Autumn Miller

Michael Holmes

Consultant in research and strategic communications (spent the past 25+ years in higher education — as faculty, media researcher, and administrator)

Lora Arduser

Lora Arduser is an Assistant Professor of Professional Writing in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. Arduser’s scholarly and pedagogical interests are in health communication and publishing and new media. She has published in journals such as Computers and Composition and the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Patients, Experts and Biocitizens: The Rhetoric of Agency in Diabetes Care.


Janette O’Shaughnessy

I help companies (people) build marketing strategies and brands that deliver amazing results. I am a passionate marketer with a passion for WordPress and photography.

Aaron Forgue

Aaron Forgue is the Co-Founder of Pressbuilt, a company focused on WordPress strategy, development and support. He has been immersed in web development using open source technologies like PHP and WordPress for over 20 years. Aaron is also a co-organizer and frequent speaker at the local Cincinnati WordPress Meetup group.

Stefan C. Densmore

I own a local web hosting company that provides managed Green WordPress and Green cPanel options for companies interested in divesting from fossils fuels. I also provide leadership for the ongoing development and maintenance of three multisite networks. I’ve been involved in WordPress development since 2003, and a continuous member of WPMUDEV since 2011.

My formal education is in Human Factors Engineering & Psychology, and I have a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership. My wife and I are passionate about domestic and international social justice issues. We’ve been vegetarian for over 13 years, enjoy working in our garden, camping, and nature walks with our 4 young children.

I’m playfully competitive in running, soccer, and triathlons. I competed in the 2009 Louisville Ironman and have coached soccer teams and marathon training groups for local and national organizations. My nerdier interests include collecting vintage Star Wars figures, vehicles and play sets, as well as trading cards and comics.

Andrea Middleton

Andrea Middleton has worked at WordCamp Central since 2011, supporting WordPress community organizers and helping folks plan WordCamps that inspire people to do more with WordPress, connect the WordPress community, and contribute to the WordPress project. Andrea went to high school in Dayton (Go T-bolts!) and now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two small kids.

Lew Krehnbrink

Both Michael and Lew are developers at US Digital Partners, a digital marking agency in Downtown Cincinnati. Michael has been doing web development for 7 years and Lew for 4. Combined they have built over 40 WordPress websites, and actively maintain many more.

Angie Meeker

Angie Meeker (http://mynameisangie.com) helps small business live and die by their customers’ goals.

She is the host of the Persona podcast, where real life business owners share what’s working (and NOT working) to reach their customers.

Marketing wasn’t Angie’s first career. 12 years ago, she was a pastor, helping guests get connected to the people and programs of the church. When she suddenly started having seizures and couldn’t drive to those same programs, she realized she needed a new job working from home. She found she could apply the same exact skills she used to help grow churches’ membership to helping small businesses build relationships with their customers online, and to grow their revenue.

She is also an organizer of WordCamp Columbus, an annual conference for users and developers of WordPress, with over 200 attendees and thirty speakers. She has taught over 600 entrepreneurs and business owners how to get started using WordPress to share their stories online.

She enjoys hanging out with her husband, Robert, and nine year old daughter in Columbus, OH-io. She is the biggest fan of America’s Funniest Videos and in case you’re wondering, yes, she did break her addiction to sweet tea.

Caitlin Cheevers

Caitlin is a proud feminist who helps women start their own blogs and businesses by making the intimidating aspects of web and graphic design easy to digest. In addition to sharing free tutorials each week, Caitlin has launched an ecourse, the InDesign Adventure Guide, that teaches you how use InDesign to grow your blog or business. Originally hailing from Michigan, she set aside her inherent distaste of Ohio and moved to Cincinnati with her fiance, their dog Stanley, and their cat Val.

Jared Banz

Jared Banz was first exposed to search engine optimization and WordPress upon graduating from college in 2010. Since then, Jared started a digital marketing agency called SumoLeap, where he serves clients for small and mid-sized businesses. When not drinking way too much coffee and reading about the latest marketing trends, Jared enjoys traveling with his wife Linnea.

Teresa Nichols

One of my first my managers, while I was an associate at Little Professor Book store, told me whenever someone came in and asked for a book, I should take them to the shelf, find the book and put it in his/her hand. This instruction made a serious impression on me. Since then, I realized the difference between “good customer service” and “excellent customer service.”

In a world of “user-generated” content, customer service is even more impactful than it was back then. A solid website will answer every question and lead a visitors to convert…happily.

My passion for excellent customer service has lead me to a career in online marketing with a focus on Search Engine Optimization. My goal is always to put the product in the customer’s hands.

Bobby Bryant

Bobby has been involved in the WordPress space as a Developer for over 2 years. Prior to getting involved with WordPress Bobby spent 13+ years in the United States Marines as Ground Electronics Technician.

He currently works for 10up as a Web Developer. 10up is a full distributed agency of people from around the world, focused on building great Publishing experiences.

While Bobby spends most days working on both the front and backend of WordPress, he has a secret passion for Javascript. Which means he spend a lot of time, reading, writing, and working on JS heavy projects.

Bobby is also the developer behind Develop with WP. A youtube channel focus on covering what he calls WordPress Development 201 tutorials.

Chris Celek

Chris Celek is a senior writer for gyro, a global marketing agency with offices in eight countries and 15 cities, including Cincinnati. Chris researches and develops content for high-tech and manufacturing companies. He specializes in crafting compelling, humanly relevant website content, blogs, white papers, e-newsletters, e-books and magazine articles.

Chris is a reformed journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor in print and digital roles at traditional media companies. Chris founded Celek Media Consulting, providing web content, website design using WordPress, social media and online video for small businesses.

Chris earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Ohio University and completed graduate studies in industrial technology at Purdue University and web marketing certification at Sinclair Community College.

Maria Averion

I was a journalist for more than 25 years and worked in the newspaper business for my whole career as an editor, designer, photo editor and web editor. I have worked at several newspapers in major and small markets. I have used WordPress for the last 6 years and when I started I was a little lost. I found the WordPress MeetUp and the WordCamp was in 3 weeks, so I went to WordCamp and I learned so much. After that, I went to the MeetUp every month. Now, I do freelance WordPress Web Design fulltime when I don’t have a job contract.

Brian Retterer

Brian Retterer is a PHP Developer Evangelist at Stormpath, an Identity & User Management API. He has been developing sites and plugins using WordPress since version 1.5. Brian is also an organizer of the Dayton WordPress Meetup, Dayton WordCamp, and Dayton PHP Meetup. In the spare time that all developers have outside of work and their side projects, you can find him in his pottery studio working with clay.

Meggan Lanahan

Meggan J. Lanahan is a writer from Dayton, Ohio. She has been using the power of the pen for 23 years, since the age of 5. Beginning as a fiction writer (which she still is), she has branched out into content marketing and copywriting. Not only does she love doing it, but she loves talking about it, encouraging and helping others.

She is currently writing copy for companies all over the United States; has her own leadership & personal growth column with a local newspaper; and serves as a volunteer writer for a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, California. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, listen to music, play with animals, and read a good book from 30,000 feet.

David Brattoli

I have worked in web industry for the past 9 years. I have been running my own web and graphic design company “Infinite Reality LLC” since 2007 and have been working in higher education for the last three years.  I have been working exclusively with WordPress since 2012. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Bluffton University and Associate degrees in Graphic and Web Design and Gaming and Simulation Design from Lorain County Community College.  I am also self-taught in a host of different coding languages and have integrated my mathematics, graphic, and web design skills to accomplish whatever web design tasks I have needed to solve.  Utilizing this knowledge allows me to give my clients a powerful and unique set of websites for industry, government, education, and learning environments.

Bridget Willard

Coming to Cincinnati from California, where she currently resides, Bridget has an inspirational story about her road to the world of WordPress.

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.

Currently, she is the Marketing Manager for WordImpress, whose flagship plugin is GiveWP — an online donation plugin. She is also the co-host of WPblab, and co-organizer of the Women in WordPress meetup in Huntington Beach, California.

She blogs about social media and, of course, WordPress on her site at www.bridgetwillard.com. Please check out her blog and give her a warm Cincinnati welcome!

Jeff Rowe

Jeff Rowe retired from Fortune 500 Dover Corporation in 2015. Jeff started his career in Paper Product Sales with The Procter & Gamble Company, and also spent time with General Electric’s Aircraft Engine Business Group, and with Xtek, a manufacturer of aftermarket components for heavy industry, prior to joining Hydro.

Jeff led Dover’s Hydro Systems Company subsidiary since 1998, serving as President and CEO. The culture which Jeff and his leadership team created at Hydro became legendary within Dover Corporation for its unique “one for all and all for one” orientation, and for the extraordinary focus which the company maintained on treating employees like owners.

The Hydro business grew by more than five times in sales and earnings during Jeff’s leadership of the company, leveraging the emphasis which the leadership team placed on recruiting and developing great talent to execute against a simple, tightly-focused business strategy.

Jeff has long held a passion for helping young people discover their deepest passions and career aspirations, as well as for assisting business executives in transition. He now serves as Executive Vice President and Owner of NVR (Nunan Vogel and Rowe). In fact, the College-to-Career Coaching program which NVR offers leverages many of the learnings from a service Jeff and his team at Hydro provided to children of the company’s employees.

Daniel J. Lewis

As an award-winning podcaster, Daniel J. Lewis helps others launch and improve their own podcasts for sharing their passions and finding success. Daniel creates training resources (like SEO for Podcasters) and podcasting tools (like My Podcast Reviews); offers one-on-one consulting and group training; is a keynote speaker on podcasting and social media; and Daniel hosts a network of award-nominated shows covering how to podcast, clean-comedy, and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC’s hit drama Once Upon a Time.

Sherryl Wilson

Sherryl has been using WordPress since 2010 and has a background in Accounting before venturing into the world of blogging and website creation. Currently, I manage several sites, work as a social media manager, brand ambassador, travel writer, and motivational speaker. As the mom to seven children and a homeschooling advocate, she is real comfortable with the chaos of multitasking.

Sherryl blogs at Simply Sherryl where she encourages others that are “Seeking the Simple in the Chaos” of motherhood to stay true to the Word and to rest in the hands of God and at The Homeschool Village where she encourages both the new and veteran homeschooler to keep pressing on.

Logan Kipp

Logan has been an intermittent WordPress user since “Strayhorn” 1.5 in 2005 and has used WordPress as a primary platform since “Coltrane” 2.7 in 2008. Logan has over seven years experience in the website hosting and security technology field, starting with three years at GoDaddy, followed by four years at SiteLock. Logan most recently served as SiteLock’s Lead Security Analyst before taking his current role as a Product Evangelist – WordPress earlier this year.

Scott Volpenhein

Scott Volpenhein is a digital advertising and SEO analyst for US Digital Partners. Scott has experience improving SEO for many clients in the Cincinnati area. He also manages PPC campaigns through search and social media platforms for a variety of businesses. Scott is a native of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Ohio University. Outside of the office, Scott enjoys starting home renovation projects (finishing some), sports and traveling.

Susan Wenner Jackson

Susan Wenner Jackson cofounded the blog Working Moms Against Guilt and regularly writes, speaks, and consults with marketers, bloggers, and business owners about creating useful content. In 2015, she started the Cincinnati Blogging Meetup group for local blogging enthusiasts.

She earned a master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Miami University. She’s worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, PR professional, copywriter, and tech startup leader.

Susan is the mother of two kids (7 and 10). She and her husband live in West Chester, Ohio, with their children and one very cute, often mischievous German Shepherd/Husky dog.

She’s passionate about Montessori and early childhood education, social justice, improving resources and support for working families, and diversity as a key driver of both profits and peace.

Jeff Long

Jeff Long has had the opportunity to serve entrepreneurs, companies, and organizations around the world since 2003 by creating engaging online courses, building flexible WordPress websites and producing compelling videos. He’s been using WordPress since 2008 and loves the flexibility that it offers. His company specializes in creating online course systems, and video-based online learning. He’s the host of The Online Course Coach Podcast, which is THE podcast for the latest in online course creation tips, news, interviews. He not only talks about strategies of how to best teach online but also interviews industry leaders who share their insights & experiences. You can find Jeff at OnlineCourseCoach.com.

Kevin Gold

An INC 5000 for seven consecutive years and a Fast 55 company , iNET Interactive, achieved 10x growth ending in a successful exit through a strategic acquisition by Penton Media. During the course of these seven years, Mr. Gold was responsible for $6.5 million in marketing-generated revenue and developed marketing systems, processes, structures and a high performance team across marketing, product, editorial and online communities that helped achieve this rapid growth. After the acquisition, Mr. Gold remained at Penton as VP of Product Marketing and business leader of an industry brand. He left Penton to form Next Leap Strategy with the purpose of helping companies, as he did with iNET Interactive, build marketing systems and teams to achieve growth.

Prior to Penton and iNET Interactive, Kevin operated a digital marketing consultancy from 2003 to 2008 focused on pay-per-click marketing, website conversion optimization, landing page development and email marketing. An author of many thought leader articles and referenced within many business publications, Kevin also served in marketing strategy, product marketing, business development, customer success and product management roles. He has an MBA from Xavier University and graduated Summa Cum Laude and Honors Scholar from Thomas More College.

Julie Campbell-Holmes

Julie Campbell-Holmes is the director of marketing and communication for the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. She has been a WordPress user for over a decade and is passionate about helping businesses achieve their goals through measurement and strategy. She also teaches media and web analytics. One of her favorite hobbies is building Lego creations with her husband and her daughter.

Tamia Stinson

Tamia Stinson is a Stylist, Creative Director, and the culprit behind fashion and lifestyle blog TheStyleSample.com. With 5+ years of experience in print and digital publishing and a background in marketing and project management, she helps creatives build successful brands online.

Steve Loar

Steve Loar has more than 20 years of web and software development experience. He has worked with companies such as A.T. & T., General Electric, Duke Energy, Anthem, and Fidelity Investments. He is currently a freelance-consultant working in WordPress, Ruby on Rails, and React.js. When not working, Steve can be found riding horses; competing in events like barrel racing and poles.

Bruce Chamoff

Bruce Chamoff has been a web developer for 20 years and developer of WordPress plugins and themes for 9 years. As the CEO of Hot Web Ideas and the lead developer on the Web Designer Mall, Bruce has converted all of his clients’ websites to WordPress and educates them on how to become proficient at using it.

He has developed over 100 custom WP plugins and over 50 themes for Fortune 500 companies and has three successful Udemy courses on WordPress development.

In Bruce’s spare time, he performs with his band, records original music and spends time with his lovely daughter.

Jessica Garbarino

Jessica Garbarino is the founder and owner of Every Single Dollar, a company dedicated to helping single women navigate the world of personal finance. She realized that she was experiencing a financial hangover in her early 30s after the lifestyle choices in her 20s caused her to rack up debt. After paying off $56,000 of debt, she felt called to teach other single women how to manage their money, pay off debt, and instill financial confidence. She offers individual financial coaching, speaks on personal finance, and writes and produces video on various financial topics with the single woman in mind. Jessica lives the debt free life in sunny South Florida.

Brenda Pottinger

What if you could stop time and hold it in your hand? Brenda heard that she could have super powers when she was very young and knew she would become a photographer. Using an old girl scout camera found at a garage sale, her father taught her the rules of photography and composition. On weekends she would go for photo adventures. From old cemeteries to Civil War reenactments to Dawn at the Downs, she always had fun practicing photography. In high school she took newspaper class and learned how to develop photos in the darkroom. At Emory & Henry College she fell in love with art graphic design and decided to exchange her minor in photography to a major in art with a double major in Mass Communications. Throughout her life photography has always been there. After starting her own business she added a blog to help her narrate the stories she told with photos. Blogging has created a better connection with her clients and has helped to grow her brand.

Michael Whelan

Both Michael and Lew are developers at US Digital Partners, a digital marking agency in Downtown Cincinnati. Michael has been doing web development for 7 years and Lew for 4. Combined they have built over 40 WordPress websites, and actively maintain many more.

Andrea Fuggetta

Andrea is a senior software engineer at Ndevr, Inc, a distributed WordPress development company.
His interest for programming started at a young age, when his father bought him an Amstrad computer coming with a huge BASIC manual, and the sleepless nights began.
During his experience as a developer he helped building successful sites for client such as Bloomberg, Time Inc., New York Times, Hearst and others.
Amongst his many hobbies you will find snowboarding, building IoT devices with Arduino, playing the guitar and spending time with his wife and newborn son.

Danny Santoro

Hey everyone! I’m a late twenty-something Cincinnati native who has been working with WordPress for around four years now. Out of school, I ran marketing and web strategy for some major international brands before leaving to start my own freelance company, which continues today.

In the past two and a half years, I’ve been working at WooThemes and then Automattic for their WooCommerce division. Aside from code, I went to school to make movies (which I still like to do) and in general like to get into trouble, but I’ll behave at this one. Honest. 🙂

Keanan Koppenhaver

Keanan Koppenhaver is a Digital Product Developer and Consulting Engineer with doejo, a WordPress VIP Partner Agency.

In that time, he has worked on baking WordPress into the publishing workflow of one of the largest investment news publications in the United States, a WordPress-backed real estate investment portal, and many other projects large and small.

He is passionate about mentoring other developers as well as teaching people that WordPress can be more than just a blogging platform. Keanan writes about all these topics and more at http://levelupwp.net.

Carmen Krupar

Carmen Krupar is the founder of Cybervise Inc. and a Website Consultant. Carmen has 15 years experience in Software and Website Development, that began at Encyclopedia Britannica. Over the years she has been webmaster for GeneralMills.com, Chex.com, GreatClips.com and many others, including over 50 financial institutions across the United States.

Carmen holds a Master’s Degree in Human-Computer Interaction and a certificate of Organization Development Leadership from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.

As a Website Performance Architect at Cybervise, Carmen now focuses her practice on webmaster best practices, website performance and usability engineering.

Dustin Hartzler

Dustin is a Happiness Engineer at Automattic, providing support for the popular eCommerce plugin, WooCommerce. He is also the host of the weekly WordPress podcast at Your Website Engineer. When not spending time with WordPress, he can be found traveling around the world, biking and reading.

David Brecount

For the past 14 years, David has helped businesses clarify their message and win on the web. As the co-founder of US Digital Partners he has worked with hundreds of clients on creative digital marketing projects including; websites, mobile apps, video productions, social media campaigns, email marketing, and online advertising. In recent years, David has led the USDP team in award-winning projects for some of Cincinnati’s most important transformation efforts like CVG Airport, Downtown Cincinnati, and 3CDC.