Work History

Senior User Experience Consultant  |  2014-2015 |  SavvyCard  |  St. Petersburg, FL

  • Conduct heuristic review of core SavvyCard product
  • Provide user interface design services for new and redesigned features
  • Provide input into long-term user experience strategy
  • Provide input into client communication process and deliverables

Senior User Experience Consultant  |  2014  |  PriceWaterhouse Coopers  |  Tampa, FL

  • Provide user experience services in redesign of organizational methodology, process, and procedure tool(s)
  • Plan, conduct, and analyze results of user research study to understand users and their work
  • Plan, conduct, and analyze results of usability testing of existing reference tools
  • Gather, document, and validate user requirements for new tool(s)
  • Establish metrics and measures to enable team to determine level of success
  • Design and validate taxonomy and other information architecture deliverables in preparation for Component Content Management System selection and implementation

User Experience Architect, Owner  |  2010 – 2011  |  User Experience Solutions  |  Palm Harbor, FL

  • Provided user experience consulting services
  • Provided usability evaluation services
    • Conducted usability testing
    • Conducted heuristic reviews

User Experience Lead  |  2011 – 2013  |  e-Builder, Inc.  |  Plantation, FL

  • Conducted user research, including planning, conducting, and analyzing results from remote interviews, field studies, and contextual inquiries
  • Developed conceptual designs (including information architecture, site maps, system navigation, and taxonomies)
  • Conducted user interface design activities (including creating wireframes and leading participatory design sessions) using Visio, Fireworks, and Axure
  • Planned and executed usability tests (formal and informal) using paper prototypes, wireframes, and live products throughout the development process
  • Conducted user interface analysis and evaluation (heuristic reviews)
  • Defined and utilize the User Experience Enhancement process, analyzing existing functionality for improvements in usefulness and usability, designing updates, and working with development to plan and execute changes
  • Built and lead the User Experience team, including user experience architect, visual designer, and technical writer

User Experience Architect, Owner  |  2010 – 2011  |  User Experience Solutions  |  Palm Harbor, FL

  • User experience consulting services
    • Clients included Idea Interactive, Bank of America, CSX
    • Conducted user research, including planning, conducting, and analyzing results from remote interviews, field studies, and contextual inquiries
    • Conducted UI design activities (including creating wireframes and leading participatory design sessions) using Visio, Fireworks, and Axure
    • Planned and executed usability tests (formal and informal) using paper prototypes, wireframes, and live products throughout the development process using Morae
    • Conducted UI analysis and evaluation (heuristic reviews)
  • Business Process Optimization Consulting
    • Work with client organizations to observe and document business processes
    • Analyze processes and identify opportunities for optimization, including automation, right-sourcing, training, and strategic development
    • Work with Firm Solutions to create a standard business process optimization service to offer clients
  • Marketing Copy Writing and Editing, Web and Print
    • Work with marketing associates to create new Web copy
    • Copyedit existing Web copy
    • Create copy for hard-copy marketing collateral

IT Manager, User Experience  |  1999 – 2010  |  The Nielsen Company  |  Oldsmar, FL

  • Previous positions at The Nielsen Company included Technical Communications Consultant, Technical Writer, Lead Technical Writer, Documentation Manager
  • Built and managed a global team of up to 15 employees, including on-shore, off-shore, and remote employees
  • Defined strategy for the user experience team, including vision, mission, and strategic goals
  • Promoted user-centered corporate culture to raise the organization’s level of corporate usability maturity
  • Defined and maintained processes and best practices for user research, UI design and development, user assistance design and development, and usability evaluation
  • Integrated user experience processes into existing product lifecycle, including waterfall and agile software development methodologies
  • Lead team in defining and maintaining UI principles, standards, and pattern libraries, focusing on reusability
  • Trained distributed project teams in UI design principles, standards, and processes
  • Worked with product teams to define the UX roadmap for product releases, determining which UX deliverables would provide maximum impact for each project
  • Provided UX services to project teams as required:
    • Conducted user research planning and execution (including remote interviews and field studies), analyzing and synthesizing results
    • Developed conceptual designs (including information architecture, system navigation, and taxonomies)
    • Conducted UI design activities (including creating wireframes and leading participatory design sessions)  using Visio and Fireworks
    • Created and executed usability tests (formal and informal) using paper prototypes, wireframes, and live products throughout the development process using Morae
    • Conducted UI analysis and evaluation (heuristic reviews)