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The Leaders

Cristina Veale

Cristina Veale

Cristina Veale is a web developer for Cardinal Solutions and Chapter Leader for GDI-CLT. After previously working as an IT Recruiter, Cristina noticed how deprived the market was for females in technology. She made it her mission to become a developer by dedicating months of self-study, networking, and a coding boot camp, to be in the position she's in today. With a passion for advocating women in technology, Cristina became the Chapter Leader for GDI Charlotte in 2015. In her free time, she loves to travel, hunt out new vegan restaurants, practice yoga, and cuddle with her sweet cat, Luna.

If you're in the Charlotte area and looking to become a developer, check out her blog post on Medium for how to get started.

Louise Clark

Louise Clark

Louise Clark is a junior software developer for Gordian and Partnerships Coordinator for GDI-CLT. Formerly a Latin American college instructor, Louise changed careers in order to become a software development. Her love for code was inspired by the story of a young immigrant woman who developed an app to help Syrians find safe spaces during bombing attacks. Louise realized that her desire to advocate for a more fair and just society would be rooted in code.

Louise is currently studying to get her Web Accessibility Specialist Credential. She loves UX, Angular, Open Source initiatives, Human Rights advocacy and Jivamukti Yoga.
She also has a blog post on Medium to encourage other woman looking to change their story with a career in tech.

Alyssa Lemon

Alyssa Lemon

Alyssa currently works in the steel industry wearing many different hats, her favorite one being programming a massive laser tube cutter with CAD/CAM software, as it nicely combines a love for technology with a love for spatial orientation and design.

Alyssa works with Girl Develop It, as well as Charlotte Devs, a local group similarly devoted to development and technology education within the community. With these organizations she seeks to bring people together through resources, learning, professional connections and social activities.

In her spare time, Alyssa tinkers with Arduino and has been slowly honing her JavaScript skills. She enjoys spending time with her husband, stepchildren and two dogs.

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The Organizers

Rachel Cowles

Rachel Cowles

Rachel Cowles is a UX Designer for Cardinal Solutions and Graphic Designer for GDI-CLT. After living abroad and working in several different industries, she found her calling in tech after completing a web development bootcamp. She has a passion for how design can impact our everyday lives and dreams of being a product designer one day. She is an advocate for continuing education and empowering women through self development. In her free time, she loves hiking, practicing yoga, eating breakfast foods, and playing with her Welsh Corgi Krystal.

Angela Vogler

Angela Vogler

Angela Vogler is a Jr Software Engineer for Ekos and co-organizer for GDI-CLT. She spent a year working in advertising sales before deciding she wanted to switch careers into a more creative field. After discovering a web development bootcamp she quit her job in sales and enrolled, spending 16 weeks learning front end development skills. She loves the blend of creative and analytical thinking it takes to work in development, and the challenges it presents. Angela continues to broaden her skill set through self-study.

In her spare time Angela enjoys running half marathons, doing Pure Barre, trying new recipes, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with her dog Tucker.

Emily Ring

Emily Ring

Emily is a Full Stack Software Engineer for QuintEvents and co-organizer for GDI-CLT. She primarily works with Ruby and JavaScript, but occasionally spends her day in Docker, Kubernetes, and/or Python. Emily found her passion for technology while working in International Education. She made the decision to switch careers after completing a few college CS courses and a coding bootcamp. Her background in education makes her passionate about adult learners and helping non-traditional students. In her free time, she is hanging out with her family or teaching herself new coding skills.

Kiley Dowling

Kiley Dowling

Kiley is a software developer in Charlotte, NC. She currently works for a digital agency based in DC. She became a developer because she loves solving problems and learning. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and traveling.