SofTrek Leadership

Dave Spacone, Founder of SofTrek

Dave Spacone

Founder and Chairman

Dave has been involved with business applications of computer software for more than 30 years. He founded SofTrek in 1987 as a software consulting firm. In 1989, after developing software applications for a variety of businesses, he created the fundraising software PledgeMaker, the precursor to ClearView CRM, for a local nonprofit. He formerly served in an IT capacity for a number of commercial organizations that used software applications including medical billing, legal, and banking. His past associations include Control Data Corporation, University of Buffalo Administrative Computing Department, and University of Buffalo Millard Fillmore College, where he taught computer programming.



Robert Girardi, President of SofTrek

Robert Girardi

President and CEO

Bob has spent more than 30 years in the technology industry with expertise in product management, marketing management, strategic planning, and business development. Bob previously worked at IBM where he served as Global Brand Leader for IBM’s Global Services Division, focusing on marketing strategy and world-wide marketing program development and execution. He has broad experience in technology product marketing, marketing program development/deployment, channel marketing planning, and marketing communications. He began his tenure at SofTrek in 2006.



Steve Birnbaum

Vice President of Client Solutions

Steve has nearly 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, with particular expertise in organizational planning, technology implementation, and change management. He previously was associated with Jacobson Consulting Applications, Inc. (JCA), a firm specializing in helping nonprofits use technology more effectively to achieve their fundraising goals. As Chief Operating Officer of JCA, he managed delivery of consulting services and new business development. He also provided strategic guidance for large organizations launching complex technology initiatives. He joined SofTrek in 2011.



Grace Lazzara

Director of Marketing

Grace is a marketing and communications professional with more than 20 years’ experience in agency, corporate and nonprofit worlds. Among other roles, she has served as Director of Marketing and PR for a museum, a VP for a PR agency's tech practice, and Manager of Corporate Communications for a large telecom company. After 13 years as an independent practitioner, she moved back to the corporate realm with SofTrek in 2012. Grace is a past chapter president of the Public Relations Society of America. Her work has won awards from the Admissions Marketing Report, PRSA Rochester, and PRSA Buffalo Niagara.



Tracy Pericozzi

Director of Software Engineering

Tracy Pericozzi guides SofTrek’s software engineering efforts, overseeing business intelligence, database, and Java engineers. She began her career with the company as a data conversion programmer, moved on to the engineering team, formed the business intelligence team, became Manager of Professional Services, and ultimately took on her current role overseeing all company engineers. Her bachelor of science degree is in computer information systems from Buffalo State College.



David Otminski

Director of IT

Dave has spent more than 25 years working with nonprofits clients to help them find solutions to their technical challenges. His area of expertise is in the architecture of data center infrastructure. He formerly was associated with international manufacturer Columbus McKinnon as an application developer and has worked as a consulting software engineer specializing in XWindows and IBM graphics API graPHIGS. Dave has been with SofTrek since 1994.



Karen Harris Melendez

Director of Client Solutions

Karen Harris Melendez has been an a executive in the nonprofit industry for more than 20 years. She was the Director of IT at The Fresh Air Fund from 1994 to 2001. In 2001, she launched KHM Business Intelligence LLC and provided business intelligence services to nonprofit organizations. Karen holds a bachelor of science degree in information systems management from York College. A native New Yorker, she resides in New Jersey.