Conference 2021: Presentations

Bringing Mission, Justice and Stewardship to Your Website

Christina Blust – Jessica Yaeger
Blustery Day Design

Ensure that your congregation’s website reflects its mission, embodies its views on justice, and practices good stewardship. Your website can be a valuable tool that both presents an authentic picture of who you are and supports you in active ministry. Pulling from our knowledge of the website industry and our work designing and developing websites for women religious congregations, we’ll give you examples, actionable tips and resources about: current website best practices, sound content strategy, ecological considerations, accessible and inclusive design, and more. With intentional choices that consider both your organization’s goals (including fundraising and vocations) and the goals of your visitors, your website will be easier to administer, more effective, and truly welcoming to all.

Christina Blust is a graphic designer, content strategist and web developer. She is the co-founder of Blustery Day Design, a women-owned design & development agency that works with creators, non-profits, and businesses.

Christina graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, with a degree in Graphic Design with minors in Peace Studies and Spanish. After an AmeriCorps volunteer year on an alpaca farm, she spent a decade in the non-profit sector doing graphic design, photography, writing, and web development. A supporter of open knowledge and open source communities, she is an active contributor to Wikipedia, Wikidata, and other Wikimedia projects. Christina has also been involved in the WordPress community as a WordCamp organizer, notably as design lead for WordCamp US 2017 & 2018.

Christina is also a singer-songwriter who has recorded albums as a solo performer and with various musical projects. With her indie folk band Yearbook Committee, she performed as an official showcasing artist at festivals including South by Southwest (Austin, Texas) and MidPoint Music Festival (Cincinnati, Ohio). She lives with her husband and daughter in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jessica Yaeger is a programmer, project manager, writer and designer. She is the co-founder of Blustery Day Design, a women-owned design & development agency that works with creators, non-profits, and businesses.

Jessica has degrees in Computer Information Systems and Graphic Design from Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. She previously worked for an S&P 500 company for 15 years. There, she was a desktop software and web developer covering the full application lifecycle, as well as a project manager in support of multi-million dollar business initiatives. Jessica has led multicultural teams and excels at facilitating communication between different teams and project stakeholders. She specializes in efficient processes, data organization, and user-focused, well-designed interfaces.

Jessica is also a writer, focusing on topics including empathy, grief, and compassionate responses to injustice. An avid hobby photographer, genealogist, and gardener, she lives with her husband and three sons in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky, where she is involved in local community campaigns and initiatives.

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