Deanna Tavernier | Chapter Director

In her former life, Deanna was a geologist working for a major corporation in Texas.  During those 13 years, she saw firsthand the need to increase and retain the number of women in science and technology.  Deanna now devotes her time to increasing the number of girls pursuing STEM fields and ensuring women have satisfying and fulfilling tech careers.

Ivette Cortez | Program Manager

A Chicago native, Ivette has dedicated most of her life to working with underrepresented populations. A first generation daughter of Guatemalan immigrants, she would spend her summers in Guatemala, where she developed a love of learning. In 2016, she learned front-end development and uses her skills to develop a programming curriculum at Holy Family Bilingual School. She is passionate about empowering women, girls, and promoting equity and diversity in tech and hopes to introduce ChickTech to more first generation girls in Seattle.

You can reach Ivette at

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Aparna Durvasula | High School Program Lead

Before relocating to Seattle, Aparna spent five years working for tech startups in the Texas area. In Austin, she recognized the need to attract women to tech positions and began volunteering with ChickTech’s Austin chapter. Aparna believes that high school is a crucial time to excite female students about STEM careers and hopes to increase the number of high school girls who are exposed to STEM through ChickTech.

You can reach Aparna at

High School Team

Govardhini Pusarla, Chelsea Galvez, Ben Toshio Williamson, Shubha Rajan, Aidiris Rivera, Shama Keskar, Jenny Shaw

ACT-W Planning Committee

Carissa Garnant, Karen Altus, Sarah Gilbert, Tamires Boniolo

Career Program Co-Lead

Aseel Abdullah

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