About New Americans Code

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New Americans Code is a business venture, a school and a way to help refugees find a path to become productive members of society. Also, we will produce graduates able to start as trainee entry-level developers, or to continue their education elsewhere and learn the full suite of Web developer skills in advanced frameworks and full-stack development.

Martin Severiano Johncox founded the school to serve the above goals, and pursue some personal passions. He developed a solid foundation in content development and research as a reporter and editorial writer at the Idaho Statesman for nearly 12 years and in 2001, he joined the Boise marketing firm Alexander and Associates providing news media consulting, public-policy-oriented PR, events and boutique communications services. He started creating Websites in 2004 with FrontPage (dont laugh!) and later Wordpress and expanded client services into social media. Several of his public relations and social media campaigns have won national trade association awards for his clients.

But the technical aspects of communication - coding and programming - increasingly attracted Marty. He studied Web development at the College of Western Idaho, learning Linux administration, Adobe Creative Suite, HTML5, CSS3, PHP and MySQL. In November 2015, he completed a three-month coding bootcamp at Boise Code Works covering JavaScript, AngularJS, jQuery, Git, SourceTree, C#; Visual Studio, NodeJS, .NET, API integrations and more. Marty remains active in the Boise Web Technologies Group, Boise Graphic Design Group and Hacker Hours Boise.

Marty has always had a side interest in education. He is a former assistant Scoutmaster, treatment-level foster parent and former board member of PATH Idaho. He has volunteered in the Boise School District teaching origami and African percussion and worked as an occasional substitute teacher. He has also volunteered as an instructional assistant for refugees learning English at the College of Western Idaho.

Marty speaks fluent Spanish and was raised in a bicultural household; his mother, Martha Ester Villarreal, was born and raised in Mexico and immigrated to the United States in 1950. From his mother, he learned to understand the difficulties people face when adapting to internal and external cultures, the hurtful prejudices some people hold, and how dedication and study can make anyone a valuable, contributing member of society.

Marty holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Rhetoric, with a minor in Spanish, from the University of California at Berkeley and earned a Master of Arts in Journalism cum laude from the University of Oregon. When not working, he enjoys family time, studying JavaScript and playing drums and percussion in various local groups. He also enjoys origami, collecting knives and musical instruments, and is a proficient knife thrower. He lives on the Boise Bench with his family.

New Americans Code Board Members

The following board members help guide New Americans Code with advice, insight and knowledge

Doug Metzgar
Doug is president of Meshwork Consulting, a Boise social media, search engine marketing and content marketing firm. The company develops and manages marketing and communications campaigns, implements marketing/social media/search engine marketing (SEM)/search engine optimization (SEO) campaigns; and designs lead-generation efforts.

Prior to founding Meshwork Consulting, Doug served 11 years in marketing communications with Fortune 100 electronics wholesaler, Ingram Micro, focused on strategically positioning the company as a leader in IT logistics and distribution. When he left, he was department manager, leading Ingram Micro’s internal advertising agency of 40 associates. Later, he was the marketing communications director for Dedicated Devices, a venture-funded market leader in home media automation.

Doug graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts from California State University, Long Beach, and received an MBA from Boise State in 2010. Doug serves on the executive committee of Life’s Kitchen, a non-profit serving at-risk youth. And he’s an adjunct professor for Boise State University’s department of marketing and finance, teaching such topics as consumer behavior, market research, marketing management, principles of management and leadership skills.

Doug lives in Boise with his wife and two daughters and likes hiking, backpacking and camping. He also plays drums in Andy Byron and the Lost River Band.

Max Mohammadi
Max is a local businessman with a long history of philanthropy to the local and global communities.

Max graduated from high school in Fruitland and earned a business management degree in Economics from Eastern Oregon State University.

Max successfully managed and ran multi-unit corporate restaurants before going into business for himself, starting the Cazba Eastern Mediterranean restaurant in 1991 and Opa Lounge from 2003 to 2011. From 2003 to 2007, Max was a successful mortgage loan officer.

He has long been involved in charitable causes and founded Feed the Need food drive, involving up to 300 volunteers who collected food from local businesses. The volunteers and Max prepared up to 1,600 free Thanksgiving meals at Cazba and Opa for homeless people and any one who needed a place to go for Thanksgiving. In 2003 he ran as a independent candidate for mayor of Boise. After September 11, 2001 state leaders asked Max to serve as a public speaker to promote healing in a difficult time for the nation.

Max now finds an outlet for his business skills and philanthropy as a business consultant and he was a force behind the founding of Maxgiving, a fundraising organization helping nonprofits. Max volunteers several hours a day collecting food from restaurants and bakeries and taking it to homeless people and shelters in Boise. He also interprets for local refugees from Iran and Afghanistan. Max raised his two daughters in Boise and now enjoys time with his 2 granddaughters, as well as helping elderly family members.

Jake Overall
Jake Overall is a founder of Boise CodeWorks, the Treasure Valley's first coding and web development bootcamp. Like many developers, started outside the industry, then entered it with a passion. Jake received his BS from the University of Phoenix and worked as a Registered Nurse and moved into management. He managed nurses and patients with paper schedules and decided he'd try to automate this work with simple programs. His older brother Matt, a career web developer, nurtured Jake's interest in programming.

Jake quickly fell in love with coding and attended the Dev Mountain coding bootcamp in Utah. He worked at cancerspot.co and quickly became a Lead Engineer, where his medical knowledge added to his value as a developer. After experiencing for himself the value of attending a coding bootcamp, and seeing the need for such a school in Boise, Jake, Matt and others founded Boise CodeWorks.

Boise Code Works teaches a full suite of Web technologies, front-end and back-end, both in evening and immersive full-day classes, and invites local developers to mentor and share real-world experience. Jake and Matt's dedication to teaching influenced on Marty Johncox as the concept of New Americans Code began to take shape in his head.

Jake lives in Nampa with this wife and two children. When not coding and teaching, he enjoys spending time his family, woodworking, camping, snowboarding and wakeboarding.

New Americans Staff

The following staff help guide New Americans Code with expertise, experience and dedication

Wyatt Arent
Wyatt Arent is a curriculum adviser and instructor. Wyatt's day job is Web developer at Pixel and Line in Boise, where creates the back-end structure for websites and mobile apps with PHP, JavaScript, NodeJS, Composer, JSON and Git version control.

Wyatt is also proficient in front-end development with HTML5, CSS3 and Angular JS and works in Agile/Scrum. He studied computer science and finance at Boise State University.

Craig Kofoed
Craig Kofoed is an associate instructor. He has helped many students at New Americans Code due to his expertise in HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Git. Craig works at ChargeIt Pro, where he is a technical support team leader. Always adding to his skills, Craig is learning the Aurelia JS front-end framework and is founder of Boise Hacker Hours, a weekly meetup of local developers and programmers. Like many top programmers, Craig is primarily self-taught - an example of how anyone with determination can become proficient and help others find their own path.

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Wyatt Arent of Pixel and Line (standing, right) and student Hasan Al Rubaye (standing, left) teach refugees and Boise developers about CSS flexbox in Boise, during a recent Hacker Hours Boise meetup