Speakers

Adrian Roselli

Adrian is a member of the W3C HTML Working Group as well as the W3C Accessibility Task Force. He has written articles for trade journals, web sites, and participated as an author and editor on five web-related books. Back in 1998 he co-founded Algonquin Studios, a software development and consulting firm located in Buffalo, NY. Adrian has been developing for the Web since 1993.

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 many 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.

Tom Harrigan

Based in NYC. Co-founder of Rootbuzz, a bootstrapped startup building online Q&A communities. I began using WP for consulting work, and joined WooThemes in 2012. At WooThemes, I led development on WooSlider 2.0 and supported our themes and plugins. In 2014, I joined HowAboutWe as Lead WordPress Developer, where WP multisite runs our 4 media properties: Nerve, The Date Report, Swimmingly and Famously.

Brian Hogg

Brian Hogg is a seasoned freelance developer, currently working primarily in PHP/WordPress. Though he’s been making websites from scratch since it was cool to have a ‘Made with Notepad’ icon in the footer, he loves how WordPress allows a lot of the leg work to be done while still being able to customize anything and everything.

Jordan Quintal

Jordan Quintal is a successful Online Multipreneur, a seasoned Web Developer, as well as a WordPress Contributor and Community Member. Jordan is the current President at The Genius Web Media Inc. that was founded in 2007, and he has over 15 years of web development experience. His skill, intelligence, and ambition have allowed him and his company to flourish in a very competitive Media market. Jordan is also an active advocate and educator towards Web and WordPress accessibility.

Tommy Creenan

I am a Front End Developer at Luminus Media, LLC in Buffalo, NY and a graduate of Canisius College. I used to work as a freelance designer building sites with WordPress and still use WordPress for my personal sites.

Dennis Gaebel

Design Technologist, freelancer and Buffalo resident using browser native technologies. Co-Pilot for Typeplate and the A11YProject. Helper bee at CSS-Tricks, happy blogger for Web Design Weekly and published author with Net Magazine. My first intro to Web design was changing a WordPress theme header and I’ve been hooked ever since. What can I say…I love lamp. Follow me onTwitter.

Joe Rosza

I’ve been a graphic designer it seems like for ever and I’m the owner of Trailer Trash Design, a full service branding and communications studio. I’ve been using WP for 7 years and have converted all my clients to WP and they love it. I love WP equally as much and do all I can to learn more about it (on the user end) so that I can better serve my clients. I have to admit that over the past 7 years I’ve become quite the WordCamp junkie.

Angela Bergmann

Over 14 years of experience in website design and development – 11 of which I have specialized in WordPress. I creates user friendly websites that are aesthetically pleasing, easy to navigate, and optimized for search engine indexing. Co-organizer of the Northeast Ohio WordPress Meetup.

Tim Yow

Tim Yow began a successful career as a freelance designer back in 2004 but, within one short year, client demand steered him into the world of search engine optimization. Somewhere along the line, SEO became more than a career, it became his passion. Out of that passion, he opened YowSeo LLC to offer custom marketing strategies for startups and small businesses with a focus on SEO and local search marketing. Tim understands the significant and lasting benefit that a company can gain by having a strong presence on the first page of a Google search and all the various strategies, good and bad, that can be deployed to gain those top spots.

Jen Witkowski

Jen Witkowski loves creative problem solving and the research process. She started her career as a graphic designer, but fell in love with web design after working on a small in-house website back in 2003. She’s now an Interactive/UX Designer with over ten years of experience . By day, she’s a UX aficionado at Lullabot. By night, she hacks away at WordPress, experimenting with custom themes and plugins. Jen is also an active teacher in the community and has taught several classes in web design and front-end development for Buffalo State College, Canisius College, and the University at Buffalo.

Connie Oswald Stofko

Connie Oswald Stofko publishes Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. She has won state and national awards for her writing and editing work.

Shanta R. Nathwani

Shanta R. Nathwani is an IT and Social Media Consultant and an Instructor in Web Design and CCIT Capstone at Sheridan College, which includes teaching WordPress. The ICCIT program is a joint program with the University of Toronto at Mississauga. She teaches students and small businesses how to use their websites and social media to increase their online presence leading to increased revenues and improved customer service. She has assisted companies to incorporate social media in the real estate, financial, non-profit, education and technical fields to name a few.

Jamie Schmid

Jamie Schmid is a freelance WordPress developer and Information Architect. Her experience in user-centered interaction design led to an specialty developing for user experience in administrative interfaces (known as the “author experience”) as well. She enjoys taking sites from conception through a well-managed build process that encourages communication, planning and smart use of content.

Andy Staple

Andy is a interactive designer and front-end developer. He designs and builds websites at Staple Web Design and is the founder of the Buffalo WordPress Meetup and WordCamp Buffalo. He has been designing websites for over 10 years focusing on bridging the gap between form and function.

Ben Dunkle

Ben is a designer, professor and artist from Buffalo, NY. He has been on the core design team at WordPress.org since 2008. He organizes, mentors and speaks at WordCamps. Ben has designed most of the WordPress admin icons, going back to version 2.7 to the current Dashicons icon font.

Terry Collins