We had so many great submissions for WordCamp Sacramento this year that narrowing it down was killer! We even added an hour to the schedule on Sunday to make room for more speakers and decided to forgo the WordPress Contributor Day to run THREE tracks of value-packed sessions on Sunday, making room for even more speakers and great information we know you’re going to love.
I know you’re wondering about tickets. We’re going to be reaching out to all of those who filled out the Call For Volunteers first to solidify volunteer roles first. General admission tickets will go on sale at the beginning of June, as will a special VIP Community Sponsor ticket! Watch the blog for more ticket announcements.
In the meantime, we’re stoked to share another round of amazing WordCamp Sacramento 2017 speakers with you! We’re rolling out the speaker announcements, in no particular order, and today is the second round of talented WordPressers who will be sharing their expertise and knowledge with you in September…
Chris Lema has been building online web applications since 1995. He started working with WordPress in 2005. And today he’s the VP of Products & Innovation at Liquid Web, a 100MM hosting company. He’s known in the WordPress community as a blogger, public speaker, and the creator of CaboPress, a business conference for WordPress businesses.
Bridget Willard started her career with office work, earned a teaching degree, but returned to the office where she carved out a career in social media and marketing and ended up at a WordPress Plugin Development Shop. Currently, she is the Marketing Manager for WordImpress whose flagship plugin is GiveWP.com — an online donation plugin, co-host of WPblab, and co-organizer of Women Who WP Meetup.
She blogs about social media and, of course, WordPress on her site at bridgetwillard.com.
Jon is a designer and developer for Tytanium Ideas, a Digital Marketing and Website Agency in Rocklin, CA. He is a Husband, Dad, and Christian who loves technology and learning. Jon has been using WordPress for years as his go-to CMS for client websites.
Matt is a full stack developer with a primary focus on WordPress including custom theme/plugin development and performance review and improvement. With almost 20 years as a developer in the industry, he has a strong focus on performance and process – always seeking new and better ways to accomplish a task both for the benefit of the designer/developer and for users or visitors.
Matt lives in Nevada City, CA in a home that he and his wife designed and built. He works remotely from that home while enjoying a thriving family life with his wife and their 5 (soon to be 6) kids.
Sallie Goetsch (rhymes with ‘sketch’) has been online since 1985. She hand-coded her first HTML website in 1994. Since discovering WordPress in 2005, she hasn’t looked back. Sallie’s consultancy, WP Fangirl, places a strong emphasis on content strategy and building websites that serve the client’s business goals.
Sallie has been organizer of the East Bay WordPress Meetup in Oakland, California, since 2009, and has presented there on topics ranging from podcasting to learning management systems to e-commerce to event management. She has also taught WordPress classes for Mediabistro, acted as Technical Reviewer for O’Reilly’s WordPress: The Missing Manual, and produced training videos for Peachpit Press. Sallie is a regular panelist on WP-Tonic Live and loves speaking at WordCamps.
Matt is Head of Support and Community Outreach at GiveWP.com and WordImpress.com. He is the author of several popular free plugins, the Lead Organizer of the Advanced WordPress San Diego Meetup and AWP Facebook group (which boasts over 25K members) and a WordPress Community Consultant for Media Temple. He’s a popular blogger at his personal site, wordimpress.com, givewp.com, and mediatemple.net.
Terri Webster Schrandt
Terri is a non-fiction writer, self-published author and retired recreation and parks practitioner living in Sacramento, California. Currently a university lecturer teaching leisure education in the recreation and parks major, Terri takes leisure very seriously because it involves one-third of our lives… really! In addition to writing and blogging, she offers consultation services and conducts and presents workshops for a variety of organizations.
In 2016 Terri self-published an eBook through Amazon Better Blogging with Photography and has become somewhat of an expert in image management. She is writing another eBook tentatively titled “No Excuses Fitness at Any Age.”
Second Wind Leisure Perspectives her blog about living a leisure lifestyle. Most of her posts reflect her leisure places & spaces and her reactions to them. She shares a variety of stories all related to a healthy leisure lifestyle. It is Terri’s passion to educate people about leisure… one blog post at a time.
Jason Cosper gets paid to nerd out over WordPress. No, really. It’s pretty nice work if you can get it. He also spends a ton of time with his wife Sarah and two chihuahuas, Rowdy & Gomez. Jason’s passions include hanging out in musty record stores, drinking whiskey, eating barbecue, and sampling craft beers.
Sarah Wefald came to WordPress and Zeek Interactive the long way. She started out as a project manager at a major record label – the sort of job she had wanted since she had first thought it would be cool to work with musicians. However, that dream was soon met with reality in the music industry: half the company worldwide was laid off after the label was purchased and privatized. Determined that her career would not be over at 23, she went back to school while working temp jobs to learn web development and design.
After finishing the program, Sarah started transitioning from her marketing career to more technical work within the music industry, handling social media and webmaster duties for bands. Finding Steve Zehngut’s WordPress meetup group in Orange County allowed her to take her knowledge of PHP and apply it to WordPress web development. As a result, she has created and launched dozens of websites for brands and small businesses on her own, and runs the OC WordPress Web Designer’s meetup at Zeek’s offices on the first Monday of each month. She has presented at WordCamp Los Angeles (2013, 2014, and 2016) and WordCamp Orange County (2014), and served on the organizing committee for WordCamp Orange County in 2015, 2016, and 2017. She’s very happy that Zeek has allowed her to unite her original love of project management with her enthusiasm for WordPress.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Mount Holyoke College and a Diploma in Web Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online.
Vasken joined 10up in February of 2013 with over 10 years of experience working in technology in both the public and private sectors. Before becoming a WordPress developer in 2009, Vasken worked at Plymouth State University in several roles ranging from desktop support to systems administration, and occasionally, adjunct faculty member.
In November of 2010, Vasken joined GigaOM, a leading technology news and research online publication, as a WordPress developer working remotely from New Hampshire. Upon moving to the Bay Area in mid-2012, he assumed the role of a team leader within GigaOM’s rapidly growing product development group, a position he held until joining the team at 10up in February of 2013.
Vasken enjoys creating natural, consistent user experiences that enhance and promote interactivity through simplicity. As a developer, one of Vasken’s strengths is his ability to communicate highly technical concepts in a clear, non-technical way in order to build understanding between various project stakeholders. This, along with significant experience across several technology sectors, has allowed him to engineer successful projects within organizations ranging from small, independent businesses to public universities to online publications with millions of unique visitors each month.
A strong believer in open source technologies, Vasken has spoken and hosted panels at numerous WordCamp, NERCOMP, and EDUCAUSE events, on subjects ranging from Green Computing to WordPress-based centralized authentication systems. He currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in German Studies from Haverford College and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Plymouth State University, where he was also an adjunct faculty member in the Computer Science and Languages and Linguistics Departments.
When he’s not testing cache performance or planning projects, Vasken enjoys spending time with his wife, hiking with his dogs in the Yosemite area, and as a recent California transplant, is once again trying to find a good group of musicians to jam with in yet another new town.
Adam W. Warner
Adam W. Warner first discovered WordPress in 2005 and has since founded several WordPress-focused businesses that provide education, plugins and consulting services for online business owners. In 2016 he brought his passion for WordPress to join SiteLock as a Product Evangelist.
Adam has since delivered his zeal for WordPress to more than 40 WordCamps and other events all over the world and presented talks at 21. In addition to WordPress, Adam is passionate about his family, robots and of course, life, the universe, and everything.
Stay Tuned For More Speaker Announcements
Are you getting excited?! We sure are! The feedback on WordCamp so far from our local community has been so amazing! This is definitely going to be our best WordCamp yet, and we’re even working on some surprises that are going to make it extra awesome.
WordCamp Sacramento is delivering not only a stellar lineup of speakers, but one value-packed session after another. We’re also excited to be bringing you a complete beginner track teaching attendees how to use WordPress. Stay tuned for more speaker announcements, Beginner Track announcements, ticket information, and more!
SAVE THE DATE! WordCamp is happening September 16-17, 2017 and trust us, you’re not going to want to miss this show!