Announcing Our Speaker Lineup, Part II

Moar amazing speakers for you to look forward seeing!

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Topic: Is My Site Accessible?

Reagan Lynch is the president and founder of Our Little blessings a non-profit serving children with disabilities and special needs, the CEO of Alpha Omega Strategies a managed services provider, an ordained minister, an all around good guy, and a WordPress user who is blind.


Topic: How to Make Multilingual Plugins and Themes

John P Bloch is a Lead Web Engineer at 10up where he spends his time helping clients with large and complex WordPress sites. John started working with WordPress in 2008 and hasn’t stopped since. A recent transplant to the DFW area, John spends his time at home in Irving enjoying the BBQ, sunsets, and warm nights of North Texas.


Topic: Harnessing the Power of WordPress: Themes and Plugins for Church Websites

Born a geek, Christopher Harris coded his first website in 1997. In 2005 he launched Faith Growth, a Dallas-based consulting company that builds custom Genesis WordPress sites for domestic and international small business and faith-based clients. Christopher particularly enjoys helping churches develop a digital-first mindset, to effectively engage and grow their communities online. Christopher is an active contributor to the local WordPress community.


Topic: Tales from the Command Line

Doug has been using Linux since 1997 or so, but don’t hold that against him. He brings over 15 years of experience in the IT industry to bear on problems related to networks, systems and software, with a special penchant for solving problems in the Linux space. He has spent time at software giants like IBM, in the advanced US Defense Department research community, working with geneticists and medical researchers as a high-performance computing administrator and has even spent a bit of time in a startup or two back in the first Internet Bubble. Lately, he has been working heavily in the areas of systems automation and virtualization. Doug first came across WordPress in 2004 during the Great Licensing Wars and has been a dedicated WP user and contributor since version 1.0. He has experience in developing themes and plugins, contributing to the core WordPress software, participating in the greater community and helping WordPress users get the most out of their sites. Doug also co-organizes the monthly Philadelphia WordPress Meetup and the yearly WordCamp Philadelphia and Tech Week Philly events and is very involved in the Philadelphia metro area WordPress community. When he’s not wrangling Linux, Doug can be found keeping busy with his wife and four kids. He coaches his son’s lacrosse team, is an avid reader, actively participates in his church and community events, and is consumer of music of all kinds. He also owns a kilt.


Topic: Take Your Blog from Blah to Bold: Create Credibility, Visibility & Profitability

Elayna Fernandez, The Positive MOM, teaches bloggers how to turn their passion into their paycheck through her trademarked 7p Guerrilla Positioning System™ (GPS) so they can increase Credibility, Visibility and Profitability™, and ultimately elevate their Impact, Income, and Influence. Elayna encourages, empowers, and equips moms worldwide to have more influence at home, more impact in the world, and more income to make it happen, so they can live a life with JOY, BALANCE, and SUCCESS on their own terms without the guilt, struggles, and overwhelm. Her philosophy is, “BE Positive and You’ll BE Powerful!” Elayna is a Certified Guerrilla Marketing Master Trainer, Bestselling Author, International Keynote Speaker, and Certified Passion Test Facilitator, trusted by thousands of entrepreneurs and some of the world’s successful leaders. Her philosophy is, “BE Positive and You’ll BE Powerful!” For a longer bio, please visit:

Elisha and Elyssa Fernandez

Topic: Be Authentic in your Content in 3 Simple Steps

Elisha is a homeschooled twelve-year-old, and a passionate author, artist, kidpreneur, and speaker. She loves to write, read, spell, draw, paint, and play the piano and guitar. She is proud to be a Certified Guerrilla Marketing Practitioner, trained by Jay Conrad Levinson himself. If Elisha had only 3 words to describe herself they would be creative, generous, and humorous. Elisha lives in Fort Worth, TX with her family and she loves spending time with them. She wrote I Love ME! at age ten, because she is passionate about helping other kids become bully-proof, love themselves, and be the best they can be. Elyssa is eleven years old. She enjoys being an entrepreneur, speaker, artist, and coach. She is homeschooled, and her greatest coach and mentor is her mom, Elayna Fernandez. Elyssa plays the guitar and piano, and she loves to play with her sisters, draw, read, write stories, dance ballet, play tennis, and bike. She’s fascinated with nature, especially animals, and to avoid hurting them, she became vegan. Elyssa teaches children to love themselves and have self-confidence through her books, blog posts, and artistic expressions. Elyssa would be thrilled to get to know you.


Topic: Understanding and Combating Global Censorship with WordPress

John P. Gamboa is a Enterprise Support Specialist at WP Engine in Austin, Texas. Having lived Singapore, South Korea and China for the better part of four years, John worked as a technical editor, writer, teacher and developer. He was also a founding member and WordPress developer for Shanghai Beer Week, China’s first-ever craft beer week. You can read about John’s work and years living overseas at, or @jgamboa on Twitter.


Topic: Freelancer Survival School

James Dalman is an U.S. Army Veteran and the founder of Happy Joe, a non-profit organization that specializes in helping military veterans launch successful careers and businesses in the web technology industry. James has been in the branding, design, and web media industry for over twenty years and has done work for HTC, BMW, Michael Hyatt, Nike Golf, Eskimo Joes, NASCAR, and Arnold Palmer. He was one of the first WordPress theme designers in the marketplace and has spoken at numerous WordCamps.

Stay tuned for the final installment tomorrow with the final speaker list!