Our Houston Coding Bootcamp is Growing! Meet Our Houston Campus Team Members

DigitalCrafts Houston is growing, and we'd like to take a moment to introduce you to some of our amazing team here.

Haley Hester: Enrollment Coordinator

If you're applying for our botocamps, Haley will be your first contact as she assists you through the admissions process. Haley is a Houston native who loves all of the great food, drinks and entertainment Houston has to offer. Prior to DigitalCrafts, Haley worked in media and marketing. She even enrolled in a coding bootcamp to sharpen her skills! As a bootcamp alum herself, she has the empathy, understanding, and knowledge to inform students about the bootcamp experience and the career options available to graduates. 

Jason Ephraim: Campus Director

As Campus Director,  Jason will make sure that your experience at DigitalCrafts is a great one. Jason has been a part of the DigitalCrafts team for more than three years and has overseen the campus' growth. He's also often hard at work building relationships with members of the Houston tech community to better serve our Houston students. Jason is inspired by the instructor team (read about them below!) and plans on taking DigitalCrafts' course soon. 

Veronica Lino: Immersive Instructor 

Veronica comes to DigitalCrafts with more than 10 years of development experience. Before becoming a developer, Veronica worked as an aerospace engineer at NASA, where she developed simulation software for shuttle missions and the Orion program. Today, she teaches our Immersive bootcamps as well as custom courses for clients.

Mohammad Azam: Immersive Instructor 

Azam is no stranger to teaching coding bootcamps. Prior to joining DigitalCrafts, he taught coding classes at another bootcamp for years. He has also been a lead mobile developer for Blinds.com in Houston. An expert in iOS and web development, his development resume boasts large firms like AIG, Baker Hughes, and Schlumberger, and you can find additional courses of his on Udemy.

Josh Medeski: Immersive Instructor 

Josh has been building websites professionally for almost a decade. Before DigitalCrafts, he was the team lead for Starfish Technologies. He has always had a passion for teaching and has been involved with MakerSquare, Girl Develop It, and ngHouston. Josh also has a background in theater, graphic design, music, magic and art (just to name a few!). In his spare time, you’ll find him watching movies, listening to vinyl, reading books, or discovering new restaurants. Did someone say tacos?

Team Member

Amanda Shih: Flex Instructor 

Amanda empowers and inspires people to get creative with coding. For the past four years, she's also spread her enthusiasm for technology to Houstonians, K-12 and beyond, through Coding in Minecraft, Drawing with JavaScript, Rails Girls and many other workshops at Code Park. Before that, Amanda worked as a full stack software engineer at OpenStax, 2nd.MD and SimpApply.

Chris Oakman: Flex Instructor

Chris has been writing web applications for more than 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 is a regular speaker at user groups and tech conferences. In short, he's passionate about development and teaching, and he's an ace behind the podium.

Luis Vega: Flex Instructor 

Luis has been building websites and software for more than 25 years. Before joining DigitalCrafts as an instructor for our Flex Program, Luis co-founded his own part-time coding school. During the day, Luis works as a technical lead developer at Pros. When he's not working or teaching, you can find him playing guitar, writing songs and playing with his sons. 

    

Juan Mrad: Instructor 

Juan began his career as a video game developer more than 10 years ago before transitioning into software engineering. Throughout his career, Juan has worked on front-end and back-end development as well as DevOps. He is passionate about new technologies and sharing his knowledge with others. 

 

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Editor's note: This blog post was updated 10/10/9.

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Jason Ephraim

Campus Director, Houston