Board of Directors

Chair:  Kent Murphy, CEO, Axon Connected, LLC

Tom Brock

George Newcombe

Mark Slonecker, President & CEO, AxonAI, Inc. 

Non-voting, board observation attendees:

Sven Brueckner, Chief Scientist, AxonAI, Inc.

Andrew Drake, SAP NS2®

Pradeep Kaul, Blu Venture Investors

Bob Stratton, Mach37™ / CIT

Tom Weithman, CIT


AxonAI Staff


Mark Slonecker (President & CEO AxonAI, Inc.) In-2C-21px-R

Mr. Slonecker, President & CEO of AxonAI Inc.,  has more than 35 years of experience in a variety of product development, program management, business development and executive leadership positions.  His career has been devoted to transitioning cutting edge technologies into practical products that are used across a wide range of applications and customers. He is adept at building high-performing teams that continually meet or exceed customer expectations.

Mr. Slonecker has a BS degree in Engineering Physics and a MS degree in National Resource Strategy.  He has worked at Gould Inc, ITT-Electro Optical Products Division, Lockheed Martin and Battelle prior to joining AXON Connected in 2014. During his career he was instrumental in developing and fielding fiber optic products for commercial and government applications.  He has a number of papers and publications in the field of fiber optics and one US patent.  As his career progressed, he has worked in other technical disciplines including systems engineering, data analytics and cyber security.  Prior to joining AxonConnected, Mr. Slonecker was responsible for a $650M portfolio at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  There he was responsible for taking applied research technologies and building successful hardware and software products that were used by government and commercial clients.


Sven Brueckner (Chief Scientist AxonAI, Inc.) In-2C-21px-R

Dr. Sven Brueckner, Chief Scientist of AxonAI, Inc., co-founded the AXON portfolio company in 2013 after leading and managing basic and applied research efforts for more than a decade in the Agent-Based and Complex Systems research group at Jacobs Technology, Inc. He has 20 years experience in multi-agent systems research. His doctoral thesis  researches the theoretical foundations of designing self-organizing systems with emergent properties and applies its findings to engineering real-world applications. Dr. Brueckner has been the lead on numerous Swarm Intelligence related R&D efforts. He has authored over twenty papers on agent-based and complex systems’ theory and application. He is named inventor on several patents or patent filings. His strong standing in the academic community is also reflected in his participation in Program and Organizational Committees of many prestigious conferences and workshops. Dr. rer. nat. in Computer Science, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany (2000). Naturalized US citizen 02/11/2010, maintains German citizenship.


Andrew Yinger (Chief Software Architect) In-2C-21px-R

Andrew Yinger is the Chief Software Architect at AxonAI.  He has over twenty years of experience in the IT industry, seventeen of them as a software engineer.  He has extensive experience leading software engineering teams, as well as designing and implementing complex agent-based systems.  His software expertise includes designing multithreaded, distributed systems that leverage the latest developments in client/server and peer-to-peer remote messaging protocols to achieve concurrent, inter-process, cross-platform communication.  His technical leadership includes experience managing projects using a variety of software development techniques and styles, ranging from the more formalized, structured practices such as the Rational Unified Process (RUP), to less traditional, more radical approaches such as Beck’s Extreme Programming.

After joining AxonAI as Chief Software Architect at the end of 2013, Andrew designed and built a cross-platform cyber security monitoring and reporting application, implemented to run on multiple types of devices in a dynamic network, communicating critical system information to a centralized intrusion detection model.  

Andrew was awarded an MS in Software Engineering and Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003, where his study included work on application that implemented Case Based Reasoning and a patent for an XML-driven speech animation framework for simulating intelligent behavior.  In 1994, he received his BA in History from the University of California, Berkeley.


Tom Brock (Chief Operating Officer) 

Tom Brock brings over 28 years of experience in the industrial and healthcare technology space. His broad experience spans P&L operations, strategy, product management, IT and sales. He is adept at helping small / mid market companies scale and grow profitably. Tom also brings deep experience in scaling SaaS based software companies; including product strategy, multi-generational product planning, agile development, pricing and channel strategies, implementation and support.

Tom has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. He is a graduate of GE’s management development course and is a Six Sigma master black belt. Prior to joining AxonAI, Tom held leadership positions in technology companies including COO at Healthcare First, a $30M healthcare software and services company, VP of strategy & business development for RelayHealth, the $500M healthcare data connectivity and analytics division of McKesson, GM of commercial software for $30M solution at GE Healthcare, and CIO of a $300M sensing solutions business at GE Industrial Systems.


Brandon Shenk (Software Engineer) In-2C-21px-R

Brandon Shenk is a Software Engineer at AxonAI. He has helped design, develop, and deploy high-end user interfaces for all of AxonAI’s most recent applications. Since being brought on, he’s also tasked himself with incorporating world-class design and aesthetics into every major aspect of the company. When not designing or developing, you can usually find him attempting to cook, attempting to stay active, or attempting to create the perfect cup of coffee.


Emily Dick (Software Engineer) In-2C-21px-R

Emily Dick is a Software Engineer at Axon AI. She has experience with several languages, including Java, MatLab, SQL, IDL, and Python. Additionally, she has 3 years of research experience in astrophysics with James Madison University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which focused on mega-maser containing galaxies and binary star systems, respectively. She graduated in 2016 from James Madison University with a BS in physics and minors in mathematics and astronomy.


Ramzoullah Niaz (Software Engineer) In-2C-21px-R

Ramzoullah Niaz is a Software Engineer at AxonAI. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from James Madison University and has two and a half years professional experience working as a Software Engineer at an IT firm in Arlington, VA and Washington, D.C. with clients from the Administration of Children and Families. Ramzoullah served as a leader among a team of developers producing several web application modules in various languages such as Java, JavaScript, and ColdFusion with the help of frameworks such as Spring and Node.js. In his spare time, he likes to take on personal projects such as building mobile applications that help him broaden his knowledge in different areas of the tech industry as well as explore new skills that may come in handy in his line of work.


Kiara Pontious (Independent Consultant)

Kiara Pontious is an independent consultant at AxonAI. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering with a focus on sustainability, system analysis, design, and leadership at James Madison University in May of 2016. She has experience with CAD, technical drawing, linear programming, project management, human centered design, and product development. While at JMU, she worked on engineering projects such as building a Human Powered Vehicle, research on Fluorescing Nanoparticles, and her two year capstone that focused on designing an Atmospheric Water Generator.


Matt Rohlf (Intern)

Matthew Rohlf is an intern at AxonAI. He is a senior Computer Science major at James Madison University. Matt has experience programming in several languages, including Java, C++, C, Python, and Javascript as well as experience working with SQL and HTML/CSS. He has also worked with biotechnology, doing things such as plating bacteriophages from soil samples and then sequencing their DNA for use in scientific research papers. He also has experience working technical support and currently helps maintain accounts and other services for AxonAI. He will be graduating in May 2017.