Diane Cook Donovan


(Resume in PDF format)


AREAS OF EXPERTISE -- Microsoft Development Stack - ArcGIS Online - SQL - HTML5/CSS/PHP/jQuery


State of Vermont Agency of Transportation - Montpelier, VT (2011-present)

  • Systems Developer
  • Lead developer for VPins (VTrans Project Information Navigation System) project implementation and support using Microsoft Visual Studio to create a WPF application employing MVVM application pattern, Entity Framework, XAML and Visual Basic as well as DevExpress controls. Using MS SQL Server Development Studio, designs, implements and supports the VPins database with database organization and T-SQL procedures.
  • Responsible for initial implementation of Dashboards for the VTrans Reportal Business Intelligence project using Power BI. Researched available third party tools and, with data from Master Data Services, defined the scope of dashboards and designed the visualization of the data.
  • Develop and maintain other agency applications and web pages using Visual Studio, Visual Basic, C#, HTML, CSS, Access, Web-based tools, and SQL and Oracle databases.

The Trustees of Reservations – Beverly, MA (2002-2011)

  • Consultant to the Director of Structural Resources
  • Collaborated with the Director to design, build and populate a database of structures statewide in order to track deferred maintenance. The database was initially written using MS Access and later converted to a web-based MySQL database accessed with PHP coding. Subsequently added functionality to the Structures Database to track building energy use.
  • Project Manager for the “Green Team” to evaluate the Trustees’ carbon footprint, supervising two summer interns compiling energy usage data.
  • Created database and user interface to issue vehicle permits on Martha’s Vineyard properties.

The Trustees of Reservations – North Andover, MA (2009-2011)

  • Consultant to the Ecology Program Manager
  • Using XHTML, CSS, MySQL, PHP, JavaScript and jQuery, created and deployed an online database for ecological observations across the properties of the organization.

The Trustees of Reservations – Leominster, MA (2005-2011)

  • Consultant to the Director of Planning & Stewardship
  • Designed, built and deployed an online database for management plan implementation schedules for each property as well as routine maintenance plans. The database is written using MySQL and accessed with PHP coding.

Brattleboro Union High School – Brattleboro, VT (2009)

  • Technical Assistant
  • Working with the Technology Coordinator, deployed 105 new Windows laptops to teachers and redeployed the used laptops for other uses within the school. Also, imported information from the SASI database to the newly acquired PowerSchool database.

U.S. Census Bureau – Arlington, MA (2009)

  • Enumerator - Lister
  • Address Canvassing, interaction with residents, mastered use of specialized hand-held computer.

Winchester Historical Society – Winchester, MA (2005-2009)

  • Consultant
  • Implemented PastPerfect image management software scanning historic images from the archival collections into the database with a team of volunteers at the Town Archives as part of a Cultural Council Grant.
  • Data entry of membership into the Society’s new PastPerfect software.

The Trustees of Reservations – Ipswich, MA (2001-2002)

  • Consultant for Historic Resources in the Northeast Region
  • Scanned 25 deteriorating photograph albums personally compiled by Francis R. Appleton, Jr. (from 1895), in order to preserve the historic images and his hand-written captions.

Mary McKenna & Associates, Inc. – Winchester, MA (1992-2001)

  • Associate for Architectural Firm
  • Supported the architectural work of the firm with presentation preparation, model building, preparation of field notes, specifications and schedules, production of reports and organization of contract documents.
  • Researched the history of properties at local building departments, libraries, historic societies, registry of deeds and on-line.
  • Created, produced and maintained the firm’s website using HTML code and Adobe ImageReady.
  • Created and produced a PowerPoint presentation of the Little Holme project, using drawings, construction & professional photos, and historical research for the 2000 Restoration and Renovation Conference, Boston.
  • Project Assistant
  • Managed and designed computer applications and networking and was responsible for information management procedures.
  • Produced marketing materials, investigated public and private design opportunities and maintained client and consultant relations.

U.S. Department of Defense – Fort George G. Meade, MD (1983-1987)

  • Associate Computer Scientist
  • Member of system design team in the research organization.
  • Worked from early analysis of system requirements through implementation of the design.
  • Received several awards for individual contributions.

International Business Machines (IBM) – Essex Junction, VT (1982)

  • Engineering Assistant
  • Assisted electrical engineers and programmed software to evaluate tools, product and manufacturing process through the line.


  • Adept at quickly learning new systems, applications and programming languages.
  • Trained as a programmer and familiar with software development techniques and industry standard practices in various programming languages, including: VB, C#, Java, XAML, HTML5, CSS, PHP, JavaScript, jQuery, XML, ASP, Visual Studio, Dreamweaver, DevOps, SQL Server as wells as SQL/MySQL/ Oracle database development environments.



    • BS in Computer Science with a minor in Electrical Engineering

    • Extension Studies with a concentration in Information Technology and Digital Media
    • Web GIS: Principals and Applications (2014)
    • Exposing Digital Photography (2014)
    • Multimedia Communication: Digital Storytelling (2013)
    • Developing Interactive Media (2012)
    • Developing Web-based Database Apps (2011)
    • Intro to Computer Science using JAVA I & II (2010-2011)
    • Building Dynamic Websites (2010)
    • Web Content Management Systems Site Development (2010)
  • Continuing Education

    • Let's Dev This – MS Azure Cloud Tour (2015) -- Microsoft New England Research and Development Center
    • Developing Web Applications Using MS Visual Studio 2008 SP1 (2011) – KnowledgeWave
    • Joomla! Day New England (2010) – Marlborough College
    • jQuery Conference '09 -- Microsoft Cambridge (September 2009)
    • SEO & Email Marketing (2009) -- Constant Contact & Brick Marketing
    • PastPerfect and Town Archives Training (2004) -- Town of Winchester
    • Dynamic Web Pages using PHP and Apache Server (2003) -- IEEE with Qualware Instruction
    • The Conference for Adobe Photoshop Users (2000) -- CompuMaster
    • Web Page Design for Design Professionals (1998 & 1999) -- Build Boston
    • Excel 7.0 Level 2 (1998) -- CompUSA Computer Training
    • Cambridge Center for Adult Education -- Flash CS4 Pro (2010), Dreamweaver CS3 (2008), Advanced Coding Topics: jQuery Enhanced Interaction Design (2009), Advanced Coding Topics: XHTML/CSS (2009), Digital Imaging (1996)
    • Introductory Courses in Architecture (1987-9) -- Boston Architectural Center
    • Pre-architecture program (1986) -- University of Maryland


  • Barre Congregational Church - Chancel Choir
  • Winchester Historical Society
    • Web Designer for www.WinchesterHistoricalSociety.org
    • House Tours docent & Town Day Trolley Tour organizer
  • Winchester Town Archives
  • WGBH and This Old House docent for Milton House Project Tours

INTERESTS -- Women in Transportation, Environmental Issues, History, Architecture, Genealogy, Needle Arts, Music