I believe that the right piece of software can change the world.
I find great satisfaction in creating tools that harnesses the power of information in useful and meaningful ways.
Even though I only code on evenings and weekends, I've seen too many poorly designed websites and programs to just sit on the sidelines any more. It's like community development for the internet. If we want the web to be user-friendly, well-designed, and human-focused, then it's our responsibility to do something about Internet blight like this terrible site (watch out, there's music).
Yep, I have a day job. And it's my love for this job that keeps me from coding full-time.
20 Liters is a non-profit that provides customized, innovate clean-water technology to the areas of the world that need it most. We currently work in Rwanda providing water filters for families and communities. This organization is literally saving lives. The filters we invented remove bacteria and parasites that cause cholera and a host of other deadly diseases.
One of the many reasons I love 20 Liters is that our solutions use the human-centered design model, which helps make sure our filters are easy and intuitive to use.
I was responsible for the service delivery and development of the Disaster Services program in Michigan. My team and I recruited, trained and supported volunteers who want to serve their communities in meaningful ways.
Leveraging my Bachellor's Degree in Psychology, I administered and scored a full battery of reflex, focus, coordination, IQ, and personality tests with a primary focus on elementary age diagnostic indicators for ADD and ADHD.
This internship taught me the importance of accuracy, careful behavior observation, and how to intentionally create an environment that eliminates barriers to accurate diagnoses.
I worked on a residential lock-down facility for violent and agressive adolescents.
This facility acts an alternative to Juvenile Detention for offenders with a history of psychological trauma or a diagnosed psychological disorder. Our role as Care Providers was to administer and observe the results of individualized behavioral plans across normal daily routines.
Everyone's got a first job. Mine was just more fun than yours.
In fact, your fun was my responsibility.
Rising quicky through the ranks of Mr. Cheese's empire, I was charged with ensuring that patrons were having a positive experience and birthday parties were coordinated seamlessly.
Working at 'the Cheese' was a great chance for me to discover my work ethic, hone my customer service skills, and gain experience supervising other employees.