My goal is to provide affordable, quality web devlopment to nonprofits and green / socially-conscious businesses. My relationship with computers and databases began when I was fourteen as a collaboration among friends to automate our favorite role-playing game. I tried two years of electrical engineering before deciding that Computer Science was more to my liking.
Coming from a theoretical background in software engineering has given me a strong appreciation for page validation, accessibility & SEO considerations, code optimization, separation of presentation & content, documentation, coding standards, and other best practices. I strive to adhere to these values in my work, while at the same time finding the balance between the ideal & feasibility / budget.
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) /
- unix shell / ssh
- photoshop, fireworks
- Zend opcache
- Bachelor of Arts, Computer Science.
- Thorough familiarity with relational database design principles.
- 5 years as staff developer at MAPLight.org.
- 10 years as freelance web developer and I.T. consultant.
- 1.5 years as webmaster and secondary I.T. support for Bay area nonprofit organization.
- 1 year as principal I.T. support for 10-computer office.
- Over ten years working with nonprofits and small businesses.
"Kent has come through for us many times. He's fast, friendly, effective, and tenacious about solving the problem. Even with a total non-techie, he's patient and able to explain things."
– Lynn Cheatham, E.D., Stepping Stones Project
MapLight.org, votersedge.org (1st gen) – Lead developer, 5 yrs. Custom modules, custom data entities, data ETL, data management, Solr integration, query optimization, custom themes, data visualizations.
Paula Nelson & the Guilty Pleasures – Site maintenance. Consulting on migration to CMS platform.
Cal Hiking & Outdoor Society – Sole developer: Drupal installation, custom theme, custom module, and patches to contrib. Assistance with maintenance of website & online membership database. Consulting on website & email list issues.
Magic Spark – CSS coding on several projects.
Insight Cruises – Consulted client on Joomla! capabilities and local installation of Apache / PHP / MySQL (Mac). Trained client on use of phpMyAdmin and installation of Joomla! & Wordpress.
Isaac Bauman – Trained client on use of Wordpress and theme customization.
Todd Gillens – Sole developer: Contribute template site. Trained client on content editing. Technical advisor to designer (Todd).
Nude Food – Sole developer: custom theme for Joomla! & digiSHOP shopping cart.
American Earth – Sole developer: custom theme for Joomla!. Content entry and site maintenance by client.
Peaceful Goods – Custom digiSHOP shopping cart & Contribute template website.
Center for Environmental Health – Sole developer: custom theme for Joomla!.
Northern California Hosteling International – Sole developer: Joomla / Thyme / Wordpress installation, custom themes, and multi-site installation.
To-Go Ware – Sole developer, digiShop shopping cart custom theme; collaborated on development of Contribute templates.
Extrovert Software – Collaborated in development of new features for Thyme's Joomla! integration module. Authored end-user documentation. Provided tech support for Thyme end-users & developers.
Hosteling International San Francisco – Sole developer: Thyme / Wordpress CMS custom theme (website now replaced by Northern California Hosteling International site). Trained client on usage.
Independent Living Resource Center, SF – Sole developer: custom MS Access client management database. Ongoing maintenance. Trained client on usage.
Foothill College Paramedic Program – General tech support, software training.
Small Press Distribution Books – Sole developer: custom MS Access donor management database. Trained client on usage.
Stepping Stones Project – Performed customizations to Filemaker Pro / eBase database. Implemented design enhancements on former website. Trained client on usage.
Barbara Milliff Children's Center – Performed customizations to Filemaker Pro / eBase database. Trained client on usage.
Origo, Inc – Custom static website. Site has since been redesigned.
kanatsitapiiksi.org – Customized Wordpress website.
Beausoleil Architects – General I.T. support.
Rainbow Mountain Children's School – PC network installation.
References available upon request.