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…an honest discussion.

A proven track record of success.

The website I built for MUSC’s awareness campaign, Changing What’s Possible – Harper’s Story, won one of only 13 Grand Golden CASE Circle of Excellence Awards issued in 2018 out of 3,000+ entries. The judges pointed out “the presentation of the story on the web through a micro-site was also very well done and made accessible and understandable to individuals without a medical background. Judges particularly liked the inclusion of a glossary of medical terms with each chapter of the story”

Never met a system I couldn’t learn.

That statement isn’t limited to CMS systems like WordPress either. I am a very quick study, and easily adapt and integrate new technologies into my workflow. I transitioned to fully remote 6 years before the rest of the world, and quickly realized that I needed a better way to keep the team abreast of the projects I worked on. I tested several project management systems before deciding that Asana would fit my needs and be scalable in the event the rest of the team became interested in using it. Fast forward a year and an increase in the digital team’s workflow had the rest of the team interested in the merits of a PMS. I was able to quickly expand my personal task tracking system for 5 people, write documentation for how our team would use the application, and train the project manager when they were hired.

Always looking for efficiencies.

During my first site rebuild in 2008 I realized I would need to create over 100 profiles – one for each real estate agent in the company. Rather than hand code each page, I picked up a few books on PHP programming and taught myself how to build a database, query it, and render the results on a web page. The result was not just a searchable listing of agents and their listings, but an honest love of databases and how they can improve efficiency. Most recently when I began looking to build comprehensive reports of email statistics, I once again turned to a database: this time Microsoft Access, to build the tables and queries necessary to generate scalable reports based on date, audience, requesting department, campaign, and type.

Knows that you can’t always start fresh.

One of my first goals at MUSC was to do something about their donation forms. The MUSC Office of Development’s primary function was fundraising, their web app looked like it was made in the 90’s, and that application wasn’t going anywhere. Modern donation forms existed, but they didn’t hook into the back office systems we used. So – if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Using a lot of CSS to forcefully restyle the tables and form elements as mobile friendly touch buttons, creating an overall responsive layout, plus the addition of JavaScript to prefill form elements lead to an increase in revenue of 40%.

Remote before it was trending.

Three years before the global pandemic sent corporate America to work from their couches and kitchens, I had fully transitioned to remote work. This set-up wasn’t new for me, I’d been in different time zones from my previous boss, and even worked remotely for several months before joining MUSC and going back to on-site work. Between the two, I missed the efficiency of working in an environment I controlled, and with ample use of chat, I never felt left out of the group. When the opportunity to go back to remote work was offered, I took it, dedicating a room in my home for my dual monitors, 8 button mouse, and hulking desktop.

Analogies on fleek.

I am an expert communicator, and in the tech field that often means taking abstract concepts out of the cloud and into a client’s hand.

Plus, I understand how CMS’s work, because I’ve built a few myself.

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