Brian C. Russell

Professional Experience

Director of Communications & Educational Technology
Duke University Health System, Duke University Hospital, Office of Graduate Medical Education
September 2015 – Present

Manage content for public and private sections of a Drupal website including news, events, documents, graphics/photos, and more. Assist several large groups of users with access to the new website. Coordinated the redesign and launch of the Graduate Medical Education website working with stakeholders, vendor, and DHTS web services. Also performed user interface design and user experience testing for new website. ( – New website launched September 2017.) Publish weekly email newsletter using HTML, graphics, and Mailchimp to send to over 1,000 internal Duke Hospital employees. Maintain several email lists. Gather and present analytics for website, social media, and email. Turn intelligence from analytics data into action items. Take photos for website and various print publications. Create multimedia, such as video, for training modules made with Storyline. Manage large group of training modules for delivery. Perform desktop support for office for Windows and Macintosh computers.

Yesh Design, Durham, NC
July 2015 – September 2015
Designed Drupal CMS based website for private client. Involved user interface design and user experience testing. User based design for theme graphics for website.

Astro Code School – Caktus Consulting Group
October 2014 – July 2015
Launched a technical training school, aka code school, from the ground up. Duties included marketing and advertising, budget management, sales, writing curriculum for training, student recruitment, photography and video editing for content marketing, and applying for, receiving and managing a State of North Carolina proprietary school license. Developed and sold custom training for corporations and universities around the country. Managed one full time software developer/trainer.

Chief Webmaster
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
April 2012 – October 2014
Design and develop new websites for museum while managing transition from old site. Coordinate social media by writing strategy document, obtain new tools to accomplish tasks, and implement social media across organization. Develop long range plan on how to use web and social media at the museum. Assist with creation of budget and procurement of online services. Produce, maintain, and upload museum information online and integrate all digital technologies.

Digital Media Director
October 2011 – March 2012
Run large local media website. Design new content for site to support internal and external marketing efforts. Post new content such as blogs and photos. Maintain complicated content management system. Debug issues that arise and fix them. Record daily on air promotion audio. Manage two employees and twenty freelance bloggers. Work with other members of senior management team to develop business strategies to grow revenue. Develop long-term technology vision.

Carrboro Creative Coworking, Carrboro, NC
October 2008 – October 2011
Manage and promote small businesses by providing private and shared offices to high-tech start-ups and freelance professionals. Used social and traditional media to launch business with small marketing budget. Built and designed Drupal website to promote business. Managed two part time employees. Company profile: Carrboro Creative Coworking is a shared professional workspace with a community atmosphere. It is designed to meet the needs of micro-businesses, freelancers, telecommuters, entrepreneurs, startups, writers, developers, designers, and other professionals whose work doesn’t fit into a conventional office template. Coworkers receive access to a reliable office space within a unique, creative community.

Yesh Design, Chapel Hill, NC
September 2007 – October 2008
Design and develop social networking websites for physical communities. Create audio and video for the web for use in viral marketing campaigns. Advise clients on practical and effective uses of modern Internet tools. Provide new media creation training.

Senior Designer
Aklia Digital Media, Raleigh, NC
March 2007 – September 2007
Created web graphics, video graphics, flash design elements, HTML, JavaScript, and style designs for website projects. Shot and edited video and recorded voiceover audio for the web. Collaborated with marketing and development team members to create email marketing campaigns. Created themes for Joomla CMS. Generated art concepts and color theory style guides for solid brand creation.

Computer Systems Administrator
University of North Carolina, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Chapel Hill, NC
October 2005 – March 2007
Provided technical support for computer hardware and software (Windows and Macintosh) in classrooms, labs, and offices. Responsibilities included problem identification, analysis, and resolution; deployment of new hardware and software to desktops; and installation and management of multiple WordPress blogs. Provided consulting to professors on new media technology such as podcasting and blog software use and development.

Technology Coordinator/AmeriCorp VISTA
Durham Literacy Center, Durham, NC
August 2004 – August 2005
Developed technology infrastructure such as new local area networks, supported existing personal computers, managed technology volunteers, administered Linux network server, and integrated technology into teen and adult literacy programs. Installed and configured Drupal content management system for organization’s website. Managed two volunteers.

Yesh Design, Durham, NC
October 2002 – August 2004
Developed web sites for corporate clients. Shot custom photography for design projects. Layout and print design for Compact Disc packaging. User interface design and information architecture design.

Interactive Online Developer
Isoph Corporation, Carrboro, NC
January 2003 – March 2004
Developed online learning modules utilizing flash, html, JavaScript, and ASP. Built web applications that utilize learners’ input to dynamically create customized instructional materials. Created original graphics to illustrate training scripts. Worked as part of a team to create technical specifications for final product.

Multimedia Designer
Tompkins Associates, Raleigh, North Carolina
February 2001 – September 2002
Duties included developing computer-based training and web-based training resources to complement the instructional design of Tompkins University. Specialized in delivering digital media via the Internet by installing and maintaining Linux web servers. Emphasis on digital video, graphic design, interactive design, and animation.

Multimedia Developer/Instructor
Radford University MultiMedia Center, Radford, Virginia
February 1998 – January 2000
Helped faculty, staff, and students learn how to use multimedia software to create and edit graphics, web pages, audio, video, and animation. Taught the following classes: Adobe Premiere, Streaming Audio and Video, and Web Aesthetics.

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Major: Sculpture
Minor: Painting and Printmaking
Graduation Date: December 23, 1995

Digital Media Education Center, Portland, Oregon, Avid Feature Film Camp
MC 101 – Media Composer Editing (v6.5)
MC 105 – Film Composer Overview (v6.5)
MC 210 – Advance Techniques for Media Composer (v.6.5)
MC 303 – Integrating 3rd Party Graphics (v6.5)
Graduation Date: September 1997

Programming Foundations with JavaScript, HTML and CSS
February 2020
Credential ID: 6R3S7DLXZE9Y
See credential

REFERENCES are available on request.

Community Experience

  • Orange County Economic Development Advisory Board, former appointed member
  • Town of Carrboro Economic Sustainability Commission, former appointed member for two years
  • Durham Literacy Center, AmeriCorp VISTA, year-long full time volunteer
  • Town of Chapel Hill Technology Committee, former appointed member
  • PodcasterCon, Podcasting conference, organizer
  • Founder of Orange Networking, a non-profit organization working to foster equal access to the Internet so that all people may benefit from the use of digital communication tools.
  • Durham Neighborhood College, Graduate, October 2014

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