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 Detroit Labs. 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.
In addition to her work with Girl Develop It, Erika teaches web development and gives introductory programming presentations at elementary and middle schools. She is passionate about the potential of technology to create positive change in the world, and is working to create more opportunities for technology education in Detroit.
Laura is a cheerleader for do-it-yourselfers: Go lady developers! She builds custom WordPress websites for a living and loves it. She studied graphic design at Purdue University and motion graphics at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Laura lives 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.
Laura teaches HTML & CSS and WordPress for the Detroit chapter. As Lead Instructor for GDI Detroit, she also mentors new instructors and teaching assistants.
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.
Nicole is the Assistant Organizer of the Detroit chapter and also teaches classes in HTML & CSS and responsive design.
Born & raised in Southeast Michigan, Leeann has been calling Detroit home since 2010. She is a freelance designer & developer specializing in WordPress sites for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Inspired by the internet's boundless potential for creative self-expression, education, and advancing social change, she's always loved writing code and watching it work. As a lifelong feminist with a degree in Women's & Gender Studies, she also loves anything that encourages & empowers women -- so GDI is a perfect fit!
When not online, she can be found reading, cooking, riding her bike, daydreaming, taking too many photos of her cats, knitting, hosting clothing swap parties or brunches that last most of the day, baking, & getting her hands in the soil at some of Detroit's many gardens & farms. Leeann is the Community Manager for GDI Detroit. She teaches HTML & CSS and WordPress.
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.
Adam is a person who was practically born to create things! He has been creating websites and services for over 18 years. With backgrounds in both development and design, he lends creativity and passion to whatever is before him. When he isn't coding up a storm as lead devolper at Core3 Solutions; he's out spreading a helping hand however he can though teaching, speaking, and just random high fives.
Take the Detroit community survey (http://www.gdidetroit.com/surveys/community.html) if you would like to get involved with the chapter!