Devin B. Holmes
Founder & CEO
Devin is Founder of the America Campaign™, a national non-profit working to improve the lives of all Americans through technology, education, and the arts. With a large family of brands under management, the America Campaign™ is currently focused on developing its newest initiatives: Montana Code Girls™, the Big Sky Code Academy™ and the Code4Philanthropy™ Fellowship.
The Big Sky Code Academy™ is a state-wide effort to increase the technology talent pipeline today and in the future for the state of Montana. Guided by our belief that by training both adults to enter the workforce today as well as training youth to pursue academic and professional careers in technology in the future, the Big Sky Code Academy provides intensive accelerated boot camp style full-time and part-time software development and technology training programs.
The Montana Code Girls™ program provides technology training for young women ages 9 to 19 so they can build mobile apps that address a social problem in their community. The program teaches participants how to write code and also how to create a business plan and solution pitch. Montana Code Girls™ participants are encouraged to compete in the annual global Technovation Challenge. Montana Code Girls™ training programs are provided by the Big Sky Code Academy™.
Prior to launching the Big Sky Code Academy, Devin also co-founded the Montana Code School, a boot camp training program for web developers, and founded Warrior Gateway®, a national non-profit that connected of the military community with members of its G.I. Network®, a collaborative of over 220,000 trusted and reliable local service organizations, programs, educators and employers. Devin’s efforts were recognized in 2011 with the Federal Computer Week Fed-100 award for significant contributions to the Federal IT community and in 2012 with a ComputerWorld Honors Laureate for his innovation in creating an open-source platform for information sharing in the veteran and military family sector.
Before making the jump to the nonprofit sector, Devin spent 17 years leading software development and professional services teams globally including leadership positions at Cisco Systems, YUDU Media, The New York Times Company, Accenture and OneSoft Corporation. Additionally, he has helped launch several Silicon Valley-based social media start-ups from idea conception through initial funding rounds.
Devin is a Montana Ambassador, holds a Masters of Business Administration from both London Business School and Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.
Director of K – 12 Programs
Lander grew up in Boone, North Carolina. She earned her undergraduate degree in Education, English and Social Studies from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and then immediately set out for Montana after graduation to begin her career in education. She taught 8-12th grade in a rural Montana district, while earning her Master’s Degree in Instruction and Curriculum from Montana State University.
After four years teaching in Montana, Lander left for a one year urban teaching experience in Michigan, returning after to teach 6th-12th grade in Big Sky, Montana where she helped to implement a 1:1 device program, plan a statewide technology summit and, of course, helped students comprehend the delicacies of American literature.
Hoping to influence Montana’s educational system further than the walls of her individual classroom, and provide support to her favorite group of professionals Lander enthusiastically joined the American Campaign as the Program Director of K-12 Programs to educate and inspire other educators to use technology to benefit Montana’s students.
Katrina Kennett PhD
Director of curriculum and Research
Born and raised in New Hampshire, Katrina grew up reading books and hiking in the White Mountains.
After earning her undergraduate degree in English from Connecticut College and her Masters in the Art of Teaching from San Diego State University, Katrina taught in high school English in Massachusetts. Katrina was increasingly interested in how thoughtful technology use can increase opportunities for student choice and voice and led professional development workshops to support teachers as they learned about and integrated digital platforms in their classrooms. During that time, she also created EdCafes, a discussion model that enables students to pursue authentically challenging academic work.
Moving to the Midwest to earn her doctorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Katrina’s research investigated how teachers plan to teach, including what digital tools they incorporate in the course of their planning. While living in central Illinois, Katrina co-founded EdCampCU, a participant-built and -led conference that convenes community stakeholders to improve education.
Katrina joined the America Campaign in 2017 as the Director of Curriculum & Research. In this role, she supports learners of all ages as they learn computer science. She also develops curriculum in concert with an evolving understanding of rural education. In addition, Katrina works with school, community, and university partners to research and improve program initiatives. She still reads constantly and loves hiking in the (much bigger) mountains of Montana.
Director of Education and Technology
A native of Montana, Douglas Walter received his Bachelors degree in Finance from the University of Montana. After graduation, Doug went to work for McMeel Insurance in Great Falls, MT as an insurance producer and software administrator. One of his core responsibilities was to work with the company to implement a new technology initiative to support and automate core business processes including Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.
After working with the SaaS industry and discovering a passion for technology, Doug began to teach himself how to code, with the intention of one day architecting his own SaaS applications. After learning Ruby on Rails in an online boot camp, Doug moved to San Francisco where he attended Coding House, a full time immersion live-in boot camp. Upon graduation, Doug remained with Coding House as a developer and instructor for the next 6 months.
Missing Montana, Doug decided to move back to continue his career as a freelance developer and product manager. A year later, he was afforded the opportunity to be part of the founding team of the Montana Code School where as lead instructor, his primary role was to develop and implement the curriculum for the school. Doug discovered he had a true passion for helping people through the challenges of learning how to code and helping them jumpstart their new careers.
Driven by his desire to have a broader impact on the future of the technology sector in Montana, Doug joined the America Campaign™ as Director of Education and Technology where he will help define technology strategy and educational curriculum for a multitude of brands, including the Big Sky Code Academy™ and the Montana Code Girls™.
Christine Wilcox Holmes
Director – America Campaign Board of Directors
Christine holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and an MA in Spanish Literature from the University of Montana. Most recently, Christine was Director of Corporate and Non-Profit Engagement at ro*co films, a distributor of documentaries worldwide. Christine was also part of the founding team at MissRepresentation.org (now The Representation Project) serving from 2011 through 2013 as the Director of Distribution and CFO, and later as a member of the board. Prior to working for MissRepresentation.org, Christine helped found and manage several start-up companies. She also has extensive experience in sales and customer service, primarily working out of Latin America.
Drew G. Lewis
Director – America Campaign Board of Directors
Mr. Lewis has over 19 years of experience in information technology consulting. He and Mr. Kedziora founded Estenda Solutions, Inc. in 2003 with the desire to improve the cost-effectiveness of research technologies for diabetes.
Overseeing all aspects of Estenda, Mr. Lewis focuses on developing research innovations for diabetic retinopathy screening, conducting research that demonstrates that Estenda’s interventions have a meaningful impact on quality of life for patients, and managing client relationships. Mr. Lewis’s expertise and experience allow him to bridge the gap between the technical aspects of software development and the clinical nature of healthcare.
Mr. Lewis has lead Estenda through 11 years of profitable growth while diversifying the client portfolio and developing a strong reputation for commitment and quality within Estenda’s market.