Meet the team behind CleanRobotics

We sincerely enjoy making a difference in the world, one item at a time.

CleanRobotics is comprised of a team of engineers, customer success, and commercial geeks who mix experience with a passion for a sustainable future. Our diverse group is revolutionizing recycling as we know it, and yes, we’re hiring.


Charles Yhap

CEO & Co-Founder

Master of Development Economics and International Development, University of Pittsburgh (GSPIA). Charles is a serial social entrepreneur and has worked in the fields of human rights and environmental protection, where he has 10+ years of experience catalyzing mission-driven startup organizations.

Zak Wehman

Head of Business Development

Zak is creative and solution-oriented, with over ten years of sales experience ranging from home improvement to SaaS. He thrives in the face-paced world of startups, always curious and enthusiastic while prioritizing long-term customer success and partnerships. On the weekends he enjoys mountain biking and exploring the mountains of Colorado where he resides.

Alexandra Niesen

Sr. Customer Success Manager

Driven by her passion for sustainability, Alexandra has worked with F500 companies advising them on their sustainable materials initiatives by helping them evaluate technology for pilot projects. She has a unique background consisting of corporate innovation, venture capital and startup acceleration within the materials industry.

Ellen Soria

Commercial Operations Manager

Ellen is a serial entrepreneur and proven self-starter. From consumer goods in the health and wellness space to SaaS, Ellen continuously leads the pack with her team in streamlining operations and improving efficiency and innovation. She holds 8+ years in sales operations, vendor operations, project management, and strategy development.

Frank Fimbres

Marketing Lead

Frank has managed multiple campaigns for international B2B and consumer brands in the industries of talent acquisition, e-commerce, real estate, and more. He brings expertise in branding, project management, email marketing, SEO, CPC, and overall digital strategy. He speaks fluent Spanish, has a Marketing MBA, and postgraduate degrees in Branding and Fashion Design.

Alejandra Hernandez

Graphic Designer 

Alejandra is a Graphic Designer with over 5 years of experience, she has collaborated as a Graphic Designer in Marketing and web design agencies for different client industries. She has worked in video productions, primarily in the area of post-production and motion graphics. In her career, Alejandra has developed an eye for social media content and print.

Nicholas Castelveter

Business Dev. Representative 

Nicholas has established a career driven by his ambition to make a difference. With sales and marketing experience, his professional journey was initiated through start-up culture while juggling university, which then led him to work within various industries that have allowed him to develop a fresh and creative perspective on building long-term partnerships.

Mark Mueller

Customer Success Manager

Mark is a seasoned account management extraordinaire spanning several industries and groundbreaking technologies. Making a creative and sustainable impact on the world around Mark is what drives him to roll up his sleeves and tackle issues head-on for future generations.

Nicola Ward

Business Dev. Representative 

Nicola is a Marketing Specialist and started her career helping small to medium-sized businesses advertise on large social platforms. In marketing, she was given the opportunity to explore many different areas, including business development. With a passion for the planet’s health, she takes on a solution-oriented mindset to help improve not only our own lives but the Earth’s as well.

Joe Petramale

Business Dev. Representative 

Joe has held multiple titles while providing significant growth to various tech start-ups in Real Estate and Logistics. With 7+ years of sales and leadership experience, combined with an education in Engineering, Joe delivers a strategic and analytical approach to establishing long-term partnerships.


Tanner Cook

VP of Engineering & Co-Founder

Tanner brings a wealth of engineering and research experience from his background as a Nuclear Engineer at Fusion startup Innoven Energy as well as Higea Technologies, the nanotech company he co-founded (IP acquisition Parson’s Engineering).

Richard Galvez

Director of Software/AI 

Richard is an experienced data scientist and machine learning expert. He has studied the cosmos at NASA’s Ames Research Center, modeled consumption of “lively libations” at Anheuser-Busch, and boasts 13 publications to his name. He holds a PhD. in Theoretical Physics from Syracuse University.

Michael Schilling

Director of Hardware Engineering

Michael comes from the industrial automation and energy sector and has a passion for engineered solutions. He has engaged with startups at various phases and worked with them to add value to their technology. He joins our team with over 15 years of R&D knowledge from technical design, to successful deployment into multiple markets.

Ahmed Moneim

Full Stack Engineer 

Ahmed has worked as a consultant for startups and Fortune 500 companies alike, with a focus on processes and software systems on a global scale. He brings his demonstrated experience in leading large software teams to Clean Robotics where he will be implementing cloud-based backend and frontend systems.

Abby Browne

Junior Mechanical Engineer

Abby is a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Colorado Boulder. While in school, she had the opportunity to work with the United States Army Research Office to develop an autonomous warfighter protection device. Her passion for sustainability and innovation are driving factors in her work today.

David Betz

Junior Mechanical Engineer

David has a passion for product development and sustainability solutions. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder, where he was the project manager for the Baja SAE competition team and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Virginia.


Darryl Kirsh

Strategic Growth Advisor

Darryl invests in early-stage tech through Fiddlehead Ventures. He has over 30 years of experience in corporate restructuring and turnarounds and was the leader of Corporate Restructuring at KPMG. Formerly a partner at EVM, a private equity firm, he began his career helping to turn around struggling early-stage tech companies. Darryl advises several companies on strategic alternatives for growth.

Ian Magazine


Ian has been a founder, investor, finance, and operating executive for a host of enterprises in the wireless communications industry and a highly successful serial entrepreneur who has worked with breakthrough innovations in a range of technologies from wireless power transmission, to biotechnology and 360° Videography.

Mukund Menda


Mukund, a graduate of Babson College, is an international entrepreneur and investor with over fifteen years of experience in the energy, telecom & water sectors in the Middle East & India. In addition, he is a director of an NYC-based VC firm where he is focused on strategy, fundraising, and business development.

Ian Netherton


Ian began his career at a boutique accounting firm specializing in tax and valuation matters. He launched Eight One Partners, a CPA firm specializing in supporting emerging and high-growth companies with complex tax planning and fractional CFO services. Ian has supported turnarounds, acquisitions, re-capitalizations, and the raising of millions of dollars in debt and equity.

We’re growing our team

CleanRobotics is looking for smart individuals to take our products to the next level. If you have a passion for creating a greener tomorrow, take a look at our openings.