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Meet Our Team

The faculty and staff behind the classrooms.

We build the Web. So can you.

DigitalCrafts is the best-rated coding bootcamp in Atlanta and Houston, and is amongst the best-reviewed training programs in the country. Classes are intensive in-person experiences, transforming beginners into full stack software engineers with cutting edge skill sets, project portfolios, interview training, and career support. We also offer turnkey corporate training solutions for companies of all sizes.

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DigitalCrafts Team

All DigitalCrafts instructors are seasoned developers with years of actual engineering experience, and it shows up in the classroom. Our staff are passionate about software and love giving back to the tech community by training the next generation of #builders.

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Max McChesney

Co-Founder, CEO

Max worked with a couple of startups before moving to Argentina, where he started a small web marketing service called Expat Assistants. He was a late bloomer to coding, but nowadays you can usually find him "upgrading" our site or building iOS apps in Swift. Max plays guitar, frequents concerts, and is a fan of the Dawgs.

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Jake Hadden

Co-Founder, CEO

Jake is a UGA grad who began his career at Accenture as a management consultant. He then left for Interface, where he led a global innovation accelerator (think an internal shark tank). In addition to leading our career services team, Jake is also our in-house beginner and volunteer test subject for new curriculum projects.

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Zakia Whiteside

Admissions Director Atlanta

Zakia was born and raised in Upstate, NY where she obtained a bachelors degree in Business Administration. She has 6+ years of Default Mortgage experience but her passion is customer service. Before entering the startup world she was an Assistant Manager at a multi-state law firm. Zakia is a natural social butterfly. You can find her curled up with a book, engaging in high-intensity interval training or exploring new restaurants around the city.

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Chris Farr

VP of Corporate Services

Chris is a rare, born-and-raised Atlantan, and brings over 7 years of business development experience to the DigitalCrafts Corporate Services team. While he's not a coder, he certainly talks the talk, and connecting with customers, discovering their pain points, and delivering turnkey solutions is his passion. As for his inspiration and motivation: 3 young daughters!

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Liz Obermeyer

Operations Manager Atlanta

Liz is a North Carolina native and has called Atlanta home for over two years. She comes from an Information Technology Staffing background and has worked with top corporations in Metro Atlanta. She has always had a passion and calling for education and technology. Liz loves running, dogs, and cheering on the Falcons.

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Chris Aquino

Immersive Instructor Atlanta

Chris has been building websites and web applications for nearly two decades. During the last few years, he has spent his time teaching and writing about web development. In 2016, his book "Front-End Web Development: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide" was published. When not in front of a computer or a classroom, you can find Chris monitoring his big green egg with an Arduino, or wandering aimlessly around a bookstore.

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Jonathan Martin

Immersive Instructor Atlanta

Jonathan has been consuming cheesecake for a decade, almost as long as his time building ambitious web apps and boring students with JavaScript in immersive bootcamps. The world cannot entirely be conquered from a 12-inch screen, so Jonathan trots the globe as a frequent international speaker at tech conferences and snaps landscape photography @ Yellowscale.com. If his laptop dies you may find him skipping up the mountains to catch golden hour.

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Lachlan Heywood

Full Stack Flex Instructor Atlanta

Lachlan is a Full Stack Developer from Sydney, Australia, and a graduate of the University of Newcastle. He has since found a home in Atlanta as Lead Developer for the Morrison marketing agency, where he has built software solutions and websites for brands like Mitsubishi Electric and Samsung. When he's not building something on the web, you can usually find him building something in his woodshop.

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Adam Szaruga

Full Stack Flex Instructor Atlanta

Adam started his career as a mathematician before pivoting to web development and eventually entrepreneurial ventures. His award-winning startup EQIP combines a passion for coding and music, providing an audio plugin marketplace to make music production easier. At home, you can find Adam playing music in his recording studio or getting sweaty playing competitive Halo. Adam graduated from the University of West Georgia with a B.A. in Mathematics and from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Computer Science.

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Jason Ephraim

Campus Director Houston

Jason has led marketing and business development teams for several startups and companies across the globe. He also has experience in event planning, web development, and graphic design. Jason brings these skills, his love for reading anything Sci-Fi, and his passion for empowering others to DigitalCrafts' Houston campus.

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Veronica Lino

Immersive Instructor Houston

Prior to DigitalCrafts, Veronica architected complex web applications for several leading Houston companies. Veronica's background is in aerospace engineering, where she developed simulation software for NASA's shuttle and Orion programs. Veronica has over 10 years of engineering experience, and when she's not behind a keyboard, she's practicing opera, pulling for the Texans, meeting new people. Veronica graduated from UT at San Antonio with a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and holds a graduate certification in Sub Sea Engineering.

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Mohammad Azam

Immersive Instructor Houston

No stranger to teaching, Azam joined DigitalCrafts after teaching at The Iron Yard until their close in 2017. An expert in iOS and web development, his development resume boasts large firms like AIG, Baker Hughes, and Schlumberger, and his most recent development gig was with Blinds.com, a Home Depot company. You can find 8+ of Azam's personal apps on the App Store, where "Vegetable Tree" was named 'best gardening app' by Apple! Azam is an active speaker on all things development (most recently blockchain), and loves to travel in his spare time.

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Paul Bailey

Flex Instructor Houston

Paul is a web developer with over 10 years of experience and a background in aerospace engineering. He is obsessed with web technology and created an award winning web application called Neutron Drive which lets you edit and collaborate on code in real-time in your browser. In addition to being a web and aerospace geek, he's a father of three and can cook a pretty mean pizza from scratch. Paul holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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Chris Oakman

Flex Instructor Houston

Chris has been writing web applications for over a decade, with a focus on front-end design and development. He has worked at several startups, as well as cPanel, PROS, and Cisco Systems. He is the author of several open source libraries and a regular speaker at user groups and tech conferences. In short, he's passionate about development, teaching, and he's an ace behind the podium.

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Lillian Wakefield

Career Services Director

Lillian grew up in California where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego. She spent the next several years in consulting and later transitioned to teaching. She draws on both her practical experience and classroom teaching skills to provide the best possible services for graduating students. Lillian loves to travel, lives in Mexico City, and spends her free time dancing, exploring, and eating tacos.

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Karen Paul

Office Manager

Karen hails from South Carolina, but now calls the Peach State her home. An accountant by trade, Karen has been making back offices hum for 'longer than she'd like to say!' Specializing in software start ups, several local companies fall under her purview. When she's not watching the finances like a hawk, she's on the beach listening to some of her favorite tunes.

We build the Web. So can you.

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I graduated from DigitalCrafts about two weeks ago, and have already had multiple interviews, one job offer (which I accepted), and for the first time in my professional life feel like I have options and control of my career.
- Eli, Software Engineer @ Insiten


It’s been a little over a month since I graduated from DigitalCrafts and I just landed my first developer position. I can definitely thank DigitalCrafts for that.
- Dan, Web Developer @ Turner Broadcasting


I graduated from DigitalCrafts almost two months ago and I can honestly say that enrolling this immersive coding school was one of the best decisions I've made in my adult life.
- Shirlette, Node.js Developer @ Merchant eSolutions