I started learning HTML in 2001 when I discovered eBay. HTML was a hobby, something I did to help me sell things on eBay or share images on forums. When I started college, I went for business management skills, although I later rolled in some technical courses and eventually earned an Associate's degree in Multimedia, and finished up with a Bachelor's of Science in Project Management. I learned that I really enjoyed mentoring people and I want to continue that mission in a technical leadership role.
Right now I am a Project Lead managing the development and organization of AEM front-end projects. I work with AEM content managers and web developers to produce engaging experiences using AEM components and templates as well as more complicated AEM projects including custom code and SSI or iFrame components.
OLL Pack 370
I designed and developed a small ecommerce site for Our Lady of Lourdes Boy Scout Pack 370. OLL Pack 370 needed a way to have online sales for their fall/winter fundraiser selling Christmas greenery. The ecommerce solution I developed for them utilizes PayPal as the payment gateway. Since the Pack uses ScoutManage to host their site, I had to host my solution remotely and use an iFrame on the ScoutManage CMS page. The fundraiser is only available in the fall.
Visit www.ollpack370.com for more information and to view the fundraiser when it is in season.
This project is paid for with the gratitude of seeing all OLL Pack 370's members go to the Boy Scout Jamboree.
Forest Park Conservancy
Forest Park Conservancy (FPC) approached Portland State University for help redesigning their site and adding new functionality. This project became our capstone project that spanned two quarters.
The first phase of this project was to develop a front-end eCommerce solution. Back-end development of the solution was outsourced to a local developer. As a team, we developed a look and feel for the home page, menu system, and product pages for the new part of the site. As FPC already had new branding, we had to follow the brand guidelines.
The second phase of the project was to help FPC make a smooth transition from Business Catalyst to Drupal. As a team, we identified the information FPC wanted to keep, what new functionality they wanted, and how to reorganize their new site architecture with this data. The actual back-end work was outsourced to the same local developer who worked on the eCommerce solution. However, FPC's funding for the developer ran short and development was halted.
You can visit Forest Park Conservancy online and learn more about Forest Park and purchase some nice swag. Every sale helps Forest Park Conservancy maintain Forest Park.
Portland State University's Digital Marketing Program always ends with cohort split into two teams and each team getting a marketing project. I was involved in the Christmas holiday marketing program for Powell's Books.
For five weeks, we studied Powell's Books exit numbers, the site itself, and our own first-hand experiences in the bookstore. As a team, we crafted a campaign that was engaging, interesting, and fun. Part of this strategy included Powell's Books taking advantage of an already used but not owned Twitter hashtag, #booklove. On the web site itself, we pitched an idea to have an interactive environment to help users narrow down the kind of person they were book shopping for, and having employees generate the suggestions on what kind of books those people would like. Additionally, we pitched a signature packaging style, wrapping the box in paper and stamping "Imported from Portland, OR" in red stencil ink. Unfortunately, Powell's Books had let go many of their marketing staff that week, so a marketing campaign for Christmas did not happen at all that year.
No hard feelings, I highly recommend a visit to Powell's Books for your own experience. It's a great way to spend a rainy day in the Great Northwest.
Food Cart City
My time with Portland State University's Interactive Producer Program began with the creation of a video. Over the summer course, our cohort, in conjunction with Portland Monthly Magazine, planned, developed, filmed, and edited a video named "Food Cart City". This involved learning about the Food Carts in Portland during a time in which Food Carts were becoming a "trend" – Portland had always had Food Carts, but the idea of them was just gaining national traction – and going out, taking video, audio, photographs, and meeting some of Portland's most colorful characters in its most interesting neighborhoods. We also got a peek into the workings of a monthly publication and learn about how unique Portland Monthly is compared to other magazines.
CDI Corporation, contracted to Intel Corporation. Project Lead, LAR Channel. January 2012 to now.
Channel represents Intel's websites for resellers and distributors of Intel products all over the world. I lead the web development team for LAR (Latin America Region). I work closely with SMIT (Sales and Marketing IT) at Intel to produce and maintain web pages for LAR that are within Intel's guidelines for aesthetics, voice, and presentation. I began working with LAR Channel as Web Author, where I learned how to use all of our systems various platforms and how to produce code for them.
- In January 2015, LAR Channel fully migrated from TeamSite and Documentum to Adobe AEM. I helped this migration by spearheading the creation of lists of assets (PDFs, images, ZIP files, and videos) for possible migration activities for all GEOs worldwide (minus North America). Then I coordinated the asset migration activities for LAR Channel by organizing tasks and finding additional internal resources to complete the work. Finally, I created documentation for the new website for developers and for stakeholders.
- After I became Project Lead, I developed the LAR Channel Training Document, outlining the BKMs (Best Known Methods) and policies employed by LAR Channel, as well as walkthroughs and how-tos for developers. The knowledge had previously been passed through Tribal Knowledge and had not been documented. The document is now in version 2 and over 80 pages long.
- In mid 2013, the TeamSite interface was migrated into Adobe AEM in a custom application. I quickly became the SME for this new hybrid system which used the new AEM interface but was still housed on the old TeamSite servers. I regularly received requests from the helpdesk to assist with problems relating to this application, and even discovered the reason for missed workflow and activation problems that had been plaguing the hybrid system.
- I standardized the look and feel of TeamSite pages, and created specific templates and a single CSS style that covered many types of basic pages used by LAR Channel, decreasing the SLA time for multi-page tickets.
- In March 2012, LAR Channel migrated from TeamSite to a TeamSite/Documentum hybrid, requiring skills in both platforms. I helped during this migration by adding new PDFs to TeamSite.
Retail Micro. Web Administrator. March 2011 to December 2011.
Retail Micro was a startup company looking to create a new kind of ecommerce that included the ability to hire project management professionals along with your products. During my time there, I created mockups for design and functionality ideas and directed the development company in the various changes to be made.
- I integrated Project Pier and worked with the developers to integrate oAuth so users could seamlessly access the project site from the ecommerce site.
Horizon Air. Inventory Specialist. September 1999 to June 2010.
Horizon Air is a west coast regional airline part of Alaska Air Group. Most of my time was dedicated to the yearly cycle count of aircraft parts, while the rest of my time was to research and perform general additions, deletions, and modifications of parts within the inventory system.
- I created the methodologies used to perform an entire physical inventory within one calendar year. Previously the counts had been on a three-year cycle.
- I acted a liaison between Maintenance and Engineering, Records, Purchasing, and Inventory Control by learning the needs of each party and then helping create processes which were supportive of those needs.
Delta Airlines Global Services. Team Leader. September 1996 to September 1999.
Delta Global Staffing is a contract company owned by Delta Air Lines. In Portland, our work was mostly for Delta, but we also serviced Frontier Airlines and occasionally United Airlines. I worked my way up to Team Lead of International Team II, where we performed cabin service of wide body aircraft like MD-11s, L-1011s, and Boeing 767s.
- The most fulfilling part of this job was seeing people who thought they couldn't do anything become extremely competent and valued members of the team.
Portland State University
Certificate: Interactive Producer. June 2011.
Related Project: Forest Park
Certificate: Internet Design. June 2011.
Related Project: Forest Park
Certificate: Digital Marketing Strategies. February 2011.
Related Project: Powell's Books
ITT Technical Institute
Degree: Bachelor of Science, Technical Project Management. March 2009.
Degree: Associate of Applied Science, Information Technology - Multimedia. September 2008.
University of Phoenix
Coursework: Bachelor of Business Management.