WordCamp Sacramento, happening September 16-17, 2017 at the Sacramento Convention Center, is thrilled to bring you a stellar lineup of talented WordPressers to speak from not only the greater Sacramento region and Northern California, but far beyond for an incredible two-day event centered around WordPress.
Check out all of the speakers below in alphabetical order:
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 has over seventeen years of web development experience and worked with clients ranging from small local businesses to Google, Yahoo, Disney, and Harvard. He’s been called both a coffee snob and a beer snob, but considers both to be compliments. When not buried in code, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, riding his motorcycle, and reading sci-fi/fantasy books.
Adam Silver is a native of Southern California, and is a serial entrepreneur. He currently provides WordPress development and support services through ConciergeWP.com, produces two weekly podcasts at KitchenSinkWP.com and The GetOptionsPodcast.com and runs the SouthBay WordPress Meetup. Additionally, he was and is the lead organizer for WordCamp Los Angeles 2016 and 2017.
In his free time, he speaks at industry events sharing his insights and expertise into all things digital. Has been married for 18 years to his amazing wife and has three wickedly cool kids.
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.
I’m a Product Manager for Liquid Web, a fully managed hosting company. I work on various WordPress products and initiatives focusing on open-source, community, and spreading the love of WordPress. I have been involved with the WordPress community since 2006, working with theme and plugin companies in support and project management positions. In my spare time I love to travel and spend time with my lovely wife and newborn daughter.
After studying art and printmaking in college, Amanda eventually found work doing freelance print production at several San Francisco advertising agencies. She got a staff position at Young and Rubicam and worked there for many years. Seeking more meaningful work she attempted a career change to animation, but was discouraged by an uncertain job market. So she started her own graphic design studio in 2012. In 2014 she expanded her offering to WordPress websites. She is very excited to be back in graphic design and running her own business. She loves the work, with it’s combination of the aesthetic and the functional.
Amber Hewitt is a graphic designer and front-end web developer at her company, Graphicgoo, where she has created websites for a wide variety of clients for over 15 years. With a strong background in design (graphic design degree from Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design), she has developed a passion for good imagery and typography in print and on the web.
Andrew currently works for Pantheon providing consulting for their agency partners and giving back to the WordPress community.
As a former web developer, Andrew spent his time on large scale projects for clients such as AMC Networks, Frito Lay, National Van Lines and more. With over 8 years of web development experience, specializing in WordPress, he is a seasoned veteran.
Arsen Rabinovich is the founder of TopHatRank.com LLC, a Los Angeles-based, Search and Social Marketing Agency that specializes in innovative digital marketing techniques for modern brands of all sizes.
Arsen has over 9 years of experience as a digital marketer specializing in SEO, some of his clients include brands like The Walking Dead, Beyond Yoga, and Hint Water. He’s built large social communities for fashion brands reaching millions of people, strategized and executed search and social marketing campaigns with million dollar budgets and has helped multiple brands recover from search engine penalties and devaluations.
Ben has a BFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University and has been working on the web professionally for about 20 years. He has presented on the difference between print and web design, web typography, WordPress widgets, high performance front-end performance optimization and other topics at various organizations and events, including several WordCamps. Ben now lives in Santa Rosa, CA but has previously resided in six other states.
Ben is Lead Audience & Revenue Strategist at 10up, a full service digital agency focused on creating amazing web and content management experiences with a passionate team of 135+ full-time strategists, designers and engineers working around the globe.
Ben has 10 years of experience as an entrepreneur, publisher and innovator, that make him well suited to 10up’s monetization, content conversion, and ad ops business. He has led product development, analysis and iterative design processes, while overseeing all business operations at The Sacramento Press and AdGlue. Ben has consistently stepped over the edge to experiment with new models for creating healthy media ecosystems.
In 2008, Ben launched The Sacramento Press as a new breed of local publication dedicated to rethinking how media interacts with a local audience. In just a few years, his team built an army of over 1,500 volunteer community contributors. During this time, Ben built the first independent online local ad network (SLOAN) that generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for over 60 publishers. He was also a founding board member of the Local Independent Online News publishers (LION).
Bill is a professional podcaster and trainer. He is the founder of Podcaster’s Home and the National Association of Podcasters. After returning from Afghanistan in 2012, Bill discovered podcasting and WordPress. When he is not podcasting he works for his wife’s real estate marketing agency.
Some of the podcasts that Bill has launched are Timelines of Success, WP-Tonic and Meet the Voter to name a few.
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.
Cameron is a Sacramento-based attorney providing legal services to creative entrepreneurs, cooperatives, and nonprofits. Always liking a good challenge, Cameron caught the website design and coding bug after a frustrating experience as a newbie WordPress user while building the website for her private law practice. She has been slowly learning how to code ever since, mostly through Skillcrush, and hopes (fingers crossed) to launch her newly designed and developed WordPress site sometime this Fall.
- Session Title: Legal Considerations For WordPress Designers, Developers, And Users
- Website: rhudylaw.com
Carrie spent the first eight years of her career wrangling sales data in the tech industry. While on work assignment in the UK, she attended a blogging workshop where she was introduced to WordPress. After spending several weekends learning about WordPress child themes, Carrie set up her first WordPress site, California Love Letters, and realized WordPress and front-end development is where her true passion lies.
After moving back to California, Carrie had an opportunity to pursue her passion, and enrolled in the Graphic & Interactive Design program at Foothill College where she learned about the graphic design process, and how to properly write HTML and CSS. Before graduating from her program, Carrie created her first theme from scratch on the Genesis framework, and realized that developing on WordPress is what she wanted to do for a living.
When she’s not doing front-end development, you can find Carrie at home cuddling with her four cats K2, Whitney, Minnie, and Paul; enjoying a latte or cold brew at a nearby coffee shop; or exploring the greater San Francisco Bay Area with my husband Darren.
Cat has been a WordPress coach, front-end developer, and consultant since 2007. She works with authors, entrepreneurs, arts organizations, non-profits, “mad” scientists, musicians, artists, small businesses, companies, healers and hobbyists. Her passion is working with clients to create the look and functionality that they want while teaching them how to update their own content.
She teaches hands-on classes through Sierra College Community Education and also offers e-courses for those wanting to learn WordPress from the comfort of home. In addition to her WordPress wizardry, she is also a singer-songwriter and enjoys being a mother of 2, hiking, dancing, roller skating and cooking.
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.
Cory Miller is a former newspaper journalist turned full-time entrepreneur. In 2008, he started iThemes, which builds web design software and offers cutting-edge web design training for WordPress for thousands of customers around the globe.
Named the 7th fastest growing company in Oklahoma City in 2011 by the Metro 50, iThemes employs over 20+ people, with headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma.
In 2011, he co-founded The Div, Inc, a nonprofit tech foundation aimed at inspiring and training the next generation of web developers through its kid’s program, Div Jr.
He is the co-author of WordPress All-in-One for Dummies (Wiley, 2011) and is a member and past communications chair of the Oklahoma chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a network of over 8,000 entrepreneurs in 40 countries with companies that have revenue over $1 million dollars annually.
He blogs regularly about his adventures in life and entrepreneurship at CoryMiller.com. He is a mental health advocate, sharing his personal story and struggles, for the past several years.
He is married to Lindsey Miller, who is the WordPress Partner Manager at Liquid Web, and formerly a political fundraising consultant and entrepreneur. They have two young children, an adorable son named Caloway and a little sweetheart daughter named Lillian.
Dorothy Kern is the blogger behind Crazy for Crust, a popular dessert and baking blog. She started her blog in 2010 and has learned everything from the ground up, from posting in WordPress to food photography and video to SEO and social media. Dorothy specializes in recipes that are sometimes crazy, often with a crust, and always served with a slice of her life.
Heather has been making websites since the dawn of this millennia. She has taken on many roles in the communications sphere including: webmaster, designer, developer, artist, project manager, event coordinator, and marketing specialist. She has had the pleasure to work with organizations like the Sacramento Public Library, The Nature Conservancy, The World Economic Forum, Sacramento State University, and the City of Rocklin.
Currently, she divides her time teaching web design and digital illustration at Sacramento City College, performing feats of web and print marketing for Sierra 2 Center, juggling freelance web projects and making fine art.
Ivan is the lead web developer and co-founder of Scribe — a full service digital creative agency in Sacramento. He is most often found working closely with the design team to conceptualize and create a wide range of visually interesting projects. His passion for design and programming working in unison has evolved into an effort to help his local tech community level up its collective game by giving talks and co-organizing “Coffee & Code” sessions around Sacramento.
Jake is the owner and President of 10up, a full service agency that makes a better web with finely crafted websites and tools for content creators. Whether you’re a political junky glued to FiveThirtyEight, a car enthusiast reading MotorTrend, a Windows user who keeps up with Microsoft’s newsroom, an Apple fan reading 9to5mac daily, a tech entrepreneur keeping up with TechCrunch or VentureBeat, or even if you just use WordPress itself, you’ve experienced a small sample of 10up’s work, built atop WordPress. Jake grew 10up from a 1 man show (himself!) to over 100 employees with dozens of brand name clients in under 5 years.
Jake started focusing on web content management platforms like WordPress in 2006, releasing free plug-ins, diverting new projects to the platform, contributing code to the open source project, and engaging the community. He has been a writer and expert reviewer for Smashing Magazine, taught WordPress development at Boston University, and has spoken at conferences, universities, and programs around the country. He helped organize the first WordCamp Boston in 2010, founded the WordPress meetup in Providence, and rebooted the Sacramento meet up in a format that continues on to this day. He is a core contributor to WordPress, and maintains some of the highest rated plug-ins on the official repository, with over 500,000 active installations.
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. After 4 years of building and managing WordPress sites, he founded a company called WP Fix It and since 2011 his company has serviced over 54,000 WordPress support tickets. 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.
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.
Jen Miller believes in the value and power of the written word in sharing truth and story, in life and in business.
Combining her journalism background with a passion for marketing, Jen built needsomeonetoblog.com, a blogging service focused on delivering highly-targeted, local search engine optimized blogging and page content, primarily for real estate clients.
As the business grew, Jen discovered areas that could further develop authority, garner trust, and build engagement for her clients online. Her agency NeedSomeoneTo, LLC combines these services to share engaging messages of community and industry knowledge with clients and followers.
Jen hosts a weekly podcast, Be Seen Blogging, where she delivers website content tips in under ten minutes and enjoys speaking on content strategy and community development.
Dedicated to the WordPress community, Jen serves on the WordPress Marketing Team and founded WomenWhoWP.org, a nonprofit and Meetup dedicated to encouraging women in their WordPress journey.
Jennifer Bourn is an award-winning designer and founder/partner at Bourn Creative, a full service design agency, specializing in premium web design, brand design, messaging, and content strategy services, with WordPress as her platform of choice.
Deep in the design and branding trenches since 1998, Jennifer leads workshops and speaks regularly at both virtual and live events across the country, co-organizes the Sacramento WordPress Meetup, headed up WordCamp Sacramento 2016, and is lead organizer for WordCamp Sacramento 2017.
When not working with clients, Jennifer manages the Bourn Creative brand, writes for several marketing blogs, and has her own personal blog Inspired Imperfection where she shares recipes, family-friendly adventures, and candid commentary on work/life balance.
John Locke started his web development career after twenty years working in retail and commercial bakeries. By learning web design and development in-between work shifts, John was able to eventually start building websites for local businesses and gaining valuable experience. He launched Lockedown Design in late 2012.
Since then, he has launched over sixty new websites, and worked with companies all across the US. Today, Lockedown Design is known for excellence in custom WordPress theme development and SEO.
In addition to writing a popular blog of his own, John also co-hosts the WP-Tonic podcast, a twice weekly podcast about WordPress and online marketing.
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.
Justin Busa is a developer and co-founder at FastLine Media, the parent company behind Beaver Builder. Prior to the success of Beaver Builder, FastLine Media specialized in a range of digital services for clients all over the world.
Justin Sainton is the founder of Zao, an agency based near Portland, Oregon. As a core contributor to WordPress and lead developer for the WP eCommerce project, Justin believes passionately in the philosophy of open source software. Working exclusively with WordPress and an array of other open-source technologies, Justin and Zao have provided creative and effective solutions for a wide variety of companies and associations ranging from Amazon to PayPal to Pitney Bowes. When not building the Zao empire or spending time with his beautiful wife and four incredible kids, Justin can be found enjoying the best espresso in Portland.
All in. Go-getter. Laughs the loudest. With more than a decade of industry experience, Katie excels at developing effective design and messaging that cuts through the clutter and connects with target audiences. Katie’s enthusiasm for her work is contagious, her clients have noted creative talents and outcomes, personality and easy-going nature, and general feeling that she is an extension of staff as just a few reasons why they love to work with her. Plus, as an adjunct design instructor for six years, she will naturally coach you through any process.
Katie is the owner and Creative Director at Spark27, a premiere, full-service design + digital studio that partners with clients to solve complex business problems through strategy and effective communication. Katie is dedicated to the quality of her work and it shows — her designs have earned her 14 ADDY awards and she prides herself on strong client relationships by being focused on building brands with robust identities and measurable results.
Kayla Butler is the Creative Director and photographer from Ivorymix.com, where she provides stock photography, resources, and support to creative bloggers and digital makers of all kinds from all stages of online business and blog growth. Her experience as a seasoned design and marketing professional comes from over 15 years of project development, design and marketing over the years while working with construction design firms, local and national real estate developers.
Kim Shivler, M.Ed. has worked as a writer, instructor, developer and serial entrepreneur for over 20 years. Her business experience includes computer network and database administration, technical training and writing, project management, web development, and work as an aesthetician and spa owner. She also worked for large corporations including Tivoli, an IBM company, where she was part of the worldwide technical sales and marketing team.
Kim learned HTML in 1995 building help files as a UNIX system administrator and opened her first web development company in 1996. Since then, Kim has worked as a business owner and employee in a variety of fields including a few years as part of an IBM worldwide team. Between 2008 and 2012, she worked with a variety of Content Management Systems and ran an online membership site for skincare professionals using Drupal. In 2012, Kim found WordPress and never looked back at any other CMS. She has been creating online courses in WordPress since 2013 and currently combines her background in education, years of business experience, and WordPress experience to teach others how to build membership websites, online courses, their first WordPress site, and full-blown learning platforms.
As a writer, Kim has worked in a variety of fields including software documentation and instruction, manuals for aesthetic and medical devices, and general health articles.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Education degree in secondary English education from the University of Florida.
Leslie is passionate about sustainability, the farmer’s market, bicycling and great design. When not behind the computer working in WordPress or learning more code, you’ll often find her with a camera in hand taking close up images of nature and our abstract world.
After having her own business for 20 years supporting small business owners and non-profits as an accountant, Leslie shifted her focus and pivoted her work to support businesses online.
In 2009, Leslie discovered WordPress and now helps people clarify their message to build customized themes on the Genesis Framework merging the sweet spot between beautiful code and beautiful design to create a user-friendly site they love.
Her introduction to computers was in the early 80’s when she enrolled in her first computer programming class (yes, those IBM punch card days that often ran infinite loops after leaving out that darn semicolon). She swore off computers until she met the original Macintosh a few years later and got hooked on the infinite possibilities instead.
Accessing the internet by dial up while living in South Africa for four years, Leslie learned the importance of optimizing images for online. While internet access speeds have increased in many locations and the tools have changed, knowing how to optimize and name images is still a key component for SEO and creating a sustainable online presence today.
Leslie has volunteered in various capacities at WordCamps, meetups, non-profits and is on the leadership committee for SheSays Boulder whose mission is to up level women in digital.
Margaret is an author, freelance writer, teacher, and humor blogger who has been blogging since 2005. She has published two books on blogging: Sticky Readers: How to Attract a Loyal Audience by Writing More Better and Adventures in Blogville: A Creative Writing Guide for Teens. She authors the award-winning humor blog, Nanny Goats in Panties, and the blogging tutorial site, Sticky Readers. She is also the co-founder of the Sacramento Bloggers network and currently serves on the advisory board for the International Food Bloggers Conference. And… she uses WordPress for everything.
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.
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.
Mendel loves the outdoors, so you’ll usually find him hittin’ the trails between tech events and site building. He’s also usually got my nose in a cup of single origin, Chemex-brewed coffee. As a GoDaddy Evangelist, he spends most of my time hanging out with developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and creative people all around the world to make sure their opinions and suggestions are heard.
Mike has been a WordPress advocate since 2007 when his company, DealerTrend decided to give it a try for car dealers. As an entrepreneur, WordPress was the perfect tool for Mike to help solve the problems that car dealers were facing. Over time, Mike has tested and used thousands of WordPress plugins and themes to help get positive results. As an organizer of the Reno WordPress meetup group, Mike enjoys sharing what he as learned with passionate WordPress users.
Nate Conley is a freelance and contract WordPress developer based in Southern California, working with small businesses and agencies like Pixel Jar. Nate discovered his love of building for the web while enrolled as a music student at Missouri Southern State University, starting with front-end development and later WordPress.
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.
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.
Tanner is a web developer and entrepreneur located in the small town of Granite Falls, Wa. He’s passionate about using technology to promote community. When he’s not tracking down new leads or coding, he loves playing music and spending time with his wife and 4 (soon to be 5) kids.
Terry 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!
Obtaining a Master’s Degree at age 50, Terri wrote her thesis on the Four Generations in the Workplace, re-sparking her love of writing at midlife. 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 is her WordPress.com 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.
Agency and Community Engineer at Pantheon and Founder of Coders of TMRW, Tessa has been a web developer for over 10 years. She enjoys front-end development but also loves to build sites from start to finish. She started in Joomla back when it was founded and worked her way into WordPress and Drupal about 7 years ago. She enjoys teaching others to code as well as speaking at conferences and youth events. Tessa is a northern Minnesota native, but now lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and four children — three boys and a baby girl. She loves dogs and enjoys helping local organizations rescue dogs in her free time.
Tony is one of the Sucuri Co-Founders. Sucuri is a globally recognized website security firm specializing in offering organizations a suite of security solutions for their websites. Tony has spent the better part of 7 years building an organization designed to provide value to website owners when they need it most. He has worked with 100’s of thousands of websites, helping them navigate their online security challenges, has spoken at events and conferences around the world, and is adamant in the power of education and awareness. He actively writes and shares his thoughts on both business and security on his personal website.
Treighton’s professional career started in construction management, but after about eight years, he realized that his heart wasn’t in it, and decided to pursue a career in programming.
He has now been in web development for about three years, working at Page Design Group on projects ranging from simple static sites to more complex web applications with a variety of integrations.
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.
A HUGE Thank You
All of our speakers for WordCamp Sacramento 2017 are volunteers and fellow WordPress community members! This means they are giving their time and talents to plan, prepare, and practice a presentation to help our WordPress community learn and grow. For those coming from out of town, they are also paying for all of their own travel expenses — so say thanks!