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Our Team

Your success is our passion

Zip Code Team

We're a team of dedicated and passionate educators, coaches, and movers and shakers. A team whose sole purpose is to teach you the skills you need to land your first job as a software developer. Our goal is to help you start a career as a software developer so you can make an everlasting mark on the world in an incredibly impactful way. It’s passion meets profession.

Tariq Hook

Director of Education

Tariq is a veteran software engineer with over 15 years of industry experience in software development. He has also been a distinguished Java instructor for Temple University's MESA program since 2011.

Melanie Augustin

Head of School

Melanie previously practiced employment law as an attorney in Washington, D.C. She has experience representing employers in a broad range of employment matters.

Froilan Miranda

Technical Instructor

Froilan has been a software and web applications developer for over 15 years. He has created interactive user experiences for a variety of industries, including the video game and pharmaceutical industries.

David Ginzberg

Technical Instructor

David is a Java specialist and alum of JPMorgan and CheckPoint Software. He is a co-organizer of Open Data Delaware. He has a C.S. degree from the University of Delaware with a minor in cognitive science and artificial intelligence.

Samantha Hayoun

Office Manager

With over 10 years of experience supporting a variety of business needs, Samantha supports Zip Code Wilmington's operations, staff and students. With experience independently managing all aspects of administration, she excels at collaboration and building relationships with team members.

Janelle Bowman

Marketing Manager

Janelle has over 12 years of experience in creative design and marketing. Her diverse background includes print & web design, art direction, brand strategy, event planning and advertising.

James Spadola

Director of Business Development

James previously worked in finance, law enforcement, and ran for state senate in 2016. He's an Iraq war veteran, an avid guitarist, and a graduate of the University of Delaware and Wilmington University.

Leon Hunter

Technical Instructor

Leon received his Computer Science degree from Delaware State University, where he worked as an Undergraduate Researcher in the areas of bioinformatics engineering and spectroscopy. Prior to Zip Code, Leon worked as a software developer at financial services company.

Zach Marcin

Technical Instructor

Zach is a polyglot software engineer with a computer science degree from Wilkes University.  He has experience writing code for everything from scientific research to business facing services.

Our Founders & Board of Directors

Zip Code Wilmington’s Board of Directors are the giants of our organization. They lead us with careful and meaningful oversight, connect us to thought leaders in our field, and curate our resources. They’re what drives our success!

Jim Stewart

Co-Founder and President

Jim is CEO of Epic Research and Co-Founder and former President of Juniper Bank, now Barclaycard.

Ben duPont

Co-Founder and Vice President

Ben is a venture capitalist, co-founder of yet2, and founder of yet2Ventures. He has 41 portfolio companies.

Porter Schutt


Porter is a partner at Brown Advisory, a leading independent investment management firm with approximately $52 billion in assets.

Charles McDowell Esq.


Charlie is of-counsel at Potter Anderson Corroon LLP and is former chair of the firm's business group.

Our Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board members help connect us to our corporate partners. They help drive employer engagement in our program and continue to connect our graduates to purposeful career opportunities within our corporate partners’ organizations.

Jim Kelly

Former Delaware Market President, Capital One

Bob Ridout

Former CIO of DuPont

Rod Ward


Mike Zbranak

JPMorgan Chase

Our Steering Committee

These are the technology leaders within our partner companies. Our Steering Committee meaningfully contributes to our curriculum, provides guidance for our assessments, and offers valuable feedback on the quality of graduates.

Gary Moyer

JPMorgan Chase

Sethu Iyer

Bank of America

Pete Hayman

Capital One

Ted Kinsler


Tim Savery

Chatham Financial

Shelton Shugar


Joe DelGrippo


Brian Conneen

Marlette Funding

Neelesh Prabhu

TD Bank

Tony Tancredi

Diamond Technologies

Aaron Kipnis