Born and raised in Virginia, I received my Bachelors degree in Political Science (minor in Sociology) followed by my Masters in Teaching from Christopher Newport University before setting out on my own into the great unknown.
I fell in love with the technology world via working at two technology non-profits, the Technology Association of Oregon (formerly SAO) and the Drupal Association. I am currently the Customer Engagement Specialist at BlackMesh, Inc a big player in the Drupal world in enterprise cloud hosting who is currently expanding into other communities. My background and personal skills have been a wonderful fit in the client/account support area as well as community engagement. I excel at assessing efficiency gaps, possess a broad strategic perspective, and am a problem solver advocating on behalf of client and community needs. In a client support role, my natural people skills combined with a teaching degree aid me as an information liaison between the tech team and client. As a community manager my political background aids me in engaging an appropriate voice when interacting with any scale of audience and rallying them to a cause. It all really boils down to a great respect and appreciation for the coding geniuses of the world and a commitment to excellent customer/community service and business needs.
In my free time I enjoy a local latte (preferably in giant bowl size) with a good book or marathoning my Netflix account. Once over caffeinated, I like getting out and exploring my new home. Having fully explored my previous home Oregon's amazing natural beauty via volunteering, skiing, and hiking I hope to explore new passions in Texas. I have a baking habit, forcing others to enjoy piles of delicious cookies, pies, etc. Currently, I am still mid quest to perfect my Southern family's recipes into gluten-free form.
Growing + Maintaining Customer Relationships, Customer Service, Social Media Marketing, Community Outreach, Email Marketing and Campaigns, Social Networking, Editing, Strategic Planning, Training, Lesson Planning, Website Management, Committee Management, Project Planning, Webinars
Program Experience: MailChimp, SurveyMonkey, Google Analytics, Double Click for Publishers, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, GoToMeetings, Hootsuite, Google Docs, Podio, Help Scout, Zendesk, HTML, Github, Drupal, Active Collab, Act-On, SalesForce
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