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

Barbe Rodriguez

Director, Partnership Outreach - Cybersecurity and Operations
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Chloe Potsklan MSC, CISSP

Cybersecurity Instructor

Stephanie Grimshaw

Director of Operations
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Jonathan Whitehurst

Director, Data Analytics + Python Program

Anthony Ingargiola

Cybersecurity Instructor

Justin Treadwell

Director of New Programming
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Delfino Farfan

Full Stack Teacher's Assistant

Michael Webb

Full Stack Instructor

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!

Barbe joins the Savvy Team after having retired from a successful first career in Massage Therapy and transitioning to a career in Human Resources. She most recently facilitated hiring, benefits, and compliance for 12 restaurants and 450 employees.

Barbe has a passion for coaching/teaching and is excited to assist graduates of the Savvy Coders bootcamps in finding their employers of choice, while helping them navigate next steps for a rewarding career in IT.


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.

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.

Jonathan joins the Savvy Coders team as a graduate of our Data Analytics + Python boot camp.  A Naval Officer of nearly 20 years, Jonathan was one of our first VET TEC funded students, and can fully appreciate the challenges of transitioning from a career of military service into the civilian workforce.  As the Data Analytics + Python Program Director, Jonathan enjoys partnering with our students as they pursue new and challenging professional goals, encouraging them along the way.

Traveling since infancy in a military family, then again throughout his own military career, he now calls Vermont home, where tapping maple trees, skiing and hiking with his family occupy much of his free time.

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.

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.

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!