Annette Arabasz is a developer with a background in graphic design. She joined GDI because she wants to show women that coding can be fun, rewarding and not scary. She is excited about the idea of creating a community in which women of all ages and backgrounds can turn to for knowledge, encouragement and support from other women.
She attended Hartford Art School and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, graduating in Graphic Design & Letterform with a Business minor. She is currently a Creative Technologist at Mad*Pow in Boston.
Elizabeth Long is currently working as a legal secretary. Prior to her experience in the legal field she worked in non-profit fundraising and event planning. She graduated from California State University, Fresno with a degree in Recreation Administration. She does not have any professional programming or code experience but is hoping after helping get GDI started in Boston that will change. Her contribution as a Chapter Leader is in the logistics and planning for GDI Boston.
When she is not at work she can be found at the gym, cooking healthy food or lounging with her boyfriend & two cats.
For Laura Vecchio, web development was love at first sight. After writing her first lines of code while pursuing a Marketing degree from Bentley University in 2006, she knew she was destined to be a nerd. Following earning her Bachelor's degree, she went on to tackle a Web Development Certificate from Boston University's CDIA, and has since worn many hats in the tech industry including social media marketer, digital strategist and, most importantly, front-end developer. Through teaching courses at GDI, Laura is excited to instill her passion and energy for technology in the women of the Boston area.
Amber Stubbs has a Ph.D in Computer Science and works as a researcher studying how to teach computers to understand human language. In the fall of 2013, she'll be an adjunct professor at Simmons College in Boton.
She joined GDI because she loves how much computer programming enables her to do, both for work and for fun, and she's excited to have the opportunity to teach women of all ages and backgrounds the skills they need to use computers effectively.
Details about Amanda coming soon.
Brian Lyman became involved with web development as a favor to his family's email roofing business. With a background in marine carpentry, he found the same combination of logic and creativity in web development as he did in marine carpentry. He is inspired by the way the internet has potential to break down social and political barriers and level the playing field for people within our culture and across the world. He sees GDI as a piece of that movement and is glad to participate in the positive momentum, as well as for the opportunity to meet and interact with some of the smartest, most motivated, and creative people from the Boston area.