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The Leaders

Angel Thomas

Angel Thomas

Angel loves code, numbers, puzzles, and finding solutions. She enjoys learning new things, especially in the area of technology. When she is not writing code or learning something new, she spends her time with her family, attending meetup groups, or with friends.

Angel also loves to find ways to give to her community. She maintains the website for Toledo Public Schools Parent Congress as well as being a member of the Executive Board. She also volunteers her time at her local elementary school. After spending some time as a TA for Girl Develop It Detroit, she wanted to help to bring this wonderful organization to her home city of Toledo.

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The Instructors

Jeeva Nadarajah

Jeeva Nadarajah

I am a Sri Lankan American, mother, coder, coach, runner and non conformist. I currently work as a software craftsman for Pillar Technology. In the last decade I've dabbled in several tech stacks. The language is not what I relate to but the clarity and ease of the message. I've been a proponent of Agile methodologies such as Extreme Programming and Scrum and will continue to be an evangelist of knowledge sharing. Building joyful learning spaces is something I'm passionate about.

Magnus Stahre

Magnus Stahre

Magnus Stahre is a software craftsman doing application development for almost two decades.

He is currently a Software Artisan at Pillar Technology Group where he solves difficult problems while coaching others on techniques and tools
that help developers work better.

He is also a dedicated Unix lover, having started his career as a sysadmin.

Rami Hassan

Rami Hassan

Rami is a web designer/developer living in Toledo, Ohio, and works within all aspects of the creative spectrum. He has a deep love for logical content and hierarchical organization. When he’s not conjuring how information can be easier to consume for your enjoyment, Rami is spending time on Xbox Live or taking road trips to Pinball Pete’s. Rami can also be found around local vapor shops and pool halls.

Jon Spencer

Jon Spencer

Jon is a pixel-magician obsessed with writing and teaching poetic front-end code. Lover of all things design, caffeine addict, musician, and trekkie. Jon is the Creative Director of Whitelabel, a digital collaborative in Toledo, Ohio.

Garrett Wills

Garrett Wills

Garrett is a Full-Stack developer at Avatar in Downtown Toledo, as well as a part time faculty at the University of Toledo, where he has instructed the Advanced Website Design course. He also blogs quite frequently on Medium, where he writes for the On-Education publication. When he is not coding at work, he is usually working on side projects or doing bits of freelance work. Some of his hobbies include working out, mountain biking, trying to stay up with all of his TV series, trying new beers, and hanging out with his family. He is also addicted to coffee.

Sarah E. Collins

Sarah E. Collins

Sarah cringes at the sight of Papyrus in the wild, knows far too many WordPress themes by name, and does things like curate hex color codes for fun. She knows just enough Front End to be dangerous and believes firmly in the value of learning by having to fix what you’ve just broken.

She started with GDI as a student, gained enough confidence in her skills to step up and teach our Intro to Wordpress class.

She also founded and runs two local meetup groups: Toledo Biz Masterminds and Wordpress Toledo.