It is that time of year, election time. Please step up and take on your patriotic duty as uWebbers and vote in the 2016 uWeb Steering Committee Elections. Take a moment to meet the candidates below and then let us know by Tuesday, December 8 who are your top 3 candidates!
Meet the Candidates
I have been the web developer for the Office of the Dean of Students for six years. I was an art major at JMU with an emphasis in drawing and painting and 3D animation and graduated in 2000. I taught myself how to build websites shortly after graduation in order to put my portfolio online. Previous places I have worked include Birch Studio Graphics, CFA Institute and stints as a freelancer. I have vast experience with content management systems. I started with Documentum, then learned Sharepoint. I currently develop in WordPress and am teaching myself Drupal. I will bring a wealth of experience and exuberance to the position.
Jordan Leven is a web developer with Advancement Communications at the University of Virginia. His passion for web technology began in 2005 when his father, a veterinarian, asked him to design a website for the family veterinary practice. A true beginner to web development, Jordan began to teach himself the programming languages that would become the gateway to his career in web development.
A native of Michigan, Jordan earned a Bachelors degree in Criminal Juice with a minor in Jewish Studies from Michigan State University. During summers in college, he migrated down to Washington, DC where he interned for the office of New Jersey Congressman Robert Andrews. Part of his time was spent working on the design, maintenance, and renovation of member’s Congressional website. After moving to the nation’s capital post-college, he worked at Apple Inc. over three years in a retail capacity. During this time, Jordan spent six intense months as a web applications intern at corporate headquarters in Cupertino, California. As one of the five interns chosen from a nationwide pool, Jordan worked for Apple’s internal Information Systems and Technology department; developing enterprise-grade applications used by the engineering teams. In 2014, Jordan relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia to work for the University of Virginia
Outside of work, Jordan loves to cook, watch movies, work on open source code, and bike or run outdoors.
Professionally, I’m an experienced designer and Drupal developer with a passion for creativity, technology, innovation and resource conservation. Project management guru, communicator, and problem-solver. I’ll toss in my love for exploring new techniques involving UX/UI, working smarter rather than harder, and advancing all of the above whenever possible.
I’ve worked in the School of Architecture, for University Communications and most currently I am the web developer for Arts & Sciences.
But lets be honest here. My true loves are all things in the world around that inspire the creativity required to accomplish my professional aspirations. My awesomely creative daughters are my true inspiration for life itself. Music drives my soul – all of it – and it’s possible I have a mental soundtrack for most everything I’ve ever created. Living in Charlottesville opens a rich landscape where nature, art, wine, music, food….basically everything awesome, collide into a citywide muse. So that’s me.
Michael has spent almost two decades in software, programming in industries as diverse as insurance, gas cylinder management, travel, and higher education. He has worked in both application and product development, as well as framework and API building.
With a background in religion and philosophy and a degree in psychology, Michael has worked on graduate research examining how various components of online learning affect grade outcomes. In addition to technological interests like neural networking, artificial intelligence, and data science, his non-tech interests including hiking, baseball, and comic books.
A native of New Jersey, Michael moved to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in 2009 with his wife, who is in the process of raising twins (much harder than programming). Both twins were born at UVA on Halloween.
As Website Project & Supporting Systems Manager for the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, Valerie works with multiple stakeholders across Grounds to ensure the best user experience across Darden’s multiple websites, portals and digital marketing efforts. She trains web editors, troubleshoots, gathers metrics and is ever in the bold pursuit of site improvement.