Front-end designer and developer working in higher education, mainly with WordPress. Committed to universal design practices emphasizing accessibility and user empathy.
I work with the OIT Design & Web Services team, part of the Office of Information Technology at NC State University. My responsibilities include:
- maintaining campus WordPress environments;
- building custom WordPress themes and plugins;
- and advising academic and administrative units on design, content management, and more effectively using their web presence.
You can view my résumé for more information about what I do.
Working at NC State, I've had the opportunity to learn a great deal about accessibility. I'm particularly interested in better applying inclusive design principles and universal design principles to what we build.
I also think about Eric Meyer and Sara Wachter-Boettcher's book Design for Real Life constantly. It's on all of us to build a better, safer, and more inclusive web.
Working Out Loud
I think it's important to share what I'm working on and what I've learned with the broader community. This includes writing about the work we're doing on the OIT Design & Web Services blog, and presenting at WordPress and higher ed conferences.
Conference presentations from 2017 include:
- WordCamp US 2017
- HighEdWeb 2017
- UNC CAUSE 2017
- WordCamp Boston 2017
- WPCampus 2017
- WordCamp Raleigh 2017
I also host the WPCampus Podcast. WPCampus is a fantastic organization, and hosting the podcast gives me an opportunity to talk to and learn from interesting people doing interesting things with WordPress in higher education.
I live in Boston, Massachusetts with Dr. Emily Barnard.
I'm very happy to recommend several organizations that are worth your time and money.
- Greater Boston Food Bank serves communities across eastern Massachusetts, feeding more than 142,000 people every month.
- The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina has a special place in my heart. Emily and I volunteered there regularly when we lived in Raleigh, and the folks who work there do an incredible job serving a large region.
- ShelterBox ensures that survivors of natural disasters and human conflict have basic necessities in the immediate aftermath, including and especially shelter from the elements.
- Carbonfund.org gives you an easy way to purchase carbon offsets, helping to fight climate change and mitigate your personal impact.
- Independent Animal Rescue is a Durham, NC-based animal rescue organization. They provide foster care and help adopt thousands of area cats and dogs—including our two cats.