Ph.D., Musicology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007

M.A., Musicology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001

B.A., Music, magna cum laude, Bemidji State University, 1998


    2021-present, Lead Engineer
    2014-2021, Senior Developer

2020-present, Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Spirit of the Lake Yoga (Excelsior, Minnesota)

2009, Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology, University of Iowa (Iowa City)

2006-2014, Web Developer, Wisconsin Public Radio (Madison and Minneapolis)

1999-2006, Sea Grant Project Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2003, Event Coordinator, AIDS Network (Madison)

1999, Office Manager, Madeline Island Music Camp (Minneapolis)

1998, Artistic Planning Intern, Minnesota Orchestra (Minneapolis)

1998, Substitute Music Instructor, Aspen Country Day School (Aspen, Colorado)

1997-1998, Teaching Associate, History and Literature of Music, Bemidji State University (Minnesota)


"Drupal Accessibility: Why It's Worth It,", July 24, 2020.

"Loving-Kindness and Yoga,", May 28, 2020.

"Impact and Generosity in the Drupal Community,", May 13, 2020.

"Using Drupal in a Pandemic,", March 18, 2020.

"Interpreting the Drupal Core Commit History,", June 5, 2019.

"Imagining Drupal,", April 5, 2019.

"Meditative Live Coding and Musicological Hindrances," Proceedings of the International Conference on Live Coding (Madrid, Spain), January 18, 2019. (DOI)

"Six Months of Tidal,", November 11, 2018.

"Drupal as a Political Act,", December 7, 2016.

"Who Sponsors Drupal Development?" (with Dries Buytaert),, September 6, 2016.

"Why Paid Drupal Modules Fail: Drupal as Art,", April 7, 2016.

"Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP): Open or Closed?,", April 6, 2016.

"AMPing up Drupal," AMP, March 2, 2016.

"Configuration Management in Drupal 8: The Key Concepts,", November 4, 2015.

"Better, then Bigger: Cultivating the Drupal Community,", September 16, 2015.

"The Cultural Construction of Drupal,", May 7, 2015.

"Grateful Dead Musicking" in All Graceful Instruments: The Contexts of the Grateful Dead Phenomenon, edited by Nicholas Meriwether, 72-91. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007.

Musical AIDS: Music, Musicians, and the Cultural Construction of HIV/AIDS in the United States, PhD diss., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007. (PDF)


"Gentle Yoga," DrupalCon North America, April 16, 2021

"Cultivating the Drupal Community Mindfully," DrupalCon Global Community Summit, July 15, 2020 (slides)

"Layout Builder in the Real World" (with Wes Ruvalcaba), Twin Cities Drupal Camp, June 7, 2019

"The Imaginary Band of Drupal Rock Stars," DrupalCon Seattle, April 11, 2019

"Meditative Live Coding and Musicological Hindrances," International Conference on Live Coding (Madrid, Spain), January 18, 2019

"Drupal and the Music Industry," Twin Cities Drupal Camp, June 8, 2018

"Drupal in the Public Sphere," Twin Cities Drupal Camp, June 23, 2017

"Drupal in the Public Sphere," DrupalCon Baltimore, April 27, 2017

"AMPing up Drupal" (with Karen Stevenson and Marc Drummond), DrupalCon New Orleans, May 11, 2016

"Configuration Management for Developers in Drupal 8" (the most attended session at DrupalCon), DrupalCon New Orleans, May 10, 2016

"Configuration Management for Developers in Drupal 8" (with Alex Pott), BADCamp Configuration Management and DevOps Summit, October 23, 2015

"Introducing Drupal 8," Open Source North, October 3, 2015

"Teaching Kids to Code," NYC Camp, July 18, 2015

"The Cultural Construction of Drupal," NYC Camp, July 18, 2015

"Teaching Kids to Code," Twin Cities Drupal Camp, June 27, 2015

Keynote, "Teaching Kids to Code," DrupalCamp Colorado, June 21, 2015

"Introducing the Drupal 8 Configuration System," Twin Cities Drupal Camp, August 8, 2014

"Introducing the Drupal 8 Configuration System," DrupalCon Austin, June 3, 2014

"Introducing the Drupal 8 Configuration System," Twin Cities Drupal User Group, April 23, 2014

"Introducing the Drupal 8 Configuration System," BADCamp, October 26, 2013

Keynote, "Drupal 8: What You Need To Know," DrupalCamp Wisconsin, July 26, 2013

"Drupal 8: What You Need To Know," Twin Cities Drupal Camp, "June 19, 2013

"WordPress, Drupal, and APIs, Oh My!" Integrated Media Association, March 7, 2013

"Drupal in Public Media," Twin Cities Drupal User Group, February 22, 2012

"Positive Music: Women, Music, and AIDS," Women's and Gender Studies Conference -- InterACTIONS: Activism, Research, Scholarship, Teaching (Madison, Wisconsin), April 16, 2005

"'Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls': Music, Black Women, and HIV/AIDS," Society for American Music (Eugene, Oregon), February 10, 2005

"Musical AIDS: On the Popularity of American Musical Responses to HIV/AIDS in the 1990s," Midwest Graduate Music Consortium (Chicago, Illinois), February 28, 2004

"Excuse Me, Where Can I Find Mozart's Clarinet Concerto?" Midwest Graduate Music Consortium (Madison, Wisconsin), February 23, 2002

"How Do the Grateful Dead and Deadheads 'Mean'?" Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association (Albuquerque, New Mexico), March 9, 2001

"Grateful Dead Musicking," Society for American Music, "Toronto 2000: Musical Intersections," November 6, 2000

"Playing in the Band: The Grateful Dead and Musicking," Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association (Albuquerque, New Mexico), February 11, 2000


2016-present, Host, Hacking Culture (podcast)

2011-present, Organizer, Twin Cities Drupal Camp (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

2017-present, Facilitator, Prison Meditation Group (Minnesota)

2020-present, Host, Pretty Good Meditation (podcast)

2020, Volunteer, 86th Annual Meeting, American Musicological Society (AMS)

2019, Program Committee Member, International Conference on Live Coding (Madrid, Spain)

2014-2016, Instructor, Minnewashta Elementary Coding Club (Shorewood, Minnesota)

2014, Mentor, Tonka Coder Dojo (Minnetonka, Minnesota)

2014, Member, Tonka <Codes> Design Team (Minnetonka School District, Minnesota)

2013, Instructor, Drupal Developers Unite! Inaugural Pub Media Drupal Developer's Clinic, Integrated Media Association Conference (Austin, Texas), March 6

2013, Invited Speaker, “How Uses Drupal,” PRI: Public Radio International, February 27

2004-2006, Member, State of Wisconsin HIV Prevention Community Planning Council

2005, Invited Speaker, "Music, Musicians, and AIDS," State of Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program (Madison)

2004, Producer, Positive Music: an AIDS Benefit Concert (Madison)

2002, Founder & Coordinator, Wisconsin AIDS Ride (formerly AIDS Network Cycles Together)


"Episode 36," TEN7 podcast, August 8, 2018

"Drupalcon Baltimore Edition," Lullabot Podcast, April 20, 2017

"Past, Present, and Future of Drupal with Dries Buytaert and Matthew Tift," Lullabot Podcast, November 24, 2016

"Selling Drupal Modules and Distributions," Lullabot Podcast, April 7, 2016

"Drupal AMP," Talking Drupal Podcast, March 9, 2016

"Coding in Schools," interviewed along with Eric Schneider (Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Minnetonka Public Schools), Drupalize.Me Podcast, December 12, 2014

"Minnetonka Molds 21st-century Thinkers" by Stephanie Helseth, Sun Sailor, April 7, 2014.

"What <audio> Means for Public Radio," Public Media Innovators Webinar, May 30, 2012

KBOO (Portland, Oregon), interviewed by Andrew Geller about "Grateful Dead Musicking" chapter in All Graceful Instruments, November 8, 2008

Interviewed on the "Morning Show" on WKOW (Madison) about Positive Music: Musical Responses to HIV/AIDS benefit concert, December 3, 2004

"Concert to Benefit AIDS Network of Madison" by Jacob Stockinger. Wisconsin State Journal, December 2, 2004.