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A highly motivated and independent professional with extensive development, teaching, business, and management experience is seeking contract positions providing professional training, UI/UX design consulting and developing of mobile and web applications.
Over thirteen years of teaching and professional experience in both communication design and information technology. A proven partner-driven toward professional growth and successful ventures. Passionate about growing entrepreneurial communities in the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia through Lehigh Valley Tech. organization.
Excited about developing my proven art direction and design skill set as I pursue a Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in Interactive Design and Game Development at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
- Higher Education Classroom Instruction
- Art Direction
- User Experience and User Interface Design
- Web and 3D Animation
- Web & Mobile Application Development
- Public Speaking
- Local Tech Community Organizing & Event Planning
MFA in Interactive Design and Game Development (ABD)
Savanah College of Art & Design
Expected Completion – May 2018
Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies
Messiah College, Grantham PA. 1996 to 2000
Full-time Instructor of Art – Northampton Community College
9/2005 to 5/2007 & 9/2013 to Present
- Computer Graphics
- Web Animation
- Intro to Web Design
- Advanced Web Design
- Intro to 3D Animation
- Advanced 3D Animation
- Desktop Publishing
- Advaced Web Technologies
- Mobile Development
- Interactive Design
Founder, Product Developer – Parker West, LLC
May 2010 to Present
Parker West, LLC is an interactive product development studio located in the Lehigh Valley, PA. Serving clients in the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, and New York. Specializes in digital publications, design, marketing, and developing web & mobile applications.
Partnering with the best individual contractors and firms in the Lehigh Valley such as Ben Franklin TechVentures, 401 Creative, and Spark to deliver web and mobile solutions for clients like Discover Lehigh Valley, and Martin Guitar.
Co-Founder, Managing Partner – Lehigh Valley Tech, Inc
March 2011 to Present
Lehigh Valley Tech is a non-profit organization for startups, entrepreneurs, hackers, and technology enthusiasts in the Lehigh Valley, allowing them to network, share, and demonstrate what they are working on. Technology professionals from all the Lehigh Valley, New Jersey, and Philadelphia come to our monthly meetings and bi-yearly weekend events to learn about the startups in the Lehigh Valley and to network with other professionals.
Lehigh Valley Tech also organizes larger weekend events like the 2013 Hackathon at Northampton Community College and the 2012 Startup Weekend Lehigh Valley at Ben Franklin TechVentures.
Chief Technical Officer – Menu Genie, Inc
January 2012 to April 2013
Designed, architected, and developed menugenie.com, an online ordering web application for consumers and restaurants. Deployed the application on Heroku and Amazon Web Services using Ruby on Rails, Bootstrap, and jQuery. Integrated a variety web services like Twilio for phone confirmations, Phaxio for automated faxing, Stripe for payment processing, and Mapquest for Geolocation.
Director of Web Development – Hotwire Communications, Inc
May 2007 to June 2010
Architected and maintained online ordering and account management systems. This increased customer retention and engagement. Customers and customer service used these systems to manage Cable, Internet, and Phone packages. Designed and developed prototype interfaces for an all-in-one device media device for hospital rooms.
Lead Designer – Cadmus Communications
December 2004 to August 2005
Increased the marketability of their Windows and Mac software products by redesigning the interface icons, desktop icons, and logos for their applications. Enhanced the usability of their next generation digital magazine viewer by designing an interface that allows their customers to easily interact with their digital magazines. Managed their development team in India as they completed the Macintosh versions of their products.
Web Developer – Berkheimer OneSource
May 2002 to December 2004
Programmer – Berkheimer Tax Administrator
May 2000 to May 2002
Developed a Unix file manager that was used to view and manage reports and designed internal company wide accounting reports. Managed database related help desks for internal users. Developed the company’s intranet site.