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The Leaders

Aisha Blake

Aisha Blake

Aisha Blake arrived in Detroit in 2013 to serve as a Jesuit Volunteer and ended up on the leadership team for Girl Develop It Detroit. This inevitably led to a deep love of the tech community in Detroit and a desire to put down roots. She has since become the owner of a cat and a house. Aisha has taught web development to people of all ages in bootcamps, workshops, and online courses. She currently works as an Application Developer for Detroit Labs. She is down for anything as long as there are puppies and/or karaoke involved. Aisha teaches workshops on Intermediate HTML & CSS, Web Accessibility, Responsive Web Design, and many more.

Jeseekia Vaughn

Jeseekia Vaughn

Jeseekia Vaughn is a Fullstack Web Developer. She enjoys the endless possibilities to create things when you combine software and hardware development. To positively impact diversity in STEM fields, she has served in many positions including the board of directors for the National Society of Black Engineers and began as a Teaching Assistant with Girl Develop It Detroit. In addition to development, Jeseekia previously works for Grand Circus Detroit where she transitioned from helping to develop curriculum for coding bootcamps and hosting office hours for students into a full-time role as a JavaScript and Java Instructor. In her free time Jeseekia is an avid gamer and lover of all things PlayStation. Jeseekia teaches workshops on Intro JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.

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The Instructors

James York

James York

James York is a musician-turned-software-developer who is like a knowledge TARDIS. He currently builds AngularJS apps for cars (lolwut?) on OnStar’s connected consumer platform. He has previously worked in enterprise java and on an enterprise message bus, which even he has trouble describing. Passionate about helping others find their way into software, James spends his spare time mentoring local software newbies, volunteering with Girl Develop It, and teaching beginner programming classes for Grand Circus Detroit. He also recently co-founded a user group dedicated to software craftsmanship in downtown Detroit called the Detroit Craftsman Guild. He loves good chocolate chip cookies, bad kung fu movies, and is still waiting for Gandalf to invite him on an adventure.

Julie Cameron

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.

Leeann Drees

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.