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The Leaders

Jessa Pearce

Jessa Pearce

Before becoming a developer, Jessa worked as a lithographer in the U.S. Navy, a reporter and an online marketer. She's interested in tech advocacy and helping introduce women of all ages to programming. If she's not in front of her computer, she's probably cooking, reading or learning more awesome ways to attach metal to itself.

Amy Gori

Amy Gori

Amy is a full-stack web development instructor at The Iron Yard code school in Durham. She credits Girl Develop It with launching her career in tech after spending most of her professional life in higher education, where she worked with undergraduate students and also wrote a dissertation about Paradise Lost. When she isn’t contemplating the finer points of Ruby or JavaScript, she is busy trying to be a good parent and to find time to cook real food and read real books.

Sylvia Pellicore

Sylvia Pellicore

Sylvia Pellicore is the Web Accessibility Advisor for BCBSNC, making sure their sites and tools work for users of all ability levels. When she is not planning events for Girl Develop It, she likes to run, rock climb, and knit increasingly elaborate scarves.

Marjorie Sample

Marjorie Sample

Marjorie is a user researcher at Fidelity Investments and is passionate about the tech community. She credits GDI for helping her switch careers and improve her own skills in front-end development and UX design. When Marjorie is not planning GDI events, she enjoys hiking, skiing, and spending time with friends and family.

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The Organizers

Suzanne Beaumont

Suzanne Beaumont

Suzanne is a software developer/software architect with a passion for learning. She has loads of experience with Java and C++, with heart for Internet of Things, contextual computing, and device collaboration. It turns out that she is also really fascinated by user interface design and is so glad that GDI is here to help with some great classes.

Sarah Kahn

Sarah Kahn

Sarah Kahn is a UX Manager at Intel.She has been designing and building web interfaces since 2008. She likes making wireframes and prototypes on lots and lots of grid paper, and purr programming with her cat, Delia. She wrote the GDI UX curriculum, which you can fork here.

Jasmine George

Jasmine George

Jasmine is a Graphics Production Manager at a Raleigh based mom and pop print shop. After graduating with a degree in History, she decided to change gears to become a Graphic Designer and Front End Developer. With the help of GDI she has successfully made this transition and now hopes to help others break into programing. Jasmine also enjoys traveling and taking photos.

Shaun Gill

Shaun Gill

Shaun is an IT QC Analyst at a CRO in Morrisville, NC. Working closely with the developers on her team has inspired her to learn all she can about web development. She attended her first GDIRDU Meetup in November of 2015 and thought that is was everything she was looking for. She is so excited about the opportunity to join the team.

Bridget Hillyer

Bridget Hillyer

Bridget is a longtime software developer. She has used a number of technologies over the years but is mostly a Clojure developer nowadays. With some friends in 2014, she helped start ClojureBridge. Little known is the fact that her Bachelor's Degree was in Religion and Philosophy.

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The Instructors

Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith

Lisa is a former librarian turned web developer. She’s been working online since before there was a Google. Lisa works at New Media Campaigns where she does front-end development for a number of content management systems.

In addition to writing clean, usable code, Lisa cooks and bakes for friends and family, often testing untried recipes on large unsuspecting crowds. She likes Guitar Hero, impromptu living room raves and spending time with her two daughters.

Amy Hendrix

Amy Hendrix

Amy Hendrix is a Front-End Developer and Open-Source advocate based in Durham, NC. In her years of web work, she has worked with a wide variety of languages and technologies, ranging from HTML/CSS and JavaScript to PHP, Ruby and Python. Amy is dedicated to building a web that is beautiful, useful, and accessible to everyone. She's equally in love with teaching and empowering others to be a part of building it.

Dan Lucas

Dan Lucas

Dan Lucas is a UI & Front-End developer based in Durham, NC with a background in multimedia design and information science. He is obsessed with the interactions between people and computers and strives to make those interactions easier and more useful. Dan has worked in education for most of his career and is excited about the opportunity to help even more people to become more tech savvy.

 Melissa Eggleston

Melissa Eggleston

As a UX researcher and content strategist, Melissa Eggleston helps start-ups, non-profits and other organizations craft memorable digital experiences. In addition to teaching for GDI, Melissa serves on committees for the Triangle UXPA and the Content Strategy Alliance. Previously she worked for Duke University and Bloomberg News. Melissa gained her UX and content skills at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism, where she received her Master's degree.

Erin Brown

Erin Brown

Erin is a full stack developer and enthusiast living and loving in Durham. In the daytime she writes code for Adwerx in Downtown Durham. In the evening and on weekends, she enjoys grilling, swimming in the Eno, learning fun science facts from her wife Molly, and trying to avoid getting licked in the mouth by her dog Henry. Erin LOVES JavaScript and creamy coffee beverages (pictured).

Gabe Casalett

Gabe Casalett

Gabe is a web designer at the Local Government Federal Credit Union. His background is in IT, and his obsession with the web started over 8 years ago. Today he spends his work days and much of his free time nerding out over HTML/CSS and looking for new things to learn. Gabe is fascinated by new technologies and our daily interactions with them.

Ruby Sinreich

Ruby Sinreich

Ruby Sinreich is a web developer who has worked in progressive advocacy organizations and online communities for over two decades. She created the first website for the North Carolina Justice Center, was the first online field organizer at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, consulted on network-centric organizing strategies for Greenpeace International and the American Civil Liberties Union, and led the development and management of one of the most active Drupal Commons communities in the world at HASTAC.

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The Volunteers

Audrey Bryson

Audrey Bryson

Audrey Bryson is trained in both industrial and web design and her current job meets in the middle with touch interaction design. She is passionate about accessibility, the Cleveland Cavaliers and her balding dog named Cobbs.