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The Leaders

Jen Dionisio

Jen Dionisio

Jen Dionisio is a content strategist and educator. She recently joined the content strategy team at EPAM after more than a decade of working on digital projects for cultural organizations, higher ed institutions, and media companies. She also teaches Technology and Marketing of the Arts in Drexel’s Arts Administration program, and co-created a course in digital media production for the University of the Arts’ Museum Studies program. Jen took her first Girl Develop It class in 2013, and was a mentee in Code for Philly/Girl Develop It's 2015 Open Source Mentoring Project. She began organizing classes and managing GDI Philly’s social media outreach in February 2016.

LeeAnn Kinney

LeeAnn Kinney

LeeAnn is a front-end developer and web accessibility advocate. She is co-founder and organizer of ELA Conf, a tech conference with a mission to empower more women leaders and speakers in tech and the lead organizer of LadyHacks, a community hackathon for women of all skill levels to work collaboratively on projects. LeeAnn has been involved with Girl Develop It since 2013, starting as a student and becoming a teaching assistant. She went on to become a teacher, organizer, and now co-leads the chapter. When she is not building websites or organizing events, she loves to enjoy the outdoors, hiking, biking and camping.

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The Organizers

Suzie Nieman

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.

Bridget Reed

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 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.

Michelle Colón

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.

Tracy Russell

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 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.

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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.

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The Volunteers

Becca Nock

Becca Nock

Becca Nock is an Analyst at QuintilesIMS, where she uses data analytics and market research to help health care clients answer business questions. She is a registered nurse and took her first Girl Develop It class in early 2014. GDI’s classes helped Becca determine what she actually wanted to do and make the transition from clinical practice into data and tech. Becca participated in the Open Source Mentorship Program in 2015 and joined the GDI Philly organizing team in 2016. Becca also enjoys reading non-fiction, eating brunch, hiking and camping, and learning jiu-jitsu.