I grew up primarily in New England--between Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts--and spent some of my youth in Southern California and Europe. I completed high school in Chicago, and received highest honors degrees in History and Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduation, I lived in Costa Rica, Honduras, and Brazil, a journey that resulted in the novels, Fury & Redemption and Bad Blood Born. In the fall of 2006, I entered the Telecommunications Program at Indiana University at Bloomington. My thesis project was the four-time Webby Award winning original series, GameZombie TV.
In the Fall of 2009, I expanded GZ to the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and co-founded the Media Arts & Game Development Program. Simultaneously, I completed a PhD in Digital Media from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, defending my dissertation on October 24, 2012. My professional objective is to create the future of multimedia--synthesizing new media production, social media optimization, and the new web.
Founder & Executive Producer
Co-Founder & Faculty
Media Arts & Game Development
University of Wisconsin at Whitewater
PhD, Digital Media, 2012
University of Wisconsin at Madison
M.S., Telecommunications, 2008
Indiana University at Bloomington
B.S., Radio-TV-Film, 2001
B.A., History, 2001
University of Texas at Austin
Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa
Selected Web Awards & Distinctions
2010 Webby Award
2010 People’s Voice Webby Award
4th Annual Digital Media & Learning Competition - Finalist
2010 Mashable Award, Finalist - Best Web Video
2010 Davey Silver Award
2009 Webby Honoree Award
2008 Webby Honoree Award
Awarded Fellowship for being a Finalist in the 4th Annual Digital Media and Learning Competition in San Francisco, March 2012, $5,000.
Awarded Grant to Attend the Next Web Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, April 2010, $5,000.
Awarded Grant to Take 4 UW-Whitewater Students to the Webby Awards in New York City, June 12-14, 2010, $4,000.
Project Leadership: built and lead a smart, flexible, and highly productive media organization of over 80 people at UW & IU
Nonlinear Digital Editing & Motion Graphics Design
Including Final Cut Pro Editing Suite
Scripting Languages, Graphics Design, & Web Development
Including the XHTML, CSS, & Adobe Creative Suite
TV Studio Production, (multi-camera direction & advanced lighting):
Including producing award-winning original content in a $2.5m HDTV studio
Writing & Producing for Books, Games, Film, TV, & the Web