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The Leaders

Suzie Nieman

Suzie Nieman

Suzie taught herself how to code & built her first WordPress site in 2008. She spent several years working as a freelance web developer, and and has since transitioned to digital project management, combining her technical background with her love of process.

Suzie works as a technical project manager at Four Kitchens, helping clients turn their vision into an organized, on-budget reality. She has been an organizer with GDI Philly since 2014 and co-teaches the Intro to Digital PM and Intermediate DPM classes. Outside of work, she loves travel, hair dye, reading, and spending time with her 2 cuddly dogs.

Jen Dionisio

Jen Dionisio

Jen Dionisio is a content strategist and educator. She is on the content strategy consulting team at EPAM, a digital platform engineering and software development services provider. She's spent more than a decade of working on digital projects and has taught two graduate-level classes for Drexel University and the University of the Arts.

Jen took her first Girl Develop It class in 2013 - hello, Intro to UX! - and was a mentee in Code for Philly/Girl Develop It's 2015 Open Source Mentoring Project. She became a GDI Philly organizer in January 2016 and became co-Chapter Leader in May 2017.

Outside of work and GDI, Jen is a history nerd, fiction reader, and intermittent Crossfitter.

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The Organizers

Amy Cliett

Amy Cliett

Amy has an extensive background in operations management, which paved the way for her work in streamlining innovative processes for large organizations and startups. In 2014, Amy made the bold choice to pursue a career in tech, teaching herself how to code.

Amy is currently a freelance web developer and the National Outreach Director at TechGirlz, a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers. Amy is a passionate hacktivist in the tech inclusion and diversity in STEM fields movement.

Meghan Kelly

Meghan Kelly

Meghan worked in education for seven years before realizing that she could actually get paid to make flow charts in a User Experience career. She immediately jumped into learning about design and front-end development and ultimately changed careers in 2016. She's now a UX Designer at Elsevier, a medical information and analytics company.

Meghan is the Events Lead Organizer for GDI Philly and is passionate about helping others feel welcome in the tech community and at Girl Develop It events. She especially enjoys helping others make career transitions into tech and often hosts Career Changer Happy Hours. When she's not at GDI events, she enjoys traveling, Netflixing, and looking for the best margaritas in town.

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The Instructors

Jenn Lukas

Jenn Lukas

Jenn Lukas is a multi-talented front-end consultant and freelancer developer in Philadelphia and is the founder of Ladies in Tech. She writes for The Nerdary, is a columnist for .net magazine, and has contributed to The Pastry Box Project. She has spoken at a variety of conferences including SXSW, An Event Apart, and CSS Dev Conference. Jenn's past experiences range from creating Navy training simulations to leading the front-end team at Happy Cog as Interactive Development Director. She was named one of Mashable's 15 Developer/Hacker Women to Follow on Twitter, and you can find her on Twitter posting development and cat-related news.

Pam Selle

Pam Selle

Pam Selle thought the Internet was basically the coolest thing ever when she was younger. She's now a professional developer/software engineer. Pam got involved with GDI because she think others should experience the fun of seeing something they made appear on the web. In her spare time, she speaks at conferences, writes, practices yoga, rides her bicycle, and is involved in many Philadelphia organizations such as Girl Geek Dinners. She blogs at TheWebivore.com.

Tracy Levesque

Tracy Levesque

Tracy is a co-owner of YIKES, Inc., a Philadelphia web design and development shop. She has been designing websites since 1996 and working with WordPress since 2006. She spends her days building custom themes for WordPress and seeing how much functionality she can add without knowing PHP. When not wrangling HTML and CSS, Tracy rides bikes, drinks coffee, eats sushi, chases her 7 year old daughter and takes pictures of abandoned buildings.

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray

Sarah is a software engineer and general language nerd. After finishing her BA in English literature, she fell into a technology job, fell in love, and never looked back. She returned to school and got a computer science degree from the University of Pennsylvania after working in IT for several years. She is now a polyglot programmer at PromptWorks in Philadelphia and is super passionate about the Philadelphia tech scene. You can find out more about her adventures in programming at www.devlogged.com.

Catherine Farman

Catherine Farman

Catherine Farman has been building websites for over half her life, starting with HTML cobbled together on Geocities. Cat is currently a Technology & Innovation Fellow and Front End Developer for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where she builds standards-based websites using HTML, CSS and Javascript to help protect consumers in the financial marketplace. Cat teaches responsive web design, Javascript, and Sass courses for Girl Develop It. When she's not at a computer she likes to sew and watch soccer.

Jessica Victor

Jessica Victor

Jessica Victor made her way into the tech field in a non-traditional manner after obtaining a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. She got interested in Project Management after working for a number of small Philadelphia tech start ups. As a PM, she enjoys helping projects go from a simple concept to a complete finished product on the web. Jessica also enjoys traveling, and has been lucky enough to visit 39 countries on 6 continents; some adventures include building houses for Habitat for Humanity in southern India, beating the house in a Macau casino, and sleeping in a capsule hotel in Osaka.