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 Chair
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
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, Read More
Sammy Jo Gibson
Events Communication 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
Fundraising Chair
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
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 Chair
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 Chair
Mom, gamer, book nerd, and full stack developer. The most introverted of extroverts, with a passion for empowerment… and being a lake mermaid.
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.
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 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
Marketing Director
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 Chair
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 Chair
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
Social Media Chair
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.
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 Read More
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.
Sara Heins
DjangoGirls Director
Sara is a content writer turned self-taught dev who’s excited to help guide other women through the programming learning process.
Amy Norris
DjangoGirls Marketing Director
Amy is a former graphic designer turned software developer, Launchcode graduate and for DjangoGirl. She loves to learn new things and help other people learn new things.
Ammaarah Khan
DjangoGirls and Rails Girls Diversity & Inclusion Director
Ammaarah is a developer in training. Born and raised in KC, makes it more than just a place, it’s home. She hopes to continue building the bridge between politics and Read More
Adrianne DeWeese
DjangoGirls Vendor Coordinator
Adrianne DeWeese works in nonprofit development and donor relations by day and is finishing up her Master of Public Administration (Nonprofit Management emphasis) at UMKC by night. Adrianne believes all Read More
Anna Scheuler
DjangoGirls Coach/Volunteer Coordinator
Anna is a software developer specializing in front-end web development. When not in front of her computer, she is a trivia dominating, craft making travel enthusiast.
Becky Pursley Ancell
Rails Girls Program Director
Marlini Alias Ali
Rails Girls General/Assistant Coordinator
Nicole Maneth
Rails Girls Coach Coordinator
Joe Ancell
Rails Girls Marketing Coordinator
Benjamin Reynolds
Rails Girls Web Coordinator
Mark Davis
Rails Girls Sponsor Coordinator
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