Resume

Experience

Averion Web Design, Owner & Operator

2008-Present: Columbus, OH & Telecommute – Manage, design and/or develop web sites for small clients, using HTML/CSS or WordPress Content Management System. Sometimes includes host and domain setup and administration, SEO, site security, virus protection, social media integration and HTML email design and integration. Design as well as code, including designing icons, logos, avatars and favicons, as well as the user interface.

Ohio University, Adjunct Professor, School of Visual Communication (VisCom)

Jan. 2017-Present: Athens, OH – Teaching Grad and Undergrad students at the college level

    VICO 1014: Intro to Visual Communication (Design), Fall Semester, 2017, Students will gain considerable experience and knowledge through practical exercises on basic design principles: Color, Typography, Spacing, Shape, Size, Contrast, Balance, Alignment, Unity, Hierarchy, Consistency, White Space and Proximity.

    VICO 3173, 5173: Interactive III (WordPress), Spring Semester, 2017, Students will gain considerable experience and knowledge through practical exercises on WordPress CMS, child theming UX, Front-end Design and Back-end Design. Students will expand their skills with HTML/CSS and PHP. This class will also take responsive design to the next level.

Alliance Data Systems, Loyalty Systems Analyst & Campaign Specialist, E-mail Development & Delivery Team

June-Oct., 2016: Columbus, OH, – (5-month contract) Manage and coordinate the design, editing and execution of automated email messages for brand partners’ cardmembers, adhering to CAN-SPAM requirements and email best practices. Emails include LifeCycle, Capabilities (Apple Pay, MLA), Customer Care (Servicing) and Collections emails that offer timely and targeted communication to drive increases in credit sales and create brand loyalty. We use HTML5 and CSS3 to develop and design responsive emails.

The Wasserstrom Company, On-site E-Commerce Production Designer

Feb.-April 2016: Columbus, OH – (2-month contract) Design, set up and manage bi-weekly HTML email marketing campaign. Designed e-mails in PhotoShop and after final approval, slice them up to transfer and code for ExactTarget Email Marketing tool for scheduling and management. Also manage and design a variety of other misc. web-related banners and images for company website, such as the 4 Homepage Heroes (sliders) that rotate on the home page of the web site.

Ohio Wesleyan University, On-site Web Consultant

Aug.-Nov. 2015: Delaware, OH – (3-month contract) Assisted the University Communications Department to plan and implement final website redesign. Also helped manage a variety of other misc. designer web-related projects, including setting up training, leading training sessions, documentation, front-end design and usability, touch-screen display presentation, etc. Redesign contracted with Fastspot.com, using BigTree.com, proprietary content management system.

Microsoft Corporation, Remote Trends Photo Editor

Jan.-Aug. 2015: Columbus, OH (Telecommute) – (1-year contract, Aquent) Manage, select and edit images for the Trends Bar along the bottom of Bing.com and completed misc. photo requests that came up. Worked regular editoral shifts remotely. 

Restaurant Equippers, On-site Web Content & Email Marketing Specialist

Oct. 2014-Jan 2015: Columbus, OH – (3-month contract) Design, set up and manage weekly HTML email marketing campaign. Take in-house-provided PSDs and slice them up to transfer and code for Emma Email Marketing tool for scheduling and management. Also manage and design a variety of other misc. web-related projects for company website, such as the 8 product sliders that rotate on the home page of the web site, as well as search banners for various sections.

The Columbus Dispatch, On-site Page Designer/Artist

Dec. 2012-Jan. 2014: Columbus, OH – NewsArt Department – (1.5 year contract) Manage and design news and features pages on deadline for daily metropolitan newspaper, including whole sections and section fronts.

Baesman Marketing, On-site Email Marketing Specialist/Web Designer

Aug.-Nov. 2012: Columbus, OH – (3-month contract) Design, set up and manage weekly Lucky Brand Jeans HTML email marketing campaign. Take client-provided PSDs and slice them up to transfer and code for Exact Target Email Marketing tool for scheduling and management. Also manage a variety of other misc. digital projects for company, as well as design and prepare graphics and 2 web sites for their iPhone/Android App the company was test marketing, called SmartPing.com.

Microsoft Corporation, On-site Photo Editor

Dec. 2008-Dec. 2009: Redmond, WA – (1-year contract) Media Acquisitions Department. Manage, select and edit images for various incoming requests from internal Microsoft departments, including MSN.com and Bing.com.

MSNBC.com, On-site Olympics Multimedia Producer

July-Aug. 2008: Redmond, WA – (8-week contract) Multimedia Team, Manage, select and edit images for ‘Daily Emotional Moments’ slideshow throughout 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Also, manage, select and edit images for MSNBC.com home page, NBCSports.com pages and Olympics-related coverage for TodayShow.com. Create slideshows for breaking news, including 2008 Democratic National Convention.

The Washington Post, Sept. 1999-July 2004, Washington, DC

    News IT: Assistant Systems Editor, Answer phones and solve problems on Newsroom HelpDesk, specializing in Macintosh, pagination and production issues. Also wrote documentation on procedure and instructions for various jobs and duties, with regards to technology.

    News Desk: Assistant News Editor, Manage news and design pages for daily metropolitan newspaper, including whole sections and section fronts.

    Photo Desk: Assistant Photo Editor, Manage and edit news and features photos for daily metropolitan newspaper, including images for whole sections and section fronts. Also manage photo assignments for various desks and for breaking news events.

Ohio.com, JustGo Product Manager

Jan. 1998-Sept. 1999: Akron, OH – Manage and launch an Arts & Entertainment website for Northeast Ohio, including Cleveland, Akron & Canton. (Akron Beacon Journal website) Plan and implement the design and organization of the site with a staff of one (besides myself). Also led several special projects, such as the Beacon Journal’s first online charity auction, the Home & Garden Show website and the department’s presentation to rest of the company (done in Macromedia Flash).

Orlando Sentinel/OrlandoSentinel.com, Designer/News Producer

Feb. 1997-Jan. 1998: Orlando, FL – Design News & Features sections for newspaper on a daily deadline. Also produce the online sections of the website (A1, Local, Features, Business & Sports), including editing and creating video, audio, graphics, weather maps, polls, and other interactive media to tell and enhance the stories.

Akron Beacon Journal, Copy Editor/Designer

Jan. 1995-Jan. 1997: Akron, OH – Edited copy and wrote headlines for news & features stories on the Copy Desk for a major metropolitan daily newspaper. Also, filled in as a designer for the Features Department.

The Sun News, Copy Editor/Designer

Feb. 1991-June 1994: Myrtle Beach, SC – Edited stories and wrote headlines for the newspaper on the News Copy Desk. Moved to Design Desk in 1993, where I designed Front Page, Metro Front, inside pages, special sections, Kicks!, Neighbors, Food, Travel, Business, Opinion Pages, TVBook & Myrtle Beach Golf Magazine. In charge of TVBook Redesign Project and the Pagination Project.

The Journal & Courier, Copy Editor/Designer

 Sept. 1991-Feb. 1991: Lafayette, IN – Edited stories, wrote headlines and designed pages for the newspaper on the News Copy Desk, including A1, Local Front, inside pages, features sections, Money & Editorial Section.

Iowa-City Press Citizen, Copy Editor/Designer

May 1990-Aug. 1991: Iowa City, IA  – (Internship) Edited stories, wrote headlines and designed pages for the newspaper on the News Copy Desk, including A1, Local Front, inside pages, features sections, Business & Editorial.

The Cincinnati Enquirer, Copy Editor/Designer

June-Aug. 1989: Cincinnati, OH(Internship) Edited stories, wrote headlines and designed pages for the newspaper on the News Copy Desk, including inside news pages and Business.

The Lantern (The Ohio State Newspaper), Various positions

Sept. 1987-Nov. 1989: Columbus, OH – (Editorships) Circulation 50,000 

  • Fall Quarter ’89: Editor-in-Chief
  • Spring Quarter ’89: Graphics Editor
  • Fall Quarter ’88: Assistant Graphics Editor
  • Summer Quarter ’88: Photographer (Class)
  • Spring Quarter ’88: Copy Editor (Class)
  • Fall Quarter ’87: Regional Campus Reporter (Class)

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