I am a UX Designer, Researcher, Teacher & Leader.

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DESIGNING

I began my career designing for television and print media in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in communications. I taught myself HTML and CSS and began applying design to websites and interactions in the same year. After 13 years of design without research, I spent 3 years working full time and earning a Master of Science degree in Interactive Media which taught me how to apply user research to my designs to better meet users' needs and expectations.

  • 2015 - Today
    Interaction Designer - Blue Nile; Intel Corporation; General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • 2003-2014
    Digital and Offset Print Graphic Designer - Icon Office Solutions; J.R. Rowell Printing Company, Inc.
  • 2001-2003
    Live Television Media Graphic Designer - WIS-TV NBC Affiliate

RESEARCHING

After earning a Master of Science degree in interactive media from Quinnipiac University, I began applying research to design in 2015, first at Blue Nile then at Intel Corporation in the AI sector, and currently at General Dynamics Mission Systems.

  • 2015- Today
    Researcher - Blue Nile; Intel Corporation; General Dynamics Mission Systems

LEADING

For the last five years I have led User Experience (UX) teams as the UX product owner for all programs within the Training & Simulation division at General Dynamics Mission Systems. The level of UX support has increased within the division by 148% from 2019 to 2024.

  • 2022
    Design Ops Master - AIGA Certificate
  • 2019- Today
    Product Owner - Range Systems Training and Simulation - General Dynamics Mission Systems

TEACHING

My early communications education taught me storytelling and my graphic design skills help make my presentations visually compelling. I apply these skills to teaching others how and why product design should center around the users.

  • 2023
    Author - AI UI Tenets and Traps
  • 2019-2023
    Teacher - General Dynamics Mission Systems Engineering Leadership Program A-Course: UX 101
  • 2018
    Presenter - Phoenix Design Week: "Why UX needs AI and AI needs UX"