Lesa is on a mission to teach the world to create—and use!—better graphics. She’s the author of the 800+ page tome, Photoshop CS5: The Missing Manual (2010, Pogue Press/O’Reilly), and coauthor of iPhoto ‘11: The Missing Manual (2011, Pogue Press/O’Reilly). Lesa is a stock photographer and chief evangelist for iStockphoto.com, and founder of the creative tutorial site, PhotoLesa.com. She writes regularly for Macworld, Photoshop User, and Elements Techniques magazines, and contributes frequently to CreativePro.com, and Design Tools Monthly (www.design-tools.com). Lesa has contributed NAPP tutorials for PhotoshopUser.com since 2003, and has several videos available on creativeLIVE.com. She also teaches Advanced Photoshop for the international online graphic design school, Sessions.edu. You can catch her online at Facebook.com/PhotoLesa (click ‘like’ for a free Photoshop cheatsheet!), Twitter: @PhotoLesa, or via email: [email protected] free time, you’ll find her carving up the Rockies on her BMW F800ST, skiing, reading/watching sci-fi, or hanging with fellow Apple Mac enthusiasts. Lesa is a proud member of the BMWMOA and the Colorado Mac User Group (www.CoMUG.com), aka the Boulder Mac Maniacs.
Sheila Oliver is the owner of Small Biz Web Shop, a WordPress web design company, located in Attleboro MA. She is also a partner at the Small Business Classroom, also in Attleboro. Sheila works with a wide range of business owners, from entrepreneurs, attorneys, speech pathologist, bookkeepers, and many more. As a client of the Small Biz Web Shop, she takes the time to get to know about your business, and the goals for your business, and helps you convey that in a Website to market your business. In 2012, Sheila founded the Small Business Classroom to share her passion with to teach business owners and entrepreneurs how to use the tools available to them to build and maintain their own website. She teaches WordPress, Google Apps, MailChimp, and Social Media.
Elaine has worked in the civil engineering and information technology industry for over 20 years, from CAD drafting to hardware and software support. For the past five years she has taught computer technology in a vocational high school setting. As a female shop instructor, she is involved with promoting non-traditional career choices for ninth graders, meaning that they should pursue their career of choice regardless of society’s notions of which gender belongs in which career. An A+ Certified computer technician and Cisco certified instructor, she is working towards her master’s degree in Occupational Education from Fitchburg State College.
Mary is a dynamic soft skills and application trainer with over 15 years of teaching experience. Her main focus is on MS Office, Project Management & Train the Trainer certification classes. Not only is Mary a classroom trainer, she also leads many of New Horizons training projects. Working directly with the client, Mary gathers their needs, designs their training plans and leads the training team in the plans implementation.
Abbey Knoll Photography, located in Hanover, MA, is a full-service photography company founded in 2007 by award-winning photographer Maura Longueil to provide photography solutions for the South Shore. Specializing in family, sports and still portraiture, the consumer-friendly company has been featured in area newspapers, television and magazines. Ms. Longueil is also a contributing editor, whose column “Photo Secrets for the Mamarazzi,” appears in local and regional publications. Maura teaches photography classes and workshops on the South Shore and can be found at www.abbeyknollphotography.com
Laurel consults to companies on every stage of their business, including early-stage product development, competitive and market analysis, go-to-market strategy, planning and execution, and CRM and marketing program management. She is currently serving as the VP of Marketing for eVisioner, Inc. (www.evisioner.com), a project and team governance platform solutions provider (it’s much more fun than it sounds.)
Laurel left the corporate world of American Express in 2005, choosing to move backto Massachusetts and embark on a career of working with small startup companies, primarily in tech. Her areas of expertise include web analytics, customer engagement and experience, and marketing outreach programs including social media marketing.
Laurel has spent many years spent translating “tech-speak” into regular everyday English that sales teams and customers can easily understand. She has a curious mind and is happy to help people figure out how to do pretty much anything they have a question on.
Alecia Jean Orsini Lebeda
Alecia Jean Orsini Lebeda is a blogger and award winning independent film maker. A lifetime Girl Scout, she found her geek legs while making PSA’s for the scouts at her local cable access studio. Alecia later attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where she graduated with a BFA in Film and Television. She is currently the Production Coordinator at Falmouth Communtiy Television and Co-Founder at Good Natured Dog Productions. She can often be found geeking out on twitter @alecialebeda. For more about Alecia visit: www.aleciajeanorsini.com
Erika joined the Geek Girls October 2011. She brings 20+ years of electronic engineering experience to the table. Erika started her career in the U.S. Coast Guard. She was educated in California, New Hampshire, and at Northeastern University-Boston. Erika is married, has three children, and has lived on Cape Cod for 7 years. Erika is a PC and teaches PC proficiency and the Microsoft Office Suite. She looks forward to growing along with the Geek Girls and teaching as well as learning all she can about the latest technology so she can keep up with her children.
Meghan Blair-Valero has been the president of Fogged In Bookkeeping for 10 years and most recently founded a new venture capital and mentoring company called Atlantic Ventures Group. A QuickBooks Proadvisor and member of AIPB (American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers). Meghan teaches QuickBooks and other classes for entrepreneurs in her Nantucket office. In the past Meghan has trained over 90 bookkeepers, taught bookkeeper training classes for Cape Cod Community College and taught privet sessions to over 300 business owners. Meghan was a recipient of Cape and Plymouth Business Magazine’s 40 under 40 award in 2011. When she isn’t teaching she hunts for a crystal ball, Wonder Woman’s magic bracelets, and spends time with her two kids at their home on Nantucket.
Adrienne Baumann, Geek Girl #8, has been involved with Geek Girl Camp since its inception and is effectively a “geek” by association. Professionally, Adrienne’s career has been focused on sales and marketing in the hospitality and non-profit industries; however, she is proof positive that you don’t have to be in the tech world to be a Geek Girl! Naturally curious and an avid learner, Adrienne has been soaking up the geek since the early ‘80s when she first started using computers as a kid at her family’s travel agency.
Always eager to contribute to the enrichment of others (seriously, she genuinely embodies that whole hospitality and sharing thing!), Adrienne has been one of our awesome Volunteer Coordinators from the beginning. She also recently became a certified Constant Contact Local Expert and Solutions Provider and we are thrilled she will be offering her Email and Social Media Marketing expertise at Boot Camp this year.
Adrienne received her B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of South Florida, Tampa; is currently studying for her MPA (Master of Public Administration) at Bridgewater State University; and just enrolled at the ImprovBoston in Cambridge for fun. She lives in East Falmouth with her husband and their 1 year old son. When she’s not updating her Facebook status, Tweeting, blogging, taking pictures, or changing diapers, Adrienne enjoys snuggling with her kitty, drinking lots of coffee, and Skyping with her family.