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The Leaders

Coraliz Dereta

Coraliz Dereta

Coraliz has been a front end web developer since 2010, running her own Web Development company, Cubis Media LLC. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Graphic Design from ASU in 2011, and found her true calling when she learned about Jqueries. Bringing websites to life is her passion, and no site development is impossible to achieve. Cora specializes in HTML, CSS, jQueries, PHP/MySQL, social media integration. She also likes bike riding, video editing, logo design and infographics.

Kate Pond

Kate Pond

Kate, has over 10 years experience in environmental education, and has recently completed a career change to become a developer. She was hooked by "Hour of Code" and online courses, but fell in love with the classes and network offered by Girl Develop It, and other Phoenix meetups. She loves learning, and is excited about helping other women become skilled developers while improving her skills. Although she no longer teaches tourists about glaciers, bears, whales, and volcanoes, everything that she learns about being a developer helps her teach others that are interested in making the leap into coding!

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The Instructors

Laura Lynch Freer

Laura Lynch Freer

Our former Chapter-Leader, Laura was working as a Microsoft Office trainer (Word, Excel) in the late 90s, when her company gave her the chance to take classes in Visual Basic for Applications and HTML. From there she started taking more programming classes and picking up freelance projects on the side. Within a few years she was travelling the country as a Microsoft Certified technical trainer and creating full stack Microsoft applications. In 2002 she quit training and was the only programmer for a $40 million a year e-Commerce website. For the last 7 years she has worked in the IT department of the Arizona Supreme Court.

In her spare time she likes to kill virtual enemies on Xbox and hike real mountains in Arizona.