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Matthew Kelleher (He/him)


Currently living in

Monroe, Connecticut, US

Work Preferences


Open to roles

InternshipShort Term ContractLong Term Employee

My background is in English, computer support and the law - so I've worn many different hats in my career. But coding has always managed to creep in at the most unexpected times: whether writing Excel functions as an office manager for a small business, automating software installation with PowerShell as a computer support volunteer, or making visualizations for a space law project with Tableau. Last fall I was able to work on a cryptocurrency team - just a handful of enthusiasts in Discord brainstorming ideas, turning those ideas into code in Solidity, and publishing that code into a Binance Smart Chain-based cryptocurrency that people were actually interested in acquiring. As brief as it was - isn't that usually the case in cryptocurrency? - that was honestly the most fulfilling work experience that I've had in my life. And it was my motivation to follow my passion and make a mid-career shift into the software field: upon reflection, I realized that I'd experienced in miniature the team-based software development process, and I knew that I wanted more... if not necessarily in the unstable world of crypto! This led me to complete a comprehensive educational experience learning full-stack Java development with the great people at Tech Elevator. Currently I'm putting the finishing touches on my Venmo clone application - built using PostgreSQL, Java, Spring Boot, and Vue.js - which I hope to have linked here on Mentra shortly. (Its constituent elements are available - alongside my other projects - on my Github, which is linked on my resume.) Ask me about it!

Ideal Workplace Values

It was thanks to the efforts of companies like Mentra - who proactively reached out to me upon discovering my neurodiverse status - that I became aware that the professional world increasingly sees neurodiversity not as a disorder or a disability, but as a potential source of (largely untapped!) business value. Any environment where neurodiverse traits are seen as positives, rather than aspects of the self that need to be hidden or minimized, would be one that I would find wholly fulfilling to work in.

My Badges

Skills and Strengths

My Neuro-exceptional talent

I should state from the outset that my neurodiversity does not present on the so-called autism spectrum, or at least has never been identified as such. Therefore, traits that I express and which are often associated with autism - attention to detail, the rapid recognition and creation of complex logical structures, and so on - are not traits that I associate with my neurodiversity. To not be coy about it, my neurodiversity is medically defined as so-called attention-deficit disorder. How does this beneficially manifest in practice? When engaged in work that I find mentally stimulating - which definitely includes web development and coding generally - I go 'into the zone' very easily and can create complex, accurate code quickly and consistently. By 'consistently,' I mean that spending double-digit hours coding on a daily basis is something I find fulfillment in doing, and my work doesn't flag due to fatigue, or sacrifice speed for accuracy (or vice versa). My only current limitation is in the extent of my knowledge, but I enjoy learning new coding procedures, packages and languages almost as much as I enjoy writing code itself.

Technical Skills

Top 5 Soft Skills

Working AutonomouslyStructureConsistencyLogical ReasoningAttention to Detail

Inclusion Essentials


Interviewer Experienced with NeurodiversityExtra Time to Process New InformationFlexible ScheduleUninterrupted Work TimeErgonomic SeatingNoise-cancelling Headphones

Environments I'm comfortable with

Driving a vehicle
Heavy lifting
Loud noises
Standing for long periods
Uniforms (hard hat, hair net, etc.)
Working with animals
Working with food
Interaction with the public
Bright or blinking lights
Outdoors or places with strong smells
Variable temperatures

I have a number of preferences, but none of them are requirements.


Check out my work


Education and Credentials

Attended for 1 year or less from 2022 to 2022

Full-Stack Java Development - Tech Elevator


Attended for 3 years from 2021 to 2024

Security+ - CompTIA


Attended for 3 years from 2021 to 2024

Network+ - CompTIA


Attended for 1 year or less from 2020 to 2020

Associate Degree - Network Administration & Cybersecurity - Lake Superior College


Attended for 6 years from 1998 to 2004

Wesleyan University

Bachelor's degree - English Language & Literature General