Originally from the Philippines, June Noel graduated from the University of Montana. Following graduation, she became the web/IT specialist at the University Center. For the last five years, June has worked at Washington Corporations’ IT Department and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Digital Media Design through the Harvard University Extension School.
Former Co-founder of Women for the Web, a community group providing mentorship, education to encouragement to women in technology, June is actively engaged in her community. June works with Wimler.org to send underprivileged Filipino children to school and her Big Sky Big Heart relief efforts with Child United following Typhoon Yolanda raised $35,000 to buy supplies victims.
June has presented at Big Sky Dev Con, UM’s International Women’s Day, STEM workshops across Montana, and was one of the Missoulian’s Top 20 Under 40 young business professionals of 2014.
In her spare time, she enjoys mountain biking, cycling, hiking, skiing, reading, traveling, and crossing something off her bucket list.
High School Program – Volunteer Manager
Sophia Richter is a student at Hellgate High School, who has competed in the Technovation Challenge for two years. She loves to work with technology, and believes that it is very important for females of all ages should have the opportunity to learn more about coding, and leadership. She works with many youth programs, because she believes that in order to get more women involved with STEM, interest must start at an early age, and young girls should be taught to embrace science.
School and Community Outreach Manager
Smai (like the beginning of “smile”) is a Software Engineer at Workiva. She coded websites for her Neopets as a kid, but didn’t get serious about pursuing a career in technology until she traveled alone a bunch and found the courage to give it a try. She is an alumna of Montana Code School and loves software development only slightly more than she loves getting new people fired up about coding.
In her past life, she was a communications coordinator with Montana Conservation Corps and a crisis counselor with the Help Center. You’re likely to find her curling up with a book or a microphone at home, saying weird things to her dog, bullet journaling, or playing volleyball at Kiwanis.