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Chapter Leaders


Erika Carlson

Erika Carlson was studying clinical psychology in 2011, when she wrote her first line of Python code. She fell in love with programming, decided to change paths, and is now a software developer and director of the Developer Apprentice Program at Detroit Labs. The mission of GDI resonates personally for Erika, and she is deeply passionate about creating a community of peers and mentors for women exploring the field of technology for the first time.

Erika is passionate about the potential of technology to create positive change in the world, and she teaches programming and web development to students of all ages. When she's not teaching people to write code, she loves traveling, biking, paddleboarding, camping, and hanging out with her corgi, Bella.


Michelle Srbinovich

Michelle Srbinovich is the Co-General Manager of WDET 101.9FM, Detroit's public radio station. She's passionate about accelerating the growth of Detroit's tech industry by building a strong community of female developers and technology leaders. Michelle is excited to extend GDI's reach across Southeast Michigan and provide women from all walks of life with the opportunity to connect, learn code, and be part of moving Detroit forward. She's not only a chapter leader, she's also a student.


Leeann Drees

Leeann is a web developer specializing in WordPress sites. She co-founded ellell & co. with fellow Girl Develop It leader Laura Eagin! Leeann manages the Detroit chapter's social media, helps organize all events, and teaches HTML & CSS and WordPress. She is also a big fan of biking, cooking, and her cats.


Nicole Rodriguez

Nicole is what we call a designoper. She has background in graphic design and front-end web development, and has a passion for UX and responsive design. Making websites and apps beautiful and easier to use is her thing. She especially loves helping students reach that pivotal moment in coding where things. just. click.

Nicole is the Assistant Organizer of the Detroit chapter. She also teaches classes in HTML & CSS and responsive design, and is actively involved with the Detroit Women's Tech Mentoring Group.

Some of Nicole's favorite things are: riding bikes to sushi dates with her husband, walking her Frankweiler (Franny the Rottweiler), and watching her son transform into a good human.


The Instructors


Nick DeNardis

Nick DeNardis is the Associate Director of Web Communications at Wayne State University. As host of the video blog EDU Checkup, he reviews higher education sites from the point of view of a first time visitor. He is the curator of EDU Snippits, a hand picked selection of inspiring and unique higher education web elements. He is a respected speaker at conferences on subjects ranging from Web usability, mobile, accessibility, and analytics. He is also one of the directors of TEDxDetroit.


Julie Cameron

Julie's played various roles in the web development industry for the last seven years and is currently working remotely around metro Detroit as a frontender for Articulate. She's become very passionate about Sass, CSS3, HTML5, and modular architecture, is an advocate for responsive web design, a student of JavaScript, an open-source developer, an agile proponent, and self-improvement practitioner.