Amy is an extroverted Web Application Developer with a traditional Computer Science background. She shares the same “built my first site in Notepad” story as many of her colleagues and is a self-proclaimed geek with an interest in all things tech. With a history of hybrid roles, Amy has managed to avoid choosing between the front-end and the back-end. She loves to feed her geeky extroversion by getting involved in several of our local tech meetups and organizations. Her favorite one, of course, is Girl Develop It.
Intro to HTML & CSS
CJ is a digital producer at the Star Tribune, working with reporters and editors to make stories more useful and engaging online — anything from making data informative and visual, consulting on interaction design, leveraging social media for reporting and distribution, or changing layouts for a better user experience. She was previously at the rival paper, the Pioneer Press, the Bismarck (North Dakota) Tribune, and the student-run Minnesota Daily (Go Gophers!). She also has an M.S. in digital media from Columbia University and is an adjunct instructor at her alma mater, the University of Minnesota’s journalism school. Her code experience is in front-end development. She lives in St. Paul with her also-journalist husband and two cats.
Intro to HTML & CSS
Sam Oyen received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota – College of Science & Engineering, and currently works as an Application Developer at General Mills. A native Minnesotan, Sam spent a large part of her youth at C. McGee’s Deli, a family business established and run, to this day, by her mother. This kind of strong female role model growing up, along with her IT-inclined father, played a huge part in her career confidence in a male dominated field, and motivates her to share her knowledge with other female professionals. Sam believes in the importance of growing the number of women in the IT industry, and is excited to work with Girl Develop It to achieve this goal.
Sam is also passionate about getting local youth involved in the IT community, and spends her spare time mentoring through the Technovation program, and helping to lead a General Mills program, Discovering IT, that presents at local High Schools regarding IT careers.
Intermediate HTML & CSS, Advanced HTML & CSS, Intro to Wordpress
With over 10 years of web development experience, Tessa currently works as a Web Developer at a creative agency producing WordPress & Joomla websites in NE Minneapolis. She enjoys taking on various side projects when time allows. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors and anything that is related to Girl Develop It.
Karly is a multifaceted designer who earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Minnesota State University – Mankato. Working in both print and web design has allowed Karly to pursue her passion for her craft as she solves business and communication problems through design in the most effective way possible. Her broad range of skills, including website user experience knowledge, enables her to create highly usable and functional websites, marketing materials and more. Currently a Graphic + Web Designer at Windmill Design.