I am a recovering film academic turned developer, part-time instructor for the Academy at Suncoast Developers Guild, the current Tampa Bay City Organizer for Tech Ladies, organizer for the Tampa Bay Women's Tech Network, and co-organizer of Suncoast Developers Guild Jr, which provides free kids coding classes.
Growing up, my parents stressed the importance of math and science. As actuaries, they told me that math was a way of thinking and eventually I would transcend number crunching. Instead, I ran towards film and theater in an effort to rebel. After nearly a decade in academia, I found myself finishing the front end engineering program at The Iron Yard in 2017. I may have taken the long way round, but I'm here now!
Professional Software Engineer•May 2019 - Present
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.
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.
I recently finished work 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•February 2017 - Present
American Stage: Cleaned up and rebuilt parts of the CSS and PHP of their Wordpress site. Assisted with the relaunch on new servers.
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: "Why Can't We Be Friends": Lightning Talk•July 11, 2019
Talk: "Dispatches from React Native"•January 19, 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.
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.