If code is poetry, then I’m an awkward, bespectacled teenager scribbling haikus devoted to my unrequited crush on Hello Kitty stationery. Nonetheless, I am passionate about .NET and web development, entrepreneurship, and all things mobile. I am also interested in agile and Scrum methodologies, the intersection of technology and social justice, and advancing women in technology.
Past and Present
Currently I am a Software Engineer for Educational and Community Supports, a research unit within the University of Oregon’s College of Education. ECS focuses on positive behavior support, inclusive schools, transition, and adult services. Previously I was a web developer for Paula’s Choice, a growing cosmetics company with a strong e-commerce presence. Prior to that I was a Technical Consultant for Onyx Software and worked onsite for clients in Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado and Texas.
How an English Major Became a Techie
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and was starting to fill out grad school apps my senior year when I came across an editorial by Martha Wertheim in Glamour. She bemoaned the lack of women in technology and how detrimental it would be not just for women but society as a whole if we continued to be underrepresented and, in many ways, excluded from this vital and increasingly influential field. I decided right then and there to sign up for a programming class (good ol’ C) and not only did I ace it but I enjoyed it. The rest is Geek Girl History.
In my spare time I enjoy hot yoga, running, knitting, Girl Scout cookies, and playing the accordion. My partner and I also spend an inordinate amount of time cuddling and herding our pets.