Speakers

Adam W. Warner

Adam W. Warner discovered WordPress in 2005 and has been working within the community ever since. To feed his entrepreneurial spirit, he founded several WordPress-focused businesses that provide education, plugins and consulting services for online business owners.

He is a true WordPress Evangelist in spirit and personality, and that also happens to be his job title with SiteLock.com.

Adam is also passionate about his family, robots, and of course Life, the Universe and Everything.

Stoney deGeyter

Stoney deGeyter is the CEO and fearless pit crew leader of Pole Position Marketing, a results-driven digital marketing agency established in 1998. In addition to business training events, Stoney has been known to spin a yarn or two at nationwide conferences, such as PubCon, Search Marketing Expo (SMX), Affiliate Summit, and various WordCamp events. He is the author of The Best Damn Web Marketing Checklist, Period!, and his articles about how to navigate the web marketing landscape have been published on Search Engine Land, Marketing Land, Orbit Media Studios, and Search Engine Journal as well as Pole Position Marketing’s own E-Marketing Performance blog.

Dr. Nazli Hardy

Dr. Nazli Hardy is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and the Chair of the Women in Science, Math, Technology Conference at Millersville University. Her areas of interests are Computer Networks, Biodiversity Informatics, and Women in STEM fields. She was born in Bangladesh, brought up in Zimbabwe, and earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in New York. She likes dark chocolate, warm weather, and dance music. She is opinionated about world affairs and human rights, and has been blogging since 2005. Her world revolves around her husband and their two children, with whom she loves to travel, near and far.

Diana Day

Diana Day has taught for 25+ years in a variety of educational settings and grade levels as a technology coordinator, reading specialist, school newspaper adviser, and a teacher of English, social studies, journalism, web research skills, and media arts. Her writing has appeared on DailyBreeze.com, Disney’s Family.com, LAWeekly.com, the LATimes blog “School Me,” and on her own blog, BeTwinned.com.  Teaching kids how to use WordPress offers them a printing press, a platform upon which they can stand and broadcast their unique selves.  She is frequently bewitched, bothered, and bewildered.

Tim McKenna

Tim is designer, developer, and drummer based in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He is the Creative Director of Aspire Ventures, a startup studio, based in downtown Lancaster. He is a past president of AIGA Central PA, a professional association for design, and a member of Art Directors Club.

Aaron Jorbin

Aaron Jorbin is a polyhistoric man of the web and currently Director of Engineering for Some Spider, a NYC-based digital media & entertainment company. He is also a WordPress Core Committer that focuses on improving developer happiness and making the internet usable and enjoyable by everyone. He tweets at @aaronjorbin and writes regularly at daily.jorb.in.

Shari Medini

Shari Medini is a content creator & consultant living in Lititz with her husband & two little boys. She has been working in the world of digital marketing for about 7 years, & throughout that time has worked with a variety of both local, national, & international businesses. Shari & her husband Marcello co-host the Push Pull Sales & Marketing podcast & offer a variety of services based on the specific needs of your particular business. Shari also runs iLoveLititz.com & is a blogger for The Huffington Post. You can reach out to Shari on Twitter or Instagram with any questions: @ShariMedini

Sal Ferrarello

Sal is a former radio DJ, magician/juggler, and high school calculus teacher. When he finally grew up, he took the computer programming he’d be doing since his first Commodore 64 and turned it into a job. Now Sal works under the name Iron Code Studio and provides WordPress focused development.

Sal writes regularly at https://salferrarello.com/.

Shayna Diamond

Shayna is currently a web specialist with Scitent eLearning, specializing in WordPress customization. Previously, she built on her background in jewelry design as a freelance developer focusing on dynamic sites for small business and artists. She excels at combining form and function, beauty and practicality. She is an active member of the WordPress community, participating in a regional and national WordCamps and on support forums. Additionally, Shayna serves on the leadership team for the Central Virginia chapter of Girl Develop It, where she hosts mentoring sessions and teaches web development skills. When not at the computer, Shayna can be found at her jeweler’s bench or in the field collecting rocks and minerals.

Reed Gustow

Reed Gustow has been working with WordPress since 2010. He is the Principal of a local WordPress development company, Delta Angel (http://deltaangel.com) , which creates websites for individuals and small businesses and offers WordPress instruction. Reed has taught classes online through Delta Angel and WP Classroom and in person at Temple University. In addition, he has tutored many individuals in WordPress. Reed has held workshops on various aspects of WordPress at WordCamp Philadelphia, BarCamps, and PodCamps since 2010.

Reed is a co-organizer of the Philadelphia WordPress Meetup and was a co-organizer of WordCamp US 2015 and 2016. He is the Treasurer of the Philadelphia Are New Media Association, PANMA (http://panma.org) and a board member of the Philadelphia Area Computer Society, PACS, (http://pacsnet.org)

Anthony D Paul

Now living and working in Chicago with GE transportation and the US railroad industry, Anthony helps build great digital experiences and software through usability research, IA concepts, and prototypes. Outside the office, you’ll find him spread across regional meetups and conferences—evangelizing IA/UX, accessibility, and a variety of open source dev projects. Most recently, he organized WordCamp Baltimore. He’s currently organizing World IA Day DC and WordCamp Chicago, while unofficially advising the first-ever WordCamp DC. He’d divulge something funny from his past, but these days the Internet does a better job of surfacing our embarrassing moments; find him anywhere by Googling “anthonydpaul”.

Austin Ginder

Austin Ginder is a local to Lancaster, PA. He is a husband, father of six young kids and runs Anchor Hosting, a WordPress hosting and maintenance service. He helps small businesses, non-profits, and web professionals use WordPress with ease by handling all of the technical parts like updates, backups, restores, migrations, DNS and hosting.

Davis Shaver

Journalist turned software engineer at Alley Interactive.

George Stephanis

George is one of the folks behind the Jetpack plugin and a frequent core contributor to the WordPress software. He is also a regular on the WPWatercooler podcast, and a regular WordCamp Speaker. When not behind a computer, he enjoys making things and spending time with his family.

Lee Drozak

Lee Drozak, from LeeDrozak Biz, helps small business owners and solo entrepreneurs find the wow in their WordPress websites. Her design and development abilities are supplemented by her digital strategy skills to give her clients user-friendly, attractive websites.

Lee now focuses mainly on website re-design & development for those who are tired of fitting into everyone else’s mold and want their website to reflect the value only they can offer to their clients.

Before starting her WordPress Design company, Lee Drozak Biz, Lee spent years as a Technical Virtual Assistant, supporting busy and overwhelmed business owners carry out their latest product launch, email marketing campaigns or ongoing website strategies with ease.

Lee is a sought-after consultant and host of Pittsburgh Biz TV’s technical segment, Finding Your Website Wow. She has also won a Women In Small Business Award and is a featured business owner in Soar To Success Magazine along with several other podcasts and news sources.

When not emerged in the world of digital, Lee spends her time in her small Amish town enjoying the peace and quiet or traveling around in her RV. She also likes anything outdoors, bacon over a campfire and sharing a glass of wine with friends.

Beth Soderberg

Beth Soderberg is an independent developer and digital communications strategist based out of Washington, DC. She focuses on building thoughtfully architected websites that enable her clients to optimize their online presence while being empowered in managing their content. She is obsessive about clean code, solid design execution, and implementation of cutting-edge front end technologies. In her spare time Beth volunteers as the community representative for the WordPress Training Team, helps organize the WordPress DC Meetup, and is a co-organizer of the annual DCFemTech Hack for Good in Washington, DC.

Jason Coleman

Jason is co-author of Building Web Apps with WordPress and Lead Developer of Paid Memberships Pro, the 100% open source membership plugin for WordPress. He has been pushing WordPress to its limits for many years and is an advocate for using WordPress as an application framework to build web sites and apps that go above and beyond the typical blog of CMS site. Jason works out of his home in Reading, Pennsylvania where he lives with his business partner and wife Kimberly Coleman and their two small children.

David Brooks Sr

I am a 30-something web enthusiast that loves the excitement of a project from start to finish. My interest in web development started initially in the 90s, but was paused for a while until things got serious and I launched my web hosting company in 2008. By 2010 we outgrew our shared hosting account and moved into managing our own dedicated servers to increase our control over client data, traffic and resources. Then in 2012 I opened the doors at Nicely Done Sites, moving from freelancing under my name, to having a company to increase growth and have brand recognition. Currently we manage over 250 domains for customers globally, and work with 150+ clients across the country keeping their sites updated & secure, all while teaching them how to handle it on their own, if they choose to.

Taylor Lovett

the world. Having been involved with WordPress since 2007, he is the creator of ElasticPress, contributed to WordPress core, authored popular plugins (downloaded hundreds of thousands of times), and spoken at many conferences across multiple continents. He is a lover of all things open-source. Other than developing web applications, Taylor is a lover of music. He enjoys listening to blues and jazz music as well as playing acoustic fingerstyle guitar.