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Operations Team

Our operations team is dedicated to keeping the program running efficiently and providing the very best in student support.

Jun Akiyama

Student Counselor

After graduating with a degree in Computational Linguistics, Jun spent years as a backend web developer working at University of Colorado - Boulder and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. More recently, Jun received his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, specializing in Somatic Psychotherapy and Social Justice Counseling, and spent 3 years working with survivors of domestic violence in Boulder, Colorado. As the Student Counselor, Jun wishes to provide students and staff with mental and emotional support while taking into consideration sociocultural factors such as oppression, marginalization, and power dynamics—all the while harnessing the wisdom and intelligence inherent within one’s somatic embodiment. In his spare time, Jun practices the martial art of aikido and the dance form of contact improvisation.

Ingrid Alongi

Director of Turing+

Ingrid founded Quick Left, a custom software consulting firm that was acquired by Cognizant in 2016. There, she led a number of initiatives and most recently ran the UX Research and Product Design Teams. As the Director of Turing+, she utilizes what she learned in starting and running her own apprenticeship program paired with her experience as a Software Developer who built successful engineering teams to make a positive impact on Turing alumni outcomes. Ingrid loves to solve problems and collaborate with others believes that writing code gives us the ability to do both. Whenever she isn't busy with work or her kids, she enjoys cycling and running.

Emma Byers

Community Engagement Coordinator

Emma’s background is working in career exploration and development for high school students in Denver Public Schools. There, she connected students to internships and mentoring opportunities in technology. Prior to that, she worked in student services at both University of Denver and Metropolitan State University of Denver. As a self-proclaimed “connector,” Emma loves developing relationships and building community, which means that education and student support was a natural career path. At Turing, she works to create a community that ensures the student experience is fruitful academically, emotionally, and socially. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, her partner and their three cats, traveling internationally, reading, volunteering as a mentor, and wishing she was a contestant on The Great British Baking Show.

Jeff Casimir

Executive Director

Jeff is an experienced educator who now focuses on helping the Turing staff and students do their best work, see possibilites they might have missed, and become the people they want to be.

Courtney Haynes

Senior Director of Operations

Working for over a decade to expand economic opportunity across policy and direct service, specifically in education, workforce and healthcare Courtney has been a part of numerous teams and organizations, working to bring diverse stakeholders together and create sustainable change. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Operations and External Affairs at Hope Street Group. Courtney now oversees the operations team from recruitment to job support at the Turing School; and is passionate about ensuring all students are successful and on the path for a career in technology. She also works to expand Turing’s partnerships and programs with a goal to be more integrated into the Denver community.

Kayt Hensley

Data & Administration Coordinator

Since Kayt comes from a family of developers, technology has always fascinated her and been a part of her life. Her previous work experiences include a museum exhibit content developer, teaching assistant, and web designer for an erosion control supply company. Before joining Turing, she worked for The Iron Yard across four campuses guiding students through the code school lifecycle, from the first contact all the way through to alumni support. She loves that programming is something that anyone can learn and translate into a successful career. When she's not at Turing, she enjoys playing video games, music, exploring and looking at architectural details.

Katelyn Kasperowicz

Software Architect

A lover of problem solving and puzzles, Katelyn was drawn to programming and believes that this field empowers people to build solutions for problems anywhere in the world. Before joining Turing, Katelyn was freelancing for different startups and traveling the world with just her laptop after spending a few years as a full-stack engineer in the Silicon Valley. She has worked in Rails, Ember, and React on multiple production systems. She first joined Turing as a fellow instructor on the backend team, bringing her industry knowledge and interview skills to soon-to-be graduating students. But alas the road was calling, so she re-joined the team as a remote developer working on all things technology related. When she’s not working, she’s biking, hiking, surfing, skiing, reading, and traveling.

Lindsey Lucero

Brand & Marketing Coordinator

Before Turing, Lindsey did marketing and communications campaigns to increase student enrollment, fundraising, and hiring of highly qualified teachers at a K-12 network of 11 schools called STRIVE Prep. This included a marketing mix of digital ad campaigns, direct mail, email marketing, social media, website development, and graphic design. She believes that programming has and will continue to evolve the way the entire human race lives. She joined Turing to make sure that there is representation in the work that goes into creating these programs that will affect her life and her community. When she's not at Turing, she enjoys cooking, yoga, photography, hiking, travelling, and spending time with friends and family.

Rachel Martinez

Director of Finance & Administration

Rachel brings a completely unique skill set to Turing School, serving as our in-house General Counsel. She is an attorney specialized in general business practice. Prior to joining us, Rachel served the role of general counsel to many businesses on a contractual basis. She also has expertise maintaining the corporate governance of a non-profit organization, which proves vital to our own organizational structure. This expertise is rounded out by her professional experience in human resources and management capacity. As Turing School’s General Counsel, Rachel utilizes her past experience to manage all legal and compliance aspects of running our nonprofit organization.

Robyn Purvin

Partnership Manager

Prior to Turing, Robyn helped with college and career readiness through Goodwill's Youth Services Program where she trained individuals 17-21 years old on resumes, cover letters, goal setting, and career exploration. Robyn is passionate about people doing a job they not only like but love. With her strengths in resume/cover letter assistance, community outreach and relations, connecting people to resources, understanding a person journey from school to career, and guidance and assistance in the job search process, Robyn wants to make sure that others are set up for success to find satisfaction and enjoyment in their jobs and careers. When she's not a Turing, she enjoys running a female empowerment group, mentoring youth, hiking, going to concerts, traveling all over the world, cooking, exploring street art, and being with family and friends.

Darren Smith

Financial and Enrollment Advisor

With over 5 years of experience in student financial services, Darren comes to Turing with a vast knowledge of resource allocation and access for higher education. Previously, he worked in retail banking operations and is a veteran of the US Army. Darren believes student success is rooted in strong support and a bold financial plan. His goal is to ensure that all students have resources in place to be successful while attending school. Turing’s mission for creating a more diverse and inclusive tech industry attracted him because his passion for individual accountability and community leadership drives him in everything he does. Darren enjoys spending time trying new restaurants with his partner, game nights with friends, and being outside with his puppy.

Chelsea Stallings

Student Recruitment Coordinator

Chelsea loves connecting with people and building authentic relationships, which was what attracted her to working in student recruitment at the Turing School. Previously, she worked to advocate for better health solutions for Coloradans at a pro-health nonprofit. As a millennial she has lived the transition to a digital and tech focused world and knows it is crucial to have smart, capable, and confident programmers building technology for everyone. In her free time she likes to spend time outdoors and with her family and friends, read, and travel. Chelsea is also a phenomenal speller and is proud to have won the Hamilton County Spelling Bee when she was in 8th grade.

Ramiro Vaca

Facilities & Events Manager

Ramiro is Turing's Facilities and Events Manager. Prior to that, he spent nine years serving the students and families at STRIVE Prep, a network of Denver Public Charter Schools, as a Program Manager and later as the Associate Director of Operations in the central office, where he supported the operations of 11 schools. With a passion for operations, problem-solving, and project management, his service-oriented mindset supports Turing students as they pursue their passion by making sure they have the best possible learning environment. Ramiro, who is originally from Quito, Ecuador, has a diverse professional background. He graduated from one of the most prestigious Agricultural Engineering universities in Ecuador and has worked as an apprentice for a master cheese maker, an elementary school English teacher, an assistant manager for the only two dairy farms in California authorized to produce and sell organic raw milk, and a manager at the highest producing dairy farm in Ecuador. When he is not at Turing, he enjoys outdoor adventures such as mountain and road biking, adventure and dual sport motorcycling, running, and family camping.

Erin Williams

Senior Manager of Admissions & Enrollment

In everything she does, Erin is an educator. Having joined Teach for America in 2002, she has spent the past 15 years in K-12 education, both as a teacher and an administrator. She brings a depth of classroom experience that is integral to our success as an education institution. Erin has taught nearly every subject and is particularly passionate about supporting underrepresented groups to attain empowering leadership roles. The depth of our community and collaboration attracted Erin to Turing, where she serves as our Admissions & Enrollment Manager, applying her educational and administrative expertise to refine the new student experience.

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