I love media and technology, and I have managed to build a career in which I can meld the two. Most of the work I have been involved in has been my own projects and I have been the leader and head producer/developer on each. Please click below to learn more about my various works.
Understand Media – I launched this educational website in 2004 and it as since become one of the top websites to learn about media literacy and media education. I am constantly adding new content and new topics like digital citizenship.
Carmelina Films – This company operated from 2004 until 2012, producing educational documentaries that are still in worldwide distribution. Topics included media literacy, educational technology, and social media. A new incarnation of the company began in 2019 with the film Love Letter, shot in Amsterdam and finally released in 2021: https://vimeo.com/508090147
Github – This is my repository of open source software. These are mostly small projects that serve as starting points for larger projects.
Connected Neurosciences – I founded this company in 2016 to develop software for people with neurological conditions to track their day-to-day symptoms. The initial focus is to help people with Parkinson’s, but the latest titles include software for tracking MS and ALS.
Power2Girls – In 2015, while attending the MBA program at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, I co-founded a non-profit organization called Power2Girls, along with four MPA students at the UW. Our goal was to teach young girls in Ghana about sugar daddies, a leading cause of teenage pregnancy and HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa. We created the project as an entrant to that year’s D-Prize competition. We won first place and ran our program in the summer of 2016, reaching 1,500 students in a three-month period.
Teaching & Speaking
I have had the good fortune to have taught part-time at my alma maters while also working full-time on my own projects. It has been wonderfully fulfilling to teach the next generation of media professionals at Santa Monica College, and at California State University Northridge. I have taught several of the classes I took as an undergrad, it was a great experience to guide others as I had been guided. From 2007 until 2011, I also spoke about media and technology at a variety of conferences,including the California-based Computer Using Educators Conference.
I grew up with the idea that, if you have a special in-demand skills, it is your responsibility to use those skills to better your community. Over time, I have served as a board member for various organizations. Here are just a few.
- American Parkinson’s Disease Association
- Action for Media Education
- Telemedia Council
- King County Civil Rights Commission
- UW Foster MBA Association
- City of Redmond, Business Fee and Tax Advisory Committee