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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.

Jess Weeber

Jess Weeber

Jess is a software developer at Hulu, building the app experience for the Roku, game consoles, and other devices. As an Ada Developers Academy alumna, she entered the tech industry from a career in clinical research compliance. After frequently feeling the pull of a career in technology, Jess looked for opportunities to learn programming. Taking Girl Develop It classes solidified Jess' desire to pursue a career as a software developer, and she is passionate about giving back to the communities that inspired and supported her.

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.