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Elisabeth ("Lise") Fracalossi


5/2007-present Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA (part-time)
M.S. in Computer Science (15 of 33 credits completed)

9/1999-5/2003 Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
B.A. in Cognitive Science

Additional Coursework
9/2005-12/2005 Cognitive Aging, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
8/2005 Structural Equation Modeling, Tufts University, Medford, MA
5/2005 Advanced Psychological Statistics, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Work Experience

12/2009-present Web/CMS Developer, Nowspeed, Westborough, MA (contract)

8/2009-present Data Analyst, Creative Communication Associates (contract)
For the Catholic Diocese of Portland, developed a telephone survey to query Catholics’ giving behavior. Oversaw programming, testing, and data collection. Analyzed all data. Created a presentation and report to present research findings clearly to key stakeholders, including the Bishop of Portland.

6/2009 - 10/2009 Web Programmer, Pannos-Winzeler Marketing, Bedford, NH (contract)
Translate graphic designs into cross-browser compatible email campaigns/landing pages/Facebook Pages/ websites using hand-coded HTML/CSS. Perform content updates to static and CMS-managed client websites.

3/2006 – 5/2009 Strategic Research Analyst, Carnegie Communications, Westford, MA
Championed research campaigns for educational clients, incl. compiling competitor/environmental data, developing qualitative/ quantitative research instruments, collecting/ analyzing data, client management, delivery of final report accessible to all stakeholders. Collaborated with account managers/ creative professionals to build strategic brand platforms. Assessed client websites using usability heuristics.

11/2003 – 2/2006 Research Assistant, Brandeis University Lifespan Lab, Waltham, MA Data steward for Brandeis satellite of MIDUS, an NIH-funded study. Supervised the records of 300 local/ 2,000+ national participants, incl. data entry, verification, analysis, storage. Co-pioneered ISLAP algorithm to retrieve reaction time data from sound files of human speech. Trained/managed 6 student employees on use of ISLAP. Facilitated research papers/posters/presentations for principal investigators. Credited in “Telephone assessment of cognitive function in adulthood: the BTACT,” August 2006, Age and Ageing.

Relevant Personal Experience

6/2009-8/2009 Web/Marketing Assistant, Sugar Pond Software
Developed product tour/email blast for beta launch of journeysurveys.com

3/2009-5/2009 Web Publicist, Michael P. Raymond, author of Bigfoot Declassified.
Developed bigfootdeclassified.com for book launch. Established blog and presence on Facebook/ MySpace.

6/2007-present Blogger, Frugal in the Fruitlands
Wrote 110 articles related to frugality/ personal finance. Converted 75+ email/RSS subscribers. Welcomed 1,000+ unique page views per month. Appeared on FOX25 to discuss family co-oping.

10/2004-1/2006 Webmaster, Northern Lights Costumers Guild

5/2004-9/2004 Web Designer/Developer, Kerrycoons Cattery

5/2002-8/2002 Participant, Vassar College Undergraduate Research Summer Institute.
Using PHP, developed teaching tool for robotics/subsumption architecture/Interactive C programming.

3/2001-present Webmaster, electric-monk.net

9/2001-3/2003 Publicity Officer, Vassar College NSO (Science Fiction/Fantasy Club)
Created website design/ marketing campaign for 1st-year SF convention, converting 100+ memberships.

Technical Expertise

Operating Systems: Windows, Mac OS, Unix, Linux
Software: Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Visual Studio, Oracle, SPSS, MapInfo, iMark, ConsumerPoint
CMS: WordPress, MediaWiki, Drupal, Expression Engine, Joomla!, Novo, Radiant
Languages: Advanced: HTML/XHTML, CSS. Intermediate: PHP, SQL, C/C++, Java


Fluent in French; conversational in Japanese (spoken only); basic knowledge of Spanish