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Becky Sroufe

Becky Sroufe is a designer + front end developer currently working for The Kroger Co. She loves spending her days buried in designs and digging into code and is super passionate about helping get more women into technology. She's a coffee addict and loves indulging in local craft beers, whipping up culinary masterpieces (or disasters) in her kitchen, playing video games and running around outdoors.


Becky Blank

Becky Blank is a technical project manager & systems analyst 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, and her boxer Emma.


The Instructors


John Back

John Back is a web developer based in Cincinnati, OH. He currently works as lead developer for Blackbook HR. 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 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.


Eric Boggs

Eric Boggs is a web developer for Rockfish. 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 wife and dog.


Catherine Rust

Catherine Rust works at ChoreMonster, a Cincinnati-based start-up developing web and mobile apps that make chores fun for kids. She has a B.S.A. in Art Education from Miami University. Catherine spent her first year our of college teaching high school in Northern Ohio, but decided public school wasn't for her. She still has a strong passion for education and enjoys exercising that passion in other outlets (such as GDI!). Otherwise, Catherine loves board games, video games, and her two cats (probably her husband, too).


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.

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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.


The Volunteers


Angela Lyman

Angela Lyman is a volunteer for GDI. She has always been a big believer in the value of education, helping others and the strength of girl power. Growing up in Australia and attending an all girls boarding school, she is aware of the value of women learning together. So becoming a part of the GDI team in Cincinnati was a natural for her. While new to the technology realm, Angela has a background in training and marketing working in a variety of industries, from automotive to legal to medical devices.


Amy Beam

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.


Danielle Stout

Danielle is a former student of Girl Develop It Columbus. Thanks to that knowledge and the need to find a new job when moving back to the Cincinnati area in 2014, she converted to a career in front-end development, after having worked in digital marketing for six years. Danielle now lives on the south side of Cincinnati (aka Northern Kentucky) with her long-time boyfriend and two dogs -- a corgi/husky mix and beagle mix. You might catch her outside of GDI at a concert or musical and on Xbox Live.