We are developers, innovators, and thought leaders,
and we're trying to get more women in tech.



About Us

If you’re a woman in tech, chances are you’re the only one at your company, or at a user group, or at an event. The numbers aren’t in our favor. We’re trying to bring current women in tech together for solidarity, and to help encourage girls and women to pursue technology careers.

Want to know more? Keep reading to learn more about us.

Meet the ladies(*) behind the cogs.


Jennifer Wadella

President, Founder

Jennifer is a self-taught full-stack javascript developer with a passion for technology and community building.

@likeOMGitsFEDAY

Jacob
Schwartz*

Treasurer, CoderDojo Leadership

Jacob found redemption as a software engineer while working as an architect. He has a 2 children and is originally from Australia.

@jacobischwartz

Ventura Rangel

Secretary, Events Director

Ventura is a mom enthusiastic about technology and crafting. After organizing CodeDay Kansas City, she was hooked on tech event planning.

@venturalrangel

Katie Roby

Events Operations Director

Marketer, fundraiser, and feminist – Katie is a Kansas City native that is determined to help the nonprofit community thrive. When she’s not managing events, you’ll find her eating barbecue, quoting Leslie Knope, and camping lakeside.

@katieroby

Sammy Jo Gibson

Events Communications Director

Kansas City native Sammy Jo has spent most of her time in local media, including digital marketing for radio, television, and live events. Eager to help be a part of growing the tech community in KC, she's also fanatically into live music and her lovely black cat.

@ ReallyJustSam

Rachel
Ibok

Community Outreach Chair

Rachel Ibok is a Volunteer Engagement Coordinator who is passionate about the nonprofit sector. Her hobbies include reading, cooking and volunteering. She currently lives with her two cats, Inali and Simon.

@handsoapisgood



Jessica
Stroder

Strategic Partnerships Director

Jessica is a tech partnerships professional with passions in relationship building, entrepreneurship, travel, and finding the best patios in Kansas City.

@ j_lynne_o



Tamara
Copple

Membership Chair

Tamara is a business and reporting analyst in the financial services industry who balances her day job with crafts and GM'ing D&D campaigns. Tamara's ambition is to be a role model of a woman in STEM for young women.

@Ceiligirl72

Calla
Kingery

Fundraising Chair

Calla is a sustainability consultant specializing in business operations and workflow automation. She previously served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa and is committed to empowering women both internationally and within the Kansas City tech community.

@callakingery

Alex
Peak

Marketing Chair

Alex is a communications specialist who, in equal parts, loves graphic design, copy editing and writing. Outside of running the marketing department for a local wealth management firm, she enjoys hanging with her toddler Olive, and volunteering in the community.

@MusicIzMyRadar

Rebecca
Román

Social Media Chair

Rebecca supports Kansas City families through code, tweets, words, and awareness working in non-profit communications.

@i_Rsquared







Grace
Choi

Data Analyst

Grace is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri. Her primary research interests are digital literacy, digital production, and social media.

@gracefulchoices





Mickie
Brewer

Data Analyst

@Jeepster1107

Sarah
Duitsman

Coding & Cocktails Director

Sarah is a software engineer who fell in love with computers as a child. She enjoys connecting with other women in the industry and helping others feel more confident in their skills.

@skduits

Kelly
Winzer

Coding & Cocktails Co-Director

Kelly fell in love with computers at Take-Your-Daughter-To-Work-Day in the early 1990s. She is a mama of 6, working hard to become a developer and show her kids that it's never too late to follow your dreams.

@kellyreneewinz

Gabi
Dombrowski

Coding & Cocktails Mentor Director

@gabdom










Kayla
Hennegin

Coding & Cocktails Curriculum Director

A domestic geek. Mom of 5. Front-End Web Developer. HTML5 + CSS3 + JS + PHP + RoR + Node.js. Graphic + Web Designer.

@bellafaith




Alisa
Duncan

Coding & Cocktails Technical Materials Director

Alisa is a software engineer, a former chemist, and a Navy brat who grew up overseas. She enjoys volunteering, learning new things, and having a drink on her patio.

@AlisaDuncan




Lyndsey
Padget

Coding & Cocktails Presentation Director

Silicon Prairie pioneer woman, Nodegrammer, Soul Sista, Mother, Coffee addict, Lover-not-a-fighter, Crafter, Wine drinker.

@LyndseyPadget




Melissa
Arroyo

Coding & Cocktails Marketing Director

Melissa is a digital marketer and web development student. She has a background helping tech companies grow with digital marketing strategies and is passionate about #PoCinTech.

@Meivarpe




Muriel
Green

Coding & Cupcakes Curriculum Director

Muriel is a Software Developer working primarily with Django. Ever since realizing that one can edit movies by connecting two VCRs, Green has used technology for creativity and creativity to solve problems.

@Therewasnotry

Adrienne
Anderson

Coding & Cupcakes Technical Materials Director

Adrienne dabbles in all things data, from SQL queries to machine learning algorithms. She has a lifelong love of learning and is currently pursuing a PhD in computer science. In her spare time, she enjoys discovering new fiction, exploring the city on foot, and making lists.

@aj_ander

Patricia
Robinson

Coding & Cupcakes Marketing Director















Bill
Ayakatubby

CoderDojoKC Director

Bill is a senior software engineer whose passions include mentoring, supporting diversity in tech, and kittens.

@MaxLvlHumanDev








Eric
Poe

CoderDojoKC Director of Curriculum

Eric is a dad, reader, & full-stack developer with a background in K-12 education.

@eric_poe









Lance
Gliser

CoderDojoKC Director of Skill Mastery

Lance is a full-stack web dev, standards evangelist, ravenous learner, and proud generalist with roots in marketing. His hobbies normally involve adrenaline and injuries.

@lancegliser



Jenna
Beckett

CoderDojoKC Mentor Director

Full-stack dev and .Net technical instructor. Nerd Chic. Harry Potter partisan. Lover of all things Boho. Mom. Foodie. Passionate about inspiring girls and women that they can #codeLikeAGirl

@jadorepaisley12



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