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Austin, Texas

512-910-3208

Christine Holcombe is a former high school English teacher turned digital project manager who strives for clean lines, a sense of order, and a strong team. Outside of her work at Adonit, Christine also dabbles in triathlons, gardening, eco-initiaitves, her neighborhood association, and being a wife and mom.

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Education                        

University of Texas, School of Information                                                                             

Austin, TX

2008 - 2010

Master’s Degree of Science in Information Studies

Portfolio in Museum Studies

 

Kent State University, Honors Program                                                                                       

Kent, OH

2001 - 2005

Bachelor of Arts in English, minor in Political Science

Graduated summa cum laude with completion of Senior Honors College Thesis

 

Professional Experience

Adonit                                                                              

Austin, Texas                                                                                 

Digital Project Manager, September 2014 - Present 

     Manage a team of Austin-based designers and remote developers to implement a website redesign, maintain                existing pages, digital properties, and our eCommerce platform 

     Release new webpages on a bi-weekly basis following a quasi-Agile approach to design and development

     Facilitate daily stand-ups, weekly planning meetings and retrospectives with web team 

     Conduct regular user testing sessions of emerging apps and hardware products 

     Coordinate bi-monthy company-wide all-hands meeting 

 

 

Kickass PM                                                                              

Austin, Texas                                                                                 

Co-Founder, December, 2013 - Present

     Coordinate a meetup for digital Project Managers by finding speakers, booking locations, securing sponsors, and        promoting membership

     Facilitate and emcee meetings, encourage networking, and create connections between members

 Compose blog posts, manage web and Twitter presence

 

Design For Use, LLC  

Austin, TX                                                                                                                 

Operations Manager, February, 2011 - 2014

Managee talent search and acquisition, hiring process, and employee onboarding

Coordinated internal company events and outreach initiatives

Conducted biweekly staff meeting and facilitate communication between team members

 

Project Manager, October, 2010 - Present

Created project plans by identifying milestones, project scope, and resource allocation

Ensured that projects are tracking against budget and timelines

Managed daily communication with clients and vendors via regular status reports

Led the Design For Use team through the design process by coordinating internal reviews, providing feedback, and approving all deliverables

 

User Experience Researcher, December, 2009 - June, 2011

Conducted stakeholder interviews, site audits, and usability studies

Identified users’ needs, goals, and behaviors to inform user profiles and workflows

Researched users’ mental models to create information hierarchies, taxonomies and sitemaps.

 

The Texas State History Museum, Tour Facilitator                                                                    

 Austin, TX

January, 2009 - January, 2010

Facilitated dialogue-centered tours of the “Forgotten Gateway: Coming to American through Galveston Island” exhibit to help visitors process emotions about immigration

Participated in an extensive training course on conflict resolution in the museum setting to effectively manage differing attitudes about immigration

 

Texas Archive of the Moving Image, Education and Outreach Intern                                             

Austin, TX

August, 2008 - August, 2010

Created lesson plans and educational guides using historic Texas films from the online archive for instruction and enrichment of TEKS educational objectives

Spearheaded the organization’s grant writing, formulation of press releases, and creation of exhibit text for film preservation events and programs

 

Museum of the Moving Image, Communications Assistant                                           

Astoria, New York

June, 2009 - August, 2009

Composed press releases, generated content for website and social networking posts

Created taxonomy and information structure for online display of over 2,000 past programming events, and supervised a four person team on data entry and  html creation

 

Teach For America, Senior English Teacher                                                                               

Houston, TX

Elsik High School, 2005 - 2008

Selected from a competitive field to join national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in under-resourced urban and rural schools

Designed and implemented a nine-month, standards-based World Literature curriculum to senior students

Responsible for the management, education, and motivation of nearly 200 advanced placement, general, and special education students each academic year

 

Presentations

Kicking Ass and Taking Names                                                                

Austin, TX

The Digital Project Management Summit, October 2014

    Scheduled to present a “how-to guide” for starting a digital project management meetup by providing    
    
insight about personal successes and failures in attracting members and finding speakers.

 

User by User: Framing Your Audience for Design            

St.Paul, MN

National Association of Government Web ProfessionalsSeptember 2014

    Scheduled to conduct a workshop about identifying the target users of public sector websites by using a
    systematic methodology to suss out the major tasks or goals of users.

  

The Write Way: Communicating Effectively                              

Austin,TX

Partnerships for Children – YES Mentor Class,  March 2014    

      Presented best practices for professional written communication to foster youth ages 16-20 who attend
      YES classes in preparation for adult living.

 

Ours Goes to 11: Workshop in Staggered Card Sorting                                                         

Seattle, WA

ConveyUX Conference, February 2014

One of 40 speakers chosen from hundreds to present at a conference of our peers about the next wave of strategies and tactics in user experience communication

Conducted a workshop with participants explaining how to conduct a card sort of their own with relevant content and context

 

The Next Level of Card Sorting                                                                                                  

Austin, TX

User Experience Professionals Association, January 2013

Explanation of an online card sorting technique that allows researchers to include more than the typical rule of thumb 30 cards in their card sort

Completion of a demo of how stagger content in card sorting research to allow for a larger breadth of content to be tested

 

Using Archival Footage in the Classroom                                                                                   

Dallas, TX

Texas Council for the Social Studies Conference, October 2010   

Workshop demonstrating how to incorporate archival footage into lesson plans to meet TEKS curriculum standards using the Texas Archive of the Movinge Images video library

Discussion of building appropriate context when introducing archival footage to students, with a focus on how archival footage can be used as a primary resource

 

Classroom Management at the Secondary Level                                                                   

Houston, TX

Teach For America, August 13, 2006    

Three hour workshop of management practices for 40 first and second year teachers

Modeled creation of rules and consequences, classroom activities, and role playing to improve teachers’ behavioral management of students

 

Edith Wharton’s Dual Beliefs                                                                                                        

Kent, OH

Kent State Honors Forum, April 4, 2005

Presentation and discussion of senior honors thesis for Kent State faculty and alumni

Examined Edith Wharton’s belief in suffrage and her contradicting concern for the American woman’s lack of education

 

Awards & accomplishments

Co-Founder, Digital Project Manager Meetup Austin, 2014 - present

President, Homewood Heights Neighborhood Association, 2012 - 2014

1st Place in Age Group, Trek Women’s Sprint Triathlon, 2010 & 2011

Teacher of the Year Nominee, Elisk High School: Houston, Texas, 2008

Phi Beta Kappa Member, Liberal Arts Honor Society: Kent State University, 2005

Erick Rackham Scholar-Leader Award, Kent State Campus Programming Board, 2005

Bengier Honors Thesis Fellowship, Kent State Honors College, 2004

 

Volunteer Efforts 

Membership CoordinatorHomewood Heights Community Garden, 2013 - present

Mentor, YES Mentor Program - Partnerships for Children, 2013 - 2014

Green Team Chairwoman, Art Alliance Austin, 2009 - 2013