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The Leaders

Rachael Arnold

Rachael Arnold

Rachael Arnold puts her passion for computing to use by day as a Scrum Team Tech Lead and Senior Web Developer at Dealer.com, building one of the largest website platforms for automotive dealerships and guiding her team toward sustainable, modern front-end code at a large scale. Before moving to Burlington in 2013, she spent time working as a full-stack LAMP developer building sites for small and medium-sized businesses and non-profits (sometimes with WordPress). When not in front of her computer or helping women learn to code with GDI, Rachael is an avid quilter who sometimes even finds ways to reference technology and feminism with fabric.

Maureen McElaney

Maureen McElaney

Maureen McElaney is a Developer Advocate at IBM Cloud Data Services. Prior to that, she worked as a QA Engineer at Dealer.com and is passionate about building tools that increase developer productivity and joy. In 2013 she founded our chapter of Girl Develop It and has co-organized such conferences as Burlington Ruby, UX Burlington, and Offline Camp. She's passionate about building a welcoming environment where other women will discover the joy of code, and is still an active learner herself. Maureen also loves kitties, cooking, and local Vermont beer and is on the constant search to find Champy (Burlington's very own lake monster!)

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The Volunteers

Anahi Costa

Anahi Costa

Anahi Costa came to tech by way of marketing and data science, interests that fit well with her hobby: electronic/digital arts. She works for MyWebGrocer, a place where she enjoys growing her tech skills. Originally from Ecuador, she loves Vermont, where she moved in 2007. Things that make her life rich are Winter and Summer sports, using/learning code and volunteering.

Annalouise Venturella

Annalouise Venturella

Annalouise Venturella works in customer service by day. Annalouise started as a student with Girl Develop It and as an active learner of web technologies she enjoys finding more ways to exercise these skills in her daily life. As a volunteer for Girl Develop It Burlington she hopes to encourage more women to join GDI and learn how to code. During her free time, Annalouise is an avid film viewer and loves the buzz of Oscar season.

Rachel Allard

Rachel Allard

Rachel Allard grew up in Huntington, at the foot of Camel's Hump, and has loved the mountains ever since (even to the point of attempting a Long Trail end to end hike on a badly sprained ankle!). She currently resides in Williston, and is an avid reader, traveler, skier, and eater (she loves exploring the VT restaurant scene). Professionally, Rachel knew digital advertising was where she wanted to be early on; however, she chanced upon SaaS, operations, marketing automation and analytics. The fast pace, infinite opportunities, daily problem solving challenges, and amazing people in this industry are what fuel her passion for it, and she looks forward to many years of learning, adapting and growing with it, and with all of you!

Sammie Beebe

Sammie Beebe

Sammie Beebe is a transplant to Vermont from Illinois and Oregon but has fallen in love with the state. She graduated from Champlain College and since has been working in Project Management at a growing software company. She has just started her path to learning how to code but is loving it so far! Sammie loves what Girl Develop It does because she wants more women to feel empowered to break into tech if that is where their passion lies. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors of Vermont and New Hampshire with her fiance, scrapbooking and brewing beer!