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Andy Crofford started designing websites over 10 years ago and started using WordPress in 2006. He has designed and developed a couple of themes but mainly likes managing WordPress sites for others. Currently he runs Mobile Orchard, TechKing, and most recently the ThemeFuse blog in addtion to his own iOS app review site AppTa.co. You can often find him trying to come up with innovative uses for WordPress.
Angela Belford is known as the Marketing Maven for a reason—her wit, expertise and charm make an excellent match for figuring out just what clients need and developing a plan to accomplish those goals. Angela co-owns The Belford Group with husband, Barry, and the two have three children. She’s a graduate of both the University of Arkansas (Marketing Management) and Full Sail University (Master’s Internet Marketing). She brings to WordCamp Fayetteville her knowledge of analytics and just how they should be used to measure … and create success for any blog or business WordPress site. Angela is also in the midst of launching her speaking career, which allows her to share her ideas and expertise with a wide variety of groups.
Angie Albright spent many years teaching college English before moving into nonprofit management three years ago as the Executive Director of the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter. She is a long-time tech geek wannabe, avid blogger, and is probably addicted to Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress. She is very active in the NWA community and is raising one teenage son who is pretty tech savvy himself.
Bret Schulte is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Arkansas teaching reporting, writing, and multimedia storytelling. He’s used WordPress for two years, requiring students to use WordPress blogs for online publishing. Schulte and UA art professor Tom Hapgood developed the online magazine Arkansas Angle, a student-produced multimedia news source powered by WordPress.
Schulte was a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, The Washington Post, and U.S. News & World Report. He now freelances for such magazines as American Journalism Review and Columbia Journalism Review. He joined the University of Arkansas in 2008.
Collin is a professional web developer with over 15 years of experience. He has also worked in the retail analysis field as a business analyst for 3M and Tyson Foods. Additionally, he also been a director of retail strategy for Collective Bias, and a digital strategist at Saatchi X. Collin combines a thorough knowledge of the technical aspects of creating and programming websites with his business experience to apply the right piece of programming on Blue Zoo Websites to enable you to concentrate on your business and not on the technology. For the past two years, Collin has focused on Social Media, locations based services, and digital advertising strategies and has presented to many businesses, at the U of A, and smaller organizations.
Cotton Rohrscheib has been active in the web development community for over a decade and been involved in a wide range of projects for clients ranging from Small Business, Non-Profit, Fortune 500, and Celebrities. In addition to his role as lead developer on hundreds of projects, he has also produced several startups of his own over the years, including The Protein Store, an e-commerce portal specializing in niche low-carbohydrate / high protein food products, a personal venture that he would sell only a few years after its conception. In 2002, he acquired Webworks, an established hosting provider. This acquisition introduced him to Web Hosting, an industry he is still very involved in today. Rohrscheib’s unique experiences, as both a developer and entrepreneur, have provided him with a unique and valuable perspective on the industry.
Eric’s 25 year career in marketing, advertising, and graphic design for small businesses, a Fortune 100 company, and international organizations brings the visual aspect to Blue Zoo Creative. “Graphic Design is not art, but uses art and imagery to elicit a specific response from people. Whether it’s to buy a car, use your service, or join a cause, graphic design has measurable results when done correctly,” he says. His belief is that you can use the latest trends to look good and still create effective marketing with tried and true techniques.
Eric has lived in Northwest Arkansas since 1990 except for a short 5 year stint in Paris (Arkansas). He was a co-founder of Vulcan Creative Labs, the Northwest Arkansas Art Directors Club, and helped manage the Fayetteville Film Fest and Eureka Springs Digital Film Fest. Eric is also, currently, a part-time instructor and board member for the New Design School in Fayetteville, Arkansas helping train the next generation of graphic designers.
A native of South Dakota, Jody Dilday was “transplanted” to the South to attend the University of Arkansas and has called Fayetteville home ever since. She’s spent her professional career raising awareness and support for non-profit organizations in Northwest Arkansas. Currently she serves as the Executive Director of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas, where she uses WordPress to engage supporters in the mission of the organization. When she’s not asking for your contribution, you’ll find her wearing one of many volunteer hats and/or carpooling teenagers.
Johnathon Williams is the owner and operator of Odd Jar, a design & development shop that specializes in hand-crafted WordPress sites. A resident of Fayetteville, he ships code for clients all over the world.
Jon Schleuss is the online editor at NWA Media (aka Northwest Arkansas Newspapers) based in Fayetteville, Ark.
Originally from Little Rock, he has been in Fayetteville for three years working with various media including radio, newspapers and online media. He develops WordPress themes for company blogs and advertorial sites. He is enrolled at the University of Arkansas expecting to graduate in 2012.
Justin is a front-end developer for iThemes out of Oklahoma City.
He is a native of Oklahoma – born there and lived there all his life. He is currently attending the University of Central Oklahoma and will graduate next year with a degree in marketing. He recently married JuYoung Kopepasah, a beautiful fitness instructor from South Korea. (They met at a local Salsa dance studio.)
Keith Crawford is a believer in the power of networks. He’s been a Network Engineer for over a decade, specializing in network infrastructure and security. Four years ago he discovered the revolutionary power of social networks to connect people and communicate ideas, and he’s been an evangelist ever since. He has a passion for creating communities through these networks, as well as helping churches and non-profits utilize this medium to change the world around us.
Keith blogs about social media and technology at KnowtheNetwork.com and has recently founded the faith-focused tech consulting firm WiredWitness.com. He is an organizer of Little Rock Tweetup, an interactive media consultant, and serves on advisory boards for several non-profits. On the occasions Keith isn’t at the keyboard, you’ll find him serving in his local church or spoiling his baby girl. He lives in Central Arkansas with his wife and daughter.
Lela Davidson is the author of Blacklisted from the PTA (Jupiter Press, imprint of Wyatt-MacKenzie, 2011). Her writing is featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms. She is the Managing Editor of ParentingSquad.com and the Parenting Columnist on HubPages.com. She is the Associate Editor of Peekaboo magazine, and represents the publication in the Parenting U segment on CBS affiliate KFSM Wake Up With 5News. Lela’s writing is featured regularly in family and parenting magazines throughout the United States and Canada. She is also a popular speaker and teacher of diverse topics including family relationships, writing, and social media.
Mitch Canter is a WordPress designer living in Franklin, TN (that’s near Nashville!). Labeled as the “Chief Creative Mercenary”, he loves taking WordPress to new heights by creating websites that are both visually stimulating and functional to the last detail. His client list includes some of the superstars of the marketing and social media world, as well as bloggers and businesses from coast to coast and beyond.
I was born and raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where my parents, sisters and I all attended the University of Arkansas. I started off majoring in English and Creative Writing, but never got to write that great American novel. After a few years hiatus, I began studying the art and language of web design. I love to write still, and I am a fierce bibliophile.
Shelley has served as conference co-chair for the HighEdWeb Arkansas regional conference for the last two years and on the program committee for the national HighEdWeb conference for five. She was the technical reviewer for Beginning WordPress 3.0 by Stephanie Leary, recently produced and led a HigherEd Experts webinar on WordPress in higher ed, and presented a half-day WordPress workshop in October at the national HighEdWeb conference. A full-time student, Website Coordinator for Southern Arkansas University, wife and #dogmom, Shelley inexplicably spends a lot of time procrastinating on Twitter (@sk140).
Sonia Davis Gutierrez
Sonia Davis Gutiérrez grew up in Central Arkansas and has lived in Northwest Arkansas for almost 20 years. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a bachelor of science in microbiology in 1996 and bachelor of art in graphic design in 1998. During that time she spent a year abroad in Salamanca, Spain at the Universidad de Salamanca where she studied art history and graphic design with a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. In 2000 she was accepted to the design and technology masters program at Parsons School of Design in New York, New York. She completed her studies in 2002 and a year later returned to Fayetteville, Arkansas with dreams of founding the first design school in Arkansas. By 2005 New Design Center, a center for professional development where creativity and technology intersect was established and a year later, New Design School received it’s licensure from the Arkansas State Board of Private Career Education to offer a certificate program in graphic design. In May 2009, she was appointed by the mayor to lead a creative economy citizen action group for the city of Fayetteville with the goal of growing the creative economy.
Today Davis Gutierrez practices and teaches graphic design. When she is not in front of a computer she enjoys hiking, traveling and listening to live jazz.
Tom Hapgood has been working in design since the mid-1990s after working as a newspaper and magazine photographer and page designer. While working in web design at the height of the first dot-com boom and the heady days of the early web browsers, Tom worked with clients such as Marriott, MTV, American Bankers Association, Lifetime, Nickelodeon, Water Environment Foundation and Verizon. Presently, he continues to design and code web projects (many using WordPress) and is an assistant professor in the Visual Design area of the University of Arkansas Art Department. He is also a writer for Design.org.