Amy is the Director of Curriculum for the Minneapolis Chapter. She is an extroverted Web Application Developer with a traditional Computer Science background. She shares the same “built my first site in Notepad” story as many of her colleagues and is a self-proclaimed geek with an interest in all things tech. With a history of hybrid roles, Amy has managed to avoid choosing between the front-end and the back-end. She loves to feed her geeky extroversion by getting involved in several of our local tech meetups and organizations. Her favorite one, of course, is Girl Develop It.
Kelsey is the Director of Community Outreach for Girl Develop It Minneapolis. She is a freelance web and graphic designer at Kelsey Anne Design. Her passion is to create aesthetically captivating designs that communicate the right message and inspire others.
Kelsey has a B.A. in Advertising from the University of Minnesota and later completed a Certificate in Web Design from Saint Paul College in pursuit of running her own business. Her combined professional experience in both the marketing and design field has given her a unique mixture of skills to create web and design solutions that are not only visually striking, but also strategic.
Through her involvement in GDI, Kelsey looks forward to making new connections with like-minded women in the tech community and continuing to evolve her skills in front-end development and other web technologies.
Susan is the Director of Student Programming for Girl Develop It Minneapolis and one of the chapter founders. She is a web, iOS, and Android developer and is the owner of White Buffalo, a small company based in Hopkins, MN that develops websites and apps for clients. In 2012 she left her employer of 26 years, Medica (a large regional health plan in the upper midwestern US) in order to pursue her passion for programming full-time. Susan specializes in making responsive websites and apps for both iOS and Android.
In addition to Susan's more recent work in developing apps and website, she has thirty years of experience in health care administration and compliance, Medicaid managed care, provider relations, and hospital accounts receivable. She has an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a B.A. from Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan.
Molly is the Director of Special Events for Girl Develop It Minneapolis. She is a creative marketer and business development specialist from Saint Paul. Molly has a love for anything tech, a knack for problem solving, and a fondness of connecting people. After her first HTML/CSS class, Molly was hooked; participating in the first Front-End Developer Series, and eager to become more involved with GDI. In her free time, Molly enjoys car shows, preparing taxes, her dogs and axolotl, craft cocktails, and making things.
Elise is the Director of Volunteer Engagement for Girl Develop It Minneapolis. She is a quality assurance analyst at Tap|QA, LLC., working as a consultant for both local and national companies. She has her B.A. in Biology and Studio Art from the University of Minnesota-Morris. Her dive into coding started with wanting to know more about what her developer co-workers were working on, in enters the world of meet-ups and GDI. She took their Front-End Developer Series (a Minneapolis Chapter specialty) and has been hooked ever since.
Tessa has more than a decade of experience as a web developer, including both freelancing and working for creative agencies and corporate companies. Tessa currently works at Pantheon as an Agency & Community Engineer. She is also an Instructor for the Minneapolis chapter of Girl Develop It!, a national nonprofit that teaches women to code. Tessa is a northern Minnesota native, but now lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and four children – three boys and a baby girl. She loves dogs and enjoys helping local organizations search for and rescue lost dogs in her free time.
CJ is a digital producer at the Star Tribune, working with reporters and editors to make stories more useful and engaging online -- anything from leveraging social media for reporting and distribution, making data informative and visual, consulting on interaction design, or changing layouts for a better user experience. She was previously at the rival paper, the Pioneer Press, the Bismarck (North Dakota) Tribune, and the student-run Minnesota Daily (Go Gophers!). She also has an M.S. in digital media from Columbia University and is an adjunct instructor at her alma mater, the University of Minnesota's journalism school. Her code experience is in front-end development. She lives in St. Paul with her also-journalist husband and two cats.
Sam Oyen received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota - College of Science & Engineering, and currently works as an Application Developer at General Mills. A native Minnesotan, Sam spent a large part of her youth at C. McGee's Deli, a family business established and run, to this day, by her mother. This kind of strong female role model growing up, along with her IT-inclined father, played a huge part in her career confidence in a male dominated field, and motivates her to share her knowledge with other female professionals. Sam believes in the importance of growing the number of women in the IT industry, and is excited to work with Girl Develop It to achieve this goal.
Sam is also passionate about getting local youth involved in the IT community, and spends her spare time mentoring through the Technovation program, and helping to lead a General Mills program, Discovering IT, that presents at local High Schools regarding IT careers.
Tamara Temple is a self-described "Webologist", Tech Maven, and deeply
interested in Software as a Craft. As a life-long learner, Tamara has
long had an interest in teaching, coaching, and mentoring people in the
arts of programming and helping people to learn how to use computers to
solve problems, communicate with others, and have a lot of fun.
Tamara works on both back-end development in Ruby on Rails, and
front-end development in AngularJS, ReactJS, and loves playing with
Bootstrap for designs using static site generators such as Jekyll. She
loves mentoring and TA'ing for the GDI Minneapolis Front End Developer
"I am deeply committed to increasing the diversity of my chosen field by
increasing the opportunities for women, LGBTQ people, people of colour,
and people with disabilities to have wonderful, rewarding, and
respectful learning opportunities."
When not working around computers, Tamara is a mom to two grown
daughters, a watercolourist, photographer, and sometime musician.
Michelle is an independent visual communications designer and WordPress frontend theme developer in Minneapolis. Her formal education is in design, including print, branding, packaging, etc., plus studies in Psychology and Sociology. Together, this resulted in a love of How To Solve Problems. She loves the design, tech, and open source communities and speaks/volunteers/organizes at WordCamps, AIGA, GDI, and other events around the country.
Clare O'Neill is a front-end developer focused on creating websites that are user-friendly, device-agnostic, and performance-optimized.
Like many internet-makers, Clare started her development career in middle school while tinkering around with MySpace layouts in the early 2000s. She later pursued a degree in Web & Interactive Media from Minneapolis Community & Technical College and landed her first internship at an advertising agency after graduation. She currently works at a multidisciplinary creative studio in downtown Minneapolis, where her curiosity and drive to learn help her keep up with the ever-changing web.