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Chapter Leaders


Kim Hamper

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.


The Instructors


Rachel Slaby

Rachel Slaby is a Ruby on Rails Developer at JP Morgan Chase. She loves learning and sharing that knowledge with others. When she's not attending hack nights or playing video games, Rachel's favorite thing to do is research new hobbies which currently include bonsai, silver smithing, pysanky, nail art, and crafting cosmetics.


Cindy Payne

Cindy is currently an IT Architect with Nationwide Insurance, but spent most of her career building websites. Software engineering is her second career, after going back to school to get a Computer Science degree 12 years ago. As she was encouraged by a programmer long ago, she teaches and TAs to encourage others to pursue careers in IT. It's never too late!.


Jen Mankin

Jen started coding in her friend's basement over 12 years ago. Initially more interested in web and print design, she nonetheless quickly found her place as a web developer in a Coldfusion shop also becoming familiar with SQL and database design. Besides proficiency in a wide range of client and server languages, Jen has a firm grasp of object-oriented programming concepts. Girl Develop IT combines her love of code with a desire to do meaningful work. She looks forward to meeting fellow females interested in unleashing their inner-geek.