Erika Carlson was studying clinical psychology in 2011, when she wrote her first line of Python code. She fell in love with programming, decided to change paths, and is now a software developer and director of the Developer Apprentice Program at Detroit Labs. The mission of GDI resonates personally for Erika, and she is deeply passionate about creating a community of peers and mentors for women exploring the field of technology for the first time.
Erika is passionate about the potential of technology to create positive change in the world, and she teaches programming and web development to students of all ages. When she's not teaching people to write code, she loves traveling, biking, paddleboarding, camping, and hanging out with her corgi, Bella.
Laura is a cheerleader for do-it-yourself-ers and freelancers making the work-life balance work for them. She is a freelance web developer who primarily builds custom WordPress sites for small businesses. Before becoming a web developer, her experience was in graphic design and motion graphics. Laura is a new Michigander. Prior to living in Michigan she lived in Georgia, Washington DC, Indiana and France. Little-known fact: Laura once started a business and worked out of a VW camper van while road-tripping around the United States. Laura is a Co-Organizer and Lead Instructor for GDI Detroit. She mentors new instructors and teaching assistants, and teaches WordPress, HTML, CSS and Responsive Web Design classes.
Nicole is what we call a designoper. She has background in graphic design and front-end web development, and has a passion for UX and responsive design. Making websites and apps beautiful and easier to use is her thing. She especially loves helping students reach that pivotal moment in coding where things. just. click.
Nicole is the Assistant Organizer of the Detroit chapter. She also teaches classes in HTML & CSS and responsive design, and is actively involved with the Detroit Women's Tech Mentoring Group.
Some of Nicole's favorite things are: riding bikes to sushi dates with her husband, walking her Frankweiler (Franny the Rottweiler), and watching her son transform into a good human.
Leeann is a cyclist, cat enthusiast, and a freelance developer specializing in custom WordPress sites for small businesses and entrepreneurs. She serves as the Community Manager for Girl Develop It Detroit and teaches HTML & CSS and WordPress.
Nick DeNardis is the Associate Director of Web Communications at Wayne State University. As host of the video blog EDU Checkup, he reviews higher education sites from the point of view of a first time visitor. He is the curator of EDU Snippits, a hand picked selection of inspiring and unique higher education web elements. He is a respected speaker at conferences on subjects ranging from Web usability, mobile, accessibility, and analytics. He is also one of the directors of TEDxDetroit.
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