Steve founded Zeek Interactive in 1995 and he has been the creative technologist behind the Huntington Beach based company since its inception. Under his direction, Zeek has grown from an apartment bedroom to one of Southern California’s leading WordPress and mobile development shops. Steve is the organizer of the OC WordPress Meetup and has helped build the community to over 1,500 members. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has taught interactive courses at UC Irvine, USC, the American Film Institute, and Cal State Long Beach. Steve has a BA in Film from Cal State Northridge.
Huntington Beach, CA | @zengy | zeek.com
Josepha Haden Chomphosy
Since college, Josepha has gathered together people with similar interests to learn more and create better communities. In 2008 that passion for connecting people spread to technology and she’s never looked back. With a training in music, and a background in data, she is a digital literacy advocate who talks about WordPress, the Open Source Software community, and non-traditional paths to STEM fields. Josepha works at Automattic as a community organizer for the WordPress open source project.
Kansas City, Missouri | @josephahaden | josepha.blog
Laura Byrne Cristiano
Laura started her first WordPress site back in March 2006. Since then, she’s created/written for over twenty WordPress sites mostly in the areas of education and entertainment. Aside from her her love of WordPress, Laura is also an Anglophile, avid traveler, theater lover, fantasy junkie, and occasional actor. She currently writes for Hypable.com and does freelance marketing and social media work.
North NJ but soon to be Philly | @NewYorkerLaura | Hypable.com
Cami lives, works, parents, and plays in the rainy city of Portland, Oregon. She’s had a love of WordCamps and WordPress since she stumbled upon the first WordCamp Portland where she became a reluctant and then excited volunteer. She works at Automattic as a community organizer for the WordPress open source project, working in the WordCamp community.
Portland, Oregon | @camikaos | camikaos.com
Michele hails from Carbondale, Illinois which is in beautiful Southern Illinois. (No where near Chicago) She spends her days as a Support Rocketeer for WP Rocket. She also runs her own maintenance and security shop at 13Core. She is the lead organizer for the Southern Illinois WP Meetup and on the organizing team for WordCamp St Louis. She is also the organizer behind WP Kids (WordCamp Kids) organizing resources to better assist in KidsCamps happening globally. In Michele’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and child, traveling, and being a photographer.
Carbondale, Illinois | @Michele_Butcher | 13core.com
Christina is a designer & developer for print, web and ePub with Blustery Day Design. Currently living in the greater Nashville area, she’s an active supporter of WordPress, open knowledge and giving back to geeky pursuits on the Internet. She’s also an independent musician, recording artist and learner/thinker/generally curious person.
Ashland City, TN | @christinablust | blusterydaydesign.com
Aaron D. Campbell
Aaron is the WordPress Security Team lead, has been a regular contributor to WordPress for more than ten years, and is currently funded by GoDaddy to work full time on the WordPress open source project. He’s been called both a coffee snob and a beer snob, but considers both to be compliments.
Wewoka, OK | @aaroncampbell | AaronDCampbell.com
Dustin Meza is the Director of Customer Experience Operations at WP Engine and lives in Nashville. He has spoken at over 20 WordCamp’s and loves being involved in the community, which is why he helped bring WordCamp US to Nashville!
Nashville, TN | @dustinmeza
Alex Vasquez is the co-founder and principal at DigiSavvy, a boutique digital marketing and WordPress Development shop based in Los Angeles. Vasquez leads the WordPress Pasadena meetup and has been a previous organizer of WordCamp Los Angeles. Some people say Alex has nice hair and they’re totally right. Alex is a fan of tacos, soup dumplings, and running in new cities. If you like to eat and run tweet him at @alexjvasquez.
Los Angeles, CA | @alexjvasquez | digisavvy.com
From Auburn, CA to Arcata, CA then Portland, OR to Nashville, TN. I’m big on community and big on WordPress so I’m pretty excited to be doing both at the same time! Part time adventurer and hunter of Illithid, patron of the libraries of Xandrios and expert goblin smasher. Master of the Federation of Sol and seeker of the Talisman which grant passage to the Crown of Command. Lest I role a 4, I’ll see you at WCUS17!
Nashville, TN | @vc27 | vc27.com
Top photo credit: Tammie Lister, licensed cc-by-nc.