Professional Experience

I am currently pursuing my PhD, so I don’t have much in the way of a 9-5, but I do miss the coffee! At UC Irvine I am a graduate researcher, and I occasionally take on a few freelance project through my studio, YellowKiwis, but only if they are particularly awesome.

Below is a list of the various occupations that have brought me to this point — from the front-end of the MCAT all the way back to a mirror washer (no joke).

Association of American Medical Colleges
Washington, D.C.
Senior Systems Developer, MCAT, Front-end and UX focus (2006 – 2009)

As part of the Medical Colleges Admissions Test (MCAT), designed, implemented and maintained large scale enterprise applications. In 2006, the MCAT moved from its paper format to a computer based format, requiring a new system for all aspects of test administration.

Technologies used:

  • Java, Spring, Hibernate, JSP
  • PHP5, Zend Framework, Zend Platform, Smarty
  • HTML, JavaScript/DHTML, AJAX, CSS, XML, JSON, GMaps2, YUI, ExtJS.
  • Oracle 9i, 10g

IsoTruss International/CleanFilms
American Fork, UT
Director of Technology & Marketing (2005 – 2006)
Lead Programmer (2004 – 2005)
Programmer (2004)
Oversaw all web projects and marketing, managing programmers and design staff. Worked with and advised the CEO and VP of Operations on development and marketing strategy. Websites used PHP and trafficked 400K – 800K sessions and 12M-15M hits per month, integrating with a MySQL databases with over 25M records.

Technologies used:

  • PHP4 – 5, Zend Platform, Smarty
  • HTML, JavaScript/DHTML, CSS, Smarty
  • Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Omniture (Web Analytics)
  • Linux (Debian 3+, Fedora 3+), Windows Server, Exchange Server
  • MySQL 4.0 – 5.1

WebGarden Studio
Salt Lake City, UT
Freelance Web Designer (2001 – 2004)

Developed and managed projects to fit client needs, designing and promoting complex websites with an emphasis on identity and web presence redesign. Projects included ArtsBridge America (National), ArtsBridge America (Utah & Hawaii Chapters), da Vinci Research Institute, The University of California – Irvine Center for Learning through the Arts.

Technologies used:

  • PHP 4-5, MySQL 4-4.1, HTML, CSS, JavaScript/DHTML, Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator

Era Research Project, Psychology,
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Principal Investigator (2002 – 2004)

Era was designed as internet based software intended to streamline research transcription, coding and rating through video integration. Managed 4 research assistants, training and assigning technically related tasks. Research activities were sponsored by the Functional Family Therapy Project, a NIDA/NIH funded project.
• Developed “Time Lapse Transcription” technique, increasing research accuracy and decreasing transcription time by 80%.
• Presented work at four national conferences.

Technologies used:

  • Flash, Actionscript 2.0, AMFPHP .9-1.1, Flash Communication Server MX, Flash Media Server, Flex 2
  • PHP 4-5, Smarty
  • MySQL 4-5
  • HTML, JavaScript/DHTML, CSS

Risk & Insurance Management, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Assistant (2001 – 2003)
Proposed and executed a marketing plan to bring additional attention to the department through an identity redesign. Plan included a website redesign and print materials used for inter-departmental interactions.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
Becket, MA
Marketing/Computer Operations Internship (Summer 2001)

Managed press relations. Maintained festival’s Novel network, provided client troubleshooting and technical consultation. Created and managed marketing projects for festival graphic/written advertisements, brochures, internet identity and related marketing.

Western Wyoming Playhouse
Rock Springs, WY
Theatre Technician (2000 – 2001)

Staffed playhouse and carried out backstage and house management duties. Leadership opportunities included Master Tailor for The Pirates of Penzance, and Sound Engineer for A Chorus Line.

Western Wyoming College
Rock Springs, WY
Dance Workstudy (1999 – 2000)
Under the direction of Deirdre MacDonald, MFA, assisted in the maintenance and promotion of the dance department. Assisted at all department functions including showcases and concerts. Performed technical functions in the theatre and managed and maintained dance studios.