We have a ton of great speakers lined up for this year’s WordCamp Milwaukee. You can view speaker bios below or visit the following links for more info on the speaker sessions, full schedule, and speaker guidelines.
Alison has been working with WordPress since 2008. She started out building simple client websites and moved on to developing plugins and theme frameworks. After working at various local agencies in Minneapolis, she is now a senior web engineer at 10up. Alison lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and their three cats.
Nacin is a Lead Developer at WordPress, squashing bugs, wrangling contributions, and spearheading new development. He has strong feelings about the core philosophies of WordPress, among them “decisions, not options”— software should be opinionated in lieu of burdening the user with too many options. He works for WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg at Audrey Capital, where he is primarily tasked with working on WordPress core and keeping the lights on at WordPress.org. He resides in downtown Washington, D.C.
Becky is a solopreneur web designer/developer who specializes in custom themes. She fell in love with WordPress in 2009 and has never looked back. She is a big advocate for training and empowering site owners and to that end speaks regularly on WordPress and web design at SCORE Chicago and WordCamps around the country.
She runs the Northside Chicago WordPress meetup and if you’re in Chicago, expects to see you there soon.
Her kids are both out of the house at this point, but she still takes care of the kitties and her landlord’s garden. She is grateful that winter is over and she can once again ride her bike to the grocery store and to meet friends for a drink on the patio.
I’m Brad Parbs. I’m a Developer at WebDevStudios, where I get to work on a variety of interesting projects. I’ve been using WordPress for a while now, and have built a variety of themes, plugins, and tools.
When not working on WordPress things, you can usually find me watching weird movies or marathoning old TV shows.
Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We’re using the term “computer” loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PC’s.
For the past 13 years Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux, OSX, and Windows. He has built a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of “management by wandering around”.
These days, when not working with PHP, Cal can be found working on a variety of projects like CoderFaire. He speaks at conferences around the world on topics ranging from technical talks to motivational talks for developers. If you happen to meet him at a conference, don’t be afraid to buy him a shot of Bourbon.
Cal is based in Nashville TN where he is happily married to wife 1.30, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 wonderful kids who were both smart enough not to pursue a job in IT.
Dan has been a WordPress developer since 2009, focusing on front-end responsive code and clean admin interfaces. Prior to joining Alley Interactive, he worked on a large multi-site e-commerce WordPress install as an in-house developer.
When not coding Dan fosters Siberian Huskies, draws, eats out, and tries new bourbons
I’ve been working with WordPress for about 4 years. I started a software development company 2.5 years ago with Jay Rogers. I chose the topic of using WordPress as an application platform because it is kind of a hidden gem of WordPress. If you twist some of the functions of WordPress, it can make app development really easy.
I’m a videographer. I have a wordpress site, know how to change things. I am NOT a developer, so I stay away from the WPdevelopment. I am a novice and supporter of WP.
After 27 years with Xerox, I left Corporate America and am working to create a new position in the new Global economy. I am a Videographer, Media Coach and Speaker. I was on my way to becoming a Professional Speaker when I fell in love, again, with video and what it can do.
I learned Television at TV14, the West Allis Cable access channel. I’ve been shooting great video for the past 2 years. As a small business owner, I want to share the message of how effective video can be, especially in small, digestable, 30 second bits.
Video, as a medium, while recognized as such, is frequently misunderstood. Pre
Dre is an old-timer, he has been using WordPress since 2004. You may know Dre as one of the Co-Founders of Sucuri Inc. where he was CEO from 2010-2014. These days you’ll find Dre on the mat practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or on the ball fields with his girls!
Dre presents at various WordCamps and other events every year. Dre is a proud WordPress contributor and was the lead organizer that brought WordCamp to San Diego.
Dre is the Co-Host of the DradCast on Wednesday nights. Pressing all the words!
With a focus on research, data and design, Dustin helps clients identify how to make their businesses succeed online.
In his free time he is an avid Milwaukee Brewer fan and along with his wife, has thus far successfully raised two fantastic twin boys.
Dustin Hartzler is the host of the weekly WordPress podcast, Your Website Engineer and his passion is to help make WordPress easy to use for others. Dustin helps people of all skill levels master WordPress, as well as stay up to date on the constant changes that go on behind the scenes.
He is also a full-time Happiness Engineer at Automattic where he helps WordPress.com create the perfect blog.
When he’s not behind his computer, Dustin enjoys biking / hiking and traveling with his wife and young daughter.
My name is Faison (pronounced Fay-zin), I’m a Web Engineer at 10up and I develop WordPress and WordPress Accessories. For the past two years, I’ve spent all of my work time and a lot of my free time developing for WordPress. I’ve released 4 plugins on WordPress.org and spoke at 2013’s Milwaukee WordCamp. I look forward to speaking again this year on a topic that doesn’t focus on how to code, but how to be ethical in our profession.
Gabe is the founder of Savvy Panda an internationally recognized and award-winning inbound marketing and web development firm with offices in Milwaukee and Indianapolis.
As a thought leader in web development and inbound marketing he has had the opportunity to speak regularly across the US and Europe at places like Harvard University, Duke University, Microsoft and EBay, and has been named as top 40 under 40 candidate.
He has a passion for organizational growth, entrepreneurship, learning, challenges, and competition.
In his free time he fosters rescue dachshunds, competes in brazilian jiu jitsu and judo, tears apart his house and remodels it and grows organic herbs and vegetables.
Gloria Antonelli fits the current definition of a UX Unicorn – a web designer/developer with UX chops. Gloria attended her first UX workshop “Elements of User Experience” in 2004. Now an advocate of Lean UX, Gloria infuses her skills in rapid prototyping, front end development, user testing, and ideation within the WordPress design process. Her expertise also spans CSS, IA, Content and Documentation Strategies.
Gloria started presenting about the web in 1996 at local and national conferences and workshops. She began working with WordPress in 2006 and has been delighted to share her knowledge at WordCamps in Chicago, Detroit, Grand Rapids and Milwaukee. Happiness for Gloria besides researching UX trends, Mobile and App development is scuba diving in exotic locations.
Greg stumbled upon WordPress in 2006 and has been converting PSD’s into child-themes ever since. He started as a freelancer and now works full-time with WebDevStudios as a Design Lead.
When offline, Greg loves to make homemade pizza and watch football (he’s part-owner of the Green Bay Packers). Saturday you’ll find him with a beer in one hand and grilling with the other. Sunday, he’ll be behind an audio console at Wiregrass Church – making praise and worship come to life.
Herb is always trying to find new ways of doing things, and likes to share what he has discovered. He works as an Internet Marketing Analyst at Orion Group in Sussex. He creates and edits online content and marketing videos for clients. A former photo retoucher, Herb is interested in the entire marketing/design/communication process.
Called a “civic machine”, he spends a lot of his spare time on helping his beloved community of #GreendaleWI as a Cub Scout volunteer, and member of the Greendale Lions.
Jim has been active in the WordPress community since 2008, first as a designer, then as an advocate and a speaker. He brings over 10 years of UX, front end, and visual design expertise to the 10up design team where he current works. Before coming to 10up, Jim worked for various agencies and companies in the Minneapolis area, crafting design solutions for both small businesses and Fortune 500 companies.
Jamie Schmid is a freelance WordPress developer and Information Architect. Her experience in user-centered interaction design led to an interest in developing for user experience in administrative interfaces (known as the “author experience”) as well. She enjoys taking sites from conception through a well-managed build process that encourages communication, planning and smart use of content.
Jeff Matson is a technical content writer and SEO for InMotion Hosting, specializing in WordPress-related tutorials and news. His content reaches millions of users and has been featured on sites such as Post Status and WP Tavern. In his off time, he hosts the WordPress After Hours Google Hangout on Friday nights for uncensored, unrecorded, WordPress shenanigans.
Jim Moroney is an Internet Marketing Analyst at Orion Group. In this capacity he coordinates, produces, and edits blog content for a diverse group of clients. Beyond blogging, he also performs SEO analysis and implements social media strategies for Orion clients. Previous to Orion Group, Jim served in various marketing, technical communications, and multimedia roles within a number of B2B Fortune 500 companies.
Outside of Orion Group Jim enjoys riding his Trek bike along the back roads of Wisconsin, attending outdoor festivals, art/indie films, and sharing time with friends and family.
I spoke at WordCamp Minneapolis this year, and I spoke on this topic because there are plenty of attendees that would love to get into basic theming, but aren’t always sure where to start. I’ve been building sites with WordPress since I began a career in web development, back in 2008. I graduated from the Art Institutes Intl. of Minnesota back in 2010 and have since worked at a few companies in the Twin Cities. Most recently, I was at The Nerdery as a WordPress developer from 2011 through January 2013, and now I’m at Ackmann & Dickenson as a Web Developer, specializing in WordPress.
Josh Leuze is a WordPress developer from Minnesota who loves making themes. He is the author of the popular Meteor Slides plugin.
When not building themes and plugins in his basement, Josh can be found doodling with his kids at the kitchen table, digging in the garden, or pedaling his bike around town.
Josh is a WordPress developer and blogger, core contributor and the community manager for the Pods Framework. In addition, he is a contributor to Tuts+, Torque, Smashing Magazine, WPMUDEV and WPBeginner. Josh taught himself PHP and WordPress development while he was working on his masters thesis on open source solutions for sustainable design.
Joshua will be presenting Plugins and Dashboard on Friday in the Foundation Friday.
I own a development company in the SW Burbs of Chicago that caters to other agencies. We do custom WP work such as theme development, plugins, and modifications for other tech companies. We offer ethical hacking services in addition to website development services including unhacking sites to restore data in compromised sites.
Kevin A. Barnes
Kevin has been using WordPress since the early days (2003) and has developed numerous sites over the years. He currently serves as Technology Lead and webmaster for the nonprofit Crohn’s Journey Foundation and has served on the boards of several other nonprofits. Kevin also works as a freelance writer and marketing consultant.
I’m a Business Systems Analyst at a large Hospital System by day, and serial entrepreneur by night. I’ve been using WP for the last decade and just found some simple ways to build “money sites” by night. Really, I was just looking for a part time job to make an extra grand or two a month. By using simple SEO and PPC tricks, I was able to accomplish that. Now I’m looking to go full-time. My Business Analyst and Systems Analyst background gives me a unique perspective to be both a business guru and tech geek at the same time.
Lisa Ghisolf is Gizmo Creative Factory, with 17+ years in print, web & email design, and 10 years in business. She’s worked with big and small agencies alike, creating print work and websites for Kraft, Allstate & many corporations & organizations. Instead of just putting out fires, she’s now building robust WordPress sites and training clients and giving workshops on how they can manage them on their own.
Lisa Sabin-Wilson is the co-owner of WebDevStudios, a design and development company specializing in customized WordPress themes and plugins, and the author of WordPress For Dummies. As the “For Dummies” brand franchise author on all things WordPress she’s also written several other WordPress-related books.
She’s worked with WordPress since 2003, and is also a regular public speaker on topics such as WordPress, blogging, design, and social media.
I wake up each morning excited to spark inspiration in others with knowledge. I currently does this as the Director of Inbound Marketing at Savvy Panda. Here I am a team lead and strategy consultant, working with technology companies and nonprofits.
I’m also an avid speaker and writer, currently writing for Entreprenuer.com, MarketingProfs, Social Media Examiner, Hubspot and ClickZ. I’ve spoken for SMX, SES, Moz, Hootsuite and Hubspot.
I have been involved with almost every aspect of technology starting over 30 years ago. Having built a tech startup from the ground up, I have had to take part in the development of every department necessary to make a company function. Customer service has always been a passion of mine and I have learned, through both good and poor experiences, how to determine what the customer really needs and how to deliver it to their great satisfaction.
Mark Jacobson manages the Web & Mobile Services team at UW-Milwaukee and lead the campus working group that recommended WordPress as UWM’s new Web platform in May 2013. Mark also served as technical lead on the implementation project and co-project managed along with colleague Tamara Edmond through to the successful go live in March 2014. In addition to being a champion of WordPress at UWM, Mark lead the transition from proprietary to open source software as the standard development platform for campus Web projects.
Michael has been an active member of the Joomla! community since his first install in 2010 by contributing code and direction to the CMS, Framework, and Issue Tracker; and has been a member of the Production Leadership Team since 2012. His high standards for code and focus on automated testing have helped to raise the overall quality of Joomla’s code and helps ensure a stable and quality product for every Joomla user.
When he isn’t working on core code, he can be found working on his own collection of code, opinionating on Twitter, or out in the real world enjoying the sights and sounds of wherever he may be at the time.
Bio: Michelle is an independent graphic designer based in Chicagoland. She was formally schooled in many aspects of design including print, branding, packaging, etc., with additional education in Psychology and Sociology, all tying together in a love of How To Solve Problems. Lately she has been specializing in WordPress websites, infographics, and high-end presentations for her clients. She is a lover of WordCamps and the WordPress community, a Meetup junkie, @3themes contributor, and WordCamp Chicago 2014 lead organizer.
Co-author, WordPress in Depth. Out now: Build Your Author Platform: The New Rules. Senior Document Architect at PKWARE. First logged in to WP.com (Notes from the Metaverse): Jan. 4, 2006. WCMKE Speaker 2012 & 2013. Will keep trying till I get it right.
Mike manages day-to-day operations, and acts as a Web Strategy consultant with clients of Tuna Traffic. He spends a significant portion of his time coaching Tuna Traffic customers on web strategy and building custom client web presences. Mike’s expertise is concentrated in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Social Media, and WordPress Development. In addition, he is well versed in the development of PageLines, a leading edge WordPress Theme Framework. Mike is known as a detailed troubleshooter and problem solver. His enthusiasm and attention to detail allows him to quickly build strong relationships with his clients. He’s also a pizza connoisseur and Packers fanatic, not to mention an overall nice guy.
Hey everyone, I’m Nikhil Vimal. I’m a 15 year old WordPress theme and plugin developer working with WordPress for just about a year now. I am a contributor to WordPress version 3.7 and 3.9. I am also the Founder and Developer at TechVoltz.com, a new WordPress Plugin and theme shop. I blog (sometimes) at nik.techvoltz.com.
I’m currently on contract as a web developer / designer for an IT consulting firm in Racine and even though it’s only my first real job in development, I’m loving every minute of it. I’ve been working with WordPress for about 4-5 years on my own time creating themes and plugins. My main platform for day to day computing is Windows, but I’ve moved most of my development to Linux. On the side I am a TV and movie buff and my latest interests have brought me to collecting arcade and pinball machines.
Like you, Penny Ross is an active member of the WordPress Community participating in Meetups and Wordcamps…whenever, wherever. Penny is a Marketing Consultant and Cofounder of MakerPlayce, Wisconsin’s first rural Maker Space located in Mayville. It should come as no surprise that Penny and her MakerPlayce Team host Dodge County WordPess Meetup the second Tuesday of every month. Topics focus on the specific needs of small business owners.
Rachel Baker (@rachelbaker) is a Senior Strategic Engineer with 10up and an active member of the WordPress community. Rachel has lead development on WordPress projects of all sizes including high-traffic communities and for Fortune 500 Companies. She created the popular BootstrapWP Theme and has been instrumental in developing the new WordPress JSON REST API.
Rachel Howe is a Senior Search Marketing Specialist at Zeon Solutions and an active WordPress user. She has been doing SEO just over 4 years working with small and mid-sized businesses, to large, nationally recognized corporations. When she’s not working, she likes to be outdoors, attempt new recipes, and go shopping.
Accessibility expert, Interaction Designer, Inclusion advocate
Rachel has been involved with accessibility consulting and advocacy since the early 2000s. She has worked with wordpress development since 2008. Throughout the years Rachel served as an accessibility consultant to several university related projects, non-profit and small business sites that were required to comply with section 508. However, soon she realized through her experience that accessibility issues often involve problems of usability that affects anyone who access information. When Rachel started her Masters in Interaction Design she also experienced the lack of accessibility in the design tools that produce inaccessible outcomes. Since then as the first totally blind interaction designer, Rachel has made her mission to research and develop of models and prototypes in accessible user experience. She enjoys working closely with designers and developers to ensure standards are met, but also to create awareness of the importance of accessible user experience. Her dream is that usability and accessibility can be considered from the start of a project and not as an after thought. she believes this would open the door for access of information and also of accessible tools, so her and others can pursue their careers of choice and live with the dignity that should be the right of every human.
Regan Jacobson is a web developer and designer with UWM’s Web Strategy & Design team. Regan served as design and technical lead for the implementation of UWM’s branded responsive WordPress theme and continues to serve in that capacity for the ongoing maintenance of the theme. Regan is also leading a number of website redesigns/migrations onto WordPress for UWM’s schools and colleges.
Renee is currently a Senior Search Marketing Specialists at Zeon Solutions. She has over 2 years of SEO experience mainly at Zeon Solutions but also interned at Aloha Interactive, a local digital agency. Renee has only recently developed her blog within the last year and is still learning the basics. Although she has only just started managing her own blog, she helps manage the Zeon Solutions’ WordPress blog along with her other clients ranging from professional associations, ecommerce retailers, and the corporate Zeon Solutions website. Follow her on Twitter or connect on Linkedin to learn more.
I’m a WordPress core contributor, and the lead developer of the SimplePie RSS/Atom parsing library included with core, plus the Requests HTTP library. I’m also the lead developer of the JSON REST API project aiming for inclusion into WP 4.1. In what’s left of my time, I’m a developer at Human Made, a top-tier WordPress agency.
Sam Hotchkiss is the Principal of Hotchkiss Consulting Group, a WordPress development firm based in Bath, Maine. He is also the Big Cheese at Parka, the company behind BruteProtect, a WordPress security plugin in use by tens of thousands of sites. Sam’s background is in PHP development, and he has been developing sites with WordPress since 2004.
Sam travels with his wife, Becky (and, quite often, their two dogs, Barkley and Izzy) to WordCamps around the world. He presents on topics ranging from security to building web apps to building and managing large blog networks.
As an entrepreneur, Scott enjoys identifying and reaching new business markets, growing online communities and partnering with business start-ups. With a background in web development, Scott is the Director of Internet marketing at Orion Group. Along with his business partner, Bill Knoernschild, Scott profitably built Orion Group from zero to ten employees in the span of two years.
In his off time, Scott enjoys organizing the Waukesha County division of the Milwaukee WordPress meetup and the annual Milwaukee WordCamp, along with Dustin Filippini. Also, Scott frequently spends his off-time walking or hiking with his wife, Stephanie and Great Dane, Squiggles.
Shanta R. Nathwani is an IT and Social Media Consultant and an Instructor in Web Design and CCIT Capstone at Sheridan College, which includes teaching WordPress. The ICCIT program is a joint program with the University of Toronto at Mississauga. She teaches students and small businesses how to use their websites and social media to increase their online presence leading to increased revenues and improved customer service. She has assisted companies to incorporate social media in the real estate, financial, non-profit, education and technical fields to name a few.
Shanta is a problem solver and it has been said she has the patience of a saint. She can explain even the most difficult concepts to the most basic user and has developed training documents that allow clients to learn for themselves. She thrives on understanding the needs of her clients. She believes in making social media as simple as possible and making it fun, which allows her clients to seamlessly incorporate it into their organization.
Stacy has been a WordPress fanatic since 2009 and hasn’t built a site outside of WordPress since then (with the exception of a Drupal site that she was handed, and then rebuilt it in WordPress!). She has been freelancing full-time since 2009, is an active member of the Aurora WordPress Meetup Group and attends WordCamps every chance she gets.
When Stacy isn’t designing and creating sites in WordPress, she enjoys spending time with her beautiful family ( you can learn more about them on her web site at: http://www.kverica.com/) and doing yoga.
Suzette Franck is a WordPress Evangelist at (mt) Media Temple, a Los Angeles-based company providing premium web hosting and cloud services to web designers, web developers, digital innovators and entrepreneurs since 1998. An established member of the WordPress community and one of today’s most prolific female WordPress speakers, Suzette joined Media Temple in 2012 and has, since then, been building on the company’s early involvement with the WordPress and Open Source communities. She advocates and educates for WordPress by actively participating in WordCamp conferences country-wide and WordPress meetups in Southern California.
As passionate about front-end coding as she is about increasing awareness of the wonders of WordPress, she also co-hosts Media Temple’s weekly educational podcast, WP Unicorn Project (wpunicornproject.com), with WordPress Unicorn Rockstar Natalie MacLees, which addresses all things WordPress and web development with a variety of WordPress professionals including designers, developers, and entrepreneurs. Suzette blogs about WordPress at suzettefranck.com, and she is a repeated guest on the popular WPWatercooler (wpwatercooler.com) video podcast (over 5 million views). When she is not “WordPressing”, Suzette, who resides in North Hollywood, CA, paints and collects art.
Tamara Edmond is a Web applications developer and manager of the student team for the Web & Mobile Services team at UWM. Tamara also serves as a LAMP platform co-administrator and enjoys keeping a few project manager roles in her project portfolio (including UWM’s WordPress project). Tamara is also actively involved in a campus group focused on women in IT.
Tracy (or @tapps) is a graphic designer, a front-end web developer, a photographer, a drummer, a crossfitter and lifelong milwaukean. She has been creating for the web since 1996, and started developing with WordPress before it was WordPress. As a continual student, Tracy enjoys breaking things and pushing the limits in web design whenever she can. She also could probably deadlift you.
I’ve been working with WordPress professionally since 2007. Most recently, I have worked at 10up, a leading WordPress full-service design and development agency, as VP of Strategic Engineering. My experience with WordPress ranges from custom integrations with higher education user management systems to building sites for some of the world’s largest publishers and corporations.
I am the Digital Marketing Specialist for Racine-based SEO and Web Development company Tuna Traffic. I spend my days building landing pages that convert, running paid campaigns, and implementing tactics that turn random visitors into customers. I’ve been working with WordPress for about 5 years. I love a great craft beer (Shout to New Glarus’ Two Women) and I love professional wrestling more than any grown man should.