Michele Butcher

Michele is the Accounts Coordinator for Valet. She is also the Support Guru for Give and a Support Engineer for Yoast. She is from Carbondale, Illinois (the other, prettier area of Illinois). Michele is also the Lead Organizer of The Southern Illinois WordPress Meetup and teaches beginners WordPress for John A Logan College. You can follow Michele on Twitter @michele_butcher.

Nile Flores

Nile Flores is a St. Louis metro east resident, a mom, and the list goes on and on. She originated as a hobby blogger almost 15 years ago, and ended up turning her sights to helping people rock out their websites like a rockstar, through She’s been using WordPress since it began, and was also a b2 cafelog blogger. She encourages clients, and mentors bloggers to achieve their dreams with their websites. She is also a support technician at Yoast.

Nile frequently presents at WordCamps across the United States as her way to contribute back to WordPress. If she’s not at a WordCamp, or actually home (for once), sometimes she can be found hanging out with her favorite WordPressers, at the local St. Louis WordPress Meetup group.

Mary Baum

St. Louis native Mary Baum is a veteran creative and degreed designer who speaks on WP design and development. This spring, she’s launching the Antelope Valley WordPress Meetup in the high desert of southern California.
A certified typography nut and competitive tennis player, Mary runs RacquetPress, a practice that builds Genesis child themes, full sites and more for a variety of verticals in the tennis industry.

Chris Koerner

Chris is a long time WordPress tinkerer. He’s been writing with WordPress since 2005 and is a co-organizer of the St. Louis WordPress Community Meetup group. Chris enjoys working with local small business and non-profits to build a sustainable and well-designed web presence – using WordPress of course.

During the day he’s lucky enough to work at the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization helping to support projects like Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons.

Eric Juden

Eric in an application developer at EPC, Inc. in St. Charles.

Sam Hermes

Sam is a web developer at Washington University in St. Louis.

Jason Yingling

Jason Yingling is the Director of Development at Red8 Interactive in St. Charles where he leads a team in developing custom WordPress solutions. He has 3 plugins on and is working to get involved with Core. You can find Jason on Twitter at @jason_yingling for all sorts of wacky hijinx, like learning about the WordPress Coding Standards!

Jennifer Swisher

Originally from the Grand Rapids, MI area, Jennifer came to St. Louis in 2008 to pursue a degree in music education. Four years later, and a college major change, Jennifer graduated with a degree in Web Design. Since then, she has worked as a PR/Web Dev/Graphic Designer/Marketer/Jen-of-All-Trades. Currently, she works for a managed care organization as a web specialist where she provides ongoing support for the websites of healthcare companies in 23 states.

When Jennifer isn’t helping plan WordCamps, Jennifer volunteers at Blank Canvas Studios, where she helps adults with developmental disabilities create art and access their community.

Joe McGill

Joe McGill is a St. Louis native and works at Washington University in St. Louis. He’s an active WordPress contributor and helped lead the effort to add responsive image support to WordPress in version 4.4. Find him on the Twitter: @joemcgill.

Aaron Graham

Aaron is one of the luckiest WordPressers in St. Louis since his day job is doing theme and plugin development for Washington University’s WordPress sites.

Outside of work he enjoys helping wrangle the St. Louis WordPress meetup and listening to as many (mostly WordPress-related) podcasts as he can during his hour long commute.  When he eventually gets away from technology he enjoys spending time with his awesome wife while they play with their dogs (a German Shepard mix and a Yorkie), hike, fish, and camp.

In an alternate universe, he ended up becoming an auto mechanic since his 4th love (behind his wife and the dogs) is his 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle which he spends more time tinkering with than actually driving.