Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop

Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop

I am the Marketing Manager of Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop. I oversee direct marketing efforts of our online store, manage digital marketing and paid advertisement, lead our email marketing campaigns and help plan in-store and community events. I enjoy utilizing analytics data to inform marketing strategy, enhance the brand experience and better connect with customers.

County Road Consulting

County Road Consulting

As the Lead Consultant with County Road Consulting, I work with a wide range of restaurants, ranchers and artisan manufacturers to assess business goals and product development operations. I work with management to develop operational procedures, business plans, and customized record keeping programs that meet federal, state and municipal safety regulations. I also focus on developing HACCP plans for specific preparation techniques like Reduced Oxygen Packaging and SousVide as well as all forms of added-value meat processing, including voluntary and conventional slaughter, sausage making, smoked products, charcuterie and salami.

The World Bank & MSU Global

The World Bank & MSU Global

In the spring and summer of 2014, I was part of a Global Food Safety Partnership working group of the World Bank, co-authoring a policy paper on Open Business Models. In this paper, we called for the continued development and sharing of food safety training resources to help increase the possibility of expanding and generating production markets in developing country settings. 

I also recently worked with the Michigan State University Global program on a partner project with OERAfrica called AgShare, which promotes the sharing of agricultural knowledge and resource to fill critical gaps in agricultural education in Africa.

The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin

From the Spring of 2013 - Spring of 2014 I worked as a Project / Product Manager at the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) at the University of Texas at Austin. The office works directly with faculty and other university staff to create high quality Open Educational Resources (OER) and learning materials for less commonly taught languages - like textbooks, online modules, and publications. My main role was related to outreach on campus and in the wider foreign language educational community, promoting and understanding open pedagogy and teaching practices that incorporated the use of OER.

Underground Meats

Underground Meats

Before leaving for Texas, I helped start and ran an artisan charcuterie and salami company, Underground Meats. To this day, Underground Meats works with some of the country's finest farmers and producers to source heritage breed animals, which results in some of the best cured meats, charcuterie, and fresh meat around. Products are available both on a wholesale and retail basis throughout Wisconsin.  

In addition to overseeing the operation, I also taught classes on everything from whole animal breakdown to making bacon and sausages at home and worked on plans for the retail meat storefront, the Underground Butcher.

The Underground Food Collective

The Underground Food Collective

In the Spring of 2010 I joined the Underground Food Collective in Madison, WI to pursue my dream of curing meats and bringing people together around food. I catered numerous weddings and parties as a part of Underground Catering and ran the artisan meat operation, Underground Meats. I helped open the Underground Kitchen - a beautiful bar & restaurant that burned down only 9 months after we opened it. In 2012, we replaced it with the acclaimed bar & restaurant Forequarter and Underground Butcher.

The University of Michigan Medical School

The University of Michigan Medical School

In the winter of 2007, I graduated early from the University of Michigan's School of Information to co-found Open.Michigan - an initiative that supports university researchers, learners, and instructors to maximize the impact and reach of their scholarly work through the sharing of these resources under open (Creative Commons) licenses.

Based out of the Office of Enabling Technologies at the University of Michigan's Medical School, we worked with a talented group of developers and visionaries to develop innovative software and processes for clearing copyrighted educational materials and sharing them with the world as Open Educational Resources. We were funded with grants from UMMS and the Hewlett Foundation and built lasting collaborations with medical schools in Ghana and South Africa.  

While in Ann Arbor, I also helped start and operate a Friday morning breakfast salon called Selma Cafe, which is what led to my direct interest in curing meats. 

The International Development Research Centre

The International Development Research Centre

In the summer between grad school, I landed a pretty amazing internship with the folks at the Canadian based International Development Research Centre (IDRC). At the time, I worked at the Community Manager for a project called telecentre.org, where I helped to build awareness and solicit contributions to a wiki on telecentre management and best practices. I lived and worked from La Paz, Bolivia and New York City.