Organizers

Kyle Laverty

Kyle is a freelance digital creative in Apex, NC. Originally from Pittsburgh, he served 4 years in the Air Force working on fighter jets before transitioning out and eventually finding an interest in web design and development.

A self-taught developer, Kyle currently does freelance work for several different companies as part of his freelance business, Laverty Creative. In addition to this, he manages a veteran-focused website, Creative Vets, and also designs T-Shirts.

Outside of that he enjoys spending time with his fiancé, 5 kids and 2 dogs,

Lauren Jeffcoat

Lauren has built WordPress websites for over eight years and is currently part of the WPML team. She loves building WordPress websites and has worn many hats in the world of web development including Project Manager, Customer Service Representative, Account Strategist, and Web Designer.

Originally from New England, she now lives in Surfside Beach, South Carolina. She enjoys sharing her knowledge along with tips and tricks learned from various experiences.

Although Lauren is a regular on the WordCamp talk circuit, she’s also made a presence at various conferences that include The Grand Strand Tech Expo, New South Digital Conference, and Real Estate Software Seminars.

Jeanne Casper

Jeanne Casper is a small business web design freelancer. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art, Jeanne began her digital design journey in graduate school, earning a master’s degree in Multimedia. From there she moved onto web design, web based software design, and for 10 years taught web design, animation, and graphic design software applications.

Currently she spends her time working in WordPress, helping small business owners, non-profits and individuals build online presence, and learn how to manage their websites.

Born and raised in Boston, MA she made her way to Wilmington, NC after a 7 year stint in Silicon Valley. She spends much of her free time enjoying the beach with her husband and two children.

Peter La Fond

Peter La Fond is the Founder and CEO of My Internet Scout, LLC, a digital marketing firm serving businesses of all sizes in locations across the country.
Peter graduated from California State University, Sacramento in 1994. Peter’s high technology career has spanned across two decades in Silicon Valley. He’s worked for various sized high technology firms, ranging from start-up to Fortune 500. Peter has employed the WordPress engine as the exclusive platform for the websites his firm develops. In addition, Peter is the Founder of the San Jose WordPress Meetup.

In 2015, Peter moved to Wilmington from Silicon Valley. Although his Silicon Valley roots run deep, he loves Wilmington. Peter, his wife, and two dogs are happy to call Wilmington home.

Derek Schmidt

Derek Schmidt considers himself a native to the Wilmington area. Shortly after 2 Derek’s family relocated to the area and he has not left since. Derek owns DesignLoud, a web design company in Wilmington, NC primarily working in custom and open source WordPress themes and plugins. Derek has a wife and 3 children and in his off time is known to play guitar, surf and read up on technology.