We’re on a roll announcing speakers, so we figured that we’d bring you another batch! You’ve already seen 36 of our speakers in Part One, Part Two, and Part Three of our speaker post series. Here are 24 more for your viewing pleasure!
Aaron is a Sr. Web Engineer for 10up and has been actively working with WordPress since 2004. He is the author of the WordPress Bible, has done WordPress consulting for large and small clients, before joining 10up in an engineering and DevOps role. He lives in Baltimore where he religiously follows football and soccer, samples beer and practices his photography.
Courtney OCallaghan is Chief Digital Officer for the Freer and Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian. She has been obsessed with WordPress since building Ms. magazine’s blog in 2010. She is a professional listener, amateur teacher, vegetarian mom, animal caretaker, people watcher, culture enthusiast, off-hours feminist, book hoarder, designer/coder/other, CA native, proud DC resident, always in search of an ocean.
Fred Meyer is co-editor of WPShout (wpshout.com), which offers weekly WordPress tech tutorials, and co-author of Up and Running (upandrunningwp.com), a multimedia guide to WordPress development. Fred also operates a boutique web agency, Press Up (pressupinc.com), that specializes in WordPress projects.
Judi Knight is the founder and chief at New Tricks. When she’s not working with businesses to help them spread their goodness online, she’s probably checking people into the Urban Oasis Bed and Breakfast, planning WordPress events or hanging out with her husband and three Basset Hounds.
Chris is a Senior Web Engineer for 10up and has been working on WordPress since 2008. Before joining 10up Chris built one of the largest security plugins in the WordPress community as well as numerous other plugins and solutions. When not coding Chris loves to teach and has presented at numerous WordCamps and other conferences as well as taught computer security for St. Edward’s University and other University courses ranging from computers to aviation.
A proud (suburban) Philadelphia native, Anthony has been at Automattic for the past seven years and currently leads the Akismet team as it fights its way through the world of web spam. He’s been a faithful WordPress user since 2007 and was one of the founding organizers of WordCamp Philly back in 2010.
Brian is a web developer, writer, and consultant based in Birmingham, Alabama. He’s the editor of Post Status, a news and information website for WordPress professionals. It’s a community-centric project with around 500 members doing incredible things with WordPress.
With a life-long passion for art and a BFA in Graphic Design, Stephanie is a web designer with an emphasis on design. She started freelancing as a print designer many years ago, but found the transition to web design a natural progression. Shortly thereafter, Stephanie and her husband began experimenting with WordPress around version 2.0.2 and built a thriving company around it. In 2011 they moved their family to Jacksonville, FL and rebranded as Flightless. Stephanie has been involved with the Florida WordPress community since 2014 and recently started finding herself on the opposite side of the audience at WordCamps. Most weeks you will find her attempting to balance web design and homeschooling, exploring the world of flavors she can invent in her kitchen, and sometimes on Twitter @sjbrinley.
Ryan Rudolph started building websites while attending La Salle University. Shortly after graduation, he became Partner, and CTO at GetPhound, a digital marketing agency located right outside of Philadelphia. Ryan loves the challenge of crafting clean and professional websites for clients.
An accessibility-focused Project Manager with nearly 20 years in the industry, Robert has worked on award winning sites for teams including Happy Cog, Simply Accessible, Seven Heads Design, SuperFriendly, and Big Medium. Past clients include Zappos, Georgetown University, Nintendo, Time Inc., RealSimple, ESPN, American Airlines, JetBlue, and many others. When not online, Robert may be found with his family, riding his bike, or at a nearby Waffle House.
Morten Rand-Hendriksen built his first website in 1997 and has used the web to further communication between people ever since. He’s a senior staff author at lynda.com, a LinkedIn Company, where he has published 60+ courses on WordPress and front-end development reaching hundreds of thousands of learners world wide. He also teaches web design and development at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. In his spare time he co-organizes the Vancouver WordPress Meetup Group, contributes to WordPress core, and wears out his shoes on a ballroom dance floor.
Michael is a designer at Automattic. He may be a tad obsessed with CSS (especially Sass) and beautiful typography. Michael is currently working at Automattic on some pretty neato WordPress projects.
Nancy Thanki is a photographer, filmmaker, and Happiness Engineer. Whether she is tinkering on the web or editing a film, she’s enjoys introducing users and storytellers to visual design and how to avoid the pitfalls of “en vogue” to create products that can withstand the test of rising and falling fashions in typography, photography, moving images, and design.
RC is the lead developer for the Control Center plugin and works at WetPaint, building marketing tools for WordPress sites. His passion for data and automation fuels his curiosity to connect WordPress to the internet of things and build meaningful experiences where the two intersect.
Luke Woodward is an engineering manager with 10up, a freaking amazing web agency. He has been working in the WordPress space for 4 years. While he enjoys code and difficult software engineering problems, his real passion is continuous learning. If he has some down time, you’ll likely find Luke listening to podcasts, reading, or writing about a variety of topics ranging from leadership and business to software and graphic design. This passion for learning has pushed Luke to share his knowledge. It’s absolutely true that the best way to learn something is by teaching it. Working through problems with others is the hallmark of a good day for him. Luke can sometimes be a little shy, but he works hard to make everyone know they matter.
Kyle is the co-founder of a Jackson, Michigan based agency called Real Big Marketing which specializes in using WordPress to solve complicated problems for businesses. He is also the author of and a contributor to dozens of WordPress plugins, is the co-organizer of the Jackson WP meetup, is a co-organizer of WordCamp Ann Arbor, plays in a band and is an aspiring beer snob.
Licensed Caffeine Therapist and Data Geek. Huge lover of dogs, tea, coffee, and cantaloupe. Wanders on purpose. Often gets lost a lot while driving.
Prior to joining Automattic as a code wrangler a year ago David was a engineering manager for Canonical for over seven years, and has over 20 years experience in the industry. He has authored two technical books, numerous articles, and participated in various projects over the years. As a husband, a father of four, and helping to run two schools as a Governor, he is also well practiced at time management!
Gregory Cornelius is a software engineer at HubSpot and WordPress core contributor who brings his passion and thoughtfulness from years of writing and performing music to the craft of web development. Before joining HubSpot, he worked at Automattic on a complete revamp of the WordPress.com dashboard. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and daughter.
Helen is a lead developer of WordPress and the Director of Platform Experience at 10up, where she contributes to the WordPress open source software project full-time. As a lead developer, she writes and reviews patches and supports community contributors, with special focuses on UI development and pain points commonly experienced in large-scale client work. Having been a professional musician in a previous life, Helen believes in the value of the intersection of technique and artistry in all aspects of life, including software.
Mike Toppa has been coding for the web since the days of HTML 1.0, and he caught the WordPress bug when he wrote his first plugin in 2007. He’s the CTO for Poka Yoke Design, a web consulting firm specializing in WordPress and Ruby on Rails. Mike was previously the Director of Development for WebDevStudios, and he’s also worked at U Penn, Stanford, Georgetown, Ask Jeeves, and E-Trade. Outside of work you will most likely find Mike embroiled in a Nerf gun battle with his two young boys.
By day, Dennis engineers happiness at WordPress.com. By night, he is a relationships and comedy writer, which can be redundant or an oxymoron, depending on your perspective. Dennis’s experiences as a WordPress user led him to his current job at Automattic, and he’s excited to share everything he’s learned about both the craft and the technical aspects of maintaining a blog.
Charlie Reisinger is the IT Director at Penn Manor School District in beautiful Lancaster County Pennsylvania. He leads instructional technology programs and school enterprise technical operations. An impassioned advocate for open education and empowering students through technology, Charlie and his team deeply integrate a free and open source philosophy into classroom teaching and learning. He recently launched Pennsylvania’s largest high school 1:1 student laptop learning program using Linux and open source software exclusively.