Announcing WCSD 2016 Plugin Track Speakers


WordCamp San Diego 2016 Plugin Track Speakers

This year we’ve added a plugin track with some awesome speakers who will be presenting on topics that are for everyone. From how to pick a plugin to how to make the best use of the most popular ones. We have a great overview on WooCommerce and Custom Fields. If you’re a developer, we have a talk on best plugin practices. Don’t see a topic that is to your liking? No worries, we’ve go that cover, too with an open discussion on anything and everything about plugins. Take a look at our speaker line up and come see them present.

Andrew Behla


Andrew’s degree in Philosophy and Business from Trinity University has given him the know-how both to run a successful Los Angeles graphic design business and to cultivate meaningful relationships with his customers. His experiences as a teacher come out in everything he does as Andrew is always thrilled to pass along his expertise to both clients and his team.

The team at Behla Design, Graphic Design & Web Development, is dedicated to creating visual experiences that effectively tell our clients’ stories while engaging, exciting, and enticing their customers. Our firm consists of top web design, web development, WordPress, search engine optimization (SEO), and copywriting professionals and our founder, Andrew Behla, who has worked in the graphic, print and web design industry for over twenty years.

At Behla Design, we are committed to cultivating long-lasting and meaningful relationships with our clients. From providing continual support throughout every aspect of clients’ projects, to ensuring clients’ visions are brought to life with meaningful, user-intuitive design, our team will do all that we can to ensure our clients’ satisfaction.

Brian Bourn


Brian Bourn is the managing partner at Bourn Creative, a full service design & web development agency in Sacramento, CA which recently celebrated 10 years in business. As a front-end developer, he has been working with WordPress since 2009 and has created over 100 custom WordPress sites.

Bourn Creative is a big believer in giving back and supporting the WordPress project and community. As such, Brian is one of the lead organizers for WordCamp Sacramento and the lead organizer for the monthly Sacramento WordPress Meetup.

Sam Hotchkiss


Sam has been developing sites with WordPress for over years. He built and ran an agency, then built a plugin business around BruteProtect, a security plugin which was acquired by Automattic in August of 2014. Sam now leads the Jetpack development team, working on the Jetpack plugin in use on millions of WordPress sites across the internet. In his spare time Sam travels all over the world taking photos with his wife, Becky.  Sometimes they do it in style in their 1989 VW van, bringing their 3 dogs along for the adventure.  He tries to post photos regularly on, but sometimes he forgets because he’s too busy writing about himself in the third person.

Kyle Maurer

Kyle-MaurerKyle is the co-founder of a Jackson, Michigan based firm called Real Big Marketing which specializes in using WordPress to solve complicated problems for businesses. He is also the author of and a contributor to dozens of WordPress plugins, is the co-organizer of the Jackson WP meetup, is a co-organizer of WordCamp Ann Arbor, plays in a band and is an aspiring beer snob.

Carolyn Sonnek

carolyn-sonnekCarolyn has been an avid user of WordPress since 2005. She also makes a mean tater tot hotdish. These two things are not related. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, she now lives in the Portland, OR area. She works as a Happiness Rocketeer for Automattic, the company that makes and plugins such as Jetpack, Akismet, and VaultPress.

Verious B. Smith III


Verious Smith the Creative Director of Philoveracity Design, a firm that specializes in Brand Development with work that spans the scope of strategic planning to custom branded campaigns & clients that have included local & national start-ups to medium sized corporations.

He is a BFA VisCom Graduate and has a thorough command of Conceptual Communication with a myriad of mediums.

His current career focus is to build important new relationships while nurturing current connections by properly stewarding my God given time & talents.

Scott Stewart


Scott Stewart is a WordPress developer. He has developed websites for small businesses, writers, artists, and corporations using WordPress. In the process of building those websites, he has pushed forms and form plugins to the limits. He has built two digital clinical trials from scratch, utilizing the power of Gravity Forms.

When he’s not building websites, Scott is probably writing and reading and sipping some coffee in his and his wife’s small casita near downtown San Diego. He is writing a children’s book about an Exclamation Point. They have a dachshund named Parker after Dorothy Parker, the literary wit of the 1930s.

Scott hails from a small town in Oregon. He went to college at the University of Oregon. He has explored Eastern Europe in the Peace Corps and finally settled down in San Diego after a very cold stint in Massachusetts. San Diego intrigues him because there are so many transplanted people here from all over the world. Also, sun is a great and glorious thing.

Random facts about Scott: His favorite animal is the ring-tailed lemur. He played guitar on the streets of Istanbul one spring. He enjoys playing Scrabble, like a lot.

Pippin Williamson

pippin-williamsonPippin Williamson is a WordPress plugin developer from Hutchinson, KS. He runs and is the founder and lead developer of Restrict Content Pro, Easy Digital Downloads, AffiliateWP and many more WordPress plugins. Beyond WordPress, Pippin has a love for sour beer, home brewing, and is an avid cyclist.

Announcing WCSD 2016 Design Track Speakers


WordCamp San Diego 2016 Design Track Speakers

We’ve got a great lineup for this year’s design track, featuring some of the top local and national names in the WordPress community:

Mary Baum

This spring Mary Baum is launching RacquetPress a builder of Genesis child themes, full sites and bespoke branding solutions for the tennis industry.Current clients include several tennis pros, two clubs, a regional retailer and a national distributor of ball machines, stringing machines and other court technology. A veteran creative and degreed designer years before the web was born, she’s also built solutions for clients in industries from automotive to technology and ranging in size from the Fortune 500 to the guy who still cuts her husband’s hair.

When the web came along, Mary fell in love. She got a deal on GoLive, started laying out pages and never thought she’d be writing code to build sites. Then came 2007. That year Adobe pulled GoLive from the Creative Suite and shipped Dreamweaver instead. And while lots of folks still think of Dreamweaver as a wysiwyg package, it in fact had become a full-bore IDE. For Mary, it was a wakeup call – time to start learning to write real CSS and html. At the tender age of 47. In 2010, it became equally obvious that it was time to learn WordPress. So she did, and found the WordPress community.

Mary has been on the organizing team for WordCamp St. Louis since they started in 2011. She speaks several times a year on design and development at WordCamps around the country. She’s also launching the Antelope Valley (California) WordPress Meetup. Mary’s husband, Dick Moomaw, works with fighter planes for Boeing. They have two grown children and a variable number of cats.

Sarah Benoit

sarah-benoitLiving in the mountains of North Carolina for 16 years, Sarah Benoit is Director of Training at JB Media Group, LLC and the Founder and Lead Instructor of the JB Media Institute, an Internet marketing school based in Asheville. She is owner of a small business web design firm – Creative Original, Inc. and she teaches continuing education classes at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Since 2006 Sarah has been teaching classes, leading workshops, and speaking at conferences about SEO, social media marketing, public relations, online advertising, WordPress, personal branding, usability, Internet marketing strategy, website tracking, and more. In addition to her entrepreneurial pursuits, Sarah’s passions include latin dancing, astrology, film, history, and environmentalism.

Nile Flores

nile-floresNile Flores is a long time WordPress designer and Developer. While she grew up a military brat, she’s settled in the St. Louis metro east region. Nile blogs at, where she covers topics on WordPress, Blogging, SEO, Social Media, and Web Design.

She also loves contributing to WordPress, and that includes speaking at WordCamps across the United States. She loves helping people and supporting Open Source projects.

In other news, Nile is a proud support member at Team Yoast. She also runs a 8,000 member Facebook Group dedicated to helping WordPressers, called All About WordPress. Nile is also the 2014 and 2015 Community Choice Winner at the Small Business Influencer Awards, hosted by Small Business Trends. When Nile isn’t knee deep in coding and design, or traditional Okinawan karate, she’s spending time with her son, who is also a WordPress user.

Lisa Ghisolf

lisa-ghisolfLisa Ghisolf is Gizmo Creative Factory, with 18+ years in print, web & email design, and 13 years in business. She’s worked with big and small agencies alike, creating print work and websites for Kraft, Clear Channel, Allstate & many corporations & organizations. Instead of just putting out fires, she’s now building robust WordPress sites and training clients on website management.

Kevin Koehler

kevin-koehlerKevin is a Community Guardian for Automattic. He helps defend bloggers from bogus legal threats, and works to make the web safer, freer, and open for all. In past lives, he could be found at the Sunlight Foundation or as one cofounder of CoPress. He currently resides in Washington, DC, and would like to hear your best BBQ recipe.

Deena Mayne

deena-mayneDeena Mayne grew up in a small surf beach town along San Diego’s north coast. She began her art career at the rip ‘ole age of 10, as a layout artist for her father who was an advertising executive. By 17, she was creating t-shirt designs for local surf shops. Shortly after, Deena began creating logos and other branding items local businesses. She has worked as an editorial illustrator, creative concept developer, patent illustrator, and all around graphic designer. In the mid-90’s Deena began designing websites. In 2005, she created her first WordPress site. She immediately feel in love with WP, migrated all her clients to WP sites, and created Freebird Media which designs, develops and maintains WordPress content management based websites. Deena attended her first WordCamp in San Francisco in 2007 with just a small handful of other WordPress enthusiasts from around the world. “It has been an amazing 12 years! I have enjoyed watching both the WordPress community and the software develop over the years.”

Adam Silver

adam-silverAdam teaches a WP101 course at the local adult school, presents a monthly WordPress seminar at SBDC, runs the SouthBay WordPress Meetup and produces a weekly podcast over at In spare time he hangs out with his wickedly cool 3 kids & wife, and makes some really bad puns, since someone has to.

Mark Uraine

mark-uraineMark works at Automattic as a designer on core and He enjoys researching the philosophical and cultural differences between eastern and western thought and how it drives people’s decisions in life, and then applying that to his own decisions in design. When he’s not building solutions, he’s exploring life with his wife and three kids. He loves anything related to health and nutrition, and created an iOS app called Eat Your Greens encouraging healthier food choices. You can find him on Twitter @mapk.