Our leadership team comes from various walks of life and different levels of experience with the tech industry.
Senior Engineering Manager at Handshake
Guillermo has been working with web technologies for over fifteen years in the areas of software development, release engineering, and big data. His experiences serving in various capacities in a number of environments have informed his desire to help provide resources, training, and opportunities to individuals from underrepresented groups who have an interest in building careers in technology. He is a Brooklyn native, currently living in Hampton Roads with his wife and children.
Quality Assurance Analyst at Homes.com
Tonia is a proud Virgin Islander, who, along with her husband and daughters currently call the city of Chesapeake, VA home. Her tool belt includes communications and marketing, project oversight and process development/improvement across an array of industries. Currently she is "breaking" into the tech industry as a Assoc. QA Analyst and learning all things front-end. She believes in building community, is a champion for diversity and an advocate for interpersonal & intercultural mindfulness.
Director Contract Management & Integration at Optima Health
Lisa is an Industrial Engineer and Six Sigma champion who in recent years, expanded her areas of expertise by studying and working in the fields of Design Thinking, Innovation Management and Agile Development. She is passionate about accessible, customer centric design and a sincere focus on improving the user experience, without sacrificing operational excellence & quality. Lisa believes that solutions which meet the needs of a diverse set of customers, require the expertise and perspective of a diverse set of problem solvers. She remains committed to efforts that expand the pool and provide continued development and resources to diverse candidates in the fields of STEM.
Quality Assurance Engineer at Homes.com
Heather has moved around a bit but seems to return to Hampton Roads as a home base. She is currently a quality assurance engineer with an interest in iOS development. She started her professional journey in a less technical role supporting students pursuing tech-centered degrees. She was attracted to programming by the challenge and potential to build useful and creative products. She moved into web work and quality assurance professionally and is working on iOS development using Swift/SwiftUI on the side. She is passionate about education and helping where she can. Heather enjoys traveling, sunshine, and running in nature.
Software Engineer and Site Reliability Engineer at Red Hat
Troy has given the following recorded talks at conferences
Don?t Commit Your Ugly Code
Presented for Norfolk JS in 2016
React Conf 2017
Using Minikube (Kubernetes) for Node.js Development
Presented for Cloud Foundry 2017
Using minikube (Kubernetes) for Local Node.js Development
Chazona tackles challenges using a variety of languages and technologies, from front end fixes to API creation and workflow automation. She is a self-taught developer building on a decade of customer service experience, lending her to being passionate about self-directed education and advocating for expanded opportunities for those from non-traditional backgrounds.
Chazona has given the following recorded talks at conferences
Roughing it Dev Style: Coding Without a Computer
Presented for Hampton Roads DevFest in 2018
“Change happens when we work at the systematic level, but also when we value diversity at the decision table.”
– Atlee Clark