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 Team
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.
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. This experience was formative for her understanding of how tech talent training and economic development initiatives intersect. She joined the Durham startup community in 2014, and she held integral leadership roles growing and developing transformative tech education. Since then, she’s been at the forefront of the ed tech industry as an executive, spokesperson, and a founding member of The Iron Yard, one of the first national code schools. Jessica has spoken at SXSW Interactive, appeared on national TV, and worked on White House initiatives to expand access to tech education. She has also contributed to CIO magazine. Locally, Jessica was awarded the Triangle Business Journal’s 40under40 honor. She’s been a panelist for the NC Emerging Issues Forum where she spoke on New Delivery Models for Higher Education and has served as a panelist for the NC Women in Business conference.
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.
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. He has also been a speaker at conferences such as OSCON, RailsConf, and DjangoConf, and has served on program committees for several conferences. He is a recipient of the 2015 Code for America Technology Award for his work on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s first open-source project. Clinton has worked in the Ed Tech space for several years. He’s built industry-tailored curriculum, taught in immersive code school environments, and has worked with companies to train their teams. He was a founder of ClojureBridge, an initiative to teach the Clojure programming language to women and other under-represented groups in technology. Clinton has been a contributor to many open-source projects, including the Python and Clojure programming languages. He has been awarded "Dad of the Year" 6 years running now by his two kids.
Student Recruitment Manager
Sam's background is in the IT staffing industry where she supported companies of many sizes and industries.
Sam's background is in the IT staffing industry where she supported companies of many sizes and industries. Her responsibilities as both a recruiter and account manager opened her up to the world of technology and connecting professionals to new opportunities. Sam’s experience demonstrates her passion for building relationships and helping to connect people to their dream opportunities. Sam's enthusiasm for relationship building along with her experience in IT recruiting led her to the student recruitment role with Momentum Learning. She loves to share her excitement for lifelong learning and the mission of Momentum with prospective students and others in the community. When she’s not working, Sam is involved with a local foster organization helping to connect shelter pets to their fur-ever homes.
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.
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. A career changer herself, she’s enjoyed careers in client service management in a variety of industries, as well as nearly ten years as a real estate broker in the Triangle area. Dawn earned her Masters of Education in Postsecondary and Higher Education, focusing on adult learning. Dawn excels at building trusting relationships and helping individuals identify and achieve career transition goals. Her previous experience and longtime love of our region brought her to Momentum. On a personal note, Dawn loves cooking, knitting, travel, family and friends, and her precious pup, Roxie.
Rebecca made the career switch from education to software development in 2014 by attending Durham’s first immersive code academy.
Rebecca made the career switch from education to software development in 2014 by attending Durham’s first immersive code academy. Since then, she has worked as a Django developer, served on the Board of Directors of the Django Software Foundation, and spoken at Python and Django conferences across the U.S., Europe, and Africa. Rebecca holds Master’s degrees in Education and Business, and is passionate about the intersection of education and entrepreneurship in empowering people and promoting social change. She is happy to be back to her roots as an educator, helping Momentum students launch promising new career paths. Rebecca is a tap dancer and teaches dance in the Triangle. Her biggest joy as an educator is helping students find their own strengths and tools for success.
A catalyst for brand transformation, Sieda is a strategist and marketing specialist with a proven record of solving critical challenges for companies of all sizes.
A catalyst for brand transformation, Sieda is a strategist and marketing specialist with a proven record of solving critical challenges for companies of all sizes. She launched her career at AOL Inc rapidly growing advertising partnerships as a result of the integrated marketing projects she spearheaded with Fortune 500 companies. At Wunderman Thompson Health, a WPP ad agency, she confronted the healthcare industry’s inertia. Her thoughtful analysis and diagnosis resulted in actionable insights to drive on-strategy work relevant to the needs of clients. But her role at a nonprofit organization led her to discover the joy of connecting people with impactful educational experiences. With experience collaborating with staff from over 20 countries, she’s a people person with a knack for listening to customers and colleagues alike. On the weekends, Sieda obsesses over Formula 1 racing strategies, searches for the best donuts in town and crafts snail mail letters for her far-away friends.
Director of Career Services
Katie is a career coach with a background in university career services and recruiting. She has worked in tech at both large and small companies and enjoys connecting people to great opportunities.
Katie began her career in financial services, and moved into tech after earning her MBA at Georgetown University. She spent 5 years at IBM as a Marketing Manager in both the hardware and software divisions and then took time out of her career to raise her family. Katie spent 15 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in MBA Admissions and then as the Senior Associate Director of the MBA Career Center. In 2015 Katie started Back to Business to help women returning to work after a career break. Katie also has experience working at a start-up company in Raleigh and recruiting for tech roles. She is a runner, a mother of 4 and the host of the "Get A Job...Here's How!" podcast.
Amy's non-traditional path into the tech industry makes her a great example of the kind of person Momentum was created to serve. She has a PhD in English Literature, and is a graduate of Durham’s first immersive code academy. She has been a software developer since 2015.
Amy's 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.
Board of Directors
Tom is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Clarkston Consulting, and co-founded the company over 25 years ago.
Tom is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Clarkston Consulting, and co-founded the company over 25 years ago. He also serves as chairman of FoodLogiQ, LLC and is a managing member of Clarkston Merchant Partners. Tom was a board member for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Research Triangle Chapter and a past executive member of the board for the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED). As a proven leader and a recognized expert in transformational strategy development, Tom still serves as an adviser and advocate for global life sciences and consumer products companies.
Michelle is the head of marketing and corporate strategy for Clarkston Consulting.
Michelle is the head of marketing and corporate strategy for Clarkston Consulting. She served as a board member of Enlight Research, LLC, a software company focused on providing independent information to corporate boards of directors. In her career she has advised a variety of Fortune 500 executives and board directors in a variety of industries including consumer products, life sciences, financial services and internet software and services. Michelle also serves on the board of Easterseals UCP of North Carolina and Virginia, a large non-profit organization serving over 20,000 special needs families.
Faith is the Chief Financial Officer at Clarkston Consulting and previously served as the Vice President of Finance and Controller for the Clarkston-Potomac Group from 2008-2014.
Faith is the Chief Financial Officer at Clarkston Consulting and previously served as the Vice President of Finance and Controller for the Clarkston-Potomac Group from 2008-2014. Faith has extensive experience within tax, financial reporting, oversight, analysis, and operational growth for a variety of companies and industries. She is a member of the AICPA and North Carolina Association of CPAs. Faith also serves on the board of directors for FoodLogiQ, LLC.
Part Time Instructors
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.
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.
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 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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