So, what's the story?

I am iterating on...

...strangers in the night

The City of Chicago, BACP

You are in your apartment. The unit next to you is listed on house-sharing websites. Sometimes, the temporary renters are great. Tonight, the temporary renters are throwing a party. It's after midnight, they are loud and there is a line of people waiting to pay a cover to get in. The police are called, 80 strangers scatter out of your building, and the party ends for tonight. But, what about tomorrow, or next week, or next year? You tell the City and the City introduces an ordinance to reform the shared housing industry.

...strength and stability for others

OSF Healthcare

You are a healthcare worker who recognizes the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. You are particularly empathetic of people who may have been exposed to the vius or are experiencing symptoms. They are scared and anxious because no one seems to have answers. But, you do. You have resources at your fingertips to provide them with the care they need and your employer can provide you with a list of qualified people to contact. You need the ability to access this list and track your conversations with patients.

...no other options

Metra Rail

You found a job in the big city. You fell in love, married and had a baby. You needed more space and bought a house in the suburbs. Your office is downtown, so you take the Metra. Your train is late. You open the Metra website on your phone. It doesn't look good or work well. "Something seems wrong," you think. You are not able to find the updates you need and start to wonder, "is the Metra safe? Why do my tickets cost so much? Do they care about my experience?" You conclude Metra is a failure and you wouldn't ride it, if you didn't have to.

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Experience

Principle UX Designer & Creative Director

Clarity Partners Chicago, IL • May 2017 to Present (UX & Graphic Designer, May 2017 - December 2018)
  • Lead, mentor, and collaborate with internal team members across disciplines to define project hypothesis, concepts, workflows, and interactions
  • Create visual approaches to be refined and transformed into functional design systems
  • Rapidly prototype to demonstrate interactive behavior and find ways to simplify
  • Facilitate user research testing; analyze findings; translate learning outcomes into designs
  • Lead and participate in creative reviews
  • Inspire and foster creativity with empathy, zeal, and determination--nothing is impossible!
  • Comfortable developing new or working within existing design systems and brand guidelines
  • Be decisive and responsive while moving between multiple projects and teams
  • Facilitate creative brainstorming and collaboration workshops with clients and provide truly exceptional customer service
  • Developed internal design process to move projects from design to implementation
  • Business development support; detailing approaches and methodologies and scope estimation
  • Lead all organizational creative projects, including rebranding efforts and sales team support

Director of Web Development

The Grossbauer Group Chesterton, IN • May 2014 to Present
  • Creative/development direction of all web-based solutions
  • See the bigger marketing picture and determine the role of web development
  • Facilitator of internal creative brainstorms
  • Collaborate with team members to plan IA, UI, and UX
  • Project management (i.e., identifying project scope, budget, and timelines)
  • Day-to-day management of 3 full-time employees
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with clients
  • Deliver solutions that meet/exceed client expectations
  • Serve as marketing partner to clients through a consultative approach
  • Manage RFP responses, proposals, and custom presentations
  • Guide optimization of team workflow

New Media Designer and Developer

Pivot Design Chicago, IL • September 2013 to May 2014
  • Front-end development
  • Utilized Drupal for custom client CMS development
  • Managed 3 special account clients individually, in addition to completing projects with those clients from design to development
  • Maintained client relationships

Web Development Intern

Ogilvy & Mather Chicago, IL • May 2013 to September 2013
  • Assisted web development team whenever necessary
  • Created a product feature showcase for an international brand
  • Learned absolutely as much as possible about ad life

Ad/Graphic Designer

The Times Media Company Chicago, IL • December 2011 to May 2013
  • Designed ads for daily newspaper
  • Adhered to unforgiving deadlines

Education

Columbia College Chicago

BA in Marketing CommunicationChicago, IL • September 2009 to May 2013
  • 2013 Columbia College Valedictorian
  • Summa Cum Laude from the Honors Program
  • Advertising focus
  • Minor in web development

Honors & Awards

Individual Honors

Team Awards