Bridgeline Digital, Think Subscription, Arlington Group and Lightspeed Research, Inc. While with Lightspeed Research, Meg managed the creation of the company’s brand and Website, including logo design, Website development and implementation. Meg managed all aspects of brand creation from concept to design and execution.
Previously, as Association Publisher at the National Journal, Meg managed the sales, marketing and customer services teams, stewarded consolidation of many of the organization’s business processes and championed the creation of the online sales and marketing channels for the company’s online product suite. During her tenure with National Journal, she also implemented a new Web-based fulfillment system that consolidated three systems into one and created significant organizational effectiveness.
Meg is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Political Science. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and two children.
Laura SilbermanDirector of Business Analysis
As Old Town IT’s Director of Business Analysis, Laura Silberman spearheads the firm's practice in the area of requirements gathering and discovery analysis. Laura’s decade of experience working with member-based organizations provides her with exceptional insight into the needs and processes of associations, enabling her to expertly guide her clients in achieving their goals.
At Old Town IT, Laura has led the business analysis efforts for many of the firm's key software development engagements, elegantly translating cleints' business needs into technical solutions. Laura has performed discovery and business analysis for a variety of projects, ranging from a multi-step membership application for The Endocrine Society to a complex member feedback portal for The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the reinvention of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ (AIAA) online eCommerce platform.
Prior to Old Town IT, Laura served as Director of Project Management with Bridgeline Software, a Web development firm in Washington, D.C., where she led efforts to help define clients’ Web strategies and determine the information architecture and functional approach for custom applications. She was the driving force for crafting Bridgeline’s standard documentation for its internal and client-facing protocols.
Laura earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Brown University and spent one semester at Charles University in the Czech Republic. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two daughters.
David SchlumSoftware Architect
As Old Town IT’s Software Architect, David Schlum contributes to delivering Old Town IT’s client projects through the development of custom applications and modules. David’s varied career background and breadth of experience contribute to his innovative solutions, allowing David to serve his clients well.
In his role as Software Architect, David designs and directs Old Town IT’s new and ongoing software development engagements. He has been with the firm since 2010, serving clients by developing custom applications and modules as a Software Developer.
Prior to joining Old Town IT, David worked as an Information Systems Engineer at Federal Protection, Inc., where he engineered and developed Web-based software applications and implemented corporate-wide server-based reporting solutions.
David earned an Associate’s Degree with an emphasis in Computer Information Science from Ozarks Technical Community College. He is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist.
Rebecca AchurchDirector of Business Solutions
As Director of Business Solutions, Rebecca Achurch serves as an executive leader on the sales and marketing teams. In this capacity Rebecca engages with clients in the association and non-profit community to ensure Old Town IT continues to meet their evolving needs.
With over 16 years of association management experience, Rebecca has an in-depth knowledge of technology solutions and a passion for building long-term and trusted partnerships to help organizations meet their strategic and operational goals. Rebecca’s ability to match technology with organizational culture has resulted in an extensive track record of completing complex projects through teambuilding, fostering clear communications, and right-sizing solutions.
For 13 years prior to joining Old Town IT, Rebecca was with the American Chemical Society (ACS), most recently serving as Association Management System (AMS) Program Manager. In this role, she built and managed a team of more than 15 project managers, business analysts, and developers to implement innovative applications for both internal business units and ACS Members. One of her cornerstone achievements was leading the successful transition of the legacy database to two new systems: a fulfillment system for institutional subscribers and an AMS (netFORUM) for individual members. This organizational-wide initiative spanned more than 4 years and brought efficiency, stability, and enterprise technology that ACS continues to leverage today to advance its mission. This project, managed by Rebecca, is one of the largest and most successful netFORUM implementations to date.
Under her direction, ACS received multiple Avectra Users and Developers Conference (AUDC) Innovation Awards: in 2010 for Best Member Experience using eWeb, in 2011 for Most Radical Change to Business Process, and in 2012 for the redesign of the Online Member Application and the “Member-get-a-Member” program.
Rebecca graduated from DePauw University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a minor in Philosophy. She is experienced in both waterfall and agile project management. Rebecca is a Program Management Professional (PgMP) and Project Management Professional (PMP). She is also agile certified, is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and a Certified Association Executive (CAE). Rebecca is active in the Association community, currently serving on the Data Analytics Task Force, a subcommittee of the ASAE Technology Council, and has presented on project management, business intelligence, and teambuilding - among other topics - at industry conferences. Rebecca lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and son. When she’s not helping associations and non-profits achieve their missions, she can be found on the sideline at her son’s soccer game or hiking in the North Carolina Mountains.