Board of Directors

Kim Crayton, Chair

Kim is a CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer), a business strategist, and founder of the #causeascene movement, business coach, a proud multipotentialite and advocate for diversity, inclusion, and safe spaces in tech. She has years of experience working with learners of all ages, skill levels, and abilities and is now using her knowledge to develop technical people, ideas, organizations, and communities. She is known for her skills as a problem solver and strategy developer.

She/her – based in Atlanta, GA

Natasha Callender, Vice-Chair

Natasha is a Biomedical Engineer by training but a Technologist by inclination. She believes that technology has the ability to make a positive impact on the way we work, live and play but only if we start with the people first. In her professional career, Natasha has been a researcher, application developer, web developer, IT consultant, management analyst, and solutions engineer. The intersection of those pursuits has always been to explore the ways that the application of technology can transform the lives of people.

She/her – based in Washington DC

Maggie Fernandes, Secretary

Maggie is a Software Developer at MacGregor Partners. After 10 years in the retail industry, she decided to make a career change into tech. Based on her journey back to school and starting over in a new industry, she has become passionate about creating safe spaces for others who are looking to make the same transition.

She/her – based in Milwaukee, WI

Marisa Catalina Casey, Treasurer

Marisa is a social entrepreneur and storyteller using her nonprofit management and creative skills to support diverse mission-based organizations. Marisa founded and led the NPO Starting Artists and served in the Peace Corps helping to commercialize micro-enterprises. She leads marketing and communications for the UMass Amherst College of Education and has previously supported human rights, international development, and women’s rights organizations. She is the former Director of Marketing for Girl Develop It.

She/her – based in Amherst, MA

Becky Blank

Becky is a technical strategist and product manager currently putting her love of details and organization to work as the Director of Technical Operations for Ample. She has a passion for inclusion and gender equity in tech, which she applied during her five year tenure as leader of the Cincinnati chapter of Girl Develop It. Becky has also previously volunteered on the executive leadership team of Southwest Ohio HOBY.

She/her – based in Cincinnati, OH