Our team
Dreamers, developers, Teachers: we’re a talented bunch.

Elaine Queathem

CEO, Co-Founder
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David Rodriguez

Director of Full Stack Enrollment

Matt Thomas

Curriculum Lead / Agile Instructor / Full Stack Instructor / Data Analytics Instructor

Laurie Wilson

Director of Partnership Outreach
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Chloe Potsklan MSC, CISSP

Cybersecurity Instructor

Holly Robinson

Data Anaytics Teacher's Assistant

Stephanie Grimshaw

Director of Operations

Michael Webb

Full Stack Instructor

Anthony Ingargiola

Cybersecurity Instructor

Justin Treadwell

Director of New Programming

Johan Bester

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Delfino Farfan

Full Stack Teacher's Assistant

We endeavor to give back to our communities by increasing tech talent and expanding business opportunities. We designed a comprehensive curriculum that would allow our students to expand their professional horizons in 12-20 weeks.

Questions? Reach us at 314-301-9245

Elaine has been involved with technology her entire life, but when working for a small software technology company in 2009, she became acutely aware of the shortage of qualified programming resources which were essential for a small company to grow and thrive. Now, several years later, she is in a position to begin to help people develop those important and sought after skills. That’s why she founded Savvy Coders.

David is proud to join Savvy as the Director of Full Stack Enrollment. He is deeply passionate about connecting people. If he can help, he likely will. He is also a dedicated problem solver. Every challenge is an opportunity to grow and evolve, and he embraces the challenge. His brain works in logistics and formulas. He learned a tremendous amount about Full Stack Development and the Agile/Scrum Methodology and acted as the Scrum Master for his team.  

Matt is an experienced solution-minded Senior Software Engineer currently employed at Paramount on the Paramount+ international streaming services web presence. He is dedicated to mentoring students & junior developers in development and career skills. He routinely presents talks and assists in organizing local Meetups. In his personal time, he likes to work on and build automotive, web and IoT projects.

Laurie has always had a passion for Information Technology. Starting early in her career, she worked for MasterCard International and was responsible for their Email Help Desk and Training function.

Over the years, she has built a great reputation in the St. Louis area as a Recruiter, Account Executive, and Leader. Her resume and interview preparation are quality-oriented and she works hard to ensure that everyone is as prepared as they can be for the interview, which makes her a great fit for mentoring Savvy Coder students!


Chloe is a Security Engineer at NBCUniversal focusing on security architecture for cloud environments. Prior to NBCU she worked as a Cyber Risk consultant at Deloitte in the Secure Software Enablement group focusing on application security. Outside of work, she volunteers with the 501(c)(3) non-profit Techqueria as a NYC chapter lead and interim board member.

Holly views data analytics as a vehicle for social impact and wants to use the skill set to contribute to a greater-good! In any role Holly prioritizes creating a service oriented environment. She sets a tone of practicing empathy and cultivating an open exchange of information amongst peers. Holly is currently acting as a teaching assistant for Savvy Coders’ Data Analytics Program while seeking full time employment.

STEPHANIE GRIMSHAW is the Director of Operations for SavvyCoders. She possesses over 20 years of experience within Human Resources, Career Coaching, Business Development, Technology and training – all of which helps her bring deep relationships to the table. Stephanie has also served as an Advisory Board Member for SavvyCoders, is an Instructor, Facilitator, Mentor and Guide.  She have a deep passion for helping others, truly enjoys bringing her knowledge, training and years of experience to the students to help prepare them for their new careers in technology.

Michael wants to use the skills he’s learned to build, design, and deploy applications. Whether on a team or as an individual, he will use his skills to create a positive and lasting impression. In his quest to begin his technical career, he’s attended two boot camps, LaunchCode and Savvy Coders. Most recently, at Savvy Coders, he operated in an Agile/Scrum team to code in Sprints, held daily standups, and performed Retrospectives while creating his capstone project. Once he has a good understanding of something, he can break it apart, put it back together, and move around in it – needless to say, he has strong troubleshooting skills!

Anthony is a graduate of the Savvy Coders cybersecurity boot camp.  Current software test engineer and Accenture federal services.  Life has been a long journey for me from the being a chef and starting over in the tech world.  I let my former experience with management and communication to help me build a career in the tech world.

Justin is excited to bring his more than 10 years of Startup experience to the Savvy team. His passion for connecting people and ideas has proven invaluable contributions to the companies that he has committed toward. He has been plugged in to the Saint Louis Startup Community since 2013, and is a graduate of the Focus St. Louis Future Leaders curriculum. In addition to creating and facilitating corporate training programs, both in the US and Internationally, he has strategically helped others find their place in the workforce and grow their careers. His hobbies include traveling and historic home restoration and renovation.

Johan is a graduate of of the Full Stack Development Boot Camp. He is currently a DevOps developer living and working in the bi-state metro area of St. Louis. He has been in love with technology ever since he was 5 years old when he saw a main-frame computer at his dad’s work.

Johan is a 5th generation African from mix European heritage and has worked and lived in several countries around the world. When he is not messing with computers, he’s reading, playing games, watching movies, working in his vegetable garden, and practicing stick fighting.
He likes to help people. He is motivated to help build a better, brighter, more just, and more sustainable tech future for all.
Delfino has always been fascinated by technology and realized a career in Web Development would allow him to take on a new challenge while using his foundational leadership skills. Leadership has always been important to Delfino, and he believes it’s the foundation for any successful team. This, coupled with his Full Stack Web Development skills, makes him a more well-rounded candidate for any team.