I graduated with my AA with a focus in Journalism. I developed skills in interviewing, writing, editing, graphic design, and desktop publishing. As the school newspaper managing co-editor, I learned how to lead a team in brainstorm sessions, rigid publication schedules and constructive feedback that resulted in quality content.
Emery Worldwide (now UPS) IT headquarters needed a web designer and developer to design and develop the front end for their public-facing website, their secured client-only Extranet, and their Intranet. I collaborated with executives, marketing and IT and worked closely with our e-commerce team to implement these enterprise-wide websites. I grew tremendously as a UX/UI designer and front-end developer who needed to consider a vast array of end-users who ranged from dock workers on small screens and dial-up to fortune 500 executives with large screens and T1 connections.
I took the web design business, webprodigy.com, that I started in college and turned it into a full-time career that gave me the creative freedom and flexibility to work for a variety of clients and to work with a variety of technologies. I developed my skills exponentially as a business owner and a web designer and developer. As technology became more complex, I specialized in graphic design, UX/UI design, and front-end development. I collaborated with brilliant teams of copywriters, graphic designers, programmers, and online marketing specialists to deliver end-to-end solutions for clients who ranged from small to mid-sized businesses, government agencies, and non-profits.
Currently, I work in the IT headquarters for a large retail company as the Package Specialist (aka Product Owner) for an enterprise, cloud-based SaaS product where I with managers to establish the product roadmap, conduct story writing sessions for improved functionality, manage Agile sprints and releases for the developer, and manage quality assurance. I’ve also worked on several special projects as a UI/UX designer & front-end developer to help launch a new product line and to create interactive display panels for the stores.