History of Websites

With all this as my experience I am ready to jump into a career in front end web development.

2019

I have spent 2019 updating, maintaining and adding to the sites. I also took on the professional upkeep of the AKCTT Website as part of my duties as the Secretary of the Board.

I also added a few small projects to Lady Code Monkey and became more active on Git Hub thanks to my Harvard CS50  EdX course.

2020

In 2020 I plan to continue to add mini projects to Lady Code Monkey, expanding my repository on Git Hub. In addition I plan to complete my A+, Net+ and Security+ certifications

2017

Started seriously seeking to move from administrative work into website development.

2018

photos

Recently I have started a site for my landscape photography, since I live in the beautiful Mat-Su Valley of Alaska. It is hard to resist the urge to take a photo of snow capped peaks or the occasional moose in the yard.

I’ve also started a second site for a client, in fact my first website client from 1995. Happily the site seems to also be doing well.

Wanting to continue my web development learning I found a few online videos and sites to continue to read up on web technologies when I found time. I started once more taking classes in 2015 and 2016 on many topics and adding to my knowledge base.

2015

Started taking online courses in a variety of programming languages and technologies from Unity to SQL to HTML5 and CSS3 as a refresher

API JSON XML Class Certificate
Lady Code Monkey

2016

I split my portfolio domain into Code Monkey and Lady Code Monkey, one for developing WordPress plugins and themes (not much done with it yet) and the other for advanced web development topics.

Code Monkey

My love of web development languished for a couple years but was renewed in 2014 when I decided I needed a way to manage all my sites instead of logging in to each one at a time to update them. I found and implemented Infinite WP which allows me one place to see all my sites, update them and even manage plugins and themes.

2009

Coffee Institute

For fun I added Coffee Institute as a place for my love of coffee. I wrote a little but ultimately it is becoming an affiliate niche site for coffee.

2014

Researched managing multiple sites as maintenance was time consuming and implemented Infinite WP which allows me to keep all of my sites updated and ready at all times. Started watching more current videos and reading more on website development as well as what new technologies were becoming available.

iwp
Sue A Darby Portfolio

2008

I then added Sue A Darby, my portfolio site to the collection to use as a place to showcase my work for my Capstone.

2008

Alaska Office Specialists

Towards the end of my second round of college in 2008, I started Alaska Office Specialists as part of a college class in web development.

2005

sera

 I added Sera and Justice Together to my now growing list of domains so that my young children would have the option of learning to develop websites. This was where I learned how to use my hosting to split my sites into sub domains.

justice
mom

In 2006 my love of books and music led me to try my hand at a site called Books, Music & More and attempt to monetize it but with competing priorities it has been a slow process building it.

2006​

Books Music & More

Summer 1995

Shirley’s Creative Designs was started.

Shirley's Creative Designs

Fall 1995

Sue’s Tiny Costumes was started.

Sue's Tiny Costumes

In the summer of 1995 I became interested in creating websites and started developing Shirley’s Creative Designs. In the fall of the same year I started Sue’s Tiny Costumes. I started out on the infancy of the internet using an old site, Xoom.com which is no longer online. From there I moved to a Geocities site for a number of years. I developed in the browser using the WYSIWYG editor until I learned Dreamweaver and HTML. I did all my own photography with a film camera and scanned photos before doing general editing. Eventually, I purchased a digital camera.

In 2002 I was convinced by my mentor to purchase a domain name for myself and use hosting for my site. It was at this time I learned FTP. With hosting I also learned SEO and CSS as well as how to optimize images as my site had grown to 200 hand coded pages. I continued to revise my site by hand until 2005 when I started to learn about content management systems and discovered Drupal, Joomla and ultimately WordPress.

My Doll Business

I get a lot of questions and funny looks when I mention that my small business which was started in 1995 is focused solely on dolls. You see my original college major was Fashion Design and I focused on dolls as they are fun and easy to make a wide variety of garments for. 

When I talk about the size range I get more incredulous looks since the smallest doll I have and have actually designed, drafted and sewn for is a 1/2″ baby doll. 

The next largest is 2 1/2″ tall and has a hand beaded gown. From there I move to 1″ scale dolls and go larger still into 6-8″ children dolls, 10 1/2″ lady dolls, Barbie of course along with Gene, Kitty Collier and finally my beloved Letha Marie who is 3 ft 10″ tall and wears a child size 3 shoe. A couple of my dolls I literally poured the porcelain for and created from scratch before I dressed them.

If asked in an interview about my dolls I will brag on them never ending as I LOVE my dolls and my sewing work in all those scales. Letha placed 2nd at the Anaheim Doll show, several outfits for my 1″ and 1/2″ scale dolls have been featured in magazines as well as my larger dolls. Two of my dolls won 1st and 2nd place at the Alaska State Fair and were featured in a magazine.

Why am I so proud of the doll business overall though? Each pattern, and there are 100 and counting, takes a large amount of project management. Choosing resources, designs, colors, dolls, fabrics and trims takes time. Budgeting for a costume plus determining the shapes of pieces, testing patterns, technical writing is involved in each pattern for step by step instructions. Some designs were done as custom items for customers and thus I had to work closely with each one to get the tiny details right.

Over the years I also had to learn photography as well as web design and development. I started by scanning my dolls since I didn’t own a camera but I had a scanner. Once I had a camera I started working on my still life portrait skills, they are dolls! I had to learn to edit photos and add them manually to a website. My original site was 50 megs and over 200 hand coded pages. I taught myself SEO,  Drupal, Joomla and eventually learned WordPress.

As for my books, those were herculean for me as I was also a new parent to an infant and then toddler which required a lot of time management and multi-tasking skills to go with the technical skills and all the testing and even book layout and production of the hard copies at first.

Why am I not still at this? I do it as a hobby now as it just will not support a family. I have totes of dolls and fabric and ideas filed away and when I find time I dig out a doll and start making something. I still work on my website when I can get a chance as well since I have photos and such that I still have not shared with the world.

Yes, my business is based on dolls but the skills used to create products as a one man shop are very transferable to a workplace. I use many of my time, task and project skills all the time at my previous job as well as at my current job.

Some examples of the results of these skills show up in the Compliance Checklist and the Certification Checklists which were projects for the State of Alaska.

Things I can do would anyone like to learn how I do them?

Most people know something about computers but only the basics.

 I know how to do a wide variety of things and what I think are stupid little tricks are great tools for someone else.

  • Combining reports and presenting final data
  • Report building in excel
  • Programming languages
  • Quick parts for a group
  • Presenting options for a website and translating between business and designer or developer same for databases
  • Email distro lists

Does anyone want me to write up any of these as tutorials or help their business with these tasks?

My “Official Job”

During the process of reclassification, I was asked to rewrite my job description. This is what was accepted resulting in my reclassification to Senior Services Technician.

Under general supervision, this position performs a variety of support and technical functions in
the administration of the Provider Certification & Compliance Unit for the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver and Personal Care Assistance program. This position provides support and assistance to program managers and is responsible for program specific work of a senior service-oriented agency, develops and maintains systems to track certification information and prepares reports for professional staff which are used internally and externally. The position serves a key role in the Provider Certification Unit as related to regulatory compliance, client health and safety, and continuous quality improvement.

    • Create and maintain system generated reports for Provider Certification & Compliance Unit process of certification of Medicaid provider applicants, waivers, onsite provider reviews, and other quality assurance processes.
    • Uses various reporting tools to compare data available internally and externally to correct deficiencies in data sets such as providers not showing up on the interactive public Search Tool but are active in the internal DS3 database.
    • Participates in planning and developing system work orders to improve systems support for the unit.
    • Maintains systems to ensure data integrity.
    • Produces reports for management use; assists professional staff in analyzing data and creating reports. Enters and edits data and creates spreadsheets.
    • Enter and track data related to provisional background checks of employees in agencies that obtain initial certification approvals. Work closely with certification application evaluators to communicate changes in background check status for these individuals for follow up measures.
    • Implementation of a centralized repository of required forms and letters into a SharePoint site to use as a resource.
    • Develops Certification forms for internal use and edits Certification Application forms ensuring accessibility for the public.
    • Builds & maintains UMLs of unit processes, writes or updates written processes as assigned
    • Develops Universal Modeling Language (UML) tools for clarifying processes. Ensures procedures are updated as shared electronic documents for the unit.
    • Assists with printing, copying, mass mailings, and organizing materials for meetings, training sessions, investigations, and site reviews or provides lead support to supportive staff.
    • Provides support and maintenance of the unit`s copiers, fax machines and other machinery in the office. Conducts routine maintenance, troubleshooting and periodic repair status checks. Facilitates repair calls as necessary.
    • Prepares materials for dissemination to providers, including recertification notifications
      Prepares mailing lists, merges documents, tracks and archives mailing lists for compliance history.
    • Provides detailed information on program regulations; advises the public on program applicability and requirements; explains related laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures to potential providers; advises and assists potential providers in setting up services. Must stay abreast of regulation, policy and systems changes.
    • Provides technical assistance to applicants and providers regarding certification application process, setting up Background Check accounts, and corresponding with the SDS fiscal agent for billing purposes.
    • Processes incoming initial and renewal applications for Medicaid Waiver and Personal Care Assistance Certification Application for completeness of required information according to state and federal regulations.
    • Monitors Provider Certification email inbox which is the publicly posted email and web portal for all providers and applicants. Various reports of incidents, inquiries, complaints and questions flow through this email and must be routinely monitored and re-routed. An in-depth knowledge of SDS programs and their inter-relationships must be maintained in order to able to manage this duty. Responds to and takes appropriate action when within prescribed parameters, redirects to the correct professional staff when beyond knowledge base or those parameters, routes various emails to specific professional staff for decisions and action. Must use good judgment to determine level and routing of communications.
    • Serves as subject matter expert on records retention procedures and archiving/off-site storage processes and advises professional staff on these procedures.
    • Helps keep Provider Certification records and files organized and complete. Ongoing filing and policy and procedures toward electronic record keeping.
    • Provides records copies for various records requests for criminal cases, public requests, etc. Ensure complete records are provided.

Achievements between December 2010 and March 2011

Just one year of all the things I accomplished! There’s more that I have likely forgotten or discounted as too minor.

  1. Screenings are more complete with fewer missed items as I have learned to recognize required items
  2. Initial apps were backed up into October and were fully caught up in mid January for screenings resulting in more initial providers being certified
  3. Increased use and proficiency with MMIS
  4. Better personal tracking system for screenings missing items and quicker turnaround on matching incoming items with packets
  5. More detailed training of MASST in files as team lead
  6. Increased participation in task committee and additional regular meetings
  7. Update CIR training regularly
  8. Decreased turnaround time on CPR waivers to meet ACS/provider needs to get PCAs enrolled
  9. Attended introduction to supervisor training to increase skills in team leadership with MASST & DVR
  10. Suggested meetings be recorded and then suggested software to take voice recordings and convert to text.
  11. Voice recorder and software will be installed on my computer and I am learning how to do this to make meeting minutes easier to produce.
  12. Assisted in facilitating the replacement of large copier when equipment failed… still in progress
  13. Setup statistic tracking for CPR waivers based on city, agency etc now in DS3
  14. Suggest that SDS do a provider survey via Survey monkey modeling the required surveys that providers have to send to us during recertification.. need to do revisions based on feedback. Draft questions for the survey
  15. Research who to talk to and get the survey online
  16. Mail merge labels and discover that Word skips one entry per page resulting in the need to adjust mail out lists to ensure that all letters/labels are created
  17. Suggested HAB home tracker be done using DS3 vs setting up another Excel spreadsheet tracker
  18. Keep CIR training up to date in DS3
  19. Keep CPR waiver info in DS3 and up to date (75 waivers from start of calendar year)
  20. Trained Nancy in file creation/maintenance increased computer proficiency a little
  21. Will be training both MASST to do Sharepoint Archiving this week

Archive Status Category Guide

An Archive Guide I had to craft and is used all the time for the Certification files.

 

Archive Status Category Guide

DS3 vs Record Retention Schedule

DS3 Status

Type of Archive status

Retention Schedule

Notes

Active

Off site

 1.1

Offsite storage may include site reviews

Inactive – Application Withdrawn

Not archived

N/A

Sent back to provider

Inactive – Certified but Enrollment Pending

Not archived

NA/

Can convert to an NE

Inactive – Decertified/Disenrolled/Terminated

Involuntary

1.4

Major Department Action may include site reviews

Inactive –Denied Initial Application

Not archived

N/A

Sent back to provider

Inactive –Denied Renewal Application

Involuntary

1.4

Sent back to provider

Inactive –Did Not Reapply, Cert. Expired

Voluntary

1.2

Voluntary closure

Inactive – Initial Application Pending

Not archived

N/A

Just received may convert to a denial, withdrawn, enrollment pending or active

Inactive –Returned Incomplete Application

Not archived

NA/

Sent back to provider

Inactive –Voluntary Closure

Voluntary includes -NE

1.2

Provider requests to close may include site reviews

Voluntary Closed – Auxiliary

Not a DS3 Status

1.3

Includes forgotten items found after main file has been archived

Involuntary Closed – Auxillary

Not a DS3 Status

1.5

Includes forgotten items found after main file has been archived

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