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Philadelphia
Meet the awesome people responsible:

Leaders

Yasmine Mustafa
Yasmine Mustafa

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.

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Corinne Warnshuis
Corinne Warnshuis

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.

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Lisa Burgess
Lisa Burgess

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.

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Jenn Lukas
Jenn Lukas

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.

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Pam Selle
Pam Selle

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.

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Catherine Farman
Catherine Farman

Catherine Farman has been building websites for over half her life, starting with HTML cobbled together on Geocities. As a Developer at Happy Cog, she builds standards-based websites using HTML, CSS and Javascript. Catherine has taught responsive web design, Javascript, and Sass courses for Girl Develop It. When she's not at a computer she likes to sew and watch soccer.

Elise Wei
Elise Wei

Elise is a tech lead and front-end engineer at Monetate. Her specialties include HTML, JavaScript, and CSS, though she also has experience in PHP, VB, and C#. She has been working with Girl Develop It for the past year, teaching and assisting in numerous classes. She is a new mom, a crafter, a musician, and operates what her husband refers to as the 'gluten-free test kitchen' out of their home. You may have seen her fronting a rock band, presenting at the 2012 Geek Awards, or volunteering at other women-in-tech events around the city.

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Yesenia Perez-Cruz
Yesenia Perez-Cruz

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.

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Zoe Rooney
Zoe Rooney

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 Levesque
Tracy Levesque

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 Gray
Sarah Gray

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.

Jessica Ivins
Jessica Ivins

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.

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Dana Bauer
Dana Bauer

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.

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Volunteers

Ashley Chapokas
Ashley Chapokas

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.

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