Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight: Steve Rossman

May 22, 2018

Written by volunteer Alison Perch Steve Rossman, a TechGirlz trustee, is a strong advocate for gender equality in tech. When Steve’s wife, Tracey Welson-Rossman, founded TechGirlz in 2010, Steve knew he wanted to get involved and offer support. “I was happy to help in whatever capacity I could,” Steve says. Steve’s lends his expertise in accounting to oversee financial matters for TechGirlz. He’s a partner at a CPA firm, where he performs tax services, as well as business and financial planning for individuals and closely held businesses. Though Steve isn’t a technologist by profession, he uses technology at work on…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Anita Nichols

April 10, 2018

Written by volunteer Alison Perch At TechGirlz, we believe early engagement with technology can help solve the gender gap in STEM fields. For TechGirlz volunteer Anita Nichols, childhood exposure to tech led to a lasting interest in computer science. “I always felt attracted to computers. My elementary school offered programming classes for grades 4 and up. I eagerly waited until I became a 'big kid' and could take my first programming class,” Anita says. From that point on, Anita was hooked. She took additional programming classes in elementary and high school, then majored in Computer Science in college and moved…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Grete Miller

March 13, 2018

Written by volunteer Alison Perch At TechGirlz, we believe technology is a creative skill. Tech is more than just coding, and there are an infinite number of tech-related fields and careers. Grete Miller, a TechGirlz volunteer and creative professional, fully embodies this idea. Grete started out with an interest in musical theater and film, and she eventually developed a passion for producing and development. She has explored many creative avenues over the years, including stage managing, technical design, and film production. Grete’s interests in art and technology led to her current role at Shutterstock, an agency that provides royalty-free images,…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Dan Koval & Bentley Systems

January 9, 2018

Written by volunteer Alison Perch Companies and organizations play a vital role in supporting TechGirlz’ mission. One such business, Bentley Systems, has hosted TechShopz and funded programs to help girls explore the possibilities of technology. Bentley Systems is a software development company that helps engineers and other professionals manage the world’s infrastructure. Bentley has run Robotics Programming with LEGO MINDSTORMS®, a highly popular TechShop, at their corporate headquarters in Exton, PA. The company has also provided a grant to support an Intro to Arduino Programming workshop at Glenside Library. A long-time Bentley Systems employee, Dan Koval, plays a key role…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Nayonna Purnell

October 17, 2017

Written by volunteer Alison Perch As a woman in tech, Nayonna Purnell recognizes the importance of mentors and role models in the industry. Nayonna is an educator, though she was inspired to change careers after attending a talk by tech entrepreneur Yasmine Mustafa. Yasmine’s story helped Nayonna see the benefits of a career in technology. “I was drawn to the fact that I could be creative, build cool things, and have a more flexible schedule to be with my family,” Nayonna says. Now, Nayonna is a full-stack developer and a computer science student at Montgomery County College. As an educator,…

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