Maureen Carruthers is a Happiness Engineer at Automattic where she spends her days helping WordPress.com users turn blank pages into their personal corner of the internet. She started her career as a theatre major and spent many years as a non-profit program manager (mostly involving combat robots) prior to joining Automattic.
She’s also a board game player, cat-lover, feminist, and geek. Her perfect evening includes wine, coffee and philosophical conversation until the sun comes up.
Nathan B. Weller is the Inbound Marketing Manager for Elegant Themes, a proud leader in the premium WordPress theme and plugin market. It is Nathan’s responsibility to set and execute Elegant Themes’ content strategy. To that end he edits the blog and manages a remote staff of freelance writers. He also manages Elegant Themes’ social channels, populates them with content, and does his best to find meaningful ways of engaging with the community–such as creating and hosting their new podcast, Divi Nation.
A recent graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering, Paul has been programming and developing web applications for several years. Working primarily with smaller companies and startups, he enjoys leveraging open source tools to build high quality systems that allow these companies to gain a competitive edge. Paul is always looking to learn new technologies and master new skills.
Justin Rains is a front end web developer who has worked with WordPress for many years and is an experienced PHP developer. Justin lives in the Northern Kentucky area and works in Cincinnati. He has an innovative flair for creative Raspberry Pi and arduino development and discovering new ways of using this technology.
Justin has been programing for over twenty years and has several plugins in the WordPress repository. He has uniquely developed ways for using WordPress for responsive sites, where whether you have a phone, tablet or any other mobile device, his sites will automatically adjust for optimum viewing.
Erin Olmon is a User Experience practitioner currently based in Portland, OR. She’s been using WordPress as her CMS of choice for at least 8 years. Erin is happiest helping people solve design strategy challenges by considering the goals and motivations of end users.
Originally from Cincinnati, Erin has lived in Seattle, Denver, and now Portland. She spends much of her time wrangling a toddler and two dogs.
Developing websites since 2000, Angie started using WordPress in the b2 days, before it was even WordPress. She counts among her strengths SEO and PPC skills, and design centered around accessibility and usability. Beyond WordPress, she is passionate about infertility advocacy, gaming, and German Shepherd Dogs. She is involved in the WP community as a co-organizer of the Northeast Ohio WordPress Meetup, and is the Lead Organizer for the inaugural WordCamp Northeast Ohio. During the day, she is part of the marketing team at Rolta AdvizeX, a multinational IT infrastructure solutions company. At night, after routinely saving Azeroth from certain destruction, she does freelance webdev under the BergPress imprint.
Andrew Walker is a Linux Support Analyst for A2 Hosting and WordPress enthusiast. His first experience with WordPress was in high school around the days of version 2.5 and really got into the swing of things a few years later around 3.5. He work with users every day helping to mend the gap between hosting and application issues. This will be his 3rd WordPress event and first speaking, with plans to do many more. When he’s not working on a server or WordPress website he can be found spending time with family and working on home improvements!
Shelby Elliott is the founder of Corner Market Media, a web design & consulting company that aims to to identify and (beautifully) execute web & design strategies that contribute in measurable ways to business goals. Shelby’s been using WordPress to create websites for about 6 years, and is an active member of the Columbus WordPress community. When she’s not “pressing the words,” you can find her on a yoga mat, in a thrift store, or spending time with her 2 year old.
Meggan J. Lanahan
Meggan J. Lanahan is a writer born and raised in Kettering, Ohio. She has been writing since the age of 5. She is currently writing professionally for companies, is a Reporter for a local newspaper, tutors students in writing, and is working on her own fiction novel. In her spare time, she loves to travel, listen to music, play with animals, read a good book from 30,000 feet, and study Los Angeles luxury real estate.
Steve Grunwell is an Engineering Manager at 10up, a World-class web design + development consultancy. Specializing in WordPress and application development he has worked with brands and organizations including TED, Microsoft, Xylem, Elmer’s, and Experience Columbus.
Steve has released several plugins in the WordPress.org repositories, including one from the grounds of The White House during the first annual National Day of Civic Hacking in 2013. When he’s not writing software he enjoys hiking, music, and writing about writing software on his blog.
Steve holds a B.A. in Telecommunications from Bowling Green State University where he graduated Cum Laude with minors in General Business and Recording Technologies.
Bobby Bryant is currently employed as a Web Engineer at 10up, a fully distributed company with employees and clients from around the world. He has been doing web development for around 2 years, with the majority of that time spent within the WordPress space. Prior to getting into web development, Bobby spent 13+ years in the US Marines as a Communications Technician.More recently, Bobby as shifted his technical focus to the great web industry, and has begun to incorporate new technologies into his daily web work. When not building website for clients at 10up, Bobby publishes development tutorials on YouTube for free at Develop With WP.
Daniel J. Lewis
As an award-winning podcaster, Daniel J. Lewis help others launch and improve their own podcasts for sharing their passions and finding success. Daniel creates training resources (like SEO for Podcasters) and podcasting tools (like My Podcast Reviews); he offers one-on-one consulting; he leads an elite community for podcasters (Podcasters’ Society); is a keynote speaker on podcasting and social media; and Daniel hosts a network of award-nominated shows covering how to podcast, clean-comedy, and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC’s hit drama Once Upon a Time. Daniel also writes about entrepreneurship and technology.
Seth Alling is a Detroit-based developer turned designer turned developer, who has been working with WordPress since 2009 and currently works as the Lead Developer for Ranch House Designs. When he’s not developing (or designing), you can find him running, playing soccer or spending time with his wife and sons.
Originally from Michigan, Janette now lives in Cincinnati where she is the co-founder of the WordPress Cincinnati Meetup. Her favorite things are her dogs (Australian Shepherds), traveling, golfing and photography. Her travels are typically focused around sandy beaches and beautiful golf courses.
A passionate & driven marketing executive with 20 years of marketing experience, Janette specializes in the digital web space using WordPress & marketing automation software.
Tired of the rat race, Janette recently left corporate America to focus on her own company, Murder Ink Agency, which does killer WordPress websites. You can find Janette’s company at murderinkagency.com.
Mike McDermott is President of Bash Foo, a digital marketing agency that specializes in web design, social media and digital campaign strategies. With more than 15 years in the marketing and project management trenches, Mike is recognized for his focus on customer service and results-driven marketing campaigns. He built his first WordPress site back in 2006, and felt like the ability to give his clients access to make changes would be a real game changer in the web design field. Today, with more than 300 custom-designed WordPress sites under the Bash Foo umbrella, Mike focuses his sights on developing better user experiences and conversion focused designs. You can find out more about Mike by visiting Bash Foo.
Jared Banz was first exposed to search engine optimization and WordPress upon graduating from college in 2010. Since then, Jared started a digital marketing agency called SumoLeap, where he serves clients for small and mid-sized businesses. When not drinking way too much coffee and reading about the latest marketing trends, Jared enjoys traveling with his wife Linnea.
Nile Flores is a long time WordPress designer and Developer. While she grew up a military brat, she’s settled in the St. Louis metro east region. Nile blogs at Blondish.net, where she covers topics on WordPress, Blogging, SEO, Social Media, and Web Design.
She also loves contributing to WordPress, and that includes speaking at WordCamps across the United States. She loves helping people and supporting Open Source projects.
In other news, Nile is a proud support member at Team Yoast. She also runs a 7,000 member Facebook roup dedicated to helping WordPressers, called All About WordPress. Nile is also the 2014 and 2015 Community Choice Winner at the Small Business Influence Awards, hosted by Small Business Trends. When Nile isn’t knee deep in coding and design, she’s spending time with her son, who is also a WordPress user.
Chris Hardie is an Internet technology professional living just across the state line in Richmond, Indiana. Having previously co-founded and managed a web development agency for over 16 years, he now works on the WordPress.com VIP team at Automattic, Inc. where he supports some of the biggest WordPress sites on the web. Chris serves in leadership roles for a variety of local community improvement organizations, and writes about technology, culture, marketing and community-building at ChrisHardie.com.
Steve Stewart has been using WordPress for almost a decade for his coaching business. Since then he has released a podcast, which regularly ranks in iTunes’ Top 20 for Investing, and his blog won “Best Debt-Focused Personal Finance Blog” in 2014. While he truly lives on the internet, he calls St. Louis his home. You can find out more about Steve at SteveStewart.me
Jarrett Gucci comes from a retail background that started at Home Depot in buffalo NY as cashier and 18 months later was asked to be a project manager based out of Carson California with a goal of opening 12 stores in 14 months. This goal was accomplished. He has also been an area manager at Big Lots and Bed Bath and beyond. He left his very last retail career as a district manager at Linens & Things in 2007 to pursue a hobby of website development as hope he could make some money doing it. Something you may not know about Jarrett besides all this, is that when he was 15 his neighbor gave him a 1962 dodge dart and he completely took it apart and rebuilt it.