Meet the awesome people responsible:
Erika Carlson was studying clinical psychology in 2011, when she wrote her first line of Python code. She fell in love with programming, decided to change paths, and is now a software developer at Pillar Technology. The mission of GDI resonates personally for Erika, and she is deeply passionate about creating a community of female peers and mentors for women exploring the field of technology for the first time. Erika has a lifelong love for the city of Detroit and is excited to put new skills and tools in the hands of its entrepreneurs and future technologists.
Michelle Srbinovich is the Digital Director of public media station WDET 101.9FM. She's passionate about accelerating the growth of Detroit's tech industry by building a strong community of female developers and technology leaders. Michelle is excited to extend GDI's reach across Southeast Michigan and provide women from all walks of life with the opportunity to connect, learn code, be part of moving Detroit forward. She's not only a chapter leader, she's also a student.
Cara Jo Miller
Cara Jo is a self-taught web designer who has been building and designing sites since 1997. She has her hands in all corners of the internet with HTML/CSS, jQuery, PHP, and WordPress to keep her busy. It's that knowledge that brings Cara Jo to Girl Develop It, and now she'd like to teach you how to make web sites from scratch, too! She's also the founder of Run This Race, co-organizer of Refresh Detroit and WordCamp Detroit. Currently, she wrangles pixels & code for Are You A Human full time in downtown Detroit, where she also lives and plays.
Nick DeNardis is the Associate Director of Web Communications at Wayne State University. As host of the video blog EDU Checkup, he reviews higher education sites from the point of view of a first time visitor. He is the curator of EDU Snippits, a hand picked selection of inspiring and unique higher education web elements. He is a respected speaker at conferences on subjects ranging from Web usability, mobile, accessibility, and analytics. He is also one of the directors of TEDxDetroit.
Laura is a cheerleader for do-it-yourself-ers: Go lady developers! She's new to Detroit but excited to be part of something great like Girl Develop It. Laura is a graduate of Purdue University and the Savannah College of Art and Design. Today she is a freelance designer specializing in WordPress web development. She works primarily for startup businesses and retail clients. Laura and her fiance live in Royal Oak Michigan, where she recently took a standup comedy class. She highly recommends making a fool of yourself like that, at least once in your life.
Nicole likes to call herself a designoper. With a background in print design, she learned to code websites back in the days of spacer gifs and image maps while staying up late with her insomniac toddler. Having a career in design and development has been empowering for her as a single Mom. She'd love to encourage more women, at any age, to pursue careers in technology, or simply learn more about it. When she's not designoping, you can find her training for her half-marathon comeback, hugging her Rottweiler, or learning how to sew.
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