Meghan Desai

Meghan Desai

Meghan is our current Operations Intern, as well as a student at Trinity University, where she is studying Business Management. At Codeup, Meghan works on Finance, Compliance, and HR projects. Meghan was born and raised in Houston, but she’s also lived in The Netherlands and London, and loves to travel. When not at work or in class, you can find her exploring the San Antonio food scene, watching movies with friends, discovering local coffee shops, learning about all things birth charts, or reading a good book.

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Katie Facemire

Katie is our Operations Associate. Originally from Houston, she moved to San Antonio to attend UTSA and graduated with a degree in Marketing. Before Codeup, Katie spend a year living in Shanghai, China teaching English. While living abroad she loved traveling, learning more about other cultures, and eating all types of new foods! On the weekends you can find her visiting her favorite dog parks in San Antonio with her best four-legged friend, Alaska. She’s loves being active and playing sports. Her two favorite sports are women’s tackle football and rugby.

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Liza Gomez

Liza comes to Codeup from the education sector after a career of serving as teacher and athletic coach in San Antonio and working for a K-12 EdTech company. Liza is excited to continue working in an education environment while helping students find their path after graduation from Codeup. With a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College, Liza has always found her way back home to San Antonio. Outside of Codeup, you can catch her spending time with her family and doggo, traveling, reading, or playing adult rec sports.

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Marianna Vargas Muñoz

Marianna comes from a background in Student Development in Higher Education and Business best practices. She will be utilizing her passion for creating strong and meaningful relationships to help our students fulfill their career goals.

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Gabriel Moon

Gabriel Moon

Gabriel is one of Codeup’s newest hires, joining the Placement team as a Business Development Representative. He majored in Political Science at Haverford College and most recently became a Fellow with Venture for America, seeking to promote organic economic growth in San Antonio alongside fellow Fellows in thirteen other cities. At Haverford Gabriel played Division III lacrosse and served as President and Treasurer of the Haverford Charcuterie Union, bringing people together with fancy meats and cheeses. Recently, Gabriel has spent his summers working as an Account Manager and Sales Intern, and hopes to bring a new perspective to the team as he works to source high-quality opportunities for Codeup program graduates. He is an avid reader and writer, loves to cook, and has recently taken up skateboarding though he spends more time falling than skating.

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Amanda DeFrees

Amanda DeFrees has just recently joined as Marketing and Admissions Intern from the 2020 Students + Startups Program. Amanda studies Communications with a Business Administration minor at Texas A&M – Kingsville. Her previous experience includes Digital Marketing Manager for the Javelina Marching Band as well as the full-time videographer for Javelina Athletics. Amanda is also the owner of her freelance photography/videography business Purple Panda Productions.

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Mariam Naqvi

Mariam graduated from University of Texas at San Antonio with a BBA in Management Science & Business Analytics. She is a Northern California transplant who fell in love with Texas BBQ and couldn’t leave it behind. Prior to joining the Codeup family, she has held a handful of different roles – ranging from teacher to data analyst to a stint as an aircraft technician. She enjoys experiencing new places and cuisines as well as meeting new people. When she is not working, she loves to play sudoku, hike, work in her garden, bake cookies and play video games with her family.

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Stuart Rowe

Stuart Rowe

Stuart is one of Codeup’s Admission Managers and focuses on placing students in Codeup’s data science classes. Prior to landing in San Antonio, Stuart’s journey has taken him all over the US. Born north of Boston, he earned a BS in Neuroscience from Tulane University in New Orleans, then spent 3 years at a biotech startup in Cleveland as a Venture for America fellow where he worked in business analysis and operations. Outside of Codeup, Stuart is a huge transit nerd and would love nothing more than to talk your ear off about why you should love and support the bus in your city. He’s also a wannabe chef and enjoys biking and enjoying local parks.

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Haley Mercer

Haley graduated from Texas A&M with a BA in Communications. Prior to joining the Admissions team, she entered the IT industry as a Technical Recruiter in the San Antonio area. This prior experience gives her a unique perspective on the local and national market for IT talent. Outside of work, She can be found exploring the growing city and eating all the tacos! She has a love for art galleries, local coffee shops, cooking new recipes and T.V. documentaries.

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Xavier Simpson

Xavier is our Admissions and Operations Manager for our Dallas campus. Before Codeup, Xavier worked various startups in the gig-economy space. He graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BBA in Management. Off campus, you can find Xavier strutting his way to the nearest taco stand. He also enjoys live music, theme parks, and volunteering.

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