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Director, Product & Technology2016-Present

Institute for Nonprofit News

Previous Positions: Design Lead, Independent Contractor

As the director of INN Labs, I lead a team of technologists to develop and maintain publishing tools, news websites, and editorial applications for news organizations across the US.

  • Guided clients through the product design process.
  • Created and maintained style documentation and pattern libraries for Largo, INN's open-source WordPress framework for news websites.
  • Completed numerous site redesigns for INN members.
  • Spoke about news product design and data visualization at international media conferences.

Knight-Mozilla Fellow 2015

Center for Investigative Reporting

As CIR's 2015 OpenNews fellow, I worked within the journalism industry to develop open-source tools that support news reporting and help create an open, accessible web.

  • Scraped, parsed, and analyzed data on missing and unidentified persons for Reveal's Emmy-winning documentary, "The Dead Unknown."
  • Presented keynote talks and facilitated technical workshops at international media conferences.
  • Created news applications, visualizations, and custom interactives for revealnews.org.
  • Developed prototypes exploring data sonification and new formats for interactive graphics.
  • Researched and documented best practices for mobile-friendly and accessible data visualizations.

Web Developer 2014-2015

Oxide Design Co.

As the sole full-stack developer for Oxide (an information design firm), I designed, developed, enhanced, and deployed websites for clients including the Center for Civic Design, Usability Works, Nebraskans for Civic Reform, and the Omaha Metro Transit System.

  • Managed more than 20 client websites, executing associated tasks including DNS administration, database migrations, front-end enhancements, and content updates.
  • Designed and developed custom Wordpress themes with significant focus on performance, responsive design, and accessibility.
  • Designed information architecture and user flow for new websites.
  • Implemented BitBucket source control for Oxide's projects.

UI/UX Developer & Mobile Apps Lead 2012-2014

Gallup, Inc.

As a front-end developer on Gallup's UX team, I provided creative and technical expertise on many of Gallup's responsive web and native mobile applications. My work covered both design and development tasks, including information architecture, wireframes, mockups, interaction design, HTML and CSS markup, and JavaScript development. My specialties are interactive data visualizations and mobile application design.

  • Worked within the SDLC to develop jQuery plugins for deployment on top of Gallup's existing web applications. This work included defining XML schema, identifying integration points with our content management system and web platforms, writing and testing code, and documenting solutions.
  • Collaborated with accessibility specialists, server-side developers, and project managers to build products that meet stakeholder needs.
  • Designed and developed interfaces for Gallup's Android applications.
  • Implemented SVG and HTML5 Canvas widgets to replace internal Flash applications.
  • Redesigned company intranet.

Developed interactive data visualizations and UI elements for Gallup.com. Led research initiatives and implementation of SVG and HTML5 Canvas widgets to replace internal Flash applications. Created Gallup.com's "State of the States" interactive – a responsive, mobile-friendly jQuery app that visualizes 5+ years of U.S. public opinion data.

Associate Business Systems Analyst2011-2012

ConAgra Brands

As an ABAP software developer on ConAgra's SAP Development team, I programmed and enhanced custom ABAP reports, user exits, EDI interfaces, smartforms, data extracts, and remote function calls on SAP modules including R3, WM, P2P, PPPI, QM, and FI/CO.

  • Optimized code using performance tuning tools like SQL Trace and Runtime Analysis.
  • Collaborated with business associates to gather and document functional and technical requirements.
  • Gained extensive experience with business and IT processes, systems analysis and design.

Niche Publications Designer 2009-2012

Omaha World-Herald

Previous Position: Special Sections Intern

I worked under a creative director to design layouts and identity elements for the World-Herald's client publications. My relationship with the Niche Publications department began as a summer internship and developed into a freelance contract.

  • Re-branded Momaha: The Magazine and designed monthly issues based off the new identity.
  • Designed the 2011 Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce “Extraordinary Opportunities” book, an annual 144-page business and lifestyle publication highlighting Omaha-area businesses and attractions.
  • Designed the program for the 2009 American Society of Interior Designers annual showhouse.
  • Fact checked, wrote copy, and designed page layouts for special publications including the World Herald's 2009 Metro Guide, Campus Guides, and Wedding Essentials magazine.

Web Development Intern 2010-2011

ConAgra Brands

ConAgra's rotational IT Intern program introduced me to the functional and technical processes essential to the operation of a Fortune 500 corporation's IT organization. I completed rotations on the following teams: RQI Innovation/Recipes Support; Portal, Workflow & Imaging; Web Development; and Incident Management. The majority of my contributions were in the design and development spaces – creating and updating internal web applications using C#/ASP.NET, Java, HTML, CSS and jQuery.

  • Designed and implemented UI enhancements for two major deliverables.
  • Developed ConAgra’s first advanced SharePoint site, which involved requirements gathering, information architecture, wireframing, custom Web Part development, documentation, and end-user training.
  • Configured and provisioned SharePoint sites.
  • Used BMC Remedy to report, resolve, and document support tickets and change management deliverables.

Creative Director & Project Manager — StudioBlue 2009-2011

Creighton University

Previous Position: Designer

I managed Creighton's student-run graphic design and development studio during my senior year, leading a group of eight talented designers in creating identity resources, websites, and print products for clients including the American Cancer Society and Creighton University. Prior to becoming Creative Director in 2010, I spent the prior year as a staff designer and developer. In that capacity, I created the studio's logo and website.

  • Facilitated client relationships.
  • Led weekly team meetings and design collaborations.
  • Designed and developed websites, logos, and print products for clients.
  • Organized annual team retreat.

Editor-in-Chief — Creightonian Newspaper 2007-2010

Creighton University

Previous Positions: Assistant Editor-in-Chief, News Editor, Reporter

As editor of Creighton’s student newspaper, I managed a 40-person staff of reporters, section editors, designers, and photographers, and helped to shape the publication's journalistic style and online presence. I became editor-in-chief in 2010 after previously holding a number of reporting and editing positions.

  • Successfully transitioned the content structure to support daily publishing on Creightonian.com.
  • Produced content for weekly 16-page print issues.
  • Organized triweekly staff meetings.
  • Managed partnership with our printers.
  • Attended and presented at ACP/CMA National College Media Conventions.

Web Producer — Omaha.com 2008-2010

Omaha World-Herald

  • Posted breaking news, edited online content, coded news briefs, wrote headlines, built slideshows.
  • Trained staff to use Saxotech, the newspaper’s content management system.

Education

Master of Science in Information Design & Strategy — Northwestern UniversityExpected 2019

Specialization: Data Science & Analytics

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communication — Creighton University2011

summa cum laude

Majors: Journalism (News Production Track), Graphic Design

Minors: Computer Science, Interactive Web Development, Film Studies

Thesis: Optimizing Music Composition Using Fuzzy Set Theory: an iPad Application

GPA: 3.94 / 4.0

Talks & Workshops

Local Independent Online News (LION) ConferenceChicago, IL — 2017

Co-presented session, "#LION17 Site Design Critiques."

WordCamp for PublishersDenver, CO — 2017

Led workshop, "Designing for Customization."

Panelist for the session, "Hiring and Career Roundtable," about recruiting and team-building for news product teams.

IRE CAR Conference (NICAR)Jacksonville, FL — 2017

Panelist for the session, "Working together without sitting together," about building happy and productive distributed teams.

Future is NextOmaha, NE — 2016

Panelist discussing the future of the web.

Product Design for Newsroom LeadersChicago, IL — 2016

Co-presented session, "Planning & executing successful data projects."

StoryologySydney, AU — 2016

Panelist for the session, "Data Gets Personal," discussing ways to use interactivity and user data to make dry reports engaging and shareable for broader impact.

Co-presented session, "Case Studies in Interactive Storytelling."

SRCCONPortland, OR — 2016

Led workshop, "Give and Receive: Can we strengthen our community through remote mentorship and office hours?"

IRE CAR Conference (NICAR)Denver, CO — 2016

"Data Viz for All: Creating interactive experiences that are usable, accessible, and mobile-friendly."

Creighton University: Computer Science ClubOmaha, NE — 2016

Guest talk about on web development in the newsroom.

Mozilla FestivalLondon, UK — 2015

Facilitated workshops "Data in Motion" and "Tufte: The Musical."

Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires Media PartyBuenos Aires, AR — 2015

Presented keynote "Animating Data" to 300+ journalists and developers.

Led workshop "Animation Basics with Snap.svg."

Stanford University: Investigative Reporting TechniquesStanford, CA — 2015

Guest lecturer on data mining and visualization.

Nebraska JavaScript Conference (NEJS Conf)Omaha, NE — 2015

Presented talk "SVG Animation with Snap.svg" to 200+ developers.

SRCCON Minneapolis, MN — 2015

Co-facilitated workshop "Data Viz for All."

SNDMakes at SNDDCWashington, DC — 2015

Presented lightning talk "Designing for Performance" at SNDMakes.

IRE CAR Conference (NICAR) Atlanta, GA — 2015

Co-faciliatated pre-conference workshop "Bootstrapping the News."

ACP/CMA National College Media Convention Austin, TX — 2009

Co-presented talk "Setting Standards for Multimedia Content: A Menu of Guidelines to Help Students Maintain Quality on News Websites."

Honors & Awards

  • 2016 Philip Meyer Award (Reveal) 2017
  • 2016 Society for News Design Award of Excellence (INN/Chicago Reporter) 2017
  • NATAS Emmy Award Winner for New Approaches: Current News Coverage (Reveal) 2016
  • Knight Prototype Fund Finalist 2015
  • 2015 Knight-Mozilla Fellowship 2014
  • AIGA Nebraska Gold Award (Oxide) 2014
  • AIGA Nebraska Silver Award (Oxide) 2014
  • AIGA Nebraska Bronze Awards (Oxide) (x3) 2014
  • Gallup Excellence Award for Impact 2014
  • Gallup All-Star Award (x3) 2013-2014
  • Gallup Rookie of the Year Award 2013
  • Gallup Rising Star Award 2012
  • Outstanding Graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication 2011
  • Gunnar Horn Journalism Talent Scholarship 2010
  • Omaha Press Club John F. Davis Scholarship 2009
  • Creighton College of Arts & Sciences Honors Program 2007-2011
  • College of Arts & Sciences Dean's List 2007-2011
  • Society of Professional Journalists Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards (x4) 2009-2010
  • Nebraska Press Association General Excellence Awards (x5) 2009-2010
  • Public Relations Society of America, Nebraska Chapter Paper Anvil Award of Excellence 2009
  • Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award (Creightonian) 2009

Writing

Professional Affiliations

  • Online News Association
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors
  • Society for News Design
  • Women Techmakers

Conferences, Hackathons, & Meetups Attended

  • LION Conference Chicago, IL — 2017
  • The Trust Project: Design Workshop Washington, DC — 2017
  • WordCamp for Publishers Denver, CO — 2017
  • SRCCON Minneapolis, MN — 2017
  • INN Days Phoenix, AZ — 2017
  • NICAR (IRE) Jacksonville, FL — 2017
  • Future is Next Omaha, NE — 2016
  • Product Design for Newsroom Leaders Chicago, IL — 2016
  • Storyology Sydney, AU — 2016
  • SRCCON Portland, OR — 2016
  • SNDMakes at SNDDC San Francisco, CA — 2016
  • NICAR (IRE) Denver, CO — 2016
  • Mozilla Festival London, UK — 2015
  • Code for America Summit Oakland, CA — 2015
  • ONA15 Los Angeles, CA — 2015
  • This American Life Audio Hackathon New York City, NY — 2015
  • Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires Media Party Buenos Aires, AR — 2015
  • The Future of Journalism in a Wikipedia World San Francisco, CA — 2015
  • Nebraska JavaScript Conference Omaha, NE — 2015
  • SRCCON Minneapolis, MN — 2015
  • Techraking: Elevating the News Berkeley, CA — 2015
  • Google I/O San Francisco, CA — 2015
  • Visualized: Political Data Washington, D.C. — 2015
  • SmashingConf Los Angeles, CA — 2015
  • SNDDC: The Future of News Design Washington, DC — 2015
  • SNDMakes at SNDDC Washington, DC — 2015
  • Online News Association DC Meetup Washington, DC — 2015
  • NICAR (IRE) Atlanta, GA — 2015
  • Mozilla Festival London, UK — 2014
  • Barcamp Omaha Omaha, NE — 2014
  • AIGA Nebraska Meetups Omaha, NE — 2014
  • Open Nebraska Meetups Omaha, NE — 2014
  • Nebraska UX MeetupsOmaha, NE — 2014
  • Big Omaha Omaha, NE — 2014
  • Hack Omaha Omaha, NE — 2012
  • Barcamp Omaha Omaha, NE — 2011
  • ACP/CMA National College Media Convention Austin, TX — 2009
  • ACP/CMA National College Media Convention Kansas City, MO — 2008

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