WPCoffeeTalk

WPCoffeeTalk

By Michelle Ames
Welcome to WPCoffeeTalk, where we talk to all kinds of people in the WordPress community!

One of the best ways to get to know someone is to sit down over coffee and “shoot the breeze.” Here at WPCoffeeTalk, we do just that.

Find out what’s in their cup, what they do with WordPress, how they got started, some of their favorite things, what they’ve learned along the way, and more.

You never know what might happen over coffee.
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Ep 59 WPCoffeeTalk: Aida Correa
Aida Correa is a serial WordCamp volunteer and speaker. Her passion is helping others discover not only what WordPress can do for their businesses, but what the WordPress Community can do for them, too. And her artwork is amazing!
32:58
January 22, 2020
Ep 58 WPCoffeeTalk: Micah Wood
Micah Wood's handle everywhere is @WPScholar, and it suits him well! A core contributor to WordPress and a developer at Bluehost, Micah is not only a scholar, but a great guy with a great sense of humor, too! I know you'll enjoy meeting him here on WPCoffeeTalk as much as I did!
45:55
January 22, 2020
Ep 57 WPCoffeeTalk: Bob Dunn
BobWP is a WordPress podcasting icon and a true enthusiast. Through his episodes he and his guests share great information and help countless WordPress users with their businesses. It was an honor and a blast to have him on WPCoffeeTalk with me!
46:28
January 13, 2020
Ep 56 WPCoffeeTalk: Christie Witt
Christie Witt is an integral part of the WordPress community in Ottawa, Canada. A true community builder, Christie has taken it to the next level by offering WordPress classes through WPProgression and focusing on the annual WordCamps in Ottawa. Enjoy this fun convo with her!
37:39
January 13, 2020
Ep 55 WPCoffeeTalk: Michelle Schulp
Michelle is amazing at what she does. An inspired artist and designer, Michelle creates for her customers bespoke designs and sites that not only meet their needs, but do it with style and grace. She also happens to be a generous WordCamp speaker and WordPress community member.
45:48
January 8, 2020
Ep 54 WPCoffeeTalk: Allison Smith
Allison is a content maven, skillfully creating stories to connect your site to your customers. She also uses her expertise to advance the WordPress community in the Niagara Falls area of Canada. She's a gifted community builder. I know you'll enjoy meeting her!
51:49
December 16, 2019
Ep 53 WPCoffeeTalk: Machielle Thomas
Machielle Thomas represents one of the best aspects of Bluehost - the people. She's intelligent, fun, caring, and community-minded. As a matter of fact, she represents the best aspect of the WordPress community - people helping people. If you have the good fortune to meet Machielle at a WordCamp, you have been fortunate, indeed!
47:01
December 10, 2019
Ep 52 WPCoffeeTalk: Taylor Waldon
Taylor Waldon is a gifted content marketer. Besides her work at Impress.org, she runs writing courses, is a poet, a ghost writer, and a fierce warrior for people with disabilities.
40:06
December 9, 2019
Ep 51 WPCoffeeTalk: Sam Smith
Sam Smith is one of the kindest, gentlest, funniest firefighter turned web developers I know. (He's also the only one.) I also get to work with him at GiveWP (you can all be jealous). It's always fun to talk to him, and this episode is proof of that.
48:52
December 6, 2019
Ep 50 WPCoffeeTalk: Michelle Frechette
In this episode Chrissie Pollock turns the tables and interviews ME! I'm excited to be your podcast barista at WPCoffeeTalk. This is my heart's work and my love letter to the WordPress Community. Facilitating the stories of amazing people in WordPress is my honor and my pleasure, and I'm eternally grateful for my amazing guests!
44:26
December 3, 2019
Ep 49 WPCoffeeTalk: Rahul Sarker
Rahul Sarker is the CEO of Peergrowth Technologies, providing WordPress Development & Consultation services. Rahul says that for him, the WordPress Community is like family, which he enjoys meeting at WordCamps. Meet Rahul!
42:28
December 2, 2019
Ep 48 WPCoffeeTalk: Alison Knott
Alison Knott is a fun, zany, lay-it-all-out-there designer and marketer who really knows her stuff and loves to help others. She is also the founder of WordCamp Halifax and an inspired WordCamp speaker. You can't help but be enchanted by her!
54:56
November 27, 2019
Ep 47 WPCoffeeTalk: Kyle Maurer
If you want to meet someone who goes out of his way to help others in the WordPress space, look no further than Kyle Maurer. Kyle is well-entrenched in everything WordPress from his full-time job, to speaking at WordCamps, to hosting podcasts. He's also a really gracious gentleman, and a total comedian at the same time. Say hello to Kyle!
1:08:19
November 25, 2019
Ep 46 WPCoffeeTalk: Dan Maby
Dan Maby saw a need and decided to build toward a solution. The result is WP&UP, an organization that helps the WordPress community have access to mental health counselors, as well as information and help with physical and business health. It takes a special person to care that much about a whole community. Dan is that person.
47:22
November 21, 2019
Ep 45 WPCoffeeTalk: Carole Olinger
Carole Olinger is what I call a real go-getter. This year she joined WP&UP to be the Crew Chief for headto.org, a huge undertaking where she and anyone else who wants to join will bicycle from Germany to Portugal for #WCEU 2020! Spending time with Carole was inspirational. I know you'll agree!
54:22
November 17, 2019
Ep 44 WPCoffeeTalk: Paul Oyler
Paul Oyler was one of the first friendly faces I knew in the WordPress community outside of New York. A staunch supporter of the WordPress community, and a supporter of mental health for WordPress users, Paul can frequently be found at WordCamps in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and beyond. Say hello to Pappy Oyler here on WPCoffeeTalk!
51:10
November 13, 2019
Ep 43 WPCoffeeTalk: Ben Townsend
Ben Townsend appeared in my Twitter feed one day, and from there a beautiful friendship (or several hundred?) were born. Ben blogs about all things WordPress - plugins, themes, core, the community - and in his day job is a Marketing Manager. Say hello to Ben on Twitter, and you may end up with several hundred more followers, too!
1:01:03
November 7, 2019
Ep 42 WPCoffeeTalk: James Laws
James Laws might like coffee even more than I do. He's also a huge believer in collaboration, community, and sharing knowledge. Co-founder of Saturday Drive (Ninja Forms, Ninja Shop, Caldera Forms, and Send WP - and a COFFEE SHOP), James also has a podcast. Maybe we're long lost siblings?
58:02
October 29, 2019
Ep 41 WPCoffeeTalk: Michele Jones
Michele Jones collects WordPress friends wherever she goes. A true community builder, Michele is always ready to share the love of WordPress. She's also tech-savvy, which she shows every day in her work at Thrive. Once you meet her, you'll want to be her friend, too!
46:04
October 28, 2019
Ep 40 WPCoffeeTalk: Cami Kaos
Cami Kaos is more than a community organizer for WordPress. She's also its biggest fan, cheerleader, and supporter. I first met Cami in launching WordCamp Rochester in 2016. Over the years I've watched her fiercely protect and advocate for the community while delighting in watching it grow. It's an honor to introduce you to her through WPCoffeeTalk.
51:07
October 25, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Steve Grunwell
Steve Grunwell is a Sr. Software Engineer for the Managed WordPress and WooCommerce hosting platforms at Liquid Web. He's also an accomplished plugin author, speaker, and blogger. I hope you enjoy meeting him as much as I did!
1:12:55
October 24, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Adam Silver
Adam Silver is a salt-of-the-earth, skilled, friendly, and humorous WordPress community member. And wait until you hear what's in his coffee mug! If you don't already know Adam, it's my pleasure to introduce you to him here.
49:28
October 22, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Angela Jin
Angela Jin is a powerhouse when it comes to building community, organization, and passion for people. She's a lead organizer for WCUS 2019, and as an organizer, I got to work with her. Doing a WPCT episode with her let me get to know her even better. I'm pleased to be able to introduce her here!
50:00
October 18, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Chrissie Pollock
Chrissie Pollock exemplifies what the WordPress community is all about. A Happiness Engineer with Automattic, Chrissie also volunteers her time and talent to WordCamps and Meetups as a volunteer, attendee, and speaker. And always with a smile!
44:09
October 14, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Ryan Welcher
Ryan Welcher is the lead web engineer for 10UP. He works in enterprise level themes and plugins and is a regular WordPress core contributor and component maintainer. I really enjoyed getting to know him on WPCoffeetalk!
42:54
October 11, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Shanta Nathwani
Shanta Nathwani is multi-faceted: WordPress champion, developer, designer, instructor, and holds a 3rd degree black belt in 3 different martial arts. She is also a fellow Wonder Woman fan and is my connection to Coffee Crisp, Kinder Eggs, and butter tarts!
1:03:07
October 10, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: David Bisset
David Bisset is well ingrained in the WordPress community. He's a WordCamp organizer, blogger, WordCamp/Meetup speaker, developer, and jokester. He's THE armchair WordCamper, diligent about sharing WordCamps and speakers around the world.
1:07:37
October 8, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Matt Cromwell
Matt Cromwell wears many hats in the WordPress World: Partner at Impress.org, Admin of the Advanced WordPress Group and website, WordCamp speaker, community advocate, and frequent contributor and guest to so many groups, sites, and podcasts. Truly a WordPress gem!
55:41
October 1, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Emily Hunkler
Emily Hunkler is the Marketing Coordinator for GoWP. Her WordPress and personal lives have been intertwined back as far as her travels through Spain and up to her amazing marketing with GoWP. Our conversation was so much fun!
48:30
September 30, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Terri Tutich
Terri Tutich is the driving force that keeps the Pittsburgh WordPress Community organized and moving forward. Her passion is teaching and empowering others to use WordPress for their small businesses and personal projects.
38:13
September 29, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Chris Wiegman
Chris Wiegman came to WordPress from an industry most would never guess, in an unconventional way, and now works for one of the industry's giants. He's a frequent WordCamp speaker, plugin developer, and all-around great guy. I'm blessed to known him, and it's my pleasure to introduce you to him here.
41:12
September 27, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Róbert Mészáros
Róbert Mészáros is a tech guru who quietly shares his skills and products with the tech community. A brilliant developer, his work is both interesting and innovative.
40:44
September 25, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: John Aron
John Aron is a wiz at internet security. Not only does his company help  new customers recover from any security issues, they also help them stay  secure, and work toward a safer internet for everyone.
37:01
September 19, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Joe Howard
Joe Howard's enthusiasm for the WordPress community is infectious. Through WP Buffs, WPMRR, and his podcast and printable resources (not to mention the great talks he's given at WordCamps), Joe helps his customers and everyone he can as well!
50:49
September 19, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Mary Job
Mary Job is a WordPress powerhouse! A true community leader and champion, Mary advocates for others, works diligently for her customers, and contributes globally to WordPress.
43:13
September 16, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Heather Gray
Heather Gray is a freelance web developer and designer in Ontario, Canada, who makes it look easy! A WordCamp speaker and artisan, Heather contributes to her community in many ways, including at meetups. I'm sure you'll enjoy meeting her as much as I did!
42:23
September 13, 2019
WPCoffeetalk: Tim McKenna
Not only is Tim McKenna a wiz at all things WordPress, but he also speaks at WordCamps, contributes locally, and has a clientele unlike most others. Give this episode a listen to learn from someone we think is an all-around great person.
1:05:52
August 30, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Justin Ahinon
Justin Ahinon is an avid WordPress developer, community member, speaker, teacher and advocate. His dream is to empower others to use WordPress. He's a core contributor and release leader. We think he's pretty cool.
37:36
August 29, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Drew Linsalata
Drew Linsalata wants to contribute to the WordPress community in a huge way. His company, Helix Managed WordPress Hosting does just that by taking care of your site updates and backups - and supporting many areas of WordPress in philanthropic ways.
37:37
August 28, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Ben Dunkle
Ben Dunkle is a graphic artist, designer, and developer. He has contributed icons to WordPress.org, teaches WordPress, and organizes the WordPress meetup and WordCamp in Buffalo, New York. He's a WordPress enthusiast who believes in the power of the Open Source Project, and it's availability to all.
46:28
August 16, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: William Jackson
William Jackson has a heart for kids. His project, My Quest to Teach teaches kids the value of accountability and responsibility associated with Social Media and Tech. He is passionate about youth having bright and wonderful futures. One conversation with him and you will be, too.
42:30
August 14, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Abdullah Ramzan
Abdullah Ramzan is a software engineer with Nextbridge Pvt Ltd. A WordPress veteran for a long time, Abbdullah describes the WordPress community as "it's just awesome!" We think he's awesome, too!
33:24
August 8, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Josh Pollock
Josh Pollock is the lead developer and co-founder of Caldera Forms. He's a great contributor to the WordPress community, and frequent speaker at WordCamps. And he has the most infectious laugh.
46:26
August 5, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Fairy Dharawat
Fairy Dharawat is more than a content creator and writer. She's also an artist. And she understands the importance of self care. Her enthusiasm is contagious and delightful! Listening to her story, you will learn a bit about content, and a lot more about her joy of life.
43:09
August 2, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Kiera Howe
Kiera Howe is a developer and tech guru. A problem-solver, she develops ways to make processes that don't exist, and make existing processes more efficient and faster. Her newest project DragonTeach helps course instructors teach WordPress in a streamlined, hosted, way. 
59:17
July 29, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Maryann Reissig
Maryann Ressig is a super-talented developer and WordPress community member. Organizer for WordCamp Rochester, and on the WPCampus organizing team, she loves helping, sharing, and teaching all things WordPress and Higher Ed.
58:41
July 27, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Chris Clemens
Chris Clemens runs one of the coolest blogs in New York State, about the fun (and funky) things you can find there. His photographs and writing, using the WordPress platform, showcase all the cool things he discovers.
42:59
July 23, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Laura Byrne Christiano
Laura Byrne Christiano brings a rich background and experience in web, media and the theatre to what she does with WordPress for business and the community. Having run a hugely successful blog, she has what it takes to help her clients and run the PR/Communications team for WordCamp US!
49:28
July 19, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Miriam Goldman
Miriam Goldman is a dynamo! She is a WordPress developer, ballroom dancer, and martial artist. She also speaks at and organizes WordCamps and Meetups. She's a strong supporter of women in technology, specifically WordPress.
34:19
July 17, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Mike Demo
Mike Demo is an Evangelist for BoldGrid. In his job he attends WordCamps and other tech conferences regularly, contributes to the community, loves all things Disney and tiki, and can also dazzle with a little magic. Mike describes the WordPress community as family. We agree, and we're glad he's in the WordPress family, too.
46:23
July 12, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Keanan Koppenhaver
Keanan Koppenhaver is a problem solver. A part of the Chicago-area WordPress community, his goal is to help businesses advance their web-based products to the next stage. As a veteran WordCamp speaker, Keanan is also a contributor to the global WordPress community.
37:13
July 8, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Birgit Olzem
Birgit Olzem is a WordPress/WordCamp powerhouse! In spite of illness and other hardships, she contributes to core, runs her own business, raises a family (5 children and a grandchild!), and organizes WordCamps. When it comes to WordPress, she's all in! Birgit is definitely someone I admire.
39:07
July 5, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Tricia Isham
Tricia Isham is a WordPress developer/designer in my hometown of Rochester, NY. Tricia works with small businesses and entrepreneurs to build their brands online. Working with Tricia off and on through the years never ceases to make me smile...especially when she's wearing her signature Chucks!
35:38
July 2, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Matt Graham
Matt Graham is one of the nicest WordPress community members I know. Knowledgeable, friendly, and a great designer/developer, this freelancer is someone you should know. (And he ALWAYS brings me Canadian candy to any camps we're at together!) WordPress World, meet my friend, Matt Graham!
53:06
July 1, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Meagan Hanes
Meagan Hanes is one of the first people in the wider WordPress community who encouraged me to connect, speak, and contribute outside of my region. She is a leader of the WordPress Ottawa community, Technical Project Manager at WebDevStudios, and (in my humble opinion) a WordPress guru. It's my pleasure to share her story on WPCoffeeTalk!
32:59
June 28, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Nidhi Jain
Nidhi Jain is one of the most enthusiastic community members I've ever met. Her love of all things WordPress is infectious. She is the 2018 winner of the Kim Parsells Scholarship Award, and I can see why. She represents all that is good in our community.
37:14
June 21, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Dwayne McDaniel
Dwayne McDaniel is a master of karaoke, stand up comedy, and making his customers happy. As a Developer Advocate for Pantheon, you will find Dwayne at WordCamps all over the world contributing to the WordPress community.
46:13
June 18, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Christina Workman
Christina Workman is a freelance WordPress Web Designer and frequent WordCamp organizer. She is devoted to teaching kids code at code camps and locally. She has been a WordCamp speaker, pay-it-forward WordPresser, and loves the WordPress community.
40:46
June 14, 2019
WPCoffeeTalk: Allie Nimmons
Allie Nimmons is a fantastic WordPress Web Designer, working with both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She has been a WordCamp speaker, pay-it-forward WordPresser, and loves the WordPress community.
47:11
June 6, 2019