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The Leaders

Amenity Applewhite

Amenity Applewhite

Amenity's love for design and cartography led her to undertake, with next to no code skills, the construction of a crowd-sourced web map as part of her masters thesis. Teaching herself web development gave her an appreciation for open source technologies and the communities that support them. Since then, she's kept her fingers in the code for the past decade through various design, UX, and engineering roles.

Cecy Correa

Cecy Correa

Cecy is a creative with a heart of code. She is currently obsessed with responsive web design and frontend development. She is co-organizer of Refresh Austin, where she leads speaker programming. In her spare time, Cecy likes to hang out with her 3 pet bunnies and 2 pet chickens.

Maria Zamora

Maria Zamora

Maria is a web developer and designer. She was introduced to Girl Develop It while studying front-end development at The Iron Yard. Volunteering with GDI has helped her hone her skills while helping others. She is a strong believer that anyone can code, and it’s never too late to pick up a new skill. She’s excited to to be part of GDI, and to help others continue learning. She now works as a web developer in Austin. When she’s not coding, you can find her making arepas for her company, Nenas Arepa Kitchen.

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The Instructors

Patty Cifra

Patty Cifra

Patty is a full stack software engineer with a focus on front end development at Spanning Cloud Apps. Prior to joining the start up world, she worked at larger companies such as IBM and Schlumberger with a wide range of technologies and applications. Her current interests include mobile development and reading up on the latest web technology hotness. When she is not coding, you will find her stuffing her face, booking random trips out of the country and watching horrible shows on tv.

Sophie Shepherd

Sophie Shepherd

Sophie is designer at Happy Cog's Austin office. Her love of beautiful design is only overshadowed by her passion for websites that are simple, easily navigable, and full of necessary, applicable content. When not in front of a screen, Sophie enjoys cooking, riding her bike, road trips, and camping.

Ashley Lowry

Ashley Lowry

Ashley is a software engineer at Spanning Cloud Apps in Austin where she does full stack development with a specialization in front-end. As a testament to her love of teaching, Ashley presented the introductory and data structures recitations for the duration of her college career. She's excited to participate in the organization as a local chapter leader and grateful for the opportunity to meet so many wonderful women as a GDI instructor.

Jesse Crow

Jesse Crow

Jesse is a liberal arts major turned front end developer. She studied UI Design at The Iron Yard, where she was especially drawn to the code side of design. Her current web-related interests are inclusive design, Sass, and naming conventions. When she’s not in front of a computer, you can find Jesse playing with her dogs, hiking, cooking tacos, or weaving.