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
Founder, President
Jennifer is a self-taught full-stack javascript developer with a passion for technology and community building.
Jacob Schwartz
Treasurer, Financial Director
Jacob found redemption as a software engineer while working as an architect. He has 2 children and is originally from Australia.
Ventura Rangel
Secretary, Operations Director
Ventura is a mom enthusiastic about technology and crafting. After organizing CodeDay Kansas City, she was hooked on tech event planning.
Alison Renfro
Events Director
I have a huge heart for technology – particularly when it comes to empowering women in technology! I’ve been serving as a Product Owner / Product Manager for a little over Read More
Katie Roby
Fundraising 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, Read More
Sammy Jo Gibson
Events Attendee 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 Read More
Karly Kownslar
Events Marketing Director
Karly is a training specialist, social media content designer, and video editor. She loves podcasts, trying new KC restaurants with her partner, and playing with their two dogs and cat.
Katie Wells
Events Presentation Director
I’m a farm girl from Northwest Arkansas who grew up raising sheep and goats. I always knew that I wanted to work in the nonprofit community and help the community Read More
Purevsuren G. Scott
Events Sponsorship Director
I am passionate about constant personal and professional growth, community involvement, relationship building, travel, food and rescue animals. In route to learning coding.
Kara Huen
Internal Technology Coordinator
Project Manager and learning web developer who never turns down a good cup of coffee or a poolside in the sunshine. Believer in people, books, and the Oxford comma.
Rhia Dixon
Diversity & Inclusion Director
This Kansas City native is a software engineer, mother of one, and lover of puzzles, mom & pop shops, and all things Harry Potter.
Jessica Wilson
Community Outreach Director
Mom, gamer, book nerd, and full stack developer. The most introverted of extroverts, with a passion for empowerment… and being a lake mermaid.
Gloria Higley
Strategic Partnerships Director
Gloria is a business professional turned web developer. She is passionate about advocating for shared understanding, connecting with other humans, and creating safe spaces to learn. KC native, toddler Mom, Read More
Tamara Copple
Membership Director
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 Read More
Crystal Coates
Membership Engagement Director
I am a mom of two teenagers and a business development professional. I am a total geek that loves Star Wars and Marvel comic movies and everything about the KC Read More
Aman Kaur
Outcomes Data Analyst
Aman is passionate about marketing analytics, start ups, and human connections. Currently, she is enrolled at the KU Data Analytics bootcamps learning to drive insights from big data. Aside from Read More
Anjana Paul
Newsletter Director
Anjana is a marketer and freelancer who is currently working in the financial industry. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching bad reality tv, and exploring the city.
Samantha McCall
Public Relations Director
I’m an experienced content writer who’s worked in digital marketing for 20 years. I’m also a nascent developer with a newly earned full-stack certificate and eagerness to keep learning. I Read More
Rebecca Román
Content Director
Rebecca supports Kansas City families through code, tweets, words, and awareness working in non-profit communications.
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 Read More
Rachel Hagan
Coding & Cocktails Co-Director
Rachel is passionate about the history of computing, mental health and disability advocacy, and the intersections between health, art and technology. She’s a KU graduate working as a software engineer. Read More
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.
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.
Kallie Riff
Coding & Cocktails Presentation Director
Kallie is a software engineer that  loves collecting knowledge and sharing it with others. While she’s not behind a computer screen (working or gaming) she’s probably outside gardening, hiking, or Read More
Gabi Dombrowski
Coding & Cocktails Mentor Director
Gabi has a passion for languages, world travel, promoting diversity, and oysters. You can find her on her yoga mat or scratching her head at a computer screen.  
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.
Lee Zuvanich
Coding & Cupcakes Program Director
Lee Zuvanich is a serial entrepreneur who specializes in technical project management, UX design, and business analysis. Lee is also is the director of Startup Grind KC. Her favorite thing Read More
Rachel Aitkens
Coding & Cupcakes Co-Director
Rachel is a Salesforce Admin/Developer with a background in training and e-learning design. She is passionate about learning new skills and teaching others.
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 Read More
Patricia Robinson
Coding & Cupcakes Marketing Director
Patricia is a data nerd who loves sports, traveling, books, recycling and entrepreneurship.
Bill Ayakatubby
CoderDojoKC Leadership
Bill is a senior software engineer whose passions include mentoring, supporting diversity in tech, and kittens.
Laura Harsch
CoderDojoKC Program Director
Laura balances being a Mom and a successful career in Logistics & Distribution. A feminist, with a passion for promoting education & STEM, she is an active volunteer in her Read More
Anri Liy
CoderDojoKC Co-Director, Rails Girls Attendee Coordinator
Anri recently moved to the US to follow her dreams and eat lots of hamburgers and fries. Anri is a Test Engineer, aspiring software developer, has a BS in chemistry Read More
Tammy Buckner
CoderDojoKC Leadership
Tammy Buckner is a technology strategist and self-taught developer. After leaving college early, Tammy has had a successful career leveraging her knowledge of various technologies to align business solutions as Read More
Jenna Beckett
CoderDojoKC Mentor Director, Rails Girls Volunteer Coordinator
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
Eric Poe
CoderDojoKC Curriculum Director
Eric is a dad, reader, & full-stack developer with a background in K-12 education.
Ashley Coleman
CoderDojoKC Director of Mastery
Ashley Coleman. Mastery Director. Mobile Developer. Educator. Linguistics Enthusiast. Avid Reader. Tallgrass Raspberry Jam fan.
Kiley Adams
CoderDojoKC Junior Mentor Director
Kiley Adams. Junior Mentor Director. Application Developer Apprentice. Dog Mama. Foodie. Passionate about continuous learning. Speaks a bit of sign language.
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