Liz Krane is a freelance web developer, programming instructor, and founder of Learn Teach Code, an organization that empowers aspiring developers to lead their own local tech events and study groups where anyone (especially beginners) can learn and teach together, creating stronger, more diverse tech communities. After working as a community manager for Hackaday, a research assistant at USC Annenberg, and a freelance writer and photographer, Liz is a professional dabbler who dreams of learning something about everything.
Michelle is a Senior Backend Engineer at ChowNow, helping restaurants to improve their business so they can keep making great food. She previously worked as both an engineer and a manager for the last 7+ years in entertainment technology. In that role, she worked tirelessly to help film and television productions operate faster and cheaper, saving millions of dollars. A Philadelphia native, she has a background in Media Arts and is a self-taught Python developer. Michelle is now working to give back to her community through mentorship and career training.
Nura is a Data Services Engineer at NationBuilder with a previous career in nonprofit development. Her first Girl Develop It class was in the summer of 2014 and she has been obsessed with learning ever since. She is very excited to be able to give back to the community that has given so much to her.
When she's not busy coding, you can find her playing boardgames, videogames, or baking cupcakes.
Valerie Sharp is a full stack developer that loves combining her passion of art, psychology, and technology to create user centered digital experiences. Valerie joined Girl Develop It as a student and has now transitioned into a chapter leader to help encourage and empower women to join the tech industry.
Serita first found a love for front end development when she started changing the coding of her Myspace page as a teen. Currently working in nonprofit event planning and development (fundraising, not coding), Serita is also a project manager on the side working with her organization's communications department. With a passion for supporting women in their endeavors, Serita found her way to Girl Develop It in 2016. In her spare time, you can find Serita either in a deep Criminal Minds hole, practicing yoga, or working on bringing her coding skills out of the Myspace era.
Yuki is a Backend Software Engineer at Dollar Shave Club with a passion for creating an inclusive tech community and inspiring younger generations to learn how to code. Previously a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch, she switched careers to nurture her creative side. She is a self-taught Python programmer and has been practicing her craft professionally for the last year and a half.
On her free time, she enjoys volunteering as a tutor for School on Wheels, spending time with friends and family, practicing yoga and learning how to cook new dishes.
A creative leader with her roots in graphic design and sculpture, Bern has built and led cross-disciplinary teams for over 20 years. She has researched and developed award-winning products and experiences for Fortune 500 companies, including Ace Hardware, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Behr Paint. She delights in combining the aesthetic with the usable and holds two patents in color selection methods.
Bern recently presented her research on empathy and teams at UXPA: 2015. Her drive for integration has led her to explore cognitive psychology, allowing her to combine her new passion for brain science with her greatest passion, parenting her 5 year-old son.
Irina has been analyzing data and developing models as a Data Scientist for over 10 years. She helped improve the quality of care at a hospital, explain what makes people click on online advertisements, prefer one shampoo over another or how different, the storms on Jupiter really are. In 2015, she founded Kukuyeva Consulting to bring analytical capabilities to start-ups. Irina enjoys teaching and mentoring and is looking forward to creating courses for the Data Science Track for Girl Develop It.
Karen McCamy is a WordPress Coach & Web Content Specialist. Karen has been in computers for over 30 years, teaching software courses at a local college and consulting on "best practices" for small business.
Karen is passionate about WordPress, and loves to spread the knowledge. Her current project is teaching DIYers how to leverage WP and optimize their own business websites. Karen combines her love of writing with teaching & WordPress through her own WordPress website at freelancetechnologyreview.com
Alex Vasquez doesn't normally write about himself in the third-person, but if he did he'd probably write something like this:
Alex Vasquez is passionate about technology and community and how to bring both together. Annually he can be found organizing events like WordCamp Los Angeles and Website Weekend. Monthly he organizes a Meetup in Pasadena for users of the popular Open Source web publishing system WordPress. Weekly he volunteers for the Small Business Development Center, helping small businesses get their online digital marketing stuff handled. Daily Alex runs his own Digital Creative Agency, DigiSavvy specializing in PPC, Content Strategy, and WordPress Development and customization.
Suzette Franck has been in web development for over twenty years; she started making hand-coded HTML websites on geocities with font tags and tables back in 1995. Since then, she has taught herself CSS, Sass, PHP, MySQL, as well as becoming a WordPress expert; evangelizing and presenting at almost thirty WordCamps across the United States and Canada, about all aspects of building and maintaining sites on self-hosted WordPress. She has been teaching HTML and CSS 101 with Girl Develop It, Los Angeles Chapter for two years. When Suzette is not developing new sites, she is enjoys creative pursuits such as adult coloring, crocheting, painting, making crafts, baking, or playing with her cat. Her web portfolio may be found at suzette.pro and her WordPress blog may be found at suzettefranck.com.
Mia A Irizarry, CGBP
Mia A Irizarry is a Certified Global Business Professional and Front-End Web Developer Puerto Rican living in Los Angeles. She loves helping creative people developing their websites with her digital agency TrendCulprit. Throughout her career, Mia earned a MS in Apparel Merchandising and a BA in Audiovisual Communication, among various certificates in Web Design, Web Development and International Business. Currently she is actively pursuing her life mission by developing multiple projects based on web technologies to bring together global cultural assets providing exposure to unique forms of talent expression from across the world within the music, beauty, apparel and fitness industries.
Mia is passionate about learning, personal growth, and sharing her knowledge. When she is not coding, working on her online store Sarobey Clothing, networking or running overseas meetings, she can be found teaching assisting and organizing study groups for Girl Develop It Los Angeles, training at the gym, cycling at the beach, traveling on summer tours representing her home country as a Professional Dancer in International Folklore Festivals or doing small modeling on the side.