CEO | Co-Founder
Kori Ashton has been listed as one of seven women who run tech startups in San Antonio to watch. She started her first company at the age of 12, and has had an entrepreneur’s heart ever since. She built her first HTML website in 1998, and was instantly hooked on Web design. With a degree in the arts, Kori brings to WebTegrity fun creativity, and more than fifteen years of experience as an online marketing specialist, graphic designer, and Web developer.
Since 2005, Kori has taught HTML, CSS, Web design, WordPress, SEO and other topics to hundreds of students at schools, colleges, and community classes across Texas. Here are some of her talks at WordCamps across the US.
As a sixth generation Texan, she and her partner, along with their two sons and dachshund, are proud to call San Antonio their home. In her spare time, Kori enjoys speaking at events, painting (you can see her artwork in our creative loft), biking the mission trails, hanging out with family, and playing the guitar. Check out her TEDx San Antonio Talk and her YouTube Tutorials all about WordPress.
VP of Operations
Jason Merrell is a U.S. Army veteran with a passion for creating strategic content and building dynamic WordPress websites. He spent eight years as a public affairs specialist and served as a non-commissioned officer for military intelligence organizations around the world. After finishing his enlistment, he wanted to continue using his skills to build a community, particularly around his passions for Web development, gaming and firearms.
YouTube became a great outlet for his passions. A few years and more than 700 videos later, “Sergeant Merrell”—as he is known on YouTube—has amassed a following of more than 70,000 loyal fans spanning several social media platforms. Still a soldier and non-commissioned officer at heart, Jason approaches his content with a genuine, professional attitude that many of have come to enjoy. Hear him share about YouTube at WordCamp San Antonio 2015.
Jason, his wife and their two children call San Antonio home. Recently, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Internet Marketing, and spends his days building custom responsive WordPress themes. He’s also cultivating his newest passion—teaching others how to turn their own passions into reality. Read his interview here >>
VP of Account Services
Brandi made a complete transition from working at a pediatric dental office to follow her true passion – Web Development. She always knew from the first time she took a course in high school that her heart was meant to be in this high-tech field. She was very excited that she finally made the decision to follow her dreams!
Brandi graduated WebTegrity’s WordPress course in the summer of 2015 and was a natural fit into our team bringing awesome energy, and great organizational skills to our projects. She quickly moved into leadership as our VP of Account Services.
When she isn’t focused on WordPress she is enjoying life with her husband and three children in San Antonio, TX. You’ll find that she can’t stick to one hobby and is always tackling a “do-it-yourself project if something seems interesting to make or do. She is always finding ways to make someone smile or laugh (either with or at her-especially those impersonations.) Read her interview here >>
Fernanda Garcia spends most days obsessing over type, photography, and music. She considers herself a passionate creative who loves the web and its unlimited possibilities. The idea of being a great designer is what wakes her up in the morning. As a creative soul and – holding an – Advertising Design major, she loves to tell engaging stories through design. She considers design a non-stop learning process and has set out on an adventure to explore and master it.
Coincidentally, her name means “adventurer”, and it’s not off by a long shot. She refuses to limit her imagination and skillset to design trends and rules that set boundaries on her craft. Instead, she will absorb, learn and breathe in anything and everything beautiful, eye catching, and mesmerizing; then, she will improve it, make it her own, and set her own trends. Give this girl a cup of coffee and a challenge – and watch her create. Read her interview here >>
Senior WordPress Developer
Some may call Ashley Falsario a Web developer, but to her, that’s just a boring way of saying she makes awesome things with code. Ashley’s journey into programming started when she quit her job as a laser technician to attend Codeup, a 12-week programming boot camp. She’s been developing ever since.
Ashley was first introduced to the greatness of WordPress at a workshop Kori Ashton taught at Cafe Commerce. Since then, she’s been all about that WP.
In her spare time, Ashley enjoys watching live music in Austin, and spending time with her two daughters and husband. Ashley enjoys personal programming projects. She also sometimes spends time making tangible things with clay, yarn, or metal. Read her interview here >>
Senior WordPress Developer
Grace Faubion is a web loving Codeup grad who found a passion for WordPress through the San Antonio WordPress Wednesday meet up group. After meeting Kori and completing WebTegrity’s very first WordPress course she was hooked on all things WP! Thanks to WebTegrity’s WordPress course Grace was able to land a few clients on her own. Ultimately, she wanted to be in a team environment to share experiences and resources.
Beyond all of the above – Grace enjoys the dog park with her three pups, a good happy hour, and hanging out with family. She loves to jam out to cheesy pop songs in the car (she’ll be the one dancing in the front seat not caring that everyone is watching!) – and on occasion she treats us to an afternoon yoga session! Read her interview here >>
Accessibility Operations Director
John Watts is a recent Codeup grad from the UK. He moved to the US from Italy in 2014 and after a brief stint in Denver, CO, moved to San Antonio with his wife and dog in 2015. He studied American Studies at King’s College, London and has had a varied career history. He has worked in the travel industry as a bicycle tour guide in Tuscany, a translator and English teacher, and even a bike messenger in Milan, Italy, before finally making the transition to coding and the wonderful world of WordPress at WebTegrity. John is passionate about helping others and ensuring clients are happy and well informed.
In his free time John is an avid fly fisher and tries to keep himself fit with cycling and soccer, although he is sometimes defeated by the summer heat in Texas! He also loves to travel and go to live music events and eventually wants to visit every state in the US (he only has 37 to go). Read his interview here >>
Director of Digital Support
Keri is a WordPress enthusiast who loves working with people. Her 10+ years experience with customer service in restaurants ultimately led her to a Technical Account Manager position for a Digital Marketing Firm that used WordPress in New Mexico, and the rest is history. She immediately fell in love with WordPress and loved that she could continue helping people while learning something new every day.
Keri graduated Codeup in May of 2017 and came to work for WebTegrity shortly after. She enjoys the awesome culture, fun projects, and is excited to be able to grow with such a wonderful team.
When Keri isn’t chatting with clients, she enjoys crafting home décor, drinking craft beer, and binging Netflix. She’s always up to prank someone and can quote just about any line from The Office. She’s also a nap connoisseur and enjoys cooking, and spends most of her Sunday’s cooking and napping with her cats. Read her interview here >>
Content Architect, SEO & Social Media Specialist
Bernardeta is an Air Force Veteran who was stationed in Massachusetts, England, Maryland, Japan and in 2010 retired in San Antonio. She began her military career as a Morse Code Operator and later cross trained to an Intelligence Analyst. In 2000 she took a Photoshop class in college which started her passion for graphic design. After completing her graphic design certificate, she was able to piggyback of this and complete a second certificate in web design; which began her second passion. She was able to utilize her new skills to create websites for the military.
She was first introduced to WordPress in college; it was the answer to combining her two passions. It allowed her to design without having to learn programming code. She first met Kori at a local WordPress Meetup. Bernardeta was so impressed with Kori’s knowledge of WordPress and SEO that she started watching her YouTube videos and attending her SEO classes to learn more. In 2012 she became a freelancer with her own company and a few years later, became part of the WebTegrity team.
Bernardeta was raised in Spain and goes back frequently to reconnect with family/friends, and visit her favorite little town in Galicia. She is both fluent in Spanish and Gallego (native language of Galicia).
Hospitality Concierge Coordinator
Lana, a bilingual shih tzu joined the WebTegrity team as part of the hospitality team. She is the first fur baby to join our team, and we are all so glad to have her. We enjoy her ‘go getter’ attitude!
At first, she was very timid but quickly became comfortable with treat bribes from our team. Now you will find her greeting clients and visiting each team member (only if you have some food to offer). Her skills include salsa dancing, nerf bullet eating and begging – but her best trait by far is her loyalty.
When she’s off hospitality duty, she loves to travel (car rides are her favorite), dance to ‘Bidi Bidi Bom Bom’, food tasting and naps. She also knows how to rock a red bandana.
Be sure to follow Lana on her Instagram to see her weekly thoughts!