Devin B. Holmes
Devin is Founder of the Big Sky Code Academy™, a state-wide effort to increase the technology talent pipeline today and in the future for the state of Montana. Guided by our belief that by training both adults to enter the workforce today as well as training youth to pursue academic and professional careers in technology in the future, the Big Sky Code Academy provides intensive accelerated boot camp style full-time and part-time software development and technology training programs. The Big Sky Code Academy is an initiative of the America Campaign™, a national non-profit working to improve the lives of all Americans through technology, education and the arts.
Prior to launching the Big Sky Code Academy, Devin also co-founded the Montana Code School and founded Warrior Gateway®, a national non-profit that connected of the military community with members of its G.I. Network®, a collaborative of over 220,000 trusted and reliable local service organizations, programs, educators and employers. Devin’s efforts were recognized in 2011 with the Federal Computer Week Fed-100 award for significant contributions to the Federal IT community and in 2012 with a ComputerWorld Honors Laureate for his innovation in creating an open-source platform for information sharing in the veteran and military family sector.
Devin is a Montana Ambassador, holds a Masters of Business Administration from both London Business School and Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.
A native of Montana, Douglas Walter received his Bachelors degree in Finance from the University of Montana. After graduation, Doug went to work for McMeel Insurance in Great Falls, MT as an insurance producer and software administrator. One of his core responsibilities was to work with the company to implement a new technology initiative to support and automate core business processes including Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.
After working with the SaaS industry and discovering a passion for technology, Doug began to teach himself how to code, with the intention of one day architecting his own SaaS applications. After learning Ruby on Rails in an online boot camp, Doug moved to San Francisco where he attended Coding House, a full time immersion live-in boot camp. Upon graduation, Doug remained with Coding House as a developer and instructor for the next 6 months.
Missing Montana, Doug decided to move back to continue his career as a freelance developer and product manager. A year later, he was afforded the opportunity to be part of the founding team of the Montana Code School where as lead instructor, his primary role was to develop and implement the curriculum for the school. Doug discovered he had a true passion for helping people through the challenges of learning how to code and helping them jumpstart their new careers.
Driven by his desire to have a broader impact on the future of the technology sector in Montana, Doug joined the America Campaign™ as Director of Education and Technology where he will help define technology strategy and educational curriculum for a multitude of brands, including the Big Sky Code Academy™ and the Montana Code Girls™.
Lander grew up in Boone, North Carolina. She earned her undergraduate degree in Education, English and Social Studies from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and then immediately set out for Montana after graduation to begin her career in education. She taught 8-12th grade in a rural Montana district, while earning her Master’s Degree in Instruction and Curriculum from Montana State University.
After four years teaching in Montana, Lander left for a one year urban teaching experience in Michigan, returning after to teach 6th-12th grade in Big Sky, Montana where she helped to implement a 1:1 device program, plan a statewide technology summit and, of course, helped students comprehend the delicacies of American literature.
Hoping to influence Montana’s educational system further than the walls of her individual classroom, and provide support to her favorite group of professionals Lander enthusiastically joined the American Campaign as the Program Director of Montana Teachers Teaching Tech to educate and inspire other educators to use technology to benefit Montana’s students.