I was born before computers were an everyday household item and when I was in 4th grade I brought my first computer home – an Atari 400 – complete with a BASIC cartridge and a wipe-clean flat keyboard. This was my first introduction to programming. I loved it and spent many hours playing around with BASIC (oh sure I played a lot of Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and Missile Command too)! I knew I wanted to program because I loved everything about creating graphics and games.
When I went to college I fell in love with math and analysis and graduated from college with a degree in Mathematics, pursuing a career in research and statistical analysis. I wrote macros and used SAS and SPSS but it wasn’t until I was introduced to HTML at a conference that I realized that web development was something I had to be a part of.
While I was in graduate school I begged friends to teach me everything they knew about web development and programming. I was lucky enough to spend Saturdays with a friend and colleague who taught me everything about ASP (which was enough to help launch my career). I became a Microsoft Certified Professional and landed my first job as a web developer in 1998. I served as the central webmaster of St. Philip’s College in San Antonio. Part of my job was to help faculty develop hybrid and Internet classes, so I was able to develop true user experiences, going beyond the basic “web page”. I’ve had the pleasure of using many LMSs and CMSs and providing interactive and comprehensive user and learning experiences.
In 2002, I ventured out and started my own consulting business. I have developed non-profit, for-profit, and educational web sites, logos, elearning content and anything and everything in between.
I consult with small, medium and large businesses about their web, business and online marketing needs. I’m a big believer in creating clean code behind a strong user experience and integrating social media whenever possible.
In addition to creating great web sites, helping problem solve WordPress conundrums, and making the Internet a better place, I’m also adding data analytics back into the mix. I think it is important that people who care about the information curate it and provide the best interpretations possible. Visualization and data story telling are the keys to getting information across in a concise and friendly way so that everyone can understand what the numbers represent. I want to be a part of the data revolution so that everyone is presented with the best possible information in the most effective way.
I am also hoping to develop some online tutorials for people trying to manage their own WordPress sites. I’ve been working with a lot of clients and friends and I see a gap that can be filled with some basic “under the hood” knowledge. Stay tuned for those soon.
If you want to contact me, please fill out the contact form. If you’d like to see what I’ve been doing the past few years in detail please take a look at my resume and portfolio. I am also on Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus and LinkedIn so follow me there and give me a shout out!
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