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

In her early years, Stephanie Hellwig could be found in an avocado grove, on her family’s ranch, right here in San Diego county. Often barefoot and never bored, she helped harvest avocados and learned from a young age that life is what you make of it, and most success only comes from hard work. These lessons have served her well. Years later, as a stay at home mother of five daughters and an entrepreneurial woman looking to build her own business, Stephanie discovered WordPress. Late nights, early mornings, unspeakable amounts of coffee and page after page of information, all wrapped in sheer determination, brought her to where she is today. Stephanie is now a StudioPress recommended developer. She now designs premium WordPress themes, sold on popular online marketplaces including StudioPress and Creative Market. Besides custom design work, creating and selling themes, getting her kiddos ready for school and working as a support manager for theme shop ‘Restored 316’, Stephanie has a passion for sharing knowledge. She supports her clients by offering live, one on one training, that helps them to understand and operate their WordPress websites in the most efficient way possible. I guess she went from hand picking ripe avocados to hand picking ripe opportunity- from growing trees, to growing her own business- and if you ask me, that’s not a half-bad bad trade.

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).

Announcing Beginner Track Speakers

The WordCamp San Diego organizing team is pleased to announce an amazing lineup of speakers for this year’s beginner track.

Konstantin Obenland

Konstantin is a WordPress aficionado, and Core Developer based in Southern California. You might remember him from projects like WordPress 4.3 or the new Plugin Directory. At Automattic he’s is part of a team that contributes to Core and full time. He enjoys home improvements, bourbons, and good food — sometimes so much that he blogs about it.

Michael Cain

Michael is a Portland, Maine-based developer for Automattic‘s Delta team. He spends his days developing, testing, and improving the new user experience on, his evenings blogging about food and travel on, and his nights dreaming about how to make tomorrow’s WordPress blogs and sites even better.

Amber Hewitt

Amber Hewitt is a front-end web developer who has created websites for a wide variety of clients for over 15 years. With a strong background in design (graphic design degree from Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design), she has developed a passion for good imagery and typography in print and on the web.

Russell Aaron

Russell Aaron is a back-end developer & support specialist at Russell has created two plugins. One of which won second place in WCOC Plugin-a-Palooza. He is a fan of WordPress first and foremost. He is currently the lead organizer of the Las Vegas WordPress Meetup Group & WordCamp Las Vegas. He is an admin of the Advanced WordPress Facebook group.

Christopher Tuttle

I have been teaching WordPress for the last 3 years and I currently run a premium WordPress consulting team called WP-Live for Mojo Marketplace. I love helping people and small business get a start on something they didn’t think they could do on their own.

Matt Cromwell

Matt is Head of Support and Community Outreach at and He is the author of several popular free plugins, the Lead Organizer of the Advanced WordPress San Diego Meetup and AWP Facebook group (which boasts over 25K members) and a WordPress Community Consultant for Media Temple. He’s a popular blogger at his personal site (,,, and

Lucy Beer

Manchester-raised, now based in Los Angeles, I’ve been using WordPress since 2004. I started using it for my own personal projects and in 2009 started to teach others how to use it. Since then I’ve been training people in the ways of WordPress. For the past year I have been working as a Customer Happiness Rocketeer with WP Rocket – the premium caching plugin.

Christina Hills

Christina Hills, the creator of the Website Creation Workshop , has been passionately teaching non-techie small business owners, authors, experts, coaches and consultants, how to easily create their websites in WordPress so that they can get their message out to the world. She has been running this WordPress training program to an international audience for the past 9 years. She loves to teach WordPress as a creative way to get clarity on your business, your marketing, and your message. Christina is also an 11-year online marketing veteran, often seen at events as an expert speaker teaching on a variety of topics such as email marketing, membership sites, and ecommerce marketing, all with a focus on WordPress. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Christina Hills worked as a digital artist for the network promotions division of NBC-TV, and then as a senior technical director in the Feature Film Division at George Lucas Industrial Light & Magic with film credits for Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and ET the re-release. While her skills and background are unquestionably “technical” her style is completely “user friendly” and marketing-oriented. She puts the fun into teaching technology and empowers business owners to be in full control of their marketing and online presence. Come find her and ask her anything about WordPress, or about Spirituality and God (her other passion!) She lives near the beach in San Diego, California with her husband and daughter.

Nathan Weller

Nathan B. Weller is the Content Manager for Elegant Themes, creators of the Divi WordPress Theme. It is Nathan’s responsibility to set and execute Elegant Themes’ content strategy. To that end he edits the blog and manages a remote staff of freelance writers. He also manages Elegant Themes’ social channels, populates them with content, and does his best to find meaningful ways of engaging with the community–such as creating and hosting their new podcast, Divi Nation.

Announcing Development Track Speakers

The WordCamp San Diego organizing team is pleased to announce a fantastic lineup of speakers for this year’s development track.

Josh Cummings

Josh Cummings is a part-time rapper and full-time developer with a passion for UX and responsive web design. Well-versed in JavaScript, PHP, Sass, and other web technologies, Josh has written code for companies like Nutanix, Signal Sciences, Nuvasive, Razer, and the Center for Surf Research. Josh is an advocate for lifelong learning, a speaker, and a volunteer at where he molds the young minds of future generations, teaching students how to code.

Roy Sivan

I have been using WordPress since the early days. Nowadays I’m a senior software developer that specializes in WordPress at Disney. I’m also socially awkward, but love when people say hi to me.

Scott Buscemi

Scott Buscemi is the Co-Founder and CCO at Lumen Foundry, a marketing and development agency focused on eCommerce located in Los Angeles. As a Phoenix native who recently moved to LA, Scott can be found be found hiking and attending acting classes.

Maura Teal

Maura is a web developer at, working on both theme and plugin development for the Time Inc owned network that serves over a million page views daily. Ever since her first WordCamp she’s been an active part of the WordPress community as a WordCamp Phoenix organizer, speaker, and meme advocate.

Dwayne McDaniel

I have been working in tech and open source sales since 2005. I knew as soon as I started working with Java middleware developers I never wanted to work outside of open source ever again. I first started building in Drupal and WordPress when I needed to build projects for the San Francisco Improv scene. I fell in the love the community of developers and then found my position at Pantheon at the end of 2013. As a Community and Agency Success Manager I have had the privilege of presenting at MidCamp (Drupal), Twin Cities DrupalCamp, DrupalCamp Colorado, WordCamp Milwaukee, WordCamp Baltimore as well as leading BOFs at several other events. Outside of tech I love producing and performing improv theater. I also love comic books and karaoke!!!

Derek Springer

Derek Springer is a San Diego based Code Wrangler at Automattic, a beer blogger, and the developer of the BeerXML Shortcode plugin. In a previous life Derek spent nearly 10 years developing software in the Aerospace industry.

Richard Sherman

Rich has spent more than 15 years pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on the web. A partner and Grizzly’s Technical Director, he’s helped brands like SDSU, UCSD, Nutanix, CAKE Marketing, and Modernist Cuisine uncover new and innovative ways to connect with the people and markets they serve.

Jason Cosper

Jason Cosper is currently employed as the Developer Advocate for WP Engine. Honestly, that’s just a fancy way of saying “I get paid to chat with people about WordPress.” Nice work if you can get it. Jason spends a ton of time with his wife Sarah and two chihuahuas, Rowdy & Gomez. They watch a lot of bad TV, scary movies and premium cable programming. He also enjoys hanging out in musty record stores, drinking whiskey, smoking meats, and sampling craft beers.

Burak Dogan

I am an engineer with more than 10 years of hands on experience and I provide tailored solutions to agencies and my own clients. My daily routine is mostly troubleshooting WordPress problems and solving problems with custom built plugins or efficient workarounds as well as building custom templates and database structure for new clients.

Drew Wilde

Albeit strange, my name is James but I go by Drew. I grew up in California, North of San Francisco in Sonoma County and am I’m a diehard Bay Area sports fan. I’ve fancied myself a runner, cyclist and tennis player in the past but I fear my peak is behind me. My other hobbies are mostly reading, film and theatre. I earned a bachelor of arts degree in english and a masters degree in business administration. I’m passionate about agile project management and am working to become a project management professional. I’m married to a wonderful wife and were glad to have our first child join the family earlier this year.

Nathan Reimnitz

Nathan is a certified expert WordPress developer working for,, LinkedIn ProFinder, and GoDaddy Pro. He’s a full-time freelancer and wants to help you make your transition from full-time employee to full-time freelancer as well.

David Ryan

I’m an interdisciplinary developer with a background in journalism and data visualization. I currently build products for FanSided at Time Inc. where I work on front-end experiences, WordPress at-scale and APIs.

Natalie MacLees

Natalie MacLees is a front-end web developer and UI designer and is founder + principal of the interactive agency, Purple Pen Productions. She is the author of jQuery for Designers, now in its second edition. She was the lead organizer for WordCamp Los Angeles 2014 and 2013. She founded Website Weekend LA, a 48-hour hackathon matching web professionals with nonprofits in need to websites. She’s also the founder and chapter leader of the Los Angeles chapter of Girl Develop It, bringing affordable and accessible coding classes to the community. Along with Nathan Tyler, she created the Draw Attention WordPress plugin for creating interactive images. She makes her online home at

Second Round of Tickets Go On Sale Tonight at 6pm!

Wow! That first round went quickly. If you didn’t get your ticket, don’t worry we have good news! The second round of tickets go on sale tonight at 6pm PST. We will be releasing more tickets to this year’s event to be held at Thomas Jefferson School of Law on March 25-26, 2017. We’re assembling an excellent list of top notch speakers and a great lineup of tracks and sessions for WordPress users of all skill levels.

Be sure to schedule your reminders and tell your friends. See you in March.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow!

Tickets for WordCamp San Diego 2017, to be held at Thomas Jefferson School of Law on March 25 & 26, officially go on sale tomorrow at 10 am PST. We have assembled an excellent list of top notch speakers (to be announced soon) with a great lineup of tracks and sessions for WordPress users of all skill levels.

So be sure to schedule your reminders and tell your friends because in the past the tickets have gone quickly. See you here in March!

Call for Volunteers


Become a volunteer at WordCamp San Diego 2017!

Volunteers are a huge part of what makes WordCamps awesome. It’s a great way to give back to the WordPress community and also to get involved!

Benefits of being a volunteer include:

  • Being an essential part of the running of a successful WordCamp
  • Have the opportunity to meet speakers from all over the world
  • Helping to support the local WordPress community
  • Meet WordPress users and professionals from Southern California and beyond!
  • Great way to make new contacts and meet others excited about WordPress

Tasks that you may find yourself doing include:

  • Helping with registration – name badges, t-shirts
  • Handing out swag
  • Helping out at lunch time
  • Helping speakers with anything they need
  • Helping with microphones during Q&A sessions
  • Giving directions!
  • Supporting the Help Desk/Happiness Bar

Please note, it is likely you will NOT be able to attend any speaker sessions (unless supporting speakers) or workshops on Saturday or Sunday. Please don’t apply if you simply wish to attend the WordCamp as an attendee, thanks!

Call for Sponsors

call for sponsors

Last year, WordCamp San Diego hosted nearly 500 attendees. Sponsor support for WordCamp San Diego enables attendees to experience the event for a low cost. Being a sponsor gives you a unique opportunity to invest in the San Diego WordPress community. Letting members of our community know you support them will earn you their goodwill and provide great exposure for your brand.

WordPress has a unique community of smart, kind, and open people. The attendees are made up of web-savvy professionals who work in design, publishing, music, art, technology, education, healthcare, financial services, government… you name it! Many come from San Diego, but the event also has a worldwide audience.

This is your chance to get your brand in front of some of the brightest people in technology and help make WordCamp San Diego 2017 a success.

We have all benefited from using WordPress; now is the perfect time to give something back. We’ve created sponsorship levels to fit every budget from the multinational corporations of  to small local businesses to independent freelancers building WordPress themes for a living. Even if you are a small agency, restaurant, magazine, or an individual wanting to give back because you know that WordPress has helped you and your business, we have a support level for you.

If you would like to show your support for WordCamp San Diego sign up to be a sponsor!

If you have any questions about sponsoring the #WCSD, please contact the organizing team.

Call for Speakers

call for speakers


By the beard of Zeus, we’re looking for speakers from the local San Diego WordPress community and abroad who can communicate clearly and articulately about the world’s favorite publishing platform. Help spread your knowledge about WordPress, make new friends, stay classy, and enjoy the weather. Dates for this year’s camp are March 25-26th, 2017 and it will be held at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

Since we want to show off the local San Diego WordPress talent, preference will be given to local speakers who have not yet had a chance to present at a WordCamp. To those outside of San Diego, don’t let this discourage you! Each submission will be thoroughly read and discussed with the entire #WCSD organizing team.

Submit Your Presentation