The festival of WordPress
March 4th 2022
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Organisers

Dan Maby
Lead Organiser

Dan Maby

Dan is the Founder of Big Orange Heart, where he helps deliver a vision of better well-being and mental health support within the remote working communities.

Speaker Lead

Michelle Frechette

Michelle is a volunteer with Big Orange Heart and the Director of Community Engagement at StellarWP. She’s also the podcast barista at WPCoffeeTalk and cofounder of Underrepresented in Tech. 

Michelle Frechette
Hauwa Abashiya
Sponsors Lead

Hauwa Abashiya

Describing herself as a ‘creative soul,’ Hauwa discovered WordPress in 2018. She fell in love with the community and was the WordCamp London Sponsors Lead in 2019. She is in the process of transferring her project management skills to web development and becoming a contributor to WordPress and a member of the WordPress 5.6 Release Squad. She is our Sponsors Lead, and has been liaising with established and potential new sponsors. We want our sponsors to be part of the event and thank them for making WordFest 2021 possible.

Marketing Lead

Cate DeRosia

Using her skills as a writer and editor, Cate has filled a variety of roles in the WordPress community from WordCamp organizer and volunteer to bringing visibility to new products and businesses entering the ecosystem. Currently, she is leading the HeroPress expansion and downsizing all areas of life so she can run away from home with her husband and spend the next few years exploring North America in their RV.

Cate DeRosia
Amanda Gorman
Fundraising Lead

Amanda Gorman

Amanda is the Director of Customer Success at GiveWP, where she is a fundraising expert, and works with nonprofits all over the world. She is a yoga instructor, mom to Ronan, aunt to Jackson, wife to Casey, and pet parent to Topanga, Sylvie, Loki, and Anna.

Volunteer Team

Ahmed Chaion

Ahmed is the Official Team Rep for Make WordPress Global Design. Currently he works as the Head of Business at ITclan BD. Having graduated from Central Queensland University, Sydney Campus, studying IT in 2014, Ahmed brings 6+ years of experience in direct sales & marketing including B2B & B2C in the Australian markets. He is also an IELTS Trainer and Diplomacy Mentor working closely with universities in Bangladesh, Australia, Nigeria, Thailand etc. During the pandemic Ahmed officially joined WEDU Global as a Mentor to help support the Asian Women in mentorship and guidance for academic and career growth. He is passionate about extracurricular activities. Ahmed also appeared as a Judge for Hult Prize 2019-20 & 2020-21 On-Campus Competitions, The world’s largest student entrepreneurship event with a funding of $1 Million (In partnership with the United Nations).

Ahmed Chaion
Sponsors Team

Paul Smart

Paul is a freelance website designer, developer and consultant with strong marketing skills. Paul works with individuals and businesses to develop their online presence. He’s been a longtime supporter and volunteer with Big Orange Heart, and we’re grateful for all of his contributions.

Speakers Team

Chris Wiegman

Chris is a Senior Software Engineer at WP Engine and has been working with WordPress since for over a decade. During that time he built one of the largest WordPress security plugins as well as various plugins and themes for clients of all sizes, Google Chrome extensions and even WordPress development environments. A teacher at heart, Chris has spoken at numerous WordCamps and other conferences as well as taught both computer science and aviation for universities throughout the US.

Chris Wiegman
Volunteers Team

Topher DeRosia

Topher DeRosia is Senior WordPress Architect at Camber Creative. He brings more than 25 years of experience as a web developer, over a decade of which has been spent building out WordPress sites. In addition, Topher curates http://HeroPress.com. Fun fact: Topher is responsible for making the official International Space Station Windows95 desktop theme.He currently lives in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife Cate and two daughters, Ema and Sophia. You can find Topher on Twitter talking about ecommerce, web development, general technology, and culture. He’s also a regular on the Make WordPress and Post Status Slack channels.

Marketing Team

Caylin White

Caylin is a Content Specialist and Social Media Magician. She loves digital marketing, growing partnerships, writing fun content and of course, WordPress! When she’s not blogging or posting, you can find her hanging with her family, playing with her rescue puppy or making some art at CBCInked.com.

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Mike Wooldridge
Operations Team

Mike Wooldridge

Mike has been designing and building sites in WordPress for a number of years, and also works for a UK-based web hosting company heading up the support for their WordPress platform. Away from the world of WordPress, he is studying for a Masters in Cyber Security with the Open University and enjoys travelling whenever he gets the opportunity!

Marketing Team

Kathy Zant

Kathy is a Product Marketing Manager for Kadence at StellarWP and has been working with WordPress for over a decade. She has both technical and marketing experience and has worked with a number of brands in the WordPress space. She has helped numerous organizations empower their businesses with WordPress. She’s helped organize both WordCamp Phoenix and WCUS. She currently lives outside of Denton, TX where she can often be found walking golden retrievers or hanging out in horse barns.

Kathy Zant
Camber Clemence
Marketi Team

Camber Clemence

Camber is the Social Media and Community Manager for GiveWP. She is fairly new to working with WordPress but not to people. Camber prides herself on her ability to “win over others” and build meaningful connections. Camber spoke at WordFest in 2020 on the Importance of Inclusivity in Content Marketing and is now thrilled to be working with the Big Orange Heart team. Camber lives in South Florida and during most of the year, she can be found watching WNBA and NBA games at home.