An ancient symbol for many cultures, the turtle represents creation, strength, wisdom, and endurance. At Webfooted Communications, we combine these traditional elements with a passion for exploring new ideas and creative techniques.
Kristina Ackley Baumler
Kristina Ackley Baumler is the author of 100 Top Internet Job Sites (March 2000) and co-author (with Hilary Benoit) of Online Web Design (August 2001). She works as communications and employee director for Freddie Mac. She owns and operates Webfooted Communications--a career, communications, and Web consulting firm located in Herndon, VA.
As a communications specialist for more than 20 years, and an online user since 1985, she integrates her two interests to effectively meet personal and professional goals. An avid editor and writer, Kristina has also written feature articles and poetry. She speaks and writes for diverse audiences on topics such as career searching and the Internet, and helped hundreds of job seekers as Monster.com's Nonprofit Career Expert (1999-2001).
She has held a number of leadership positions for the American Cancer Society since 2001, and currently participates as the Web chair for Relay For Life of Reston and as co-chair for the National Capital Area Task Force on Relay For Life. Kristina also serves on the Board of Directors for Herndon-Reston FISH.
Kristina holds a master's degree in Public Relations Management from the University of Maryland at College Park and a bachelor's degree in English, with a German minor and writing concentration, from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH. She resides in Northern Virginia with her family.
Hilary Benoit is the co-author (with Kristina Ackley) of Online Web Design (August 2001). She works as director of Quality for WR Systems, Ltd., an information technology and engineering services company headquartered in Fairfax, VA. She has been involved in the information technology (IT) field for more than 20 years, starting as a Cobol programmer back in the seventies. Over the past few years, working more and more with Internet applications, Hilary has targeted quality improvement initiatives at the Web application development process and is particularly interested in usability and accessibility design issues.
She regularly writes papers and gives presentations on software quality-related topics at IT conferences. She is a member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), the Internet Society, the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE), IEEE Computer Society, the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), Quality Assurance Institute (QAI), the Usability Professional's Association, and Mensa.
Hilary holds a master of science degree in Computer Information Systems from Boston University, a Post-Graduate diploma of Technical Russian Translation in Astronomy from North London Polytechnic, U.K., and a bachelor's degree in Russian from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, U.K. Her professional certifications include: Software Quality Engineer (CSQE) and Quality Manager (CQMgr) with the ASQ; and Software Test Engineer (CSTE) and Quality Analyst (CQA) with the QAI. Hilary, originally from Ledbury, Herefordshire, in England, now resides in Northern Virginia with her husband.