Who Am I?

What I’m Currently Doing & Past Experience

Currently, I am working for an AV control systems programing firm in Capital Hill. In addition to providing User Experience Design and business consulting services to several area firms, companies, and clients.  I have 14 years under my belt in the design industry and have held various roles in my craft. In my past roles with Garrigan Lyman Group, Decisive Data, Arris Group and Microsoft, I have worked as a senior level User Experience Designer as the primary liaison between UX and engineering, supporting both in-house and offshore development teams.

Education and Expertise

Due to the ever growing and design trends, the industry for a working professional such as myself seems to be headed towards hybrid UI Designer/ Developer roles; therefore, I am currently obtaining my certificate in Mobile Web and Desktop Application Development through South Seattle Community College. My program will be complete in early 2018. I have dual Bachelors’ degrees in Web and Multimedia Design and Development (2013) and Digital Design (2006). Why? Because there aren’t any Masters Degrees in UX Design. I have made a career out of being a student as an adult. My end goal is to be working in a hybrid UX Developer role!  My areas of expertise include: senior level knowledge and experience with web applications and mobile design, product design, UI design, front-end development, team leadership, and project management. I am experienced working with companies of all sizes: from small start-ups to large corporations requiring complex web applications using the latest industry standard in CSS, HTML, and JavaScript.

Passions

My passion is to create user-centric designs that are aesthetically pleasing, natural in flow and easy to use. I believe in the refining power of simplicity and elegance through the fusion of logic and creative inspiration. I embrace the “human factor” in design and create experiences that tell stories which are clean, simple to use, and easy to navigate. I lead projects, advocate for the user and improve experiences.

Leadership, Mentoring and Community Involvement

Owner/ Sole Proprietor of Body Budders and In Loving Memory Memorials. Active board member of the Puyallup Lacrosse Club as the Director of Website and Registration, 2015-2017. Ted Browns, Tacoma Music Outreach Volunteer. Founding Member of the Blue Light Coalition, Lakewood WA. Design Group Affiliation: AIGA, Seattle SEO Network, Create Mornings SEA, Adobe Behance, Creative Fusion Pro, Freelance Designers and All Freelance.

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