I'm an experienced software engineer, writer, speaker, leader, and accessibility advocate. I love to write/blog and have written 110+ articles with over 1.5 million page views. I've spoken at several tech conferences and have been interviewed on many podcasts as well.
I'm self-taught! I have a bachelor's degree in Statistics with a minor in Psychology from Brigham Young University. Mid-way through my undergraduate studies, I took an interest in web development and began teaching myself through online courses such as Udemy, Pluralsight, Codecademy, Khan Academy, HackerRank, and freeCodeCamp. I took a few computer science classes at BYU as well to learn the MEAN stack and excelled at those. I began building web applications in my free time to gain experience and then landed a development job at Qualtrics on their Engineering Services team.
After a few years at Qualtrics, I took a UI Developer role at Younique where I worked with React.js to expand our component library, refactor/improve our website, and establish best practices in UI development for the rest of the company. I spent a lot of time mentoring junior developers and often taught workshops on React, test-driven development, and unit testing. After a year I was promoted to be a Senior UI Developer.
In early 2019 I joined Instructure, where I worked on an application called Bridge, which focuses on something near and dear to my heart: employee development and career management. It was here that I discovered my passion for web accessibility.
In 2020 I joined Workfront as a Senior Software Engineer. My focuses were on improving our design system, web accessibility, testing practies, and our engineering culture.
In December 2020, Workfront was acquired by Adobe, and I officially became an Adobe employee in February 2021. For about a year and a half in 2021-2022, I led a team of accessibility engineers as we made the Workfront app more usable for everyone. Now I'm back to a somewhat normal senior software engineering role.
My hobbies include reading, writing, snowboarding, biking, skydiving, juggling (fire!), playing drums and keyboard, and spending time with my beautiful wife and kids.