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Heather is a tech teacher and trainer who focuses on helping people become comfortable and confident online. She co-hosts a WordPress meetup called Tech It Easy With WordPress to help beginning users on the Eastside and has just launched a training website called Small Business Technology Academy to provide information and support to the people who need it most. Her goal is to translate the Geek into English so others can make technology work for them. Outside of tech, Heather loves to spend time with her family camping, backpacking, kayaking and biking.
Jeanette F. Chaplin is an author/educator. With a doctorate in English composition from Texas A&M-Commerce, she teaches community college freshman English courses online. She is writing a series of self-published mystery novels called Flowers of the Field. In her “free time” she is moving her writing/editing/mentoring business online so she can help more aspiring authors achieve their goals.
Laura Dodson, CPA has had her own business since 2009 when she first left the corporate world. She’s maintained her own websites since that very first day. Along the way, she has learned about hosting, WordPress, and ecommerce. Today, she is working as an independent financial analyst, manufactures shiny Lore Bit game tokens, and volunteers as a grant writer.
Raven Gildea has been a graphic designer since the days of X-acto knives and light tables, and a web designer since the mid-2000s. He builds custom WordPress sites for small businesses and non-profits, and teaches web design and WordPress classes at Seattle Central College. When not staring into a lighted box, Raven can usually be found cooking, gardening, reading, walking, or making art.
Andrea Salkey is a self-taught Web Developer who has been developing professionally since 2011. She started out as a WordPress consultant building custom themes. She loves learning new things and in her spare time works on various projects using different technical stacks.
Kristie Hill is a WordPress blog lover and guru. She finds satisfaction in digesting web concepts and breaking them down to be easily understood. This mom spends nap times posting tips and how to’s on blogambitions.com to help others start and succeed on the web.
Eric Amundson founded IvyCat in 2002 and is the team’s lead web strategist and user-experience designer. He began developing with WordPress in early 2005, and had found his niche, loving the software and especially the community.
Eric co-organizes the Seattle WordPress Docs Sprint and the South Sound WordPress Meetup, and stays active in the WordPress Community in the Pacific Northwest by sponsoring, attending, and speaking at WordPress Meetups and WordCamps.
I’ve been an educator for over 15 years, teaching a variety of tools and skills including WordPress, HTML5/CSS, PHP, video production and editing, InDesign, screen printing (because sometimes I get lo-fi), and more. I’ve been a web designer/front-end developer since 1997, but I focus on teaching. When I’m not helping people unleash their inner geek, I create storytelling and art projects that use a blend of digital and analog media.
Kelli Wise is a web designer at Pint Sized Sites and blogger for small business owners trying to make sense of websites and online marketing. She has been developing websites since 1997 and made the switch to WordPress in 2009. She is active in the WordPress community as a speaker at WordCamp and with the Olympia WordPress meetup. She lives in Olympia WA with two long haired cats who have failed to master the qwerty keyboard.
Mark Root-Wiley makes WordPress websites for nonprofits and mission-driven organizations as MRW Web Design in Seattle, Washington. With over a decade of web design and development experience and six years of WordPress experience, Mark loves sharing his knowledge with others, speaking at local conferences, meetups, and on his blog and Twitter (@MRWweb). When not pixel-pushing or WordPressing, Mark is on the pitch playing pickup soccer or cheering on the Sounders.
Sheila Hoffman has been in business since 1988 ( http://hoffmangraphics.com/ ). She took her graphic design skills from the print world to html website design and in 2010 she learned to use WordPress. In her presentation, she will talk about her evolution from using free and premium themes and eventually working with frameworks including Headway, Pagelines DMS and currently Elegant Themes Divi. Sheila will talk about who should and should not use a framework and some of the pros and cons of this choice.
Gaelan Lloyd is the global web systems manager at Winshuttle, a Seattle-based software company, where he built the company’s entire web infrastructure from the ground up using WordPress as the CMS.
Gaelan is a total geek and loves everything about computers. He’s also brave enough to be a full-time Linux user and open source advocate despite living dangerously close to Redmond.
This is Gaelan’s first time speaking at a WordCamp and he hopes to share his knowledge, experience, and some good jokes and bad puns along the way.
Kimberly Gauthier is a local dog nutrition blogger who writes about raw feeding for dogs. Kimberly joined the WordPress community in 2010 and by combining forums, Facebook, and YouTube, she’s learned out to build and grow her successful blog, Keep the Tail Wagging.
Bob Dunn, aka BobWP, is a WordPress coach and trainer. He has taught thousands of beginners and users, both locally and across the globe through his online training and courses on BobWP.com. Locally, he has presented more than 200 workshops that can be found on his meetup page. A WordPress user since 2007, he has spent time in the community, building sites and sharing content through WordPress meetups and WordCamps. Bob lives on a small island in Puget Sound with Judy and their rescue cat Rochester.