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Hi! I'm on the web development team at UConn's office of University Communications. Mostly I work on WordPress development and maintenance with an emphasis on accessibility. However, since our team of developers is so small, I've also been learning about and working with tools like Docker, Jenkins, and CI/CD in general. I've been at UConn since 2016. Before that I was a professional musician performing and teaching throughout New England.
As WordPress Core Contributor and veteran of Boston University’s Web Team, Andrew Bauer is truly passionate about open source. He’s worked to build and maintain massive Higher Ed WordPress platforms – scaling over 10M monthly views and 1,000+ production sites. As Director of Development for 5HD Agency (just outside of Boston), Andrew helps clients solve business problems and bring cutting-edge digital experiences to life.
Lead developer at Lipman Hearne, serving the nonprofit sector, specializing in enrollment and philanthropic solutions.
Ashley Kolodziej is the UX & Product Design Lead at Boston University and spends most of her day investigating ways to make theme development, content management and customization within the Boston University WordPress environment easier for both developers and end users. She guides the addition of new features and functionality to Boston University’s custom theme framework and regularly contributes to the design and front-end development of university-wide user interfaces. Ashley is a big believer in education, documentation and her two pet bunnies, Nellie and Peppermint Patty.
Ben Johnston is a senior educational technologist in the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning at Princeton University. Over the span of twelve years at Princeton, Ben has worked in educational technology and digital humanities to facilitate the creative and purposeful use of technology for teaching, learning and research.
Bethany Seeger is the digital library software developer in Frost Library at Amherst College. Part of her position is providing technical support to the Amherst College Press, which is an open access publishing press that relies on WordPress. She also supports Amherst College’s digital repository and hopes to one day to find a way to integrate the repository technology with WordPress.
I build custom themes and plugins for NC State University's Office of Information Technology, and I help maintain campus WordPress environments and advise clients on content best practices. I'm always excited to talk about universal design, accessibility, usability, and designing with compassion and empathy. I host the WPCampus Podcast, where I get to talk about all those things and more!
Charles Fulton is a senior web applications developer at Lafayette College and frequent train rider. He helps oversee Lafayette’s web infrastructure, including Moodle, WordPress, Redmine and MediaWiki. He architected Lafayette’s version control environment and works closely with the server administration team to manage the college’s database and web servers. Charles also serves on the Development Committee for the Collaborative Liberal Arts Moodle Project (CLAMP) and helps integrate the Liberal Arts Edition distribution.
Chris Lema is the Vice President of Products at Liquid Web, a managed host with dedicated solutions for WordPress. He’s been building enterprise hosted applications since 1995 and built the first online learning management system in 1996.
I am a web developer who has been working with WordPress multisite in higher education since 2007.
Dave has taught accessibility to faculty, staff and graduate students, and he was a founding member for accessibility at University of Georgia (UGA). He teaches web design and form building, and he is a web developer for the Office of Research Communications. He manages 138 WordPress based websites. He has been at UGA for 21 years.
I’m a full-time freelancer developer living in South Florida (Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area). I am a WordPress developer and specialize in BuddyPress sites/applications. I also do stand-alone PHP work. I’m also a speaker, meetup organizer, conference organizer and father of three.
By day, David Dashifen Kees is a mild-mannered programmer living in Virginia working remotely for the Engineering IT Shared Services unit within the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. By night ... he's pretty much the same thing. Programming since the sixth grade, Dash has been writing web applications in academia since 1998 and evangelizing WordPress at Illinois since 2010. As the primary WordPress developer for the College of Engineering and a member of the University's "Publish @ Illinois" team running the campus-wide WordPress Network, he's been a driving force behind WordPress adoption within the college and on campus. He programs with tabs, uses two spaces after a period, and you can pry the Oxford comma from his cold, dead hands.
David Needham is a Developer Advocate at Pantheon where he focuses on developer education and training. David serves on the board of directors of Enjoy Creativity. David enjoys blogging about productivity at davidneedham.me and sharing his experience by speaking at conferences. David is based out of Champaign IL, enjoys biking with his wife and kids, and playing board games.
Donna Talarico is a writer, content marketing consultant and former director of communications in higher ed from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She’s been published in CASE’s Currents magazine, The Guardian Higher Ed and Wiley’s Recruiting and Retaining Adults Learners newsletter. Talarico is founder and publisher of Hippocampus Magazine, an online literary journal with a small press division. She’s had past lives in radio, print media and ecommerce.
I have served in a variety of IT roles over 17 years at Truman State University, a public liberal arts university of about 6,000 students in rural Missouri. My current role is Web Services Manager, where I supervise all things related to the public website, intranet, and portal.
Guillaume is a senior web and application developer at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he manages 1900+ websites with a WordPress Multisite installation. He has been using WordPress as his CMS of choice for the past 7 years and has contributed to several plugins. He recently submitted his first patch to Core.
Jake is the owner and President of 10up, a full service agency that makes a better web with finely crafted websites and tools for content creators. Whether you’re a political junky glued to FiveThirtyEight, a car enthusiast reading MotorTrend, a Windows user who keeps up with Microsoft’s newsroom, an Apple fan reading 9to5mac daily, or just use WordPress itself, you’ve experienced a small sample of 10up’s work, built atop WordPress. Jake grew 10up from a 1 man show (himself!) to over 100 employees with dozens of brand name clients in under 5 years.
I'm the Team Lead for our web design and support group (including the dynamically-awesome Brian DeConinck) in NC State's central IT unit. I do training, support, maintenance, billing, and occasionally get to do something fun with design and/or dev. I'm color commentary to "help" Brian with the WPCampus podcast. Check us out or tweet us on the twitters: @oitdesign.
Jenny is NYU Gallatin’s Educational Technologist. She is responsible for facilitating the development of pedagogically driven, technology-enhanced teaching practices in the classroom and beyond. She previously served as an Instructional Technology Fellow at Macaulay Honors College, and received her doctorate in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research examines war, trauma, gender, and technology.
Jeremy Felt is the senior WordPress developer at Washington State University, a WordPress core committer and the maintainer of VVV. He believes in free and open source software and enjoys being part of the WordPress community. He will encourage you to share your work.
After being hired for his first student web developer position, Jesse taught himself HTML by watching a VHS tape he checked out from the public library. It’s a good thing he did, because it led to a career-long passion for building cool stuff on the web. As a developer for NewCity, Jesse builds custom websites for clients large and small, a majority of them in higher education. Before joining NewCity, he worked as an in-house developer at Virginia Tech and Purdue University. Before that, he wasn’t very interesting, so you may as well go read someone else’s bio now.
I'm a proud Funnelbacker after years spent bouncing between nonprofit and for-profit marketing. I help our team better understand the needs of our market and help our customers best use our product.
Hello - I thought I had registered before. I develop themes and plugins and generally keep our WordPress and Moodle installations happy and healthy. I try to make things interesting and useful for all our users. I was a teacher before becoming a developer.
Joe McGill resides in St. Louis, MO. He is a Contributing Developer to WordPress, where he helps maintain the Media component. He is currently a Senior WordPress Engineer at Human Made, formerly Director of Web Development for Public Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis. Find him on online at joemcgill.net at on Twitter as @joemcgill.
I run a service design and product development studio planted squarely in the higher education sector. We create daring solutions to the core challenges facing institutions of higher learning. Bravery Media exists to improve the reputations, business functions, and efficacy of institutions of higher education. We propel higher ed toward its potential.
After a first career as an academic, John’s been working in digital agencies for the last 15 years, and with WordPress for the last 8. He has been one of the organizers for WordCamp Boston since 2010, and is the CEO of 10up. He now lives in Salem MA with his wife and dogs. He blogs (very occasionally) at Open Parenthesis.
John is a creative director and principal at Skyhook Interactive, a WordPress design and development agency founded in 2007. They create award-winning and high-performance websites for major brands and local agencies. His background is in research and design; specifically, he spends his time thinking, writing and talking about how people use technology to improve their work and world.
John is a multi-level creative who works in design, film, apps and storytelling. By day he designs and builds websites and mobile apps; by night he spins sci-fi stories at StoryLab and tells 8 word stories. He has a wife, five kids, five cats, four dogs and a small army of fish. If he remembers to wear pants, it’s been a good day.
I am the assistant director for the Office of Digital Learning at the University of Oklahoma. I am interested in using games in the classroom to promote digital literacy and opportunities for undergraduate research. Before joining the center, I lectured on history of science at the University of Oklahoma and Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Jonathan Perlman is an experienced web developer and teacher who works for Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec. He builds custom web solutions for the students, faculty and staff. Recently he’s been leveraging WordPress more and more to do the heavy lifting while focusing on the needs of the institution with custom themes and plugins. Some of his sites have been built for a select few whereas others are visited by 12,000+ applicants. Jonathan is also an instructor for Dawson’s Centre for Training and Development specializing in web technologies such as HTML, CSS, PHP and WordPress.
Joe is a developer on the team at CampusPress and WPMU DEV, with a focus on front-end development, accessibility and the Upfront theme project. He is a proud dad, husband and casual saxophonist from Rochester, New York.
I am a Curriculum and Technology consultant for TEL Library. Before TEL, I spent over five years working in higher education. When I'm not using WordPress to make education affordable, I'm using it to blog about the things I enjoy - niche academic sub-genres and general geekery. Say hi to me on Twitter @k8monstsCloset.
I'm a full-stack WordPress developer and a solutions architect. I've enjoyed providing technology project leadership for clients across the spectrum for about 19 years now, including higher education institutions like the University of California at San Francisco, the University of California at Berkeley, Yale, and Columbia. Outside of higher ed, I've worked with clients ranging from small businesses and high-growth startups to Fortune 500 enterprises to non-profit organizations. I'm a passionate advocate for a universal and open web, accessibility for all, rewarding and delightful user experiences, and future-proof development methodologies.
Educator | Open Practitioner | Web Creator | Design Dabbler | Instructional Hacker/Remixer | Game Maker | Ed Technologist/Problem solver of last resort at the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Oklahoma. Let's make learning more fun, together! I’m a certified chemistry teacher and I use my background in science, pedagogies, and technical expertise to provide others with holistic solutions to their instructional and technological needs. Typically, my students are faculty, instructors, and graduate students who want to learn more about integrating technologies into their courses.
Kelsey Buttendorf received her master’s degree in digital media design for learning at New York University, and has received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in anthropology from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. Her experience as a teacher prompted her to recognize the lack of a technology enhanced education in early education classrooms, which piqued her initial interest in educational technology. She is specifically interested in the generational adoption of a digital literacy and a digital citizenship curriculum from PK through higher ed, where the unified goals are to create a college-ready student and a career-ready graduate.
I develop applications and databases for SUNY Geneseo Library and beyond. I have nearly 20 years' experience in UNIX, Linux, .NET, SQL, .PHP, mySQL, and herding cats. I am an advocate for Open Source, Open Educational Resources, and Open Access. I love WordPress.
As director of digital media at the University of Rochester, Lori Packer is responsible for the design, maintenance and content strategy for several central university websites, including the university’s homepage and news site. Her team also manages the university’s central social media accounts and strategy. Lori is also part of the design and editorial team for Futurity.org, an online magazine for research news from more than 60 universities around the world.
I'm a problem-solver and enjoy working through our potential client's challenges to identify solutions and how a partnership with mStoner will bring value.
Michael Fienen is the former Director of Web Marketing for Pittsburg State University and is currently the CTO of nuCloud, LLC and the senior developer at Aquent. Michael has a decade of background in the challenges faced by web developers in higher ed, and he continues to seek out solutions to help simplify and improve the processes people use in that space. His advice: do less better, data is life, and learn to say “no.”
Michael Veenstra is an information security researcher, writer, and white-hat hacker with the mission to make the Internet a more secure place for everyone. He is a certified Web Application Penetration Tester, and a Global Information Assurance Certification advisory board member. In his current role as a Web Security Research Analyst with SiteLock, Michael analyzes malicious code in order to train automated scanners to detect and clean new threats more effectively. When he's not buried in a project, Michael can be found planning D&D campaigns, playing guitar, or hanging out with his wife and daughter.
Mike “Demo” Demopoulos is a longtime lover of open source software. He currently works at BoldGrid (a WordPress site builder) as an evangelist and education liaison. He has spoken at numerous open source events around the world. Mike is a contributor to the Huffington Post as well as other publications. He also volunteers as treasurer for the Joomla project.
Mike Kirby, the manager of digital communications at University of Maine, is responsible for the overall web presence and marketing strategy of Maine’s land and sea grant institution, the flagship campus of the University of Maine system. He assists with branding UMaine’s websites through its WordPress content management system and is passionate about the potential for a robust internet presence. Mike has managed enterprise websites for over 20 years and joined UMaine in 2014.
Mitch Canter is a senior web developer with Vanderbilt University. A 10-year veteran of the industry, he’s worked with small businesses and Fortune 500 companies to help empower people to tell their story online. Mitch is also a digital strategist, web designer, avid video gamer and spoony bard.
Neel Shah is an entrepreneur and developer with 7 years of experience developing websites and custom solutions for businesses and their online presence. He is currently working as IT Specialist and Technical Lead for NYU’s Web Publishing service which offers WordPress to faculty, staff and students for educational use case. He has been keen with automation since past few years and has been developing automated processes to assist users with their repetitive tasks. One of which is the WordPress Site Setup Wizard Plugin. He is also actively involved with the startup community and is passionate about solving problems in healthcare management when available.
Pattie Reaves is a senior UX developer at Alley Interactive on the data visualizations and interactives team. She has more than 10 years of experience building websites with WordPress and Drupal. Prior to Alley, she worked as a newspaper editor, where she worked as an editor producing digital storytelling, managing a volunteer blog network, producing social media and running audience analytics. She has taught a college journalism class at the University of Maine.
Web application security and accessibility evangelist. Software instructor. Conference lecturer and presenter.
Peter is a graduate of the digital media design for learning program at New York University. He is interested in instructional design and evaluation, games in education, second language acquisition and the design of museum spaces from an educational perspective.
I'm the Director/Founder of WPCampus and a freelance software engineer and accessibility/higher ed consultant. When I'm not using WordPress to help build the web, I enjoy promoting the importance of universal design and an open web. Be sure to say hi on Twitter @bamadesigner.
Ronnie leads the team behind the CampusPress, Edublogs, and WPMU DEV Hosting services, which power thousands of WordPress sites for higher ed institutions small and large. A former educator, wannabe musician and math nerd, Ronnie is a Longhorn football-obsessed resident of Austin, Texas.
Sara Clark has been providing digital leadership for higher education and nonprofits throughout her career. As the director of web strategy and development for Missouri State University, she manages and implements web projects, policies and procedures. As operations director for Higher Education Web Professionals Association, she coordinates the day-to-day functions and helps lay the groundwork for future growth.
Hi I’m Shane. I’m the CEO at Modern Tribe Inc. We get to work with some of the worlds top companies (SAP, MTV, Bon Appetit, eBay, Microsoft…) and higher education (MIT, Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, UCSF…). Beyond services, we are committed to open source and our plugins are pushing five million downloads. The events calendar has evolved into a multi-million dollar freemium plugin business. Before Modern Tribe, I was educational director at a private learning institution, and taught both in public and private settings for a number of years.
IT pro with passion for client satisfaction combined w/ experience & love of #WordPress & teaching. Co-founder of @WebWeapons & Instructor @sheridancollege and @mohawkcollege.
Shawn Hooper is the director of IT at Actionable.co, where he builds tools to integrate the many systems used in a distributed company. Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, Shawn has been building web applications since the late ’90s, with a focus on WordPress since 2011. He is a core contributor to the WordPress open source project and has spoken at WordPress events in Canada, the United States and Australia. Shawn is also the co-organizer of WordCamp Ottawa.
Stephanie is a full-time WordPress consultant. Prior to striking out on her own, she worked for the Texas A&M University Writing Center, the Texas A&M System Offices, and the Texas A&M Health Science Center. She still does consulting work for Texas A&M and other institutions of higher education.
Steve Rudolfi is Senior Web Developer at Boston University. He spend his days developing and steering the university’s WordPress themes and plugins and maintaining and enhancing a responsive theme framework. Coding standards, maintainability, expandability, and innovation are at the forefront of Steve’s decisions. He is a maker, FOSS enthusiast, frequenter of conferences and meetups, and lover of running, outdoors, science, animals.
Arizona native. I'm in to #Suns basketball, tennis, and karaoke. Wife + one toddler at home, both of which keep me super busy.
Sue Jenkins is a fine art photographer, designer, illustrator, writer, and founder/creative director of Luckychair.com, a full-service web and graphic design studio serving companies across the U.S. Sue worked as a Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Illustrator software instructor at Noble Desktop in New York City for eight years. Sue currently works as an assistant professor of art at Marywood University teaching courses in graphic, web, and interactive design. In addition to authoring several “Dummies” and other instructional books on Web Design, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, and Photoshop including Web Design All-in-One For Dummies (Wiley) and Smashing Photoshop: 100 Professional Techniques (Wiley/SmashingMagazine), she is an award-winning Adobe Certified Expert & Adobe Certified Instructor appearing in several internationally renowned online courses at Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning.
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