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The Leaders


Elise Wei

Elise is a front-end engineer and team leader whose specialties include JavaScript, HTML, and CSS, though she also has experience on the back end. She has been working with Girl Develop It Philly since 2012, creating, teaching, and assisting in numerous classes. A self-taught coder, the portfolio she submitted for her first full-time developer role included sites for an online RPG, an a cappella group, and her wedding. She is a mom, a crafter, a musician, and operates what her husband refers to as the 'gluten-free test kitchen' out of their home. Elise likes lists.

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LeeAnn Kinney

LeeAnn is a front-end developer and web accessibility advocate. She is a co-organizer of ELA Conf and LadyHacks. LeeAnn has been involved with Girl Develop It since 2013, starting as a student then TA. She went on to become a teacher, organizer, and now co-leader. When she is not building websites or organizing events she loves to enjoy the outdoors, hiking, biking and camping.


The Organizers


Suzie Nieman

Suzie's first taste of web development was in 2008 when her favorite local coffee shop needed a website. She spent the next month figuring out how to tweak a WordPress template, and has been obsessed with web and mobile ever since. She now works as a digital project manager at We Are Mammoth, and also organizes events for GDI Philly. Outside of work, she loves running, reading books, eating at new restaurants, and cuddling with her Boston terrier.

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Bridget Reed

Since a young age, Bridget was drawn to design, computers, and technology as a whole. She's a Philadelphia-based UI/UX software designer and front-end developer, as well as the designer for Girl Develop It Philadelphia. Bridget has worked with agencies and companies of all sizes, both full-service and pharmaceutical, and has taken part in everything from print to email and web, advertising and branding to social media. When she's not designing or coding, she can be found browsing the web, sampling craft beer, record shopping, and playing Sudoku at home with a nice cup of coffee.


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 Program Director at Qeyno Labs, a non profit dedicated to transforming children's lives through social innovation, education, and technology. Amy is a passionate hacktivist in the tech inclusion and diversity in STEM fields movement.

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Jen Dionisio

Jen Dionisio has spent her career nerding out on art, science, and history at cultural organizations throughout Philadelphia as a content strategist and digital marketer. She recently joined the Curtis Institute of Music as its Digital Projects Manager, as part of a team reimagining the conservatory's online presence. She also teaches Media for Museum Communications in the University of the Arts' Museum Studies program and Technology and Marketing of the Arts in Drexel University's Arts Administration program. Jen took her first Girl Develop It class in 2013, and was a mentee in the 2015 Code for Philly/Girl Develop It Open Source Mentoring Project. Her other main hobbies are reading and eating, in no particular order.

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Becca Nock

Becca Nock is a registered nurse and PhD Student at the UPenn School of Nursing, where she is studying Nursing Informatics and how data and technology can be used to help older adults age at home and in the community. Becca took her first Girl Develop It class in early 2014, and she was a mentee in the Open Source Mentorship Program in 2015. Becca has been on the planning committee for Startup Weekend Health Philly since 2014, and she also enjoys reading nonfiction, olympic weightlifting, and brunch.

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Michelle Colón

Michelle Colón is currently working toward her certification in Web Development and also holds a certification in Web Design.. She has loved code since the days of Xanga and aspires to build her own blog from scratch. When she isn't breaking/fixing code, you can find her crocheting, learning to cook, or planning her next adventure.

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Tracy Russell

Tracy is a full-stack software developer at athenahealth, where she works on their cloud-based electronic health record service. From humble beginnings programming the Logo turtle in elementary school, she taught herself the basics of building websites and went on to study Computer Science and Mathematics in college and graduate school. As a strong proponent of sustaining a healthy work-life balance, Tracy stops working at a reasonable hour in order to leave time for fun things like cooking, working on crafts, and spending time with friends. She's been teaching for GDI Philly since 2014, and she is excited to build deeper bonds with the local community as an organizer.


Meghan Kelly

Meghan is transitioning into web design and front-end development after seven years working in education. She launched her first website in late 2015 after taking several Girl Develop It classes and hasn't looked back. Although she's currently soaking up as much information as humanly possible on front-end design and development, she is especially interested in user experience and information architecture. In her spare-spare time, she enjoys crocheting, traveling and Netflixing.


Yasmine Mustafa

Fueled by a passion to empower women in all areas of life, Yasmine founded the Philadelphia chapter of Girl Develop It in 2011 while running her first software company. After it was acquired, she went on a 6-month solo trek around South America that inspired her current company, ROAR for Good, a self-defense wearable technology startup aimed at diminishing violence against women and addressing the underlying causes of the violence.

In addition, Yasmine serves on the board of Coded by Kids, a non-profit that helps inner city kids learn how to code.


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


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 at PromptWorks in Philadelphia and is super passionate about the Philadelphia tech scene. You can find out more about her adventures in programming at


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.

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Anthony Gold

Anthony Gold is an investor, advisor, and board member for several companies in the Philadelphia region. His experiences building and running companies as well as cultivating talent form the backdrop for his writings as an author. In his blog, Anthony’s Desk, he shares his insights helping both young professionals and seasoned executives in their careers.