As a business person, Yasmine became involved with Girl Develop It when she started her software company and quickly determined she needed to learn how to code. Soon after, she sold her Company to NetLine Corporation where is currently the Product Marketing Manager.
In addition, Yasmine serves on the advisory board of TechGirlz, an organization focused on encouraging middle-school females to pursue careers in technology.
Corinne is the co-leader of Girl Develop It Philly. She moved to South Philadelphia two years ago after graduating from University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the Events Coordinator for the Technical.ly news network, an online publication that covers technology and hosts regular events in Philly, Baltimore and Brooklyn. Previously, she worked in the community relations department at WHYY and wrote freelance for Newsworks and Flying Kite. Corinne also sits on the Board of Directors for the Prometheus Radio Project. In her spare time, she loves sewing, playing with her cats and watching documentaries.
Lisa Burgess, our newest co-organizer at GDI Philly, works at Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles as the Marketing Coordinator. She is pursuing a Web Design & Development certificate at the University of the Arts. Joining the Girl Develop It team has brought together Lisa's non-profit experience with her love for the web. Lisa is also passionate about social justice, social dancing and loves spending time outdoors. Her Twitter handle is appropriately named @CSSLovinn.
Jenn Lukas loves coffee, kittens, and is a leading authority on structural semantic markup and CSS. She has been coding since 1999 and is currently the Interactive Development Director at Happy Cog. Jenn also blogs regularly at the development focused site, The Nerdary, maintains her own site at JennLukas.com, contributes monthly to the popular .net Magazine, and is, of course, on Twitter.
Pam Selle thought the Internet was basically the coolest thing ever when she was younger. She's now a professional developer/software engineer. Pam got involved with GDI because she think others should experience the fun of seeing something they made appear on the web. In her spare time, she speaks at conferences, writes, practices yoga, rides her bicycle, and is involved in many Philadelphia organizations such as Girl Geek Dinners. She blogs at TheWebivore.com.
Yesenia Perez-Cruz is a multidisciplinary designer that has spent the last three years creating beautiful, functional design systems at Happy Cog. She received a BS in Graphic Design at Drexel University. She has spoken about design at AIGA Philadelphia and SXSW Interactive.
Zoe runs a tiny front-end web development company focused on working with talented designers to create beautiful, functional websites. She works mostly with WordPress and Shopify - language-wise, that means a lot of HTML, CSS, PHP, Liquid, and jQuery. She is also mom to two little boys, a newbie distance runner, and sometimes blogger.
Tracy is a co-owner of YIKES, Inc., a Philadelphia web design and development shop. She has been designing websites since 1996 and working with WordPress since 2006. She spends her days building custom themes for WordPress and seeing how much functionality she can add without knowing PHP. When not wrangling HTML and CSS, Tracy rides bikes, drinks coffee, eats sushi, chases her 7 year old daughter and takes pictures of abandoned buildings.
Sarah is a software engineer and general language nerd. After finishing her BA in English literature, she fell into a technology job, fell in love, and never looked back. She returned to school and got a computer science degree from the University of Pennsylvania after working in IT for several years. She is now a polyglot programmer and developer at The Neat Company in Philadelphia. You can find out more about her adventures in programming at www.devlogged.com.
While in college, Jessica Ivins took a class devoted to HTML and CSS, fell in love, and never looked back. She began her career as a front-end developer, and while working in the real world, she fell in love again with the principles of user-centered design. She is currently a UX specialist at AWeber. She has served as an officer for Philadelphia's UX community PhillyCHI and organizes meetings for the Philadelphia UX Book Club. In her spare time, Jess busies herself with reading, cooking, and enjoying a fine glass of wine. She's also mildly obsessed with the TV show Forensic Files.