I am currently studying for my Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) .NET Framework Application Development Foundation, Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), and Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) .NET Framework 3.5 Windows Forms Application Development/Windows Communication Foundation and ASP.NET Application Development certification.
Jul 2010 - Present
Aug 1989 - May 1993
Bachelor of Fine Arts
While my main focus was in fine art printmaking, I studied a wide range of mediums and styles.
While there I learned welding, bronze casting, fine woodworking, stone masonry, classical darkroom photography, as well as design and life drawing/painting skills. While most of the liberal arts classes were geared towards art history(Western, Eastern, and Ancient), I studied Asian and European history, both social and political.
Apr 2009 - Apr 2010
Responsible for graphic design and layout for a wide variety of customers including; Papa John's, Planet Sub, The Lyric Opera Guild, D.W Newcomer's and Sons, Coventry Health, The Society of Women Engineers to name a few. Maintained customer files and font management using Fusion Core. I dealt with a very fast paced and vastly differing client base requiring everything from simple forms to total company branding. My work was mainly with Adobe Creative Suite CS4, heavily in Illustrator and InDesign.
Jan 1999 - Mar 2009
Account Associate Systems
Responsible for managing the Xerox contact ($450K annual) for Butler Manufacturing,
which includes a fully integrated digital print shop and 19 print/scan/copy/fax machines
located in the building. Also responsible for maintaining 91 machines in ten states including
managing supplies, service requests and technical/repair assistance. Supervised Butler's
internal accounting for shop charges and contract accounting (Xerox) for monthly charges.
In addition, responsible for typesetting and occasional design work. Prior to the current role,
was responsible for supporting 17 major accounts in a wide variety of capacities throughout
the Kansas City area.
Apr 1997 - Nov 1999
Responsibilities included designing a system to digitally scan and restore historical documents
for the Army Corps of Engineers. Also designed recruiting materials for the Navy and
trained employees at various printing locations that the Department of Defense managed.
Recognized as dependable first point of contact for a variety of departments within the
DOD, regarding printing and design issues.
I have recently finished a web & application development course at New Horizons computer learning center.
Until April of 2010 I was the in house graphic designer at Alphagraphics. An extremely fast paced environment supporting a wide variety of customers and needs. My duties there ranged from simply checking customer files for print to complete design packages, corporate logos, ads, and large format window and stand alone displays. Aside from design duties I was responsible for maintaining and archiving client projects, ensuring client corporate standards compliance, font management, much of the network maintenance (a Mac environment) and customer support .
Before Alphagraphics I ran a digital print shop for the Xerox Corporation, based at Butler Mfg's HQ. My job often required me to handle extremely tight deadlines, a wide variety of tasks, and self-management skills. I was responsible not only for the shop I ran (with a volume often exceeding 500,000 prints a month) but 19 walk up machines in the HQ building as well as an additional 91 machines in 10 different states. I kept these repaired, supplied, provide training, and provided the client with end of the month charge back accounting, and billing info for Xerox. Besides my contractual obligations, I also provided layout, typesetting and the occasional design piece. Prior to being placed at Butler I was a floater, covering 17 accounts ranging from simple mail room duties to running high end digital web presses.
I have a BFA in printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute, with a minor in graphic design. I have been in the printing world for over 15 years, working at the low and high end of the business. I am familiar with and comfortable in a variety of environments. I have worked in both Mac and Windows based systems for over a decade, with a working knowledge of Unix systems. I am well versed in Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark Express, InDesign, Microsoft Office products, as well as many system specific programs dealing with commercial printing. Aside from my digital knowledge I have studied and worked in a variety of mediums, they are, in no particular order, etching, lithography, photography (traditional darkroom as well as digital), stone masonry, book making (fine art and commercial), fine woodworking, carpentry, package design, sound design, radio broadcasting, welding, bronze casting, painting and drawing (from life and more conceptual pieces), monotype, and screen printing. I am a history fanatic, with a deep understanding of art history both ancient and modern, world history, political and religious, ancient and recent, from all parts of the world. Through out the years I have held many different jobs, from managing a record store, to working in a sweatshop making tourist items, to document restoration for the Department of Defense.
Xerox Peak Performers Gold medal
Xerox Peak Performers Silver medal
Art Show Flier
Hand colored linoleum print
4 hand colored woodcuts
Sepia photo emulsion on paper
Ink and brush