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Meet the Team: CQLer Morgan Whaley

Morgan is a Boulder County, Colorado native. She moved east several times, always to great regret, and has now settled back into the area since 2008. She lives in Denver with her husband who is a chef (don’t get jealous; he never cooks at home) and their two shiba inus and two cats. She is enjoying renting after spending 7 years renovating a house in Longmont where she learned it’s absolutely nothing like the DIY home networks would lead you to believe.

Morgan loves quintessential Colorado outdoor activities like snowshoeing, hiking, adding to her goal to summit all of Colorado’s 14ers, running, and drinking local libations on patios. She also enjoys cooking and baking, brewing cider, making cocktails, racing with SCCA and BMWCCA, reading books of all types, listening to podcasts about society and creepy things, watching Ken Burns documentaries over and over, taking road trips, and sleeping in whenever possible.

Morgan skipped traditional college to become a musician and print designer in her late teens and early twenties. After ten years of print, largely in the signmaking and advertising industries, she decided she needed a new challenge and switched gears from CMYK to RGB. She snatched up a Web Developer Certificate at Front Range Community College, before boot camps and immersion programs were all the rage. She then cut her teeth in full stack for a couple of years before latching onto front end and user interaction development. The design-centric approaches and ability to write code really well or really horribly appeals to her desire for intellectual masochism.

Morgan enjoys giving back to the tech community in the form of mentorship and tutoring new dev students, particularly adults making a career transition. She has also given talks in the local community and plans to expand that part of her involvement.

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1. Q. What is your favorite thing to eat?

A. My homemade green chili with lots of sour cream and avocados

2. Q. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?

A. “She’s Lost Control” – Joy Division

“All My Friends” – LCD Soundsystem

“Ship to Wreck” – Florence & the Machine

“Stop Me if You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” – The Smiths

“Wolf Like Me” – TV on the Radio

3. Q. What is your favorite form of exercise?

A. Running. It’s cheap, portable, on-demand (usually), and despite the outer chaos my mind becomes a serene landscape.

4. Q. Favorite gif?

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5. Q. Favorite place in all the world? Why?

A. On top of a peak that I just summited. The physical and mental effort yields a payoff beyond words.

6. Q. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

A. Physically it was run the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon with intermittent gastric distress. Emotionally it was take our sick cat to the vet to send her over the rainbow bridge.

7. Q. If you started a rock and roll band, what would the name be? Why?

A. I actually did start a rock and roll band, and it was called Linear High. It was actually the name of a song from a band in Portland that we were all into at the time. We got to open for The Pixies in New Orleans in 2004 and it was amazing!

8. Q. If you could give your 10-year old self one piece of advice, what would it be?

A. Don’t listen to all the jerks in school who tell you you’re a weirdo. Pretty soon the internet will come along and you’ll realize you are NOT weird. At all.

9. Q. If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be?

A. Will there ever be a way to know the “truth” of anything beyond perspectives and opinions?

10. Q. If you could have a drink with someone from history who would it be? Why?

A. David Bowie. To me that man was the ultimate cultural iconic figure and was gone WAY too soon.