Yvonne Droms

yvonne_dromsName: Yvonne Droms
Expertise: Content editing, translation, localization, e-learning, language learning, multilingual work, quality control. Languages: English, French, German, Swiss-German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian.
Type of work I’m interested in: contract, freelance, full-time, part-time

About me: I started working for the language-learning software company Rosetta Stone shortly after its inception in 1992, when it was still Fairfield Language Technologies. I created the first French product, then helped with the creation of many other languages, such as Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, etc. I watched the company grow from a little startup into the world’s largest and most recognized language-learning company, and watched it go public. As the Senior Editor, I helped ensure grammatical correctness, proper accent, appropriate visual representation, pedagogical consistency, and overall superior quality in language content. I reviewed products for issues in 20 languages as the products were nearing completion. I checked ads and commercial videos for appropriateness and cultural content. I reviewed and corrected web pages for localization issues in many languages. I tested new apps for font and script issues in difficult languages. I responded to customer inquiries about numerous languages. Previous to this experience, I worked as a freelance translator in Switzerland, as well as a multilingual student and faculty representative at Syracuse University, NY.

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Katie Thomas

katie_thomasName: Katie Thomas
Expertise: 3D animation, 3D graphics, 3DS Max, 2D graphics, Adobe Flash, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, concept art, sketch prototyping, Japanese, English teaching, knitting, dog training
Type of work I’m interested in: contract, freelance, full-time, part-time
Find me online: website

About me: Animation and 3D graphics with 3DS Max. Animation and 2D graphics with Flash, Photoshop and Illustrator. Concept Art and quick sketching with graphite and other media. Experience with Japanese language, taught English in rural community in northern Japan. Love dogs and train them to compete in obedience and agility trials. Knit like a crazy old lady.

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Laura Dent

laura dent on your town our town Name: Laura Dent
Expertise: writing, technical writing, travel writing, usability, online help systems, embedded help , single-sourcing, localization, user experience, web design, source control, html, xml, and mobile development
Type of work I’m interested in: contract, freelance, full-time, part-time
Find me online: LinkedIn, website

About me: I’ve been a writer all my life. I’ve been making a living as a technical writer for the last couple of decades, and now as a freelance writer I’ve been exploring all sorts of venues of writing, including my favorite: Travel Writing. I’ve written web content for local sites, and am researching an article profiling rural potters of the Appalachian mountains. I’m still funding myself mostly through part-time technical writing jobs, and hope to continue to create ways of working that sustain my life.

In the field of technical communication, my expertise includes: online help systems, embedded help (where the user interface text serves as “help” that is actually part of the software), single-sourcing (creating multiple outputs from the same content), localization (translation and implementation into a variety of languages), user experience, web design, source control, and coding in html, xml, mobile devices, and other code bases.

In other words, my abilities go far beyond “writing” and extend to usability and engineering. I’m not just creating text; I’m helping the user have the best experience possible, keeping in mind the context of why they’re using the software and what they want to accomplish.

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Maria Pichler


Maria Pichler in Your Town Our TownName
: Maria Pichler
Expertise: content writing, creative and journalistic writing for culture/lifestyle publications (mostly German, some English), editing, translation, localization, e-learning, language learning, communication
Type of work I’m interested in: contract, freelance, part-time
Find me online: LinkedIn

About me: My passion is language in all its facets: writing, editing and translating.

I am a German native speaker with over 8 years of experience in journalistic writing as well as content writing and editing for the language-learning software company Rosetta Stone. Besides providing writing services, I am trained to translate, edit and proofread texts in German as well as English.

My former editor-in-chief once described me as “a very capable writer with a solid scientific and academic background, with clear expression also of complicated thoughts and ideas. Somebody who learns very quickly and has a strong motivation to improve in all the things she does, who is extremely reliable and stress resistant.”

I am happy to apply my skill set to any new project with the goal of producing compelling and high-quality work.

Languages: German (native), English (near native), Italian (proficient)

Other interests and strengths: Moderating conflicts, blog writing, poetry, music, art. In addition, I have a passion for cooking and baking delicious cakes.

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Dave Nealon

dave_nealonName: Dave Nealon
Expertise: content development, user experience, technical writing, user interface, user assistance, internationalization and localization, curriculum development, training. I specialize in advanced preparation for consistent growth.
Type of work I’m interested in: full-time or contract work in content development or managing development programs.
Find me online: blog, LinkedIn

About me: An experienced content developer with an emphasis on educational software, I make complex systems feel simple and intuitive for learners. I help cross-functional teams find efficiencies so they can spend less and produce more. I’m a capable localization project manager. I read German, and I’m trained in publishing issues for 10 languages. I’m comfortable in XML, HTML, and CSS, as well as image-editing and web-authoring tools.

I have a background in teaching and training, and I’ve managed teams in educational organizations.

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Marion Bittinger

marion bittinger on your town our townName: Marion Bittinger
Expertise: linguistics, Spanish, translation, localization, reviewing, editing, writing, endangered languages, indigenous issues, technical communications, nonprofit management, publications management, project management, language education
Type of work I’m interested in: contract, freelance, full-time, part-time
Find me online: LinkedIn

About me: 10+ years experience in program management, project management, language acquisition. 10+ years teaching Spanish and translation studies at the university level. Certification in nonprofit management, with a special interest in helping to make the world a better place. I love working on a team, and making a team work. I’m a self-motivated, multi-tasker, with exceptional attention to detail.

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Becca Rust

becca rust on your town our townName: Becca Rust
Expertise: User experience, education technology, artistic design, content management, software development, problem solving
Type of work I’m interested in: contract, freelance, full-time, part-time
Find me online: LinkedIn, website

About me: I am interested in the intersections between learning, teaching, design, and digital technologies. I like to explore how digital technologies can support human learning. I am a generalist, self-taught on many topics with a Bachelors in Computer Science. I understand Ruby, Rails, ActionScript, XML, HTML5, CSS3, Perl, and Python. I have worked extensively in the Adobe CS5 suite of tools, Flash; Photoshop; Flashbuilder; Illustrator. But more importantly, I am an avid knitter, crocheter, sewer, roller derby jammer, and yogi. I have a desire to travel, write, design, and share.

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Rosalind O’Brien

rosalind-ros-obrienName: Rosalind (Ros) O’Brien
Expertise: web design and development, graphic design, software design and development, process management, writing, editing
Type of work I’m interested in: contract, freelance, part-time
Find me online: LinkedIn, Website

About me: I am a web and graphic designer with a love for combining function and aesthetics. I work with clients to create elegant websites, logos, and other media that engage users in meaningful ways. I’m particularly interested in contributing to projects that strengthen the Harrisonburg and greater Shenandoah Valley communities. I recently launched Treetop Creative, LLC, a web and graphic design firm that produces impactful websites, branding, and print media with a community focus.

In addition, I have 5+ years of experience working to streamline the production of content for new software products. I love creating and improving processes, working on multi-disciplinary teams, and designing and developing software tools for non-technical people. Some of my areas of expertise:

  • creating tools and processes that are customized to users’ skill levels and needs
  • scripting and coding in python, ruby, html, css, actionscript, and learning new programming languages as needed
  • creative use of microsoft excel (and distinguishing situations where low-tech solutions make more sense than high-tech ones)

Concurrently, I’ve worked as a part of product teams and had the pleasure of making and editing lots of creative things such as short stories, language-learning dialogues, and on-line games.

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