Joan Marie Verba

P O Box 22693 · Minneapolis, MN 55422 · (763) 588-7640 ·

I'm a front end web developer and UI/UX designer, and I believe that the goal of web development and design is to make applications/web pages that present users with the information they want in the style they prefer. I find this both challenging and exciting, and is one of the reasons I find coding and designing so much fun.


Web Developer and Social Media Manager

Websites, Social Media, & More by Joan Marie Verba

Created web pages using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, or WordPress. Coordinated Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or YouTube pages for maximum effect. Made custom Twitter backgrounds and custom Facebook fan pages.

June 2010 - Present


FTL Publications

Formatted paperbacks in InDesign (full cover and interior), and formatted ebooks for publication. Titles have been recipients of the Mom's Choice Award, the Scribe Award, the EPIC Award, and the Midwest Book Award.

March 1994 - Present

Application Developent Associate


Application Development Associate at Accenture. In addition, I volunteered to speak about the process of finding a job to students participating in Junior Achievement.

February 2017 - March 2018

Leader and Receptionist

Weight Watchers

Leader/lecturer and receptionist - running the meeting, giving the weekly presentation, counseling members, greeting and weighing members, maintaining records, doing bookkeeping for each meeting. Received awards for most at-work meetings as a receptionist, and for the number of meetings where I filled in for other leaders who were ill or on vacation. Guided several members to lifetime status.

October 2000 - December 2009

Quality Editor


Editing shopper surveys. Including querying shoppers for details, proofreading reports, correcting grammar and spelling.

April 1996 - August 2008

Company Word Processor

Lerner Publications

Word processor at Lerner Publications, assisting in various editorial tasks, including photo research, manuscript preparation, company newsletter, problem solving.

April 1989 - March 1995

Applications Programmer/Technical Writer

Computer programmer at Sperry (Unisys), Republic Airlines, Control Data Corporation, ETA Systems.

eal-time, online applications (flight schedules and other airline applications, plus hotel reservations) in FORTRAN, BAL (assembler language)
Technical Writer at Century Design.

August 1978 - January 1988



Google UX Design Professional Certificate

  • Foundations of User Experience (UX) Design
  • Start the UX Design Process: Empathize, Define, Ideate
  • Build Wireframes and Low-Fidelity Prototypes
  • Conduct UX research and test early concepts
  • Create High-Fidelity Designs and Prototypes in Figma
  • Responsive Web Design in Adobe XD
  • Design a user experience for social good

March 2021 - August 2021

University of Minnesota Coding Boot Camp

Full stack web development

Full Stack Web Development: Intensive 24-week course dedicated to designing and building web applications. Skills covered consisted of HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap, Handlebars, Firebase, Node.js, MySQL, MongoDB, Heroku, Express, ReactJS, REST, MVC Paradigm, and Responsive Design.

February 2018 - July 2018

The Iron Yard

Front End Engineering

The Iron Yard offers immersive, 12-week courses that go far beyond tactical skills and teach students to think as a software engineer. The process shows students to learn how to learn so as to keep current on technologies in the long run. The Front End Engineering course focuses on creating experiences in web browsers that users see and interact with. The lessons cover web design principles to complex JavaScript applications (including ReactJS) that manage data, in addition to HTML and CSS.

June 2016 - September 2016

Indiana University

Graduate School of Astronomy

Associate instructor of astronomy, graduate courses in astronomy

August 1975 - May 1977

University of Minnesota

Institute of Technology/College of Science and Engineering

Bachelor of Physics degree

Graduated June 1975



CSS: Includes Bootstrap, SASS, Elemental UI, Media Queries

JavaScript libraries: jQuery, Lodash, Babel, Aphrodite

JavaScript testing and compatibility: Testing projects work across devices and through updates.

Backend basics: Deploy apps to local and live environments.

Tools: Node.js, NPM, Horizon, Express

JavaScript foundations: Types, functions, objects, scope, closures, constructors, prototypes and much more. Built applications with JavaScript.

Structured tools to create applications quickly and integrate them seamlessly: ReactJS

Version control: Git, GitHub

Databases: Firebase, MySQL, MongoDB

Architectual Styles: REST, MVC

Additional Skills

WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign and Photoshop), Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Figma, Sketch, Adobe XD


Web Development Projects

Media Search
Media Search
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Astronomy Picture of the Day
guess a word
Guess A Word Game
Weather Forecast
Weather Forecast
Guess A Number
Guess A Number Game
Crystals Collector game
Crystals Collector Game
Trivia game
Totally Trivial Trivia Game
Trivia game
Outer Space GIFs
Train Schedule
Train Schedule
Node exercise
LIRI Interface
Constuctor Word Game
Constructor Word Game
Online retailer image output
Portfolio page
Portfolio page
Burger screen
MySQL project
robot game screen
Robot Combat Game
news scraper screen
News Scraper
Memory Game
Memory Game
NYT Search
New York Times Search

UX/UI Design Projects


I have served on the board of directors of The Minnesota Science Fiction Society and The Mythopoeic Society

Member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers


(Partial list)


Defying the Ghosts

Wondry Dragon Finds a Home

Modern Surprises

Sword of Queens

Danger Zone

Extreme Hazard

Situation: Critical

Deadly Danger

Action Alert

Countdown to Action

Boldly Writing

Voyager: Exploring the Outer Planets

Short Stories:

"Revenge, Denied"

"The Wisest Wizard"

“The Sum of the Parts"


"Working Together in a Novel Way", The Writing Group Book

"Post-It Software Notes", ComputerUser magazine

"Coda Music Technology", ComputerUser magazine

"Computer Manuscript Formatting" SCBWI Bulletin

"The Three Great Myths of Writing", SCBWI Bulletin

"She Dunit", Mpls./St. Paul Magazine