Ronda went back to college unsure of what she wanted to do, took a basic programming class as an elective and found her calling! She got her degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan and has been working as a .Net developer since. Ronda is currently working for Pillar Technologies as a Software Artisan.
In her spare time Ronda can be found either at home with her husband, daughters and dogs or when the weather is nice, riding her motorcycle on the country roads outside Ann Arbor.
With her education degree from Michigan State, Emily began her career as an English teacher. After a few years in the education field, she stumbled upon the world of SEO and began her new career in tech. She is now the Project Manager for Boxcar Studio.
Emily is so excited to have her teaching background and technology experience come full circle with GDI Ann Arbor!
In her spare time, Emily enjoys running with her dog Obie, expanding her coding skills, and playing board games.
Erin is a graduate of the Grand Circus Java/Backend Bootcamp. She recently completed a Software Apprenticeship at Pillar Technologies and is now working as a Software Artisan.
In her spare time she enjoys playing with her cats Saxon and Baltimore, and her puppy, Kaylee. If the pets are sleeping, Erin can be found playing video games or knitting.
Coding since she got her first computer at the age of twelve, Liza Wilde is a front end developer who lives in Ypsilanti and works in Ann Arbor. Beginning her development career by freelancing, she now works for Boxcar Studio and freelances whenever she's not camping, hiking, or playing with her dog.
Julie has played various roles in the web development industry for over a decade and is currently working remotely in Ypsilanti, Michigan as a Tech Lead and Frontend Developer for Articulate. She is co-founder of the Ann Arbor chapter of Girl Develop It, and an experienced speaker and teacher, having presented at several national conferences and local Meetup groups. She is passionate about CSS, Sass, and modular frontend architecture; is an advocate for women in tech and life; she's a yogi, a beer & wine consumer, a pet lover, a Beyoncé fan, and a self-improvement practitioner.
Jess moved to Ann Arbor for college at U of M and has been in love with the city ever since. After graduating with a dual degree in English and Communications, Jess worked full time for music venues in Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Ferndale booking concerts for almost four years, but found herself needing to gain new skills in order to shift industries and grow her career. GDI's workshops and enthusiastic community were a huge source of inspiration and support during this time, and Jess has been hooked on the energy of the tech world ever since. She now works as a digital analyst at GTB (formerly Team Detroit), and is excited to apply her knowledge of digital marketing strategy and event organizing to help grow, empower, and engage with the Girl Develop It community.
In her free time, Jess loves to work out, thrift shop, play with animals, spend too much money on fancy cocktails, go to concerts, and believes in trying anything twice.