Who IS Sunfire?


So you might be wondering, who is this “Sunfire” chick? Where’d she come from? And why should I trust her to build my website? I think I can answer the first two questions fairly easily. I will leave the third one for another post, though.

In case the About section on my main website doesn’t give you enough detail, here’s a better breakout:

Sunfire, while in the Navy, hard at work on her blog in 2005
Sunfire, while in the Navy, hard at work on her blog in 2005
  • My real name is Connie Hill, but I have been known as Sunfire since high school (10th grade, to be exact). It was a nickname I chose for myself that everyone agreed was particularly appropriate. The name fit so well, some people never even knew my real name.
  • After graduating high school, I served 5 years in the US Navy working on computers in rooms with no windows in buildings underground. The travel with free room and board was nice, and I learned a lot of valuable skills.
  • I left the Navy in 2006, and by 2008, I had established an online hobby business selling my pyrography (wood burnings) under the name Breath of the Dragon. First on Etsy, then moving to Zibbet in 2010.
  • At the same time, I was working nearly full-time at a local grocery store. I have done a lot of different things for that company, including cooking in the deli, stocking grocery freight, changing price tags, even running my own department a couple different times.
  • Oh yea, also in 2006, I decided to take my GI Bill from the Navy and head to college. I signed up with DeVry University Online, originally for a Business Administration degree. It didn’t take long for me to drop that in favor of something I actually enjoyed: Web Development.
Proof of Completion - Bachelor's degree in hand July 2014
Proof of Completion – Bachelor’s degree in hand July 2014

I finally graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Web Development and Administration in July 2014. Sure, it took a while. The thing about the GI Bill is that it only covers so much of the cost. Every time I owed too much, I had to stop taking classes until the previous ones were paid in full. So I had to take breaks in my learning.

But I did it. And I’m looking to take that degree and make real use of it. If I was willing to move to Seattle or another major tech hub, I would probably already be working for some major firm. But I really like living here in Wenatchee, WA. And so does my husband. We don’t want to move, so we’re doing what we can to find (or create) work both in town and through the Internet. I have a good feeling that once I get the hang of full-fledged eCommerce sites, I will be able to make strong sites for all of my crafting buddies from Zibbet and Etsy.

For now, though, I just keep practicing, learning, and exploring. Always looking for new projects to test my skills and knowledge. But we’ll talk about those later…

Just getting started…


Just wanted to make a quick post to welcome you to my new blog.

I’m pretty excited about it, because I learned a lot in the process of creating it…. like how to make a WordPress theme that matches the rest of my site.

Have a poke around, let me know if I missed something, or if anything looks ‘wrong’ – I’d appreciate it!


Education & Training


DeVry University Online

Graduation: June 2014 — Summa Cum Laude
Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems
Concentration: Web Development and Administration
GPA: 3.90/4.00
Relevant Courses:
Web Interface Design; Web Application Development; Web Security; Principles of E-Commerce; Advanced Web Application Development


Career-related Training / Certifications

Courses from Udemy.com:
— CSS for Absolute Beginners (23 June 2014)
— Become a Certified Web Developer (20 June 2014)
— WordPress Website in a Weekend (8 July 2014)
— Sublime Text Workflow (12 August 2014)
— Chrome Developer Tools (12 August 2014)
— Javascript for Absolute Beginners (6 Sept 2014)
— 1 Hour Javascript (6 Sept 2014)
— Web Development by Doing Javascript: Complete and Practical (16 Sept 2014)
— Learning Bootstrap 3 (10 October 2014)
— Joomla 3 – The Basics (24 February 2015)
— Projects in HTML5 (4 April 2015)
— Running a Web Design Business (20 April 2015)
— WordPress Theme Development w/ Bootstrap (8 May 2015)

Please see my profile on Udemy to review any courses I have taken or will take.


Military Training / Certifications

Integrated Digital Network Exchange (IDNX)
Fleet Cryptologic Carry-On Program (CCOP) Maintenance
Operational Risk Management (ORM)
Operational Security (OPSEC)
Classic Wizard (CW) Advanced Command Control Element (ACCE)/ Control Data Processing (CDP)
Fleet Electronic Support (FES) Maintenance Technician
Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS)


Other Training

Red Cross Wilderness First Aid/CPR; Wenatchee, WA; 22 February 2014
Washington State Food Worker; original: 2008; renewed 2011 and 2013

Reference Letters


To whom it may concern,

I am writing to recommend Connie Hill for the position of Web Designer at your company. I have had the pleasure of recruiting Connie to work on a personal website and the experience of working with her was exceptional. Connie has demonstrated outstanding work-related knowledge, professionalism, and customer service skills.

What I have been able to observe most is Connie’s grasp of an agile project management approach. When I asked Connie about the possibility of creating a website to showcase some of my own creative work, Connie undertook the project gladly. She remained in contact during the whole process and constantly checked in to see if she was creating the sort of website that met my specific needs. Her design was unique, innovative, and stream-lined; Connie is highly capable of creating a website that is user-friendly and that presents a polished product for the customer. I had no complaints with Connie’s work ethic or capabilities.

Based on my own decision, the website is no longer available to view. But, I would recommend Connie’s work to anyone who was looking for a web designer who was attentive, friendly, and dedicated to providing her best product for every customer. As a general rule, I have known Connie to exhibit these qualities consistently, both in and out of the professional world. I have also watched how her artistic talents – especially in regards to web design, on her own website and on others – have evolved in their sophistication and aesthetic appeal in the last five years.

Connie is competent, committed, and inventive; she would make a superb web designer for your company. I have no doubt that you will be pleased with her performance, should you hire her. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the address or phone number listed below.

Sarah Goodwin

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To whom it may concern,

After more than 30+ years in the beverage distribution industry, my first thoughts are that Connie Hill is THE most organized and analytical person that I have ever come across in my life. Her attention to detail is outstanding. She has been an absolute pleasure to work with, and she constantly looks for opportunities to improve business and is not afraid to think outside of the box! She is personable with customers and regularly seeks to assist them as needed.

I would highly recommend Connie to anyone that is looking for a reliable, committed and competent person to participate in their organization.

Please give me a call if you have any questions about this candidate.

My best regards,
Christopher Johnson

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To whom it may concern,

I am writing to recommend Sunfire as a future employee. I have had the privilege of working with her for 8 months now and have come to be quite impressed by her work ethic, customer care and willingness to learn new things. She always weighs what’s best for the company and for the consumer. In what I feel is a short amount of time she has taken ownership of her department and runs it very efficiently. Whenever I call on her she always has a smile and a can do/will do attitude. Sunfire will be an immediate asset to any company lucky enough to bring her on board.

Jim Krieger

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