An innovative and experienced front-end developer, with a history of learning technologies quickly and solving a variety of user-facing problems, primarily in the field of education.
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Design

Wireframes
Prototyping
Responsive Design

Process

Specifications
User Stories
Agile & Scrum

Client

HTML 5 & CSS 3
Javascript & jQuery
EmberJS & AngularJS

Server

Ruby on Rails
Elixir
PostgresQL
Vecna Technologies
Sep 2016 - Current
Senior Front-End Developer

Vecna brought me on to help with building out their patient platform, used by numerous hospitals to improve a patient’s experience with preparing for appointments and procedures, as well as managing their finances. I'm the first specifically Front-End Developer to be brought on, with the majority of the team being Full-Stack developers with a focus on the Back-End.

  • Improved build processes using Gulp to include more file watches, copies, and automated compiling.
  • Began a process of becoming intimately familiar with the Torso framework for Backbone with the intent of acting as a core developer for the project.
Society of Grownups
Sep 2014 - Aug 2016
Senior Web Developer (Aug 2015 - Aug 2016)
Web Developer (Sept 2014 - Aug 2015)

I was the first front-end developer to be hired by Society of Grownups three months before the opening of our first location. With a combination of digital tools and both physical and online classes to educate, Society of Grownups seeks to empower people to take control of their finances.

  • Acted as Lead Developer for a 6 month project, supervising 7 other developers and tasked with a complete rewrite of the website, including an upgrade from Ember 1.5 to 2.4, and the addition of Ember-CLI and Ember-Data.
  • Assisted in building the team from the two developer it began as to more than ten. Partial responsibility for reviewing resumes, interviewing, and onboarding. Additionally, improved hiring processes, including writing a Javascript test based around creating a game of Tic-Tac-Toe.
  • Routinely deployed code to test servers via AWS Code Deploy and helped other devs become comfortable with the process as well
  • Mentored two junior developers by citing practical examples of best practices, pairing, offering encouragement, and enforcing digiligent code reviews.
  • Helped push forward an initiative based around employees volunteering in the community ('Grownups Give Back').
  • Implemented improvements to the Team Culture with the creation of a quarterly 2-day Hackathon, and a monthly Game night.
Vista Higher Learning
Mar 2012 - Sep 2014
UX Engineer / Front-End Developer

At Vista Higher Learning, I was one of two developers tasked with overseeing the UX for our web application - an online language learning tool, serving several thousand requests per minute. While we both worked in the Boston office, I was the primary UX developer for a satellite team of 8 developers in Medellin, Colombia. I reported directly the Director of Engineering.

  • Assisted Product Management in the writing and tasking of features and user stories.
  • Drew wireframes and worked closely with the Graphic Designers on new features to ensure both good design and good user experience. Integrated designs ensuring cross-browser compatibility.
  • Wrote 4 new XML tag parsers in Ruby on Rails for the purposes of creating online homework assignments for students to complete.
  • Presented team-wide 'tech talks' covering topics such as the benefits of SASS, cross-browser compatibility, JavaScript namespacing patterns, and solving the problem of having too many document ready calls.
  • Maintained CSS and Javascript for a very large code base spread across 4 applications.
  • Ensured that feature specifications were updated through the Agile development process, and that the QA Manager had accurate test plan coverage.
mpelletier.net
Jun 2006 - Mar 2012
Freelance Web Designer / Developer

The years that I freelanced and contracted taught me a lot about working with other people, discerning their wants and needs, and working with second-hand code. During this time I did a lot of design integration for content management systems such as Drupal and Wordpress, and forum software such as vBulletin, PHPBB, and XenForo. I worked onsite or remotely, alone or with small groups, depending on what the client had available and what was required.

Ambassador College Bookstores
Oct 2010 - Mar 2012
Bookstore Manager

At Ambassador, I was the sole bookstore manager for one of the Everest University schools. Most of my work there was customer service-based, as my primary job was to assist the students. While I was there I greatly improved the relationship between the company and the CCI school staff, as well as streamlined the Quarterly Inventory system, reducing discrepancies by more than 70%.

CEC Entertainment
Sep 2005 - Sep 2010
Manager

In addition to being one of the primary managers in the store, I also worked as the interim Technical Manager for a period of 6 months, wherein I was responsible for the safety, maintenance, and repairs of all games. As a Manager my responsibilities primarily involved managing the staff members. I trained three other supervisors before my departure from the company.

American Graphics Institute
Sep 2013 - Sep 2013
Student - UX Design Training

Essentially a 'crash course' in user experience, this class covered many of the basics including writing specifications and the importance of having user stories drive your feature requirements. A large focus was also on wireframing and prototyping - creating effectively mockups quickly, as well as iterative design.

Middlesex Community College
Aug 2005 - Aug 2008
Student - Associate's Degree of Science in Liberal Arts

At MCC I took a variety of courses with a focus on English and Social Sciences. Courses included Criminal Law, Sociology, Popular Culture and Society, Environmental Science, Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Business Management, and of course, English 2 Honors and World Literature. I was entered into the Dean's List for Excellence for 3 out of 5 semesters, graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.5.