About Us


In modern business, organizations must use technology to keep up with the competition and drive their success, no matter what the organization does or whom they sell to. Formulating the right mix of hardware, software and systems can promote productivity, improve customer satisfaction and even shorten a delivery life cycle. Most importantly, organizations that successfully leverage technology will see the benefits where they matter most: on their bottom line. If you’re looking for a trusted partner to provide optimized solutions for your organization, you’ve come to the right place.

Our team has broad development experience in using Agile methodologies to build applications in industry leading frameworks and languages including: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, C#, Java, Angular, ASP.NET, and Responsive Design. We also have significant mobility design experience and have expertise in mobile applications both on Android and iOS platforms.

SaQus is a New York State and Commonwealth of Massachusetts certified woman (WBE) owned custom software development and consulting firm, with its headquarters located in the Capital District of New York, and an office in Falmouth, Massachusetts. We are dedicated to helping private and public sector organizations achieve their long-term goals through the right application and management of information technology. We work with organizations and teams that are looking for productivity software in order to build, maintain and optimize their operations – all without breaking the bank.

SaQus is dedicated to bringing clients technology solutions that help decrease stress, streamline work and make your investment a profitable one. SaQus brings years of experience and knowledge to our customers and helps them make their organizations more successful through better technology solutions.

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Our Team

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Joelle Carmichael

Managing Member

Joelle Carmichael is a successful business woman with more than 12 years overseeing the establishment and growth of SaQus. Joelle is responsible for all business operations, business development, corporate strategy, recruiting, partnerships and business alliances. Her experience in leadership, human resource management, marketing, business development and organizational restructuring has led to SaQus’s exponential growth achieved as a result of successfully helping organizations increase efficiency, market share and customer service through business applications as well as the development of several complex customized systems for government agencies. Successful recent applications developed under Joelle’s leadership include the award winning Open Book New York (contracts) and the VendRep application developed for the Office of the New York State Comptroller.

Joelle is a graduate of the University at Buffalo, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Utica College.

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Matthew Carmichael


Matthew Carmichael has authored over 300 custom applications, and specializes in creating custom applications for organizations that have unique processes that cannot be fulfilled by off-the-shelf software. He has created business critical applications for Saint Gobain Performance Plastics, SI Group, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), New York State Education Department, and Office of the New York State Comptroller.

Matt has over 20,000 hours of Agile project experience serving in various roles including: project team member, scrum master, project manager, and product owner; in addition to providing Agile training to project teams and managers. Matt specializes in presenting software development techniques to those without technical backgrounds. His “easy to understand” approach provides an effective software development overview to executive management.

Matt lives in Altamont, New York with his wife and two dogs.

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Gerard Uffelman

Senior Architect

Gerard Uffelman is SaQus’s Senior Java \ Solution Architect. He is the team technical lead for many business critical applications that SaQus builds and supports for the Office of New York State Comptroller (OSC). Gerard leads several OSC applications including the Online VendRep System , the State Authority Contracts Submission System (CSS) for New York State Public Authorities, and the Ecteronic Document Submission System (EDSS). Gerard is responsible for the overall design, development, and implementation of these critical applications.

Gerard has successfully completed many mission critical assignments at the State Comptroller Office, and has been the technical team leader and architect for the NYS Comptroller’s IBM WebSphere application Server Conversion and the eDocs for Contracts project that interfaces with the Grant Gateway application and Statewide Financial System (SFS). His responsibilities include continuous application support and upgrades, formulating test plans, improving application security standards, setting up development environments, designing and coding web-based applications, creating external interfaces, and designing application graphics. Additionally, Gerard provides instruction and mentors technical staff in software standards. He has created and designed numerous organizations’ websites and has written several applications for online programming resources. As a software Architect, Gerard uses Agile/Scrum methodology to deliver on-time working software products.

Gerard is an alum of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where he majored in Computer Sciences.

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Melissa Stark

Business Analyst

Holding a degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Management Information Systems and Computer Science, Melissa Stark has special expertise in spearheading larger software projects. Melissa has extensive public and private sector experience gathering requirements and managing projects. Her strong technical skills enhance her communications between stakeholders and technical teams.

Additional SaQus responsibilities include requirements analysis, software architecture, development, testing, training curriculum development and product delivery for both public and private sector clients.

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Matthew Peret

Full Stack Developer

Matt Peret has over twelve years experience as a software engineer working with private sector organizations, focusing on highly performant networking protocol and distributed database implementations. A quick study, Matt jumps into new projects with ease. Matt has significant experience with the entire software development lifecycle, from requirements gathering and refinement, through design and implementation, to debugging and direct customer support.

Matt is an alumni of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

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Logan Haygood

Project Coordinator

Logan is a graduate of Framingham State University where he majored in Business and Information Technology. This field allows him to effectively trace the most successful implementations of technology to help companies quantify and exceed objectives. During his time in school, he took on a position at his alma mater’s Capital Planning department, building and training the school’s populace for the implementation of a new work order system. This experience fostered the importance of effective communication, a value learned in conjunction with the experience of being an analyst in a new tech rollout for a Fortune 500 company. His robust experiences serve as a repertoire to provide refreshing insight for any company or project.