Meet Our Instructors

Jeffhraim Balilla
IDA Instrutor

is an accomplished statistician and data scientist with over 10 years of experience. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics with a specialization in Applied Statistics, as well as a Master's in Statistics and an MBA. Jeffhraim's research focuses on machine learning, where he leverages advanced techniques to extract insights from complex datasets.

Gotham Sharma
Cybersecurity Instructor

Gotham Sharma is a CISO and Cybersecurity Educator. His time is mostly divided between writing, speaking, teaching, advising, and consulting... all things Cybersecurity, all the time. His career has ranged from advising multinational banks (JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs) on digital security best practices, to recruiting CISOs, and interviewing world famous hackers.

Melanie L. Milligan
Data Science Instructor

is a Technology Consultant with a passion for Data Analytics, Data Science, and Statistics. With her background in Business and Information Systems, Melanie loves sharing the power of Data Analytics with others to drive innovation and solve organizational problems.

Alfonso Alvarez
Data Science Instructor

is a senior data science consultant on data-driven innovation, and a researcher on the intersection between environmental economics and public health outcomes. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and a Master in Statistics from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Public Policy with a focus on Applied Econometrics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Abshir Mohammed 

Abshir is a full-time Software Engineer at Microsoft. His family is originally from Somalia but he was born and raised in King County. He has a passion for full-stack web development as well as AI and Machine learning. In his free time Abshir enjoys writing spoken word poetry and making little tunes here and there and performing them for my family and friends

Farhad Ahmad

is a software engineer and coding bootcamp instructor with experience building REST APIs and web applications using Java, Spring, Node, and other technologies. They have taught Java/Spring and Full Stack Web Development courses at Skillspire, helping low-income adults transition to new careers.

Judd Vallente
IDA Instructor

is an experienced IT professional with a strong focus on Data Science and Data Analytics. With a wealth of experience in Business Intelligence, Data Architecture, and Solutions Development, Judd has honed his skills to deliver innovative solutions to complex challenges.

Abshir Mohamed
FS Python Instructor

He is a Software Engineer from Microsoft with a strong track record of success in designing, developing, and delivering high-quality software applications.

Monica Howard
FS Mern Instructor

she is a coding expert with extensive experience in web technologies such as JavaScript, jQuery, React, MongoDB, Express, and Node. She is also well-versed in OOP, functional programming, the MVC design pattern, and Git.

Drake Caruso
Cybersecurity Instructor

Cybersecurity professional with experience in defensive and offensive cyber operations. He is holds various certifications such as CISSP, Pentest + and Security + and he holds a Masters in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance from WGU.

Antwoine Flowers
ADA/Data Science Instructor

Antwoine is a data scientist. Currently leading the data science & AI efforts at the experiential commerce platform TUNL.

Ruby Vohra
C# and Azure Cloud Instructor

Ruby is a software engineer at T-Mobile. She has been an Instructor with Skillspire since 2020.

Andrew Smith
Java Instructor

is a professional developer with over ten years of experience. Currently working for Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. helping develop enterprise level solutions and nearing completion of a Master’s of Science in Computer Science at Oklahoma State University.

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