Karen Kalafat

Morgantown, WV
Online Portfolio


US Green Building Council, Colorado Chapter
Denver, CO

Art Institute of Colorado
Denver, CO

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO

  • Interior Design graduate courses 2005 2006

Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA

School of Technology and Design
Mannheim, Germany

  • Studies in industrial design and German language and culture

Managing Partner
WV Pawn of Morgantown, Morgantown, WV
April 2012 - Present

  • Opened new pawn and retail business from startup, including complete renovation of commercial space.
  • Ongoing management of small business.

Kimberly Timmons Interiors, Denver, CO
December 2010 - August 2011

  • Developed materials for client presentations.
  • Researched, updated, and coordinated purchasing for commercial project FF&E specifications.
  • Managed and created marketing materials including a new blog website, web publications, an electronic newsletter, and promotional brochures.

Volunteer Crew Leader and Educator
Flatirons Habitat for Humanity, Boulder, CO
October 2010 - March 2011

  • Construction crew leader on a 4-plex set of homes that achieved a LEED for Homes Platinum rating.
  • Helped organize and implement a community awareness Open House per LEED for Homes credit requirements.
  • Developed and presented talking points on implementation of green building techniques.

Student Intern
Source Four Interior Elements, Denver, CO
April 2010 - June 2010

  • Researched, updated, and obtained vendor samples for project specifications.
  • Assisted with pricing, presentation preparation, and maintaining fabric and product library resources.

Holme Roberts & Owen LLP (now Bryan Cave), Denver, CO
December 2008 - January 2010

  • Managed content and user support of public website.
  • Provided support for existing intranet site, and guidance on usability for intranet site redesign project.
  • Provided technical support to attorneys and staff for online resources such as managing blogs and conducting surveys.

Student Intern
Ricca Newmark Design, Greenwood Village, CO
September 2008 - December 2008

  • Created and updated AutoCAD drawings, including base plans from old scans, redline changes, and FF&A details.
  • Researched, updated, and obtained vendor samples for project specifications.

Project Manager
National Ski Patrol, Lakewood, CO
September 2007 - August 2008

  • Managed design, production and user support of association intranet used by 26,000 members.
  • Provided guidance and assistance to national leadership in the areas of process improvement and member services.
  • Managed electronic surveys and elections and the user support for both.

Instructional Designer/Web Manager
Nurse-Family Partnership, Denver, CO
May 2005 - August 2007

  • Managed design, production and user support of online courses hosted in Blackboard and WebEx Presentation Studio course management systems.
  • Trained instructors and students on use of educational technologies.
  • Managed design, production and user support of company intranet used by over 800 nurses and staff.

Academic Advisor
Coast Learning Systems, Fountain Valley, CA
January - June 2004

  • Served as content expert for development of two online courses in Web Accessibility and XHTML.

Instructional Designer/Faculty Trainer
Colorado Community Colleges Online, Denver, CO
March 2002 - March 2005

  • Managed design/redesign and production of twenty-five online courses hosted in WebCT course management system.
  • Developed design process standards.
  • Developed training courses, and trained new instructors in WebCT management and HTML editing.

Web Developer/Production Manager
Georgia Tech Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing, Atlanta, GA
March 2000 - October 2001

  • Supervised staff of web authors and designers.
  • Managed site redesign for a Japanese language and culture site (www.gpb.org/irasshai/).
  • Managed design and production of two online science courses hosted in WebCT.
  • Maintained site design standards and Web Accessibility Initiative compliance.
  • Trained new instructors in WebCT management.

Webmaster/Computer Support Specialist
Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, GA
October 1996 - March 2002

  • Designed, managed and produced two departmental intranet sites.
  • Managed content for departmental Internet pages.
  • Provided hardware and software troubleshooting.

Graphic Designer
Freudenberg Advertising & Exhibition Dept.
Weinheim, Germany
January - July 1996

  • Created computer renderings, models and graphic layouts of exhibit designs.

Lots of experience/frequent use:

  • Concept development, programming, space planning, rendering, drafting, materials selection, creating specification schedules, model building, presentation board production
  • AutoCAD, Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, MS Office, SketchUp, WebEx Live Meeting and Presentation Studio, WebCT
  • Web design and production, instructional design, graphic design, visual design, information architecture, usability, project management, interface design, research, site documentation
  • HTML, CSS, SharePoint

Some experience/less frequent use:

  • Freehand sketching, lighting design, drawing package development, adhering to building codes, sustainable design
  • Acrobat, HomeSite, Illustrator, TopStyle, 3-D Studio, Blackboard, eCollege, Respondus, StudyMate
  • Online and classroom training instruction, Section 508 requirements compliance, cross-platform and cross-browser compatibilities, pc/network support, exhibit design, audio production
  • XHTML, JavaScript