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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Trant Batey

Trant is a native Texan from a ranch outside of Seguin. Trant has been a software engineer for over 25 years, starting on punch cards. In the past he has also taught Programming, Filmmaking, and even Driver’s Ed. In the 90’s Trant pursued a dual career as an actor and programmer. He has made a few independent films and had a small part on Spy Kids. In 1999, he served as the Executive Director of the Austin Film Alliance which promoted independent filmmaking in Austin. For years Trant has been looking to move his career into a more academic direction and Codeup is the perfect blend of the professional and academic worlds.

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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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Hung Ly

Hung comes to Codeup with a unique background in technology, management, and education. He studied Computer Science before enlisting in the Air Force. During his eight years of service, Hung held positions as Airfield Operations Manager and Training Manager. He brings experience in developing curriculum, training compliance, and guiding others towards professional growth. In 2017, Hung graduated from Saint Louis University with a B.S. in Aeronautics. He is an advocate for serving others and the community. Hung is also a Codeup alumnus who hopes to empower future students towards a successful career change. In his free time, Hung enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports, and learning new technologies.

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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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Faith Kane

Faith Kane holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from UT Austin and a Master of Education specializing in Talent Development and Advanced Curriculum from Texas State University. Her background in public education spans nineteen years and six districts in Dallas and San Antonio. Faith is a long-time advocate for empowerment through quality education. She is a graduate of Codeup’s Data Science program who now uses her background to guide and support students.

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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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