I was born and raised in New Milford, Connecticut. After graduating from Western Connecticut State University in 2004, I began my career as a graphic designer, working at a printing company in New Jersey. After moving back to Connecticut, I worked as an in-house graphic designer for a large corporation for several years. I eventually transitioned into higher education, gaining more experience in multimedia design in the process. Along the way, I earned a Master of Education degree as an online adult learner, and also developed a budding interest in instructional design. I began working at Quinnipiac University in spring 2017, and am passionate about visual media and the adult learning process.
In my spare time, I enjoy exercise, music, arts & crafts, outdoor adventures, and spending time with friends.
Instructional Designer & Content Developer - Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT - 3/2017–Present
Provide direct support to subject matter experts (faculty) in the design and development of online courses, as well as the revision of existing courses. Ensure that new course design adheres to Quality Matters standards for higher education.
Serve as Instructional Designer to the Quinnipiac School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences
Provide faculty support to 55–65 courses per term
Project manage the new course development process to on-time completion.
Recommend assessment strategies and course tools to accomplish desired outcomes.
Review assessments and content to ensure proper alignment to learning objectives.
Serve as QM Coordinator in official Quality Matters managed course reviews
Conduct quality assurance reviews on courses based on Quality Matters rubric.
Train and support faculty in the use of online learning technologies (Lightboard, Camtasia, VoiceThread, Zoom, TechSmith Relay, etc.).
Foster collaborative relationships and participate in faculty meetings.
Develop and deliver faculty workshops.
Evaluate and implement technologies and approaches for online learning.
Participate in new program development and continuous improvement of existing programs.
Content Development/Media Production:
Create visual content that is engaging, appealing, and accessible to all types of learners.
Responsible for the planning, purchasing, assembly, and future upgrades of an in-house Lightboard studio.
Train other employees and faculty on equipment use.
Schedule, film and produce faculty Lightboard videos, general operation of camcorder and switcher hardware and capture/editing software, conduct open-house Lightboard training sessions.
Film faculty members for a variety of video projects both in-house and on-location across three campuses.
Create animated instructional videos for newly adopted software tools.
Create custom animations to accompany faculty videos.
General graphic design responsibilities to support QU Online marketing department, including the design of document templates and training of student workers.
Design content using e-learning authoring tools such as Articulate Rise and Adobe Captivate.
Multimedia Content Developer - Post University, waterbury, CT - 5/2013–3/2017
Collaborate with instructional designers and subject matter experts, as well as other members of the Post University community (academic affairs, marketing, senior management, department chairs) in the design and production of high quality, engaging educational content and learning materials for online and on-campus courses. Such materials include—but are not limited to—videos and animations, interactive documents and graphics, websites, instructional documents, lecture notes, course graphics, and more, in an effort to promote the ultimate student learning experience. Create effective visual solutions to augment the Post University online learning environment, in alignment with instructional design theories, best practices, and accessibility standards.
Conceptualize, develop, and formally launch the Post Multimedia Services initiative, a sub-departmental group designed to strategically undertake campus-wide projects in addition to standard course development work. Design, develop, and maintain the Post Multimedia Services website, which describes the newly defined role and position within the school, details various skillsets and service offered, and showcases a comprehensive portfolio of past projects.
Continuously research and explore new technology tools, practice and develop new software skills as well as actively improve existing ones, and strive to introduce exciting new opportunities for Post University.
Assess and budget timelines for scheduled development cycles to ensure that all multimedia deliverables are completed on time. Provide time and resource estimates for special projects as needed. Provide financial input and options on hardware, software, digital creative asset, and stock photography needs for annual budget plans.
Collaborate with other Multimedia Content Developers in the production of large-scale video projects. Provide creative direction, project management, copywriting, storyboarding, and general planning services. Facilitate scheduling and meeting logistics for remote and/or inter-organizational participants as necessary.
Maintain consistent brand identity standards across a diverse array of projects in order to visually reinforce the Post brand. Organize the facilitation of periodic rebranding, as needed, for template-based materials. Provide branding consultation to the instructional design team.
Blackboard Learn 9.1 System Admin: Design and maintain visual aspects of Blackboard LMS, including course customization, custom HTML editing, custom modules, system theme, color palette settings. Responsible for module and tab development and organization, user management, and customized course copy/creation as needed. Design and develop custom announcements and student resources.
Provide training and oversight of temporary student workers on multimedia-based assignments, including searching, reviewing, purchasing, and resizing stock photography, adding/editing closed captioning to YouTube videos, and basic document branding tasks.
Provide new-employee training for full-time staff in Blackboard Learn system admin features and functionality.
Senior Graphic Designer - ASSA ABLOY, New Haven, CT - 5/2010–5/2013
Graphic Designer - ASSA ABLOY, New Haven, CT - 8/2005–5/2010
Create concepts and layouts for advertisements targeting a variety of markets and audiences
Design a multitude of brochures, ranging from basic bi-folds, to fully customized, high quality specialty pieces
Logo design and illustration
Design material for several different annual tradeshows, including booth design, billboards, video screens, and more
Maintain branding guidelines for over 20 companies. Ensure the integrity of brand identity for each company across a range of applications
Art Direction for the Mobile Showroom vehicle photography: Organize four showroom vehicles in several different orientations, and direct a professional photo shoot. Conduct comprehensive Photoshop retouching and orchestration of individual and group vehicle photos in an array of settings
Art Direction for product photography: Work directly with professional photographer for several different product photo shoots. Oversee studio, direct staging, lighting, color, and photographic style of subject matter. Complete Photoshop retouching of final photos, including simulated product installations
Art Direction for photography of on-site showroom: Scout different vantage points throughout the on-site product showroom. Direct a group of models appearing in photos. Design promotional brochure in parallel with photo shoot
Create interactive PDFs for informational, instructional and promotional purposes
Create Flash projects for web use, promotional movies, tradeshow displays, and videos for meetings and presentations. Proficient in basic vocal recording and production. Search and review contract voice-over specialists
Work directly with the Print Production Manager to determine project specifications, oversee color approval, and meet budget and time constraints
Graphic Designer - Royal Printing, West New York, NJ - 8/2004–8/2005
Responsible for all general graphic design and electronic pre-press duties for the in-house art department
Design promotional material and direct mail, in addition to logo creation and general design work. Create diverse pieces for a range of clients, from New Jersey political campaigns to local businesses
Pre-press work for various design firms, magazines, and freelancers. Responsible for file correction and management, photo retouching, and color approval
Master of Education, Instructional Design & Technology – Spring 2016, Post University
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design – Spring 2004, Western Connecticut State University
Adobe: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere, Audition , Muse, Animate, Dreamweaver, Acrobat Pro, Captivate
Blackboard 9, Articulate 360, Oracle Taleo, Camtasia Studio, TechSmith Relay/Fuse
Lightboard, Blackmagic Media Express / ATEM Software Control, Panasonic AG-UX180 camcorders