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Originally a Computer Information Systems major, I followed my interest to a digital art class that steered me toward graphic, motion, and web design.
I picked up HTML and CSS from an interest in understanding how things work behind the scenes — something I still find extremely gratifying.
I then started working with databases, PHP, and self-hosted WordPress websites, eventually starting a lucrative business. This was wonderful for a while.
Five years ago, I started hitting a wall — I couldn't do any more of the same thing. I began exploring user experience and design thinking.
Suddenly I had terms that defined what was important to me the whole time — to build the solution for the user, not the maker; to get feedback.
Since then I've practiced a human-centered approach to my work, advocating for users of all backgrounds and abilities.
What I aspired to when I retired my freelance business was to work somewhere with a user research team, and what I got was that plus a requirement to be WCAG compliant, which led me to discovering my true love of creating accessibile experiences.
I'm on a journey to becoming a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA). (I took the CPACC exam in June, and am currently working on the WAS.)
Outside of work, and when we aren't in quarantine, I enjoy hiking, snowshoeing and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Last year I hiked over 350 miles, including summiting Mt St. Helens with some friends.