January 2019 - Present
I design and develop applications and software solutions. I collaborate with my team to provide smart and strategic recommendations to clients, and work on multiple projects using many different technologies in a deadline-driven environment. This also entails being able to communicate complex concepts to technical and non-technical audiences, and align with clients on their objectives and execute with a team to make it happen.
October 2018 - December 2018
I provided professional training and support directly to clients of varying sizes, demonstrating my knowledge of web development concepts, practices, and procedures including API integration, object oriented programming, and the development of extensions for 3rd party content management systems.
Other work duties included setup, configuration, and management of hosting environments, database management, functional website testing, cross-browser website testing, content loading, multi-system data ETL (extract-transform-load), project management, and customer relationship management.
I relied on my gained experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals within assigned jobs across a variety of complex web technology tasks.
I left aimClear after a month due to a cultural mismatch, which was difficult due to my rampant eagerness to join this company, the leaders and employees of which I've known for many years. However, expectation does not always align with reality, and this was a harsh reminder of that fact.
November 2017 - Present
I programmed user-interfaces and some full-stack solutions for our ASP.NET MVC internal software, learning C# and advancing my familiarity with SQL.
I handled all front-end & UI development tasks for our client-facing AngularJS web application, taking on more full-stack tasks as my knowledge of our code base increased.
I solely managed our custom-themed WordPress website. I implemented design updates, requested changes, formatting issues, styles, and functionalities, and performed a site code (CSS & PHP) cleanup.
I performed SEO audits on company-owned websites to ensure that they were conforming to current web development standards and SEO visibility, and made informed, confident, and knowledgeable technical SEO recommendations for client websites in order to ensure that the content that Brandpoint produces for their clients could be as performant as possible.
I left Brandpoint with mixed feelings after the preceding departures of former employees left me with little work to do and a gap between my ability to meaningfully contribute and the abilities of the other developers on the team.
October 2017 - January 2018
On behalf of DRPM, I developed a new WordPress website for Professional Wireless Communications, a prominent radio & communications company in Burnsville, Minnesota. I received assets and mockups from their graphic designer, and met with them to go over scope, estimations, and expectations. I stayed on time and under budget, and strengthened my time management skills as well as my ability to work completely unsupervised as a contractor.
April 2017 - October 2017
I worked on client websites, which entailed creating, updating, or migrating existing websites to current, custom-coded WordPress themes and plugins based on client specifications. I worked extensively with WordPress and become familiar with WP’s codebase, as well as WordPress architecture, themes, plugins, and design.
I began using Less and Sass regularly as they improved efficiency & flexibility across projects.
I used Git for version control and learned how to handle merges & conflicts with multiple developers and branches.
I left LuminFire when they ceased assigning meaningful work to me, and later, were no longer willing and able to pay me for hours submitted on my invoices.
August 2015 - May 2016
Website Manager: I managed our Ingeniux webpage, which included (but was not limited to) updating tutor bio pages, making sure all information & content was accurate and current, and assisting with student signups for tutoring accounts. I also learned basics of website maintenance and some beginner web development fundamentals.
Writing Tutor: I assisted graduate & undergraduate students with a variety of writing assignments and led task teams for Writing Center website maintenance and publicity.
2012 - 2016
November 2016 - April 2017
October 2015 - December 2016
Summer Terms 2014 & 2015
I undertook a rigorous, accelerated path of study at UMD in my quest to become a veterinarin. I took Inorganic and Organic Chemistry to fulfill those prerequisites for entrance to veterinary medical school, as well as Probability and Statistics to add another maths course to my existing Calculus skills. The courses I took over two summer terms at UMD were challenging and exhausting as I worked two jobs to save money and studied on breaks at those jobs, but I gained a lot of tangible and intangible experience while I was learning these subjects, and I am proud of my accomplishments at UMD.
As one of two MSP Women Who WordPress Co-Organizers, I helped come up with and set topics for monthly meetings, hosted and assisted with meetups, and tutored attendees in WordPress development.
I enjoy attending these conferences as I get the chance to meet and speak with developers at all levels and all walks of life, senior, junior, mid, front end, back end, DevOps, CTOs, team leads, across all industries and areas of work. It's always amazing to me how many of us there are and how diverse our field really can be.
OpenSource North - June 2018
WordCamp MSP - August 2017
FileMaker DevCon - July 2017
GlitchCon - May 2017
I have found boundless success working on teams that provide support, peer programming opportunities, and self-governing independence. I appreciate being able to ask my coworkers for help or advice when I'm out of ideas, but I strongly value the skills I gain when I am forced or driven to hunt down solutions to my own tasks, problems, and questions. As a self-taught programmer with some formal education, I have been able to benefit from both guided problem solving and independence.
I value clear expectations and boundaries of a job; I have experienced both desirable respect and great frustrations with this in the past, and I am always searching for a workplace where my career goals and desires (as they align with the expectations of my job) are respected. I can't say I love a work environment where I'm forced to sandwich myself into a job that barely fits well instead of being able to thrive as a wholesome fit, valuable in my contributions and encouraged to take on challenges that increase my worth to myself, my career, my coworkers, my employer, and my community.
I have explored, tested, and refined my personal ability to work remotely; coming from a freelancing past, I've had both successes and failures in this endeavor as I've tested services, methods, tools, and styles to make sure I'm being as performant, effective, and communicative as possible. I have found that remote work has the potential to remove or minimize the standard distractions I've encountered in the traditional office place. I have found great value in working on-site because I've learned to come out of my shell and ask questions while interacting with coworkers away from my keyboard; it's nice to have faces associated with the people I work with, and not just emails or Slack messages.
Overall, whether I'm working remotely or onsite, I need to be treated as an adult who can self-govern and is trusted to get her shit done.