Liz Abinante is an engineer for Instructure and co-leader of the Girl Develop It Chicago chapter. She is infectiously enthusiastic about web development, teaching, learning, and tacos. She enjoys writing and speaking about education, diversity, and happiness in engineering. Previously, Liz has worked as a writer, editor, and knitwear designer.
Katy Exline is an engineer for Fooda by day and co-leader of Girl Develop It Chicago by night. She began her journey into web development by taking a GDI Columbus class, which inspired her to attend Dev Bootcamp, where she currently serves as a mentor. She worked as a policy researcher and a GIS analyst in a previous life. New food, family, scotch, her dog, and maps are just a few of her favorite things.
Stephanie is a front-end web developer at GiveForward (http://www.giveforward.com/). She studied graphic design and quickly learned she loved the problem solving that came with it. She was fortunate enough to be introduced to web design and development where she could combine her interests in design and technology. She has a passion for learning and giving back to the community. She loves supporting local businesses and restaurants, and enjoys traveling, drawing and zoo visits.
Maria Tzeka is a part of the Engineering team at MarkITx working on the front-end and using frameworks such as Backbone. She is an alumni of the Interactive Arts and Media BFA program at Columbia College Chicago and has been previously worked for The Field Museum and Mediafly, Inc. Having volunteered for the Adler Planetarium's Girls Do Hack event last year, Maria has developed a strong interest in continuing to help out in the community.
Lauren is a full-stack web developer, poet, Dev Bootcamp graduate, and general life enthusiast. She loves programming because it combines her passion for creating things with her love of problem solving. Girl Develop It gave her a safe space to throw herself whole-heartedly into web development, and she's ready to pay it forward! She's passionate about teaching, learning, coding, feminism, tabletop RPGs and a good dumpling.
Monica is currently a Quality Assurance and Application Operations Support Specialist at Groupon. A little over a year ago, she took her first Girl Develop It class and instantly fell in love with all things web. After completing more classes, Monica started to TA for GDI and shortly thereafter received a promotion to a technical role at Groupon. In her free time, Monica runs half-marathons, tends to her dog Leland, dance/walks around Chicago, and babysits her favorite niece and nephew.
Meagan Evanoff, Senior Front End Developer at Organizing for Action. Meagan started out as a designer, and now she spends her time building things.
Jen Myers is a web designer/developer and part of the instructor team at Dev Bootcamp in Chicago. In 2011, she founded the Columbus, Ohio chapter of Girl Develop It, an organization that provides introductory coding classes aimed at women, and currently serves there as an organizational advisor. She speaks regularly about design, development and diversity, and focuses on finding new ways to make both technology and technology education accessible to everyone.
Jen is an entrepreneur and digital media consultant. She studied computer science and has spent much of her career leading agile software development teams globally. In college, Jen developed a passion for getting girls interested in STEM fields and is excited about making software development more accessible to everyone. She's a self-confessed learning junkie (Coursera, Codecademy, etc.), avid reader, enthusiastic sports fan and cool aunt.
After years of managing technical projects and watching developers have all the fun, Amanda decided to join the party. She's learning Ruby on Rails and contributes to web development projects for nonprofits as a front-end developer. Amanda is drawn to programming because there's always something new to discover. Every time she learns something new, she wants to share it with someone else!