Independent Projects
April 2013 - present
  • Self-directed study in Java, Ruby, algorithms, and computer science curricula.
  • Intensive workshop experience in community building and personal development.
  • PHP and JavaScript projects soliciting and incorporating community feedback.
  • Writing and editing SEO content, as well as prose fiction.

Web Development Engineer
Prolific Giving Inc, San Francisco
July 2012 - April 2013
  • Lead Backend Developer for full-featured web portal and multiple APIs, using Object-Oriented PHP in the Yii framework.
  • Designed complex database applications, including transaction systems and secure billing-details storage.
  • Coordinated between local departments and offsite teams.
  • Managed version control and multi-server deployment using Git and Capistrano in Amazon Web Services environments.
  • Wrote documentation and spec sheets for technical and non-technical users.
  • Eagerly delved into new technologies and brought researched solutions to the table.

Applications Development and Support
The University of Iowa, Information Management - Finance and Operations
December 2009 - January 2012
  • Learned ColdFusion, from scratch, to address departmental need.
  • Created a custom ColdFusion tag to page server administrators in the event of server errors, drawing from XML files to eliminate database dependencies.
  • Served as Project Lead in developing, maintaining, and redesigning a major University financial system.
  • Advised Lean events as an IT/Application Design specialist.
  • Developed and maintained webservices for cross-application data exchange.
  • Programmed PL/SQL packages and procedures.
  • Developed, tested and implemented a University Workflow subsystem using Framework/1, Oracle PL/SQL, and jQuery.
  • Acted as primary point of contact for business users of IMFO applications.
  • Wrote application documentation for programmers and users.

Web Developer
The University of Iowa, IMU Marketing + Design
July 2005 - Sept. 2009
  • Senior PHP Developer.
  • Designed and developed a web-based, data-driven creative agency workflow management system. The system allowed collaboration on projects between marketing representatives, designers, and developers; it also managed invoices and data associated with staff, clients, and projects.
  • Integrated workflow management system with campus Active Directory to enable University ID/Password authentication.
  • Designed and developed the Off-Campus Housing Service rental-listing site with registration, permissions controls, and an administrative backend.
  • Administrated office MySQL server, overseeing database creation, software updates, migrations and restores.
  • Coded PHP scripts to export MySQL data for import into Excel, and to import records from FileMaker to MySQL.
  • Integrated online payment gateway (ZenCart) with custom database application for student event registration.
  • Conducted peer-to-peer teaching sessions on PHP scripting and MySQL relational database design with other web designers and developers.
  • Wrote backend user tutorials and documentation for web applications.

Web Designer
The University of Iowa, IMU Marketing + Design
Sept. 2004 - July 2005
  • Published accessible websites with XHTML and CSS.
  • Built custom content management systems for sites.
  • Transitioned office from static to PHP/MySQL-based sites.


Languages and Tools:

  • PHP 5
  • ColdFusion 9
  • MySQL 5
  • Oracle PL/SQL 11
  • SQL
  • JavaScript/jQuery
  • Subversion/SVN
  • Git
  • MVC design
  • CSS
  • Unix/Linux
  • XML


  • Yii
  • Framework/1
  • Fusebox


The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
May 2009
  • B.A. Linguistics
  • G.P.A. 3.53/4.00
  • Honors Program
  • Deans List


Clarion West Writers Workshop
Seattle, WA
June - August 2008
  • Instructors included Cory Doctorow, Chuck Palahniuk and Connie Willis.
  • Application-only, six-week intensive class of 18 students.
  • Wrote one work of prose fiction/week; prepared written and verbal critiques on 17/week.
  • Read and critiqued 6,000 - 23,000 words daily.
Launchpad Astronomy Workshop
Laramie, WY
July 2011
  • NASA- and NSF-funded education effort, to help authors of science fiction teach astronomy to readers.
  • Application-only, one-week intensive class for established speculative fiction authors.


  • Work has appeared in a number of SFWA Professional-qualified markets, including the prestigious Clarkesworld Magazine and Asimov's Science Fiction.
  • Work has appeared in five "Year's Best" compilations since 2010.