I am an intuitive, whole-hearted, and skilled UX designer, and graphic designer who transforms abstract visions of the imagination into a functional reality that delights, mends, inspires, and unites. A diverse journeyman and insatiable researcher (I’ve photographed from helicopters AND taught Kindergarten – and did it well) I integrate my unique experience and education into my design career. I’m an artist at my core, a teacher at heart, with a visionary mind, resilient spirit, and alchemist soul. Brewed from my enlightening travels, divergent perception, and unflappable nature, I’ve become an elixir of innovation, passion, and empathy.
I spent a decade working with U.S. Military as a graphic designer, photographer, audiovisual creator, technical writer, journalist, archivist & whatever else I was told to do. I used my magic to do most of this with no support, no training, & no budget, learning on the spot and teaching myself. It did not matter that I had never edited a video in my life – I learned to do it in a week and do it well. Along the way, I learned leadership and mastered the skills by teaching others. I also learned what kind of leader and teammate I will not be. I walked that world conjuring up the confidence of a General because I spent half of my career making Generals look good. I learned what I don’t and do want. I only want to use my gifts now with those that are trying to create a better world. I want to work with people that understand and respect the need for a work/life balance and truly care about their people beyond lip service. That is a place that will benefit from my very real understanding of loyalty, integrity, and service, and my ability to adapt, learn and lead.
For the next decade, I became a freelance graphic designer and photojournalist, while also teaching art, design, and managing art programs for youth. I am the mediator and collaborator with a broad perspective excitedly announcing insights and reminding others to stretch, sleep and celebrate failures, and trying again. I am now ready to use what I’ve gained – presentation & research skills, wisdom, empathy, persistence – for the next calling.
I can see the big picture and I possess the soft and hard needed skills to co-create a better world for all. I want to work with daring leaders to craft a better world through design thinking, creative problem-solving, and holistic solutions. Is that you?