I am a recovering film academic turned developer and engineering manager. A part-time instructor for the Academy at Suncoast Developers Guild, current Co-Director for Women Who Code Tampa, former Tampa Bay City Organizer for Tech Ladies, organizer for the Tampa Bay Women's Tech Network, and former instructor and co-organizer of Suncoast Developers Guild Jr, which provided free kids coding classes.
I am passionate about web accessibility, over analyzing movies, my cats , my husband and belly dance.
Associate Engineering Manager•December 2022 - Present
Leading and coordinating work for a small team to drive improvements for our Electronic First Notification of Loss application. Responsible for delivery of the product. Actively coaching and direct reports in their career growth.
Software Engineer•March 2022 - December 2022
Worked on the Electronic First Notification of Loss angular application; developed small features, investigated issues, and mentored associate level engineers.
Member of the Front End Guild and organized and ran "Kinversations," a weekly engineering meeting where we discuss, share, and collaborate on ideas and projects.
Kin’s mission is to reimagine home insurance. Kin is built for the future and prepared to meet its challenges head on while helping our customers do the same through technology and direct-to-consumer model, we provide affordable pricing without compromising coverage, even in areas most impacted by climate change.
React Engineer•June 2021 - March 2022
Worked on the Shogun Page Builder team to develop new features for our customers.
Shogun is an ecommerce experience platform empowering brands to drive higher conversions, revenue, and brand loyalty. Our products Shogun Page Builder and Shogun Frontend help teams build and optimize their online stores to deliver exceptional experiences. Our products integrate with ecommerce platforms like Shopify and BigCommerce, and our 18,000 customers include Leesa, MVMT, Timbuk2, and Chubbies.
Part-Time Instructor•March 2019 - Present
Instructor for the part-time Web Development Test Drive and React I: Building Interactive Websites courses. Class meets for 2 hours twice a week over the course of 6 weeks. These programs are developed for those curious about web development, and for experienced developers to skill up.
The Academy at Suncoast Developers Guild is a code school that serves people, not profit. We are changing lives and teaching people to be the best software developers they can be.
Consultant•January 2020 - June 2021
Technology consultant specializing in the Front End development and Azure
Member of the Development Community of Practice team, which works to create learning opportunities for Agile Thought's employees
Professional Software Engineer•May 2019 - January 2020
Developing custom applications for clients; utilizing React, Redux, Angular, and Python.
DXC Technology is the world's leading independent, end-to-end IT services company, serving nearly 6,000 private and public-sector clients from a diverse array of industries across 70 countries. The company's technology independence, global talent and extensive partner network deliver transformative digital offerings and solutions that help clients harness the power of innovation to thrive on change.
Worked on a React Native mobile ordering app using Redux (Reselect, Redux-Saga), GraphQL, Jenkins, and Expo for a Fortune 500 company. During this project, I was in charge of our daily builds and I worked closely with the lead developer and QA team to ensure continuous delivery of our product to our clients.
I also lead the development of the rebranded company website and the transition from a GatsbyJS and GraphCMS static site to a Wordpress site. On this project, I worked closely with the designers and VP of UX and Innovation to develop the site, transition the site to Wordpress, and trained them to continue their own work on the new site.
Fullstack Developer•March 2017 - December 2017
Built and managed ecommerce sites for a select group of family owned companies. Worked on the migration of a Rails 3 site to Spree Ecommerce framework (built with Ruby on Rails) while maintaining a legacy Coldfusion site. I also managed the Ubuntu and Microsoft Servers, and worked closing with the marketing team to optimize our search engine results.
Talk: "How Not to Get Sued: Basic Web Accessibility"•June 2020
Web Accessibility is everyone's responsibility. In this talk, you will learn the basics of web accessibility, how to read the WCAG, and things you can implement immediately in your work.
Talk: "Why Can't We Be Friends": Lightning Talk•December 5, 2019
Talk: "Why Can't We Be Friends": Lightning Talk•July 11, 2019
Talk: "Dispatches from React Native"•January 19, 2019
Panel: "Inclusive Design and Development with Web Accessibility Panel"•February 4, 2019
"The focus on improving web accessibility has indavertently shifted to avoiding lawsuits when, more importantly, on the other end of the screen is a user base that is being excluded. In this panel discussion, you'll hear from two front-end developers/accessibility advocates and two assistive technology users to hear how incorporating a focus on web accessibility can transform your users' experiences for the better."
Panel: "Get Your Code On"•March 1, 2019
Organizing and participating in a panel about alternative opportunities to learn to code in the Tampa Bay Area.
Shimmy Your Way into those Search Results!•Spring 2020
Let’s do a quick exercise. Open your search engine of choice (mine is Google) and type in “bellydance” followed by your city. Take a look at the results. Are you in there? Well done! You’ve mastered the art of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). If you aren’t there, try searching for your name and city. Are you there now? Great, you’re doing pretty good, but wouldn’t you prefer to be in that first search? If you aren’t, don’t worry I’m here to help you. With a few tweaks we can set you on your way to rising in the search results.
Certificate in Front-End Engineering•February 2017
Master of Philosophy - Literature and Languages•May 2017
Thesis: By evaluating theories surrounding the female gaze, flanerie, and tourism, this thesis discusses the representation of female tourists in Paris and Tuscany. Specific films addressed in this thesis: Les Vampires ( Louis Feuillade 1915), Cleo 5 a 7 (Agnes Varda 1962), Funny Face (Stanley Donan 1957), Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen 2011), A Room with a View (James Ivory 1985), and Stealing Beauty (Bernardo Bertolucci 1996). Specific theorists addressed in this thesis: Charles Baudelaire, Walter Benjamin, Susan Bordo, Giulianna Bruno, Vanessa Schwartz, Mary Ann Doanne, Laura Mulvey, Ann Friedberg and Elizabeth Ezra and Dean MacCannell.
Supervisor: Dr Elizabeth Ezra
Master of Letters - European Cinema - with Distinction•May 2009
Dissertation: Queering the Femme Fatale; looked at the role of transsexual femme fatales in the films of Pedro Almodovar from the 1980s to Bad Education (2004).
Modules in French Spanish, Czech and Polish cinema.
Bachelors in Media Studies (Film Production) and Theater•May 2007
Senior Media Project: "She's Revamped" a rewriting of Robert Iscove's She's All That (1999) combining video and performance art with gender/sexuality theory and Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed.
Other skills include: Coldfusion, SQL, Ubuntu and Microsoft servers and basic photoshop skills.