I got my start in California, where I studied Information Systems at California State University, Fresno. Being from the Central Valley, a predominantly agricultural region, it was tough to be a technology enthusiast. However, I was able to find great opportunities in the health care industry.
My first job, out of college, was as a Data Analyst for Valley Children's hospital. It was there that I quickly leveraged my Microsoft .NET coding skills to help automate rigorous data entry tasks. Through automation, what would normally take weeks to enter, was now getting finished in an afternoon. This, of course, got the attention of the development team within the hospital and I was offered a job as a full-time web developer on the internal applications team.
This was a dream come true, as I was able to bring my passion for design, head-on, with delivering applications for use in the real-world. Designing, building, and testing applications right on the hospital floor was both challenging and exhilarating.
After a couple of years, I was offered a position at Kaweah Delta Health Care District as a database administrator and application developer. It was here that I was able to hone my skills as a line-of-business developer, building applications that spanned both B2B and B2C, using the latest Microsoft frameworks. With the support of IT management and executive leadership, I was able to leverage our award winning infrastructure to deliver innovative solutions for our patients and providers.
During my six years with Kaweah Delta, I was given the freedom to explore my true passion; design. At the hospital I began to invest, heavily, in user-centered design practices and started to employ usability studies and design strategies. It was during this time that I decided to go back to school and pursue a graduate degree in Human-Computer Interaction.
It didn't take long for me to realize that I had found my true calling in UX design. It was the perfect combination of technology, user psychology, and design and I absolutely fell in love. DePaul University gave me an incredible opportunity to dive in, head first, into the world of user experience and I treated each assignment as an opportunity to master my craft.
In 2013, I was offered a UX Designer position at Microsoft and joined the team working on Visual Studio, a suite of applications and services I had been using for over a decade as a developer.
I currently live in Washington with my wife and two boys. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, exploring technology, and hanging out with family and friends.