About

Highlights

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)
  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
  • Science & Technology Peer Group Active Member, Television Academy
  • SMPTE Hollywood Region Governor
  • Junior League of Los Angeles Leadership
  • Guest Editor, SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal – November 2021 Issue
  • Published in SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal – October 2018 Issue
  • Woman to Watch – TVN Women in Technology Awards (2022)
  • Nominee, Influencer Award- RISE Women in Broadcast (2021)
  • Exceptional Woman in Post & Top Technologist, StudioDaily 2018
  • Over 13 years of experience in media and entertainment
  • Technically still certified in Final Cut Pro 6 and DVD Studio Pro
I have over 13 years of experience in television and film, with dozens of credits across the industry as both a technical and creative professional. This includes Jane the Virgin, Scorpion, Star Trek: Discovery, The Leftovers, Fast Color, and more. All my experiences have converged into a passion for problem-solving and design thinking in media. At Netflix, I took a grassroots approach to building an ad hoc program management team which turned into an official function for Production Innovation. I lead the technology and standards programs.
 

I’ve been involved with award-winning projects such as the first 4K HDR anime short which was nominated for an IBC Innovation Award and leading multiple Netflix Hack Day projects to victory. I was named a TVN Woman to Watch in Technology, a Top Technologist and Woman in Post and Production by StudioDaily, nominated for a Rise Influencer Award – and voted Most Likely to be President in college!

I’m a community organizer and advocate for underrepresented talent across media and entertainment. I’m currently serving as 2022-2023 Hollywood Region Governor and a former Programming Chair for the Annual Technical Conference. I’ve also been published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, including serving as Guest Editor for the November/December 2021 issue. Outside of media technology, I serve in a leadership position with Junior League of Los Angeles, an organization that supports the development of women leaders. I also founded and lead The Second Act Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps women over 30 enter new STEM careers.

I’m a lifelong learner, and I’ve got my Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt. I’m currently pursuing a Master’s in Integrated Design, Business, and Technology at USC.

I discovered post production through storytelling at the age of 14 in my childhood bedroom in rural Indiana, started working as a video production volunteer at 16 at a local church, and I’ve been known to bring video into unexpected places…like turning a video in for English class in place of an essay. Having gotten my start in post at the same moment when Final Cut Pro was changing the accessibility of digital video for a home user, I learned the frustrating art of troubleshooting sync drift and codec incompatibilities at an early age.

I started out in the industry as an offline (and sometimes online) editor. I spent about six years in that role, mainly cutting corporate, reality, unscripted, and documentary content like This American Land on PBS and Arson Dogs for State Farm and Victoria Stilwell. I shifted into technical leadership and workflow design and worked in dailies. My work brought me from Indiana to Atlanta and finally, to Los Angeles.

I’ve inarguably taken an odd path into the industry, working the long way around to get to Hollywood. But along the way, I’ve gained an incalculable amount of knowledge from the experiences of having to be on my own to solve my own problems, whether they’re in a machine room or an office.

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