A Bit About Me
Visual problem-solver by training, critical-thinker & idea-propagator by trade. I thrive in partnerships where I can help guide the trajectory and strategy of a concept, while offering expertise in the creative direction and execution. With a background in visual arts and design, I currently serve as the creative strategist, visual problem-solver, and brand manager in a scholarly communications design research studio. My graduate degree studies focused on digital culture, web & interactive media design and development, and digital media strategies for business, and I have completed advanced programs in entrepreneurship & innovation. Through my roles and experiences, I have continued to hone my expertise in the areas of creative direction, project management, and design thinking; I am particularly passionate about guiding my students and colleagues as they navigate the many possibilities ahead of them they that may not discover on their own. More than anything, I enjoy making the work environment around me a safe and welcoming place. I love to consider the details that can make a team feel like a family: thoughtful check-ins; remembering birthdays; a GIF from The Office when it's most needed. The thread that pulls my life together is pretty simple: I love to be the glue that holds people and ideas together. Nothing makes me happier than dreaming up new possibilities with people who share me zest for the "what could be" way of thinking, and I joyfully apply this mindset to every facet of my life.
Master's Degree (M.A.)
(NSF I-Corps Program)
Bachelor's Degree (B.F.A)
University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts, Storrs, CT
Master of Arts in Digital Media & Design
Studies in Digital Culture, Interactive Media & Web Design & Development, and Digital Media Strategies for Business
Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Accelerate UConn is UConn’s National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site. Its mission is to catalyze entrepreneurial teams whose technology concepts are likely candidates for commercialization. Participating teams will receive an introduction to the most critical elements of the I-Corps Curriculum and Lean Launchpad methodology. With the support of Accelerate UConn, teams will learn first-hand about entrepreneurship and explore the transition of their ideas, devices, processes, new scientific discoveries or other intellectual activities into the marketplace.
Trinity College, Hartford, CT
Hilla Rebay Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship
Studio Arts Department
Broad Street Gallery Manager
CONNArtist 2015 Grand Prize Winner
Featured in Hartford’s Ekphrasis
University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts, Storrs, CT
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art
Studies in Photography, Video, and Communications Design; Minor in Digital Arts
Senior Thesis Faculty Award
Liberty Bank Foundation Scholarship
Office of the Provost Photography Award
Office of Undergraduate Research, Research Expense Grant
William Brand Scholarship
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK
Graphic Design & Interaction
Donna Samson Krenicki Design Scholarship
Global Citizen Scholarship
Recent Professional Experience (Higher Ed)
September 2017 - Current
June 2016 - September 2017
Greenhouse Studios, University of Connecticut Library, Storrs, CT
Core member of a collaborative scholarly communications research unit which primarily pursues innovations in the field of academic scholarship creation and publishing.
Provides creative + artistic direction to project teams and the studio-at-large, supervising the work of graduate and undergraduate research assistants and managing the brand identity of Greenhouse Studios.
Serves as a highly self-directed content producer across a multitude of media formats, responsible for producing the majority of the media manuscript content which requires several months of concentrated production work.
Leads student development and engagement throughout their tenure as employees, striving to integrate both JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) and LTE (Life-Transformative Education) principles into the student employment, recruitment, and mentorship experience.
Archives & Special Collections,
University of Connecticut Library, Storrs, CT
Responsible for the preservation, organization, and ease of accessibility of the expansive multimedia collection of late child labor + human rights documentarian, U. R. Robin Romano
Conducted outreach & introduced collection materials to educators, students, scholars, and potential donors
Created innovative solutions for managing & promoting digital/multimedia collection, including:
Designing and building comprehensive landing web page to improve connectivity between the collection and potential audiences.
Developing searchable cataloguing system for extensive digital file collection
Managing organization and ingestion of digital materials into online Islandora repository, including item description & keywording
Maintained social media presence across platforms including Wordpress, Twitter, & YouTube
Recent Professional Experience (Media)
Candid Photographer (Contractor)
May 2021 - Current
May 2013 - Current
Video Artist & Photographer
June 2009 - Current
National Horseman Publishing, Scottsdale, AZ
Capturing candid moments that encapsulate the entire experience of assigned equestrian events. Prominent competitions covered:
2023 U.S. National Championships, Tulsa, OK
2023 Region 12 AHA Championships, Ocala, FL
2022 U.S. National Championships, Tulsa, OK
2022 Region 15 & 16 AHA Championships, Lexington, VA
2021 Youth & Midsummer National Championships, Oklahoma City, OK
2021 Region 12 AHA Championships, Ocala, FL
Freelance, New England Region
Serving clients & creating partnerships in equine & equestrian portraiture and official event coverage. Work published in local, regional, and national publications, including National Horseman Arabian, Modern Arabian Horse Magazine, and Equine Journal.
Seymour Media, LLC., Bristol, CT
Films and/or photographs events, including weddings, concerts, recitals, and large parties as well as portraits and candids with industry-standard equipment.
Family business which also operates two specialized media production companies for real estate (CTRealEstatePhotographer.com) and dance academies (Essennelle Studios).
Recent Teaching Experience
May 2015 - Current
Fall 2015 & Spring 2016
Undergraduate Honors, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
First Year Experience Seminar: More Than Just Your Major
Various Departments, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Fine Artist Talks
Introduction to Photographic Discourse
Design for Digital Humanities
Branding at 10,000 Feet
Introduction to Life Design
Studio Arts Dept., Trinity College, Hartford, CT
Art & Art History Dept., University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Introduction to Photography