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The Leaders

Heather Wade

Heather Wade

Heather Wade is a software developer and VP of Engineering at Whitepages. 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.

Nicole Peoples

Nicole Peoples

Nicole Cherie Peoples is a software developer at Providence Health, working with a team to make getting healthcare as simple as the click of a button. She started as a creative writer and realized she had a passion for coding after attending Seattle Central College for a web development certificate. She attended a coding bootcamp to level up her skills and now enjoys teaching and inspiring women to code in her spare time. She also loves to take cute her adorable peagle Stella to the park and throw sticks and sings remakes of popular songs with her partner Kyle.

Paige Bystrom

Paige Bystrom

Paige Bystrom is a full stack software engineer with the Microsoft Azure team. She loves beautiful UI, meaningful experiences and interactions, Photography, and Dungeons & Dragons experience. She is passionate about helping women empower themselves through technology and recently joined GDI Seattle/Tacoma as its newest Chapter Leader! She spends her days thinking about how to make games better, playing with her adorable doge Rex and climbing mountains with her partner Jake.

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The Instructors

Ali Haugh

Ali Haugh

Hi, I'm Ali! I am currently a software engineer at Whitepages. I graduated from the University of Washington (Go dawgs!) where I studied Informatics with a focus in software development. Since I graduated, I have been at Whitepages, where I do full stack development for the Whitepages.com site. Outside of work, I foster kittens for PAWS and love to do anything outdoors, especially hiking, skiing, and running.

Vanessa Naff

Vanessa Naff

Vanessa is a backend software developer, a passionate community builder, a lover of big data and elegant solutions, and a continual work-in-progress. She is part of the Services team at Glympse, a SaaS temporary location services platform.

Vanessa grew up in Nogales, Arizona and inhabited intricate works of fiction part-time. She moved to Seattle in 2008 to work in mathematics education and data science and was later mentored into a software engineering role that absorbs her to this day. She spends her remaining time trying to elevate to reality the inspirations and innovations of underrepresented people in our community.

Vanessa loves optimization, algorithms, and server-client communication; she still theorizes that CSS is magic. She is currently falling in love with Golang.

Heidi Norgaard

Heidi Norgaard

Heidi is a Salesforce Certified Administrator and Sales Cloud Consultant who has been building and supporting CRM solutions for nonprofit organizations since 2009. Heidi's focus is on delivering lean Salesforce solutions that enable users to make data-driven decisions for their organizations. She is passionate about the value of empowering Salesforce Admins to own and manage their systems.