Kim started coding in 2011, after a battle with a Thai waterfall left her with a broken leg and a lot of free time. On a whim, she picked up a book on HTML and CSS, started learning, and has yet to turn back. She's now a software engineering graduate student, a freelance web designer, an enthusiastic TA for GDI's classes, and a chapter leader. But mostly, she's still learning. Kim is passionate about building an open, friendly environment where women can discover that same excitement she felt on creating her first website.
Rachel Slaby is a Ruby on Rails Developer at JP Morgan Chase. She loves learning and sharing that knowledge with others. When she's not attending hack nights or playing video games, Rachel's favorite thing to do is research new hobbies which currently include bonsai, silver smithing, pysanky, nail art, and crafting cosmetics.
Cindy is currently an IT Architect with Nationwide Insurance, but spent most of her career building websites. Software engineering is her second career, after going back to school to get a Computer Science degree 12 years ago. As she was encouraged by a programmer long ago, she teaches and TAs to encourage others to pursue careers in IT. It's never too late!.
Jen started coding in her friend's basement over 12 years ago. Initially more interested in web and print design, she nonetheless quickly found her place as a web developer in a Coldfusion shop also becoming familiar with SQL and database design. Besides proficiency in a wide range of client and server languages, Jen has a firm grasp of object-oriented programming concepts. Girl Develop IT combines her love of code with a desire to do meaningful work. She looks forward to meeting fellow females interested in unleashing their inner-geek.
Kathryn spends her days at SSTI, a think tank focused on tech-based economic development. She fell in love with her Java labs in college and eventually took a GDI HTML/CSS class to learn more about coding. She hopes to eventually develop her skills so that she can work on building civic technology to help local governments run more efficiently. GDI welcomed her with open arms and now she only hopes to be as helpful to the group as it has been to her. Her perfect evening involves a glass of Islay scotch, her feisty terrier, Doolin, and outlandish shenanigans with friends and family.
Morgan works for a nonprofit arts organization (VSA Ohio) and a letterpress print shop (Igloo Letterpress). As an Outreach Coordinator by day, she was naturally curious about how those blog posts she published actually work and where all that copy actually goes once she clicks save and continue on the VSA Ohio website. After taking a newbie html/css class, Morgan was amped about Girl Develop It and the overall mission of the organization and wanted to get the word out on how women everywhere can get involved. She loves biking and running, ANYTHING coffee-related, and the smell of libraries. She is also still perplexed by things like div but hopes to get a better handle on it soon!
Hi! I'm Connie Sheehan. As a communication professional, I've always loved the creative side of media but have come to truly appreciate that developing great code builds the foundation for sharing powerful ideas. As Outreach Coordinator for the Columbus chapter, I look forward to spreading the GDI message throughout the Columbus digital community.
Carl grew up squarely in the rust belt where he started programming on his Atari 800. When he's not cooking food for Girl Develop It members, he helps manage a horse farm and performs some sort of mysterious, complicated job at Nationwide Insurance. You can stop by his house anytime for a ridiculous home cooked meal - although if you're vegan or gluten-free that kinda cramps his style because he puts butter, heavy cream and flour in everything. In his free time, Carl likes to promote science and critical thinking, advocate for the rights of all people, bake, play with his kitten, and write bios in the third person. He promises a big teary-eyed hug to anyone who actually recognizes what his twitter handle means (as long as you're cool with hugs because he realizes not everybody is).