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I enjoy using my technical skills and a non-dogmatic, agile/BDD approach to make software that empowers users to be more productive, using fewer resources. As a published writer, former editor, and former teacher of college writing, I use my communication skills to determine software requirements and to write precise specifications and clear documentation of software and processes.

Technical Expertise

Languages, Libraries, and Standards: Ruby, Python, bash, JavaScript, Elixir, jQuery, SQL, HTML, CSS, REST.

Frameworks: Ruby on Rails, Sinatra, TurboGears, Zope 3, Phoenix.

Testing: RSpec, Cucumber, Test::Unit, pytest.

Server Software: Apache, nginx, Passenger, Postfix.

Databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, MongoDB, and ZODB.

Operating Systems: Linux, OS X.

Version Control: Git.

Methodologies: TDD/BDD, pair programming, Scrum, Kanban

Work History

Sep 2017Present

Senior Software Engineer

Aetna Health

As an engineer, I work with a team of senior back-end developers to extend the internal member pricing transparency API for Web and mobile clients.

Sep 2016Sep 2017

Manager, Software Development

PhishMe, Inc.

As a Manager, I provided leadership and management of developers on several teams in support of ongoing development of the Triage product.

Sep 2015Sep 2016

Lead Developer

PhishMe, Inc.

As a Lead Developer, I guided and worked with a team of senior and mid developers to move the Triage product from beta to general availability and to maintain, support, and extend the product.

Nov 2013Present

Senior Developer

PhishMe, Inc.

As Senior Developer, I have brought an application for managing and analyzing reported phishing emails from inception to its beta customer phase. I participate in software design decisions and make contributions across the entire project, at all levels of the software stack. Some of the technologies in use include: Ruby on Rails, RSpec, capybara, nginx/Passenger, PostgreSQL, redis/sidekiq, and RabbitMQ/bunny.

Nov 2004Dec 2013

Technology Specialist

CTE Resource Center

As Technology Specialist I developed and maintained content managements systems and other Web applications for the Virginia Department of Education. I was largely or solely responsible for a number of projects:

  • Worked with contractor to specify and develop a custom content management system for Career and Technical Education curricula in Virginia.
  • Extended functionality of content management system written on the Zope 3 application framework to include an XML-RPC interface and other features.
  • Developed front-end Web application to deliver curriculum materials to thousands of Virginia CTE teachers.
  • Developed new inventory, distribution, and online ordering application for print materials.
  • Developed a public search interface for the library/Z39.50 server and integrated requests for library materials with the online catalog.
  • Working with other staff and the Virginia Dept. of Education, developed a course and occupation data management system.
  • Developed management software for Byrd and Meade scholarship application process.
  • Coordinated pilot project for CanDo, an open source competency tracking application, to determine feasibility for use statewide; wrote installation documentation; conducted user training.
  • Developed a public REST-ful JSON Web API for Virginia's CTE course, curriculum, and occupation data. 
  • Developed a public-facing Web application (serving Verso, Career Planning Guide, and Administrative Planning Guide), backed by the Web API.
  • Extracted and released an open source Ruby gem (verso) for interacting with the Web API.
  • Wrote a MongoDB-backed Ruby on Rails application for remote collaboration in the development and revision of CTE curriculum.


Aug 1999May 2002


Virginia Commonwealth University

Creative Writing (Fiction)

Aug 1995May 1998


North Carolina State University


Aug 1989May 1993


Duke University

English and Physics