Owner, AH HA Creative
I wanted to be an English major but my educator parents wanted me to leave college with a marketable skill, so I switched to Education. As passionate as I was (and still am) about learning and education, I realized I didn’t want to be a high school English teacher.
For years I had poured over Print and How magazines, loving the letterpress posters and high concept book jackets and simple, clean logo designs. Sometime after college, between coaching JV soccer and substitute teaching, I realized that design could be a job. A career even. And I totally wanted to do it.
I enrolled at the Art Institute of Seattle and seven months later became the in-house designer for The Burnsteads, a residential builder. Over eight years, I art directed photo shoots for corporate ad campaigns, designed environmental graphics for model homes, created more flyers and brochures than I can count, talked paper samples and production options with vendors, developed logos (one was etched into a boulder!) and served as the gatekeeper of The Burnsteads brand and all its affiliates.
In 2010, I moved to Portland, OR and opened AH HA Creative. I am grateful for every day that I get help folks transform their businesses with my skills, experience and knowledge. There’s nothing more rewarding than doing what I love to give a client that ah ha moment that transforms their business from good to great.
After almost 20 years as a designer, I have found my own ah ha moment as an instructor in the graphic design program at Portland Community College. I have found the sweet spot for doing two things I love: design and education.
When I’m not working, I enjoy cycling, reading, listening to live music, cooking (and eating!), watching soccer, traveling and spending time with family. I live in SE Portland with my girlfriend and two almost teenagers.
Favorite movie: 12 Monkeys, but now maybe Arrival
First car: Subaru Loyale wagon
Favorite cuisine: Mexican
Must have: coffee
Favorite sport: soccer
I only set my alarm ending on a 3 or a 7