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Chapter Leaders

Basia coulter

Basia Coulter

A neurobiologist and researcher turned web designer, Basia has found her professional niche in UX/UI design and development for education. Passionate about the mission of Girl Develop It, Basia is enthusiastic about making impact in tech education and empowering women to grow their technical skills. She currently works as a UX/UI designer at Scaling Up Digital Design Studies group at North Carolina State University, College of Education.


Amy Gori

Amy works as a web developer for a startup 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 hacking away in Ruby on Rails or JavaScript, she is busy trying to be a good parent and to find time to cook real food and read real books.

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.

Sylvia richardson

Sylvia Pellicore

Sylvia Pellicore is a researcher and web developer based in Durham, NC. Her background is in special libraries. She is interested in emerging web technologies, accessibility, and usability. Sylvia loves to help introduce people to new technologies, and is excited about the chance to help more women join the Triangle's vibrant tech community.


The Instructors

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.

Caleb smith

Caleb Smith

In his youth, Caleb began programming text adventures and RPG's in BASIC. More recently, Caleb can be found spending his days writing Python and JavaScript for web applications at Caktus Consulting Group LLC. In his spare time, Caleb enjoys functional programming, music theory and contributing to free and open source software projects. Caleb studied music education in college and especially enjoys mentoring new programmers.

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.


The Volunteers

Lyndsay norris

Lyndsay Norris

A former teacher and personal trainer, Lyndsay is now a web developer at AT&T in RTP. She is very passionate about the mission of Girl Develop It, as the organization and some of its members helped prepare her to make this career change. Lyndsay occasionally TAs for GDI classes and enjoys empowering others to tackle the challenge of learning code.

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.

Elisha schwabauer

Elisha Schwabauer

Elisha went from studying graphic design to front-end engineering thanks to Skillcrush, GDI, and The Iron Yard in Durham. She appreciates being challenged because she believes that’s when the magic of being and creating something inspiring has potential. Outside of loving HTML/CSS she practices yoga, crafting chocolate delicacies, traveling, and has recently taken up running.

Ruti wajnberg

Ruti Wajnberg

Ruti is a software developer for Smashing Boxes, a product agency in Durham. For the 8 years prior to becoming a developer, she has led Product teams at both early-stage startups and large corporations. When she isn't coding, she can be found outdoors (running, cycling, or hiking), cooking with her farmer's market bounty, attempting to reupholster old furniture, or blogging at Ruti On Rails.

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.

Emily stamey

Emily Stamey

Emily is a web developer at NC State who spends her days maintaining and improving legacy applications. She has found a great place for herself in the Girl Develop It and PHP Communities. Bolstered by the supportive community and energized by helping members learn to program, she is also trying new things and learning more each day.

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.

Marjorie sample

Marjorie Sample

Marjorie Sample is a K-5 Writing Specialist and is an advocate for all things tech. Over the past two years, she has organized school-wide events that has introduced coding to over 1,200 elementary school students. GDI has helped her improve her own skills, especially in front-end development.