Work History, Education, and Professional Development


 

Senior Health Innovator

Highmark health

2019 - Present

Key member of the enterprise innovation strategy team researching and developing, and implementing a 5-year organization-wide innovation strategy and ecosystem framework, including a 10,000 sq. ft. innovation center. I lead the design operations for the Human-Centered Design Practice, focusing on increasing team/project efficiency and engagement through optimal methods, tools, and processes.


Director of User Experience

Teletracking Technologies

2014 - 2018

Led user experience vision and design execution of patient flow and operational solutions for hospital and community-based care settings. Established user experience department and matured human-centered design discipline throughout the organization. Recruited, managed, and mentored team of talented experience designers, interface designers, and business analysts.

  • Unified portfolio of disparate products into one cohesive, role-based platform in multiple form factors, increasing client productivity and user satisfaction while reducing training time and costs.

  • Formalized research methodology, flexible design system, mobile framework, and agile UX process, resulting in more collaborative user-focused product teams, greater efficiency in application development, and cohesive product experience across solution lines.

  • Established centralized operational command center initiative and developed multi-year business strategy as member of small, cross-functional team of organizational leaders, resulting in 100+ established command centers and market leader designation.

  • Led 2 Masters-level student Capstone projects in partnership with Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) at Carnegie Mellon University.

    • Projects focused on patient / family waiting room experience and citizen / caregiver disaster preparedness.

    • Solutions introduced new products, expanded existing feature sets, and broadened user base.

  • Originated and implemented an Innovation Lab, demonstrating future vision and validating innovative concepts. Featured at yearly conference for 3 consecutive years.

  • Granted 17 design and utility patents for platform interfaces, specific product features, and mobile applications

  • Received multiple awards including ‘Innovator of the Year’ for work on role-base unified platform and centralized command center initiative.


Principal Experience Designer

Red Privet

2012 - 2014

Oversaw projects for HM Insurance Group, a Highmark company. Directed and designed responsive web application that combined multiple consumer sites, client sites, and secure claims application into one unified responsive experience. Conducted stakeholder, user, and competitive research, facilitated workshops, and led usability tests with internal SMEs, insurance agents, and end-consumers.

  • Streamlined communication and increased project efficiency by delivering content structure, storyboards, wireframes, and prototypes to client engineers and analysts.

  • Created company-wide design patterns, supporting development and growth of responsive web application.

  • Received WebAward for Insurance Standard of Excellence for completed platform and positive reviews including ‘One of the 11 Great Examples of Responsive Design from the Financial Industry.’

  • Presented at HM’s national sales conference on responsive platform strategy.


User Experience Subject Matter Expert

Laureate Education & walden university

2011 - 2012

Structured educational track of User Experience Bachelor’s Degree Program.

  • Created bachelor-level courses on user experience design and front-end web/mobile development, working closely with Board Members and Curriculum Directors in multiple collaborative strategy sessions.

    • Developed all course content, supporting documentation, testing materials, and scoring rubrics.

    • Composed and participated in a video shoot, demonstrating usability test to be used in design course.

    • Courses offered at Walden University and Laureate International Universities.


Senior Design Specialist

Upmc

2011 - 2012

Led innovative end-to-end experiences across broad array of healthcare-specific products, platforms and devices.

  • Established experience design department and advanced user-centered, design-first approach across the organization.

    • Recruited, managed, and mentored a team of talented user experience designers and visual designers.

    • Developed standardized research and design tools, techniques, and documentation, streamlining cross-team communication and increasing product development efficiency.

  • Directed and designed many high-profile projects such as TeleHealth, Natural Language Processing, Image Analytics, and In-Hospital Secure Mobile Messaging

    • Collaborated with hospital executives, business partners and corporate stakeholders throughout the product life-cycle

    • Conducted contextual research and usability validation in emergency departments, patient rooms, call centers, and facilities management

  • Created EMS Navigator, an in-field decision support mobile application, which was featured in Information Week and Pittsburgh Business Times


Senior Application Interaction Designer

Software Engineering Institute at CMU

2010 - 2011

Created and managed online learning management platform featuring multi-level coursework, on-demand lectures, progress reporting and hands-on virtual lab.

  • Provided government agencies, including Department of Defense and Homeland Security, with cyber-security and information assurance training.


Director of User Experience

topcoder

2007 - 2010

Oversaw design projects and global crowdsourcing competitions for Fortune 100 clients, internal applications, and digital tools. Led internal team of designers, information architects, front-end developers, and worldwide creative workforce.

  • Drove initial vision and led creative execution of AOL’s AIM Expressions, increasing usage to 30M users in one year.

  • Spearheaded foundational design of TopCoder Direct, a self-service application enabling direct client access to design and development communities.

  • Increased membership 50% by broadening TopCoder Studio into a full-service global creative community platform.

  • Educated Fortune 100 companies on crowdsourcing methodologies and integrating collaborative innovation into product strategy


Additional Work Experience

  • THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC | 2005 - 2007

  • BNY MELLON | 2003 - 2005

  • THE SHANNON SPECTOR GROUP | 2001 - 2003 , 2010


Education

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Social Psychology

  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) - in progress


Professional Development

organizational leadership
Carnegie mellon university, tepper school of business
2015

Executive program focused on leadership development strategies including Strategic Thinking, Financial Models for Decision-Making, Building Effective Teams, Culture and Change Leadership, Driving Innovation, and Emotional Intelligence.

Leading for Creativity
IDEO
2017

Leadership program focused on scaling creativity within a team and organization. The curriculum included methods to guide teams through experimentation, break down a bold vision into actionable challenges, and make adjustments to culture by designing rituals to encourage beliefs and behaviors that support creativity.