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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.

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The Organizers

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 UX Designer who creates user-friendly digital experiences at Nielsen. 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 and accessible solutions to design problems. She also enjoys seeing the impact of her work on the people around her. In her spare time she practices yoga and is learning to play guitar.

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The Instructors

Amanda Grossmann

Amanda Grossmann

Amanda Gonzalez Grossmann is an Analytics Engineer at InfoTrust, a web analytics and digital marketing firm. Previously, Amanda was the founder of a startup, gamejoule, which was a participant in the 2015-2016 UpTech accelerator program. Prior to gamejoule, Amanda worked at Procter & Gamble for 7 years in Research & Development for the Always, Tampax and Olay brands. Amanda is passionate about promoting diversity in tech and inspiring more women to become entrepreneurs or developers (or both!). She's an avid reader, and a fan of improv comedy and teaching yourself to code.

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.

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.

Lisa Mieskoski

Lisa Mieskoski

Lisa Mieskoski is a Content Engineer & SEO Specialist at Empower MediaMarketing. She spends her days knee deep in analytics, trying to understand user behavior and figuring out the best equation to get websites found in search results. When she’s not reverse engineering the web, Lisa likes to enjoy a nice glass of wine while attempting to convince the nice people of Cincinnati that Cleveland is just as amazing.

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).

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.