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.
Chris is a full-stack web developer with 7 to 15 years of experience, depending how you count. He believes that we are all both teachers and students, and the best way forward is just to be excited about what you're working on (or is it the other way around?). He has contributed several open-source projects to the Ruby/Rails community, you can see his code over at github.com/arches. When he isn't working he's probably playing tennis or piano, or attending Chicago's vast array of comedic and dramatic theaters.
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.
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!