Speakers

Kim White

While the www was just getting popular I learned to build websites to show off my growing family. In 1999 I made it my career and later returned to school to build up my skill set. I love WordPress and started the Lehigh Valley Meetup in 2014. Currently, I serve as a chapter leader for GDI Lehigh Valley.

Tom Carney

I have been a WordPress designer and developer since 2009. I love developing custom themes and plugins that involves new programming languages or creative processes.

Carlos Zuniga

Originally from Los Angeles, I’ve lived in Philadelphia the past 8 years. I’m currently lead Web Developer for Yikes, Inc. I’m also a General Translation Editor for WordPress Spanish (Mexico). When I’m not working I’m father to the coolest 4-year-old in South Philly.

Pam Ann Aungst

I own an agency in NJ that specializes in SEO & PPC. We have a very strong reputation for being experts in results-driven white-hat SEO and highly-effective PPC campaigns.

Paul Barthmaier

With advanced degrees in linguistics and heaps of natural curiosity, Paul Barthmaier applies his love of languages to the beauty of WordPress when building plugins and themes that make client websites sing.

Lauren Pittenger

I’m a front end designer and WordPress & JavaScript/jQuery instructor. In my free time, I like to paint and snuggle puppies.

Diane Varner

By day, I work as a digital marketing and content strategist and by night, I act as digital marketing super hero for local businesses and organizations.

Laura Byrne-Cristiano

Laura started her first WordPress site back in March 2006. She grew it from obscurity to millions of views a day. Since then, she’s created/written for over twenty WordPress sites mostly in the areas of education and entertainment. She is one of the WordCamp US 2017 organizers heading up marketing and communications. Aside from her her love of WordPress, Laura is also an Anglophile, avid traveler, theater lover, fantasy junkie, and occasional actor. She currently writes for Hypable.com and does freelance marketing and social media work.

Lisa Sabin-Wilson

Lisa Sabin-Wilson is the third partner and co-founder of WD3, LLC / WebDevStudios. Prior to joining WebDev in November 2012, she was Founder and Creative Director at eWebscapes, a custom design studio that provides professional design solutions for people and businesses that she ran since 2004.

Lisa is a very active member in the WordPress community contributing to the education of users, both new and advanced, about the platform through her travels and appearances at various WordCamps around the country. Lisa is also sought after as a regular public speaker at national events on topics such as WordPress, Development, Design, CSS and Social Media.

Beth Fritzinger

I’m graphic designer, turned content manager, with a passion for web governance. Working in Syracuse University’s Office of Marketing and Communications as an undergraduate student led to a full-time job post-graduation where I was introduced to the world of WordPress and content strategy. As the web content publishing coordinator I am responsible for managing 400+ pages on Syracuse.edu by coordinating with subject matter experts, marketing professionals, and our web team.

Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg

With nearly two decades of professional technology experience, Alex oversees all business functions at Zivtech and Probo.ci, from sales and marketing, to client relations, human resources, and business strategy. Alex has a deep passion for Open Source and for using technology to make work and life more awesome!

Alex has always had a knack for technology and loves teaching non-technical users. While attending The New School’s Eugene Lang College in Manhattan, Alex taught himself how to administer Windows and Macintosh computers. He landed a job as a systems and LAN administrator for over 7 years, mostly for The New School’s Parsons Fashion School. At Parsons, Alex obtained a second degree, got married, and lived through three summers of Project Runway.

Christopher Lauzon

Chris has worked for several start-ups in the Austin TX area for years, focusing mostly on eCommerce solutions in a technical support role. He moved on to becoming the director of support at WP Engine, and then a Happiness Engineer at Automattic. He is now the CEO of Pressable, a Managed WordPress hosting company.

Tracy Rotton

Tracy is the Founder and Principal of Taupecat Studios, a digital media agency that specializes in custom WordPress development. She has twenty years of professional web development experience and is a front-end expert. She is also a core WordPress contributor and co-organizer of WordPress D.C. Originally from South Jersey, she now lives with her husband and two children in the Washington, D.C. suburbs.

Dustin Leer

I do branding & build things on the web. I work with WordPress & Magento. Learning more about JS and CLI! I ♥ WordPress. I do the CrossFits. 🏋️‍♂️

Christina Deemer

I am a UX Developer at Interactive Mechanics, where I build sites, apps, and exhibit interactives for arts, culture, and higher ed clients and co-founded Interactive Mechanics’ fellowship program for diversity and inclusion in tech. I am an active TA and volunteer with Girl Develop It Philly and was a 2015 Code for Philly Open Source Mentorship Program fellow.

I came to tech later in life, after a 12-year career as a fundraiser for some of Philadelphia’s most prestigious arts organizations. I wrote my first line of code at age 35 and built my first of many custom WordPress themes at 37. I enjoy writing front- and back-end code, and am learning to do fun things with Raspberry Pis and Arduinos. Outside of tech, I enjoy reading, cooking, and watching classic films.

Jonathan Ober

I am a WordPress Designer/Developer in Lancaster, PA for 10+ years. I have created sites for various clients from small to medium sized businesses. I am a husband, father and foster dad. I love love teaching others about WordPress and how they can set themselves up for success on the web.

Daniel Olson

Dan is the COO at DigitalCube, a WordPress solutions company with offices in the US and Japan. He lives and works in Philadelphia PA, home to the first WordCamp US.

His work includes building WordPress SaaS products focused on security and scalability, offering advanced security services through AWS, and providing managed web hosting support for eCommerce clients, large media organizations and higher education.

Away from the keyboard he enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, eating everything, tasting all the beers, traveling to meet new people and helping with the family business, a pet boutique and bakery named Amelie’s Bark Shop.

Aaron Jorbin

Aaron is a polyhistoric man of the web who knows rabble rousers get shit done. Currently Aaron is the Director of Engineering for Some Spider, where he supports the editorial and business teams on scarymommy.com and cafe.com. He is also a WordPress Core Committer that focuses on improving developer happiness and making the internet usable and enjoyable by everyone. He tweets at @aaronjorbin and writes regularly at daily.jorb.in.

Mika Epstein

Mika Ariela Epstein is better known as Ipstenu, the Half-Elf Rogue. Working for DreamHost and specializing in WordPress, Mika helps make WordPress and hosting better for everyone. When she isn’t reviewing plugins or rebuilding the stack, she’s speaking at WordCamps worldwide about code and open source technology. A self-taught guru on Multisite and .htaccess, she has a passion for writing and technology.

Jonathan Belcher

Jonathan (JB) Belcher is a developer specializing in building applications on the web platform utilizing a variety of technologies. He is a Web Technologies Google Developer Expert and a panelist on the Polymer podcast. He is also a co-organizer of PHL UX, Philadelphia Javascript Developers, and LibertyJS conference.

Since joining Automattic, JB has worked on a variety of projects including the WooCommerce react admin for WordPress.com, WooCommerce.com React new user experience, WooCommerce.com continuous integration build systems, WooCommerce.com code linting, WooCommerce and WP-Calypso style linters, and is Technical Co-Lead with his favorite creative for WooConf 2017.

At SunGard, JB helped clients build large scale web applications. He worked with the Comcast XFINITY Home team to build their IoT web interface utilizing Polymer. Before joining SunGard, he worked on the Viridity Energy VPowerTM Platform, another application built primarily in AngularJS. At Stuzo, Jonathan helped build experiences for Fortune 100 companies using AngularJS. He was also part of the team building Meg.com, which assists web asset owners engage their visitors.

Previously, JB has worked for a DoD contractor, ran a one person freelance shop, and taught English in China. He received a BA in Economics and East Asian Studies from Washington and Lee University. He lives in South Philadelphia with his wife and Boston Terrier.

Sal Ferrarello

Sal started programming on a Commodore 64 when he was eight years old. He went on to become a web developer and educator specializing in WordPress. Sal’s past also includes work as a beach photographer, magician/juggler, and high school calculus teacher. He contributes to WordPress core, the Genesis framework, and various other open source projects.

Sal writes regularly about programming at https://salferrarello.com/.