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The Leaders

Amy Howes

Amy Howes

Amy Howes, has a B.S. in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Neuroscience, but more recently has graduated from the introductory front-end courses offered by the Cincinnati chapter of GDI. She made a career switch from research scientist to a front-end developer at Talmetrix, where she spends most of her time developing beautiful web apps. After jumping one letter down in the STEM acronym, Amy enjoys giving back the GDI community that made technology accessible. She has a passion for ferrets, learning and cartoons.

Becky Blank

Becky Blank

Becky Blank is a project manager & technical strategist currently putting her love of tech to good use at Ample. She takes bizarre pleasure in details and technical documentation. She has a passion for all things culinary, memorizing song lyrics, exploring new cities with her husband, and puppies.

Lauren Lawson

Lauren Lawson

Lauren Lawson worked as a STNA for six years before the development bug bit her. After taking several GDI classes, she pursued a degree in Web and Multimedia Design from Cincinnati State. She now spends her days doing front end engineering at Alchemy. When not writing code, she enjoys traveling with her boyfriend, attending FC Cincinnati games, re-watching episodes of Friends with her two cats, and indulging her unhealthy obsession with Funko Pops.

Maria Szubski

Maria Szubski

Maria Szubski is a Front-End Developer who enjoys creating accessible, user-friendly digital experiences. She started tinkering with code in eighth grade before going on to earn a B.S. in Digital Design from the University of Cincinnati. Maria loves finding creative solutions to design problems and seeing the impact of her work on the people around her. In her spare time she practices yoga and is learning to play guitar.

Sophie Pouliquen

Sophie Pouliquen

Sophie Pouliquen is an Implementation & Sales Engineer for LISNR, a tech startup in Cincinnati. Her background revolves around technology and earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Purdue University. Sophie has a deep love for problem solving and enjoys talking tech to anyone who wants to listen. In her spare time she loves to lift heavy weights and eat delicious local food!

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The Instructors

Amy Beam Moyer

Amy Beam Moyer

Amy is a mobile focused product owner with a developer background. She spends her day seeking the intersection of happy users, happy developers, and happy clients. When she leaves the office her passion for connecting people to technology gets a little more playful when she spends time judging robotic competitions for the FIRST Lego League. In the warmer months you might find her spending time out on the farm participating in a CSA or biking around town trying out the latest BBQ place.

Carolyn Morris

Carolyn Morris

Carolyn Morris is a Data Scientist currently based in Cincinnati, Ohio, who recently completed her Master's degree in Data Science from Columbia University in New York. She has a strong background in data visualization, data mining, and machine learning, and is furthering her skills in deep learning. Outside of data science, she enjoys running, art, yoga, reading, travel, and volunteering in the community.

Eric Boggs

Eric Boggs

Eric Boggs is a freelance web developer. He spends most of his time developing user interfaces and thinking about how people interact with websites. He is a Marine Corps veteran and is a co-founder of A Voice for the Innocent, a local non-profit. When he's not working, you can find him growing out his beard and hanging out with his dog.

John Back

John Back

John Back is a web developer based in Cincinnati, OH. He currently works as lead engineer for Casamatic. John is active in the startup community. John enjoys living in downtown Cincinnati, competitive kickball, and being a vegetarian.

Julie Niesen Gosdin

Julie Niesen Gosdin

Julie Niesen Gosdin has been around the internet before anyone called it that (and way before it was "social"). She's the writer of a local food blog, wine me, dine me and a speaker on topics including social media, educational technology and food. She's particularly passionate about the transformation of learning through technology, and using CMS and LMS systems to that end. She received an M.Ed. from Xavier University and a B.A. from University of Cincinnati, which means she is very confused during the Crosstown Shootout.

Laura Sprauer

Laura Sprauer

Laura Sprauer is a JavaScript Developer currently working at Ahalogy in Cincinnati. Initially starting out her career in web and email design, Laura is now a full time front end programmer. When she’s not busy building on the web, she enjoys up-cycling furniture and spending time with her family.

Ryan Dlugosz

Ryan Dlugosz

Ryan Dlugosz (duh-LOO-gis) has loved computers and technology ever since taking apart his Speak ’n Read as a little kid (his parents were not as impressed—at first, anyway). He spent the 2000s building Java apps at large companies around Cincinnati and now works as an independent consultant building Ruby on Rails apps for small business and startups. Ryan is a frequent presenter at the Cincinnati Ruby Brigade (our local user group), speaker at the 2015 Cincy Web Tech Summit and is scheduled to speak on the Junior Developer track during the upcoming RailsConf in Kansas City. Outside of technology, Ryan’s interests include music and photography. He lives in Blue Ash with his wife, two daughters and a dog named Pepper.

Sarah Sachs

Sarah Sachs

Sarah Sachs is a frontend developer currently working at Ample in Cincinnati, Ohio. She believes being a developer is a lifelong learning process and revels in picking up new languages and sharing useful advice. When she’s not behind the computer, Sarah enjoys going out to the movies with her husband, hiking with her dogs, and reading comic books.

Sean C. Davis

Sean C. Davis

Sean C. Davis is a software developer who uses technology to create customized and focused solutions for his clients. He is currently working in Cincinnati, Ohio for Ample, LLC. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Sean worked in engineering, IT, and marketing, before discovering that he loves to write code. But Sean is really all about maintaining balance in his life, which is why he also makes time to write (articles, technical documentation, and fiction), perform in public (musician in Stitches & Seams, host of Squirrel Stories), and travel with his wife (Alaska, Iceland, or wherever the next adventure takes them).

Talya Flowers

Talya Flowers

Talya is a learning and development specialist at StandardAero. She earned a Master’s in Composition and Rhetoric. During graduate school, she decided to pursue a career as a technical writer, which all changed when the professor introduced her to Karl Stolley’s textbook “How to Design and Write Web Pages Today.” The book was not enough, she felt that she needed to be surrounded by a community of developers, so she joined GDI. When Talya isn’t immersed in all things web, she enjoys teaching, reading, writing, exercising, and spending time with her family and two precious cats.

Taylor MacDonald

Taylor MacDonald

Taylor MacDonald is a full-stack, open-source web developer in Cincinnati, OH. In his current role leading technology at Ample, he spends most of his time writing Ruby to solve complex problems. When not writing code, you’ll find Taylor at home with his beautiful family where he enjoys brewing beer, gardening and crafting sophisticated culinary fare that his toddler refuses to eat.