Meet The Team!

Michele Jones – CEO

Michele Butcher-Jones is a nationally known and sought after WordPress Speaker, Trainer, and Security Specialist. She is also the CEO of 13 Core. Michele has been involved with the WordPress community for over a decade helping people learn how to use their self-hosted WordPress sites, keeping them more secure, and enjoys the process of building a great website for people. She is a lover of all things Open Source, a WordPress Core Contributor, an international speaker, and an avid campaigner to leave the world in a better place. Michele had the opportunity of a lifetime to be included in on the All Women and Non-Binary led WordPress 5.6 Release Team as the Documents Review Lead.

Her passion for making the web a better place doesn’t stop there! She gives back to the community as a Meetup Organizer for St Louis and the Lead Organizer for the Southern Illinois WordPress Meetup. Michele is typically up for any type of contributing to the WordPress Community often as a speaker, volunteer, answering questions in the forums, and teaching WordPress to beginners. Now that she is an empty nester, Michele is spending her time as a photographer, traveler, and collector of jewelry. She is currently working on her first book set to be completed in 2025, and is always down for an adventure, especially if it involves great food or drinks.

John Jones – VP of Heavy Lifting

John has been a part of 13Core from the start and the company would not be where it is if not for him. While he does not do much with the day to day of 13Core, he helps out for events, keeps the CEO as sane and fed as he possibly can and the company can’t thank him enough!

Dina Butcher – Director of Minions

Dina has been working with 13Core since the start by doing all of Michele’s bidding. She assists with WordCamps, QA, and support when not earning her degree in Anthropology.


Meet Our Talented Team

Our passionate and dedicated team brings together a diverse range of skills and expertise to deliver exceptional results. From creative visionaries to meticulous strategists, we work seamlessly together to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations.

Chris DeMarco

Lead Developer

Alissa McKenzie

Paid/Organic Social Media Strategist

Carlos Rosado

Digital Marketing Expert

Kristina Fager

Office Manager