Cara Jo is the Lead UI/UX Designer at Simple Energy, a Boulder, Colorado-based company whose mission is to help people save energy. She got started with programming in the mid-90s by working with her father, a computer repairman, to build her first computer out of spare parts. Soon after, she built her first website to show off her Pokemon drawings after learning HTML & CSS. After building sites for her friends and family throughout Junior & High school she went to college at Northern Michigan University. While at NMU she dabbled in a few majors and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis on photography & web design.
After graduating from NMU Cara Jo moved to downtown Detroit, Michigan where she worked as the Senior Designer for the Detroit Media Partnership as well as Are You a Human. While in Detroit Cara Jo was very involved in the technical community and led several groups focused on getting more people involved in technology. In addition, Cara Jo helped co-lead the Detroit chapter of Girl Develop It an organization with the mission of “Empowering women of diverse backgrounds from around the world to learn how to develop software”. Cara Jo eventually co-founded the Boulder chapter after moving to Colorado in March 2013.
In addition to being Co-Founder for the Boulder chapter Cara Jo also serves on the board as the Chapter Lead, making sure that each chapter gets the resources they need to bring the Girl Develop It mission to their local communities.
Cara Jo lives in beautiful Boulder, Colorado where she trains for marathons, bikes, and goes on photography adventures in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
Matt Ziniel feels most in his element shooting people doing what they love in the beautiful outdoors. He graduated from the Art Program in 2009 with his concentration in Digital Cinema. He moved to Denver after graduating to raise his family and break into the industry. With a continuous commitment to work harder than everyone else, he spent several years shooting everything from weddings, to music festivals, to documentary and commercial projects. Through this hard work and a little serendipity, he carved his niche in the outdoor adventure industry, eventually working his way to where he is now; Field Producer and Lead Cinematographer for Jim Shockey’s Uncharted which airs nationally on the Outdoor Channel.
Matt’s work has allowed him to experience and document cultures in many different countries spanning 6 continents. From shattering his own perceptions of a country, Pakistan, to shooting in -60 degrees in the Arctic, to dealing with extreme heat and exotic insects in the the jungles of Paraguay and Zanzibar, each new adventure brings Matt both greater social awareness and a better understanding of the art of digital cinema.
Dusan graduated from NMU in 2003 with a BFA in Computer Art (previously Electronic Imaging) with a diverse skill set including web design and digital cinema. A native of Serbia, Dusan Harminc recently moved from Madison, Wisconsin to Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he lives with his wife and son. Dusan has produced eight short films and edited two feature-length documentaries along with numerous web site designs for professional cinematographers. He has also worked on a number of commercial projects as cinematographer, director, editor, and producer. He owns and operates his commercial production company called Stumptown Media out of Saint Paul.
Most recently he has produced a feature documentary named Forward about the political strife in Wisconsin, a short form documentary called Overpass Light Brigade which was accepted to over thirty film festivals around the country, and a music video for Haley Bonar’s From a Cage which was co-produced with another NMU grad- Josh Quigley. His biggest passions are time-lapse photography, aerial video, building Legos with his son and binge watching TV shows with his wife.