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Rachel Cherry (She/her) is a freelance software engineer and consultant with a focus on Accessibility, Higher Education, Gatsby, and WordPress. With experience in back and front-end web development and digital design, she enjoys helping organizations address their accessibility barriers and teaching others how to be more inclusive on the web.

Previously, Rachel was a Senior Software Engineer for Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media and helped build a variety of Disney websites on various platforms, including shopdisney.com.

She has worked over twelve years in higher education and is the Director of WPCampus, a community and conferences focused on using WordPress in the world of Higher Education.

Rachel created (and moderates) a Gatsby Groups.io forum where web developers discuss, share, support each other, and learn all things Gatsby. You are welcome to join.

She is a maintainer/owner of the WP Rig WordPress starter theme.

Rachel is a member of IAAP (International Association of Accessibility Professionals) and is an impassioned advocate for the importance of accessibility and universal design. To learn more about accessibility, check out this extensive list of accessibility resources curated by the WPCampus community.

She also encourages collaboration and professional development as a public speaker and conference/meetup organizer. She is a frequent speaker at various higher ed and technology-related events.

While no longer involved, Rachel is the founder of WebTide and Tuscaloosa Web Professionals (now known as Spark Tuscaloosa) as well as an organizer of HighEdWeb Alabama and TEDxTuscaloosa.

In her spare time, Rachel loves to tweet, travel, and binge-watch old TV shows on Netflix.

She loves to code so be sure to check out her work on GitHub.