Donnie Apted is a creative problem solver who has always been an artist. His interest in Web Design started as a hobby, putting together web sites for family and friends. This hobby has now grown into his career path. Donnie has built a number of sites for nonprofit groups and hopes to expand his portfolio of projects.

In 1989, Donnie earned an Associate of Arts in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Atlanta. Shortly thereafter he fulfilled a commitment to serve active duty in the U.S. Navy as a Storekeeper. His passion for art and design took a back seat, but he still found time to utilize his creative skills by doing flyers, posters, creating logos and designing an album cover.

Wanting a career change, in 1993 he became a Builder in the Navy Seabees, fulfilling another life-long desire to become a carpenter. This provided him the opportunity to be project manager on a number of projects. In 1995 he bought his first computer; it was then he knew he wanted something to do with the Internet.

In 1997, Donnie left active duty and moved to Atlanta, Georgia to start a family. While working in the construction field, he still made time for freelance work on the side. During these years, he expanded his knowledge of computers and technology, and soon became the “techno-geek” that everyone consulted on PC-related issues. In 2000, he discovered that he truly enjoyed designing web pages.

While serving in the Army National Guard, Donnie was deployed to Iraq in 2003 for one year. This was a life-altering experience. He retired with 20 years of service in 2005, bringing an end to his military career. In 2006 he put together his first real website, a blog for his writer wife, Kari. In 2007 he designed the logo and built the site for Veteran’s Heart Georgia. Donnie decided to increase his skills and knowledge of Web Design, and in 2011 enrolled into Sessions College for Professional Design Associate of Occupational Studies in Web Design program.

Donnie and Kari have been married for twenty-two years, and have three amazing sons ranging from 15 to 3 years of age. Kari often calls him “MacGyver Man” because he can fix just about anything.