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

Elaine Queathem

CEO, Co-Founder

Matt Thomas

Advisor & Instructor
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Delfino Farfan

Full Stack Teacher's Assistant
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Spencer Dunlap

Full Stack Teacher's Assistant

Laurie Wilson

Director of Partnership Outreach

Stephanie Grimshaw

Agile Project Manager / Full Stack Instructor
Gerard Shaughnessy

Gerard Shaunessey

Full Stack Teacher's Assistant

Cameron Brantly

Full Stack Instructor

Nathaniel Hudson

Director of Recruitment and Full Stack Enrollment
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Vivek Khattri

Instructor & Agile Coach

Anthony Ingargiola

Cybersecurity Instructor
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Chloe Potsklan MSC, CISSP

Cybersecurity Instructor

Justin Treadwell

Director of New Programming

Michael Webb

Full Stack Teacher's Assistant

Johan Bester

Full Stack Teacher's Assistant

Ashley Hunter

Data Analytics + Python Instructor & Website Manager

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 out to Justin at 770-301-2937

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.

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.

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.

Spencer is a dedicated Full Stack Web Developer with a strong background in Operations and Project Management. He takes ownership and initiative while keeping an eye on the details. His adaptability enables him to connect diplomatically with people of all backgrounds and grasp new ideas quickly. Skilled in managing complex projects Spencer has a passion for learning and positively impacting others

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!

STEPHANIE GRIMSHAW is a Career Coach/Talent Acquisition professional at Neteffects. 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 with a focus on full stack web development.   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.

Gerard is an aspiring Full-Stack Developer and current full-time Photographer. His claim to fame is working for the Angel Band Project, an absolute beast of a non-profit organization, and when they spoke at the United Nations, one of his photos was used during the speech!

Cameron heard about coding in casual conversations several times.  “I decided that I should learn a little about it for the next time it came up. As it turns out, I really liked it!! I signed up for Savvy Coders shortly after that. I recently made a career change to become a web developer and enjoy my daily tasks. I’m not sure what to say my future goals are. Right now I’m enjoying learning more about this field and the opportunities that it has opened up for me.”

Nathaniel is an alumni of the 2019 Savvy Coders Full Stack Web Development Bootcamp. Upon graduation, Nathaniel joined the Savvy Coders Team as a teaching assistant until moving on to work in public health, where he served the Saint Louis area in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Now Nathaniel has returned to the Savvy Team to reignite his passion for software development by helping those in his community achieve their goals.

Vivek is passionate about sharing his knowledge, expertise, and experience that he’s gained from working in 7+ multinational companies and multiple startups. Working as a Scrum Master & Agile Coach, he has gained valuable insight into how to be an effective facilitator and coach. In addition, he has spent 100’s of hours in agile boot camps; teaching and coaching agile to aspiring Scrum Masters and Product Owners.

Anthony is a graduate of the Savvy Coders cybersecurity boot camp. He’s currently a software test engineer at Accenture Federal Services.  Life has been a long journey for him from being a chef and starting over in the tech world.  He lets his former experience with management and communication help him to build a career in the tech world.

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.

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.

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!

Johan is an alum of the June 2020 Savvy Coders Bootcamp. He is currently a freelance web 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.

Ashley is a bilingual “Jill of many Trades” that wears many hats.  She likes web development, UI/UX, and interacting with people on social media. Being a business owner, she found out how much of a niche she had for social media marketing which landed her where she is now. When she isn’t working, she’s at home spending time with her husband, dog Invidia and tending to her plants & vegetable garden. She can be reached at marketing@savvycoders.com.