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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.

Melanie Augustin

Executive Director

Melanie previously practiced employment law as an attorney in Washington, D.C. and has experience representing employers in a broad range of employment matters. She studied Business Administration at Franklin & Marshall College, and she received her J.D. from William & Mary School of Law.

Kristofer Younger

Director of Education

For 30 years, Kris worked at numerous successful startups, including Sun Microsystems, NeXT, and Netscape, centering his technical expertise around networked computing of all kinds. Kris' coding interest, dormant for many years of management focus, was re-kindled about 10 years ago when he returned to his roots as a computer scientist (Purdue, '84), writing web apps and mobile apps. He has been working on the idea of digital assets since about 1996.

Stephanie Eldridge

Director of Business Development

Stephanie is a former Technology Executive Director in the financial industry and was previously employed as a Business Development/ Relationship Manager with a Washington D.C. area consulting firm in charge of delivering technology solutions in the public sector. She studied Industrial Engineering at Morgan State University and received her M.B.A. with a focus in Technology, Innovations, and Operations from the University of Baltimore.

Tariq Hook

Executive Director,
Zip Code I/O

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.

Samantha Kooman

Student Development 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. 

Nancy J. Byrne

Office Manager

Nancy received her B.S. in Business Education and a Master’s Degree in Management. Prior to Zip Code, she worked in various administrative roles at a community college for the past 13 years, and before that she worked as Admissions Office Manager at a private school in New Jersey.

Mikaila Akeredolu

Project Manager

Mikaila is a Full-Stack Developer and alumni of Zip Code Wilmington. After completing coding boot camp, Mikaila was a Software Developer at Comcast. While volunteering at Delaware State University's App Academy, he discovered his passion for teaching. He later decided to combine his love for computer science and his passion for education and joined Zip Code as a Project Manager.

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.

L. Dolio Durant

Technical Instructor

With over 15 years in web and software development, Dolio first gained interest in programming while building a physical therapy device with web connectivity at MIT, where he received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Since then, Dolio has developed software for telecommunications, online learning applications, and e-commerce for various industries and institutions, as well as serving as an instructor and mentor to students of all ages.

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.

Wilhem Alcivar

Technical Instructor

Wilhem is a self-described "well-rounded computer geek." Wilhem got their start in robotics as a young teen and continued to grow and excel in many areas of computer science and software development. While their main interests is in back end web technology, Wilhem revels in taking on challenges in any environment and continues to learn new technologies and stacks for the simple joy of programming and creating. Wilhem has been programming for the last 9 years of their life.

Nhu Nyugen

Technical Instructor

Nhu began building websites through Geocities in the late 90s. She received her B.S. in Computer Science from Temple University. Since then, she had worked in many industries including financial, e-commerce, startup, and social good incubator. With more than 10 years of coding experience, Nhu is excited to help others begin their own tech careers.

Dominique Clarke

Technical Instructor

Dominique Clarke is a self-taught developer with a love of design and a knack for learning and teaching. While pursuing her own tech career, she guided others as a Co-Organizer for Girl Develop It Wilmington and speaker for Women Who Code Dallas. Prior to working for Zip Code Wilmington, she worked as a software developer for a financial tech company.

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 duPont, is a venture capitalist, co-founder and Managing Partner at Chartline Capital Partners. Chartline Capital Partners has 26 portfolio companies. 

Porter Schutt

Co-Founder

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

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

CSC

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

Aaron Kipnis

BlackRock

Ted Kinsler

CSC

Tim Savery

Chatham Financial

Shelton Shugar

Barclaycard

Srini Uppalapati

Capital One

Brian Conneen

Marlette Funding

Neelesh Prabhu

TD Bank

Tony Tancredi

Diamond Technologies