Announcing the WCSD 2016 Beginner’s Bootcamp Speakers

WordCamp San Diego 2016 Begiiner's Bootcamp Speakers

WordCamp San Diego 2016 Beginner’s Bootcamp Speakers

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Matt Cromwell

Matt Cromwell is Head of Support and Community Wrangler at WordImpress. He is the Lead Organizer of the Advanced WordPress San Diego Meetup and AWP Facebook group (which boasts over 17K members). He’s a popular blogger at his personal site (,,, and Matt has a background in education and as a web developer for nonprofit organizations.

Lucy Beer

Manchester-raised, now based in Los Angeles, I’ve been using WordPress since 2004. I started using it for my own personal projects and in 2009 started to teach others how to use it. Since then I’ve been training people in the ways of WordPress. For the past year I have been working as a Customer Happiness Rocketeer with WP Rocket – the premium caching plugin.

Christina Hills

Christina Hills, the creator of the Website Creation Workshop, has been passionately teaching non-techie small business owners, authors, experts, coaches and consultants, how to easily create their websites in WordPress so that they can get their message out to the world. She has been running this WordPress training program to an international audience for the past 9 years. She loves to teach WordPress as a creative way to get clarity on your business, your marketing, and your message. Christina is also an 11-year online marketing veteran, often seen at events as an expert speaker teaching on a variety of topics such as email marketing, membership sites, and ecommerce marketing, all with a focus on WordPress. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Christina Hills worked as a digital artist for the network promotions division of NBC-TV, and then as a senior technical director in the Feature Film Division at George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic with film credits for Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and ET the re-release. While her skills and background are unquestionably “technical”, her style is completely “user friendly” and marketing-oriented. She puts the fun into teaching technology and empowers business owners to be in full control of their marketing and online presence. Come find her and ask her anything about WordPress, or about Spirituality and God (her other passion!) She lives near the beach in San Diego, California with her husband and daughter.

Announcing the WCSD 2016 Open Discussion

WordPress Open Discussion

This is an open discussion about WordPress. No speakers, no panel judges. Everyone in attendance is welcome to join in and participate in the conversation. We’ll be discussing themes and plugins, like you’ve never discussed them before.

Asking questions is part of the fun, at WordCamp. Now, you have the chance to answer someone else’s question.

This is not a session to plug your business or mention that you just opened shop. This is a session where you can become part of the WordPress community and give back to others.

Discussion will be lead by: Russell Aaron

College was the place that I first found WordPress. I moved to Eugene Oregon and attended The University of Oregon. This is where I learned how to write a blog. I learned how to manipulate the template ‚”theme” of my site. I had all these blog posts and I still did not get hired. After graduation, I moved to Las Vegas and I was selling memberships to adult websites. I was asked to build the website for the affiliate program. I turned to WordPress once again. In 2011, I attended WordCamp Vegas. I met some really cool people and my love for WordPress was recreated. Since that WordCamp I’ve focused all of my time and attention on WordPress.

Announcing the WCSD 2016 Admin Track Speakers

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WordCamp San Diego 2016 Admin Track Speakers

Greg Taylor

grtaylorMarketing Press blends business and development to create WordPress sites that succeed. We approach websites as marketers, not developers, and use a data-driven process to guide everything we do. By seeing where you are now and setting a strategy to achieve your goals, our team can help you build an effective, easy-to-manage site that improves your conversions, community, and content. Greg Taylor, Founder After working in marketing and business development for over ten years, Greg decided to pursue his passion for WordPress development and content marketing by starting his own company. Tired of seeing sites that look great but don‚Äôt achieve results, he founded Marketing Press to help business owners find the best of both worlds. In addition to leading the company, Greg has become well-known in the WordPress community as a speaker and teacher. He has presented at several conferences (including TechPHX, WordCamp LA, WordCamp Phoenix, WordCamp Sacramento and WordCamp Vegas), been featured on industry podcasts (such as BusyMarketer and Hit the Mic with Stacy Harris), and regularly appears on popular shows (like WPwatercooler and his very own Marketing Press TV). When he’s not working on code or content, Greg spends his free time enjoying life in Pacific Beach, San Diego, mentoring startups, taking in live music, or hanging out in his home state of New Jersey.

Erick Hitter

erickIt took Erick a while to figure out what he wanted to be when he grew up, which led him through a few different careers. After experiments in audio engineering and accounting, he now works on Automattic’s VIP team, serving enterprise WordPress users. Erick lives near Los Angeles, loves craft beer, and longs for enough free time to go hiking in the mountains that surround LA. He blogs at and

Evan Scheingross

evanEvan is a proud native San Diegan who loves the surf, sand, and a good fish taco even more than he loves WordPress! His first experience with WordPress dates back to 2006, and he was immediately fascinated with its power and flexibility.

For the past 9 years, Evan has run his own web design, development, and consulting business drawing on a primarily local client base. He helps individuals and businesses alike establish a successful online presence through the creation of user-focused, goal-oriented websites that are engineered to produce results. Almost all of Evan’s websites are developed using WordPress, and most of them are built as completely custom themes. Over the years he’s run into more WordPress snafus and gotchas than he would probably care to admit, and he’s happy to share them with you in hopes of sparing you a few expletives or that feeling where you want to throw your laptop off a cliff.

You can check out Evan’s work and thoughts on all things web-related at or follow him @evanwebdesign. Outside of the web world, Evan is a father to the cutest 15-month old boy in the world (though he admits he has some bias there), and a husband to a wonderful and supportive wife. He has too many interests and hobbies to list here, and too little time to pursue them.

Jarrett Gucci

jarrettJarrett Gucci comes from a retail background that started at Home Depot in Buffalo NY as cashier and 18 months later was asked to be a project manager based out of Carson California with a goal of opening 12 stores in 14 months. This goal was accomplished. He has also been an area manager at Big Lots and Bed Bath and beyond. He left his very last retail career as a district manager at Linens & Things in 2007 to pursue a hobby of website development as hope he could make some money doing it. After 4 years of building and managing WordPress sites, he founded a company called WP Fix It and since 2011 his company has serviced over 30,000 WordPress support tickets. Something you may not know about Jarrett besides all this, is that when he was 15 his neighbor gave him a 1962 dodge dart and he completely took it apart and rebuilt it.

Dustin Meza

dustinDustin Meza is the Director of Customer Experience Operations at WP Engine. He has been in the hosting industry for 7 years and has been with WP Engine for 2 years. At WP Engine, Dustin oversees many aspects of the WordPress platform including WordPress upgrades for over 100,000 WordPress installs.

Outside of WordPress, Dustin loves being outdoors in Austin with his wife Megan, and black lab, Maddy. He enjoys all kinds of sports, both watching and playing, and has been known to play some video games when time allows.

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.

Announcing WCSD 2016 Development Track Speakers

WordCamp San Diego 2016 Development Track Speakers

WordCamp San Diego 2016 Development Track Speakers

Want to hear from some top notch development experts? This year’s development track lineup features some of the top local, national, and international names in the game:

Stephen Carnam

stephen-carnamStephen Carnam is the founder of ServerPress, LLC, a technology firm that creates tools using open source technology for creative web designers and professional web developers. Stephen has 20+ years of software development and consulting experience. He is also co-admin for the Advanced WordPress Facebook group and a co-organizer for Advanced WordPress Meetup. Previously, Stephen held positions as a senior software developer and technology director specializing in interactive graphic engines for 3D game development, industrial applications, and defense simulations. When not writing code, Stephen enjoys graphic design, circuit board hacking, or sculpting new ideas for 3D printing in his garage shop.

Konstatine Obenland

konstatine-obenlandKonstantin is a WordPress aficionado, and Core Developer based in Ventura, CA. You might remember him from projects like WordPress 4.3 or the new Theme Directory. At Automattic he’s is part of a team that contributes to Core and full time. He enjoys bourbons, craft beers, and good food‚ sometimes so much that he blogs about it.

Zack Tollman

zack-tollmanZack Tollman is the application architect on the WIRED tech team. Before joining WIRED, Tollman worked as technical lead at the Theme Foundry and senior web engineer at 10up. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Lawrence University and PhD from Washington State University. He currently lives in San Francisco with his wife.

Josh Cummings

josh-cummingsJosh Cummings is an avid WordPress user and plugin and theme developer. He is currently a front-end developer at Grizzly where he and his team use the power and flexibility of WordPress every day. Along with his passion for translating beautiful design into code, he enjoys teaching, speaking and contributing to the WordPress community.

Alicia St Rose

alicia-st-roseAlicia St Rose began her adventure with WordPress when a UX friend offhandedly suggested using the CMS for a mutual friend’s website. That was nearly 8 years ago and the adventure has turned into a torrid love affair. Now she is a freelance developer, exclusively powered by WordPress, and has yet to find a limitation in this magical piece of software. Not only does she design and develop custom themes, but she also coaches folks on how to use WordPress like a Pro. She currently lives in Santa Barbara, California with her two rambunctious cats, Oscar and Milo. She divides her time between that seaside town and Black Rock City, Nevada. Oh, and her favorite color is red.

AJ Zane

aj-zaneI can jam with the console cowboys in cyberspace. I focus on WP, Sass, Angular, & beer. Organize, admin Advanced WordPress, and front end development for Veyo Logistics.

Josh Pollock

josh-pollockJosh, is a WordPress plugin developer, educator and entrepreneur. He is the owner of CalderaWP, makers of Caldera Forms, and a co-founder of Ingot, the easiest A/B testing framework for WordPress. In addition he is a contributor to WordPress core, the WordPress REST API, and plugins by Foo Plugins, Postmatic, Pods, Aesop Interactive, WordImpress, GravityView and more. One of Josh’s favorite things to do is to share what he has learned about WordPress plugin development, business and community. He writes regularly for Torque Magazine and has contributed to other top WordPress tutorial sites including, Smashing Magazine, Tuts+, and WPBeginner. He is also the author of the book The Ultimate Guide to the WordPress REST API.

Carl Alexander

carl-alexanderHi! I’m Carl. I have a website where I publish articles on a regular basis. It’s my way to help you with these hard-to-learn topics. That’s also why I’m excited to speak at WordCamp San Diego 2016. . It’s another way for me to help you. Besides that, I’ve been a WordPress Montreal organizer since 2010. I also help organize other WordPress events during the year. You can find me on Twitter and GitHub.