The Basics
Human-centered design is a critical practice in the development of product design and strategy. I use my Human-centered design and problem-solving skills to discover user needs and business opportunities and validate them with users to drive intuitive and efficient user experiences.
I enjoy and facilitate cross-team collaborations with Product Leaders, Business Stakeholders, Engineering, and Design to drive product strategy and requirements alignment.
Advocating the value of user-centered practices is essential; clear communication, domain expertise, and collaboration help educate stakeholders and design teams.
I’ve led multiple user and customer-centric discovery, innovation, alignment cross-team collaborations, and the development of user experiences from concept through implementation. 
The Fun Stuff
My love of comic books and making things drove me to become a Designer. Some of my Comic Book influences include Jack Kirby, David Mack, and Art Spiegelman. Also, I  believe Scott McCloud's book Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art should be required reading for young designers.
I served on the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, for six years. I loved serving the design and creative communities. It allowed me to make new connections, receive guidance, and eventually provide guidance.
A list of my competencies includes:
• Human-Centered Design
• User Research
• Cross-Functional Collaboration
• Product Strategy
• Product Design
• User Experience Design
• Interaction Design
• Generative Research
• Qualitative Research
• Design System Utilization & Management
Human-Centered Design, User Centered Design, Qualitative User Research, A/B Testing, Design Thinking, Design Strategy, Service Design, User Experience Design, User Interface Design, Information Architecture, Prototyping, Product Roadmaps, Workshop Design, Workshop Facilitation, Mentoring, Backlog Management, Storytelling, Digital Design, Usability Testing, Visual Design
Figma, Sketch, Invision, Axure, Balsamiq, XD, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, UserZoom

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