Hello, I'm Kat

Experience designer

Problem-solver

Visual communicator

I’m based in Tampa, FL, but originally from the Panhandle of Florida. I will forever talk about the superiority of grinding and brewing your coffee over going to the bucks any day. I'm always on the hunt for an excellent cup of coffee or smoked old-fashioned. Forever scheming ways to create and solve problems to make life easier.

My values

Contribute to something bigger.
Iterate, always.
Flex & flow.
Being sustainable.
Helping others.

The way I see life, is that it's a marathon, not a sprint. There is always room to grow (in all aspects of life), and leave something better than you found it. Nothing is ever flawless or finished, embrace the mistakes, inconsistencies, and flaws. Everything I do seems to be always centered around helping others in some form or fashion. It makes me happy knowing I have helped someone else.

My Career so far

I have taken a lot of twists and turns in my jobs and my education. It all started with art and design and has circled back to art and design. Health and fitness is a strong passion of mine, and it is a non-negotiable. IΒ dream that one day those two will be combined. I have worn many hats, and I continue to do so in all aspects of my life. For someone who didn't always enjoy school originally, I have found a passion for learning new things and taking on challenges.

Graphic Design
Photography
Education
Fitness
Health

My experience

My experience is vast. Having a military husband has helped keep the variety. Some of the past locations were very slim on jobs, amongst many other things. However, I made the most of what was given to me, and I have walked away with some fantastic experiences and challenges I had to overcome. Now that remote work is welcomed more, I want the job hoping to become a thing of the past.

Visual Designer

2020 - Present // Freelancer
πŸ“ MS & FL

Visual Information Specialist

2019 - 2020 // USAF Marketing
πŸ“ MS

Teaching Assistant

2018 - 2019 // Children's education
πŸ“ FL

PE Teacher

2017 - 2018 // Children's education
πŸ“ NM

Coach

2017 // Strength training
πŸ“ FL

Photographer

2016 - 2017, 2008 - 2009 // Wedding & Portraits
πŸ“ FL

Beach Lifeguard

2016, 2014, 2013 Seasons // Surf Rescue & Safety
πŸ“ FL

Pool Lifeguard

2011 - 2013, 2007 - 2009 // Swim Lessons & Safety
πŸ“ FL

Visual Designer

2020 - Present // Freelancer
πŸ“ MS & FL

Visual Information Specialist

2019 - 2020 // USAF Marketing
πŸ“ MS

Photographer

2016 - 2017, 2008 - 2009 // Wedding & Portraits
πŸ“ FL

Teaching Assistant

2018 - 2019 // Children's education
πŸ“ FL

PE Teacher

2017 - 2018 // Children's education
πŸ“ NM

Coach

2017 // Strength training
πŸ“ FL

Beach Lifeguard

2016, 2014, 2013 Seasons // Surf Rescue & Safety
πŸ“ FL

Pool Lifeguard

2011 - 2013, 2007 - 2009 // Swim Lessons & Safety
πŸ“ FL

My education

Art classes started in high school, which leaked into my associate's degree; After being nudged to go in a different direction, I obliged and went the health route. I have an educational background in health, ranging from emergency medicine to kinesiology. Becoming an EMT made my years as a beach lifeguard tremendously easier. It was an eye-opening experience in the emergency medicine workforce, but it was not for me as a career. As I mentioned earlier, I love fitness; it is a daily part of my life, but coaching or being an athletic trainer was not something I wanted to do as a career. To be blunt, I didn't want to wear khakis and have to follow a sports team everywhere. My gut told me- to go back to art. So I followed that feeling. I have worked in all sorts of physical and digital mediums. Digital has been my favorite due to the availability of more people to interact with. I think technology is fantastic. When I was younger, I was constantly pushing the limits on the computer; I find that I still enjoy doing that.

Google UX Course

2021 - 2022 // Coursera
πŸ“Online

Graphic Design Professional Certification

2016 - 2017 // Sessions College
πŸ“ Online

Bachelors of Science

2014 - 2016 // University of West Florida
πŸ“ FL

CrossFit Mobility

2015 // CrossFit, LLC
πŸ“ FL

Certified CrossFit Trainer, L1

2015 // CrossFit, LLC
πŸ“ TN

Associate of Arts

2012 - 2014 // Northwest Florida State College
πŸ“ FL

NREMT

2014 // National Registry of Medical Technicians
πŸ“ FL

Florida HAZMAT Training

2013 // Northwest Florida State College
πŸ“ FL

Emergency Vehicle Driver

2013 // Northwest Florida State College
πŸ“ FL

EMT - B

2013 // Northwest Florida State College
πŸ“ FL

U.S. Lifesaving Association

2012 // USLA, USA
πŸ“ FL

Google UX Course

2021 - 2022 // Coursera
πŸ“Online

Graphic Design Professional Certification

2016 - 2017 // Sessions College
πŸ“ Online

Associate of Arts

2012 - 2014 // Northwest Florida State College
πŸ“ FL

Bachelors of Science

2014 - 2016 // University of West Florida
πŸ“ FL

CrossFit Mobility

2015 // CrossFit, LLC
πŸ“ FL

Certified CrossFit Trainer, L1

2015 // CrossFit, LLC
πŸ“ TN

Associate of Arts

2012 - 2014 // Northwest Florida State College
πŸ“ FL

NREMT

2014 // National Registry of Medical Technicians
πŸ“ FL

Florida HAZMAT Training

2013 // Northwest Florida State College
πŸ“ FL

Emergency Vehicle Driver

2013 // Northwest Florida State College
πŸ“ FL

EMT - B

2013 // Northwest Florida State College
πŸ“ FL

U.S. Lifesaving Association

2012 // USLA, USA
πŸ“ FL

Fun facts

Programs I work in constantly:
- Adobe Illustrator, Indesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, and XD
- Figma
- Google Drive and Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

‍Programs I have worked in:
- Blender
- Webflow
- Microsoft Office
- Affinity Designer, Publisher, and Photo
- Mobile360
- Aperture
- WordPress

‍My favorites:
- Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Figma!

Other life goals

In no particular order...
- Advanced Open Water Diver (AOWD).
- Become official sky trash - get a Skydiving A License.
- Learn how to code Javascript.
- Bench press my bodyweight.
- Run a half marathon.
- Take a few flights to consider a getting a private pilots license.
- Rescue more dogs!!!
- Do 20 consecutive pull ups.

Black Lightning

To me, this is just Lucky’s (aka Black Lightning) world and we are living in it.

Lucky's story

Lucky is a special little guy. I mean, look at him; he's beautiful. But he had a rough start to his life. He was turned into a vet around the age of one after being hit by a car. An awesome rescue group called the Rescued Rescuers took him in and helped pay for his bills to get back to health. During the start of his recovery, the vet noticed high white blood cell levels, and it turned out he was having chronic kidney failure in his right kidney. It had to be removed immediately. We say he needed the extra room for all his love for people. My husband happened to go to a pet store the same day the dog rescue was having an adopt-a-thon, and there is Lucky sitting in his green recovery laundry basket. The rest is history. The rescue group is still around to this day, we have another dog through them, and we will continue to support that fantastic group. I think a lot can be learned from Lucky, he's the toughest little dog I've ever met. Regardless of his medical background he still loves to run around as fast as he can. He gives intense looks of love, demands the most belly rubs, and has zero fear of any dog (even if that dog is ten times bigger than him). As my husband says, "Only Lucky can judge me!" πŸ–€βš‘οΈ

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