Overview

full coding toolkit

WordPress blogs, eCommerce, full-fledged apps, utility programs: I've designed 'em, I've done the front-end coding, I've done the back-end programming, I've written the BASH utilities.

user-centric design focus

Ultimately, I believe the best design is that which allows the user to accomplish whatever task they're attempting to complete. Everything else is window dressing. How things look can be important, but not moreso than how they function.

server management

I know my way around Linux, though I definitely dislike knowing how to do the same thing four different ways depending on distro. I've experience with Apache, LiteSpeed and NGINX.

content creation, management and editing

I worked as an editor at newspapers for 8 years, overseeing writers, copyediting and managing various artists/designers, in addition to writing stories when needed.

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May 2016 - Present

web specialist

Penn State College of Medicine

Along with a colleague, I oversee the digital presence for the Penn State College of Medicine. This includes updating content, developing components and add-ons for the main College website in the LifeRay CMS, as well as developing, maintaining and updating content for our various WordPress websites that pertain to other audiences. I also develop internal tools and methods for various digital projects, including Google Analytics work, Google Tag Manager, SiteImprove and various front-end/back-end libraries to display unique content in JavaScript. I also advise and help develop our digital strategy.

Sept. 2009 - Present

chief technical officer

Technical Penguins

I am the chief technical officer of Technical Penguins, a full-service web design, development, content and support firm. I am responsible for the architecture and developing of our web projects, and oversee the design we do in-house. See examples of our work and all the services offered at https://www.technicalpenguins.com.

Aug. 2015 - May 2016

web developer

Campbell, Harrington and Brear

Working for a full-service ad agency, I delivered internal and client web projects, including custom application development, ecommerce and traditional websites. This included a variety of front-end languages and back-end PHP work, updating/upgrading already developed themes and building them from scratch. I was responsible for planning and DevOps on all technical projects, as well as administering web servers, our internal email and storage servers. I worked across a variety of content management systems in order to fit to what the client is comfortable with. I also developed long-term strategy for the web business, including developing long-term low- to no-intensity revenue streams.

Nov. 2014 - Aug. 2015

php developer

Aardvark Brigade

For this digital web agency, working primarily in PHP, CSS, JavaScript and a seemingly endlessly expanding number of libraries and frameworks, I created front- and back-end deliverables for client websites – everything from pitching in on some SVG animation to back-end plugins for integrating Twitter/Facebook profiles with consultant microsites for a direct sales company. Working with the Aardvark Brigade brought me a fuller understanding of client relationships, a better grasp on time management and helping the client discover what works best for them, in addition to a multitude of new and improved technical skills.

July 2012 - Nov. 2014

innovation editor/assistant editor

York Daily Record

In carving out my role as Innovation Editor (a brand-new position) at this 24-7 news organization, I focused primarily on two key areas. The first, and most immediately visible, had me helping plan and execute public-facing projects, sites and tools to enhance our news coverage and brand focus. This included a new way to present databases online, several responsive-design projects and a video. The other aspect, which I considered just as — if not more — important, involved making sure that we were using technology internally to make people more efficient/reduce their workload. I also helped manage/train two direct reports. As assistant editor, I helped oversee the production of four daily newspapers, as well as weeklies and special sections, managing three direct reports and a dozen in total. In the digital sphere I worked on a number of projects, including social media tools, content curation tools, on-demand databasing tools, live election tools, and iPad apps.

Jan. 2011 - July 2012

presentation editor

Farmington Daily Times

Though originally hired as the online editor, my position was never so narrowly defined at this daily newspaper. For the first nine months of my tenure, I served as a primary page designer, doing news pages around six times a week. While doing this, I also maintained our main website and created mini-sites for special events, as well as handling IT troubleshooting and maintenance. I oversaw all online and print design, and managing two full-time page designers and two photographers.

June 2010 - Dec. 2010

copy editor

Pacific Northwest Inlander

In addition to editing all print copy for clarity, structure, grammar and AP style for this weekly newspaper, I also edited external publications (the bi-monthly health magazine and advertising projects) and was responsible for final proofing on all publications. I wrote news, arts and culture stories for print, as well as biographies and health stories for the health glossy. I also contributed to the blog regularly (at least three times a week), including a weekly series that regularly drew three to four times as many readers as the average post.

Sept. 2009 - June 2010

web publication specialist

Oxyfresh/Life Matters

For this direct marketing firm, I helped with the development of several web properties and projects. I was in charge of the weekly newsletter to subscribers, helping with JavaScript/AJAX on the main site and assisting in the development of the site for a new product. High points included integrating new technologies and methods into the work processes, as well as introducing automation for repetitive tasks that freed up time for more creative work.

References available upon request

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BA History, 2009
Washington State University

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Web Accessibility (WCAG)
Accessibility (ADA)
GDPR/Compliance
WordPress
Django
Drupal
LifeRay
Laravel
Magento
HTML5
PHP
Vanilla JavaScript
jQuery
CSS/SCSS/SASS
Python 2/3
NodeJS
AngularJS
Photoshop
Illustrator
InDesign
Editing
Writing

2016 WMA Mobile Web Award - Best Education Mobile Website

2016 Horizon Interactive Award - Gold Winner, School/University

2016 Horizon Interactive Award - Bronze Winner, Responsive/Mobile Design

2014 Pennsylvania Newspaper of the Year - Best Use of Video

2014 Digital First Media Innovator of the Year

2013 EPPY Finalist, Best Mobile App Under 1 Million Readers

Member, Digital First Media Innovation Lab

Phi Beta Kappa