Meet the heroes and villains serving as WordCamp Orange County 2017’s organizers:
Steve founded Zeek Interactive in 1995 and he has been the creative technologist behind the Huntington Beach based company since its inception. Under his direction, Zeek has grown from an apartment bedroom to one of Southern California’s leading WordPress and mobile development shops.
Steve is the organizer of the OC WordPress Meetup and has helped build the community to over 1,500 members. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has taught interactive courses at UC Irvine, USC, the American Film Institute, and Cal State Long Beach. Steve has a BA in Film from Cal State Northridge.
David Margowsky is the project manager for Pixel Jar – a boutique WordPress design agency. Dave works with some amazing people who are way smarter than him. This is David’s third year as an organizer for WordCamp Orange County. His super powers include fastidious organization and nerdy wisecrack. David collects comic books, plays video and roleplaying games, and loves to travel with his wife.
Brandon Dove is a co-founder of Pixel Jar and the lead developer of a commercial plugin, AdSanity. He is the current co-leader of the OC WordPress Developer meetup, and former lead organizer of WordCamp Orange County. He’s an active member of the WordPress Community team, and has recently been deputized to help bring more WordCamps, to more places, for more people.
Jeff is a front-end web developer and co-founder of Pixel Jar, a custom WordPress development firm in Orange County, CA. He is also on the development team for AdSanity, a premium ad management WordPress plugin for WordPress. He has co-organized WordCamp Orange County from its inauguration in 2010 to the present day and helps run the Orange County WordPress Advanced Developer Monthly Meetup.
When not online, you’ll either find him out surfing, camping, or hiking all that California has to offer. And on an especially ideal day, you’ll find him camping at the beach with a burrito and a cup of delicious coffee. But on a rainy day schedule, he’ll be at a museum or playing board games with friends.
Robert Nienhuis is a Co-Owner and Creative Director of Nien Studios, an Orange County-based design and creative firm specializing in website, mobile, UI, UX, and identity design. He has enjoyed being on the organizing team of WordCamp Orange County for the past six years.
Sarah is the production manager at Zeek Interactive. When not making WordPress sites herself and enabling the Zeek team to build sites and apps using WordPress, she’s looking after publicity for WordCamp OC 2016. Send her a tweet at @ocwordcamp, and like on Facebook. She’s also @sarahwefald on Twitter.
Bridget Willard started her career with office work, earned a teaching degree, but returned to the office where she carved out a career in social media and marketing and ended up at a WordPress Plugin Development Shop.
She blogs about social media and, of course, WordPress on her site at bridgetwillard.com
Priscilla has been working as a freelancer since 1992. Working in graphic design, she added web development in 1996. Priscilla discovered WordPress in 2010 and after the WordCamp of 2010 never looked back.
Working with a wide variety of clients/businesses, Priscilla specializes in fitness-oriented businesses and their needs including membership sites. She loves the problem-solving nature of tackling a wide variety of tasks.
As a one woman shop, Priscilla deeply appreciates her friends in the WordPress community. Her way of giving back for the last three years has been serving on the organizing team for WordCamp Orange County. Join us, you’ll love it!
Jon Brown started his journey with WordPress more than 10 years ago with a simple travel blog on WordPress.com. That first foray evolved into being a freelance developer and eventually the owner of 9seeds, a WordPress development focused digital agency. At the start of that path the Orange County WordPress meetup group and WordCamp Orange County played an critical role. Later Jon moved to Maui, Hawaii where he founded the Maui WordPress meetup group and 5 years later was the lead organizer of the first ever WordCamp Maui. Now Jon is a back to being a digital nomad traveling the globe and running 9seeds from wherever he can find decent wifi and attending WordCamps as far flung as Bangkok and Warsaw.
Jen Miller believes in the value and power of the written word in sharing truth and story, in life and in business. Combining her journalism background with a passion for customer service and marketing, Jen built NeedSomeoneToBlog.com, a blogging service focused on delivering highly-targeted, local search engine optimized blogging and page content primarily for real estate clients. As the business grew, Jen discovered areas that could further develop authority, garner trust, and build engagement for her clients online. Her agency NeedSomeoneTo.com combines these services to share engaging messages of community and industry knowledge with their clients and followers. Jen also hosts a weekly podcast, Be Seen Blogging, delivering website content tips in under 10 minutes.
Jen Miller believes in the WordPress Community which is why she founded WomenWhoWP.org, a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging women in their WordPress journey. She also founded a specialty Meetup to accomplish the same goal.
Cemal Tashan is an enthusiastic WordPress proponent who is an active participant in the WP community. He is one of the Moderators of WordPress TV, has been a speaker at three Word Camps, and attended many WordCamps. Cemal is an experienced WordPress website designer, specializing in small businesses and Seniors. Cemal can be found at Orange County WordPress Meetups, Women Who WP meetings, as well as contributing to WPwatercooler and WPblab and @tashan on Social Media. He is a regular guest on Turkish radio discussing “all things tech.”
Jason Tucker is an IT Director at a church in Whittier California and a WordPress web developer. He hosts and produces two WordPress related podcasts – WPwatercooler & WPblab. Jason has been working with WordPress at some capacity for the last 11 years where he’s built news websites and small projects for himself.
He participates in the Orange County WordPress meetups where he provides live streaming solutions for people unable attend.
Dave Mosso is a freelance WordPresser, and head honcho of Spacious Mind Creative Solutions. In 2008, he made the leap into WordPress and has never looked back. Dave digs all manner of out-there music, 70s film, beers with pals and fellow web geeks, and the freedom of being self-employed, largely thanks to WordPress. He’s once again honored and humbled to have been asked to help out with WordCamp OC for the third year in a row.
If he wasn’t running a web design business, Joshua Bridge would do it for free. He’s in it because he loves it. Joshua has been inspired by design for as long as he can remember and has over 19 years’ experience in the field. Not only that but Joshua is a Sales and Marketing Professional who is also highly skilled at developing and managing CMS websites. He has experience at Fortune 500 companies with Integrated Marketing Communications Specialist. Learn more at his site, JoshuaBridge.com