Everyone’s a geek about something
Hi, We’re Geeks!
And we’re proud of it. Geeks are just people who are passionate about something and want to share it with others. One of our passions is helping people overcome barriers to create a new path forward with a career in tech.
Our team is made up of innovators, creative thinkers and people who geek out over seeing others fulfill their dreams. Our team members contribute to our forward-thinking, friendly culture.
At The Geek Foundation, we want to see more people find a passion for computer science and tech fields, regardless of their gender, race or any other classification. Keep reading to learn more about our team and our supporters.
Founder and Director
In 2015, after years of noticing the lack of women and people of color in the tech industry – and the vast employment opportunities available – Krista founded The Geek Foundation to help change that reality in her hometown of Springfield, Missouri.
Krista grew up with an interest in math, technology and design. She later found it difficult to find the right college program, online course, or coding bootcamp that fit both her interests and life stage needs. The Geek Foundation was born out of a passion to remove common barriers for other people, allowing more women and underserved communities to access great training and begin a new career.
Krista is passionate about increasing diversity in the tech and maker industries. She believes in positive personal, economic and workforce development by collaborating with local schools, nonprofits, governments and employers in a variety of ways.
In 2021, Krista received the North Springfield Betterment Association Betterment Award and Springfield Business Journal’s Most Influential Women Award.
When she’s not turning her passions into a cause, Krista enjoys being a charity cosplayer, writing for Make: Magazine and Raspberry Pi’s HackSpace Magazine, making geeky things out of yarn and fabric and serving on boards within the community.
Co-Founder and Secretary of the Board
Maranda, born and raised in Springfield, has been programming at local businesses for 9 years. After getting her start building web-based insurance software at Intuitive Web Solutions, she joined the team at award-winning design & development studio Mostly Serious. She now serves as Director of Engineering, leading a team of web developers.
While in the Computer Science department at Missouri State University, Maranda first found a desire to bring diversity to the technology field. Until her senior year, she was the only woman in her courses. She felt welcomed and encouraged by school faculty and knew that other women could enter the field and succeed as well. Her passion led her to join forces with Krista to create The Geek Foundation.
Outside of web development and The Geek Foundation, Maranda enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, singing with her band and cooking healthy vegetarian meals.