We met through the WordPress NYC Meetup, brought together by our mutual appreciation for simplicity and the evolution of small things. We are a workers’ collective, a partnership of five professionals who pool our talents and tools to make things better for our clients (and easier for ourselves).
Each member brings a unique set of skills and experiences to the Collective, but we all share a strong belief in open-source software, collaborative effort and empowering the individual WordPress user.
Together, we are a mighty force that you can harness to grow your business, spread your message and know that real people have your back. Here’s a bit more about what each of us does in our “real” lives and our special capabilities and areas of expertise:
Dana Skallman came to WordPress by way of tinkering with the outer-space of the Internet and all the possibilities it holds for communicating, archiving information and displaying what’s of interest to people. It wasn’t long before she realized that her zeal for promoting equitable access to technology, without big business-reliance, lies in working with free/libre/open source software, work she is developing with Glocal.
With Tadpole Dana’s expertise is in developing and integrating organizational workflows using WordPress as a Content Management System (CMS) & configuring CiviCRM as a core Constituent Resource Manager (CRM). She takes pride in providing individuals and organizations with the freedom to focus on their mission while leveraging all that open-source technology has to offer.
Rindy Portfolio is a front-end web developer and writer who has been using WordPress since 2005, when he discovered its incredible ease of use and started learning how to code his own themes. The power that WordPress gives the individual user was immediately apparent to him.
Rindy has held previous jobs in media and publishing, and when he is not wrangling themes and plugins for Tadpole, he works in the tech department of a global market research firm. He is a regular at the WPNYC meetups, and has helped organize WordCamp NYC for the last several years.
Melissa Cahill‘s background is in web-based applications development, content management, and marketing/communications projects for clients in a variety of industries (mostly law firms and non-profits). In 2011 she launched Panoptic Online Marketing, LLC., a full-service Internet Marketing Agency providing integrated solutions for small businesses seeking to leverage their online presence through SEO, paid search advertising, email, social media and SMS (text message) marketing.
Melissa’s involvement with Tadpole skews towards business development and client relationship management, though Panoptic is often asked to consult with Tadpole’s clients on their content and SEO strategy. Building a new WordPress website (or redesigning an old one) is the perfect opportunity to develop your SEO strategy — which is essentially a content marketing strategy. What is she talking about? Ask her.
Kevin Cristiano watches over the Tadpole servers and infrastructure. He has a strong background in SQL databases and has not met a command line he did not like. Kevin came to WordPress in 2005 by chance and has stayed with it ever since. Having spent many years working on hand coded sites, the ability to give bloggers, site owners and just about everyone the ability to not only control their content, but to manage it themselves is the greatest strength of WordPress.