Jean Weiss was an active participant in the technology industry for over 40 years. She completed a BS degree in Mathematics with a Computer Science option from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. After starting as a programmer, she expanded her career to executive management for several large and small organizations, including Control Data Systems, FICO, and PeopleNet. After her successful career in technology, Jean changed her focus to volunteering with special emphasis on technology organizations. She is passionate about bringing children and young adults into the diverse and fascinating world of technology and entrepreneurship. Following in the footsteps of the innovative and inspirational founder of Code Savvy, The Works and co-founder of Technovation[MN], Rebecca Schatz, Jean is now the Executive Director of Code Savvy. Jean is also a member of the Technovation[MN] board serving as their Mentor and Team Recruitment Chair, Regional Ambassador for the Global Technovation Challenge, and a team mentor. In June 2015, Technovation Global recognized her for dedication and leadership in her role as Regional Ambassador.
Dr. Lanise Block has been an educator for 20 years. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Digital Empowerment Academy. Lanise holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Drake University and a Master’s degree in Teaching. She also holds two graduate certificates one in E-Learning and another in Learning Technologies. In addition, Lanise holds a Doctorate degree in Critical Pedagogy from the University of St. Thomas. Her research interests include digital divide, advocacy and inclusion. Lanise is married with two sons.
Kim Skanson currently leads Global IT Operations and Enterprise Architecture for Cargill; she is accountable for the infrastructure technology strategy, lifecycle planning, and overall stability for Cargill’s IT Operations that provides services in over 70 countries. Kim leads a global team of over 1,300 people and is accountable for a $250 million annual operations budget. Prior to joining Cargill, Kim held senior IT leadership roles at Target Corporation and Travelers. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Management, graduating Magna Cum Laude from St. John’s University, and Master of Business Administration from University of St. Thomas. She is also Chairperson for Women Leading in Technology (WLiT), an organization that promotes education and networking opportunities for women across Minnesota. In her spare time, Kim enjoys running, competing in triathlons, and cheering on her three boys in their various activities. Kim, her husband, and kids live in Maple Grove. Reasons for being on the Code Savvy Board: When I was entering the job market for the first time I was naïve about what a career in technology entailed. I sort of fell into the field with the intent of doing it for a few years and trying something else. Now, starting my third decade in IT, I want to make sure I help others see the rewarding opportunities that exist in the field and help them understand the vast diversity of the work. I am passionate about developing future IT practitioners and being a part of Code Savvy I feel like I can help others get a glimpse of the amazing and challenging opportunities that exist in the business of IT.
Andrea Wilson Vasquez is a technology integration specialist in the Osseo School District and is the Director of the “Get with the Program” ………..
Eileen King went to college to study both education and computer science but expected to have to choose one or the other as a career. Upon graduating, she realized that not only was it possible to combine them but that there was both interest and need for more opportunities for kids to learn to code! She works with CodeSavvy because she’s passionate about empowering young people to create things with technology, both inside and outside a classroom setting.
Matt Gray leads through a mix of passion, experience, and inquisitiveness. He enjoys being at the intersection of people, technology, and a challenge. Matt co-founded CoderDojo Twin Cities, a fun, safe, and free environment where kids learn to code.
Margaret Mahan is a scientist (data, computer, neuro, & network) at the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation working in Dr. Uzma Samadani’s Brain Injury Research Lab and also pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology at the University of Minnesota. She is eager to inspire the next generation to be technology creators.
Marie Gottschalk is a life long learner. Mother of two. Inspired by Rebecca Schatz to bring about a diverse code savvy generation.