Leadership Team

Our leadership team embodies a deep commitment to social change and an unprecedented blend of teaching and programming expertise.

Amy Holt

Amy Holt

Director of Back End Engineering

Amy spent 8 years in K-12 education, both teaching and supporting teachers and as an instructional coach. After graduating from Turing in 2018, she taught on both the Back End and Front End Instructional teams. She is passionate about supporting the Back End team, individually and collectively, to reach their potential. She uses her expertise in curriculum design and classroom instruction to coach instructors in the classroom, and her strength in building authentic relationships to create an environment the team can collaborate, iterate, and grow in.

Ellen Mary Hickmann

Ellen Mary Hickmann

Managing Director

Ellen Mary is a coach, a facilitator, and a designer. After more than 13 years of working in K-12 education as a teacher and as an instructional coach, she moved on to support non-profits who are raising the standards of what is possible in the education industry. For six years, Ellen Mary worked for Teach for America, where she led the Teacher Leadership Team responsible for over 200 educators. She ultimately chose to join Turing because of the mission of the organization. As the Senior Director of Programs, she ensures that students are getting the best experience in the classroom and that the instructors are continuously being supported and developed.

Eric Weissman

Eric Weissman

Director of Research & Development

Eric is a passionate educator and entrepreneur with several years of experience working in high-needs classrooms across Colorado while building his own small business. Eric is drawn to the blend of problem solving, creativity, and grit required to be a successful programmer. He empowers his students to push beyond their comfort zones and embrace the struggle when learning a new, challenging skill. Eric leans on experiences learning programming and his odd sense of humor to help students level up their development skills. When he is not at Turing, you can likely find Eric either on the slopes, on a golf course, attending a concert, or hanging with his trio of rescued cats.

Jeff Casimir

Jeff Casimir

Executive Director

Jeff is an experienced educator who now focuses on helping the Turing staff and students do their best work, see possibilities they might have missed, and become the people they want to be.

Justina Glasker

Justina Glasker

Director of Growth

Justina has spent over 12 years as an authentic thought leader working in higher education. Her core values are trust, loyalty, and kindness as she focuses on building a culture that promotes positive energy, candid communication, and empowerment. Justina understands the significance of diversity and its meaning to value the uniqueness of people from different races and genders. She has worked on projects that focus on change management, culture, speed, process efficiency, mentorship, and inclusivity to any workplace environment. Prior to joining Turing, Justina has held several roles overseeing regional territories with initiatives centered around client advocacy, driving enrollment, academic operations, and mentoring staff to develop organic growth and career progression. She is a Doctor of Education and specializes in Organizational Development & Growth; her dissertation topic studied An Exploratory Study on Female-to-Female Mentorships in Higher Education, specifically women of color. Justina lives by the mantra of serving others and recognizing that change is inevitable and growth is optional. In her spare time, she loves yoga, meditation, traveling, spending time with her two children, and a nice cup of tea!

Rachel Martinez

Rachel Martinez

Director of Finance & Administration

As an attorney specialized in general business practice, Rachel brings a completely unique skill set to Turing School, serving as our Director of Finance & Administration. Prior to joining us, Rachel held the role of general counsel for many businesses on a contractual basis. She also has expertise in human resources, management, and maintaining the corporate governance of a non-profit organization. As Turing School's Director of Finance & Administration, Rachel utilizes her past experience to manage all legal and compliance aspects of running our nonprofit organization.

Stephanie Pacheco-Davidson

Stephanie Pacheco-Davidson

Director of Employment

Stephanie, a Colorado native and graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, is the Director of Employment at Turing School of Software & Design where she is responsible for developing and implementing a unifying vision to support the development of the employment team and creating strategic partnerships to support the placement of students in high fulfillment technical careers with quality employers. Prior to joining Turing, she held positions focused on tri-sector partnerships, adult education, fund development, community relations, sales and marketing. Stephanie also served two years as a mayoral appointed commissioner on the Denver Women’s Commission aiding in the advancement of women and girls in the community.

Will Mitchell

Will Mitchell

Director of Front End Engineering

Before joining Turing, Will worked as the Lead Developer for Brandzooka, an advertising start-up in Boulder, Colorado. He managed their engineering team and helped to architect and build their platform, working extensively with React, Redux, and Node.js. His technical skills as a full-stack developer are his most valued tools at Turing. He believes that programming gives people a tremendous toolset for building solutions to problems and touches every business, government agency, and home. When he's not at Turing, he loves traveling, live music, craft beer, and skiing.

Instructional Team

Turing instructors blend a deep knowledge of education pedagogy and classroom experience with expertise in software development.

Brian Zanti

Brian Zanti

Senior Instructor (Back End)

Before joining Turing, Brian worked on modernizing programs using Java Spring Boot and Angular for a government contractor, and even researched and experimented with several robotics projects. He believes that programming is everywhere. He chose this field because of how impactful it is, the endless opportunities it presents, and its enormous potential for growth. Now as a Turing instructor, his communication, support, and willingness to step out of his comfort zone and take on new challenges are his biggest strengths. When he's not at Turing, he enjoys cooking and doing anything outdoors, such as snowboarding, climbing, hiking, and camping.

Cassandra Torske

Cassandra Torske

Associate Instructor (Front End)

Cass is excited to combine her love for education and coding as an instructor at Turing School. Before attending a coding bootcamp, she was a music educator for elementary students. After that, she spent a few years in the tech industry working for a consulting firm. As an instructor, she aims to guide students to consider the "why" of coding as well as how to do things that are maintainable and developer-friendly. She believes that the future is written in code. When Cass isn't teaching, she enjoys video games, playing the clarinet, and making art. She is also a closet ballerina!

Chris Simmons

Chris Simmons

Associate Instructor (Back End)

Chris started his professional career as a music teacher and band director. After 5 years, he was ready to make a long-term change, so he attended a coding bootcamp and started a tech career. Chris brings a confluence of industry experience and teaching experience to Turing. He missed teaching and mentoring full-time while working in the tech industry and is glad to be back in a role that uses both of his careers. He believes that the power of working with technology lies in the possibility to affect change on a large scale. When he isn't teaching, he likes to hang out with his kittens - Charlie and Zoey, watch "The West Wing", and play Mario Kart with friends. Chris is also the lead singer of a funk band in Columbus, where he lives.

Dani Coleman

Dani Coleman

Assistant Instructor (Back End)

Dani has been an athlete for most of her life, even playing at the professional level. She loves the camaraderie and teamwork mindset that athletics fosters. Wanting to remain in the health and fitness realm, Dani became a personal trainer. She loved the teaching and relationship building of training but felt constrained in her capacity to truly make an impact in this world. It was then that she began to look into the tech space; a massive platform to connect and make an impact. With the help of a friend and former trainer Dani was introduced to the Turing School. Making the decision to embark on a journey that felt completely unknown was life changing. She graduated from the Back End program in Spring 2021 and is excited to continue her journey in helping others push beyond what they think is possible and step into a world of infinite possibilities. In her spare time, Dani enjoys photography, music, being in nature, hiking, exploring and learning to question everything that she thinks she knows.

Erin Pintozzi

Erin Pintozzi

Associate Instructor (Back End)

Hailing from just outside of Chicago, Erin hates failed integration tests almost as much as she hates snow. Always one to seek out new adventures, she found herself more excited by the work the software developers were doing on the projects she managed, and decided to move her family out to Colorado to attend Turing. After graduating in 2017, she took off to LA where she worked at a startup that was acquired by the largest legal software firm in Canada. After years of mentoring Turing students, she found her way back to Turing as an instructor. She’s fueled by the love of helping others learn new things, and has proven time and time again that she’s comfortable with challenges that others may balk at. Like how she used to race boats even though she doesn’t know how to swim.

Heather Faerber

Heather Faerber

Associate Instructor (Front End)

Heather graduated from the 1908 Front End cohort. In the time between graduating and weaseling her way back into Turing as an instructor, she had a blast as a Salesforce Developer at Slalom Consulting, alongside several other talented Turing grads. Pre-Turing, Heather briefly taught high school Spanish before spending 10ish years teaching adulting, job, and communication skills as a manager in downtown Denver hotels. She is thrilled to use her time and talents to help Turing live out its mission by helping the students build their futures as capable, confident developers. She is very nice but does feel compelled to confess that she doesn't really like dogs that much, or cats. Please don't hold that against her.

Jamison Ordway

Jamison Ordway

Instructor (Back End)

Before joining Turing, Jamison was a full stack software engineer at User Interviews, whose mission is to help teams discover and embrace user insights. In the role prior to that they focused on Back End development, and have a strong background in Ruby on Rails and JavaScript. Jamison chose coding as a career because they want to influence the ways tech shapes our society. Their experience as a music instructor also helps with teaching code. Finding creative ways to demonstrate technical concepts is one of their focus areas. Outside of work, Jamison enjoys playing music, gardening, and playing both video and tabletop games.

Jeremiah Black

Jeremiah Black

Assistant Instructor (Front End)

Jeremiah graduated from Turing with the 2003 Front End cohort in September, 2020. He was born and raised on Denver's East Side, and graduated from Denver East High School. Before Turing, he worked in hospitality, which consisted of a little bit of everything "front of house" in restaurants and bars. In college he studied English at Adams State University - and maintains creative writing as his most favorite hobby. His goal is to help his students become amazing and confident developers.

Juliet Eyraud

Juliet Eyraud

Associate Instructor (Back End)

Juliet discovered her love for teaching programming at an adult education center in Portland, ME. She taught introductory coding classes to refugees from all over the world, which helped her learn how to say “algorithm” in several different languages. Since then, she has worked in refugee resettlement, elementary & higher education, and software consulting. Before joining Turing, Juliet was a trainer in a global training program for new technologists at a software consultancy, where she taught folks all over the US and Latin America. She loves working with students to help them overcome their imposter syndrome and begin to define their identities as technologists. Outside of Turing, Juliet enjoys biking, tap dancing and learning languages.

Kat Brandt

Kat Brandt

Assistant Instructor (Back End)

Kat worked as a financial aid officer in various colleges around Colorado before attending the backend program at Turing in 2018. After graduation, she went to work for the Nordstrom engineering department as a Full Stack Developer. Soon after, she made the move into teaching software development where she could combine her love for coding with her passion for helping students. In addition to teaching software, Kat ran a health coaching practice for two years, helping others improve their lives through nutrition and self-care programs. When not teaching, she loves hanging out with her three kids, coaching soccer, and taking tap dance classes.

Kayla Gordon

Kayla Gordon

Instructor (Front End)

Prior to attending Turing as a student, Kayla was an educator in Denver Public Schools. After completing Turing, she worked as a Product Support Engineer. Her experience teaching people to conquer intimidating topics, like high school math, helps Kayla in her job as an instructor. She believes that everyone is capable of learning, and is passionate about empowering people with skills that they thought were unattainable. She views programming as a creative outlet, and also enjoys expressing her creativity through all kinds of craft projects, including cross-stitching, sewing, and weaving.

Leta Keane

Leta Keane

Instructor (Front End)

As a former science educator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Leta learned that critical thinking and curiosity are necessary skills in every field. She taught kids and families about biology, the power of asking questions, and the magic in the words 'I don't know, but let's find out!' Helping kids see themselves as scientists who can always keep asking questions and learning more has led her to the growth mindset she has today as an instructor at Turing. She knows she made the right career change because the field encourages her critical thinking, compassion, creativity, and courage, and she is able to create sites and applications that connect people with information, resources, and opportunities. When she's not at Turing, Leta enjoys writing, cooking, playing the piano and guitar, playing board games, reading, and exploring Colorado's incredible outdoors.

Meg Stang

Meg Stang

Instructor (Back End)

Meg studied math in college then taught middle school math for three years in Fort Collins, CO. She moved to Denver in 2018 to pursue a career in software engineering as a student in Turing's Back End Engineering program. She blends her passion and skills in teaching with her technical background as an instructor on our Back End team now. Meg spends 90% of her free time at a dog park with her perfect pups, Odell and Mose, and the other 10% on mountain bike trails.

Megan McMahon

Megan McMahon

Instructor (Back End)

Before Turing, Megan worked for Elsmere Education, where she recruited students into an online Master of Legal Studies program for the University of Oklahoma. Prior to that, she worked in implementation and account management for a SaaS startup providing a Student Information System to small colleges around the country. She ended up choosing programming because she loves solving puzzles and figuring out the most efficient way to achieve a goal. She believes the power of programming is its constantly changing nature, as there are always new tools and conventions coming out to solve ever more challenging problems. When she's not at Turing, she's a summer cyclist, winter skier, and year-round knitter.

Mike Dao

Mike Dao

Instructor (Back End)

Over the course of Mike's diverse career he has worked in an information warfare lab, an academic information and technology department, and at Apple Retail where he led his own service team. Following a stint in corporate information technology, Mike was eager to shift away from procedural work and looked to programming as a means to be creative within his technical career. Attracted to Turing School's unique focus on high quality education and cohesive community, Mike blends his customer focus, OS X education, and DevOps experience as an instructor.

Nick Teets

Nick Teets

Associate Instructor (Front End)

Nick Teets is a software developer and musician from Denver, CO. His love for technology stems from his experience creating a multimedia documentary turned non-profit focusing on the underrepresented communities of the Nebraska Sandhills, and would eventually lead him to enroll in the Front End Engineering program at Turing in 2017. After half a decade building software for large corporations and startups alike, he's excited to blend his technical and communications skills and share his experiences with the next generation of software developers.

Nik Seif

Nik Seif

Associate Instructor (Front End)

Before joining Turing, Nik was a full-stack developer at a Silicon Valley startup, where her team created a product for inventors to publish their inventions. She has also volunteered to mentor career changers and women from under-represented communities in San Francisco and Durham. Before joining the tech industry, she worked in the field of architecture. Her design experience paired with her technical skills make her feel like she has unlimited possibilities for creative expression. Nik is passionate about creating learning systems that are accessible to all. In her free time, she loves learning anything new and mentoring women in tech, as well as camping, hiking, reading, and listening to podcasts.

Richard Tillies

Richard Tillies

Instructor (Back End)

Richard, aka "Professor T", is an educator by trade with nearly 20 years of college classroom teaching experience in information technology and mathematics. His formal education includes degrees in Computer Science and IT Education. Within the tech industry, he held positions as a Database Specialist and Software Engineer. Outside of teaching and industry, "Professor T" is a certified kickboxing trainer and previously owned two kickboxing fitness studios in North Carolina. He can also perform a backflip and solve a Rubik's Cube (although not at the same time).

Robbie Jaeger

Robbie Jaeger

Senior Instructor (Front End)

Robbie is a Front End Instructor at Turing, where he gives others the tools necessary to communicate and advance their own causes. He enjoys working with some of the latest technologies available in browsers, such as Progressive Web App features and environmental device sensors. Before Turing, he was a computational fluid dynamics researcher and software technical writer, which sparked his passion for programming. When he's not at Turing, he's woodworking, hiking, fishing, cooking, or going on a run.

Scott Ertmer

Scott Ertmer

Instructor (Front End)

Scott was an artist and high school visual arts teacher for seven years before attending Turing and joining the Front End instructor team. He sees teaching art and programming as similar, because beginning-level students look at high level skill and wonder how someone did that project. He wants his students to take risks that lead to growth and know that skill is not a magical gift, but rather comes from diligence. The power of programming lies in its infinite creative possibilities. Scott chose programming so he would never stop learning, and he views it as another artistic medium. Outside of teaching, he enjoys skating, drawing, hiking, and camping. When he still taught high school, Scott designed an elective class called Skateboarding and Design where he worked with students to design painted and shredded custom skateboards.

Travis Rollins

Travis Rollins

Instructor (Front End)

Before Turing, Travis worked as a junior engineer at Spruce Labs, where he was responsible for software scalability, development architecture, dependency management, and cross-browser compatibility issues. Whether it is streamlining a process for a user or giving a user the ability to do something they've never had access to, Travis believes programming is made by people for people. He loves solving problems and creating experiences that provide a better experience for others, and as a result, programming is a natural fit for him. His skills in team building, organization, and software development help build the community at Turing. When he's not at Turing, he enjoys producing hip-hop beats, eating great food, and playing video games.

Operations Team

Our operations team is dedicated to keeping the program running efficiently and providing the very best in student support.

Allison Reu Singer

Allison Reu Singer

Senior Manager of Career Development

Allison began her career as a Special Education teacher with Teach for America. She has since earned her MFA in creative writing and written her first novel, after which she continued her work in K-12 education through teacher evaluation and recruitment before working as an elementary school administrator. She is passionate about creating high quality educational opportunities for every person, regardless of background, which is what attracted her to Turing School. As our Senior Manager of Career Development, Allison plays an integral role helping the school increase opportunities for underrepresented groups in the programming world. She works tirelessly with our students to create a supportive, inclusive, and joyful culture at Turing School.

Brandi Gehrke

Brandi Gehrke

Try Coding Instructor

Brandi is a former Engineer, now career educator, who spent 11.5 years in the classroom both as a K-12 teacher and as a Computer Science instructor in higher education. In her role as a CS instructor in higher ed, she developed and taught classes aimed to broaden the reach of Computer Science. Brandi looks forward to bringing her passion as an educator to the prospective students at Turing in the Try Coding sessions. She hopes to cultivate and transform their interest in coding into actionable steps towards a career as a programmer. When Brandi is not teaching, you will likely find her riding her bike, hiking, or on an adventure with her family.

Coree Schmitz

Coree Schmitz

Chief of Staff

Coree joins Turing following 10+ years working in the Denver/Boulder startup community specializing in cross functional operations, strategy, and growth. Having received a Fulbright Grant to obtain her International MBA in Spain, Coree is most looking forward to contributing to the diverse Turing team and community while learning and growing herself. As Chief of Staff, she will be putting her skills to work as Turing strives to serve more students, make broader impacts, and expand in an ever changing world. On a personal note, her favorite professional endeavor continues to be her time spent as a cheesemonger where she was able to treat, tend, and sell cheeses.

Justin Domingus

Justin Domingus

Technical Systems Administrator

Justin has spent most of his career as a DevOps Engineer and has always had a passion for helping people with technology. He has worked at small startups, large enterprises, and published a book on building and running cloud-native applications. Before working in the software industry Justin served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay working with beekeepers and farmers. Before that he worked in TV and Radio Broadcasting. Justin lives in a wetland forest in Washington state with his wife, best friend, and Turing alum Adrienne, along with a cat, several chickens, and a few beehives. They enjoy growing food, learning about plants and trees, and sharing meals with friends and family.

Kaitlyn Van Gorkom

Kaitlyn Van Gorkom

Pre-Program Instructor

After nearly 10 years in K-12 mathematics and computer science education, Kaitlyn took a leap to pursue a new career in software development by enrolling in a part-time bootcamp at Nashville Software School. After realizing her heart was still in the classroom, she began searching for a way to combine her software development skills with her dedication to high-quality instruction. As a Turing instructor, Kaitlyn is passionate about helping people tap into their own unrealized potential. When she's not teaching people to code (or coding herself), she loves to salsa dance and spend time with the people she loves outdoors.

Karen Ravago-Ballaret

Karen Ravago-Ballaret

Alumni Engagement Manager

Prior to Turing, Karen worked in higher education for 16 years, with most of her career spent in alumni affairs, career services, and grad school admissions at USC, UCLA, and UC Santa Barbara. She is a first-generation college graduate who went on to earn masters and doctoral degrees and is passionate about working with students from historically underserved backgrounds on their personal and professional journeys. Karen is excited to strengthen the Turing community by connecting students and alumni for networking and mentoring around shared identities and interests. Karen was born in Hawaii, where she also attended high school, but has also lived in Rhode Island, Cuba, Virginia, and Iceland - she’s a proud Navy brat! Now living in Los Angeles with her husband, a high school math teacher, you’ll find Karen exploring all things food and entertainment (live theater, comedy shows, improv, concerts, sports, restaurant pop-ups, you name it!) and curating 90s R&B playlists.

Kayt Hensley

Kayt Hensley

Registrar

Since Kayt comes from a family of developers, technology has always fascinated her and been a part of her life. Her previous work experiences include being a museum exhibit content developer, a teaching assistant, and a web designer for an erosion control supply company. Before joining Turing, she worked for The Iron Yard across four campuses guiding students through the code school lifecycle, from the first contact all the way through to alumni support. She loves that programming is something that anyone can learn and translate into a successful career. When she's not at Turing, she enjoys playing video games, music, exploring, and looking at architectural details.

Launa Gardner

Launa Gardner

Growth Recruitment Coordinator

Having cultivated a decade of experience in various higher education functions, Launa is thrilled to engage with prospective students at Turing School. Her wide experience in academics and operations will lend Turing a genuine perspective in assisting the needs of its learners. She strives for positive outcomes and measurable results. In her downtime, you can usually find Launa creating art and spending time with loved ones, especially her Boston Terrier named Jimmy!

Lex Stewart

Lex Stewart

Career Specialist

Lex joins the Turing team with experience in public speaking, career coaching, and group facilitating. Her last job was working for a grant program under the Texas Department of Labor where she helped IT and Computer Science students at Austin Community College find apprenticeship opportunities in their field. Lex is excited to be in the tech industry because she believes the power of programming is limitless. When she's not helping people launch their careers, she facilitates board games and streams videos games on Twitch.

Naomi Lopez

Naomi Lopez

Growth Recruitment Manager

Prior to joining the Turing team, Naomi spent over 10 years in the Denver, Colorado elementary public charter school space where she specialized in operations, compliance, staff recruitment and human resources. Naomi has also served in various roles and levels of government including: Council Aide to Denver City Councilwoman at Large-Robin Kniech, Legislative Aide to Colorado State Senator Abel J. Tapia, and Constituent Advocate for U.S. Senator Michael F. Bennet. She brings a deep commitment to ensuring that all individuals have access to educational opportunities and resources that will allow them to pursue their personal and professional endeavors. As well as a passion for working within the local and larger community to expand Turing’s reach and impact. Naomi holds a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Local Government from the University of Colorado at Denver and Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. When she is not at Turing she enjoys spending time with loved ones, watching movies, reading, traveling, running and biking.

Nikki Diminich

Nikki Diminich

Sr. Growth Marketing Manager

Nikki has spent her career focusing on marketing and media within the food industry. Stepping out of the industry, she is bringing along her passion for collecting data and creating processes for scalable marketing to Turing. Most recently, Nikki spent 5 years helping a local Colorado tea brand grow within the state and beyond. Previously, Nikki managed a video production company in NYC that developed content for media outlets and national brands including The Food Network, Unilever, Tabasco, and Costco. She has a passion for creating the perfect assets, no matter what it takes and is excited to help make sure the world knows about Turing.

Paige Hellman Millar

Paige Hellman Millar

Student Development Specialist

Prior to joining Turing, Paige worked as a Tutor Manager at Paper, an EdTech company focused on furthering educational equity, and as a career advisor at Texas A&M University, where she created programs to engage students in early career exploration and development. Her network and mentors have shaped her into the person and professional she is today, so she is a huge advocate for helping others “find their people” as they go through the job search process. She is excited to support Turing students as they build their networks and launch their careers in tech. Outside of work, Paige loves traveling, finding and supporting local businesses, taking group fitness classes, and spending time with her husband and their two dogs, Pippa and Sadie.

Ramiro Vaca

Ramiro Vaca

Student Services Manager

Ramiro is Turing's Facilities and Events Manager. Prior to that, he spent nine years serving the students and families at STRIVE Prep, a network of Denver Public Charter Schools, as a Program Manager and later as the Associate Director of Operations in the central office, where he supported the operations of 11 schools. With a passion for operations, problem-solving, and project management, his service-oriented mindset supports Turing students as they pursue their passion by making sure they have the best possible learning environment. Ramiro, who is originally from Quito, Ecuador, has a diverse professional background. He graduated from one of the most prestigious Agricultural Engineering universities in Ecuador and has worked as an apprentice for a master cheese maker, an elementary school English teacher, an assistant manager for the only two dairy farms in California authorized to produce and sell organic raw milk, and a manager at the highest producing dairy farm in Ecuador. When he is not at Turing, he enjoys outdoor adventures such as mountain and road biking, adventure and dual sport motorcycling, running, and family camping.

Robyn Purvin

Robyn Purvin

Partnership Manager

Prior to Turing, Robyn supported college and career readiness through Goodwill's Youth Services Program, where she trained individuals 17-21 years old on resumes, cover letters, goal setting, and career exploration. Robyn is passionate about people working in jobs they not only like, but love. With her strengths in resume/cover letter assistance, community outreach and relations, connecting people to resources, understanding a person's journey from school to career, and guidance and assistance in the job search process, Robyn wants to make sure that others are set up for success to find satisfaction and enjoyment in their jobs and careers. When she's not at Turing, she enjoys running a female empowerment group, mentoring youth, hiking, going to concerts, traveling all over the world, cooking, exploring street art, and being with family and friends.

Ryan Frank

Ryan Frank

Career Specialist

Previously, Ryan worked in the Career Development Office at the Leeds Business School at the University of Colorado -Boulder, where he partnered with companies on career-related programming for students. This experience helped him understand both what employer partners are looking for and gave him insight into the technology and marketing industries. He is constantly impressed with the possibilities that software development creates for people, and likes helping people find their passion and realize their skills and abilities and how to apply those to find a job they love. In his free time, Ryan loves traveling, exploring art museums, eating, taking pole dancing classes as an intense and fun workout, and spending time with his husband and their pets - a Brazilian rainbow boa named Britney and two cats named Solange and Fenty.

Tamika Shipp

Tamika Shipp

Financial Aid Coordinator

Before joining the team at Turing, Tamika worked as an Academic Advisor at a public college in southern Florida. There, she helped students decide which career path they would like to pursue, then develop a plan to reach their academic and career goals. At Turing, she helps students plan for their time at Turing so they can graduate successfully and launch careers in tech. Tamika views technology as one of the most important components of daily life and knows that people who can generate and produce new technologies possess some of the most powerful skills a person can have. Tamika is a military veteran and loves to travel, spend time with her family, and binge Netflix shows. She is a self-proclaimed tomboy and is always down for a game of football or a ride on an ATV.

Tracey Monteiro

Tracey Monteiro

Career Specialist

Tracey has over 5 years of career coaching, workshop design and delivery, leadership and team development experience. Before joining the Turing team, she worked at the Community College of Aurora, as a Career Advisor & Coach for the Strengthening Working Families Initiative. She supported students who were also parents pursuing careers in IT and Healthcare. She has also been successful at providing a range of services including one-on-one coaching, career exploration, writing and resume development. Tracey's passion is to provide practical solutions and techniques that help individuals achieve their personal and professional objectives and she views technology as a superpower that can positively impact world and social issues. Outside of her work, she enjoys dancing, listening to music, yoga and Zumba, and listening to podcasts.

Board Team

Our Board is made up of recognized leaders in software development, business and education.

Bree Thomas

Bree Thomas

Chairwoman of the Board

Bree is a Chief Product Officer with over 15 years experience leading and growing teams across a breadth of verticals including, healthcare, education, fast-casual restaurants, commercial insurance, and the cannabis industry. Also a Turing Alum, she brings a unique and well-rounded perspective in scaling teams to help early-to-mid-stage startups graduate to market-leading differentiators.

Gordon Bronson

Gordon Bronson

Board Member

Gordon is the Director of Urban Innovation & Civic Partnerships at REEF Technology. REEF's mission is to connect the world to your block by transforming underutilized urban spaces into neighborhood hubs that connect people to locally curated goods, services, and experiences. Prior to joining REEF, Gordon led Business Development & Corporate Affairs for Continuum Partners under CEO Mark Falcone, a Denver based real estate development firm specializing in large scale, highly innovative urban projects. Gordon formerly led Public Affairs at WeWork for the U.S. & Canada, where he built the regional public affairs team from the ground-up and launched WeWork in 25 cities while the company grew from 2,000 employees to more than 11,000 employees while developing WeWork's brand through public relations, government relations, community partnerships, social impact and special projects.

Kareem Grant

Kareem Grant

Treasurer

A former management consultant and investment banker, Kareem began his software development career after completing a software development program in 2013. Kareem is passionate about building software and sharing his knowledge of programming. In the past, he served as the lead instructor for CodeNow; a non-profit focused on introducing underrepresented youth to coding. His specialties include product development, strategy, data analysis, and team-building. Kareem is currently a lead product manager for a blockchain startup in NYC.

Neal Sales-Griffin

Neal Sales-Griffin

Vice Chairman of the Board

Neal works as the CEO of CodeNow, a nationally recognized non-profit organization working to expose high school students to programming. Neal was a part of launching the accelerated software training industry, co-founding The Starter League in 2011 and running the organization through acquisition in 2016. For Turing, Neal leverages his deep connections to the tech education industry along with the perspective of an entrepreneur to help our continued growth.

Roz Lemieux

Roz Lemieux

Board Member

Roz is a Senior Director of Platform Product Management at Blackbaud Inc., the world's leading cloud software company powering social good. In her current role, Roz oversees Blackbaud's developer and core platform strategy, Blackbaud Labs, and the Social Good Startup initiative. Previously, Roz was the CEO of Attentive.ly (acquired by Blackbaud in 2016) and a founding partner of Fission Strategy (now DoBigThings.today), a creative agency that has helped hundreds of organizations design and run integrated digital campaigns. She served as Executive Director of the New Organizing Institute (NOI), a training institute for tech-enabled grassroots organizers. Roz gained experience in digital organizing as an early member of the MoveOn.org team, serving as the Feminist Majority Foundation's web team director, and running her own consulting practice. She has won awards for her work, including a Stevie Award for Women in Business, a Campaigns & Elections Innovator award, the Women's Information Network 'Young Women of Achievement' award. She has served on the boards of the National Priorities Project and the Chattahoochee Hills Charter School; and as an advisor to LP2X, an Atlanta-based incubator for female-founded businesses. She is a contributing author to Mechanical Bull: How You Can Achieve Startup Success and a forthcoming textbook about ethics in political communications.

Samantha Holloway

Samantha Holloway

Board Member

Samantha leads Customer Success, Support, Sales & Marketing at GoSpotCheck to deliver business impact to enterprise category leaders around the world. Samantha is a former retail entrepreneur with graduate degrees in business and psychology from the University of Denver. Samantha's vision and customer advocacy inform GoSpotCheck's product roadmap to guide innovations in machine learning, image recognition, and intelligent workforce collaboration. GoSpotCheck believes business has a fundamental imperative to help solve the complex challenges facing our planet today. Samantha's building a company that helps front line teams succeed so the enterprises they serve can do just that.

Tyler Willis

Tyler Willis

Board Member

Tyler is the co-founder of Unsupervised, which builds AI that helps people make better decisions, and is an investor in some well-known technology companies like Lyft, Patreon, Calm, Long-Term Stock Exchange, and others. In addition to this work, Tyler co-founded three non-profit organizations and has worked on causes related to housing, economic inequity, and medical research.

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