WordCamp Counselors

Positions for Counselors have all been filled. Thank you for the great response!

Aaron Holbrook

Aaron likes WordPress, StarCraft and working out. He devises brilliant solutions as a Web Engineer at 10up.

Aaron was the Lead Organizer of WordCamp Chicago in 2013 and founded the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago WordPress Meetup. He has spoken at more than 5 WordCamps ranging from WordCamp Milwaukee to WordCamp Providence and loves to teach others the joys of using remarkable tools well. He’s aaronjholbrook on the twitters.

Andrew Nacin

Lead Developer of WordPress. I work at Audrey Capital. Find me on Twitter (@nacin). nacin.com

Brent Shepherd

Co-organiser of WordCamp Melbourne and WordCamp Gold Coast (Australia). Speaker at WordCamp Sydney.

Recovering WordPress freelancer formerly working on sites for clients like the Australian Government and Stanford University’s d.school.

Currently a WooCommerce developer responsible for WooCommerce Subscriptions – the most popular 3rd party extension in the official WooCommerce marketplace.

WordPress is my hobby and my profession.

Carl Danley

Carl Danley is a Senior Web Engineer for 10up, where he weaves complex code through a combination of WordPress and advanced Javascript. He is a contributor to both WordPress and jQuery and a diligent student in the arcane arts of Ninja Javascript. Carl spends his free time hacking away in a variety of open-source projects such as Backbone, Grunt and Angular.js

Carol Gann

Carol Gann is an accomplished businesswoman with a passion to serve people. As founder of Orlando Web Wizard, she is an expert in her field offering self-help web solutions with personalized attention. She has done extensive consulting, training, and speaking. Desiring to see others succeed, she is committed to helping clients build their businesses or present their nonprofit organizations.

Chris Christoff

Chris is a self-taught WordPress ecommerce developer currently attending the University of Florida. He works as core developer for both the Jigoshop and Easy Digital Downloads ecommerce plugins, and as a support agent for Modern Tribe. He’s also the author of a over two dozen WordPress plugins, and a framework used by several large plugins for unit testing. Find him on Twitter: @chriscct7

Dave Clements

I’m a British WordPress developer that lives in St Pete with my beautiful wife and adorable 3-month-old daughter. I do custom development work and also offer WordPress maintenance services through The WP Butler.

David Bisset

I’m particularly interested and focused on startup projects and anything WordPress/BuddyPress related (which at this time is majority of my work). Of course, I’m always interested in building cutting edge interactive applications, especially if they use WordPress. I love to push WordPress and BuddyPress to the limit. I prefer to code with CodeIgniter for stand-alone PHP applications.

Spoken at past WordCamps, conferences, meetups, BarCamps, and Refresh events. I don’t speak often, but try to at least speak a few times a year.

Privileged to be a founding member of WordCamp Miami and have organized WordCamp Miami 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

David Hyland

David Hyland has been a business owner, manager, counselor, speaker and journalist for more than 25 years. After learning TV production at Fullerton College in California, David purchased his first video camera and produced sales and travel videos in California and Hawaii. David also worked in radio and hosted shows from Honolulu to Orlando and provided voiceovers for promotional videos. Recently he has been a video producer and videographer for the nation’s first hyper-local video network and has contributed articles, photos and video to national trade publications and online blogs.

David Parsons

David Parsons (http://davidparsons.me/), a Computer Science major at the University of Central Florida, has been working with WordPress for over six years now. His passion for the web originally started by making a simple website with WordPress. Over the years he has been branched out his skill set with responsive design, web apps, SEO, theme development, plugin development and Compass & SASS enhanced stylesheets. Recently David has been spending a lot of his spare time speaking at local events such as the local Orlando WordPress Meetup Group, BarCamp Orlando, BarCamp Tampa and more recently WordCamp Miami.

Hristo Pandjarov

A WordPress enthusiast who got his hands dirty in all of it: supported WordPress clients, built websites, designed WordPress themes, wrote tutorials, dug deeper into SEO along the way and it all rounded up in a new WordPress SEO plugin.

I’ve been fortunate to have my passion for all things WordPress and my job overlap at SiteGround, where I work on developing and implementing various in-house performance boost solutions to help make WordPress websites faster and more secure.

Jackie Jimenez

Jackie Jimenez is an ambitious and Innovative Marketing Consultant, focusing on the big picture with integrated marketing communications. She co-organizes the WordPress South Florida group and WordCamp Miami 2013, staying in-the-know and ahead of the game. Some clients that she’s worked with are University of Central Florida, Marriott Vacation Club, and world-renowned hairstylist Peter Coppola. She often speaks about Social Media and Internet Marketing at conferences.

James Tryon

After surviving the corporate cubicle life of pixel pushing, James made his way back to sanity and to what he loves — creating things with purpose – with the attention to detail like a true craftsman. Co-Founder of Easily Amused, Inc., he has an eye for design, usability, and know-how to build it all if needed. An avid collector of random awesomeness and thrift-store artifacts, James is always finding something interesting to spark his creativity.

Creative Director
Easily Amused, Inc.

Jesse Petersen

Jesse embraced his true geek nature in 2008 and left an office job as a desktop publisher and editor to be a full-time WordPress community member and formed Petersen Media Group in early 2009. He meets the needs and exceeds the expectations of his growing network of friends who desire websites that they could maintain and has amassed a returning client base of over 100 clients from Australia to Hawaii and many places in between.

With consistent referrals from StudioPress and Copyblogger Media, Jesse is highly sought-after by speakers, authors, and small businesses who want a clean, robust, and elegantly planned online presence. He isn’t flashy, but “does the ordinary extraordinarily well – every day.”

Jesse and his wife live in Tampa, FL. No pets. Nine foster children in the past year. They love road trips. You can follow him on Twitter @jpetersen.

Jessica Barnard

Jessica got her start as a designer working in the graphics department of a magazine publishing firm, and decided to swap print for PHP in 2008. Since then Jessica has had the pleasure of working with hundreds of women on custom WordPress websites, and specializes in commercial child theme development for the Genesis Theme Framework.

John Lux

John is the Chief Operating Officer of IDEAS, a media and experience design studio in Orlando. In addition to his responsibilities as COO, he is a social media enthusiast and has been handling the IDEAS social media strategy since 2009 including and day to day management of the company website.

Karla Campos

Happy web designer, blogger, graphic maker and social media addict ● Founder/Chief Conspirator Social Media Sass: Social Media & Digital Marketing Training, Strategy & Management ● Board Member Social Media Club South Florida ● Founder The Real Women of Social Media – Internet reality show about Social Media & tech ● Founder Giglogo.com – Guest blogging platform ● Soon to be published author – The Chronicles of a Social Media Addict ● Small Business Influencer 2013 Community Choice Honoree in Experts

Ken Granger

Ken Granger has taught more than 10,000 small business owners how to brand their business and leverage the power of the internet to increase sales, brand loyalty and quality of life. Ken has been working with WordPress since 2008 and he and his team have built more than 3,000 WordPress websites.

BrandCo helps small businesses build their offline and online branding with things like logos, business cards and fully custom WordPress websites.


Kimberly Lipari

Mom from Lafayette, Louisiana that got sucked into WordPress as a hobby. Nearly 3 years later I’m still learning so much and growing as the Director of Operations for WP Valet, a company that specializes in WordPress Specific Services and Maintenance.

Lisa Melegari

I was making websites when doing “Hello Dolly” in notepad HTML was a thing. I’ve always been a self-taught site creator, and now I’ve shifted away from the back end and focused my energy on improving the content of websites. I’ll leave the building to code geeks, I now work to create and market quality web content through my job at We Do Web Content as a web content writer and social media manager. I’m also an avid Yelp reviewer, part of the Orlando Elite Team, and I’m slowly translating my cooking and dining experiences into my personal blog, Stuff in a Pot.

Mark Bunker

In 2012, I left my position as Director of Design at Noble International to pursue my dream of owning my own design firm- Grey Gorilla Design. As the sole full-time employee, I enjoy wearing many hats: product designer, graphic designer, art director, project manager, head dog walker… the list goes on and on. That’s what I love about this job- no day is ever the same. Working with a small start-up one day is just as thrilling and challenging as working with a large global brand the next day.

Mark Jaquith

Mark is a Lead Developer on the WordPress core and a freelance WordPress consultant with a focus on security, scaling, and custom plugin development. He first used WordPress in 2003, and really didn’t care for it. But in 2004, he was won over, and has been developing on it ever since. Mark’s personal goal is to bring intuitive, low-cost web publishing to everyone who has anything to say.

Lead Developer

Matthew Vaccaro

Matthew Vaccaro hails from the University of Central Florida as the Coordinator of Marketing for the College of Medicine and does awesomeness across the web, daily. He loves design and code equally…which is sometimes difficult. Moving through design and development careers, he is now the resident ‘swiss army knife’ in charge of marketing and all things web at the college.

Micah Wood

Hi, I’m Micah Wood. I’m a WordPress ninja. Literally. I have 18 years of martial arts experience in four different styles and can write some “killer” code. Starting as a WordPress white belt at version 2.9, I quickly worked my way up the ranks to become the professional WordPress developer I am today. When I’m not working, I am usually spending time with my wife Megan, two beautiful daughters Adyson and Chloe, and my twin boys Judah and Nathaniel.

Michelle Schulp

Michelle is a graphic designer and co-founder of Marktime Media, a multimedia design and video production company 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, and WordCamp Chicago organizer.

Mike Stowe

Michael Stowe is a Zend Certified Software Engineer and Developer Advocate with Constant Contact, the leading small business marketing platform with over 500,000 customers. With over 10 years experience, he is also an active member of OWASP, and helped organize the Minnesota PHP user group and the Twin Cities Software Engineers group, and the MidwestPHP Conference (@midwestphp). You can follow Michael on Twitter @mikegstowe, or view his slides online at http://www.mikestowe.com/slides.

Patti Conrader

“Patti has been in the marketing industry since 1994. Her areas of specialization include search engine optimization and digital marketing.

Professionally she is the COO of NerdsGeeksGurus and is an SEO Specialist for Deltak, Inc., A Wiley Brand.

She is also a member of the WordPress Orlando Meetup group and a co-founder of the WordPress Mount Dora Meetup group. She frequently gives speeches at the group meetings, on her favorite topic “SEO”.

In her spare time she serves as a marketing mentor for FIRST Robotics FRC Team #1557, 12 Volt Bolt.

Peter Ricci

My name is Peter J Ricci. My companies (Agentpoint, Ginga, Yakadanda, ZooProperty) have been developing WordPress websites since 2006, and we currently have over 1000 WordPress websites under management.

I operate a number of companies in both Australia (my home country) and USA (where I currently live and work in Miami). All of these companies at their core use WordPress as the staple CMS.

I have previously spoken at a number of WordCamps (San Francisco and Denver) and I can offer unique insights into how to build a company from scratch using WordPress and my experience using this platform and working in different regions of the world.

Pippin Williamson

I’m a WordPress plugin developer from Hutchinson, KS, and the creator plugins such as Restrict Content Pro and Easy Digital Downloads.

Along with plugin development, I travel around the country giving developer presentations at WordCamps.

Syed Balkhi

Syed Balkhi is a serial entrepreneur with marketing and dev experience. He is the founder of WPBeginner, List25, SteadyStrength, and numerous other websites.

Tom Harrigan

After college, I moved to New York City as the co-founder of Rootbuzz, a startup in the online community space. As a bootstrapped startup, I inevitably started using WordPress for client sites. After some time, I began using the themes and plugins from WooThemes and fell in love. In 2012 I was fortunate enough to join WooThemes and have been growing with and learning from a team of fantastic Ninjas and developers based all around the globe.

Tomas Puig

Tomas Puig is the Director of Marketing for WP Engine who currently lives and works in San Francisco. Tomas’ career started at NASA Ames research center where he worked on computer security and web development. However he quickly moved to the entertainment and branding side starting in music production with recording such artists as Jack Johnson, Clay McClinton, and Laura Cash. In Advertising after his award winning FuseTV, IFC, and Namco campaigns Tomas was recruited by Studio One Films (Part of the A.G. Nadiadwala Group) to become their head of technical / creative in Bollywood. Where he launched major USA based brands in India and directed music videos. After returning to the states Tomas worked in the digital ad agency industry with well regarded firms including LEVEL, COG1, Rosetta, and Propane. Some of his major clients included Facebook, Cisco, NetApp, Namco/Bandai, Square-Enix, and Google. His most recent projects included working on digital and brand properties for Kaiser Permanente, New Relic, and the new Tomb Raider video game. Tomas has directed projects that have won 4 Gold National Addy’s, several Cannes CLIO’s, and festival awards. It should also be noted that he is a giant geek who loves video games (currently playing Bioshock Infinite), Legos, breaking his Arduino set ups, and playing with his dog Éowyn.

Zac Gordon

I am the WordPress teacher at Treehouse, have a background teaching high school and college web design and also run a business that specializes in $975 WordPress sites.

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