What is Cape Fear Women in Tech?

We are a group of women coders, database administrators, entrepreneurs, graphic designers, and other techy careers. Our mission is to advance women in technology in the Cape Fear, NC region by creating a community that fosters professional development. We do this by serving as a conduit for knowledge and host networking events, technical workshops, panels and speakers.  We also frequently post local tech job openings and we are working on a CFWIT mentorship program.

Who should Attend?

We are broad in our definition of a "tech" career. All women who are currently working in technical professions or looking to do so are welcome.

What our Members Think



Audrey Speicher and Emilyanne Atkinson founded CFWIT in the summer of 2015 and recruited a board to help guide the new group. Below you can view their bios.


Audrey Speicher

President and Co-founder of CFWIT 

product Marketing at ncino

Audrey is always on the hunt for improvements to the status quo and is energized by learning new things. Her academic and professional background in mental health prepared her well for the ever-evolving entrepreneur and tech spheres where she finally found her passion. As a part of the nCino team, she introduces new tech products to established corporate institutions. Audrey is a co-founder of CFWIT and was recognized as one of WILMA's 2015 Women to Watch in business. Find her on LinkedIn, she loves meeting new people!

Connect with Audrey on LinkedIn


Emilyanne Aurelius

CEO and co-founder of CFWIT

Senior database administratoR & Systems Administrator

Emilyanne Aurelius loves new ideas and the practical application of them through technology.

An inquisitive collector of words, facts, books, quotations and data in general, she delights in finding obscure connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.

Emilyanne was a nominee for WILMA's 2015 Women to Watch in the Rising Star category for noteworthy women under 30.  She was also selected for the Leadership Initiative and as well as the Mentorship Program.

She is an annual speaker at UNCW's Wilmington Information Technology eXchange and has served as a subject matter expert at UNCW's Center For Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  Emilyanne was also featured in a local blog interview and a magazine article

Connect with Emilyanne on LinkedIn


Advisory Board Members


Kelli Davis

Vice President of Integration Services for CastleBranch Corporation

Kelli Davis is the Vice President of Integration Services for CastleBranch Corporation in Wilmington, NC.  She and her integrations team are committed to designing and developing robust integration offerings for our wide variety of products and services.  

Kelli has held various positions within CastleBranch Corporation for the past twelve years.  She has been the technology thought leader as the company has posted significant growth as it has become one of the nation's leading companies in its sector. 

In her prior role at CastleBranch as Chief Information Officer she was responsible for developing and managing the company's highly secure systems, ensuring compliance, safety and security throughout client organizations.
Kelli sits on the MS Computer Science Information Systems Advisory Board (MS CSIS) Committee at UNCW and on the Advisory Committee Meeting for the Computer Technology Integration degree program at Cape Fear Community College.  She's a frequent speaker on UNCWs campus and has participated as a speaker the North Carolina Technology Association in which she is an active participant.  Kelli is also on the Advisory Board and a member of the Cape Fear Women in Technology group.   

Previously, Kelli worked in higher education as an Computer Engineering instructor and web designer. 
Ms. Davis has a B.S. degree in Computer Science for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  She is also active in the tech community across the southeastern U.S.

Connect with Kelli on LinkedIn


Jessica Yenser

Senior Data Intelligence Engineer at EMC Corp
VP of Programs, PMI Metrolina Chapter 

Jess enjoys tackling challenges in and out of the office. From technical and program related challenges, to getting her dog to turn the lights off for her, if a process can be improved or a problem solved, she's in!! She believes that work is a part of life, not life itself....but that doesn't mean you can't be producing Rock Star results.

Come join her on LinkedIn if you'd like to know more about Program Management, Data Intelligence, being a remote Rock Star, or finding balance in your career and your life.

Bring coffee!

Connect with Jessica on LinkedIn


Ann Revell-Pechar

Founder, A. Revell Communications

For more than 25 years, Ann has helped companies identify and communicate their stories. From messaging and positioning to PR and content strategy, Ann's teams have helped companies launch, get acquired, go public and, simply grow. She has managed the reputation of venture capitalists like New Enterprise Associates, publishers like Ziff Davis, and global powerhouses like Alcatel-Lucent. Several clients, like VoIP company Teleo, were acquired by major corporations -- transitions whose communications were overseen by Ann.

Whether working in-house for technology companies and arts organizations, teaching college courses in technical and professional communications, or promoting communities through economic development organizations, Ann's focus is on finding a unique perspective for clients that is compelling and convincing.

She's active not only in Cape Fear Women in Tech, but in the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) and the Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED); she's also served on the boards of MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta, Digitainment Georgia, and others in Seattle and Baltimore.

She holds a Master of Public Administration from the State University of New York College at Brockport, where her focus was on Management Information Systems, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Seattle Pacific University.

Connect with Ann on LinkedIn


Hannah Wilson

Owner & Graphic Designer at Hanoona Media

Hannah Wilson is the owner and graphic designer at her company Hanoona Media, marketing committee lead of Cape Fear Women in Tech, and secretary of Port City Robotics. She was a finalist for the 2015 WILMA Women to Watch awards in the Rising Stars category.

When not attached to a computer, you will find her attached to a book, mentoring FIRST Robotics Competition team 4534 The Wired Wizards, listening to symphonic metal, plotting her future sci-fi novels, and attempting epic ninja-kicks during soccer games.

Connect with Hannah on LinkedIn | Blog

Ellen Long

Ellen Long

COO and Co-Founder of Long Business Advisors

Ellen is intoxicated by new ideas and perspectives that change the world, whether in the personal or corporate sphere. She believes in the wisdom of application, so her professional career has been a focused endeavor to develop and integrate these ideas into the business community.

Born with a passion for entrepreneurism, she’s had a front row seat to the entire lifecycle of the entrepreneur – from startups pitching their ideas in front of angel investors to established owners exiting their businesses. Ellen is the COO of Long Business Advisors and a TEDxAirlie speaker.

Connect with Ellen on LinkedIn


Melissa Watson

CFCC Business Technologies Department Chair

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, a Master’s in Business Administration, and a Graduate Certificate in Web Development, Melissa has 17 years of experience teaching in the Business Technologies Department at Cape Fear Community College. She has been the Chair for the Business Technologies Department since May 2011. Melissa also holds a certificate in Project Management.  She is married and her son is currently working on his PhD in Nuclear Astrophysics at the University of Washington.

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Laurie Patterson

Associate Professor and Department Chair for the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Received an ALA from the University of Minnesota, a BA in Biology from the UofMN as well (primarily in ichthyology), an M.Ed. in Training and Development with technology from the UofMN. The Ed.D. is from Nova Southeastern University in Miami in Computer Information Technology, with an emphasis in computer education. Worked as a biologist for the US Fish & Wildlife Service in St. Paul MN and Oak Harbor OH. Worked in a variety of staff position at the UofMN while pursuing the Master’s. Ran the MIEC (Medical Informatics Education Center) for the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Worked in the corporate world as a trainer for an international company. Moved to Wilm, got the doctorate, and started working at UNCW.  She was also featured by the Greater Wilmington Business Journal for her work in growing UNCW's Computer Science department.

Connect with Laurie on LinkedIn


Past Advisory Board Members


Jazmin Capezza


As a computer science and information systems professional with an entrepreneurial disposition, Jazmin is dedicated to analyzing requirements to begin and complete technical projects, finding resources, and building programs. From beginning and leading a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team for three years while completing her master's in computer science and information systems, she has experience in leadership, planning, conflict management, fundraising, managing budgets, and marketing. Jazmin’s background in English, education, and teaching is her foundation for working well with people, networking, and being able to analyze and find creative solutions while collaborating with a variety of peers.  She is very passionate about increasing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in the community, while supporting the confidence of girls and women in technology fields.

Jazmin relocated to Raleigh in 2015 for her new position with IBM where she travels the world and educates people about Watson.

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We were formed in partnership with WILMA Women to Watch Leadership Initiative and tekMountain. WILMA has provided marketing and outreach, and tekMountain has provided event space and refreshments. If you would like to become a sponsor or give a donation, please contact us.