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Chapter Leaders


Yasmine Mustafa

As a business person, Yasmine became involved with Girl Develop It when she started her software company and quickly determined she needed to learn how to code. Soon after, she sold her Company to NetLine Corporation where is currently the Product Marketing Manager.

In addition, Yasmine serves on the advisory board of TechGirlz, an organization focused on encouraging middle-school females to pursue careers in technology.

Kristi centinaro

Kristi Centinaro

Starting out as a Graphic Designer, Kristi Centinaro was driven to "create things people could interact with", and taught herself how to code after-hours starting in 2008 using online courses, books, and "lots and lots of Google". She now works as a Front-End Engineer, and is passionate about helping others learn how to code and 'career switch' into tech. When she's not building websites or web apps, she freelances as a Concept Artist & Illustrator.


The Instructors


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.

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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


Catherine Farman

Catherine Farman has been building websites for over half her life, starting with HTML cobbled together on Geocities. As a Developer at Happy Cog, she builds standards-based websites using HTML, CSS and Javascript. Catherine has taught 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.


Elise Wei

Elise is a tech lead and front-end engineer at Monetate. Her specialties include HTML, JavaScript, and CSS, though she also has experience in PHP, VB, and C#. She has been working with Girl Develop It for the past year, teaching and assisting in numerous classes. She is a new mom, a crafter, a musician, and operates what her husband refers to as the 'gluten-free test kitchen' out of their home. You may have seen her fronting a rock band, presenting at the 2012 Geek Awards, or volunteering at other women-in-tech events around the city.


Zoe Rooney

Zoe runs a tiny front-end web development company focused on working with talented designers to create beautiful, functional websites. She works mostly with WordPress and Shopify - language-wise, that means a lot of HTML, CSS, PHP, Liquid, and jQuery. She is also mom to two little boys, a newbie distance runner, and sometimes blogger.


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 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 and developer at The Neat Company in Philadelphia. You can find out more about her adventures in programming at


Jessica Ivins

While in college, Jessica Ivins took a class devoted to HTML and CSS, fell in love, and never looked back. She began her career as a front-end developer, and while working in the real world, she fell in love again with the principles of user-centered design. She is currently a UX specialist at AWeber. She has served as an officer for Philadelphia's UX community PhillyCHI and organizes meetings for the Philadelphia UX Book Club. In her spare time, Jess busies herself with reading, cooking, and enjoying a fine glass of wine. She's also mildly obsessed with the TV show Forensic Files.