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SAMANTHA GEITZ

dangerous web developer

Weapons of Choice

The right tool for the job

AngularJS
Rails
Laravel
JQuery
WordPress
Sass

Programmer - an organism that turns into software.
~Author Unknown

Partners in Crime

Pandora Radio
Cox Media Group
Tribune Broadcasting
University of Missouri
Packback
Rare
WMS
CoMo Derby Dames

Rap Sheet

Education

University of Missouri

Columbia, Missouri

Master of Information Sciences

May 2013

GPA: 4.0

Elmhurst College

Elmhurst, IL

Bachelor of Arts - English Literature

May 2010

GPA: 3.96 | Graduated Summa Cum Laude

Experience

Software Engineer
Packback

September 2014 - Present | Chicago, Illinois

  • Greenfield API development in Laravel, replacing a legacy product
  • Contribute to product design meetings and sprint planning
  • Interface with 3rd party APIs such as Box and Solr to support business goals
  • Complete unit and integration testing to ensure code quality
  • Troubleshoot issues with existing code

Software Engineer
Doejo

June 2013-September 2014 | Chicago, Illinois

  • Performed front-end and back-end development in an agile and iterative environment
  • Created highly-customized web applications using Laravel and AngularJS
  • Developed new WordPress features and plugins using JavaScript and PHP
  • Built user interface wireframes to meet project needs
  • Worked directly with the sales team to consult on technology recommendations for outgoing proposals
  • Troubleshooting issues with existing code

Technovation Mentor
Iridescent

January 2014-May 2014 | Chicago, Illinois

  • Guided two teams of 8th and 9th grade girls through building Android applications with AppInventor
  • Presented PowerPoint slides on programming and business development fundamentals
  • Assisted in writing business plans and filming pitch videos to present their applications to the national Technovation competition
  • Provided guidance and answered questions about careers in software development / computer science

Freelance Web Developer
Courier Development

April 2012-present | Chicago, Illinois

  • Design and develop websites and applications to meet client specifications
  • Perform search engine optimization
  • Consult clients on best marketing practices

Web Developer
University of Missouri

January 2013-present | Columbia, Misso

  • Manage code and content updates for the websites that fall under the domain of MU's Graduate School
  • Perform design and development work on websites
  • Complete print design projects for Graduate School initiatives

Graduate Admissions Adviser
University of Missouri

September 2010-July 2012 | Columbia, Missouri

  • Reviewed, evaluated, and processed domestic and international applications, transcripts, and other related documents for applicants to MU's Graduate School
  • Advised students on best practices for applying to graduate school and, for international students, obtaining a U.S. educational visa
  • Managed year-long transition from a paper-based admission files system to an electronic imaging system
  • Performed application system and email template coding and maintenance as required

Sales
Best Buy

June 2009-September 2010 | Addision, IL & Columbia, Missouri

  • Assisted customers in selecting a computer or mobile devices as well as any appropriate accessories and services
  • Built relationships with customers through Best Buy's TRUST sales model
  • Ensured customers had a positive buying experience by finding the best solutions for their needs
  • Educated self and customers about the latest technology

Skills

Design: HTML5, CSS3, SASS / LESS, Responsive Design, UI/UX, Information Architecture, API Data Relationships, Search Engine Optimization

Development:Laravel, AngularJS, WordPress, Ruby on Rails, EmberJS, PHP, Ruby, JavaScript, JQuery, CoffeeScript, RSpec, MySQL, PostgreSQL, nginx

Software/Applications:VIM, Vagrant, UNIX Terminal, Photoshop, Illustrator, SublimeText 2, Git, SVN, RationalPlan, Linux


Honors

Not really for hire

But I like talking to interesting people