Mary Ellen Novak-Bibyk
Out of curiosity, Mary Ellen took an online intro to Computer Science course. Expecting to learn a bit about hardware and software, she was surprised when the professor jumped right into coding. She loved it and has been coding ever since, taking online courses in both front and back-end languages.
Mary Ellen has a degree in nursing with experience in critical care and a keen interest in health promotion and health maintenance. She has had many roles as an instructor, teaching varied groups of people on a wide variety of topics, believing anyone can learn whatever captures their interest. She loves helping create a welcoming, non-judgemental environment for people to learn to code.
Kim started coding in 2011, after a battle with a Thai waterfall left her with a broken leg and a lot of free time. On a whim, she picked up a book on HTML and CSS, started learning, and has yet to turn back. She's now a software engineering graduate student, a freelance web designer, an enthusiastic TA for GDI's classes, and a chapter leader. But mostly, she's still learning. Kim is passionate about building an open, friendly environment where women can discover that same excitement she felt on creating her first website.
Andrea got into programming the way a lot of people do - she wanted a website that didn't exist yet. She was afraid of computers (they are complicated and she always broke them!), and thought coding was some sort of secret magic thing. But a programmer friend showed her Notepad, Firefox, and a tutorial on HTML/CSS, and she made that website herself. Andrea fell in love with coding, and ended up getting a Certificate in Computer Science (along with a BA in Human Geography - yes, that's a real thing). Since then, Andrea has gone back to school, this time adding in .NET and mobile development, while working as a part-time web developer and tutor. She graduated (again) in December of 2012, and moved to Columbus in January of 2013 for her first full-time programming job. She now works as an IT consultant doing mobile and web development.
Andrea started volunteering with GDI because of how she started out. She was 25 when she wrote her first line of code, and she never would have learned if her friend hadn't taken the time to show her where to start, answer her questions when she got stuck, and, most importantly, tell her that she could make a website. Somehow, she thought programmers were just born knowing what to do. She wants everyone to know that programming is just another skill that you can learn (and it's super fun!).
Jan Humphries is a Web Developer with experience in the front-end, back-end, and design aspects of websites. From healthcare and non-profit, to ecommerce and marketing, she has worked in many industries. Jan champions the idea that UX is everyone's job, from first sketch to final QC. When not building amazing things online, she loves empowering communities offline, developing open-source projects, and finding new places to have drinks and a bite.
Caitlin Steinert is a UX Developer working for Base Two in Columbus. She has been messing around with HTML and CSS since middle school, and has no intention of stopping any time soon. Caitlin is passionate about sharing her love for front-end development - and tech in general - with anyone willing to listen. She spends her free time hanging out with friends and family and hanging upside down from the nearest trapeze.
Bindu started learning about computers in high school. She finished her Bachelors in Education and at the same time took some additional computer classes. Her previous job involved operating various softwares and teaching customers how to use them. Her job furthered her interest in computers. She went back to school and got two Associates degrees, one in web development and one in networking. While earning her Associates, she also gained experience as a math peer tutor at the community college. She not only loves learning but also loves to help others in their learning.
Todd C. Harris
Todd began programming in a high school course in Turbo Pascal where he learned that writing code was not nearly so intimidating and arduous as he imagined. He earned a degree in Computer Science as well as in Classics (that's Homer and Virgil, not Beethoven and Mozart) at Case Western Reserve University in beautiful Cleveland, Ohio. Todd picked up an interest in teaching as a Latin 101 instructor at Ohio State and went on to teach Java and intro programming as a corporate trainer. These days he earns a living as a software developer working mostly in Java and MySQL and spends much of his free time with cats and old books. He always includes his middle initial to disambiguate himself from other instances of Todd Harris which include the sportscaster, and the Republican strategist.
Carl grew up squarely in the rust belt where he started programming on his Atari 800. When he's not cooking food for Girl Develop It members, he helps manage a horse farm and performs some sort of mysterious, complicated job at Nationwide Insurance. You can stop by his house anytime for a ridiculous home cooked meal - although if you're vegan or gluten-free that kinda cramps his style because he puts butter, heavy cream and flour in everything. In his free time, Carl likes to promote science and critical thinking, advocate for the rights of all people, bake, play with his kitten, and write bios in the third person. He promises a big teary-eyed hug to anyone who actually recognizes what his twitter handle means (as long as you're cool with hugs because he realizes not everybody is).
Nafisa is currently a pre-CIS major at Ohio State University. She's back at school for the second time around because its never too late! Before that she was in accounting/finance and product management industry. She considers herself a foodie in the same way Tom Haverford from Parks and Rec is a foodie. She enjoys taking pictures of her food and posting them on Instagram. When she's not thinking of puns to write for GDIC social she likes shopping, British TV, and praising anything Beysus does.