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Boulder / Denver
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Leaders

Cara Jo Miller
Cara Jo Miller

Cara Jo is a Boulder transplant by way of Detroit, where she helped start the Girl Develop It's Detroit chapter. She coded her first website back in 1996, which was a gallery for her Pokemon drawings. After moving to Detroit, she moved beyond HTML/CSS to PHP and while simultaneous becoming obsessed with WordPress. After five years of urban living in Detroit, Cara Jo decided mountain living was for her. She'd heard the tech and startup scenes in Boulder were great and decided to take the plunge out west. She now wrangles pixels and writes code as the Lead Designer for Simple Energy. Getting more women involved in tech has always been one of Cara Jo's passions, and that's what she brings to Boulder.

In addition to being Boulder/Denver's Co-Leader, Cara Jo teaches Introduction & Intermediate HTML/CSS classes, & various workshops.

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Kate Bierbaum
Kate Bierbaum

Kate is a software developer who has been writing code for over a decade. She caught the coding bug in high school making websites for fun and hasn't stopped since. After making it formal by studying Computer Science & Mathematics at Dickinson College, Kate is now a professional developer who has worked at various start-ups in Washington D.C. and Boulder, CO. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her dog and cycling.

In addition to being Boulder/Denver's Co-Leader, Kate teaches our Introduction to Javascript & jQuery class & also TAs our HTML/CSS classes.

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Bree Thomas
Bree Thomas

Bree was a bartender, a lawyer, and spent the last 10 years in marketing/advertising. She became interested in coding to bolster her skills in the digital marketing space, however once she built her first website, there was no turning back. Committed to changing her career, she threw herself into a six-month intensive coding program and now works full time with Mode Set, a development consultancy in Denver. She is passionate about encouraging people with diverse backgrounds to pursue their coding curiosities.

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Rachel Warbelow
Rachel Warbelow

Originally from Alaska, Rachel moved to Denver this year to join the Turing School of Software and Design as an instructor. Rachel started her professional career in 2007 as an elementary and middle school teacher through Teach For America. In 2010, Rachel co-founded the Scholars Working OverTime (SWOT), a college-prep school-within-a-school in East Las Vegas. She began dabbling in code when she realized there had to be a better way to record, analyze, and share student data. With the goal of creating an app to do this, she attended Chicago's DevBootcamp in 2013 where her team created the SWOTBot, an app that is still used at her school. Before leaving Las Vegas, Rachel taught introductory coding classes to both middle school students and adults. She's passionate about helping beginners and equipping people with skills to change their lives.

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Teachers

Rachel Vecchitto
Rachel Vecchitto

Rachel is a web developer who's been building things on the internet since 2003. Currently employed by Etsy, she's also worked at Meetup.com, the New York Times, and a few startups that didn't start. She moved to Boulder in 2011 and spends her spare time skiing, climbing and generally hanging out in the mountains

Rachel teaches our Introduction to Javascript & jQuery classes, TAs our HTML/CSS classes, & organizes Code & Coffees.

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Weston Platter
Weston Platter

Weston fell in love with software when his friends showed him how to dream with code. He works as a freelance developer in Boulder leveraging Ruby, Javascript, iOS, and servers. He is involved with GDI because he wants to help others dream with code.

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Nick Lang
Nick Lang

Nick lives in Pine, Colorado working remotely for Simple Energy, specializing in the development and deployment of Python web applications using the Django web framework. Nick's work sees him contributing open source projects in all areas of web development. From Bootstrap CSS scaffold plugins for Django, to presenting on using Salt as a configuration management tool with Django deployments. Nick has earned experience in all areas of building, deploying and maintaining web sites.

Nick's other great passion is ultra-running, a pursuit characterized by dedication, determination and a disregard for pain and self preservation. So passionate is Nick, that he is the co-founder and creator of TreadHub, a web site dedicated to runners to plan, track and share their training.

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Debra Zapata
Debra Zapata

Debra is originally from Bolivia but loves living in Boulder. She was among the many that first learned about building websites back in the 90s (thank you Geocities) and continued to learn throughout college moving on to HTML/CSS. She recently attended RefactorU to fast track her programming skills and is super excited to help out with GDI Boulder. Her other passions include crafting and reading sci-fi/fantasy young adult novels. Bring on the sparkly vampires!

Debra Teaches our HTML/CSS Classes

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Caitlin McKenna
Caitlin McKenna

Caitlin is a Reed College graduate and Boulder native. Her first job updating websites was for the Maria Rogers Oral History Program in Boulder, where she cultivated a deep appreciation for the internet as a repository and resource. After working as a waitress, at a newspaper, and for USA Rugby, she took a job as a web developer, where she gets to code every day. Caitlin now divides her time between Insight Designs Web Solutions and her own company, DMCK Designs, which produces mathematical scarves for chic geeks. In her free time, Caitlin bakes paleo muffins, plays pool competitively, and takes her hounddog on drags.

Caitlin Teaches our Intro to Bootstrap class as well as TAs our HTML/CSS classes.

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Volunteers

Teri Charles
Teri Charles
Teri is a Software Tester with over 10+ years experience. In 2013, she made the decision that it was really time to learn how to code (after numerous unsuccessful attempts). Imagine her delight when she heard that a new group called GDIBoulder was starting up. She attended their first class, "Beginning HTML/CSS", and hasn't looked back! Over GDIBoulder's first year, Teri has taken just about every class/workshop they've offered, has learned to build her own website, is now learning JavaScript, and has even taught a GDI workshop on "Introduction to Programming Concepts (for True Beginners)"! When not testing software or learning how to code it, Teri loves living in Boulder, hanging out with good friends, loves books, old movies, a rainy day sitting in a coffee shop (which are a precious few in Colorado!), and believes in never stop learning new things.

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Yeida Chang
Yeida is a UC Berkeley EECS (electrical engineering/comp sci) graduate and Silicon Valley transplant/escapee. Yeida fell in love with Colorado after a rock climbing trip to Boulder in the mid-80s and later a backpacking trip in the San Juans. Finally came out on a temporary software development contract in 1997 and never looked back. Yeida would love to see more girls/women in tech - she volunteers as a high school math tutor and is thrilled to help out with GDI.
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