I’m an Atlanta based Design Professional that improves the experiences people have with the processes and technology that support their role within an organization. Currently, I’m a designer & application developer for UNUM®, assessing, planning and designing improvements to the desktop applications used to support and drive operations. My day is filled with different responsibilities that include talking with different internal customers, finding out their business goals, solving for pain-points, doing design work, working with lines of code, and ultimately helping them tell their story.
I studied art at SVA, design at Full Sail University, but ended up as a design educator by accident after being offered a teaching position right out of college. My journey as an educator revealed a passion for mentoring design students, assisting them in gaining employment, and educational leadership.
As a course director by day and a creative entrepreneur by night, I gained my experience by working on social advocacy, ministry, non-profit, food & beverage, legal, insurance, and enterprise-level projects. Gaining exposure to agency-level work allowed me to become self-taught in the areas of visual design, branding, web development, application development, journey mapping, UX design, empathy design, and understanding how to discuss the design process with business executives. My journey inspired me to birth Dean & Darden, an Atlanta based startup consultancy with a focus to listen, understand, and implement user-centered design solutions that solve product experience frustrations.
I care deeply about craftsmanship, deploying empathy, building collaboration, supporting diversity, and bringing harmony to work environments. I’m an advocate for improving design quality where it falls short, maintaining visual standards, and adamant about “good design” existing everywhere – from personal style, dining experiences, automobiles, homes, and public spaces.
Oh, and by the way, I enjoy learning about art, all forms of design, cultural events, reading a good book, and attending design and art events here in Atlanta.