Meet your 2024 Training Team Representatives

The Training Team nominated and voted on a number of motivated and dedicated contributors to the team. The new Team Representative nomination, voting, and vetting period is a special time where folks in the community affirm work ethic and confidence, and the outcome of these votes ensure fresh leadership and new perspectives guide the team.

It’s been amazing to watch the growth the team has experienced last year, and the rise in leadership in various individuals. This year, the Training Team keeps 2023 Team Representatives Benjamin Evans and Destiny Kanno, and adds one new Team Representative; Laura Adamonis.

This is a post to share more about your newly nominated Team Reps!

Laura Adamonis- @lada7042

Laura Adamonis lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with her husband and has two kids. Laura got started in WordPress in 2022 after looking for a career change that would provide a flexible and remote work environment. She started her agency, Add A Little Digital Services, in 2022. Laura started contributing to the training team in 2022 by co-hosting. She continued to co-host and then became a content creator in 2023.

Laura has a background in design and education that she brings to the training team. She is a previous Montessori teacher and was the robotics coordinator for the Greensboro Science Center where she taught robotics, engineering and coding.

Laura is a co-organizer for the Triad WordPress MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on will help you find options in your area. and is a contributor to the DEIB, photo, and coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. teams.

Benjamin Evans – @bsanevans

Benjamin Evans is from Fukuoka, Japan, where he lives happily with his wife and puppy. Ben started making sites with WordPress in 2014. After teaching technical subjects to both undergraduate and postgraduate students for 5 years, Ben made a move to join Automattic in 2019. Since joining, Ben helped create a Japanese support team, created employee education curriculum, and worked on new employee training before becoming a Community Education Manager in 2022.

Ben has been a Co-organizer of a local Meetup group, has spoken at WordCamps, been a Training Team table lead for Contributor Days, and is a frequent Online Workshop facilitator on Learn WordPress.

In his non-working time, Ben likes to travel, play the flute, take long drives, and read books.

Destiny Kanno – @piyopiyofox

Destiny Kanno is from California, USA, and currently lives in Tokyo Japan with her husband and Formosan Mountain Dog. Destiny is currently Head of Community Education at Automattic, but she got started with WordPress in 2016 while working for the Japanese digital agency ASA Digital before joining Automattic as a Happiness Engineer in 2017. Her professional journey has allowed her to experience the various faces of WordPress inclusive of its end users and developers, enterprise customers, and open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. community.

Destiny became more involved with the WordPress community in November 2021, and began dedicating more of her time to the Training Team specifically in early 2022. Outside of the Training Team, Destiny is also a BlackPress Co-Organizer, a Japanese WordPress community member, and the Sponsors Team lead for WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Asia 2024.

In her free time Destiny enjoys traveling, making music, watching films, and dancing.

Nomination Results

Over the course of three weeks the Training Team voted for their three nominees. Below are the results of the vote.

While the voting helps inform the vetting and final decision process, it is not the only way the current representatives evaluate the candidates. As noted in our Team Rep handbook page, the 2023 reps evaluated the three candidates using the following criteria as a guide:

After the voting period is over, the current team reps will review the candidates in descending order from the highest votes and evaluate their eligibility based on the following criteria:

  • If they have a Training Team badge.
  • Their last six months of activity in the Performing section of the contributor ladder.
  • Whether or not they have been a Training Team Representative within the last 2 years.
  • Diversity of the team repTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. group as evaluated through the Team Values.

Based on the above, we jointly decided that Laura Adamonis best fits the above criteria.

Within the past year Laura has moved from the Performing step in our contributor Ladder to the Leading step, and continues to contribute to the team as a Content Creator Faculty Member who creates video tutorials and hosts Online Workshops for the wider WordPress Community. With her outstanding commitment, the 2023 Team Representatives are excited to invite her to the team and look forward to working alongside her in this capacity.

Once again, we give huge thanks to our offboarding 2023 Team Representative @webtechpooja for her amazing dedication to the team and thoughtful collaboration with her fellow co-representatives.

The new Training Team Representatives are delighted to be serving the community in this capacity this year and look forward to what we will all accomplish together.

You can reach out to the Reps in the #training channel in the Make WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at