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The Leaders

Zalyndria S. Crosby

Zalyndria S. Crosby

When Zalyndria first heard of the idea of computer programming as a career option, she was rather apprehensive. Computer’s seemed out of reach and hard to relate to other than using them for writing school papers and "surfing the web". However, after researching the options it was clear to her going into technology was a strategic and rewarding option. 

She attended The New England Institute of Technology attaining an Associate’s Degree in Information Technology with a focus in software engineering. She now works as a full time frontend web developer working on projects that will be used by millions of users. She is proud of this accomplishment! Becoming a developer took time, patience, and true persistence.

Making the decision to go into tech meant acknowledging that she would be a contrasting figure in that space. It meant accepting that she would likely be reminded everyday of her differences. 

For this reason Zalyndria has chosen to be apart of Girl Develop It. She believes it is important to engage the community in a way that does not exclude anyone nor suppress any voice. Finding immense appreciation in GDI’s mission, vision, and core values, Zalyndria is committed to working with people of all walks of life to show them that they too are worthy and totally capable of pursuing any interest they have in tech! 

Catherine Zarra

Catherine Zarra

Catherine has been surrounded by technology for as long as she can remember. With a family of software developers, computer science was always an interest. However, she really enjoyed computer science and biology. While pursuing a degree in nutrition, she began doing research with a bioinformatics professor and realized that computer science was the right fit. After graduating in 2013 with a B.S. in Nutritional Science from Rutgers University, Catherine moved to Rhode Island to start her career in software. She now works as a Platform Engineer at Upserve in Providence. Since relocating, she has become passionate about involving women in technology. As a chapter leader, Catherine is excited to show the ladies of Providence that software development can be fun, rewarding and a great career choice.

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The Instructors

Katryn McIntosh

Katryn McIntosh

Katryn McIntosh graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Painting, and discovered her passion for programming by way of a colorful career in communications strategy and fashion. As a lifelong maker, she enjoys the blend of analytical and creative thinking requisite in web development. She is currently working towards bridging art and programming in her studio using arduinos to create interactive sculptures and installations.

In joining GDI she hopes to share that passion with other women, and support them as they discover how programming can help them realize their own visions in whatever field or form that may be. Beyond the screen, her hobbies include reading, spending time with her dog Cowboy, and machine knitting.

Colleen Mirabello

Colleen Mirabello

Colleen Mirabello has been writing code since childhood, programming her VTech computer to play music and her graphing calculator to play games. When she was sixteen she realized that programming could be a career and since that moment has never wanted to do anything else. She has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh. After graduating she was hired to do web development at a small company called SurfMerchants. Fifteen years later, she is still there, Director of Engineering and specializing in backend development.

Colleen comes to GDI with the hope that she can help other women realize that programming can be their career as well. She is looking forward to bringing her experience as both a coder and a manager to the GDI team.

Nicole Brazio

Nicole Brazio

Nicole Brazio is a User Experience Designer. She studied Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. Nicole has always been fascinated with how things work. Once she started designing for web & mobile experiences, she was inspired to learn how to code. She is currently exploring the intersection of technology and design, while planning to spill some of that over into her art.

Nicole came to GDI to meet other women to share knowledge, learn new things, be inspired and get more involved in programming and technology. She is currently doing all of these things.