Since 2006, I have been a faculty member with the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division.  I am also the adviser for the volunteer club.  I received my Masters Degree in Information Technology with Capella University.  In 2012, I completed my Ph.D. in Management with Walden University. I live on Cape, Cod, Ma., but much of my time is spent on the road learning about use of technology in different regions of the US: mobile and other tools of today’s culture. I am interested in the use of Internet technology to meet important social needs, like in education, employment, communication, and health.  I support online volunteering projects to help non profit organizations achieve their objectives. My hope is that people around the world will recognize the potential of the use of the Internet and the development of the World Wide Web to meet important needs in areas like education, health, career training, community, and social action.

For over 10 years, I have been working in web design and using computers for more than 30 years. I have always been interested in art and technology since I was a child, making spiral art and playing interactive fiction games on The Commodore 64/VIC-20. When I discovered I could merge these interests, I was hooked. To me, web design is like have a vast, unlimited supply of blank canvas. For the first few years, I taught myself, using tutorials and other resources. I then purchased my first copy of Dreamweaver (I think it was Macromedia 8), and I was entranced. I would spend all day and night learning different tricks. I then took classes on web design as I was pursuing my Masters in IT. Since then, I have created several websites for personal and business, and I have also managed several web site volunteer projects- overseeing teams that build websites for non profit organizations.

I often teach Project Management with the Art Institute. I really enjoy this field because I consider each project is its own unique entity. The way I see it, I would much rather spend time coming up with a great idea and seeing actual results, than wasting my time on forgotten ideas and half finished projects. Learning and applying the proper project management techniques can give a project a greater likelihood of success. This is especially important in the dynamic, ever-changing world of multimedia.  One of my favorite projects was a DVD I made for my parent’s wedding anniversary- a combination of video, photos, songs, and text.