Hi I'm Makana
Designer, Maker, Entrepreneur
Naturally curious, I question everything. This is how I explore and analyze the world around me. I figure out how things work by understanding motives and mechanisms. Through this approach, I apply design thinking to solve problems.
My formal studies focused on entrepreneurship (undergraduate) and industrial design (graduate). My informal studies are rooted in trial & error, grit and a bit of luck.
Professionally, I’ve worked in technology with a few different roles including user experience designer, product owner, and technical product manager. I have also been a founder and CEO of a health technology company: Careify Inc., that resulted in a successful acquisition by Public Consulting Group.
What am I most afraid of?
Loss of vision. Literally and figuratively.
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard
Do You Matter? How great design will make people love your company by Robert Brunner & Stewart Emery
Thank You For Smoking
Public Consulting Group / Asheville
Technical Product Manager (Health)
2018 – 2022
Careify, Inc. / Raleigh
Founder & CEO
2015 – 2018
Bridgera / Raleigh
User Experience Manager
2016 – 2017
Apple, Inc. / Raleigh
2009 – 2011
Volt Technical Services / Cullowhee
Apple Campus Rep.
Technical skills and related applications.
PDF version of Makana’s Resume.
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