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 The Iron Yard - Detroit as a .NET Engineering instructor.
She is thrilled to help bring GDI to Ann Arbor and is looking forward to being able to "talk shop" with other women!
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.
Sometimes chef, full-time mom, but 100% geek, Sara Gibbons spent her youth building Legos, solving puzzles, and playing video games. Little did she know it was priming her for an amazing Software Engineering career. After 15 years working for companies ranging from small startups, to the big 3, Sara is now a Software Engineer at Mutually Human where she can fully embrace her love of all things geeky.
Erin is a graduate of the Grand Circus Java/Backend Bootcamp. She recently completed a temporary assignment as a Java Bootcamp Instructor with The Iron Yard and is seeking a new position as an entry level developer.
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.
Elyssa is a lifelong Ann Arborite and University of Michigan graduate (Major: History, Minor: Political Science). She currently works for Zingerman's Service Network as their Marketing Coordinator.
Elyssa's interest in tech comes from her love of efficiency - technology has made some of the most onerous tasks and processes incredibly easy and fast! After taking some GDIAA classes to learn and gain new skills, she decided to volunteer as an event lead to make sure these opportunities continue to be available for women in the community.
Outside of work and pursuing new learning opportunities, you can find Elyssa playing trivia at Wolverine Brewing or enjoying all the amazing food Ann Arbor has to offer.
With a marketing degree from Michigan State University, Natalie worked in various sales roles for a healthcare IT company over the past few years. This gave her the itch to dive deeper into tech so she completed the online coding bootcamp, The Firehose Project, in early 2016.
Currently staying at home with her toddler daughter and baby boy, Natalie hopes to continue her learning of all things code and meet more people as a GDI volunteer.
When she's not changing a few million diapers, Natalie finds time to continue her love of baking and drawing.
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.
Ragan has worked for multiple Ann Arbor software companies in a variety of positions from support to technical writing. Although currently a practicing attorney, she is enrolled in a Masters in Software Engineering program with the goal to work in software development. She is particularly interested in web and mobile development and takes every opportunity she can to learn something new. She started volunteering with GDI Ann Arbor because she wants to share her love of learning with others and to encourage more women to enter software development.
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.