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.
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.
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.