Heather Wade is a software developer and engineering director for TUNE. 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.
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 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.
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 is a software developer and partner at Lightspun.com. 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.
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.