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Mahmoud Zougheb

Full Stack Developer

LinkedIn

Top Skills: Web Development, User Interaction (UI), User Experience (UX)

Tools of the Trade: HTML/CSS, Javascript, jQuery, MySQL, Python, WordPress

Fun Facts: I enjoy cooking (and eating!) and I like to watch movies.

Stephanie Booher

Event Manager

LinkedIn

Top Skills: Project Management, Team Communication, Event Management

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, HTML/CSS, Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT), WordPress, Quickbooks

Fun Facts: I create fundraiser events (one night shows and online) to help friends in need. I’m a performer, writer, actress – have had several extraordinary experiences with that. I’m a music geek focusing on weird, eclectic performers.

Tatiana Bakman

Project Manager / Project Coordinator / Business Analyst

LinkedIn

Top Skills: Project management, Business analysis, Requirement gathering and documentation, Agile, Scrum

Developing Skills: Leadership/management, PMP certification, Ruby

Tools of the Trade: Jira, Confluence, Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT), Slack, MS (Project, Visio), SQL Server Management Studio, MS dynamics CRM, PowerDesigner, Fluid UI, Balsamiq.

Fun Facts: I enjoy traveling as I have a keen interest in different ways of life and find pleasure in complicated routes planning – I once visited 10 countries in one year. I’m a beginner tennis player – it’s a great feeling hitting a ball tactically correctly and purely. I make a craft cherry infusion by my grandmother’s recipe.

Lisa Bigeleisen

Production Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Graphic Design, Print Production, Illustration

Developing Skills: I’d love to learn more about digital media, marketing and advertising for the web. I have a background in print design primarily, and I’d love to sink my teeth into an opportunity to apply these skills to the digital realm.

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, HTML/CSS, Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT), Salesforce, WordPress

Fun Facts: I was born and raised in San Francisco! I love to cook, eat and explore new and different cuisines. I am also [mostly] vegetarian. I enjoy learning languages. I speak Spanish at an intermediate/advanced level, and Portuguese at an intermediate level. The next language I would like to learn is Japanese.

Anderson Espinosa

PL-SQL Developer

LinkedIn

Top Skills: Coding (PL/SQL Development, Oracle Forms, BI Publisher, Oracle Report), Oracle EBS (Oracle Financial – AR, AP, GL, OKC and INV), Creating technical and functional design documents using AIM methodology.

Tools of the Trade: Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT), PL/SQL, Oracle Forms

Fun Facts: I love Hiking ( In 2014 I did 7 days hiking in Brazil alone), and since I’ve arrived in USA, I already did several trails. I enjoy woodworking – I like to clean and refurbish old furniture. When I arrived in the U.S. I found a free old table on the street, refurbished it, and put it in my back yard. I like music – I have a guitar and a keyboard, and I’m always trying to learn about these instruments.

Adrian Fernando Marquez

Software Developer

LinkedIn

Top Skills: Web design with HTML, CSS and bootstrap; database administration with SQL server; helpdesk.

Tools of the Trade: Bootstrap, HTML/CSS, Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT), MySQL

Fun Facts: I love animals like dogs and cats, and can play with them all day. I like to play video games and watch anime, and I like to help people when they ask for my help.

Krista Riihimaki

Freelance Filmmaker

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Writing and Storyboarding, Shooting Video, Post-Production Editing.

Developing Skills: I’m working to further the breadth of my video portfolio, to include new styles of documentary filmmaking and educational programming.

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Audition, Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT), Slack

Fun Facts: I just finished my documentary “Child, Disrupted” about the effects of technology overuse on children’s development – you can watch the trailer at www.childdisrupted.com/trailer

Adam Egre

Graphic Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Graphic Design, Brand Identity, Project Management

Tools of the Trade: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT), Sketch, WordPress

Fun Facts: I run an internationally distributed skateboard brand on the side, I work part time as a teacher in SFUSD, and I love to travel – I’ve visited over 20 countries on 4 continents.

Nicole Gonzalez

Production Manager

LinkedIn

Top Skills: Project Management, Process Improvement, Budgeting

Tools of the Trade: Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT), Slack

Fun Facts: I worked in Reality TV for 9 years, I have been to 40+ countries, and I enjoy taking on planning large family events.

Amy Huson

Marketing Manager

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Digital Marketing Strategy, Product Marketing, Marketing Project Management

Tools of the Trade: Google AdWords, Facebook Advertising, Salesforce, Slack, Trello, WordPress, Office or Google Suite

Fun Facts: I am a podcast junkie. I should have gotten a dog sooner. I became a foster parent in 2017.

Storm Miguel Florez

Filmmaker/Editor

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Post Production Editing, Budget Management, Project Management

Tools of the Trade: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT), Salesforce

Fun Facts: I am a life-long musician – singer/songwriter. I’ve been featured on NPR’s Snap Judgment. My first job ever was at age 10. I was an extra in the made for TV movie, “Police Woman Centerfold.” I have since acted in various short films and recently starred in a short by Maria Breaux called “Socorro.” I produce an annual fundraising Sing-Along Jesus Christ Superstar event/screening with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at the Victoria Theatre in San Francisco.

Anna Canicosa

UX Researcher / UX Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Qualitative & Quantitative Research and Synthesis, Interaction Design, Usability Evaluation & Testing, Wireframing, Interactive Prototype

Tools of the Trade: Sketch, InVision, Hotjar, Survey Monkey, Optimal Workshop, Adobe Illustrator, HTML/CSS, Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT), MySQL, Slack, Trello

Fun Facts:  My dream is to travel the world, engage with the locals, experience the culture and food along the way. Even though I have snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef, paddled the Zambezi River on a canoe safari, climbed to the top of Chichen Itza, and journeyed through Bhutan, I feel there are still much more to see and do. You’ll frequently find me hiking, exploring different cuisines, or expressing myself creatively through painting and photography. I am also an art coach volunteer at CoachArt – working with medically ill students in creating transformative art. I would love to work on projects with a social impact. Meanwhile, I am exploring how to design for AR/MR/VR that would help better lives.

Jose Mendoza III

Video Editor

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Video Editing, Post Production workflow and delivery, Videography and media management.

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT), Avid Media Composer, DSLR Videography

Fun Facts: I’m a soccer fan and I play once a week, love stadium architecture, and taking the family to Disneyland.

Nicole Gascon Amyx

Video Editor

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Post Production Editing, Videography, Customer Service

Tools of the Trade: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT)

Fun Facts: I speak fluent Spanish and am currently working on improving my French! I am a big runner; I love running in the mountains and have just started ultra running (long distance.) I love camping and being outdoors!

Shane Killian

Digital Marketer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Customer Service, Digital Marketing and SEO, Visual Arts (Painting, Graphic Design and Photography)

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Google AdWords, Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT), Slack, WordPress, Painting, Photography

Fun Facts: I am an active artist; I finally got my first group art exhibition after 5 years of being out of the game. I am passionate about the crafting and production of music(spoken word and crafting rhymes i.e. Rap). I frequent concerts in the area, previously volunteering with Show Bams at different venues taking pictures.

Holly Schwarz

Interaction Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: User Experience/Interaction, Prototyping + Wireframing, Graphic Design

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT), Sketch, Slack, Trello, WordPress, Revit, Rhino, Autocad, 3D modeling and rendering

Fun Facts: I’ve ridden my bike from Seattle to San Diego on a solo bike tour, I’ve through-hiked over 240 miles on the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada, and I’m working to build housing and resources for our community members who currently don’t have a home.

Mustafa Taqi

Network Engineer

LinkedIn

Top Skills: Networking, Tech Support, Python Scripting

Tools of the Trade: Python, Slack, Wireshark, iperf, traceroute, other essential tools for network engineers.

Fun Facts: When we couldn’t get a decent Internet Access to our home, we started our WISP. Just to win a bet, I wrote a script that bombed my friends with hundreds of missed calls. Our form of a LAN party consisted of an Ethernet network that spanned multiple homes.

Dennis Mireri PMP

IT Project Manager

LinkedIn

Top Skills: Project Management, Customer Service, Networking

Tools of the Trade: Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT), Slack, Trello

Fun Facts: I’m an excellent communicator, I’m passionate about healthcare, and I’m very friendly.

Donald Winter, PMP

Business Manager/Project Manager

LinkedIn

Top Skills: Team building and leadership, Project Management, Understanding finance and how it relates to technology.

Tools of the Trade: Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT), REDCap, PeopleSoft and database management

Fun Facts: I love to walk, hike and explore which lead me to successfully climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. I recently was elected to the board of the Wine Country Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI) as the Chief Operations Officer (COO). This is volunteer position which helps support and grow the project management profession in the North Bay. I love to help people grow, learn and advance, I am a teacher at heart.

Khalid Al Hajjaji

Services Manager/IT Specialist/IT Professional/Business Analyst/Business Coordinator

LinkedIn

Top Skills: IT management for business development, Infrastructure and administrative support, Team management, resource planning, troubleshooting.

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT)

Fun Facts: I like to make shortcuts by using technology, help others to find what they need online, and motivate people to study and encourage them to change their lifestyle thru the use of technology.

Kevin Libertino

UX Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: User Experience Design, User Interface Design, User Research

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, HTML/CSS, Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT), Salesforce, Sketch, Slack, Trello, InVision, Flinto, Zeplin

Fun Facts: I am currently training to compete in a Men’s Physique 2019 competition. I’ve also been drumming and making music for over 10 years. Music has always been an outlet for creativity for me. In my spare time, I volunteer at the Alameda County Community Food Bank helping distribute food to locals in need.

Ehsan Hosseini

Java Developer

LinkedIn

Top Skill: Java programming.

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Bootstrap, HTML/CSS, Javascript, jQuery, Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT), MySQL, WordPress, Java, Servlets, JSP, Spring

Fun Facts: Drove on one of the worlds highest passable roads in the Himalayas at 5,400m by motorcycle. Speak 6 languages and want to learn 4 more. Ready for my next adventure.

Amelia Rawlings

Computer Science Intern

LinkedIn

Top Skills: Programming: Java, C/C++, HTML/CSS, Python; Circuits: Arduino, RaspberryPi; Robotics

Tools of the Trade: Python, Slack

Fun Facts: I was a master with SAP’s MRP system before changing career fields from one that USES SAP to one that could IMPROVE SAP. I love to teach people, especially children, about STEM! I’m a real estate junky. (I’m slightly addicted to Zillow.)

 

Tu Nguyen

Technical Support Specialist

LinkedIn

Top Skills: Break-fix, System Admins, Networking, Software Management, Helpdesk, Technical Support

Tools of the Trade: Ticketing System, ITIL

Fun Facts: I love cooking, I help orphan children how to use computers and get more knowledge from the internet, and I love DIY projects.

Chioma Nwoko

Data Architect / Systems Administrator

LinkedIn

Top Skills: Project Management, Team Communications, Web Design, Google Analytics

Tools of the Trade: Dreamweaver, Microsoft Office (EXCEL, WORD, PPT), Slack, Data warehouse design, data Analysis Unix, MySQL Java Python

Fun Facts: I enjoy volunteering at my local community serving other people who need help and I also love going to the gym and hiking.

Poulomi Banerjee

Software Engineer

LinkedIn

Top Skills: Java, Leadership, Microsoft, IT, Management

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Java

Fun Facts: I love solving Sudoku puzzles in my spare time. I love math. I play the piano, the guitar, and I sing.

Experience: Math Tutor at San Francisco State University, Grace Hopper Conference Scholar

Peter Mutch

Software Engineer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Software Engineering, Critical Thinking, Linux Troubleshooting, Public Speaking, Project Management

Tools of the Trade: Ruby, Python, MySQL, C, C++, Java

Fun Facts: In my free time I enjoy rock climbing, reading science fiction and fantasy novels, and playing board games.

Experience: EBSCO Information Systems, Twitch Interactive

Nicola Ginzler

Art Director/Senior Graphic Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Art Direction, Graphic Design, Branding, Web Design including WordPress, Print Design

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Sketch

Fun Facts: Large-scale metal and fire sculpture, citizen preparedness (earthquakes etc.), volunteering in the San Francisco SPCA Shelter

Experience: Nicola Ginzler Design, Applied Biosystems, Global Exchange, Siebel Systems

Other Skills: Comprehensive skill with typography and color.

Dian Zhu

Software Developer

LinkedIn | Portfolio | Professional Profile

Top Skills: Web development, software development, project management, team communication

Tools of the Trade: C++, C, Java, HTML,CSS, JavaScript, SQL, PHP, JQuery, Bootstrap, XML,Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, NetBeans, Eclipse, MySQL, Github

Fun Facts: In high school, I volunteered for two years with Community Improving Services, serving elders in the nursing home, cleaning up the streets, planting flowers in gardens, and many other activities. I became a teaching assistant for summer institute Elementary school sessions involving Scratch during August 2017. I gained teaching experience and got a lot of pleasure from this summer program.

Experience: Software development intern at Southern California Earthquake Center, Web Development Assistant at San Francisco State University, Data Visualization Project Research Assistant at University of San Francisco

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.

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.

 

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.