The Team

PyCascades is organized by members of the Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland Python communities. Our goal is to host a diverse, accessible, and memorable conference.

Feel free to reach out to anyone of us with suggestions, concerns or even just to say that you're excited for PyCascades 2023.

Ben Berry

Conference Chair

Ben is an SRE based in Seattle. He currently works on a private Platform-as-a-Service, and has previously worked in SRE and DevOps roles at the Allen Institute for Cell Science, Blue Nile, and Intermedia. When he’s not working, Ben is out backpacking, running, camping, and fiddling around with astrophotography.

Eliza Sarobhasa

Conference Chair

CTO at Women Who Drone and Leadership Fellow & Python Developer Advocate at Women Who Code. I code, fly a drone, and volunteer with PyLadies.

Caito Scherr

Grants Chair

Caito is a Developer Advocate for Ververica (creators of Apache Flink), representing the US region, and is based in Portland, Oregon. Previously, she was a software engineer at a data analytics company and loves geeking out about metrics and stream processing. Outside of tech, Caito does woodworking/construction, dance, running, and appreciation of terrible puns.

Chethana Gopinath

Sprints Chair

Chethana is a Software Engineer at and a Senior Lead at WWCode Python. She has a Masters in Computer Science from SUNY Binghamton and now resides in California. She enjoys learning, solving problems, and spends her free time experimenting with new cuisines and flavors in her kitchen and exploring beautiful scenic places.

Denny Perez

Volunteer Chair

Denny is a Software QA Analyst with an accounting degree who is passionate about building communities. She is currently a Github community leader, helping to organize events and empowering the Spanish-speaking tech community. In her spare time, she helps many Python communities (mentoring, organizing events, speaking, etc.).

Jolene Wong

Speaker Support Chair

Jolene is a Senior Software Engineer based in Vancouver. She currently works in data platforming and wears many hats including software development, and DevOps. She has a soft spot for Python as it is one of her first programming languages (Sorry BASIC!).

Madison Swain-Bowden

Diversity Chair

Madison is a Senior Data Engineer out of Seattle and an avid Python user. She currently works at Automattic on the Openverse team, and has worked at Ookla (, the Allen Institute for Cell Science, and the Broad Institute. In her spare time she can be found baking, building digital tools to help those battling oppression, contributing to open source, petting her cats, reading queer fiction, or playing video games.

Michael van der Kamp

Sponsorship Chair

Michael is a backend engineer at Coffee Meets Bagel. He loves working with python and is always eager to learn more about this delightful language. Outside of work he enjoys climbing, thinks bicycles and trains are the best modes of transportation, and plays piano to relax.

Britt Gresham


Britt is a Release Engineer at CircleCI living in Portland. He has spent most of his career focusing on infrastructure automation and uses Python daily in his life. In his free time he enjoys cycling, board games, and cooking.

Seb Vetter


Seb has been moving around Western Canada for the last few years. He's explored the Canadian Rockies and recently settled back on the West Coast of British Columbia. He loves contributing to community building in different aspects of life. He's an avid mountain biker and works part-time as an outdoor guide.