All posts by Annie

Luis Estrada

Software Developer

LinkedIn

Summary: Luis is an aspiring back-end developer and San Francisco native, born and raised. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from San Francisco State University and has just completed his training in the Mission Techies program with MEDA. You can catch Luis attending tech meetups and exploring comic culture in his spare time.

Tools of trade: Javascript, Python, Ruby on Rails, SQL

Pre-apprentice Training Completed: MEDA Mission Techies program

Julia Stewart

Web Design/Graphic Design

LinkedIn 

Top skills: Web design, graphic design, customer service

Tools of trade: Adobe Photoshop

Fun facts: I like to kayak, play guitar, and go on bike rides.

Elena Snegovskaia

Business Analyst/Project Manager

LinkedIn 

Top skills: Business analysis, project management, market research

Tools of trade: Microsoft Office, Slack, Trello, SAP, CAS, Siebel, Power BI, QlikView, Nielsen, GFK, Confluence, Pentaho

Fun facts: I enjoy practicing a healthy lifestyle through yoga, meditative and spiritual practices, psychology, and building relationships with people

Elias Khalife

Project Management/Team Communications

LinkedIn

Top skills: Help Desk, Project Management, Team Communications

Tools of the trade: Dreamweaver, HTML/CSS, Javascript, Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT), MySQL, WordPress

Fun facts: I like to exercise, read books, and participate in volunteer activities

 

Neil Misquitta

Embedded Software Engineer

LinkedIn

Top skills: embedded software systems using C, embedded C and VHDL, IoT, data science

Tools of the trade: Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT), Python, C, embedded C, VHDL

Fun facts: I’m always smiling, I love visiting scenic places, and I’m kind and caring.

Ivan Vislov

Product Manager/Digital Marketing Manager

LinkedIn

Top skills: Conceptualizing and launching a product from the ground up, business strategy, user interface design

Tools of trade: Adobe Photoshop, Google AdWords, Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT), Trello

Fun facts: I launched a charity project with friends. It was a marketplace for homeless people; we wanted to give homeless in need easy and quick opportunity to earn money for essentials.
I am passionate about the preventive medicine and post-injury rehabilitation. I help people to be healthy through health education and lifestyle changing. As a former professional sportsman I had several injuries and as a startups founder, I’ve spent days and nights at the office which had an effect on my health. I definitely know how injuries and the wrong lifestyle can change your life. I’ve won this battle. That’s why I share my knowledge with people who are in the same situation.
I have a brown belt in Judo, have won more than 20 local competitions and received 3th place in the Moscow Championship. I’ve won more than 40 competitions in Ballroom Dance, finishing 4th place in the Russian National Championship. I’ve been a Ballroom Dance teacher for kids and elderly people.

Sky Jacobson

Front End Software Engineer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top skills: Web Development (JavaScript, JavaScript Frameworks, HTML5, CSS3), Customer Service, Bug Reporting (JIRA)

Tools of trade: Bootstrap, HTML/CSS, Javascript, jQuery, Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT), Slack, WordPress

Fun facts: I enjoy snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, surfing at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica, and reading zombie novels.

Rolando Alvarez

Infrastructure IT Manager – Oracle Database Administrator

LinkedIn 

Top skills: Oracle Database Administration, PL/SQL Tuning, analytical thinking and troubleshooting

Tools of trade: Oracle, PL/SQL, Linux, Windows OS

Fun facts: I love to dance all kinds of Latin music: Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Bachata, etc. On Saturdays I volunteer at a Senior Center. I love dogs and I have a green thumb.

Lujia Zhu

Business Operations/Project Manager

LinkedIn

Top skills: Product and Project Launch, Business Operations, Strategic Planning and Implementation

Tools of trade: Prezi, MS Excel (VLookup, PivotTable), Powerpoint, Visio, SQL, Tableau

Fun facts: I am learning how to make tattoos as a hobby. I am also into fashion and fitness. I speak a little German.

Ramin Zandieh

Graphic Designer and Photographer

LinkedIn

Top skills: Graphic Design, Creative Thinking, Storytelling Photography, Creative Progressive Campaign, Brand Development

Tools of trade: Adobe Creative Suite, UI/UX Design, Sketch, Typography

Fun facts: I love skiing. I was in the top 8 when I competed in my town. I think dogs are the best, loyal friends forever. Sometimes I sleep listening to music. I can’t live without music.

Fernanda Silva

3D Artist

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top skills: Video Editing, 3D Texture, Character Animation

Tools of trade: Adobe Creative Suite, 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, Final Cut Pro, Python

Fun facts: I play drums in a female Brazilian band, we often volunteer to perform in events for children and women’s rights. I also volunteer at the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio. When I am not working on the computer I like to exercise outdoors.

April Steed

UX Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top skills: User Experience Design, Interaction Design, User Interface Design

Tools of trade: Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, InVision, OmniGraffle, Axure, Balsamiq, HTML/CSS

Fun facts: I’ve done a lot of work in civic tech, including founding my own project where I led a small multidisciplinary team to build a web-based software platform in the social services space. I’m a bio nerd. In my spare time I cultivate plants, fungi, and microbial ferments (for food mostly). Naturally I like to spend a lot of time outside. I’m also trained as an illustrator and am working to get a new body of work online. I got into that partly through my love of comics.

Jean Menezes

UX/UI Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top skills: Product Design, Motion Graphics, Brand Design

Tools of trade: Adobe Creative Suite, HTML/CSS, Sketch

Fun facts: I’m an avid Illustrator who often has a pen and pencil in hand. I’m a high adrenaline sports fan, from surfing to skateboarding, snowboarding, skydiving, rock climbing, hardcore hiking. Anything that gets my blood pumping. I love working for projects that empower people that are in need. I come from a humble family and wouldn’t be here without the help from strangers. I’m now in the position to be that stranger, and to take every extra project I can fit in my schedule.

 

Nelson Jimenez

Software Engineer/Web Developer

LinkedIn 

Top skills: Coding, Web Design, Technical Support

Tools of trade: JavaScript, C#, Java, PL/SQL, PHP, HTML/CSS, jQuery, mySQL, Oracle

Fun facts: I love to learn new things, share knowledge, and help others share knowledge. 

Francisco Martinez Gutierrez

IT Engineer

LinkedIn

Top skills: Project Management, Program Manager, IT Operations

Tools of trade: Java, C#, Python, mySQL, Oracle

Fun facts: I make my own espresso at home. I love to discover new places in San Francisco, but on Sundays I love to regularly ride my scooter by Ocean Beach.

Erika Nieves

 Web Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio1 | Portfolio2

Top skills: Graphic Design, Web Design

Tools of trade: Adobe Creative Suite, HTML/CSS, Bootstrap

Fun facts: I love anime. So much so, I got my AA in Japanese. I’m my family’s tech support. I like to wander around the cities I live in and visit. It’s fun to find new things and to learn about each place. Also, it’s a great way to exercise!

Zaw Lwin

Software Engineer

LinkedIn 

Top skills: IT, Web Development, Graphic and Web Design, Photography, Video Editing

Tools of trade: Javascript, HTML/CSS, Java, Ruby on Rails, C#, JQuery, mySQL, Adobe Creative Suite

Fun facts: I’m a street photographer and a Chelsea soccer club supporter. I love computer hardware and especially enjoy assembling the hardware.

Sudhir Shrestha

Project Manager

LinkedIn 

Top skills: PMP Certification, Interpersonal Skills/Communication, Financial/Budget Management

Fun facts: I volunteer to help Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to develop surgical skills of Nepali surgeons. I also volunteer to help maintain Buddhist monasteries and assist in ancient Buddhist historical site excavation. I also like cycling and walking.

Daniel Zuemui

IT Specialist and Java/JEE Developer

LinkedIn 

Top skills: Software Engineering, Coding, IT

Tools of trade: C, Java, HTML/CSS, jQuery, Bootstrap, AngularJS, mySQL, Photoshop, Dreamweaver

Fun facts: I love playing chess, cooking, and helping young children learn how to read in Tigrinya Language.

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Michelle Chang

Experience Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top skills: User Experience Design, Prototyping, User Research

Tools of trade: Adobe Experience Design, Sketch, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, InVision

Fun facts: I am a certified open water scuba diver and dove in Monterey, CA, Bali, Indonesia, and Cairns, Australia. I volunteer with the California Academy of Sciences. I studied at the San Francisco Ballet School and enjoy choreographing pieces for myself and my friends. I have competed in pageants (Miss California and Miss Chinatown USA)

Experience: Electronic Frontier Foundation, ProductBio, Sitecore, Counsyl, UCSF

 

B. Andreina Prado

B. Andreina Prado

Graphic Designer & Motion Graphics

Linkedin | Portfolio

Top Skills: Graphic Design, Motion Graphic Design, Print Design, Visual Communication, Photography, Bilingual, Screen Printing, Letterpress, Black and White Film Photography, Darkroom Printing

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, WordPress

Fun Facts: My latest hobby in my never ending list is calligraphy and expanding from cross stitching to embroidery. These past few months I’ve been able to keep more than one plant alive and have even been able to propagate and share the plants of my labor with friends.

Experience: Elefint, Nonchalance, Weldon Owen Publishing, Freelance

Ramona Stoianova

Artist + Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top skills: Customer service, Illustration, Communication, Logo Design, Conceptual Marketing/Branding

Tools of  trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator

Fun facts: I was born in Bulgaria and I have visited almost every continent

Experience: Creative Marketing Concepts, Paper Culture, Minted

Eugene Wang

Visual Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top skills: Visual Design, Branding, Marketing, Event Graphics, Iconography/infographics, Design and Production for a variety of print formats.

Tools of  trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft PowerPoint

Fun facts: I make terrariums and I love coffee. I know a lot of useless trivia, especially movie and pop culture related facts. I am a native San Franciscan.

Experience: Riverbed Technology, KIXEYE, Apple Symantec, TiVo, Walmart.com

 

Hsuan-Ting

Hsuan-Ting Wu

UX Designer + Creative Producer + Maker

Linkedin | Portfolio

Top Skills: User Experience Design, Visual Design, Photography and Videography, Post Production Editing, Project Management, Social Media Marketing

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premiere Pro, HTML/CSS, WordPress

Fun Facts: My interest in exploration led to various experiences in areas like coding, blogging, fashion, nail art, makeup, 3D animation, martial arts, dance, and traveling. I’ve handmade Halloween costumes for Maleficent, Sadako, Captain Kirk, Judy Hopps and Mayor Bellwether. I’m particularly interested in Asians in America so I often observe them to find trends in behaviors and accents.

Experience: Razorfish SF, University of Washington, International Cross-Cultural Committee

Blake Tucker

Multimedia Producer

Linkedin | Portfolio

Top Skills: Photography, Event Planning, Motion Graphics, Marketing, Directing, Producing

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro

Fun Facts: I’ve worked directly with George Lucas, Steve Jobs, and other celebrities, even making two birthday cards for the former! I speak French. I am also known as “Doctor Inkwell,” founder of Boozephreaks.com: Mixology Consulting & Cocktail Social Club. In 2013, I created my own three-floor art exhibit called “Show Yourself” and was profiled at http://dot429.com/articles/2455

Experience: Pixar, Lucasfilm, Fox Animation, Intapp, Photography by Blake Tucker, Boozephreaks

Jessa Hurley

Emmy-Winning Media Producer | Content Director

Linkedin

Top Skills: Creative Media Production, Video Production, Employee Engagement / Team-Building, Creative Direction, Story Development / Editing, Content Marketing, Blog and Social Media Management, Project Management Software Content Development for Online Education

Tools of the Trade: SEO, Google Analytics

Fun Facts: I have 2 Emmy Awards, 2 Golden Mike Awards and a company where I worked received 2 Webby Awards, but if I was going to give myself an award, it would be for attracting the most amazing community of friends! When I was little, I lived in a subterranean house covered in grass (like hobbits or rabbits). I recently started volunteering in middle and high schools for the acclaimed Challenge Day organization which fosters social-emotional well-being in kids, communities and businesses through experiential exercises that unify.

Experience: KQED / The Shift Network BALANCE Edutainment / Pacha’s Pajamas Indigo Films / Travel Channel Bay City Television / Televisa Oxygen Media / ThriveOnline

Thaisa Fernandes

Thaisa Fernandes

Project & Product Manager

Linkedin | Portfolio

Top Skills: Program, Project and Product Management

Tools of the Trade: Agile Methodologies & Frameworks, Kanban, Certified Scrum Master, PMP Certified. Coding: HTML, CSS, JavaScript. PM tools: Asana, Trello, Wrike, Slack, SmartSheet, Jira, Google Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft, and Workfront. Design tools: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and InDesign.

Fun Facts: I wanted to have the experience of launching an app by myself, so I learned some coding languages, I hired developers/UX designers and developed my first Android app! Right now my app, Lunna, is in beta test but I’ll launch it in June 2018.

Experience: FCB Global, RAPP, VISA, Hewlett-Packard

 

Renata Prokel

Renata Prokel

Motion Graphics Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Motion Graphics Design, Photography, Animation, VFX Artist, Post Production Editing, Digital Asset Management, Video Producer, Lighting, Digital Illustration, Compositing, Rotoscoping, 2D/3D animation, Audio editing

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro

Fun Facts: When I’m not pushing pixels around I love to get out to nature, hiking, biking and skiing. I love animals and getting my dog fix by volunteering at the SPCA. Traveling and exploring different cultures is one of my biggest passions. I was a sled dog- handler and trainer in Alaska.

Experience: Viscera, Restauration Hardware, JustUno, Juvessentials

Xiaojian Deng

Xiaojian Deng

Data Scientist & Machine Learning Engineer

Linkedin | Portfolio

Top Skills: Machine Learning, Statistical Analysis, Project Management, Financial Modeling, Programming

Tools of the Trade: Python, Java, Matlab

Fun Facts: I created an Android app just to help myself manage my time. I’ve lived on 3 different continents and have traveled to over 40 states and 15 countries. I’ve been creating websites as a hobby since Junior High, over 20 years ago.

Experience: Lighthorse Asset Management, UC Davis, Genome Center

Alexandria Tesoro

Alexandria Tesoro

Illustrator, Visual Stage Production Assistant, Graphic Designer

LinkedIn 

Top Skills: Illustration, Art and Stage Production, Customer Service, Event Coordinator, Admin Assistant, Video Production & Post Production / Video Editor

Fun Facts: In my high school years, I went to my local Boys and Girls Club and made a lot of art pieces for various projects, and won a regional art contest. I also was a Youth Leader for one of our programs called Southern Exposure. Also, I volunteered with:

– Wonder Con – San Francisco, met and helped Pendleton Ward for his signing, and watched his debut episode “Belly Of The Beast” from his cartoon show; Adventure Time.

– Image Comics Expo – Oakland, met and helped Todd McFarlane for his signing day (creator of Spawn, and worked on The Amazing Spider-Man’, and other well known comics) 

Experience: Philz Coffee, Great Star Events, Edwardian Ball , Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco

 

Danka Buchal

Danka Buchal

Jr. Video Editor / Production Assistant

Linkedin 

Top Skills: Non-linear Video and Audio Editing, Digital Content Management, Source Capturing, Logging, Media Footage and Image Organization, Fluent in Czech and Slovak languages

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro

Fun Facts: Besides reading, hiking, and snowboarding, I like to paint but my brushes are often untouched since I love to paint with my fingers. My friends believe I create my best pieces with this style. Also, I used to organize summer and winter camps for children from orphanages and foster care.

Experience: Avast Software, Inc., Pixar Animation Studios, SF Film Society

 

Lisa Khazina

Lisa Khazina

IT Project Manager

LinkedIn 

Top Skills: Program and Project Management, Customer Service Management, Waterfall and Hybrid methodologies, IT consulting, Process and automation optimization, Teaching and mentoring

Tools of Trade: Agile (Scrum, TDD)

Fun Facts: I like Bach, Mozart, Chopin and U2.
My home library weighs 200 lbs (I know the weight because I mailed it from Russia to the US), and it is just a fifth part of the whole collection.

Experience: Amfasoft Corporation, Hitachi Data Systems, City of Sunnyvale

Bianca Weber

Bianca Weber

Graphic Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Graphic Design, Typography, Editorial Design, Pre-Press, Visual Design, Branding, Bilingual, Budget and Time Management

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, WordPress, HTML/CSS Basics

Fun Facts: I am a total foodie and fan of carefully hand crafted cocktails, I founded the legendary “Vermouth Club”. On the weekends I sometimes like to get up early and drive down to Pacifica to surf. My long board is called “Theres”, I named it after my granny. She never surfed but I am sure she would have liked it. For more quiet times, I love visiting the new MOMA. I love it so much that I just had to get a membership. Best investment of 2016 for sure!

Experience: Web2Print Experts San Francisco, Women Sports Film Festival, First Clue, San Francisco Spatz Camping and Outdoor, Zurich Switzerland (Camping and Outdoor Specialist), Tamedia AG, Zurich Switzerland (Switzerland’s biggest Publishing Company)