Josh McCrowell

Josh McCrowell - Your Town Our TownName: Josh McCrowell
Expertise: copy editing, technical and narrative writing, content development, quality control, design and layout
Type of work I’m interested in: full-time
Find me onlineLinkedIn

About me: I’m sort of a big nerd who has had unanticipated success in tricking large companies into letting me write, edit, and solve problems for them. After graduating college, I joined Rosetta Stone’s writing team. I helped to build advanced levels of their core offering, add an online component to their Totale product, and contributed to the launch of Reflex in Southeast Asia. My contribution to these products ranged from inception to completion, helping with almost every step of the process: from brainstorming, to content generation, to consulting on the images, and performing quality assurance.

After leaving Rosetta Stone, I worked as an editor for both Lexis Nexis and a private consulting firm. During this time, I was in charge of copy and style editing over massive amounts of text, ranging from educational materials, governmental reports and studies, and official correspondence. I also used my graphic design abilities to create  brochures, workbooks, and manuals for clients.

In my free time, I like to publish tabletop games for fun.

I have a judo grip on the English language and I love using it. People say to do what you love, and if given the opportunity to work with words, I will throw myself absolutely into that job. I would love an opportunity to bring my passion to your company.

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Andy Harbick

andy_harbickName: Andy Harbick
Expertise: Product creation and development (product vision, feature creation and prioritization, business modeling), recruiting and leading high caliber teams (finding people, interviewing, making hiring decisions, setting vision and inspiring results), people development and mentoring (leading by example, challenging, coaching, and developing people to achieve even more), software development (server/backend as well as front-end, ruby, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Java, C/C++), “cloud” and system architecture (AWS, deployment, continuous integration, monitoring and reporting, scalability and failover), data science (“big data” platforms, data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, personalization)
Type of work I’m interested in: contract, freelance, full-time, part-time
Find me online: LinkedIn, Random blog thoughts

About me: I’m a seasoned veteran of some big names in software and technology today (and some not so big names). I’m a leader and a builder and wouldn’t feel like I had the right role if I wasn’t able to contribute to the work of my team. I’m insatiably curious and won’t be happy unless I’m learning something new (from gardening, to watercolor painting, to brewing new kinds of beer, to open source hardware, to shearing alpacas, to Wendell Berry essays, to starting a business). I’m deeply loyal to my teams and the organizations I serve in; as such I seek ways to surround myself with smart, creative, fascinating and challenging people. I crave meaning and purpose in my work; don’t just offer me a financial opportunity show me a way I get to change the world (even if it’s in my small part of it) give me a way to pour my heart as well as my sweat into something. I’m tenacious and hard working; when I’ve found problems that engage me I commit at 110% finding less interest in even basic necessities like food and sleep (at least for a season). I’m passionate but low-stress, idealistic but pragmatic, serious but fun to be around. And I’m currently bushwhacking a path forward to the next step in my career.

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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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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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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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K.A. (Kim) Reedy

k.a.reedy-author-blackandwhiteName: K.A. (Kim) Reedy
Expertise: author, blogger, content designer/writer, editor, grant writer, technical writer, and travel writer
Type of work I’m interested in: contract, freelance, full-time, part-time

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About me: I moved to Harrisonburg from the Seattle area in 2008 to work at Rosetta Stone as a content writer/designer and technical writer.

I love connecting with audiences through meaningful content, so in 2013 I launched Text Tailor, LLC, offering services as an author, blogger, content designer/writer, editor, grant writer, technical writer, and travel writer.

I’m fulfilling my true métier through Being, Unraveled, an introspective website/blog about learning to be honest with myself. I’m also the author of the forthcoming children’s book, There is a Tree, which originally appeared as an introspective narrative in Chicken Soup for the Soul: All in the Family. As an entrepreneur and content designer, I’m a co-creator of this website, Your Town, Our Town, which showcases Rosetta Stone professionals available for contract, freelance, part-time, or full-time projects.

  • Highly effective in both independent and collaborative environments
  • Basic familiarity with Russian, French, Thai, and Italian

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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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