We hire and train craftsmen. Each member of our team identifies as a web developer, project manager or information architect, and approaches their job as a craft to be cultivated. We hire across the full spectrum, from apprentices to journeymen to master craftsmen, and we believe in the value of growth through mentoring, hands-on learning, and community involvement. If you think you’d like to join our in-house or freelance team, don’t hesitate to send a resume or even get in touch informally, even if we don’t have any positions listed.
Andy has been involved in information technology since the days when “high speed access” meant 56kbs over the phone line. More recently he has been focusing primarily on Drupal theme development and site building, as well as server maintenance and performance monitoring. He was the lead theme developer for River Valley Tech Collective from its inception in 2008 until 2011, and came to Common Media to lead the post-launch Drupal team in 2012. His primary responsibilities at CMI are to work closely with graphic designers and clients to develop flexible, search-engine friendly, high-quality and high-performance Drupal websites. Examples of his work can be seen on the portfolio page.
Before working with Drupal full time, he held a position as an extension educator and entomologist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus. His work there focused primarily on research and education in agricultural ecology and vegetable crop production systems with a special focus using social and digital media to deliver information and training to a diverse base of stakeholders.
Noah co-founded Common Media in 2007 after completing a Master’s degree in the Computer Science department at Tufts University. Along with co-founder Parker Morse, Noah built Common Media into a five-person boutique development firm, and in 2011 acquired River Valley Tech Collective, a local Drupal development shop. His primary responsibilities are business operations and project management.
Parker Morse is a graduate of Amherst College (1996) with a M.S. in Computer Science from Tufts University (2007). He brings a decade of experience as a professional web developer and systems administrator at Rodale, Inc. and Sinauer Associates, Inc., as well as graduate work in software engineering. At Rodale, Parker led the development of Runner’s Worldmagazine’s website, building it into the leading running website of the time. At Sinauer, he was responsible for top-to-bottom development of interactive textbook ancillary websites and CD-ROMs. At Tufts, he participated in the development and launch of the University’s Spark project, an application offering blogging, wiki, and podcasting tools to members of the University community.
Drupal development is a second career for Pat, who got his web app feet wet by creating and helping to develop Advokit, an open source voter mobilization application used in the 2004 presidential campaign by Rock The Vote and others. He switched to building web sites using Drupal in his spare time while continuing his cartography business, and Drupal work gradually expanded to take up most of his schedule. After several months doing contract work for Common Media, Pat joined the staff as a Drupal developer in the fall of 2011. Pat specializes in “everything Drupal” – he can build new modules as readily as he can tweak css.
Richard Hood graduated with a BS from Brown University in 1979 and an MS from MIT in 1981. In 1981 he entered the family marine business, The Ted Hood Companies, located in Marblehead, MA, which later relocated to Portsmouth, RI, in 1986. He was President of that business from 1991 until 1999 when it was sold to the investment group Bain Willard Companies, LP, which had earlier bought a competitor, Hinckley Yachts. In 2000 Richard left the company to launch a new career in freelance web development, video and graphic design. At Common Media, Rick was a Drupal theme developer before moving into project management.
Victoria (Vicki) Chapman started working in web development in 2000 as a student designer at the University of Connecticut while studying in the fine arts program. After four years creating sites for UConn schools and departments and attaining a BFA with a concentration in illustration, Vicki worked as a designer and front-end developer for various companies throughout western Massachusetts. Coming from a background in fine arts and illustration, she brings an artistic visual eye to projects, with the technical knowledge of CSS, HTML, Adobe programs and various content management systems, including WordPress and Drupal. She has had experience working on the front end for Ruby on Rails, PHP and a variety of other projects over the past 12 years.
Zoë started at Common Media in 2010 as a designer/developer before finding her niche as project manager. She leverages her fluency in both English and Techie to keep clients and developers seeing eye to eye, ensuring the smooth execution of projects from start to finish. She believes that strong, consistent communication is what turns single projects into long-term client relationships. Before coming to Common Media she co-authored a travel guide to Iceland in addition to designing and building websites from her home in woodsy Worthington, MA.