Fueled by a passion to empower women in all areas of life, Yasmine founded the Philadelphia chapter of Girl Develop It in 2009 while running her first software company. She is currently the CEO of useROAR, a social impact company aimed at decreasing the incidents of assault against women with fashionable safety accessories and educational programs. In addition, Yasmine serves on the advisory board of TechGirlz, an organization focused on encouraging middle-school girls to pursue careers in technology. She also mentors aspiring entrepreneurs. You can learn more about her background here.
Corinne is the Executive Director of Girl Develop It. After graduating from University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Sociology and Film & Digital Media, she moved to Philadelphia. Prior to becoming the first ED of Girl Develop It, she was the co-leader of the Philly chapter for two years. She also previously worked for the Technical.ly news network, an online publication that covers technology issues and organizes regular events in Philly, Baltimore and Brooklyn. She has also worked in community relations at WHYY.org and written freelance for various online publications. Corinne sits on the Board of Directors for the Prometheus Radio Project. In her spare time, she is a regular contributor to Rad Girls, co-curates Ignite Philly and loves learning hands-on skills, 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 is a multi-talented front-end consultant and freelancer developer in Philadelphia and is the founder of Ladies in Tech. She writes for The Nerdary, is a columnist for .net magazine, and has contributed to The Pastry Box Project. She has spoken at a variety of conferences including SXSW, An Event Apart, and CSS Dev Conference. Jenn's past experiences range from creating Navy training simulations to leading the front-end team at Happy Cog as Interactive Development Director. She was named one of Mashable's 15 Developer/Hacker Women to Follow on Twitter, and you can find her on Twitter posting development and cat-related news.
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.
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.
Anthony has been a CEO, board chairman, sales lead, marketing executive, company advisor, startup investor, and engineer. He now sits on the board of several companies (for profit and non-profit) and invests in promising companies in the Philadelphia region. In his blog, Anthony's Desk and @Anthonys_Desk, he shares his experiences and insights helping both young professionals and seasoned executives in their careers.
Dana Bauer is a developer and community advocate with the Developer Relations Group at Rackspace. Her team builds the tools that make OpenStack and the Rackspace Cloud easy to use for developers. Dana also focuses on outreach to open source communities. She is the co-organizer of the Philadelphia Python User Group, an instructor with Girl Develop It Philly, and a passionate supporter of diverse technical communities. Dana has a background in geography, science, and science writing.
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.
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.
A year ago, Ashley was a white belt coder. In January, she landed a front-end web developer position at monetate. Her enthusiasm and advocacy for GDI paved the way for her new role as Lead Volunteer Coordinator. This position will highlight the needs of all volunteers within GDI as well as the core of our mission, to bolster budding programmers.
On a saturday, Ashley can be found at her favorite cafe in south Philadelphia, Artisan Boulanger, eating a croissant, sipping espresso, and reading her favorite magazine "The Gentlewoman".
Ashley's goal is to provide optimal support for GDI, as well as participate in other initiatives that bring tech & development to underserved communities.
LeeAnn recently transitioned into a full time web developer position thanks in large part to the classes and connections she made through GDI. She has been involved with GDI as both a student and TA and is really excited in her new role as one of the Events Coordinators. LeeAnn is really looking forward to the opportunity to get more women involved in tech and to plan some fun social and educational events. In her spare time, LeeAnn loves hiking, biking, camping, and traveling. She can occasionally be found blogging about tech related stuff over at shetechphilly.com or about her hiking adventures at phillyhikes.at.
Suzie's first taste of web development was in 2008 when her favorite local coffee shop needed a website. She spent the next month figuring out how to tweak a WordPress template, and has been obsessed with web and mobile ever since. She now works as a digital project manager, spending her days interviewing clients and writing up many types of documentation for her team. Outside of work, she loves to try new restaurants in Center City, play PC games, and cuddle with her boston terrier. Suzie is one of the Events Coordinators.
Sam Provenza, a current TA and student with GDI, is one of the Volunteer Coordinators. She is currently a Web Designer at AWeber Communications and also does freelance web design and development work for small business and non-profit organizations in Philly. She has always had a passion for volunteering and being able to help women get more involved in the tech field is an excellent way to give back to an organization who has helped her become more confident with her coding and TA-ing skills. When she's not glued to her computer, Sam enjoys DIY crafts and projects around the house, exploring Philly and playing with her cat, Scooter.
Kristi is one of the Volunteer Coordinators, a Teacher, and TA with GDI. Starting out as a Graphic Designer, Kristi Centinaro was driven to "create things people could interact with", and taught herself how to code after-hours starting in 2008 using online courses, books, and "lots and lots of Google". She now works as a Front-End Engineer, and is passionate about helping others learn how to code and 'career switch' into tech. When she's not building websites or web apps, she freelances as a Concept Artist & Illustrator.