George Stephanis

George Stephanis is a Squad Lead on the Jetpack Pit Crew at Automattic (the company behind WordPress.com). When not working on Jetpack, he spends his time contributing to Core, helping to run the WordPress Lancaster Meetup Group and WordCamp Lancaster PA, and is a regular on the WP Watercooler podcast.

Ryan Duff

Ryan has been using WordPress for over 10 years. He focuses mainly on developing plugins and data migrations. He currently applies this experience full time solving all types of advanced problems for clients. He also runs and speaks at the WordPress Harrisburg meetup.

Dawn McDougall


Dawn McDougall is a civic tech and open data professional, emergent leader, and public speaker. She is(whose projects are entirely open-source and based on open-data). Dawn also works for an Open-SaaS software company, with their core platform operated as an open-source project.

As Executive Director of Code for Philly, Dawn scopes the vision of the group, manages its leadership team, and builds strategic partnerships.

Dawn is a civic hacker by way of her love of cities (particularly Philly) and fixation on how urban governance can be directly improved by civic participation. She also loves tasting new beers, exploring city neighborhoods, marathon reading, and other human adult life things.

How Carson


How Carson’s career in information services and publishing systems development spans 30 years as a systems analyst and data manager in the graphic arts, automotive and aerospace industries. He learned about the graphic arts and computerized typography as a young man employed first by his father’s company, Carson Typography, and later at ROCAPPI (Research On Computerized Applications in the Printing and Publishing Industries), the pioneering graphic arts firm founded by printing innovator John Seybold.

While employed as IS Manager for a spacecraft manufacturer in the 1980s, he was a member of the Aerospace Industries Association’s Publications Committee that developed SGML standards, which eventually became the baseline for creating hypertext markup and the world wide web. He began studying hypertext development at the University of Maryland in 1989.

In 1997 How started a web design and hosting company that has evolved to become US Server Net, LLC Cooperative, a member-owned, democratically-run managed WordPress service for small businesses, professionals and non-profits, with a focus on performance, security, and reliability.

In 2015 he launched How Carson Consulting, LLC to provide online presence planning, WordPress site administration and content management best practices training. He teaches WordPress classes at several adult night school programs in the Philly area.

How is a business and technical writer with project management, document design and production supervision experience. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and did graduate work in Computer Science and Business Administration at Rutgers University. He is a frequent speaker for groups interested in learning about Internet technology including WordPress, open source software, and web vulnerability management.

He and his wife, Cheryl, live in Wyndmoor, PA with their two Jack Russell terriers. His hobbies include Zydeco dancing and riding his Yamaha scooter.

Courtney O’Callaghan

Who I am … professional listener, sometimes teacher, vegetarian mom, animal caretaker, people watcher, culture enthusiast, off-hours feminist, book hoarder, designer/coder/other, Chief Digital Officer at Freer and Sackler Galleries, CA native, proud DC resident always in search of an ocean.

Charlie Reisinger

Charlie Reisinger is the IT Director at Penn Manor School District in beautiful Lancaster County Pennsylvania. He leads district instructional technology programs and school enterprise technical operations. An impassioned advocate for empowering students through technology, Charlie and his team deeply integrate open source philosophy into classroom teaching and learning. He launched Pennsylvania’s largest 1:1 student laptop learning program using Linux and open source software exclusively. Charlie is a contributing author to opensource.com, and is writing a book about his open source school adventures.

Cameron Barrett

Cameron (@camworld) pioneered the blog format in the late 1990s. He’s built web sites for presidential candidates, the U.S. Army, the World Economic Forum and led the migration of 70+ web sites from a proprietary SaaS to WordPress for NJ’s largest public school district. He’s now migrating all 14,000+ U.S. public school districts to WordPress (via his startup/SaaS – SchoolPress.co), saving millions of taxpayer dollars. He hails from Northern Michigan and currently lives outside of NYC with his family.

Kerch McConlogue

Kerch McConlogue, retired ADHD coach and front end developer, has been writing code by hand for 16 years and using WordPress since version 1.5. Her passion is helping WordPress novices to understand the basic care and feeding of their own sites and to get past their fears of breaking the internet.

Ellen Amaral

Ellen Amaral is a designer who is excited by the collision of design with content strategy, user experience design, and development. She leverages a BA in Communication Design from the University of Pennsylvania and a General Assembly course in Front End Development to take design out of its silo and into an integrated space where design contributes to interactive problem-solving. Ellen Amaral currently works as a Senior Designer at CHIEF, while exploring the wonderful world of WordPress on her off-time.

Jimmy Smutek

I’m a web developer at Ainsley & Co., an advertising & marketing agency in Baltimore, Maryland. I studied computer graphics and visual communication at CCBC, Baltimore, and then Corporate Communication at University of Baltimore. I started my career as a designer and slowly made the shift into web design, and eventually into full time web development.

I’m a fan of skateboards, 80’s music, drum machines, WordPress, the open web, and PHP.

Jay Hoffmann

Jay is a front-end and WordPress developer at Penguin Random House where he works on sites that connect readers all over the U.S. He also founded Tidy Repo, a curated list of WordPress plugins, and works frequently with WordPress tools like Underscores and the REST API.

Sal Ferrarello

Sal is a WordPress developer with a focus on the Genesis theme framework and Bootstrap front-end framework. He is a contributor to the Genesis framework, author of the Bootstrap Genesis Theme, and author of the Stop Emails plugin available on WordPress.org.

Sal blogs about web development at http://salferrarello.com/.

Ty Fujimura

Ty Fujimura is a web designer/developer and the founder of Cantilever, a boutique studio based in Ridgewood, NJ. With Cantilever he has worked on myriad WordPress projects: simple blogs, large-scale marketing sites, private social-networking sites, and even an always-on company dashboard. Cantilever has designed and developed for a wide range of clients, always seeking to create digital products that embody “digital hospitality”.

Brad Parbs

Brad Parbs eats a lot of burritos.

Liam Dempsey

Having started his creative life as a print designer, Liam Dempsey likes to call himself a designer who codes. Working online and in print, Liam runs a small international marketing and design consultancy, LBDesign. Through LBDesign, Liam works with businesses and non-profits across the US, the UK and Africa. Liam is also the co-founder and organizer of the Philly ‘burbs WordPress Meetup. In 2015, he served on the organizing team for the inaugural WordCamp US.

Beth Soderberg

Beth Soderberg a developer who is obsessive about clean code, solid design execution, and empowering the user. Her happy place is where code and design intersect and she therefore loves dabbling in user experience and design work. By day, Beth is a senior developer at CHIEF and by night is the community representative for the WordPress Training Team, a co-organizer of the WordPress DC Meetup, and a Hack for Good organizer with the DCFemTech coalition in Washington, DC.

Corey Salzano

I am a web developer and graphic artist. I’m turning the .NET software company I work for in Ephrata, Pennsylvania into a WordPress shop by launching Inventory Presser, an inventory management system for automobile dealers built on WordPress. I freelance for a local brewery and help organize the annual Lititz Craft Beer Fest by running its website and planning its social media strategy.

Debjit Saha

I help small businesses with their e-commerce setups and performance optimisation using Woocommerce and Shopify. Since I have been involved with both platforms, I have a first hand experience of which one lacks what and how it can be improved. Having been one of the early adopters of WordPress, I have always helped small businesses solve their day to day needs using WordPress and customized plugins.

I started my career as employee number two at India’s largest online auto market place (CarTrade.com) where I was involved with both software development and organic growth side of things. I moved on to start a financial course marketplace online in India which was acquired a while back. I have a formal education in Electronics Engineering from India and Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY.

Tracy Rotton

Tracy Rotton is the Front-End Architect for RP3 Agency and is passionate about creating responsive web experiences for their clients. She is also a WordPress core contributor, speaker, and instructor at General Assembly in Washington, DC. When she’s not obsessing about making web experiences faster, better, and stronger, you can probably find her out skiing somewhere.

Casey Driscoll

By day, a full stack web dev of open source technologies that include WordPress and JS at CHIEF. By night, a dedicated community organizer in the DC Tech community and the founder of PatchWorks.


Joe Casabona

Joe Casabona is a Front End Developer that works in WordPress…a lot. In 2014, he authored a book called Responsive Design with WordPress and 2 other book on web development. He’s also a professor at the University of Scranton where he teaches Web Development and Computer Science courses and has developed an accredited course on WordPress theming.

Anthony D Paul

I help build great digital experiences and software through usability research, IA concepts, and prototypes. Outside the office, you’ll find me spread across regional meetups and conferences—evangelizing IA/UX, accessibility, and a variety of open source dev projects. When I’m not doing responsible adult things, I grow the world’s hottest chili peppers and bottle my own hot sauce. I’d divulge something funny from my past, but these days the Internet does a better job of surfacing our embarrassing moments; find me anywhere by Googling “anthonydpaul”.

Jason Coleman

Jason is the founder and Lead Developer of Paid Memberships Pro and co-author of Building Wep Apps with WordPress. He has been a WordPress consultant for many years and now makes his living selling software and support for the Paid Memberships Pro platform. Jason works out of his home in Reading, Pennsylvania where he lives with his business partner and wife Kimberly Coleman and their two small children.

Reed Gustow

I’ve been working with WordPress since 2009. My one-person company, Delta Angel (deltaangel.com), makes websites for small businesses and individuals. I also teach WordPress, mostly to individuals, and that’s one of my favorite things to do. Much of my work involves site maintenance or repairs.

I’m very active in the Philadelphia tech community, as a co-organizer of the Philadelphia WordPress meetup, WordCamp Philly and WordCamp US, a board member of the Philadelphia Area New Media Association (panma.org), the WordPress Special Interest Group leader and board member of the Philadelphia Area Computer Society (pacsnet.org), and a member of IndyHall, a coworking group. I have also presented on WordPress at WordCamps, BarCamps and PodCamps.

Russell Heimlich

Senior developer at Forum One. Lover of minimal bios.

Nicole Kohler

As the Content Creator for WooCommerce, Nicole spends most of her time writing blog posts and creating additional educational resources for store owners and developers. When she’s not staring at that familiar WordPress admin screen, you can find her playing tabletop games with her husband, chasing her dog around the backyard, or trying to catch yet another shiny Pokemon.

Bryan Nelson

I’m 18 years old going on 19 in January. I currently am the editor of the TIME Inc, owned FanSided site newcastletoons.com. I also run agorans.org. I graduated high school in 2015 and have since been working on getting a degree in English.

Sarah Moyer

I’m a native of Lancaster County, PA, and build custom websites using WordPress + Genesis for RedX and others. Web dev is exciting for me because I love to imitate God’s creative work in nature. There’s something insanely cool about combining intricate design, harmonious colors, and eye-catching aesthetics, then wrapping in all up into a lean, efficient bundle of code. Off work, I spend time with family & friends, romp with my dog Texas, and help non-verbal people communicate using eye-gaze technology.