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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.

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Desa Burton

Executive Director

A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Desa spent 10 years as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve. She later earned an M.B.A. from Florida International University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Economic Law. Prior to coming to Zip Code, she was the Assistant General Counsel of Intellectual Property at InterDigital, Inc., where she served as the senior transactions counsel for research and development, technology innovation and government contracts.

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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.

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Lossie Freeman

Director of Corporate Partnerships

Lossie began her career on Wall Street at JPMorgan Investment Bank where she worked for 8 years as an Internal Global Consultant assisting in the launch of their Foreign Exchange business in Korea and helping to initialize an Asset Management joint venture in Tokyo. Before joining the Zip Code team, she was a Special Assistant to the Mayor for the City of Wilmington, focusing on Employment Initiatives through coordination and development of a robust employment infrastructure in partnership with the business community to promote job placement, job creation, and employment skills training opportunities for residents.

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Froilan Miranda

Lead 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.

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L. Dolio Durant

Lead 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.

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Chris Nobles

Technical Instructor

An alumnus of Zip Code, Chris started his career in social services. The excitement of all things tech drove him to pursue technical training at Zip Code. With two years of experience at a large financial firm as an application developer, instruction utilizes two of his major passions: technology and empowering the human element. His other passion is writing (sci-fi genre).

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Roberto DeDeus

Technical Instructor

Roberto has a life long passion for technology and spent many years in various areas of IT, including the last 2.5 years at a global financial firm as an application developer. He was born and raised in Brazil and likes spending time outdoors riding mountain bikes on nature trails and exploring winding roads on motorcycles. 

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Janelle Bowman

Marketing Manager

Janelle has over 15 years of experience in creative design and marketing. Her diverse background includes print & web design, art direction, brand strategy, event planning and advertising. 

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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.

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Dan Stabb

Admissions Manager & Professional Development Coach

Dan comes to Zip Code after working in higher education for over 15 years. Along with his extensive background in working with students, he has performed & taught improvisation for over a decade. He is incredibly excited to work with applicants throughout their admissions process, while also coaching our students on improvisational and interviewing skills.

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Sian Carter

Student and Alumni Relations Coordinator

Sian received her B.A. in English and Philosophy. Her undergraduate leadership experience is concentrated in Student Affairs, Alumni Relations, and Social Media Communications including 2 internships and 2 years' Lead Resident Assistant experience with the Albright College Office of Residential Life, and a social media internship with the Visitors Bureau of Reading, Pennsylvania. 

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Tariq Hook

Innovation and Outreach Executive Director

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.

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Mikaila Akeredolu

Innovation and Outreach Technical Instructor

Mikaila is a Full-Stack Developer and alumnus 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. 

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.

Teri Quinn Gray

Board Member

Teri is senior technical leader at DuPont and education advocateShe is a Director with the American Chemical Society and former President of the Delaware State Board of Education.

 

 

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

Maureen Padgett

CSC

Tim Savery

Chatham Financial

Shelton Shugar

Barclaycard

Srini Uppalapati

Capital One

Sreeram Srinivasaragavan

Marlette Funding

Neelesh Prabhu

TD Bank

Tony Tancredi

Diamond Technologies

Matt Egyhazy

M&T Bank/Wilmington Trust