Growing up, I always had a pencil in hand, sketching and making designs. I wanted to be an architect, and build amazing houses. By college I’d turned to studying literature, with fanciful ideas about being a writer one day. Somewhere along the way, however, I found out that as much as I love doing creative work myself, I really excel at shaping, organizing, and designing around the work of others and helping them to communicate those ideas. I wanted to be an architect after all, but one that designed with user interfaces and information rather than bricks and steel.
Today I work for the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina as the Web Manager for the QSEN Project. My work involves maintaining and expanding the project website, designing for print projects, coordinating content submissions and presentations for national conferences, and developing ways to further the program’s objectives through dynamic web site tools and other collaborative technologies.
In my previous positions, I’ve worked with dynamic teams to develop content management systems, coordinated web and publishing projects and and edited books and technical documentation.
At this stage I do most of my web development using PHP and MySQL, and I have extensive experience with packaged LAMP applications such as WordPress, Drupal, Mediawiki, and others. I’ve installed and administered MySQL databases, wiki farms, and other such tools for a variety of use cases. Whenever possible, I focus on developing tools to help users interact and build community together.