Mary Beth Amaral

As a co-organizer for the WordPress Rhode Island Meetup group, this is the 3rd consecutive year Mary Beth has helped to plan, organize and volunteer at WordCamp Rhode Island.

Mary Beth is the lead designer at Linchpin, a digital agency based out of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where she dreams dreams of a pixel perfect world. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Art History, Mary Beth’s love of learning sent her back to her alma mater where she further explored her passion for information architecture and user experience, earning a degree in Web & Interactive Design. When she’s away from her computer, Mary Beth enjoys renovation projects around the house and spending time with her dogs, Wren and Sadie.

Aaron Ware

Aaron is the founder and President of Linchpin; a Rhode Island based Digital Agency. He has been involved in and around WordPress for 7+ years as a Speaker, Volunteer and as a Co-Organizer for the WordPress Rhode Island Meetup group and WordCamp Rhode Island for the last 2 years.

You can see some of Aaron’s sessions on

Jennifer Kusiak

I am an organizer…I like to order my life so it’s easier to navigate and everybody knows where their car keys are, though we seldom ever live up to that ideal.

I also like to help and do nice things for other people, it makes me happy.

Today, I am a Certified Project Manager currently managing projects for Alex And Ani as an IT Project Coordinator. However, I got my start volunteering in the WordPress Community working with the talented team over at Linchpin 3 years ago.

I live on a farm that I’m rehabbing with my partner, his daughter, our 2 dogs,  2 rats, 17 chickens, and single bearded dragon…his name is Spike.  I also enjoy playing Diablo 3, hiking, standup paddle-boarding, and marveling over how good Netflix’s programming is.

Thank You All for allowing me to help do nice things for wonderful people, WordCamp RI!

Peace, Love & WordPress,

-The Herder of Cats


JoyMarie Adamonis

Joy is a full-time wife and mother to a child with “sensational” needs. She advocates for better education, food allergy awareness, positive self esteem and ending the mental health stigma.

To fill her little piece of spare time, she is a local blogger, freelance writer, WordPress enthusiast, social media planner and certified fitness trainer. She loves learning about the world of blogging and all that WordPress can do for the art of writing. She encourages those around her to write and tell their stories, even if they think no-one is listening. Keep the art of storytelling alive.

Connect with Joy:

Twitter: @Joyousgirl19
LinkedIn: JoyMarie-Adamonis
Facebook: Joy Adamonis
Instagram: @joyousgirl19
Website: My Sensational Kid and Me; Joyfully Me raising a Sensational Kid

Karen Callahan

Karen Callahan is principal of Adventures Online, a WordPress-centric website development firm in Marlborough, MA. Her WordPress experience dates back to when WordPress was known as “b2”, and, Karen has built over 100 WordPress blogs & websites. Through the years, she has written custom widgets and plugins to meet her clients’ business requirements.

Karen prefers WordPress because it has a simple interface with a quick learning curve. Once the website is launched, her clients can be independent and maintain the website on their own. Karen’s favorite scenario is when a client manages their own WordPress website, and calls on her to complete complex stuff or for more advanced training.

Karen considers herself a student of WordPress. She attends WordPress Meetups and WordCamps (and any other WordPress-related seminar/ workshop that comes to her attention).

Karen is proud to be included as a co-organizer for the 2nd year in a row for WordCamp RI (  @WordCampRI ). Want to know more about how Karen feels about the 2016 WordCamp RI?

Connect with Karen:

Twitter: @KarenCallahanMA
LinkedIn: KarenCallahanMarlboro
URL: About Karen Callahan & Adventures Online

Lydia Rogers

Lydia Rogers is the Web Producer/Senior Communications Officer for Lifespan, which includes the websites for Rhode Island, The Miriam, and Newport hospitals.  She’s also an Adjunct Professor at the Community College of Rhode Island, currently teaching Social Media Communication.

WordPress has been a part of Lydia’s life for the past several years and she’s been one of the organizers for the last four WordCamps RI.  She’s the author of many of the blog posts and social media activity leading up to this year’s WordCamp RI.

Lydia has a Masters in Media Studies (new and traditional) from Rhode Island College and B.A. in Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College.