Smart Solutions will help you achieve your full online potential.

You work tirelessly every day to attract new customers, increase profits and provide better customer service. Smart Solutions designs and builds Magento eCommerce and custom web solutions that work just as hard as you do.


Strategy and Planning


Portals and Intranets


Responsive Websites




Analytics Reporting


Search Engine Optimization


Web and User Interface Design


Web Development


Ongoing Managed Solutions


We are a custom web solutions provider that specializes in all aspects of web design and development. Our team helps with planning, usability, content, mobile, search engine optimization, analytics, programming, security and maintenance.


Smart Solutions invests time in planning and strategy. We  build custom web solutions that generate a real return on your investment. We consider your business goals and unique differentiators as well as your target customers’ needs and motivations.

Our Leadership and Board

Sharon Manderson, Principal

Sharon Manderson

Sharon has been designing and developing websites, custom software and database applications for more years than she can count. Sharon stays connected by actively participating in professional groups, presenting at industry events and publishing articles on all topics web related. She spends most of her day driving the companies’ strategic direction, speaking with customers who are interested in working with Smart Solutions and making sure the Smart Solutions team has what they need to remain productive, motivated and on top of their game.


Lisa Alexander

Lisa’s career has been spent in website and custom software development including database design and architecture. She is responsible for the reliability and performance of all web projects and operations and is deeply hands-on with infrastructure, systems, monitoring and all operational processes. Lisa guides clients through kickoff to launch facilitating communications and ensuring all project deliverables meet or exceed expectations. Clients benefit from her hands-on approach, meticulous expectations and true attention to detail. She holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and a B.A. in Sociology.


Paul Opalack
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Mr. Opalack, Smart Solutions Principal and Board Member, is a well-known leader in management consultancy, serving clients for over thirty years. He co-founded Noblestar in 1987. Prior to founding Noblestar, Mr. Opalack served as Senior Vice President for Cap Gemini, a Paris-based international consultancy. He directed their National Management Consulting Group, providing IT strategy and management advisory services throughout North America. He started his consulting career with Arthur Young & Co. in their Management Advisory Services group. Mr. Opalack is known for coaching and growing ambitious talent. It has also been said that he has a talent for spotting trends that yield real business value and for creating technology incubators that nurture great ideas and innovative thinkers. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Finance, both from Lehigh University. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Leadership in Professional Service Firms program.

 Joshua Skillington
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Joshua has over 15 years of experience in the web industry. This includes over 5 years of PMP Certified project management experience for managing the development of websites, mobile websites, mobile applications and desktop applications. He’s worked with several platforms including Drupal and WordPress, and has experience working with a wide variety of clients. He holds a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University.

Dennis Carey, Software Engineer and WordPress Developer Extraordinaire

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Dennis is a database and custom web application specialist with more than nine years of development experience. As both a front-end and back-end developer, Dennis brings a wide variety of skills including PHP, Java, Jersey REST, Spring, HTML, CSS, JSON, JavaScript, JQuery, MySQL and Oracle. Dennis plays a key role in defining and driving Smart Solution’s development methodologies and leading our development team to strengthen its technology and development expertise, fine tune processes and improve quality of execution. Dennis holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Jen Downs, Web Developer

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Jennifer Downs is a senior web developer with over 19 years’ experience designing and developing custom software and web applications. She is both a front-end and back-end developer. Her skills include PHP, ASP .NET, Java, C++, C#, HTML, CSS, JSON, and JavaScript. Jennifer also has database experience in PL/SQL and Oracle, SQL Server, and MySQL. She also has 5 years of agile development and team lead experience and helps contribute to the development of high-quality websites and web applications at Smart Solutions. Jennifer holds an M.B.A. in Information Systems from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Amy Wood
Creative Director

Amy is a digital designer and visual problem solver. She started her career as a political news producer in DC and moved on to produce award-winning educational programming for PBS. Around the turn of the century, Amy moved into graphic design, primarily focused on web. She has served in the roles of art director and senior web designer working with clients from small business and nonprofit, to larger companies, associations and government agencies. In all capacities, her true passion is interpreting the client’s vision while creating a solution that engages the audience. She holds a B.A. in Mass Communication from Towson University and a M.A. in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

Kristen Ennis, Web Developer

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Kristen is responsible for designing, coding and modifying websites, from layout to function, according to a client’s specifications. She develops visually appealing sites that feature user-friendly design and clear navigation. She is passionate about web standards, programming, elegant design and balancing them all harmoniously. Kristen recently graduated from American University with a History and Studio Art Multimedia degree. In her senior year she received the highest honor, the Elizabeth Van Swinderen Award for excellence in art. Currently, she is enrolled at UMBC to earn a B.S. in Computer Science. Kristen is experienced in HTML, CSS, PHP, Android development, Photoshop and Illustrator.