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The Leaders

Lena Levine

Lena Levine

Lena Levine is a web designer with a passion for beautiful typography, architecture and clean code. While obtaining her degree in Computer Science in Russia, she was always sensitive about the lack of women in technology programs. She is really excited to be a part of GDI team and to share its core goals and values. Her goal is to create a supportive community in Buffalo for women of all ages, and to show that coding can be fun and fascinating, and that it's never "too late to learn."

Olga Nelioubov

Olga Nelioubov

Olga is a Software Engineer who was studying Computational Physics at the University at Buffalo when she found an interest in programming. She began her career as a System Analyst working for a contracting company, which exposed her to several types of systems and system design patterns as well as different languages that she used to simplify or automate various tasks. Throughout her education and work experience, she has become concerned about the lack of women in the STEM fields and has made it a priority to encourage gender diversity within them. During her time off, she enjoys reading, martial arts, and playing with her ferrets.

Dani Allan

Dani Allan

Danielle has just graduated from Niagara University with a bachelors computer information sciences. She currently is a software engineer at Pointman. . She really cares about Women’s involvement in STEM which has lead her to GDI and she has given presentations at Niagara about the involvement of women in STEM. Dani also enjoys kickboxing, yoga & binging watching various TV shows.

Quintessence A.

Quintessence A.

Quintessence is a cloud engineer turned developer advocate who enjoys astronomy, physics, and mathematics. While working through her Bachelors in Mathematics and Physics at SUNY University at Buffalo, she started slowly transitioning to working more with software development until it became her full time career. Due to a lifelong interest in STEM, she has always been very sensitive to the fact that cis- and trans- women are both severely underrepresented in these fields and is working to proactively change that in the local community.

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The Organizers

Jenna Cline

Jenna Cline

Jenna is a UX Researcher at Liazon and devoted cat mom. With degrees in Interactive Media Design and Graphic Design, she first became aware of the lack of women in STEM while completing her college internship. She is an advocate for women in STEM, the environment and wildlife conservation. Jenna also enjoys HIIT workouts, volunteering within her community, traveling and hiking unfamiliar places.

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The Instructors

Katie Barnum

Katie Barnum

Katie Barnum is a front-end web developer with a background in graphic design. She became interested in development when she was tasked with updating the company website at her first job and began learning HTML and CSS. Katie now works at the University at Buffalo as a web developer, specializing in WordPress. When not in front of the computer, she enjoys rowing, biking, beers, and traveling.

Katie is excited to help our community get started with coding so they can start exploring web technologies!

Ryan Brown

Ryan Brown

Ryan is a Python programmer and general Open Source developer, and spends his time at Red Hat working on Ansible and AWS tooling.

Jess Tornabene

Jess Tornabene

Jessica is a Principal Software Engineer who discovered her love of programming while studying Electrical Engineering at the University at Buffalo, solving programming puzzles was just more fun than Christmas Tree circuits. Her first career opportunity out of college provided her with a wealth of experience, the majority of which focused on relational databases and SQL. She is now the lead of a team whose primary focus is on writing front end code in Angular. As part of Girl Develop It, she is so excited to share her experience and get more women involved in technology. She is the only female developer on her team and would love to see that change! Outside of work and programming, Jessica loves CrossFit, crafts, and anything outdoors.