Caitlin Studley Potter

Caitlin Studley Potter is a Rhode Island native, but has been a Dallas transplant for the last 8 years. She graduated from Roger Williams University with a BS in English & Foreign Language (Spanish), and remains a complete literary nerd. Originally beginning her career in insurance as a claims adjuster, she eventually transitioned into tech where she pursued recruiting, operations, HR, employee experience, and more. Caitlin owns her own career consulting business on the side, where she helps her clients transition into jobs they love. When she’s not working, you can find her around town riding her bike, trying out new restaurants, or with her nose in a book.

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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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Brianna

Brianna is our current Business Development Intern. She is a student at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, majoring in Psychology. Her mission is to pursue a PhD in Psychology and become a Licensed Professional Counselor. In Brianna’s spare time she enjoys drawing, listening to country music, gardening, and playing the wonderful sport of basketball with her closest friends. If given the chance, she experiments on a variety of food dishes and baked goods, to which her surprise are not always tasty. Brianna’s heart belongs to her family and loves spending time with her grandparents. She aspires to help the Codeup community in paving the way for their future by finding jobs they have their heart set on.

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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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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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Olivia Lucero

Olivia joins Codeup as a Content Copywriter. She studied relationships and psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She uses her previous experience coaching clients at Match and creating content for Mend, a company that helps people through heartbreak, to write content that empowers people. She brings skills in branding, content marketing, and copywriting. Her hobbies include working on her own blog, baking, hiking, and playing board games. A Parisian at heart and former French Club President, she loves all things French culture. She’s also our resident fashionista.

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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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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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Kristin Davis

Kristin is our current Marketing intern. She is born and raised in San Antonio, TX, where she attends UTSA and studies Marketing. Kristin enjoys writing, listening to music, cooking, and watching the Pink Panther with Steve Martin and she doesn’t care what Terrell has to say about that. She hopes to pursue her writing and creative thinking skills with us at Codeup to contribute to our mission of helping people launch their careers in tech and create their tomorrow!

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