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7/2001 - present    eMac Digital    Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Lead Portal Developer

  • Develop IPlanet Portal with integrated web-based applications
  • Customize GUI for applications, including IPlanet Calendar Express and Oracle IFS
  • Integration testing
  • 3/2001 - present    Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises    Chicago, IL
    Independent Internet Consultant

  • Design and develop restaurant web sites (e.g., Shaw's Crab House)
  • Redesign existing sites to be more intuitive and attractive
  • Develop content management system
  • 10/2000 - 3/2001    BlueMeteor, Inc.    Chicago, IL
    Web Team Lead Solutions Developer    

  • Oversee the GUI front-end development for web sites and application portals
  • Develop Internet accessible publishing tools for Crain Communications (click here for slide show)
  • Utilize Tibco Portal Builder to build dynamic web sites and update content through database queries using SQL
  • Full involvement in project development lifecycle
  • Interact with clients to gather requirements and determine project scope
  • Implementation of graphical designs into portal architecture (e.g., AutoNews and AdReview)using HTML templates with specific substitution variables in three tiered architecture
  • Organize and lead a team of developers and designers that reported directly to me
  • Coordinated front-end integration with back-end programming
  • 5/1999 - 9/2000    CNN    Atlanta, GA
    Interactive Producer

  • Launch of
  • Organize and conduct focus groups to identify target audience preferences and requirements
  • Design special content sections consisting of text, multimedia, and interactive elements (e.g., "Vanishing toads" and Olympic Package)
  • Create original animated gifs
  • Use Director, Flash, and JavaScript to add dynamic navigation and interactivity to the site (e.g., "Fall fashion", Interactive map with rollovers, and Calendar navigation)
  • Code HTML to fit with design
  • Responsible for making the site interesting and intuitive for a variety of users using different web browsers and connection speeds
  • Independent Contractor

  • Edit video news packages for web publication
  • Digitize and optimize video and audio for web
  • Supervise and train production interns
  • 5/1997 - 9/1997    Chicago, IL
    Web Site Designer

  • Gather and organize content into coherent and intuitive web pages
  • Create original graphics
  • HTML development
  • EDUCATION    University of Texas, Austin, TX
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Radio-TV-Film with Multimedia Design Concentration
  • Intensive Production Sequence
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • College Scholar with High Honors
  • UT Equestrian Team
  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

  • Public Relations, Business Writing, and Constitutional Law course work
  • University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

  • Filmmaking Summer Scholar Program
  • Highland Park High School, Highland Park, IL

  • Photography Editor of Newspaper and Yearbook
  • Art Editor of Literary Publication
  • Student Publicity Chairman
  • SKILLS   
    Sun/Solaris Server NT Server Macintosh G4
    IPlanet web server BBEdit Illustrator
    Xerox DocuShare HomeSite PhotoShop
    Tibco Portal Builder Front Page ImageReady
    IPlanet Portal Server Oracle IFS Fireworks
    Premiere Flash Bryce
    Final Cut Pro Director Poser
    Avid Sound Edit 16 Microsoft Office
    Languages and Systems
    Windows NT 4.0 Mac OS X HTML
    Windows 2000 UNIX JavaScript
    Mac OS 9 VI SQL
    Development Lifecycles
    Technical and functional requirements HTML and JavaScript implementation Quality and assurance testing
    Scope definition Build Rollout into production
    Conceptual design and information architecture Integration with JSPs and CGI scripts Production support
    Graphical design Unit testing  


    David Weinstein BlueMeteor, Inc. CEO 312-925-2988 Read Letter
    Manuel Waldo BlueMeteor, Inc. VP Advisory Services 312-925-0724  
    Melissa Tarkington CNN Senior Editor 404-827-1500  
    Alan Duke CNN Managing Editor 404-827-1500  
    Edmund Taylor   Colleague 773-719-3066  


    Michele Lopatin