Charlotte Leadership Board Members

Pinky Parsons

Chapter Director

As the Chapter Director, Pinky is responsible for providing guidance for the chapter, representing ChickTech within the community, and ensuring that all programs are running sustainably.

During the day, Pinky (aka Rachel) is the Application Development Practice Manager at Cardinal Solutions Group in Charlotte, NC. Having worked as a programmer for nearly 20 years, Pinky has a wide breadth of experience in various programming languages including .Net, Java, and mobile development. Most recently, she’s been architecting mobile apps using Swift, and her teams are well versed in development best practices. In the last 5 years, Pinky has had the opportunity to manage teams and large projects, evolving the teams’ capabilities and driving them to deliver high quality applications. She is also a frequent speaker at conferences, and is passionate about helping people get into technology.

While she’s passionate about technology, she balances sitting behind a computer all day with a variety of outdoor activities. When her nose isn’t buried in a book, Pinky is probably trekking around mountain trails, doing yoga, or out in her kayak on Lake Norman. She loves combining technology with non-technology focused industries such as craft beer, fitness, and education.

You can reach Pinky at

Sarah Doran

High School Program Director

As High School Program Director, Sarah provides guidance and manages the ChickTech High School Program (Kick Off Event & the Monthly Workshops), working closely with the company hosting the event as well as the Workshop and Activities Manager when planning the event.

Sarah Doran is a UI developer from Cardinal Solutions who is currently working on an Angular project out at Duke Energy. Previous to this project, Sarah was a React developer on the Duke Energy employee portal redesign.

Prior to becoming a developer, Sarah was an elementary school computer science teacher. She spent her days teaching over 800 students foundational skills in coding, robotics, creating and editing videos, storytelling, keyboarding and digital citizenship through a STEAM oriented curriculum. During her time teaching Sarah also spoke at local, regional and international conferences about the importance of STEAM and the engineering design process in schools. During her summers off Sarah worked as a Minecraft Mod Design lead teacher for a company called Youth Digital. It was during that time when she got the bug to switch from teaching to coding!

Sarah lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and old lady kitty, Mab. In her free time, she is either cooking, watching B horror movies, visiting bottle shops, taprooms and breweries, or traveling to her adopted second home city of Asheville.

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Savanna Baxter

Career Development Director

As the Career Development Director, Savanna is responsible for building and executing programming to engage the women in technology community by coordinating career development events, establishing a mentoring program, and organizing other related activities.

Savanna works at Background Investigation Bureau (BIB) as a Web Developer, coding in ColdFusion, JavaScript, and SQL. She graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in Music. While in college, she advocated for more women in STEM by becoming a mentor for the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program as well as serving as President for the Women in Computer Science (WiCS) group.

In her personal time, Savanna likes to read, do yoga, play video games, and volunteer with female empowerment groups like ChickTech Charlotte and Girls Rock Charlotte where she is also serving as Production Coordinator.

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Maryalicia Johnson

Community Relations and Fundraising Director

As Community Relations and Fundraising Director, Maryalicia is responsible for building strategic partnerships, community awareness and serves as a career coach and professional stem education spokesperson for the chapter. She holds an M.B.A. with a focus on corporate business from Florida International University, and earned her B.A. in Communications from the University of Central Florida. Maryalicia is an award winning communicator focused on the tech industry with over 15 years of experience advancing innovative computing solutions and advocating for high value-high wage job creation.  She launched the University’s largest scale program for Women in Computing in 2015 by developing UNC Charlotte’s Corporate Mentors with 70 volunteer IT leaders and STEM role models focused on the advancement of underrepresented talent.

Maryalicia works at UNC Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics as a lead external relations strategist responsible for the computing and STEM education partnerships. Her passion for students and driving real-world skills is specialized in the areas of cyber security, data science, disruptive technologies, data visualization, robotics, artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, genomics and precision health.

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Charlotte Advisory Board Members

Jeannine McConnell


Celine Latulipe

Celine Latulipe conducts research in the broad area of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), focusing on novel interaction techniques, creativity support tools, technology for the Arts, and innovation in computing education. Dr. Latulipe has received significant NSF funding for research in computing and computing education. She led the transformation of introductory computing courses in CCI, inventing the Lightweight Teams approach to flipped classroom learning. Dr. Latulipe served as the General Chair for the ACM UIST Conference in 2015, and has served on numerous conference program committees within the HCI field. She was the keynote speaker at the ACM Creativity & Cognition Conference in 2013 and at the University of Maryland’s Innovation in Teaching Conference in 2016. Learn more about Celine Latulipe at

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