Who We Are

"Geek" noun:
A person who has excessive enthusiasm for and some expertise about a specialized subject or activity.

The Geek Foundation aims to expand the image of a "geek" to include anyone who has an interest in computer science and tech—regardless of race, gender, or any other broad classification—by offering hands-on, project-based classes to the Springfield, Missouri community.

The Geek Foundation is a women-led nonprofit providing free, interactive education to train, inspire, and support the future of a diverse and inclusive tech workforce.

About Our Team

Our Team

  • Joel Williams - Development Director
  • Caitlin Blaine - Director of Culture
  • Vanessa Bussie - Director of Student Success
  • Heather Campie - Director of Community Engagement
  • Shelly Drymon - Director of Development

Our Board

  • Krista Peryer - Freelance Writer and Designer
  • Maranda Provance - Director of Engineering at Mostly Serious
  • Mike Stief - Senior Software Engineering Director at Jack Henry & Associates
  • Amanda McCafferty - Tax Supervisor at KPM
  • Shawn Hayden - Project Coordinator at CoxHealth

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