Speakers

Amanda Giles

I’m proud to say that I make my living working with WordPress – largely as a theme developer. I also founded the Seacoast NH WordPress meetup group which currently holds 2 meetups each month (one aimed at Users and one at Developers). What else? I’ve a passion for roller coasters, a propensity to sneeze loudly and often, and a prime number fetish. Need to know more? Just ask. Learn more at www.amandagiles.com.

Caroline Moore

I’m a designer and theme developer, working as a Theme Wrangler for Automattic, where I help to build and maintain themes for WordPress.com. In my spare time, I dabble in illustration, photography, and writing. I live in northern Maine with my husband, @tmoorewp, our two daughters, our puppy, and three crazy cats.

Chris Moreno

Chris Moreno is a Kennebunk resident and the author of “Winning the Local SEO Game: A Step-by-Step Guide for Contractors”.

Along with his team at My Local Leads, Chris has helped hundreds of small businesses use WordPress and other tools to master “the maps” and thereby grow their businesses substantially.

Chris has spoken all over the country about Google Places, Local SEO and different ways in which local business owners can use both paid and unpaid online methods to gain more customers.

Chris Van Patten

As founder and creative director of Van Patten Media, Chris Van Patten has helped build websites for Broadway performers, small businesses, tech news publications, and countless others. Before migrating to NYC, Chris created “BfloFRED,” the Buffalo, NY Front-End Developers meetup (later expanded to include sister meetups in Manchester, UK and Toronto, ON) and co-organised Buffalo’s inaugural WordCamp. He regularly speaks at WordPress events, and writes at vanpattenmedia.com and chrisvanpatten.com.

Chris Wiegman

Chris is the developer of iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security) and has been working on WordPress security for over 5 years. Previously a captain for a small airline Chris’ interest in security began on his first day as an employed pilot, 9/11 and gradually evolved over the years to helping individuals and smaller organizations protect their websites from many of the common methods attackers use to compromise their victims. When not coding Chris loves to teach and has taught computer security for St. Edward’s University as well as other courses ranging from computers to aviation.

DeAnne Curran

DeAnne Curran is a designer at the branding agency Visible Logic in Portland, Maine. She is a graduate of the Maine College of Art where she earned her BFA in Graphic Design. Trained as a designer first, DeAnne then learned to to develop for the web and has been creating custom WordPress themes for clients since 2010. She works with clients from the start of the design, then builds a custom branded theme using the design, then teaches clients how to use WordPress to maintain and manage their WordPress-based web presence. To see some examples check out visiblelogic.com.
Being both a designer and a developer is exciting because both skills are needed when creating web designs and deciding how to build it in WordPress. Each site and design is a puzzle. She loves the problem solving aspect of finding just the right solution of functionality and great design for each client based on their needs. She also enjoys listening to LPs and roller derby.

Denise Martin

Denise Martin has run her own business for 10 years, successfully selling and promoting products and services, including presenting workshops on body language, reading nonverbal signals of others, training on communication skills and building rapport for nonprofit boards, organizations and individuals.

A graduate of Colby College, Coach University, former Merrill Lynch POA Coach, KGSC Trainer, founder of a BNI chapter, founder of WBO, as President of JLP, past President of Altrusa of Portland, founder of Dear Dolley, TIP trained, she is the author of several articles published locally and nationally.

The workshops, training seminars and coaching offered by You Simply Better are based on extensive research in the science of human behavior, as applied to a real-world environment, coupled with years of practical experience. Clients learn how to manage the people dynamic by applying cutting-edge communication skills from the world of cognitive psychology.

Communications and behavioral coach, certified hypnotist, behavioral expert, corporate trainer, certified English teacher, mom of 4, college instructor, researcher, and people analyst added to years of corporate managerial experience – together give a unique perspective on human interactions.

Doug Vanderweide

Doug Vanderweide is a Web developer for MaineToday Media, which uses WordPress to power several of its websites, including PressHerald.com, CentralMaine.com and MaineToday.com. Doug has been a WordPress developer since 2006, concentrating on plugins and automation.

Elisa Doucette

I built my writing freelancing clients from a small blog I ran after work, starting in 2008. Since them I have transformed into a full-service content editing and management agency with a team of 7 that I run internationally while I travel the world (rarely in one place for more than 3 months)

I also manage a number of clients’ publishing platforms virtually, including most recently working as the Managing Editor for the Tropical MBA brand.

I attended the University of Maine where I dual-majored in Creative Writing and Classical Studies, and since then have managed to get three columns syndicated (including one on Forbes.com) and work featured in countless national publications and websites (for both myself and my clients)

Plus, I can balance a spoon on my nose, which is a dying art.

Gary Thayer

As a WordPress Developer at Hall Internet Marketing, Gary builds custom solutions for clients by combining the power of WordPress with Hall’s own internally developed tools. With a strong background in HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, SASS and responsive frameworks, Gary is passionate about providing simple and elegant solutions for complex problems.

Jason Clarke

I’ve been a web developer, for over 10 years, starting with building my own content management system and running my own blog development and marketing agency. Since discovering WordPress and focusing on it in 2006, I’ve led an agency’s transition to WordPress, planned and built over a dozen sites for folks from actress Gina Torres to local schools.

I am currently Senior Web Strategist with 10up, where I help our clients including the Press Herald, ESPN, YRC Freight, and others plan and support large-scale web projects with WordPress.

Jeff Matson

Jeff Matson is a technical content writer and SEO for InMotion Hosting, specializing in WordPress-related tutorials and news. His content reaches millions of users and has been featured on sites such as Post Status and WP Tavern. In his off time, he hosts the WordPress After Hours Google Hangout on Friday nights for uncensored, unrecorded, WordPress shenanigans.

Jen Ecker

Jen is a principal and the creative director of shines & jecker labs, a web design, development, and online marketing agency. After graduating with honors with a B.A. in Media Studies from the University of Southern Maine, she was the web designer for Research Initiatives at USM. Jen went on to serve as the lead web designer at Gulf of Maine Area Program Census of Marine Life before founding her own company. A Maine native, she lives in Topsham with her son, Rory. Jen spends her free time reading, running, drinking espresso, and planning travel trips she rarely has enough time to take.

Jesse Friedman

Jesse Friedman is a veteran WordPress developer. In 2012 he wrote the “Web Designers Guide to WordPress” and last year he released two new books “WordPress in a Weekend”, and “WordPress Security”. With years of a experience as a speaker and a Professor, he delivers impactful and educational talks. Currently Jesse is the Director of Innovation at Parka, the creators of BruteProtect.

Jesse co-organizes local WordPress meetups, and is very active in the community. He works closely with his students and others to share knowledge and bring forth a better future for web design and development.

John Eckman

I’ve organized WordCamp Boston since 2010, have spoken at a number of WordCamps and other kinds of conferences, and I’m currently CEO at 10up, a premier WordPress agency.

Joseph Herbrandson

After switching out of a sales career, I began working with WordPress websites and creating for small businesses and local professionals. I have been doing so for over 5 years now, specializing in secure websites since my very first customer came to me after having a security incident.

Now I work for Sucuri.net, an industry leader in website security and malware detection, removal and prevention. I work with customers everyday (many of them WordPress users) that have been hacked or infected, and work to re-mediate their security issue and implement a solution to prevent any further infection.

Konstantin Obenland

I am a WordPress developer, and core contributor since WordPress 3.4. After contributing to Twenty Twelve, I was the backup lead and theme developer for Twenty Thirteen and Twenty Fourteen, the most recent default themes. Today I’m working on improving the theme selection experience on WordPress.com. I enjoy craft beers and good food — sometimes so much that I even blog about it.

Matt Fulton

Matt is Director of Digital Services at MaineToday Media and has been at the Boston Globe, Kemp Goldberg Partners, and Thinscape Media Networks before that. That’s awesome. 😉

Michael Cain

Michael is a Portland, Maine-based Theme Generator for Automattic‘s Theme Team. He spends his days creating, converting, and improving the theme experience on both WordPress.com and WordPress.org, his evenings blogging about food and travel on mapandmenu.com, and his nights dreaming about how to make tomorrow’s WordPress blogs and sites even better.

Patrick Rauland

Patrick spends most of the work day slicing and dicing code to help WooThemes customers. He also loves coding up plugins for Ninja Forms and then blogging about what he learned.

He just moved to Denver and loves being outside, running, and practicing yoga. His ultimate goal is to figure out a way to code websites while in a headstand.

When he has periods of free time he’s writing his book about e-commerce.

Rachel Baker

Rachel Baker (@rachelbaker) is a Senior Strategic Engineer with 10up and an active member of the WordPress community. Rachel has lead development on WordPress projects of all sizes including high-traffic communities and for Fortune 500 Companies. She created the popular BootstrapWP Theme and has been instrumental in developing the new WordPress JSON REST API.

Ray Gulick

Gulick was a print art director for 15 years before encountering the web in 1993 and focusing on web design. Owner of Evo Web Dev in Santa Fe, NM, since 2000; Ray started using WordPress in 2008. Evo specializes in WordPress-based CMS sites for small businesses and professional organizations.

RC Lations

I manage WordPress projects at Hall Internet Marketing in Portland, ME – a data-driven marketing agency where every employee is Google Analytics certified and WordPress site development is just one piece of the larger marketing plan for our clients. I personally developed our A/B testing program and work regularly with our marketing team to integrate the techniques mentioned in my proposal above on client websites of all sizes. Our agency works with some of the largest employers in Maine and well known Fortune 100 companies using these techniques to grow revenue and increase exposure for our clients.

Working with our marketing team on client projects and attending other WordCamps made me realize that no one is really talking about A/B testing or customizing Google Analytics data in the WordPress community, and there’s a tremendous opportunity for the community to get educated about these free tools and how to use them to make better sites.

Sam Hotchkiss

Sam Hotchkiss is the Principal of Hotchkiss Consulting Group, a WordPress development firm based in Bath, Maine. He is also the Big Cheese at Parka, the company behind BruteProtect, a WordPress security plugin in use by tens of thousands of sites. Sam’s background is in PHP development, and he has been developing sites with WordPress since 2004.

Sam travels with his wife, Becky (and, quite often, their two dogs, Barkley and Izzy) to WordCamps around the world. He presents on topics ranging from security to building web apps to building and managing large blog networks.

Sang-Min Yoon

For the past five years, Sang has designed, developed and maintained websites for many great companies, including DC Public Schools, SiriusXM Radio and Smithsonian Institution. Currently, Sang works for Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston as their Web Designer & Front-End Developer.

Siobhan McKeown

Siobhan McKeown works at Audrey Capital where she writes about WordPress, deals with documentation, and has nightmares about the Codex. She’s working on book about the history of WordPress. When not worrying about the finer details of forking and the GPL, she’s helping out with the project’s future by wrangling WordPress’ documentation.

William P. Davis

Director of Research & Innovation at the Bangor Daily News

Xiao Yu

After an existential crisis and a stint working as an apprentice brewer Xiao realized he rather enjoyed working with bits as long as there was a purpose. He now wrangles data at Automattic in hopes of making the internet a better & more democratic place. He still enjoys brewing beer and attempts to run up mountains in his spare time.