Meet the Team

  • Jeff Malek

    Jeff Malek

    CEO & President

    At Code Fellows, I: do everything I can to help our amazing instruction and support team deliver the highest quality training on the market, toward our mission to help people change their lives.

    Students can talk to me about: why we'd like you to stay involved with Code Fellows after you've started your new dream job in tech.

  • Tara Helene

    Tara Helene

    Sr. Director of Finance

    At Code Fellows, I: get the privilege of working beside and with an amazing team dedicated to changing our students' lives and adding dimension and diversity to the tech world.

    Students can talk to me about: my dog, Bird! She's therapy for all of us. And cool app prospects—I always love talking about what the next cool app will do for all of us!

  • Mitchell Robertson

    Mitchell Robertson

    VP of Sales & Marketing

    At Code Fellows, I: get the privilege of leading some of the best and brightest individuals who are tasked with growing our customer and partner experience to train up the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators, software engineers, and leaders who will shape our future.

    Students can talk to me about: denim, whiskey, wine, and food.

  • Brook Riggio

    Brook Riggio

    VP of Education

    At Code Fellows, I: support the instructor team in creating an outstanding learning environment.

    Students can talk to me about: why I think diversifying the tech industry matters; freelance consulting; working as a parent of young children; Ruby on Rails; magic tricks that can be performed anywhere; that time I flew in a Pakistani army chopper.

  • Lindy Levinson

    Lindy Levinson

    Director of Admissions

    At Code Fellows, I: lead our awesome Admissions team.

    Students can talk to me about: admissions, financing and scholarships (I'm also happy to chat about yoga or running!).

  • Sarah Fischer

    Sarah Fischer

    Content & UX Designer

    At Code Fellows, I: wear the hats of content strategist, copywriter, designer, website manager, and more.

    Students can talk to me about: online branding, careers in tech that go beyond software development, and anything related to DIY projects.

  • Scott Schmidt

    Scott Schmidt

    Lead Instructor

    At Code Fellows, I: upport students through their transition toward becoming full-fledged software developers. In addition to teaching technical skills, I enjoy coaching students in non-technical areas that will support them as they grow and develop into even more amazing people!

    Students can talk to me about: sci-fi/fantasy, hiking, camping, traveling, the best new tech toys, and almost anything geeky!

  • Sam Hamm

    Sam Hamm

    Lead Instructor

    At Code Fellows, I: teach introductory and intermediate courses (Code 201 and Code 301).

    Students can talk to me about: my personal experience with making a career transition.

  • Brian Nations

    Brian Nations

    Principal Instructor

    At Code Fellows, I: teach the full stack software development track with an emphasis on advanced Javascript.

    Students can talk to me about: my love of skateboarding.

  • JB Tellez

    JB Tellez

    Lead Instructor

    At Code Fellows, I: journey with students into full-stack JavaScript development.

    Students can talk to me about: what makes code elegant. How Promises are like ordering a burger and fries.

  • Teri Pfeffer

    Teri Pfeffer

    Military Program Manager

    At Code Fellows, I: work with Military Veterans and Spouses to get them access to the best software development training in the Pacific Northwest.

    Students can talk to me about: advancing opportunities for military spouses and women in tech, finding new and interesting tech career fields, and my passion for sports—especially hockey, Sounders FC, and cycling.

  • Rachel Burke

    Rachel Burke

    Campus Director

    At Code Fellows, I: thoroughly enjoy inspiring and encouraging our students as they take the plunge.

    Students can talk to me about: Enneagram, work-life balance, food, obscure music, and please help me decide where to build my little cabin in the woods!

  • Karinne Breidenbach

    Karinne Breidenbach

    Strategic Partnerships Manager

    At Code Fellows, I: help companies across the US bring tech education to their communities.

    Students can talk to me about: all of our great Powered by Code Fellows schools, my cats, and attempting to try every happy hour in Seattle.

  • John Cokos

    John Cokos

    Lead Instructor

    At Code Fellows, I: help students learn how to succeed in the industry. I focus on code skills, scalable thought, fearlessness, usability/UX and tech psychology.

    Students can talk to me about: interviewing, baseball, politics, raising kids and the benefits of loud, fast music.

  • Mr. Darcy

    Mr. Darcy

    Office Dog

    At Code Fellows, I: greet all the people.

    Students can talk to me about: my abundant bow-tie collection.

  • Demi Dog

    Demi Dog

    Office Dog

    At Code Fellows, I: intuitively provide love and encouragement for those who need it.

    Students can talk to me about: anything! I love it when people talk to me and pet me! Everything is my favorite!

  • Mindy Yalowitz

    Mindy Yalowitz

    Admissions Advisor

    At Code Fellows, I: work with prospective students who are brand new to our school.

    Students can talk to me about: anything pertaining to admissions for our courses, upcoming workshops, or weekends spent roaming the PNW in a camper van.

  • Amanda Iverson

    Amanda Iverson

    Lead Instructor

    At Code Fellows, I: instruct students at the 401 level in ASP.NET with an emphasis on the C# language.

    Students can talk to me about: learning more about the latest Microsoft stack and how to kick start a career in .NET web development!

  • Alex Reid

    Alex Reid

    Operations Manager

    At Code Fellows, I: do whatever Jeff tells me to do. Hire and train the best Teaching Assistants in the world. Fix broken things. Think up ways to break things and then make sure that doesn’t happen.

    Students can talk to me about: woodworking projects. Bushcraft. Surfing and fishing. Nutrition. What it’s like to be a Scotsman in the new world.

  • Dansen Detrick

    Dansen Detrick

    Campus & Events Coordinator

    At Code Fellows, I: help coordinate onsite and offsite events for Code Fellows students, alumni and the Seattle tech community. I also make sure there's coffee on campus. Lots and lots of coffee...

    Students can talk to me about: the Beatles, 1970's fashion, my ongoing list of Seattle restaurants and bars to go to, and The Office (US Version).

  • Michelle Ferreirae

    Michelle Ferreirae

    Lead Instructor

    At Code Fellows, I: ponder prototypes, contemplate CSS, respond to requests, and eliminate errors.

    Students can talk to me about: hiking, board games, puzzles, and getting married at a summer camp.

  • Allie Grampa

    Allie Grampa

    Lead Instructor

    At Code Fellows, I: teach the introductory (Code 201) and intermediate (Code 301) JavasScript courses.

    Students can talk to me about: my two Westies, my obsession with cooking, baking, and eating food, and Ohio. And of course, code.

  • Vinicio Sánchez

    Vinicio Sánchez

    Lead Instructor

    At Code Fellows, I: teach software development with a strong emphasis on best practices and interview skills.

    Students can talk to me about: video game development, novels, anime/manga, and being a minority in the tech industry.

  • Jubilee Whaley

    Jubilee Whaley

    Admissions Coordinator

    At Code Fellows, I: assist prospective students with the application and enrollment process!

    Students can talk to me about: anything pertaining to admissions for our courses, upcoming workshops, or cool karaoke spots!

  • Bird

    Bird

    Office Dog

    At Code Fellows, I: hang out with my mom, take naps, and patrol the grounds.

    Students can talk to me about: someone please explain to me the purpose of semicolons. Don't they seem unnecessary... Thoughts?

  • Stephanie Lingwood

    Stephanie Lingwood

    Lead Instructor

    At Code Fellows, I: help students discover the power of code.

    Students can talk to me about: Antarctica. Jazz hands. My cats.

  • Elizabeth Scutchfield

    Elizabeth Scutchfield

    Director of Partner Relations

    At Code Fellows, I: am charged with developing and managing relationships with our hiring partners, with an emphasis on supporting contributions to our diversity scholarship fund.

    Students can talk to me about: my recent move from the number one bachelorette destination in the United States: Nashville, Tennessee, where you can find the top notch \"hot chicken\" and tough competition with Seattle for the best coffee shop scene.

  • Sheila Voon

    Sheila Voon

    Accounting Manager

    At Code Fellows, I: help keep finance running smoothly.

    Students can talk to me about: food, travels, or adventures. Also, I'm happy to answer any finance related questions.