Announcing How To Track Speakers

The WordCamp San Diego organizing team is excited to announce out awesome lineup of speakers for this year’s How To track.

Tessa Kriesel

Tessa has more than a decade of experience as a developer, including both freelancing and working for creative agencies and corporate companies. She is also an Instructor for the Minneapolis chapter of Girl Develop It!, a national nonprofit that teaches women to code, where she manages curriculum and teaches courses. Tessa is a northern Minnesota native, but now lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and four children – three boys and a baby girl. She loves dogs and enjoys helping local organizations search for and rescue lost dogs in her free time.

Stephanie Hellwig

Stephanie is a southern California native now living at the base of the Bighorn mountains in Wyoming. Working with WordPress since 2010, Stephanie is a recommended Genesis developer and owns her own theme shop & design agency, where she works with clients across the globe. Not only does she offer support and live training to her own clients, but for the last two years she has been the sole support provider for one of the most popular feminine WordPress theme shops and looks forward to sharing some of what she has learned along the way. Join Stephanie to learn 10 ways to provide great support and find out why support can be the golden nugget for residual income.

Krystle Herbrandson

Krystle has had the great pleasure of being a part of the Sucuri family for the past 3 years. Throughout her time she has experienced everything from cleaning a website to building and establishing a sales organization for the company. In her current role as Director of Sales she aids users, agencies and enterprises in navigating the complexities of website security.

Peter Malick

From a side hustle building custom PCs in 1991, to my first attempts at digital music production in 2000, to a full immersion in the Inbound Marketing world, I have always embraced technology with a passion. In 2008 my wife and I founded the Luxury Wafers Indie Music Blog, and after flirting with Squarespace we fell in love with WordPress. Currently I am the CEO and co-founder of Lumen foundry, and web development and inbound marketing company based in Los Angeles.

Chris Ford

Over the course of her 20 year career Chris has been a writer, teacher, visual and UX designer, speaker, front end developer, support lead and project manager.

Joseph Abraham

Joseph Abraham is primarily a web designer, but is proficient in both internet marketing and web development as well. Born in Maui, Joseph graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2010, where he studied music and theology. He worked in the marketing department at PLNU from 2007 to 2010. At the start of college, Joseph aimed to be a professional minister but later pivoted due to his experience at the PLNU marketing department. He has been freelancing as a web designer since middle school. Joseph has been a featured developer and designer by: WooThemes, Themify, and Morning Print. He founded Savage Cat Food, a health conscious cat food company. Savage Cat Food won many brand related awards in international magazines and conferences during Joseph’s tenure. He recently rebranded his freelance web design business into Techie Design, which has served over two dozen clients in the last six months. Over the last year, Joseph has been an active participant in the Advanced WordPress group here in San Diego and is passionate about building upon the San Diego WordPress community.

Austin Gil

I studied Kinesiology in school, but after discovering web development, I got hooked. Since then it has been an ever-growing passion which started as a hobby, turned into an internship, got me into freelancing, and has now landed me as a full-time, lead developer. I currently work at Visceral, a San Diego based digital agency where we build award winning sites for some of the world’s leading causes. Professionally I do WordPress all day, every day. In my free time however, I like to play with some of the latest tech. Currently working on a React + WP Rest API application.

Rachel Carden

Rachel Carden is a Senior Software Engineer for The Walt Disney Company with over ten years experience in back and front-end web development and digital design. Before Disney, she spent over nine years working in higher education and is the founder of WPCampus, a community and conferences focused on using WordPress in the world of higher education. When she’s not using WordPress to help build the web, she enjoys promoting the importance of accessibility and working to encourage openness, collaboration, and professional development as a conference and meetup organizer. Rachel lives in Pasadena, California but you can find her on Twitter, GitHub, and

Evan Scheingross

Evan is a proud native San Diegan who loves good surf and good tacos. He runs his own business creating and consulting on user-focused, result driven WordPress websites for a primarily local client base. He is passionate about creating engaging and intuitive user experiences, and using design as a tool for communication. He has been working with WordPress since 2007 and attended every WordCamp San Diego to date. For more info, check out

Cody Landefeld

Senior web strategist and founder at @modeeffect. #WordPress #WooCommerce for enterprise companies, technology innovators & e-commerce store owners.

Adam Silver

Adam Silver is a native of Southern California, and is a serial entrepreneur. Currently providing WordPress development and support services through, produces a weekly podcast at & runs the SouthBay WordPress Meetup. Additionally, he was the lead organizer for WordCamp Los Angeles 2016, and in his free time, he speaks at industry events sharing his insights & expertise into all things digital. Has been married for 18 years to his amazing wife and has 3 wickedly cool kids.

Jen Miller

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, 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 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, a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging women in their WordPress journey. She also founded a specialty Meetup to accomplish the same goal. Serving as a volunteer blogger for WordCamp Los Angeles in 2016 and 2017 and as Content Organizer for WordCamp Orange County 2017, Jen is active in the local WordPress Community. She presented at WordCamp Orange County in 2016 on Creating and Maintaining Sites While Mobile.

Mark Uraine

As an interdisciplinary designer I’m dedicated to making the web more accessible, and human friendly by facilitating the transfer of information. I’m a designer at Automattic striving to be an impactful contributor to open source. I design. I communicate. I get things done (preferably in automated ways while experimenting with new technology).

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