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 2022.

Britt Gresham

Conference Chair

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.

Madison Swain-Bowden

Conference 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.

Ben Berry

Volunteer 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.

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.

Eliza Sarobhasa

Sponsorship Chair

I code, fly a drone, and volunteer with PyLadies Vancouver

Margaret Fero

Diversity Chair

Margaret is an interdisciplinary hacker who loves to leverage Python for work and for hobbies. They currently work as a Security Software Engineer out of Oakland, CA, and are also one of the co-organizers for the Bay Area chapter of Write The Docs. Outside of  work-related stuff, they love to bask in the many useful services of local libraries.

Ogi Moore

Sprints Chair

Ogi Moore is a maintainer of the PyQtGraph plotting library.  He has a background in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering, and currently works as a Software Engineer developing tools used to develop speech recognition models.

Nina Zakharenko


Nina is a Software Engineer with a passion for speaking and teaching, and over a decade of experience writing software for companies like Reddit, Meetup, and HBO. She currently focus on Python at Microsoft on the Cloud Developer Advocacy team.

In her spare time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and tinkering with wearable electronics.

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.