Our Team

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Kevin Pedersen

IT Consultant, Database Developer, Owner

Kevin has always been driven to understand how things work and to share that knowledge with others. As an engineering undergrad in the nineties, he worked at the Center for Magnetic Recording Research and the Center for Excellence of Advanced Materials at UC San Diego. He has practiced the art of HTML since 1993, and has done professional web and graphic design since 1995. Kevin’s engineering career included design work for the Next Generation Space Telescope and NASA satellite payloads while living in San Diego, but he eventually returned to his Northern California roots, building a consulting clientele under the business name Marintellect from a handful of clients in 2002 to over 250 clients when he took over the Tech Tonics name from long-time business colleague Peter Higbee in late 2012.
In addition to IT management and design, Kevin enjoys assisting people with database development and audiovisual systems. The natural scenes found throughout this website reflect Kevin's love of the outdoors, which he shares regularly with family and friends.

Technology is fascinating, but what I find rewarding is not simply tinkering around with electronics, but helping people solve challenging problems. My goal is to help people use technology appropriately and effectively.

Kevin knows how technology works and explains it in a clear fashion, to help deliver the best solutions for each unique business or individual.
 

Jeremy Holt

Jeremy Holt

IT Consultant, MCP

Jeremy Holt is a local Marin Resident who has has been fascinated with computers and technology most of his life. He knew by the age of 10, when he disassembled and rebuilt his first computer, that he had found his passion.
During high school Jeremy was in charge of tutoring other student on computers as well as running the computer lab. At the age of 19, Jeremy began his career in computer technology by establishing his first consulting company, Marin Networking. His focus was on small business support for: VPN, Networking, Servers & Workstations, FTP, Data Management and Security.
During college, Jeremy began working for the City of Sausalito as their Systems Administrator implementing his knowledge in Exchange, DNS, Active Directory, Document Management, VoIP, Server & Desktop Virtualization and Enterprise level Security. Jeremy offers expertise in the aforementioned fields as well as Mac OSX/iOS and Mobile Device Management.
Jeremy holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a Focus in Computer Information Systems (CIS) and is a Microsoft Certified Professional.
Currently working on certification in VMware, MCITP, CISSP and ACSP.





 

Chris Guidry

Chris Guidry

IT Consultant

Christopher’s aptitude for computers and technology became apparent in High School computer club and video technology class. He later went on to earn a degree in Computer Science with a focus on Computer Security. He worked with a digital jukebox startup in San Francisco, then made his way to ISP Sonic.net, based in Santa Rosa, where his customer service and tech support skills were honed. Rising through the ranks from Technical Support Representative, Equipment Specialist, to DSL Expert, Christopher found he needed a bigger challenge. He found that challenge with Tech Tonics, where he manages a variety of Mac, Windows and Linux-based systems running on multiple hardware platforms and virtual machines, as well as VOIP and digital fax management solutions.
In his time off, Christopher enjoys getting away from the keyboard and working on cars, floating down the river, barbecuing and other pasttimes where good friends and food are involved.








 

Bahareh Adami Ardestani

Bahareh Adami Ardestani

LAMP Engineer, SEO Consultant &
Web Application Developer

Bahareh is a motivated and skilled UC Berkeley electrical engineering and computer science graduate with highly effective problem-solving skills.
She has in-depth experience with MySQL, MongoDB and MariaDB, solid understanding of InnoDB, non-structured data stores, implementing ODBC connectivity for MySQL databases, managing a global database landscape and Linux command line and Shell scripting. She is proficient using HTML5, CSS, PHP, JavaScript, JQuery, Ajax, Jason & Bootstrap and experienced using web content management systems like Wordpress and Drupal.
Importantly, Bahareh keeps herself up-to-date with W3C standards and the fast-moving SEO landscape, particularly technological and search engine trends, changing algorithms and ranking factors. She understands the importance of always staying one step ahead in this dynamic and ever-changing field. She is experienced in deep keyword research, site information architecture, technology decisions, content optimization, ranking/traffic reporting and link auditing using tools such as Majestic, Raven & SEO Radar.
Before becoming a US Citizen, Bahareh was forced to seek refugee status in Turkey with her family due to religious intolerance for non-Muslims in her birth country of Iran. Bahareh finished high school with 4.00 GPA, as one of the top performing mathematics students in Iran, but going to college was not a reality for her. It was merely a dream. With virtually no money, she came to the United States in 2008 to continue her education and begin a new chapter in her life. When she arrived, although her luggage was empty of material wealth, she remained well-equipped with repressed energy, which later shaped her into creative contributions to student life at UC Berkeley and beyond. Bahareh won many academic awards, including a Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. She continues to be a generous contributor to community education and outreach programs and currently lives in San Rafael with her spouse and 1-year-old daughter.

 

Ron Licht

Ron Licht

Database Developer, IT Consultant

Ron is a San Francisco Bay Area native. He grew up on the San Mateo Peninsula, graduated from UC Berkeley, and lived in San Francisco before moving to Marin County. He has had a varied career, always working with computers, software and people. He got his start in technology working in the Systems Department at the Pacific Stock Exchange. He left that position to start and operate a successful Bakery-Café with a partner, handling equipment acquisition and maintenance, bookkeeping, financial management, retail staff management, and wholesale distribution. Upon leaving the bakery business, Ron worked in the Event Planning industry with companies that handled the logistics for user conferences, sales meetings, trade shows and incentive reward vacations. It was during this time that Ron developed his passion for database development in general, and FileMaker Pro in particular. Ron handled all aspects of IT Services at three local event planning companies, managing IT Services, building registration web sites and databases, constructing and deploying equipment networks for handling on site event registration, and managing registration agents. In 2008 Ron left the Event Planning Industry to become a freelance Database developer. His extensive knowledge of, and experience with organizations of all types and sizes make him very effective at evaluating the technology needs of a business and finding the appropriate solutions.
Ron lives in San Rafael, and has a wife and three children, two dogs, a cat and a rabbit. Ron and his wife are active parent volunteers at their youngest son's school. When he's not working or volunteering, Ron likes to work in his garden, take photographs, walk the dogs and watch baseball. Not all at the same time, of course.

Peter Higbee

Peter Higbee, MCSE

IT Consultant on Sabbatical

Peter is an established IT consultant with 15 years of computer and network support experience. He got his start at UC Berkeley, where he assisted in the teaching of digital field mapping, and worked at the Berkeley Space Sciences Lab as an IT support technician and GIS analyst.
He subsequently worked with several Bay Area companies (Stillwater Sciences and Technicon) before moving to New Zealand where he took a position as a Systems Administrator for Ra Productions Animation Studio. In 2002, Peter began work with New Zealand Security Cards as a systems analyst where he remains a consultant. Upon returning to California in 2006, he founded Tech Tonics and began full time free-lance IT support.
Peter has worked with a wide range of business operations, including: scientific and medical facilities, non-profits, universities, architecture and design studios, video production houses, and corporate systems. He is keenly focused on computer systems as tools to enhance creativity and productivity. Peter is currently on sabbatical, working with the Supercomputing Project at the University of Otago, New Zealand.
Peter’s specialties include: Communication, Windows Servers, Networking, Data Retention, Mac OS X/iOS, Database Management, Networking, Security, Database Design and Management, Web and Email Servers, “Hardware, Software Management.”