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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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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Jenny Stark

Jenny Stark

Jenny graduated from UTSA with a BBA in Management and Marketing. Prior to Codeup, Jenny worked at an accounting firm as their Marketing Coordinator and assisted with Client Services. She currently serves as our Marketing Associate with a focus on our traditional marketing efforts. Outside of work, she is either on a transatlantic adventure or sleeping, there’s no in between. She loves Marvel and interactive video games which makes Codeup the perfect nerdy environment for her to thrive in.

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Parker Ball

Parker Ball

Parker joins Codeup as a 2019 Venture for America Fellow. A Mississippi native, Parker served four years in the Marines as an Administrative Specialist at MCAS Beaufort, SC and the US Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. After serving, he received his BS in Recreation Administration from the University of Minnesota and his Masters in International Affairs from Penn State University. When he’s not at work, Parker loves watching reruns of The Office while binge eating his two favorite foods, sushi and pizza – Not simultaneously…. well, sometimes. In order to maintain this lifestyle, Parker also enjoys hitting the gym and running.

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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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