Meet the Company Series : Boxcar Studio


Are you looking to join a new team, or just want to learn more about the local tech community? Join us for the new GDI Careers panel series “Meet the Company” and get a glimpse into the lives of local tech companies from the people that experience it every day!

In our fifth event of this series, you’ll get to hear from employees at Boxcar Studio about what it’s like to be a part of the Boxcar team, how they got there, and what their roles and responsibilities are.

Note: Your $3 admission fee is a direct donation to Girl Develop It scholarships. Receipts available upon request – please email [masked].

Schedule for the evening

6:00 – 6:15 Snacks and GDI Intro

6:15 – 7:15 Moderated Panel Discussion

7:15 – 7:45 Open Q&A

7:45 – 8:00 Networking

Dinner and refreshments will be provided courtesy of Boxcar Studio

MODERATED BY: Ronda Bergman, Co-Founder of GDI Ann Arbor


Lani Chisnell – Partner/Creative Director leads our information architecture and design efforts at the Studio. She holds her Master’s degree in Information and Library Science from the University of Michigan, and brings a breadth of experience from the world of non-profit to retail. When she’s not designing, she’s dreaming of living off-grid with dogs and goats, or working on her webcomic, The Flock.

T.J. Smith – Partner/Strategist brings to the team nearly two decades of professional experience architecting websites since graduating from Kettering University. Outside of Boxcar, he dedicates his time to Brighton Area Fire Department and the county and state technical rescue teams. His ideal weekend is unplugged on the banks of the Rifle River with the family.

Emily Drier – Project Manager brings her background of online marketing and SEO experience to her Project Manager role here at Boxcar. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Michigan State University. Outside of the work day, Emily is a Chapter Leader for Girl Develop It, and enjoys running with her dog.

Brittany Willis – Junior Developer has joined our team to expand her skills in all things front-end development, and WordPress. She attended Berklee College of Music, where she studied voice. Brittany considers herself a creative type in many ways, spending most of her free time making music and crochet stitchin’ in style.

Adam Hulyksmith – Developer spent over ten years developing and maintaining websites for his alma mater, the University of Michigan, before joining Boxcar Studio. He spends most of his free time playing soccer, riding his bike, and coaxing his dog Ruby into making funny faces for the camera.


No jargon. No power suits. Just really nice websites. Since 2005, Boxcar Studio has designed and developed over 200 websites for non-profits, educational organizations, retail, and entrepreneurs. We build sites that appeal to your audience, look beautiful, and are easy to maintain. Our boutique shop of designers and developers strives to be your partner, finding a balance between our expertise and your dreams. Plus, we are experts in WordPress and Drupal!


Ann Arbor SPARK is Ann Arbor’s engine for economic development. We are an organization dedicated to the economic prosperity of the greater Ann Arbor region. We use our skills and knowledge to attract, develop, strengthen, and invest in driving industries to help our region thrive.

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All attendees are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It Code of Conduct.

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