Allison McMillan has hosted 19 episodes.
Allison McMillan is the Engineering Manager for Atom at GitHub. She's worn many hats including startup founder, community builder at the University of Michigan, Software Developer, and Managing Director of a national non-profit. Allison started programming at a Rail Girls workshop and is now a chapter organizer. She speaks on a variety of topics including mentorship, working remotely, and being a parent and a developer.
Speaking about and doing research on being a parent and developer is what inspired Allison to start the Parent Driven Development podcast. She has a 3-year-old son and an infant daughter. When Allison is not coding, you can find her encouraging her toddler's climbing skills, making funny faces at her daughter, or pretending she has time to bake. She lives in the Washington, DC area.
Mandy Moore has hosted 14 episodes.
Mandy is a single mom waitress turned entrepreneur. She specializes in quality audio processing and editing and provides complete show management for several podcasts including Parent Driven Development and Greater Than Code. She is also the Operations Manager for Ruby Together and Cloud City Development, a San Francisco-based Senior Full-Stack Development UX UI Design Consultancy. She lives and works remotely in the South-Central Pennsylvania area.
Women in tech, diversity and inclusion, and getting children involved in STEM education are all causes very near and dear to her heart. She lovingly refers to her 9-year-old daughter as “Chicken”.
Together, they continue to navigate the world one day at a time, and frequently travel to conferences where Mandy can be found emceeing or podcast field reporting. Meanwhile, Chicken, is taking on the tech world herself, and experimenting with being a “famous” YouTuber, ROBLOX and Minecraft Champion, and young robotics maker, while touting herself InquisitorMaster's #1 Fan.
Chris Sexton has hosted 17 episodes.
Chris is the VP of Engineering at Radius Networks, where he builds mobile proximity tools and services. He cofounded the Arlington Ruby Meetup and helps organize both Ruby Retrocession and Ruby for Good events.
When not working, Chris likes doing projects with with his kids: Hardware, LEGO, dog training, woodworking, and of course some programming.
JC Avena has hosted 9 episodes.
A husband since 1998, a professional software developer since 1999, and a parent since 2000.
JC has worked primarily as a web developer in many industries, including communications, financial, and e-commerce.
During this time his family has grown to four children and two dogs. They keep him and his wife busy and keep life interesting.
He’s also an amateur musician and considers himself a decent guacamole maker.
After all these years, he may be starting to figure things out, but there’s still a lot to learn.
Katherine Wu has hosted 13 episodes.
KWu is a Ruby developer at Heroku and new mom to a delightfully chubby baby boy.
She previously worked at New Relic on the newrelic_rpm gem and at Google in various technical support and product operations roles. A proud New Jersey native, she nevertheless fits in well in Portlandia, with hobbies like knitting, sewing, and making pickles from local produce.
Josh Puetz has hosted 15 episodes.
Josh Puetz is a developer with almost 20 years of experience making mistakes and telling stories about them. A veteran of several startups, he’s currently a senior software engineer at Codeship, focusing on building tools to help other developers write better code.
He lives in a small town in Wisconsin with his husband and 10-year-old daughter. When’s he not trying to figure out what to make for dinner, he enjoys photography and gaming.
Jess Szmajda has hosted 6 episodes.
Jess is a mom of one wonderful kid, the CTO at Optoro, the host of the DCTech Slack, and an organizer of the Joy of Programming Meetup. She has held lots of roles in tech; including IT support, operations, development, and eventually leadership.
When she unplugs, Jess can be found around Washington DC playing music at open mics, cooking, playing board games, and spending time with her son.
Johnny Ray Austin has hosted 2 episodes.
Johnny is an experienced engineering & technology leader. He has served as a member of the IT advisory board for the National Academy Foundation where he helped to ensure students receive the resources necessary to prepare them for industry or college. He is the former Curriculum Development Lead for the DC chapter of Black Girls Code - an organization dedicated to teaching young women of color how to program. Johnny now serves as a technology advisor for Black Girls Code. He is also an educator - having taught various courses through General Assembly.
During his time as Director of Technology at iStrategyLabs, Johnny led the development of projects and campaigns for clients such as Facebook, Kroger, Volkswagen more. As a Tech Fellow, he helped drive the engineering culture at Capital One through high impact technology contributions and thought leadership. Johnny is currently working as Head of Navigation Data at Mapbox in Washington, DC.
Sarah Olson has hosted 3 episodes.
Sarah Olson is an iOS developer for Trello at Atlassian. She lives in the exurbs of Minneapolis with her husband and two daughters (ages 4 and 7).
Sarah has over eighteen years of development experience in a variety of technologies, including iOS, Android, Java, and WordPress development.
As Director of Women Who Code Twin Cities, she leads a variety of initiatives and events focused on creating a more inclusive tech culture.