Meet the DevLeague Team

Some people in life you have the good fortune of crossing paths, seeing sparks fly and left wondering how it all happened. These are our merry band of misfits, nerds, gamers, and tech savants and we couldn't be happier to call them family. 

Jon Borgonia

Instructor, Curriculum Designer

Jon has been in the development world well over a decade building anything from web applications to games.

Jon currently runs his own company, Goma Games, with his wife, Kelli. Together they're taking over the world with the marriage of development and design!

Jon is one of the lead instructors at DevLeague and you'll often find him hacking on one of his many keyboards or competing with people on games somewhere within the vicinity.

Jason Sewell

Instructor/Curriculum Designer/Co-Founder

Jason has been hacking web development for over a decade, building e-commerce projects while still in college to developing heavily-trafficked global enterprise systems and interfaces.

Jason is also co-founder of award-winning Hawaii-based software development shop, Sudokrew, specializing in leading-edge web application development and infrastructure.

A music lover and full-time dad, our bearded leader can sometimes be found in his secret lair of the Sudokrew offices jamming on the drums.

He has a beard... always, sometimes.

Kelli Borgonia

Graphic Design Instructor

Kelli is responsible for the design, art direction, and architectural design (UI/UX) of Goma Games projects. In addition to design, Kelli enjoys illustrating characters for interactive games and children's books.

Goma Games projects always feature her iconic style, whether it is in a ultracute interactive story (Baden the Brontosaur) or a stylish retro game (Jet Pack Turkey). Kelli's personal motto is to "every day design a better world, and have fun doing it." Inspiring others to do the same (through classes and workshops) is a part of that vision.

Although we're all about coding, Kelli is the yin to our yang in keeping a design focus on the software we build.

Russel Cheng

Director of Operations/Co-Founder

Russel is an entrepreneur, startup mentor and advisor with 16 years experience in Japan and Asia. He is founder of StartupHui and currently co-director of Founder Institute Honolulu chapter.

Russel has successfully built two different companies from the ground up to acquisition and Nasdaq IPO. He has previously held executive management positions at Microsoft, Beacon Communications/Leo Burnett Japan, CS First Boston Japan and has worked with C-level customers from top level global corporations.

Russel also volunteers as a mentor and entrepreneur in residence at Hawaii's top educational institutions.

Nigel Earle

Teacher Assistant

Nigel hails from the windward side of Kailua. A local boy, Nigel flew to the mainland to learn how to be a software developer at General Assembly.

When not teaching at DevLeague he's researching new awesome technologies and new ways to inspire students and others of the world of technology.

A sports fanatic, Nigel loves watching football and playing a round of golf every now and then.

Victor Lee

Marketing Lead | Student Liaison

Vic has been involved in marketing and finance in Japan prior to joining DevLeague. He’ll be the first to admit that he’s the “non-techie” in the team, but is passionate about helping students succeed in DevLeague.

As a complete noob to coding before joining DevLeague’s fourth cohort (C4 baby!), Vic knows first hand how challenging it is to learn programming on your own. He kick-started DevLeague Prep to help beginners become more comfortable in the basics of coding and to prepare for admission into the Javascript web development track.

He dresses like a tourist on vacation, but the man does have an eclectic shoe collection.

Jon Ah-Nee

Teacher Assistant

Our residential Twitch celebrity, Jon, is a a graduate of Cohort 8 and currently works for Jumpsuit Commerce as a software engineer.

Jon loves exploring the latest technologies and loves to dabble in DevOps.

You can find “Ah-Nee-Be-Good” streaming the latest and hippest games at https://www.twitch.tv/hyperkind

Sean Nakamura

Instructor | Lead Digital Strategist

Sean a.k.a "Nakaz" does the stuff behind the pretty.

Prior to joining DevLeague, Sean has worked in journalism, multimedia and web development as a freelancer or for local creative and software agencies throughout Honolulu, HI.

Sean has a passion for visual creativity and software development. You'll either see him with snapping on a camera or clacking on a keyboard -- sometimes both at the same time.

The self-proclaimed foodie loves looking for exciting good eats and new keyboards to expand his already excessive collection. Sean is often caught with either playing games or tinkering on personal software projects.

Raymond Luong

Instructor

One day, a local boy named Raymond thought of going to San Francisco to learn how to code -- and so he did.

Hailing from Hack Reactor, a San Fransisco bootcamp, Raymond worked around the bay area for himself and start ups for a few years.

After his spending some time in San Francisco, Raymond decided to come back to Hawaii and join the DevLeague team, growing Hawaii's future web developers.

Natalie Ramirez

Jr. DevLeague Director of Technology Education Development

Natalie, a.k.a. NAT, moved to Honolulu from Austin, Texas. Her childhood passion for technology landed her in a career with a Fortune 500 IT team in the banking industry. After spending near a decade leading large organizations in technical positions, she decided to pursue a more personal path in software development and education.

Natalie is responsible for the evaluation, design, development, and deployment of technology in support of the teaching, learning, and research at Jr. DevLeague. Between teaching tomorrow's youth and leading the Jr. DevLeague team, she can be found obsessing over horror films, blasting music through her headphones and reading fiction novels.

Christie Reindle

Jr. DevLeague Instructor

Christie is a graduate of DevLeague and will obtain a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Hawaii at Manoa with a double major in Psychology and Computer Science.

She mentors and inspires the students at Jr. DevLeague. She creates a supportive environment where their natural talents and curiosities flourish alongside the rapid growth of the tech industry.

Jon Page

Cyber Instructor, Curriculum Designer

Jon Page has over 15 years experience providing data analytics and trending analysis, operations enablers and planning support to cybersecurity, defensive and other cyberspace activities as well as to affiliated fields in the U.S. Government, industry and academia.

Jon has served as an Intelligence Officer/Specialist with multiple national Intelligence Community agencies and DoD Commands responsible for cyber threat intelligence, applied behavioral analysis, target systems analysis, information assurance and, cyber vulnerability assessment and management.

Jon grew up in Hawaii graduating from Kailua High School and the University of Hawaii, Manoa along with an MA from Harvard University and recently returned home and is looking to bring back world class experience to tomorrow's security experts.