I strive to listen with empathy and speak with clarity and authenticity.
- Lansing, MI
- (919) 830-5153
- [email protected]
Hired as a Sr. Software engineer to work with a diverse, international team of software engineers building cloud-based business software, I was promoted to a Director position in 2018. I am currently responsible for facilitating communication and coordinating work between multiple engineering teams and product management, providing technical direction managing the development process.
Learners Guild was asocial enterprise designed to provide an on-ramp into software engineering for underrepresented groups.
I acted as a team lead and mentor for a diverse group of apprenticing learners, and provided lectures, office hours and 1:1 support. I was also responsible for designing and building software to support the learning environment.
I worked on the Core Services team. We were tasked with building the set of backend web services in Ruby and Clojure that would make up the core platform for the next generation of a large SOA. The goal was to provide a flexible architecture that would make it easy for us to build new things and respond to market forces.
I led the effort to rewrite an older legacy application using more modern technology. It was my responsibility to mentor our junior developers and help other more senior developers learn new tools.
I had the opportunity to help the team establish an agile development methodology and introduce concepts such as behavior driven development. .
Benefacting.org was a marketplace (built on Ruby on Rails) where people volunteered goods and services for donations to charity. As co-founder, I was largely responsible for the product and technical design and implementation at all levels, working with the other co-founder. My other responsibilities included managing our PR and social media presence, fundraising, public speaking, and building partnerships with non-profits.
During my time at WebAssign (an online homework system) I helped break a service out of a monolithic rails app in a move towards SOA. I also rewrote the subsystem that handled payment accounting and authorization. The second half of my tenure I worked as a MySQL DBA and helped setup an ETL system and data warehouse.
Various Companies. See full work history on LinkedIn:
For several summers in college I worked as a counselor at a day camp for children from the community. I led activities, and supervised field trips for groups of up to 20 children each week. I was responsible for making sure my campers had a safe, fun, and empowering summer.
Minor in Psychology
Amani Sasa, Uganda
I had the privilege of being one of the retreat facilitators for the staff of a refugee center in Kampala, Uganda in Jan 2017. I returned in the summer of 2018 to help facilitate a discernment and strategy retreat for the leadership of the social work programs. I am currently working to establish a US-based non-profit entity to support their work and have beed asked to serve as the board president.
ESL Tutor with the Refugee Development Center, Lansing
I volunteered as an ESL tutor for refugees during the summer of 2018.
Guest Lecturer at Jacksonville University
I've had the opportunity to give guest lectures in the CS department's Web Programming class. I love the chance to share what I love with people eager to learn.