[ Bio ]

From Northwest Ohio to Washington, DC. Probably more than you ever wanted to know.

Education . . . and right after

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In May of 2000, I graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and a secondary focus in Fine Art Photography. After graduation, I had no intention of finding a job right away, so I went to Australia for a few weeks. Of course reality always rears its ugly head and I had to come home and get a job…

Career path(s). . .
In September of 2000 I moved from the flat frozen tundra of Northwest Ohio to the Washington, DC area to begin my very first job. Since then, I have amassed invaluable knowledge as I worked in advertising agencies, non-profit organizations/associations and more corporate settings. Full time jobs and freelance gigs both allowed me to experience each different type of setting and each bucket of constraints a good designer should know how to work with. Being taught to be my own conceptor, designer, traffic manager, production artist and vendor detective early on helped me navigate every new situation with confidence that the end product would be the best it could be. And it usually is! I also very much enjoy incorporating my photography whenever possible into my design duties. Photographing kids is the most fun because they always keep you thinking of new ways to keep them focused!

Hobbies

I am an avid animal lover, and I enjoy doing just about anything in which my two dogs, Bella and Roscoe, can join. Whether it’s going to the dog park, taking the dogs to the beach or the lake, or navigating the area parks with the pups, I enjoy it all. Being an animal advocate means I enjoy regularly volunteering at the Smithsonian National Zoo and donating my time and money to animal rescues.

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My other interests include football (I love the Green Bay Packers), reading anything I can get my hands on, listening to podcasts from How Stuff Works, and soaking up all sorts of knowledge from the History and Science channels. I know, it’s weird.

One of my latest hobbies has found me helping my good friend Lisa, and the Dandy-Walker Alliance raise awareness for Dandy-Walker Syndrome. May, in several states, including Maryland and Virginia, is Dandy-Walker and Hydrocephalus Awareness Month. If you haven’t heard of Dandy-Walker, take two seconds to visit www.dandy-walker.org and brush up on your knowledge of this condition, and then once you’re excited about helping us find a cure, sign up for Carter’s Run for Dandy-Walker 5K and Family Fun Fest at www.cartersrun.org.