ChickTech Chicago Leadership

Katie SanFilippo
Regional Director, Midwest, ChickTech

Katie is the Regional Director of the Midwest for ChickTech. She is an advisor to ChickTech Chicago while also supporting the development of ChickTech chapters in cities throughout the Midwest.

Beth Shea Palmer
Program Manager, ChickTech Chicago

Beth leads ChickTech Chicago programs by night, delivers digital content strategy for Moto by day. She’s a native Chicagoan passionate about empowering girls and women in tech.

Beth participated in starting ChickTech’s first chapter in Portland, OR, in 2012, after meeting ChickTech founder Janice Levenhagen-Seeley at TechFestNW. At the time, Beth managed digital personalization strategies at Nike. ChickTech’s mission resonated, and witnessing the impact of the first ChickTech High School in Portland cemented Beth’s dedication to ChickTech programs.

In addition to involvement in ChickTech, Beth spends free time with family and friends, volunteering with the Motorola Mobility Foundation, managing her friend’s industrial band, taking sculpture classes, and explaining to everyone why she voluntarily moved back from Hawaii. Professionally, prior to Moto and Nike, Beth worked as executive producer of an ecommerce startup, and before that, journalist at publications including Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post, and Ad Age.

Nicole Frapolly
Program Manager, ChickTech Chicago

Nicole is the Manager of Data Services at Enova, leading an incredibly talented team of people in data analytics, and database reporting—including ETL Developers,  and Data Warehousing experts. Prior to joining Enova, Nicole was working in Sydney, Australia as the Manager of Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence for a proprietary trading firm. Nicole has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems (2000) and a Master’s of Information Systems Management (2007), graduating with Distinction for both degrees.

After two decades as a Software Engineer, and experiencing the lack of gender diversity in IT on two continents, Nicole returned to the United States in 2013 looking for a way to engage more young women interested in STEM careers. Thanks to Enova’s Women in Technology group, Nicole was introduced to ChickTech, and has the extraordinary opportunity of establishing ChickTech’s Chicago Chapter. Nicole is excited to meet this year’s ChickTech Chicago cohort and can’t wait for these fabulous young ladies to learn how fun IT/STEM really is!

Saloni Shah
Lead, ACT-W Conference
Lead, ChickTech Careers

Saloni is a software engineer, currently at CDK Global, building automotive retail software. She has a Masters degree in Biotechnology from University of Pune, India, and a Masters of Science degree in Computer Science from Loyola University Chicago. Apart from solving problems using software, Saloni is also interested in improving associate engagement and workplace culture. You will often find her co-organizing associate activities at CDK (hack-a-thons and other fun stuff). Saloni is an avid conference and meet-up goer.

Saloni is also passionate about increasing gender diversity in technology and leadership roles. To that end, she has co-founded two Lean In circles – the CDK Hoffman Lean In Circle and the Chicagoland Tech Women Lean In Circle. She is also a co-organizer of the Chicagoland Women In Technology Meetups and a volunteer and mentor for ChickTech. She loves spending time with family and friends, dabbling in photography, and most of all, reading. If the day had slightly more than 24 hours, she would also be working on her setting up her website and blog and learning to play the guitar.

Ashley Nicollette
Lead, ChickTech Chicago Participant Engagement

Ashley is a game producer, nomad and tabletop enthusiast. At 16, she was forced to move out on her own, graduating high school two years later with an associate’s degree. At 18, Ashley moved to Chicago to attend DePaul University as a leadership scholar. For four years, she worked as a game developer while taking classes: she has 20 titles under her belt, including working on Mortal Kombat. Ashley is proud to help youth recognize their limitless potential. As a STEM mentor, she loves facilitating the cathartic process of digital art creation and teaching how to create games that explore personal struggles or societal issues. In another life, she was a YouTube partner with over 150,000 views. If lost, she can be found at Second City frolicking with other aspiring writers or faithfully attending Dungeons & Dragons and Shadowrun sessions. Ashley also enjoys training her cat how to fetch and is close to perfecting her magnum opus, Perfection in a Cup: Chai.

Kathryn Smith
Lead, ChickTech Chicago High School
Instructor, ChickTech Chicago Workshops
Kathryn is a software engineer at Capital One working on web applications. She received a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from James Madison University and is studying for her Masters of Science in Computer Science from the University of Chicago. Kathryn is deeply committed to getting more women into STEM fields and was looking for a holistic-approach nonprofit when deciding which of the many women-in-tech nonprofits to dedicate her efforts.
In her free time, she loves running, exploring foods and drinks in Chicago, treating her cat like a dog, traveling, and immersing herself in learning new things in the SWE space. Her dream is to give a radical TED talk about either women in STEM, personal finance, or some mix of both.

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