Featured Alums

After picking up marketable tech skills, gaining essential industry knowledge, and building forging connections with peers and tech professionals, MotherCoders alums go on to start new careers and launch new ventures. Those already on a desired career path accelerate advancement toward leadership by leveraging their newfound superpowers.


Launching New Careers

Mikel Blake Class of Fall 2014 Web Developer, Degreed Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Node, Angular, ASP.NET, Ruby on Rails, MongoDB Prior to MotherCoders, Mikel had worked as a legal assistant and marketing professional before pausing her career for motherhood. Mikel went on to complete a web development bootcamp at DevMountain after MotherCoders and now works as a developer in EdTech. LinkedIn | Twitter | GitHub | Portfolio

Mikel Blake

Class of Fall 2014

Web Developer, Degreed

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Node, Angular, ASP.NET, Ruby on Rails, MongoDB

Prior to MotherCoders, Mikel had worked as a legal assistant and marketing professional before pausing her career for motherhood. Mikel went on to complete a web development bootcamp at DevMountain after MotherCoders and now works as a developer in EdTech.

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Prisca Ekkens Class of Fall 2014 Visual Designer, Health Fidelity Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, Bootstrap, Swift, UX/UI Prior to MotherCoders, Prisca was a Visual Designer working full-time in the biotech industry. After falling in love with code, Prisca went on to complete CodePath's iOS bootcamp while still working full-time. Her combination of design and programming skills helped her fully transition into UX design -- and at a health-tech startup, no less! LinkedIn | Twitter | GitHub | Portfolio

Prisca Ekkens

Class of Fall 2014

Visual Designer, Health Fidelity

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, Bootstrap, Swift, UX/UI

Prior to MotherCoders, Prisca was a Visual Designer working full-time in the biotech industry. After falling in love with code, Prisca went on to complete CodePath's iOS bootcamp while still working full-time. Her combination of design and programming skills helped her fully transition into UX design -- and at a health-tech startup, no less!

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Alexandra Jayeun Lee Class of Fall 2016 Creative Director, Civic Design Lab Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, Bootstrap, JavaScript, UX, chatbots, Google Analytics (certified) Prior to MotherCoders, Alexandra had worked as an architect and urban planner before pausing her career for motherhood.  With a background already steeped in user research and design, Alexandra was able to quickly transition into UX. LinkedIn | Twitter | Portfolio

Alexandra Jayeun Lee

Class of Fall 2016

Creative Director, Civic Design Lab

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, Bootstrap, JavaScript, UX, chatbots, Google Analytics (certified)

Prior to MotherCoders, Alexandra had worked as an architect and urban planner before pausing her career for motherhood.  With a background already steeped in user research and design, Alexandra was able to quickly transition into UX.

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Rebecca Chien Class of Summer 2016 Customer Experience Program Manager, Airbnb Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, UX Prior to MotherCoders, Rebecca had held leadership roles in Operations & Communications in the finance industry before pausing her career for motherhood. MotherCoders helped Rebecca successfully transition into tech by providing the language and industry insights she needed to articulate to potential employers how she could add value. LinkedIn

Rebecca Chien

Class of Summer 2016

Customer Experience Program Manager, Airbnb

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, UX

Prior to MotherCoders, Rebecca had held leadership roles in Operations & Communications in the finance industry before pausing her career for motherhood. MotherCoders helped Rebecca successfully transition into tech by providing the language and industry insights she needed to articulate to potential employers how she could add value.

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Irene Florez Class of Fall 2016 Engineering Intern, WeVoteUSA Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Python, Django Prior to MotherCoders, Irene had worked as in marketing and journalism before pausing her career for motherhood. Through our program, Irene fell in love with coding and data science. She's now building with Python and Django through her internship, and getting closer to becoming a software engineer everyday.  LinkedIn | Twitter | GitHub

Irene Florez

Class of Fall 2016

Engineering Intern, WeVoteUSA

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Python, Django

Prior to MotherCoders, Irene had worked as in marketing and journalism before pausing her career for motherhood. Through our program, Irene fell in love with coding and data science. She's now building with Python and Django through her internship, and getting closer to becoming a software engineer everyday. 

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Pia Soy Class of Spring 2014 Web Developer, Gap Inc. Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, JSON, Angular, Bootstrap Prior to MotherCoders, Pia was working full-time as a cytogenetics scientist in the medical industry. After falling in love with code, Pia went on to complete a JavaScript bootcamp, which enabled her to land a web development job at a startup. Who knew that a year later, she'd be hired by a guest speaker she'd connected with during class -- the manager of Gap's web team. LinkedIn | Twitter

Pia Soy

Class of Spring 2014

Web Developer, Gap Inc.

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, JSON, Angular, Bootstrap

Prior to MotherCoders, Pia was working full-time as a cytogenetics scientist in the medical industry. After falling in love with code, Pia went on to complete a JavaScript bootcamp, which enabled her to land a web development job at a startup. Who knew that a year later, she'd be hired by a guest speaker she'd connected with during class -- the manager of Gap's web team.

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Sarah Doczy Class of Spring 2014 Web Developer, CareSource Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, React, Angular, npm, Node, PHP, Ruby, Ember, Prior to MotherCoders, Sarah was working full-time as a Marketing Analyst at a software company. While she had done pretty well teaching herself to code through online course, MotherCoders enabled her to fully transition into web development by providing the industry overview, peer support, and connections to women in the field needed to break into tech. LinkedIn | Twitter | Portfolio

Sarah Doczy

Class of Spring 2014

Web Developer, CareSource

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, React, Angular, npm, Node, PHP, Ruby, Ember,

Prior to MotherCoders, Sarah was working full-time as a Marketing Analyst at a software company. While she had done pretty well teaching herself to code through online course, MotherCoders enabled her to fully transition into web development by providing the industry overview, peer support, and connections to women in the field needed to break into tech.

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Gulnara Khalitova Class of Fall 2016 Data Analyst, Talisman Systems Group Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, Python Prior to MotherCoders, Gulnara had worked as a Database Coordinator in the Management Consulting industry before pausing her career for motherhood. She fell in love with data science through our program and landed a new job shortly thereafter. Never one to stagnate, Gulnara immediately began started learning Python, which she's now using at work. LinkedIn

Gulnara Khalitova

Class of Fall 2016

Data Analyst, Talisman Systems Group

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, Python

Prior to MotherCoders, Gulnara had worked as a Database Coordinator in the Management Consulting industry before pausing her career for motherhood. She fell in love with data science through our program and landed a new job shortly thereafter. Never one to stagnate, Gulnara immediately began started learning Python, which she's now using at work.

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Kimberly Voisin Class of Fall 2014 UX Design & Research Fellow, Code for America Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, UX/UI Prior to MotherCoders, Kimberly was working as an Urban Planner before pausing her career for motherhood. After learning to code and building on the design skills she'd acquired through MotherCoders, Kimberly successfully transitioned into UX design. LinkedIn | Twitter

Kimberly Voisin

Class of Fall 2014

UX Design & Research Fellow, Code for America

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, UX/UI

Prior to MotherCoders, Kimberly was working as an Urban Planner before pausing her career for motherhood. After learning to code and building on the design skills she'd acquired through MotherCoders, Kimberly successfully transitioned into UX design.

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Empowering Entrepreneurs

Rosalind Bordo Class of Fall 2016 Co-Founder, Stealth Mobile App Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript Prior to MotherCoders, Rosalind had worked as a management consultant and wedding photographer before founding an online publishing platform for the wedding industry. After pausing her career for motherhood, Rosalind is now diving back into entrepreneurship by co-founding a civic engagement mobile app. LinkedIn

Rosalind Bordo

Class of Fall 2016

Co-Founder, Stealth Mobile App

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript

Prior to MotherCoders, Rosalind had worked as a management consultant and wedding photographer before founding an online publishing platform for the wedding industry. After pausing her career for motherhood, Rosalind is now diving back into entrepreneurship by co-founding a civic engagement mobile app.

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Sysamone Phaphon Class of Fall 2016 Founder, FilmHero Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, UX Prior to MotherCoders, Sysamone was a healthcare professional turned startup founder. She relaunched Groupeezz, a mobile app for moviegoers, as FilmHero, a platform for independent filmmakers looking to connect with inspired fans, after applying the user research methods she learned in our training program to find product/market fit . LinkedIn | Twitter

Sysamone Phaphon

Class of Fall 2016

Founder, FilmHero

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, UX

Prior to MotherCoders, Sysamone was a healthcare professional turned startup founder. She relaunched Groupeezz, a mobile app for moviegoers, as FilmHero, a platform for independent filmmakers looking to connect with inspired fans, after applying the user research methods she learned in our training program to find product/market fit .

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Winnie Fung Class of Summer 2016 Freelance Web Designer Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, Web Design Prior to MotherCoders, Winner had worked as a youth educator and nonprofit professional before pausing her career for motherhood. Through MotherCoders, Winnie discovered a knack for web design, so now she helps businesses create websites. LinkedIn | Twitter

Winnie Fung

Class of Summer 2016

Freelance Web Designer

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, Web Design

Prior to MotherCoders, Winner had worked as a youth educator and nonprofit professional before pausing her career for motherhood. Through MotherCoders, Winnie discovered a knack for web design, so now she helps businesses create websites.

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Margaret Lee Class of Summer 2016 Founder, Stealth Mobile App Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Swift Prior to MotherCoders, Margaret had worked as a marketing director in the gaming industry before pausing her career for motherhood. Since completing our program, Margaret's gone on to build a prototype of a mobile app aimed at parents.  LinkedIn

Margaret Lee

Class of Summer 2016

Founder, Stealth Mobile App

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Swift

Prior to MotherCoders, Margaret had worked as a marketing director in the gaming industry before pausing her career for motherhood. Since completing our program, Margaret's gone on to build a prototype of a mobile app aimed at parents. 

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Sophia Eng Class of Fall 2016 Growth Hacking Consultant Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, jQuery Sophia is a growth hacker with experience overseeing user acquisition for startup and enterprise SaaS companies. Through MotherCoders, Sophia has plugged into a network of support that's inspired her to author her first book on Growth Hacking. LinkedIn | Twitter | Portfolio

Sophia Eng

Class of Fall 2016

Growth Hacking Consultant

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, jQuery

Sophia is a growth hacker with experience overseeing user acquisition for startup and enterprise SaaS companies. Through MotherCoders, Sophia has plugged into a network of support that's inspired her to author her first book on Growth Hacking.

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Masharika Maddison Class of Fall 2016 Founder, LightWell Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, UX Prior to MotherCoders, Masharika was working full-time as the Executive Director of a nonprofit. She's since started an executive coaching business, LightWell, focused on helping social changemakers advance justice. LinkedIn | Twitter

Masharika Maddison

Class of Fall 2016

Founder, LightWell

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, UX

Prior to MotherCoders, Masharika was working full-time as the Executive Director of a nonprofit. She's since started an executive coaching business, LightWell, focused on helping social changemakers advance justice.

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Advancing Careers

Robin Ahn Class of Fall 2015 Customer Success Manager, Allay, Inc. Prior to MotherCoders, Robin held content and community management positions at various tech startups. Through our program, she gained the skills, knowledge, and confidence she needed to re-enter the workforce and move into a role with greater career advancement opportunities. LinkedIn

Robin Ahn

Class of Fall 2015

Customer Success Manager, Allay, Inc.

Prior to MotherCoders, Robin held content and community management positions at various tech startups. Through our program, she gained the skills, knowledge, and confidence she needed to re-enter the workforce and move into a role with greater career advancement opportunities.

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Janalynn Castillo Class of Fall 2016 Project Coordinator, CA Primary Care Association Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, Web Design Shortly after MotherCoders, Jana received a salary increase at her annual evaluation, which was in no small part due to the addition of her newly acquired tech skills. Whereas she'd been intimidated by tech before, Jana is now the first to raise her hand whenever a tech initiative launches at work. She's even taking classes in Healthcare Analytics and Health IT so she can increase her ability to affect health outcomes for low-income children. LinkedIn | Twitter

Janalynn Castillo

Class of Fall 2016

Project Coordinator, CA Primary Care Association

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, Web Design

Shortly after MotherCoders, Jana received a salary increase at her annual evaluation, which was in no small part due to the addition of her newly acquired tech skills. Whereas she'd been intimidated by tech before, Jana is now the first to raise her hand whenever a tech initiative launches at work. She's even taking classes in Healthcare Analytics and Health IT so she can increase her ability to affect health outcomes for low-income children.

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Carmen Diaz Class of Fall 2014 Software Engineer, Omada Health Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Node, Python, Ruby on Rails, Postgress, MySQL Prior to MotherCoders, Carmen worked as a backend Ruby Engineer before pausing her career for motherhood. Through our program, Carmen developed front-end web development skills, which enabled her to become a full-stack web developer. LinkedIn | Twitter | GitHub | Portfolio

Carmen Diaz

Class of Fall 2014

Software Engineer, Omada Health

Technical Skills: HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Node, Python, Ruby on Rails, Postgress, MySQL

Prior to MotherCoders, Carmen worked as a backend Ruby Engineer before pausing her career for motherhood. Through our program, Carmen developed front-end web development skills, which enabled her to become a full-stack web developer.

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Jahvita Rastafari Class of Fall 2016 Sr. Brand Marketing Mgr, Act-On Software Jahvita was a Social Media Marketing Manager prior to MotherCoders. She was promoted shortly after completing our program, and now works closely with Act-On's product and UI teams, including on new product launches. LinkedIn | Twitter

Jahvita Rastafari

Class of Fall 2016

Sr. Brand Marketing Mgr, Act-On Software

Jahvita was a Social Media Marketing Manager prior to MotherCoders. She was promoted shortly after completing our program, and now works closely with Act-On's product and UI teams, including on new product launches.

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Johanna Silva Waki Class of Spring 2014 Regional Director, EMILY's List Prior to MotherCoders, Johanna was the principal of a PR & Communications consultancy. After getting a confidence boost from developing marketable tech skills, she went after her dream job, where her responsibilities include using her UX skills to help political candidates build better websites -- a must-have in today's competitive media landscape.

Johanna Silva Waki

Class of Spring 2014

Regional Director, EMILY's List

Prior to MotherCoders, Johanna was the principal of a PR & Communications consultancy. After getting a confidence boost from developing marketable tech skills, she went after her dream job, where her responsibilities include using her UX skills to help political candidates build better websites -- a must-have in today's competitive media landscape.

Vonnie Chan Class of Fall 2016 Director, Mothership Hackermoms Prior to MotherCoders, Vonnie worked as a Manager of Finance and Human Resources specializing in nonprofit organizations before pausing her career for motherhood. Through our program, Vonnie developed tech skills that enabled her to take on more responsibility in growing the membership of Mothership Hackermoms, the first women's hackerspace focused on DIY craft and maker culture, entrepreneurship, and all manners of creative expression. LinkedIn

Vonnie Chan

Class of Fall 2016

Director, Mothership Hackermoms

Prior to MotherCoders, Vonnie worked as a Manager of Finance and Human Resources specializing in nonprofit organizations before pausing her career for motherhood. Through our program, Vonnie developed tech skills that enabled her to take on more responsibility in growing the membership of Mothership Hackermoms, the first women's hackerspace focused on DIY craft and maker culture, entrepreneurship, and all manners of creative expression.

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