Speakers

Doug Stewart

Doug is a 15-year-veteran of the IT industry, a long-time Linux user and has been using WordPress since version 1.0. He had to be dragged, kicking and screaming into using a Mac in 2006 or so and might even admit that it’s probably for the best if you catch him on the right day. He has a passion for systems and for getting the most out of WordPress and has applied his skills in the commercial, government contracting, healthcare and general IT spheres.

Doug is currently a Senior Systems Engineer for 10up and can be found co-organizing the monthly Philadelphia WordPress Meetup and WordCamp Philadelphia when he’s not working diligently behind the scenes. You can find him on Twitter @zamoose

Brad Williams

Brad is the co-founder of WebDevStudios.com, a co-host on the DradCast podcast, and the co-author of Professional WordPress (1E & 2E) and Professional WordPress Plugin Development. Brad is also one of the organizers of the Philadelphia WordPress Meetup Group and WordCamp Philly. Brad blogs at http://strangework.com and tweets at @williamsba.

Adam Schweigert

Director of Technology, @INN. Ringleader, @INNnerds. Founder, @MediaToybox. Working on @LargoProject. Mediocre banjo player. aschweigert at gmail.

Paul Wright

Neil McGinness

Brian James Kirk

Cofounder of Technical.ly and Director of Business Development

Tony Perez

Tony Perez is one of three co-founders at Sucuri, Inc. Sucuri is a globally recognized organization committed to making the interwebs safer, one website at a time. Tony functions as the Chief Executive Officer at Sucuri, managing the growing staff of 30+ employees, 20,000 + clients and over 200,000 unique domains, performing over 2,000,000 unique website malware scans a month. He is very passionate about website security awareness and education, with a special passion for intrusion forensics and attacker psychology. Tony is a former Marine Corps veteran with two combat tours in Iraq, and holds an undergraduate degree in Technology Management and spends most of his spare time on the mats refining his Jiu Jitsu technique.

Lisa Yoder

Lisa Yoder is a front-end developer at Urban Outfitters by day, and an independent web developer by nights and weekends. She loves working with designers, writers, artists, small businesses, bloggers, & makers of all kinds.

Sal Ferrarello

Sal Ferrarello is the Founder of Iron Code Studio and Senior Developer at Launch Dynamic Media.  Sal is a contributor to the Studiopress Genesis Framework.  Before moving to web development full-time 6 years ago, Sal worked as a piano player, radio DJ, magician/juggler, beach photographer, as well as teaching high school computer programming, AP Calculus, and AP Statistics.

Anthony Bubel

Anthony currently works at Automattic, the distributed software company behind WordPress.com, where he manages business development and partnerships for its anti-spam product, Akismet. He joined the company nearly 6 years ago, just a few days shy of his graduation from Temple University, and was a founding organizer of WordCamp Philly back in 2010.

Tom Rose

Tom Rose is a New Jersey native currently living in West Philly. He’s been building websites since the late 1990s. Back then, the internet was young, the <blink> tag was cool and Tom had a full head of hair. Things are different now, but his passion for nice, clean code is the same. Tom runs a small web design shop called Slurve (it’s a baseball term) and can often be found coding at various coffee shops around Philly. You can find him on Twitter @slurve.

Helen Hou-Sandí

Helen Hou-Sandi is the Director of Platform Experience at 10up, a WordPress core committer, and the WordPress 4.0 release lead. She believes in WordPress as an amazing publishing platform, and loves working on all aspects of WordPress and cool things with WordPress.

Jeremy Pry

Jeremy Pry is a developer and lead technical at WP Engine. He is a proponent of GitHub and and version control.

Liam Dempsey

Having started his creative life as a print designer, Liam Dempsey likes to call himself a designer who codes. Working in print and new media, 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.

Andrew Nacin

Nacin is a Lead Developer at WordPress, squashing bugs, wrangling contributions, and spearheading new development. He has strong feelings about the core philosophies of WordPress, among them “decisions, not options”— software should be opinionated in lieu of burdening the user with too many options. He works for WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg at Audrey Capital, where he is primarily tasked with working on WordPress core and keeping the lights on at WordPress.org. He resides in downtown Washington, D.C.

Eric Andrew Lewis

Eric is a core contributor since 3.4, web developer at The New York Times, screenprinter, and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Aaron Jorbin

Aaron is a Polyhistoric man of the web. Currently Technical Architect on the Conde Nast Platform Team and a WordPress contributor, he works to improve developer happiness and is dedicated to making internet usable and enjoyable by everyone.

Jeff Matson

Jeff Matson is a technical content writer and SEO for InMotion Hosting, specializing in WordPress-related tutorials and news. His content reaches millions of users and has been featured on sites such as Post Status and WP Tavern. In his off time, he hosts the WordPress After Hours Google Hangout on Friday nights for uncensored, unrecorded, WordPress shenanigans.

Andy Stratton

WordPress theme & plugin developer, founder of Sizeable Interactive and WP Maintainer. Lover of animals/art/music/film/pb&j/JFDI.

David Dashifen Kees

David Dashifen Kees is a web application developer for the College of Engineering IT Shared Services unit at the University of Illinois. He’s been a web programmer since 1998 and has included WordPress as a part of his personal and professional life for about the last four years. He lives in Massachusetts works as one of his team’s few 100%-time remote workers.

Kelly Maguire

Kelly Maguire is the developer for Offbeat Bride, an alternative wedding and lifestyle publication powered by WordPress.

Liz Lockard

Liz Lockard is an analytics and conversion nut who loves helping small businesses get more of the right kind of traffic and turn more of that traffic into subscribers and sales. She’s been featured in the New York Times, Social Media Examiner, Design*Sponge, The Rise to The Top and more. You can find her on Twitter as @lizlockard or on the web at www.lizlockard.com.

Joe Rozsa

An award winning creative director, designer and owner of Trailer Trash Design, Joe thumbs his nose at the stuffed-shirt, smoke and mirrors approach to providing creative communication services. Operating under the sometimes unheard of adage that work can be fun, Joe, with his off-the-cuff approach, offers his clients full service creative consulting, graphic design, advertising and production for print media collateral, websites, internet marketing and multi-media presentations.

Doug Yuen

Doug Yuen is the founder of EfficientWP, a hosted WordPress platform with built-in optimization and maintenance. He’s a fan of the Genesis framework, flat design, and multisite. He’s originally from New Jersey, but he’s been location independent for the last 2 years. He’s been developing with WordPress for over 5 years and has authored two plugins.

Alx Block

Alx Block is a Happiness Engineer with Automattic and works primarily with Business and Enterprise users to help them launch their WordPress.com websites. He has been in the marketing world since managing his first direct mail campaign at age 12. He has been the Director of Sales and Marketing for multiple non-profit book publishers and consulted with non-profits, both large and small, on building a better web presence. While not attached to a screen, Alx enjoys telling bad jokes and teaching magic tricks to his kids.

Sonja Leix

Sonja is a New York based WordPress front-end developer and a co-organizer of WordCamp NYC. She has a strong design background and is passionate about UX, the WordPress community and traveling.

Russell Heimlich

Lead developer at the Pew Research Center. Previously at USNews.com and graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia.

Erica Sterling

Erica Sterling has over 15 years of web development experience and 11 years in working in higher education. Ms. Sterling graduated from Drexel University with a BS degree in Engineering and Education. Her previous employment includes Digital Communications Manager of Penn Medicine (University of Pennsylvania Health System – UPHS) and Webmaster of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Sterling is currently the Web Administration and Support Manager for Einstein Healthcare Network. Ms. Sterling is the owner of Websiteplant.com and Tekniquellc.com. Her other specialties include: WordPress, website consulting, social media, web analytics, e-learning, and search engine optimization (seo).

Ben Lobaugh

Adventurous sailor and Seattle WordPress(Camp) organizer, Ben Lobaugh has been working with open source communities for 15-plus years and is an active contributor to the WordPress community. Ben currently works as a Jetpack Engineer with Automattic.

Rami Abraham

Rami is a developer. He’s a co-organizer of WordCamp Lancaster and the WP Lancaster meetup, a developer at Maintainn.com, and a freelance developer.

Jared Novack

Jared is a founder of Upstatement, a web design firm located in Boston that specializes in responsive websites for media companies (like BostonGlobe.com). At Upstatement he directs projects and uses WordPress to build and prototype sites. Jared was formally the newsroom developer at the Houston Chronicle and Boston Globe and an adjunct professor at MassArt. He graduated from Syracuse University in 2006 with a BA in Computer Art.

Karen Arnold

Karen Arnold is organizer of the Albuquerque WordPress community and WCABQ 2011 – 2013 and she’s spoken on a wide variety of WordPress topics. She works at Automattic as a Happiness Engineer for WordPress.com.

Elizabeth Urello

Elizabeth Urello has spoken on support tactics, writing topics, and technical documentation internationally.

Davis Shaver

Technology strategist for Digital First Media’s soon-to-be-closing Project Thunderdome. Working on what’s next. Created Onward State.

Deborah Beckett

Deborah Beckett has led training sessions and demos at WordCamps and Meetup events.

Joe Casabona

Joe Casabona is a web developer, author, and teacher who focuses primarily on WordPress and mobile development. His latest book, Responsive Design with WordPress is out now. He is also a Yankee fan, plays the drums, and enjoys a fine cigar from time to time. You can find him over at casabona.org or on Twitter at @jcasabona.

Courtney Robertson

Courtney helps small business owners with their entire online presence. She started using WordPress 2.4 and has spoken at or attended WordCamps since 2008.

Zoe Rooney

Zoe Rooney runs a small front-end web development company focused on working with talented designers to create beautiful, functional websites. She works mostly with WordPress and Shopify, and for creative businesses and bloggers. She is also mom to two little boys, a newbie distance runner, and she enjoys blogging and tweeting about all things web and business-related.

Tim McKenna

Tim McKenna is the principal of Azrael Group, a design and development studio in Central Pennsylvania. He is a member of AIGA Central PA and Society of Design. His work with Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians allowed him to build the PAFP Community, a BuddyPress driven online community of practice for family physicians. He is a graduate of Hussian School of Art in Old City.

Tracy Rotton

Tracy Rotton is a lead web developer for RP3, an advertising agency in Bethesda, Maryland. In 2012, she discovered responsive web design, and became obsessed. Since then, she’s built responsive websites for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Norfolk Southern Corporation, FrontPoint Security, and Long and Foster Real Estate, the latter two on WordPress. Deciding to combine her passions for responsive websites and WordPress, she’s writing a book all about responsive WordPress theming.

Tracy Levesque

Tracy Levesque is a co-owner of YIKES, Inc., a Philadelphia web design and development shop located in Fishtown. She is also a WordPress instructor for Girl Develop It Philly. She has been designing websites since 1996 and working with WordPress since 2006. She spends her days building custom themes for WordPress and seeing how much functionality she can add without really knowing PHP. When not wrangling HTML and CSS, Tracy drinks coffee, plays drums, chases her 7 year old daughter and takes pictures of abandoned buildings.

Dave Ross

WordPress plugin developer and core contributor. Cat whisperer. Burrito connoisseur. In college, Dave Ross learned about computers from their silicon on up, but he was drawn to the early web by its ability to bring people together and give individuals a global voice. He’s been building web sites for almost two decades, and works as a Senior Web Engineer for 10up.

Chris Van Patten

As the founder and creative director of Van Patten Media, Chris Van Patten has helped build websites and applications for Broadway performers, regional planning groups, technology news publications, and countless other entertainment and lifestyle businesses. Before coming to New York City (where he is now based), Chris was an active member of the Buffalo, New York tech community, where he founded “BfloFRED,” the Buffalo Front-End Developers meetup group. “FRED” later expanded to include sister meetups in Manchester, UK and Toronto, ON. He was also co-organiser of Buffalo’s inaugural WordCamp, a conference for WordPress developers and users, and created the “ThirdThursday” series of happy hour meetups. He regularly speaks at WordPress meetups and conferences, and writes at vanpattenmedia.com and chrisvanpatten.com.

Matt Banks

Matt Banks is a Co-Owner and Lead Developer of Collectiv THKG, a full service marketing, strategy, web and mobile agency in Saratoga Springs, NY. Prior to founding Collectiv THKG, Matt owned and operated Kernel Creative Media, a WordPress and iOS development company in Upstate New York. Matt has been involved in all aspects of web development for over 10 years, including custom WordPress theme and plugin development, front-end and mobile web development, iOS development, as well as contributing to WordPress Core and a number of open source projects. Matt has worked with a broad range of clients including law firms, investment banks, art galleries, real estate agencies, restaurants, video game developers and journalists, and higher education institutions. You can find Matt on Twitter @mattbanks and blogging at http://mattbanks.me.

Vicki Boykis

I work with big data at work. I’m also doing a part-time MBA at Temple. In my “free” time, I’m working on a novel, blogging (have been with WordPress for 5+ years), and running. I like Nutella.

June 7-8th, 2014