Director of Volunteer Engagement
Elise is a Quality Assurance Analyst at Tap|QA, LLC., working as a consultant for both local and national companies. Her work in ensuring quality software solutions has steered Elise into her new hobby of website design and development. Elise has her B.A. in Biology and Studio Art from the University of Minnesota-Morris. Her dive into coding started with wanting to know more about what her developer co-workers were working on, in enters the world of tech meet-ups and GDI. She took their first Front-End Developer Series (a Minneapolis Chapter specialty) and has been hooked ever since.
As Director of Volunteer Engagement with GDI Minneapolis, Elise is the primary contact for volunteers. She on-boards new volunteers, including interviewing and setting them up with training. Elise also matches volunteers to the most appropriate activity for them and for supporting our women in the tech community.
Director of Special Events
Molly is the Director of Special Events for Girl Develop It Minneapolis. She is a creative marketer and business development specialist from Saint Paul. Molly has a love for anything tech, a knack for problem solving, and a fondness of connecting people. After her first HTML/CSS class, Molly was hooked; participating in the first Front-End Developer Series, and eager to become more involved with GDI. In her free time, Molly enjoys car shows, preparing taxes, her dogs and axolotl, craft cocktails, and making things.
Director of Community Outreach
Kelsey Siqveland is a freelance web and graphic designer at Kelsey Anne Design. Her passion is to create aesthetically captivating designs that successfully communicate her client’s message and inspire others to reinvent their own brand identity.
Kelsey has a B.A. in Advertising from the University of Minnesota and later completed a certificate in web design and development from Saint Paul College in pursuit of running her own business. Her combined professional experience in marketing, web development and design has given her a unique mixture of skills to create web solutions that are not only impactful, but also strategic.
As Director of Community Outreach with GDI, Kelsey organizes monthly Code & Coffees and bi-monthly Code & Cocktails events that bring potential students and interested newcomers together to learn and gain access to mentors in the IT community. Kelsey enjoys bringing women together of all backgrounds and fostering their personal and professional development in IT. Through her involvement in GDI, Kelsey looks forward to making new connections with like-minded women in the tech community and supporting their career goals.
Susan is the Director of Student Programming for Girl Develop It Minneapolis and one of the chapter founders. She is a web, iOS, and Android developer and is the owner of White Buffalo, a small company based in Hopkins, MN that develops websites and apps for clients. In 2012 she left her employer of 26 years, Medica (a large regional health plan in the upper midwestern US) in order to pursue her passion for programming full-time. Susan specializes in making responsive websites and apps for both iOS and Android.
In addition to Susan’s more recent work in developing apps and website, she has thirty years of experience in health care administration and compliance, Medicaid managed care, provider relations, and hospital accounts receivable. She has an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a B.A. from Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan.
Director of Strategic Partnership
As the Director of Strategic Partnership, Amy ensures our sponsors are the best of the best in the Twin Cities tech community. She meets with organizations to see if GDI’s mission is as close to their heart as it is to ours. If you’re interested in becoming a partner or sponsor, you’ll want to chat with Amy!