Salem, MA • (978) 267-7334
Skype/MSN/AIM - PWBurney • firstname.lastname@example.org • •
I am currently in search of 1099 contracting clients, either remote (telework) or in the Greater Boston area. Interesting projects and startups that can utilize my talents as a full-stack developer go to the head of the line.
Communication and translation are my specialties: from specs to code, design to prototype, geek speak to end-user. With over a decade of experience in education, research, and technology, I am able to translate business goals and requirements into useful action items for software developers and information technology staff. I am the combination of high-quality design, top-notch programming, and detail-oriented management skills that gets everyone on the same page to get things done right.
Expert-level skills (Most > 10 years experience)
|Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, OmniGraffle, OmniFocus, Basecamp
|Linux (RedHat, SuSE, CentOS, Ubuntu), Unix (Solaris, FreeBSD), Mac OS 6 – Mac OS X 10.8, iOS 1–7
|Ruby, Rails, Perl, Flash, ActionScript, WordPress, Symfony, CakePHP, PostgreSQL, XSLT
|French, Brazilian Portuguese
Fun things I'm exploring
|Java, Python, Objective-C, C
|German, Italian, Russian
Senior Server Engineer, Integrations
5/2018-presentLexia Learning, a Cambium Learning© Group Company, West Concord, MA
Summary: As part of the myLexia data and integrations team, I manage our integrations with third-party vendors and partners, including Clever, Classlink, and more.
- Tracked down and fixed numerous bugs across several different codebases
- Presented workshops for backend developers about doing profiling with Lexia systems, database query optimization, and more
- Worked with district customers and vendor partners on feature development and integrations with different SSO providers and SIS/LMS solutions
- Setup and tested resources in AWS including EC2 instance provisioning, autoscale groups, SQS, Elasticache, Lambdas, Route53, and more
- Collaborated with software developers across teams to get critical features completed, such as universal links for mobile apps
- Developed a comprehensive Single Sign On testing system for QA of SSO tasks
- Advocated for improved quality of code by spending some focus on tech-debt and refactoring old code
- Spearheaded several company efforts to create only community during pandemic times and after moving to Remote First workflows
- Supported LGBTQIA+ employees and allies as one of the co-leads of our Prism Employee Resource Group
Senior Software Engineer
12/2013-4/2018Wayfair.com, Boston, MA
Summary: Wayfair.com is the leading online retailer of home goods, bringing in nearly one billion dollars in revenue in 2013. When the small startup I’d co-founded faltered, I chose Wayfair.com to gain experience working at an organization with hundreds of engineers and enormous scope.
- Extended the existing flash sales platform for use with Wayfair’s AllModern luxury brand
- Led junior developers and wrote detailed documentation for other engineers to follow
- Brainstormed solutions with other senior engineers for infrastructure difficulties
- Made improvements to the core MVC frameworks to enhance speed and reliability
- Developed a time tracking and reporting system for hundreds of employees, seamlessly on top of existing business tools
- Created a workflow production suite for Wayfair’s in-house Photo Studio, saving hundreds of hours per year of manual processing.
- Developed internal frameworks and tools to save other Engineers coding time
Chief Technology Officer
2/2004–present Lotsa Helping Hands, Wellesley Hills, MA
Summary: Lotsa Helping Hands powers online caring Communities that help restore health and balance to caregivers’ lives. Our service brings together caregivers and volunteers through online Communities that organize daily life during times of medical crisis or caregiver exhaustion in neighborhoods and communities worldwide. Caregivers benefit from the gifts of much needed help, emotional support, and peace of mind, while volunteers find meaning in giving back to those in need. To date, more than one million Members have lent a hand through a Lotsa Helping Hands Community and more than 50 national nonprofit organizations partner with Lotsa to support caregivers. Lotsa Helping Hands also offers customized, private-label versions of its service to organizations in many different industries and opportunities for sponsorship and affiliate marketing programs. For more information about Lotsa Helping Hands, visit http://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/
As the Chief Technology Officer for Lotsa Helping Hands, I am responsible for designing and implementing all aspects of the company’s technologies.
- Created core web application architecture
- Led in-house development of our iPhone applications (leveraging PhoneGap / Cordova) and responsive web site re-design
- Developed core infrastructure using Apache, PHP and MySQL using a custom MVC framework
- Designed backend reporting and support systems, including development of a custom data warehouse
- Setup, administered and maintained the company CVS, SVN and Git repositories, documentation and feature tracking systems
- Translated human interface designer and graphic designer mock-ups into functional site
- Supervised developers in implementation of new features, fixing of bugs, and creation of tools and reports
6/2000–present Burney Web Services, Chestnut Hill, MA
Summary: As the principal of Burney Web Services, I've done a wide variety of design, programming, and other consulting work for numerous clients.
- Developed multi-lingual web sites and applications in French and Russian
- Developed site architecture, taxonomies, wireframes and other planning documents for new and redesigned web sites
- Troubleshot and fixed bugs for companies who were no longer working with their original developers
- Worked with massive data sets to bring classic baseball games back to life and generate situational statistics on the fly
Web Development Faculty
3/2011–present Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts, Waltham, MA
Summary: As a member of the Web Development faculty at CDIA, I taught areas ranging from design to programming, created new curriculum, and guided students' portfolios, projects, and practicums.
Manager of Technology Integration
4/2004–8/2008 The Concord Consortium, Concord, MA
Summary: In my position as the Manager of Technology Integration for The Concord Consortium, I was responsible for an intimate understanding both of our technology resources and our business practices. It was my job to help the researchers, administrators, and programmers work more effectively together.
- Developed technology resource budgets for proposals and operations with the SRO
- Designed unified, highly usable user interfaces for web and client application software
- Directly supervised the Software Development Support Engineer
- Developed initiatives to further cooperation between the programming staff of different projects
- Helped plan for and implement a company 40% downsizing
- Planned and assisted in the development of an issue tracking system, a wiki-based documentation system, and an Open Source repository. http://confluence.concord.org and http://source.concord.org
12/2001–8/2008 The Concord Consortium, Concord, MA
Summary: In my position as the webmaster of The Concord Consortium, I was responsible for building and maintaining all aspects of our web presence, including production and development web servers, site architecture, design, and implementation, integration of backend systems with our sites, coordination of contractors, and development of web initiatives.
- Developed multimedia, cross-platform hybrid CD-ROM’s for project dissemination
- Compressed video for web distribution into Flash Video, QuickTime, Windows Media and Real formats
- Developed multi-lingual portals to link backend research databases and our online modeling software
- Developed a site for the public to opt-into newsletters, discussion forums, and mailing-lists
- Directly supervised an assistant webmaster and multiple programming and art consultants
- Created a database-backed system for authenticated and tracked downloads of our software products
- Redesigned sites to conform to the HTML and Section 508 accessibility standards, removed dependence on tables and switched to CSS for layout
- Developed an intranet system including a document warehouse and a flexible, online timesheet system with optional PDF output. Other features include news and searchable/printable directories
- Migrated static HTML sites to easy to maintain, dynamically generated ones
- View sample sites at: http://www.concord.org, http://udl.concord.org and http://molit.concord.org
Summary: In my position as the Webmaster and programmer for the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Clearinghouse on Entrepreneurship Education and the Council for the Study of Community Colleges project of UCLA, I maintained two web sites and developed several key web applications.
- Developed a back-end system that allows workers to collaboratively process tens of thousands of abstracts
- Developed a front-end system to display those records to the public with a powerful search interface
- Developed an online survey application to allow the CCS research team to gather and process entrepreneurship survey data
12/1998–6/2002 UCLA GSE&IS, Los Angeles, CA
Summary: In my position as the UCLA GSE&IS (Graduate School of Education and Information Studies) webmaster, I was responsible for building and maintaining the GSE&IS production and development web servers, developing the site, integrating backend systems with the web, coordinating the efforts of the site developers, and developing web initiatives. Other responsibilities included administering the GSE&IS laboratories, and the student and staff accounts in the NT domain.
- Developed an online interface to directly edit XML data files for a mac-only, server application, thus allowing access via any platform.
- Created a MySQL database-backed faculty web page system that allows faculty members to update their pages over the web and post publications for download.
- Redesigned site to conform to the HTML 4.0 standard and Section 508 accessibility standards.
- Developed a consistent look for the site using server side includes, PHP includes, Perl CGI scripts, and cascading style sheets.
- Added needed functionality to the site, including database integration and full-text search capabilities.
- Developed new online equivalents for common functions, including searchable directories, applications through the web, and automatic posting of job announcements.
- Migrated the site from a Mac based WebStar server to an Apache UNIX server.
- Led workshops on HTML design, PHP Scripting, and use of web page editors for faculty, staff and students.
- Setup and administered more than 20 virtual hosts on one web server.
- Integrated web services with backend services such as account creation and human resources.
- Administered and maintained UNIX accounts on the server.
- Managed move from AppleShare IP Server to Windows NT Server.
- Integrated NT file sharing into the mostly Macintosh based labs.
- Administered and maintained all NT staff and student accounts.
- Developed informative web site for the labs, including instructions with step by step screen shots.
12/1999–9/2001 Los Angeles, CA
Summary: As an independent web consultant in the Los Angeles area, I worked for several clients to develop web solutions for their businesses.
- Redesigned and restructured client's existing sites, cleaning up code and conforming to standards.
- Developed hand-coded, database-backed web sites for clients, some using PHP and MySQL, others using CDML and FileMaker Pro.
- Integrated backend processes, such as inventory and user registration, with secure web transactions.
- Performed all duties of a web host, including email and listserve configuration, domain registrations and transfers.
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
- Bachelor of Science, Physics
- Minor in Secondary Education
Additional coursework includes:
- Program Management
- Flash Application Development
- Web Accessibility and Usability
- Advanced Photoshop and Illustrator
- C Programming
- Web Site Administration with Perl
- Perl DBD Techniques
References Available Upon Request