Information Designer | 10.2010 – present
Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute | Pittsburgh, PA
Understand and interpret user research to inform design solutions. Organize and structure complex information systems. Articulate project needs, issues and solutions verbally, visually and in writing. Develop mockups and prototypes to effectively communicate interaction and design ideas. Develop user interfaces. Create brand and identity standards manual.
Communications Director/Design Consultant | 8.2008 – 5.2011
Mediators Beyond Borders | Pittsburgh, PA
Created organizational identity system. Consulted with Board of Directors on organizational communication strategy. Oversaw production of quarterly membership newsletter. Designed promotional materials. Redesigned and developed website. Produced a short documentary about the organization and its initiatives.
EFL Tutor/Co-Director | Summers 2000 – 2011
Vacation with English | Vícemil, Czech Republic
Determine program direction. Design, develop and update website. Teach English to groups of 6-8 students from 8-18 years old. Design personalized English teaching materials.
Editor-in-Chief | 8.2006 – 5.2008
The Communiqué | Chatham University | Pittsburgh, PA
Reestablished production of the 1,500-circulation student newspaper. Created a new, modern publication design. Assigned stories to 7 staffers and 15 reporters. Edited stories according to AP Style. Created page layout. Reported on campus events.
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
M.Des. in Communication Planning & Information Design | 5.2011
Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA
B.A. in Professional Communication, Summa Cum Laude | 7.2008
Cottey College, Nevada, MO
A.A. in Liberal Arts | 5.2006
Certificate in User Experience | 7.2014
Nielsen Norman Group (NNG)
Design Research in the Context of Federal Law Enforcement | 10.2014
IEEE International Professional Communication Conference 2014
OutputLinks Woman of Distinction | 7.2009
Electronic Documents and Systems Foundation (EDSF)
International Peace Scholar | 4.2004 & 4.2009
All-USA First Academic Team Member & New Century Scholar | 3.2006
Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today, AACC, Coca-Cola Foundation
3rd Place Investigative Reporting | 4.2005
Missouri College Media Association (MCMA), 4th Division
Writing & Editing
HTML + CSS (Basic)