For the past four years I have been working as an independent contractor and on my own projects, focusing on website development using the Drupal content management system. My most recent projects include the development of Bevelsmith, a build-it-yourself website tool for custom picture frame stores. I also performed a Drupal 6 to 7 upgrade and complete site redesign for Evergreen Nursery, San Diego’s largest wholesale nursery. In my ‘spare’ time I maintain Drive the Americas, a Drupal site we built for people, well, driving the Americas.

In January of 2010 I returned from eighteen months of travel through Latin America.   My husband and I took a lengthy road trip, driving the Pan-American Highway from California to Argentina.  Two months in the United States, two months in Mexico, five months in Central America, and nine months in South America took us through fourteen countries and over 27,000 miles of road.  We learned Spanish, met wonderful people, visited amazing cultural sites, saw gorgeous natural wonders, volunteered time, learned to surf, developed websites, and enjoyed ourselves tremendously.  Read more about our trip on our blog, The Darien Plan.

Sailing from Panama to Colombia

Previous to this trip, I was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy fellow in the Office of the Secretary at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  In this role I led the development of several recommendations concerning medical genetic tests, family health history, and newborn screening that were accepted by the American Health Information Community (AHIC).  This advisory committee was a critical component of former HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt’s initiative to improve health information technology.  In addition to my work with the AHIC, I worked with the Food and Drug Administration and played a key role in the continuing evolution of the regulatory environment around complex medical genetic tests.  I also worked with the Office of the Surgeon General and National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health to develop of a new online tool for recording family health history.

My background uniquely combines technical expertise with a solid scientific background in the natural sciences, as well as experience managing complex and multifaceted programs.   I am looking broadly for project management or website development positions.  Please contact me if you are interested in speaking with me about job opportunities.