For the past several years, I've been working as Sr. UX designer in the Product Design and Innovation team at Blackboard. I work with a great team who is on the cutting edge and cares a ton about usability. We are always learning from one another and working to create great solutions in the K-12 market. User experience and visual communication is my strength, so I'm the go-to for interface design.
I’m a practical girl who loves solving problems. I believe in designing usable (and fun for a bonus!) experiences that strengthen relationships and enhance life. I am passionate about discovering ways technology can lessen screen time.
Small town heart, big city smart - My Story
I was born and raised a small town in Lancaster County, Central Pennsylvania. I started out web programming in my Sr. year of high school as a sort of trial run learning something new at our local Career and Technology Center (Vo Tech). I loved it ever since, and went on to earn my bachelor's degree in IT/Multimedia and Internet Production while working with the experience I had already gained before graduation. I started out in a marketing team designing and building online promotional materials for a commercial real estate team. I took a few jobs to gain more experience to beef up my design skills, and then designed and built a bunch of small business sites and promotional materials including print while working at a small agency.
As the world of content management systems became the way to build sites for client authoring, I began to see the web as more of a platform as my interest grew with system design concepts. After a few years in an interactive team where we serviced a broadcasting company with their technology, promotional needs, I was ready for a focus on system design. I was grateful to work with their partner agency on a variety of clients (from local non profits to large brands), but wanted to get into a team that utilized the web as a platform for products.
I began working for a K-12 software and service company as Sr. Interactive Designer while our team redesigned their web presence. I got to know how they ran, and knew I wanted to work on our product team. After a brief time gaining experience consulting in a UX team for a global manufacturer of electronics, I came back and joined the product design team. I focused on mobile apps, and now focus on our flagship web app as we have joined the Blackboard family.
When not working on better experiences within the interactive technology, I can be found away from screens practicing hand lettering, mentoring, hiking, working out, driving my ’68 Chevelle, rooting for the Steelers, rocking out to Foo Fighters, Zeppelin or Miranda Lambert, and spending time with my family outdoors.