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The Leaders

Ashley Lowry

Ashley Lowry

Ashley is a software engineer at a startup 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.

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.

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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.

Amenity Applewhite

Amenity Applewhite

Amenity has been woking on the web for over 10 years. She graphic design for print since the age of 15. She has now transitions to This year she began as User Experience Designer at the City of Austin, but . In this new role, she continues to use semantic HTML 5, CSS and Sass to build prototypes and theme Drupal sites. She coordinates user research, user testing, and wireframing work in in addition to actively participating in the new City UX Community of Practice.
She began as a GDI student, transitioned to a TA, and then instructor and organizer. Amenity is excited to contribute to this vital organization as she cares passionately about women and minorities obtaining careers in tech.

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.

Garann Means

Garann Means

Garann is a JavaScript developer, author, and speaker. She began building websites back in the 90s, and used to be in charge of volunteers for a whole GeoCities neighborhood. After working as a .NET and Java developer, she began doing front-end development full-time in 2008, and started dabbling in Node.js way back around its 0.2.x release. She also organizes the Austin All-Girl Hack Night, is remodeling a house, and loves tomatoes.