The Team

PyCascades is organized by members of the Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland Python communities. Our goal is to host a diverse, accessible, and memorable conference.

Feel free to reach out to anyone of us with suggestions, concerns or even just to say that you're excited for PyCascades 2024.

Angel Hoeppner

Conference Co-Chair

Angeleah is relatively new to Python, but not programming. She fell in love with the Logo Turtle at 10 and never looked back. She currently works as an IT technician at a local business where she lives in the Gulf Islands. When she’s not glued to her computer screen she loves hiking and photography, is learning to sew, and spends too much time doing puzzles with her partner.

Ben Berry

Conference Co-chair

Ben is an SRE based in Seattle. He currently works on a private Platform-as-a-Service, and has previously worked in SRE and DevOps roles at the Allen Institute for Cell Science, Blue Nile, and Intermedia. When he’s not working, Ben is out playing ice hockey, hiking, camping, and fiddling around with photography.

Chethana Gopinath

Accessibility Chair

Chethana is a Software Engineer at and a Senior Lead at WWCode Python. She has a Masters in Computer Science from SUNY Binghamton and now resides in California. She enjoys learning, solving problems, and spends her free time experimenting with new cuisines and flavors in her kitchen and exploring beautiful scenic places.

Vishal Bakshi

Program Chair

Vishal is a data analyst with a background in teaching and engineering. He is passionate about machine learning and trustworthy AI. In his free time he enjoys participating in Kaggle competitions, contributing to the fastai community, and frequenting local coffee shops with his partner.

Andres Pineda

Speaker Support Chair

Andres is a tech enthusiast with a background in building UX for Mobile and Web Applications. He is passionate about OSS, A11y, and community collaboration.

Holly Becker

Volunteer Chair

Holly is a Software Developer in Vancouver. She mostly works in Python and Ruby on web development with a soft spot for database performance. Outside of tech, she enjoys reading speculative fiction, playing board games, and cycling to places to look for birds.

Denny Perez

Sprints Chair

Denny is a Software QA Analyst with an accounting degree who is passionate about building communities. She is currently a Github community leader, helping to organize events and empowering the Spanish-speaking tech community. In her spare time, she helps many Python communities (mentoring, organizing events, speaking, etc.).

Madison Swain-Bowden

IT Chair

Madison is a Senior Data Engineer & Team Lead out of Seattle and an avid Python user/organizer. She is currently sponsored by Automattic to work on the open source project Openverse, and has worked at Ookla (, the Allen Institute for Cell Science, and the Broad Institute. In her spare time she can be found baking, building digital tools to help those battling oppression, contributing to open source, walking her dog, reading queer fiction, or playing video games.

Wendy Grus

Sponsorship Chair

Wendy is a Senior Data Scientist at Snowflake and has worked at Ginkgo Bioworks, Hulu, and INRIX. She was a long-time organizer of Seattle PyLadies. In her spare time she can be found playing or watching ice hockey, making tie-dye, and playing music.

Tammy Do

Diversity Chair

Tammy is a Seattle-based software dev with a background in nonprofit fundraising. Her transition into the tech world was driven by a desire to explore the unfamiliar. She's passionate about the unique individual perspectives that enrich our collective world. Chat with Tammy about her love for tennis, travel, and tiny homes.

Alan Vezina

Web Wizard 🧙‍♂️

Alan is a co-founder of PyCascades and the Seattle Python user group Puget Sound Programming Python (PuPPy). He is a software engineer by day and can be found in his free time pursuing one of his many hobbies: nature photography, painting watercolors, playing with synthesizers, woodworking, and more.