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PROFILE

  • 10 years of professional writing and editing.

  • 9 years in professional education (secondary and post-secondary).

  • Author of two books, a popular blog, and many published stories, essays, and reviews.

  • Graduate degree in religious studies, undergraduate degree in communication.
  • Extensively trained and widely read in cultural studies, educational theory, religion, philosophy, history, media studies, and classic and contemporary literature.

  • Passionate about social and cultural issues, education, the arts, and the life of the mind and spirit.

  • Proficient with new media and social media, including WordPress, Blogger, MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter, along with basic HTML skills and advanced computer use skills.
  • Proficient in MS Office, Adobe software, and numerous additional software packages, including media production programs and platforms.

  • Home office contains two computers, high-speed Internet connection, phone, photocopier, scanner, fax.

 

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Freelance Writer, Editor, Researcher, Consultant     1998-present

  • Provided expert writing, research, and editorial support to a variety of clients, including:
    • The Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI) – Bronx, New York
    • Backbone Media – Waltham, Massachusetts
    • Fireheart Communications – Salem, Massachusetts
    • Sundance Equipment Sales – Sandy Ridge, Pennsylvania
    • Found Item Clothing – Portland, Oregon
  • Assisted clients in achieving their objectives by researching, writing, editing, and/or designing blogs, web copy, book copy, essays, reviews, catalog descriptions, educational materials, advertising documents, and marketing collateral

Adjunct Instructor of English and Reading     2008-present
McLennan Community College

English Teacher     2001-2008
Hartville High School

Creative Writing Instructor     2004
Tarleton State University's Dora Lee Langdon Cultural & Educational Center

Communications Specialist     1998-2001
Premier Mortgage Centers

Media Production Specialist     1996-1998
Missouri State University

Video Director     1994-1996
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Theater

 

EDUCATION

M.A., Religious Studies, 2003
Missouri State University
GPA 4.0

B.A., Communication, 1992
University of Missouri
Emphasis in radio and television production
Minor: Philosophy

 

SELECTED ACHIEVEMENTS AND RECOGNITIONS

  • Lead blogger and consultant for launch of Read Generation, Backbone Media's corporate blogging service, 2008-9.

  • Guest of honor at MoCon III, 2008.

  • Named in 2004 edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

  • Named in 2001 edition of Who's Who Among Students in America's Colleges and Universities.
  • Panel speaker at numerous literary conventions (Austin, Chicago, Seattle, Kansas City, Indianapolis).

 

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