Who am I
As the Senior WordPress Developer at Content Pilot, I am responsible for strategizing, developing, launching, and managing custom, high-quality law firm websites on WordPress.
I work with a team of Project Managers, Product Managers, Client Advocates, and Developers to bring our client’s dreams to life. We all work together to launch and maintain website properties that are seen and used by millions of people. We have an awesome responsibility to bring our client’s vision to life for every single visitor no matter the device, browser, race, gender, creed, ability, or affiliation. Our sites are fast, secure, accessible, and tailor-made to highlight each firm’s strengths in the marketplace.
My current coding obsession revolves around code styling, linting, and testing. I love to learn about a framework’s small quirks and apply them in my daily workflow manually and with automated linters. Readability and documentation are extremely important when working with a team. So when I am working on a project, I always make sure to dial in my code editor with packages like ESLint, Prettier, Stylelint, WordPress Coding Standards, PHPStan, and Codeception. These tools make my life easier in the moment and also when I have to return to a project or onboard a new developer to an existing project.
Fun fact. I am a WordPress Core contributor. That means I spend my personal time opening tickets and submitting pull requests to one of the largest open source communities in the world. I personally benefit from the hard work of thousands of other contributors by using WordPress so it is only right to return the favor.
What makes me unique
During my mid-twenties, I was a freelance website developer and part-time PADI certified scuba dive instructor, using my skills and the ability to work remotely to travel the world. During that time, I lived on the Fiji Islands at a remote, family-operated dive resort, as well as in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands. I also spent time volunteering for a non-profit organization in Uganda.
Before my travels abroad, I was a full-time employee at a startup engineering firm in McKinney, Texas. The firm designed and built long-term data storage machines. I was in charge of creating the company’s website, developing marketing materials, performing on-site customer support, building and testing the physical machines, and giving demonstrations for potential customers and investors at their office and at trade shows.
What makes me proud
In my free time, I am a youth ice hockey coach at a local rink owned by the Dallas Stars. I coach and mentor children ages 3 to 16 and am most proud when I can teach them about hard work and perseverance. Being a positive role model is very important to me and I work hard every time I step on the ice to be patient with their development as players and as human beings. But – I also push them to do the right thing, especially when no one is watching. Developing their character is my ultimate goal.
Nuts and bolts
- Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 2008
- Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, 2004
- Open Water Scuba Instructor, PADI, 2012
- Volunteer, Akola Project in Uganda, 2011
- Level 3 Coach, USA Hockey, 2006