Freelance & Government Web Developer
Quickly About Me
I’m always wanting to learn new things while sharing things that I’ve learned as well. Teamwork and community are what drive me in web development, and it’s also what makes it fun.
My History & Profile
I’m a spirited web designer and developer working out of eastern Kansas. I started web design so that I could raise my son Nick at home. I got copies of Front Page and Photoshop from my programmer mom, looked and the code, and I was off and running.
After graduating High School in summer 1993 I started working at Hoge Barracks at Fort Leavenworth Kansas. A year later in Spring 1996 I spent three semesters studying at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. However I left just after finals in May of 1997 to give birth to my marvelous son and pursue a career on my own.
I started by 17+ year career in lovely Kansas City, and traveled throughout US to broaden my skills and abilities with several fine companies. Since 2002, I’ve worked as the full-time Webmaster for Douglas County Kansas, and I enjoy building side-projects in my spare time.
- Responsive Web Design
- Drupal 7
- Social Media
- Yahoo Pipes
- Bootstrap 3
- Font Awesome 4
- Some WordPress
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Dreamweaver
- Adobe Fireworks
- Adobe Acrobat Pro
- MS SQL Server 2008
- MS IIS 7.5
- MS Visual Web Developer 2008
- MS SQL Server Management Studio 2008
- MS Business Intelligence Development Studio 2008
- MS SSRS
- MS Office 2007-2010
- NetBeans IDE 7.1.1
University of Kansas
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, 1996 – 1997
Kansas City Kansas Community College
English Composition, 1995
Leavenworth High School
Diploma, General Studies, 1990 – 1993
Webmaster at Douglas County Kansas
February 2002 – Present (13 years 4 months)
Web Developer at Infinity Web Solutions, USA
February 2001 – June 2002 (1 year 5 months)
Infinity Web Solutions was my own web development company based out of my home office. I created and maintained several websites for different companies in the area, and also performed contract work where available. After acquiring my position as Webmaster of Douglas County, Kansas, I decided to stop my self employment so that I could focus more time on my career at the county and my son.
Graphic Designer at Autodesk
December 2000 – February 2001 (3 months)
I was fortunate enough to be assigned to a 3-month contract to work with the Web Development team at Autodesk as a Graphic Designer.
Web Designer at World Wide Web Institute (no longer a company)
October 1999 – August 2000 (11 months)
This company no longer exists, but I worked as a Web Developer with a team of others. Our job was to create 2+ new website designs for the company’s customers per day. Besides meeting some wonderful people who are friends to this day, this position greatly helped me to speed up my web design process and helped me to gain more needed experience.
Webmaster at Spencer Reed Group
August 1997 – September 1999 (2 years 2 months)
This was my first position as a Web Developer. I was able to work from home with this position, so that I could also raise my young son from home. Everything that I learned about web and graphic design and development came from hands-on work, starting with FrontPage and Photoshop.
Some of My Recent Presentations
jQuery: Filtering Content (Nov 2012)
Transforming Data with CSS (Feb 2011)
Creating a Solid Social Media Policy (Nov 2009)