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I created my first web site in 1998 when my family was involved in a battle with a real estate developer. I taught myself basic html and put a few web pages on some free space that came with my email ID.

I spent the next six years as the administrator and webmaster of a small, busy youth theatre guild and created the first web site for that organization. Within a couple of years, the site was attracting about 70,000 hits a month with visitors from around the world.

In an effort to expand my skills in an organized fashion, I enrolled in the Internet Professional program at Washtenaw Community College. I have earned the basic web development certificate and am very close to completing advanced certificates in graphic design and web applications. More on going back to school, etc.

I enjoy working with all aspects of website design. Ursa Major focuses on simple, usable sites for small customers at affordable rates.

Services offered include:

  • Web site design or redesign
  • Ongoing web site maintenance
  • Converting tables-based websites into CSS websites
  • Coding PhotoShop layouts
  • Code optimization
  • Blog setup and customization
  • Image optimization, photo scanning and processing
  • Image slideshows
  • Usability analysis

Skills Summary

Web tools and technologies:

  • xHTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • MySQL
  • ColdFusion
  • PHP*
  • Wordpress
  • CMS Made Simple

Imaging and animation

  • Adobe PhotoShop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Macromedia Flash*
  • iMovie*


  • GarageBand*

Office applications:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Powerpoint

Concepts and methodologies:

  • project management
  • requirements analysis
  • site architecture
  • wireframes
  • user personas
  • usability/accessibility analysis

* Still learning

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