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 a 2 children and is originally from Australia.
Ventura Rangel
Executive Operations Director
Wife to the amazing Andrew Rangel, and mom to the marvelous maker Maeve and awesomely autistic Atticus. Crafting and making are my favorite past times. You can find me exploring Read More
Sarah Duitsman
Executive Program Director
Sarah is an engineering team lead who fell in love with computers as a child. She enjoys connecting with other women in the industry and helping others feel more confident Read More
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
Dasia Mendez
Events Sponsorship Director
Dasia is a software developer student and amateur balloon artist. The KC tech community sparked her interest in technology, and she hopes to do the same for someone else. She Read More
Laura Haskell
Internal Technology Director
Laura flipped her career from marketing to web development with the help of LaunchCode. She enjoys expanding her knowledge by diving into new technologies and tools. A few of her Read More
Rhia Dixon
KCWiT Ambassador
This Kansas City native is a software engineer, mother of one, and lover of puzzles, mom & pop shops, and all things Harry Potter.
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
Rebecca Román
Content Director
Rebecca supports Kansas City families through code, tweets, words, and awareness working in non-profit communications.
Leah Becerra
Newsletter Director
Leah is a digital journalist with a passion for technology and empowering women. She graduated from the University of Missouri and has lived in KCMO since 2016. She’s also an Read More
Erin Bradley
Business Process Analyst
I am an efficiency enthusiast and love to give people the right tools to help make their jobs easier. I find that once our jobs are easier, we have more Read More
Patricia Robinson
Public Relations Director
Patricia is a data nerd who loves sports, traveling, books, recycling and entrepreneurship.
Rachel Mahoney
Volunteer Director
Rachel is a self taught developer. She has a passion for prison reform and how technology can land offenders a better job so they don’t continue the cycle back to Read More
Maggie Miller
Creative Director
Fueled by a lifetime love of art and problem-solving, I am an artist, a graphic designer, and a passionate community volunteer. On any given day, you could find me planning Read More
Tabatha Kirke
Community Outreach Director
IT program, product, project profession who loves to see end users get the most out of their tools. Dog mom. Coach. Daughter. Sister. Aunt. Adapter extraordinaire.
Tasha Graham
Diversity & Inclusion Director
Tasha is a healthcare data analyst and mother to a sweet, vibrant, crazy-smart little boy, Silas. She enjoys reading, yoga, all things Marvel, and making people laugh. Tasha believes that Read More
Rachel Hagan
Coding & Cocktails Program 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
Amy Norris
Coding & Cocktails Co-Director, nGGirls Mentor Director
Amy is a graphic designer turned software developer who got her start in KCWiT’s Coding & Cocktails program. She loves learning new things, cuddling her cat, and playing board games.
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 and ngGirls Program 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.  
Andie Johnson
Coding & Cocktails Marketing Director
Hey, I’m Andrea (you can call me Andie though). Born and raised in Kansas City, I ran off to Wisconsin for a couple of years to study violin performance. When Read More
Rachel Aitkens
Coding & Cupcakes Program 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
Data Analyst and Coding & Cupcakes Curriculum 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
Liz Utuk
Coding & Cupcakes Co-Director
Liz is an independent filmmaker turned Full-Stack Developer who gained her initial coding skills from LaunchCode’s KC Chapter coding programs LC101 and Liftoff. She is passionate about helping children discover Read More
Jack Kolze
Coding & Cupcakes Mentor Director, ngGirls Attendee Director
Jacqueline is a twenty-one-year-old software developer. She is passionate about helping others discover a love for tech. In her spare time, you can find her exploring downtown, hanging with her Read More
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
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
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
Eric Poe
CoderDojoKC Curriculum Director
Eric is a gentle coder, reader, life-long learner, dad, kung-fu movie fan, & half-knit/half-wit. He is a full-stack developer working in both PHP and JavaScript, is a co-organizer of the Read More
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.
William Johnson
CoderDojo Presentation Director
Will is a married father of 6 (yes, 6). Will has always had a passion for learning new things and sharing them with others. When he not running around with Read More
Hillary Tavelli
CoderDojo Mastery Director
Hillary is a former teacher turned software developer. She’s got a full house and heart with a husband, 3 kids, a dog and a fish.
Mikhala Lantz-Simmons
CoderDojoKC Marketing Director - Site B
Mikhala moved into the tech world thanks to LaunchCode. Having worked in youth education, she cares about accessibility and equity.
Erin Wilson
ngGirls Sponsorship Director
Erin is a software engineer who is equally excited and spooked by the fact that there is never an end to what you can learn. She is passionate about being Read More
Beth Noser
ngGirls Volunteer Director
Beth is a self-taught web developer and loves all things geek, especially in the Star Wars and Marvel universes. When she’s not coding, Beth is traveling, binge watching Netflix, playing Read More
Ammaarah Khan
ngGirls Community Outreach Director
Passionate about technology and politics, while bringing my experience as a 1st Generation American.
Adora Yang
nG Girls Marketing Director
Adora is a recent graduate from the University of Kansas with a background in Marketing and Anthropology. She loves learning and trying new things and building her passion and career Read More
Kylie Humpert
Django Girls Program Director
Kylie is a data analyst turned project manager and mom of 2. She is a lover of biographies, baking, and DIY home renovations.
Ashley Shaw
Django Girls Co-Director
Ashley is a HR professional turned web developer. Ashley is motivated by collaboration and encouraging women to enter the field, especially those who are looking for a career change. Outside Read More
Jessica Kincaid
Django Girls Mentor Director
I’m a textile artist and emerging web developer! I learned Python as a student in the LaunchCode full stack web development bootcamp and mentor for KCWiT’s Coding & Cocktails program.
Liz Wait
Django Girls Sponsorship Director
Liz is a recent Launchcode bootcamp graduate. She loves giving back to the KC tech community by volunteering and mentoring. Aside from development, Liz loves all types of gaming, from Read More
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