Kathy is passionate about connecting with people and building long-lasting relationships. She facilitates the Marietta WordPress Meetup (originated 2011) and has served as a WordCamp organizer for 7 years.
Her firm, Kathy Drewien & Company, rescues abandoned, broken, ugly, orphaned, and non-productive websites. She is an attentive listener who asks powerful questions in conversations with smart freelancers, creatives, and entrepreneurs primed for success.
Diana has been creating websites for clients since 1995. From 1997 through 2000, she was Executive Vice President of a local web design firm, managing a staff of 15. She has worked as a professional Web developer, as Lavender Threads / Diana Nichols and company, since 1998.
She also has a strong background in marketing, event management, and internet technology, and is a certified Life Coach.
You can find her at DianaNichols.com.
Sponsors Team Leader
April loves iced coffee, Hall and Oates, snuggling with her little boy, and WordPress. Not necessarily in that order. She runs Sugar Five Design, a digital strategy company in Woodstock, GA. She helps high-performers reach their goals online via web design, branding, strategy, and SEO. A regular meetup attendee, she is a co-organizer of The Marietta WordPress Meetup. This is her second year on the WordCamp organizing team.
Volunteers Team Leader
Brad is the organizer of the Alpharetta WordPress Meetup and has been working with WordPress since 2009. He’s the founder of GoWP, a WordPress support company that serves agencies and small businesses. When Brad is not sitting in front of a computer, he’s busy following the Tar Heels and spending time with his wife, Marie and daughter, Elena.
Social Events Team Leader
Bret Phillips has been building WordPress websites since 2009. Recently merging his business with Sideways8, he now now focuses on sales, business processes, and helping customers with their website strategy.
Volunteers Team Co-Leader
Daniel is the founder of JDS WebDesign, a Digital Marketing Strategy Company that helps small to mid-size companies. JDS WebDesign builds, supports and markets WordPress websites. Daniel has been building websites for 16 + years, and working as a free lance designer for JDS WebDesign since August 2007.
In his spare time, Daniel loves hanging out with his family, playing a round of golf, listening to some jazz, writing blog material, and working on his podcast.
Social Media Team Leader
When she’s not smashing a tennis ball, swinging kettlebells or snapping her fingers along with one of her favorite indie rock tunes, Mallie spends most of her daylight hours creating and maintaining branded and visual social media campaigns for a variety of businesses and organizations. The little blue bird is her favorite, but she’s comfortable working with any of the big six (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest, Instagram & Google+) social media sites and has tested campaigns on too many platforms to count.
She’s got a snarky way with words, which you can check out on her blog.
You can schedule posts, you can’t schedule interaction and connection! Connect with Mallie on Twitter if you want to get to know her ASAP.
Speakers Team Leader
“Thought leader” is one of those accolades that many aspire to, but few deserve. Mickey is the real thing –– a widely acknowledged thought leader in the WordPress space. He follows more than 500 blogs to stay current on every aspect of digital media. He’s also a sought-after teacher, sharing his expertise across Metro Atlanta on all aspects of technology, social media and analytics through monthly WordPress-focused Meetups and other gatherings of experts and learners. He’s competitive but generous as he helps others develop their skills. Along the way, he has retained the stamina and determination of the long-distance runner he used to be.
Away from his three-screen workstation, he coaches his daughter’s soccer team, plays softball and enjoys ice cream with his wife, Kelly, and their two girls.
Naomi C. Bush
Contributor Day Team Leader
Naomi’s been working with WordPress as a professional developer since 2005, and you can currently find her over at gravityplus.pro where she specializes in quickly delivering custom business applications at a fraction of the cost.
She contributes back to the WordPress project through the core code, the codex documentation, free plugins, organizing the WordPress Gwinnett meetup, organizing WordCamp Atlanta, and speaking at WordCamps.
Design Team Leader
Nicky Pink is the CEO & Creative Director of Nicky Pink & Co., and has dedicated her entire career to helping entrepreneurs discover their unique qualities; creating visual and written collateral that converts those qualities into authority and profits.
Educated in psychology, art history, and marketing, she has a unique 25-year background serving over 2,000 small businesses in all aspects of branding, marketing, graphic and web design, strategic planning and business model development. Working exclusively in WordPress since starting her website design business, Nicky has achieved that rare status of designer and developer.
Among her professional accomplishments is helping a small yarn retailer get the attention of Google, who featured her in one of their Google Plus promotional videos, and helping a wellness studio bring their revenue into the black for the first time in five years after a re-brand and a six-month marketing campaign.
Nicky grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, making her a true Yooper. She spent 20 years in New York, and now lives in Atlanta with her teenage daughter and her Goldendoodle called Kevin. You can also find Nicky on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Registration Team Leader
Renee Dobbs is a self-proclaimed Domestic Goddess who loves to eat, drink, and dig in the dirt. Renee loves both cooking and baking and is equally happy chopping vegetables as whipping frosting. She is always on the search for the next great recipe to make, delicious wine to taste, new restaurant to try, beautiful flower to plant, and nice place to visit. You can follow her on Twitter, Google+, and Instagram.