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Why We Created Momentum

Momentum was founded to provide relevant training to students focusing on the skills they’ll need for the technology industry and modern workplace. We provide full-time immersive code classes for the career changer, part-time classes for the tech professional, and customized training for organizations.

Learning is a lifelong process. Momentum believes that all people have the ability to learn and, in turn, deserve a high quality education experience — because knowledge has no finish line.

Meet Our Staff

Jessica Mitsch

Jessica Mitsch

Co-Founder/CEO

Jessica began her career in tech at Red Hat’s corporate headquarters in Raleigh where she served in several roles for the company’s “People” team, working in talent acquisition, support, and development.

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Clinton Dreisbach

Clinton Dreisbach

Co-Founder/CTO & Instructor

Clinton has been a professional software developer for twenty years with work at organizations such as the NSA, Boeing, RTI International, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in addition to boutique development shops.

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Samantha Stolte

Samantha Stolte

Student Recruitment Manager

Sam's background is in the IT staffing industry where she supported companies of many sizes and industries.

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Dawn Weisbaum

Dawn Weisbaum

Campus Manager

Dawn is a NC native and long-time proud Durham resident. She has a wealth of experience in education from teaching to higher education administration.

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Rebecca Conley

Rebecca Conley

Associate Instructor

Rebecca made the career switch from education to software development in 2014 by attending Durham’s first immersive code academy.

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Board of Directors

Adam Klein

Adam Klein

Adam Klein is the Director of Strategy for Capitol Broadcasting Company. He previously served as the Chief Strategist for the American Underground.

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Doug Kaufman

Doug Kaufman

Dr. Doug Kaufman is an experienced leader, entrepreneur, and has served as TransLoc’s CEO since June of 2014.

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Chris Heivly

Chris Heivly

Chris is one of the nation's leading experts in startups. For over 30 years, Chris has worked at the highest levels for some of the world's most recognized brands, including MapQuest, where he was a founder and leader until it was sold to AOL for $1.2 billion.

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Part Time Instructors

Amy Gori

Amy Gori

Amy is currently a Web Developer for CCI Communications. Her non-traditional path into the tech industry makes her a great example of the kind of person Momentum was created to serve. With a PhD in English Literature, she began her professional career as an academic, working with undergraduate students. Amy is a graduate of Durham’s first immersive code academy. She has been a software developer since 2015 and wrote the curriculum for the Foundations course.

Brad Rubin

Brad Rubin

With a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, Brad has worked as a software developer for 8 years, with experience in embedded systems, healthcare analytics, databases, websites, and mobile apps.

Brentice Bush

Brentice Bush

Before working as a Software Engineer at VitalSource, Brentice comes from a background in Math Education from NC State with experience teaching high school math and web development. He’s excited to be back in the classroom and always looking for an opportunity to learn.

Chance Griffin

Chance Griffin

With a degree in Business Development and Entrepreneurship, Chance found his way to the American Underground where he’s currently a partner at Sturdy. He has several years of experience as a designer and software developer, and he’s ready to share his knowledge with others in the classroom.

Zack Clark

Zack Clark

Zack is a software engineer at EASi Engineering, and became a developer after completing an immersive coding bootcamp. He is excited to combine this experience with his background teaching high school and college English in teaching others to code.

Meet Our Ambassadors

Our ambassadors are a community of peers eager and willing to support our current immersive students. They understand and are excited by the transformative impact of skill-based education as each of them has lived it through their own journey in code school and in tech. These passionate people will meet with prospective students, teach free community crash courses, and tutor existing students. We will gladly connect you with an Ambassador if you'd like to hear their perspective!

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