I specialize in brand development and design, frontend web development, custom WordPress themes and ADA compliance. My education was at Columbia College Chicago, where I received a BFA in Graphic Design. I am a self taught developer who has contracted with multiple agencies and worked in-house on many marketing teams. I currently reside in Hood River, Oregon, working full-time as the Marketing Director for Sierra-Olympic Technologies.
My Technical Background
Below is a list of tools / apps / technology I have worked with. Some of these are in my personal workflow and some are tools I had to learn for specific projects. I’ve tried to organize it as best I can.
Code and Tech.
Version Control & Local Development
Github // Bitbucket // Docker // Mamp // Atom // Visual Code Studio
Jira // Asana // SmartSheets // Basecamp // Github Issues // Monday // Wrike // Kanban
WordPress // Shopify // Drupal // Joomla // OpenCart
Amazon Web Services(AWS) EC2 and S3 // CPanel // WHM // Plesk // Kinsta // Pantheon // WP-Engine // Flywheel // DreamHost
InVision // Xd // Photoshop // Illustrator // InDesign // Acrobat Pro
My Leadership Background
Throughout my life I have been put into leadership roles. Sometimes it was planned, and sometimes it was circumstance. If being a good leader were easy we’d have a lot more them. It takes patience, strength, compassion, courage, pride and humbleness, among other things. Good leaders are forever students.
As Marketing Director I build and organize a team with many different backgrounds and skills. We built a new brand that continues to improve and evolve. I set the team up for success and ensure they know when it has been achieved.
UCLA, Strategic Communications
When Covid-19 took the world by storm I was the Sr. Frontend Developer of the digital team. Due to extreme circumstances I was made the team lead and then the interim director of the digital team. I lead a small team of developers, designers and various contractors through building some of the Universities most high profile website including UCLA.edu, admissions.UCLA.edu, webcomponents.ucla.edu, covid-19.UCLA.edu and more. My favorite project at UCLA was the web components library. As a team we all lead and built webcomponents.UCLA.edu, a component library for campus wide use. We held bi-weekly campus wide meetings to discuss its forward development.
I am the Principal Operator of a small LLC called HarborKnot. This is where I learned how to speak with other leaders, hire contractors and grow a business.
[West LA] WordPress Meetup
For almost 3 years I hosted the official WordPress meetup in Santa Monica, Ca. WordPress taught me incredible lessons about the strength and value of community. WordPress is backed by extremely dedicated and smart volunteers. This is why it’s the most widely used CMS around the globe. There is no barrier to entry, all skillsets from beginner to expert are welcome participate in these meetups. I would lead and encourage conversation amongst a group of people. We would review each others portfolios, discuss and evaluate new features or plugins, help each other find solutions and eat Oreos.
Boy Scouts of America
Before my career started I was fortunate enough to be lead. With the help of adults in my community I achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Not only did I learn how to follow, but also what it means to give back. I still talk to some of my leaders from this time, and have even worked with them professionally.