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The Leaders


Heather Wade

Heather Wade is a software developer and Director of Product Development for Intego. In her spare time, she mentors and consults on product design and development with budding startups. Her first experience with Girl Develop It was as an instructor for our Cincinnati chapter, where her love for helping women learn to code became as great as her love for coding.

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Marcy Sutton

Marcy is a Senior Frontend Engineer and Evangelist at Deque Systems. She's passionate about front-end development that's well designed, accessible and mobile friendly. With degrees in Photography and Web Design & Multimedia, her approach to problem-solving is both creative and technical. Somewhere along the way she got hooked on web accessibility and improving the web for people with disabilities, a skill set she's thrilled to bring to coding intro classes.


The Instructors


Wendy Grus

Wendy Grus is a Senior Scientist at Knome Inc, a biotech software startup, where she writes python scripts for genome analysis. She is an active member of the Seattle PyLadies chapter. She advocates that it is never too late to learn new skills. Through her involvement in organizations like Girl Develop It Seattle and Rain City Rock Camp for Girls, she has seen how empowering it can be to develop confidence in women and girls.


Cheri Allen

Cheri Allen is a web developer and educator in Seattle, WA. As Program Coordinator at Ada Developers Academy, a nonprofit web development training program for women, she works to make the tech community more diverse and vibrant, one new developer at a time. In her down time, she does the same, working with Girl Develop It, RailsBridge, King County Library System, and other organizations to bring educational programming about technology to underrepresented groups. She's also really into dinosaurs.

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Katie Kurkoski

Katie is a professional web developer at Getty Images, Pacific Northwest native, and curator for CascadiaFest. She has spoken at CSSConf EU, CSSConf AU, Nodevember and Sassconf. She's been coding for the web long enough to remember when you could only debug JavaScript through alerts, and the magic of the first browsers to give you color-coded syntax in View Source. She's built intranets, enterprise and retail sites using HTML, PHP, MySQL, Ruby, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS and Sass. When not in front of a computer, she can often be found making cool things with glass or smashing pots in search of rupees.

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Thomas Wilburn

Thomas Wilburn is a news developer at The Seattle Times, and the developer of the free Caret text editor. Previously, he taught at Seattle Central College, and he still runs occasional workshops for the journalism department at UW. Outside of work, Thomas is a b-boy, a bassist, and a blogger advocating for greater newsroom diversity and the power of the open web.


Heather Moore

Heather Moore is a software developer and partner at She loves working with early-stage startups and is passionate about eXtreme Programming: testing, pairing and releasing often. Heather first learned Ruby in a RailsBridge class five years ago and is excited to bring her experience to GDI. When she's not writing code, she's either brewing beer or sailing on the Sound.


The Volunteers

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Deirdre Allison

Deirdre has a degree in Digital Technology and Culture and worked in marketing before a RailsBridge convinced her to change careers to web development. She is now a web developer in Seattle whose background in UX and marketing helps her consider the user and solve problems creatively.