ChickTech Austin Leaders

Brandie Meister

Director


Brandie works as an Operations Supervisor in Austin while also volunteering with local organizations. Much of the volunteer work is focused around youth and building the community. Brandie has volunteered abroad and is pursuing a career with a worldwide Nonprofit organization. Outside of her busy schedule, Brandie enjoys finding new hang-out spots in Austin as well as hiking, shopping for old books and traveling, all fit into her fast-paced lifestyle.

Julie Jarzemsky

Volunteer Manager

Julie is a programmer and teacher passionate about helping youth gain technology skills. She works for American Youthworks, teaching IT for their YouthBuild program. She started volunteering with ChickTech during their first year in Austin and is now part of the leadership team managing volunteers. After studying Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she moved to Austin to work as a Software Engineer at HomeAway. She worked as a front-end web developer for a few years before transitioning to teaching. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time outside.

Nikki Singh

Workshop Manager

As a kid I always enjoyed the experiments in Physics building circuits and working with Integrated Circuits. It fascinated me that such small devices could have a profound impact on communication, computing, and information. I became an inspired student of Electronics and Computer Engineering with experience in object-oriented programming, prototype design, developing algorithms and a passion for embedded design. My hobbies include dancing, singing and traveling. I am always seeking to experience different cultures, values and be a part of something exciting and inspiring. I am really stoked to be a part of ChickTech and share a similar passion and excitement for technology with the girls.

Geeta Shukla

Co-Mentor Program Manager

Geeta has been working in management consulting for over 7 years, focused primarily on software implementations for companies in the healthcare, government, technology, and non-profit sectors. She has a personal passion for increasing access to resources for women and children in the areas of healthcare and education. In addition to working with ChickTech, Geeta serves on the board of a local non-profit called Circle of Health International whose focus is to provide safe healthcare options to moms and babies in rural or underserved communities impacted by disaster. She is currently focusing on complimenting her professional experience with courses in the areas of User Experience Design and Mobile App Development.

Dana Wen

Co-Mentor Program Manager

Dana Wen is a software engineer, technology advisor, and pianist. She has created software for Zillow, Clean Power Research, and Medio. Currently, she teaches computer programming at Austin Coding Academy. In her first college course as a computer science major, Dana noticed that she was one of only a handful of women in the lecture hall. Ever since, she has been passionate about transforming the tech community into a more diverse and inclusive space. In addition to volunteering with ChickTech Austin, Dana serves as Vice President of 350 Austin, an organization fighting climate change and advocating for renewable energy.

Victoria Barnato

Marketing Manager

Victoria Barnato is a technical writer, currently working as a contractor at IBM, producing end user content on a diverse range of products. She believes that everyone can learn to love technology with the right documentation! She is passionate about helping disadvantaged communities gain digital skills to achieve economic independence. In addition to working with ChickTech, Victoria works for a local non-profit called Austin-Free Net helping people transition into IT roles. In her spare time, she likes learning to code, drawing, and running.

Susannah Ramshaw

Co-Community Manager

Susannah Ramshaw is a recent transplant in Austin — hailing from Los Angeles, California. Susannah has a background in nonprofit management and higher education, having previously held positions with Designmatters at ArtCenter College of Design, the Colburn School of Music, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. Susannah is passionate about experiential learning and developing unique, innovative and entrepreneurial career pathways for students that are both sustainable and satisfying. As a classically-trained trumpet player, Susannah has performed at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall. She received a Bachelor¹s of Music from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria.

Janice Jacqueline

Participate Enagement Coordinator

Janice Jacqueline is a an engineering student at Austin Community College. She has started volunteering at ChickTech since her first year of college. Janice had decided to move to Austin to pursue her engineering degree and career since she was in high school in Jakarta, Indonesia. By becoming a part of ChickTech leadership, she’s hoping to gain her network and soft skill. Besides volunteering and being a student, she loves reading, traveling, cooking and yoga!

Allison Moujaes

Community Outreach Coordinator

Allison Moujaes is a technical writer at ClearBlade, Inc. Her job includes writing documentation and trainings for the product. She has recently graduated from St. Edward’s University with a degree in Management. During her time there, she served on the board of the school’s chapter of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and has done many community engagement and service projects. She is passionate about STEM education and volunteering in her community.

Kayla Peace

Website Manager

Kayla Peace is a Web Designer at Results Generation. She earned her bachelor’s from the Art Institute of Phoenix in Graphic Design. After college, Kayla gained a few years of experience as a graphic designer. When the recession hit, a lay off lead Kayla to join the US Army to gain more skills and broaden her horizons. Through her 4 years in the Army, Kayla never lost her love of design and was determined as a veteran, to find a career that used her love for technology and design. 

Advisory Board

Nicole Baratta

ChickTech Advisor – Finance Director

Nicole C. Baratta is a Content Strategist at Red Hat. She has been involved in open source communities for the last ten years and believes strongly in the power of community and openness. Nicole is known for many different publications including her books on technology in libraries including “Practical Open Source Software for Libraries”.  In addition to her passion for technology and open source, Nicole is a lover of all animals and lives at home with her 2 rescued shelties and 1 rescue cat.

Dana DeFebbo

ChickTech Advisor

Dana is the Web Services Librarian at the Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas School of Law where she is responsible for managing all aspects of the the library’s website presence. She values excellent customer service, treating people with respect and getting the job done thoroughly and correctly.  Growing up, Dana was always interested in technology but had few female mentors to share this interest with.  She is excited to be involved with ChickTech because she loves helping young women realize their potential in the tech industry.

Margaret Lewis

ChickTech Advisor

Margaret Lewis is a retired high tech executive with over 30 years experience with leading-edge technology organizations. This includes overseeing the development of innovative software and hardware products for AMD and partnering with leading software developers including Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat and the Open Source Software community. She currently does technical consulting and is an advisor to ChickTech Austin.

 

Maxine Eiland

ChickTech Advisor

Maxine is the Director of Digital Marketing & Web at SailPoint Technologies. She started her career as a self-taught coder, but over the years she has gained experience in everything from web development to SEO, content strategy, eCommerce and UX. A natural leader, Maxine has conquered the adversity a woman in the technology world often faces by learning to adapt and maneuver without wavering from her goals. Outside of ChickTech and her love for all things tech-related, her passions include playing tug-of-war with her pit-bull mix Petey, watching football, relaxing with friends and family, meditation, yoga and crossfitting. She also loves to try new foods and travel to adventurous destinations.

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