Summary of Qualifications
Master's degree in journalism and mass communication with 20 years of experience in magazine, newspaper, web, book, and technical writing, editing, layout, photo editing, and proofreading. Ten years of industry experience with graphic design, web design and development of public web sites, message boards, and a corporate intranet.


Professional Experience (Full-Time Employment)

Community Manager

January 2014 - present

  • As the face of, I manage all internal and external communications
  • Brainstorm, produce and write positive stories about the people, businesses, and organizations doing good things around Whatcom County
  • Manage all aspects of social media marketing in support of WhatcomTalk: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, etc.
  • Connect and build relationships with community members and local business owners to create content

Content Developer/Writer
Toolhouse Design Company
July 2002 - September 2004

  • Collaborated with the Creative Director to set the tone for each project
  • Developed scripts from client messaging briefs for interactive presentations
  • Acquired screen captures to coordinate with scripts
  • Scheduled recording of scripts with narrative talent and recording studio
  • Provided implementation direction to internal designers and programmers
  • Supplied concept and copywriting skills for non-interactive projects

Creative Networks, Inc. (telecommuting position)
September 1997 - March 2001

  • Solely responsible for all aspects of the Creative Networks, Inc. web site
  • Created all graphics, including animated GIFs, for web site
  • Designed all layouts and implemented new technologies for company web site
  • Directed complete web redesign
  • Maintained and created company intranet
  • Produced and maintained publications database
  • Edited all writings by Creative Networks authors
  • Published all documents to company web site
  • Managed contractors
  • Established business plan for web site redesign
  • Produced company stylebook

Copy Editor/Acting Features Editor
Skagit Valley Herald
September 1996 - October 1997

  • Edited copy and wrote headlines for News, Features, Opinion and Business pages for daily newspaper, circulation 20,000
  • Shared responsibility for paginating all pages using QuarkXPress
  • Worked closely with other editors to plan copy flow, story play and photo play
  • Acted as full-time Features Editor from August 1997–October 1997

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication
January 1996 - August 1996

  • Managed the School of Journalism and Mass Communication computer graphics lab, including software and hardware installations, troubleshooting, and support services
  • Acted as teaching assistant for desktop publishing course
  • Worked closely with faculty to anticipate and solve computer and technology issues
  • Assisted in the creation of visual communication courses
  • Conducted research for visual communications professors

Editorial Assistant
Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publications
August 1993 - January 1996

  • Wrote feature articles for Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publications
  • Followed through each step of publication from interview to layout approval
  • Created, designed and edited departmental newsletter distributed to regional editors nationwide
  • Performed administrative functions for department head, editors, senior writers and associate editors
  • Answered reader inquiries by conducting research regarding 10 home- and building-related publications
  • Prepared photography for scribing and scanning

Editorial/Administrative Assistant
University of Iowa Department of Biological Sciences
June 1991 - April 1993

  • Edited, formatted and submitted manuscripts for publication in national and international science journals
  • Assisted in compilation, writing and submission of grant proposals and renewals to the National Institute of Health and related agencies
  • Organized weekly seminars conducted by visiting scientists

Professional Experience (Freelance Work)
August 2000 - present
Details for all clients and assignments available here.
An overview (with screen captures) of all web sites I've created available here.

Writing Clients

  • All Music Guide
  • Bellingham Herald (restaurant review columnist and feature writer)
  • Better Homes & Gardens Decorating
  • Better Homes & Gardens Building Ideas
  • Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Crafts
  • Better Homes & Gardens Home Ideas
  • Birmingham Black & White
  • Boog City
  • Essential Design
  • Gale Group/St. James Press
  • Hartley Jewelers
  • Log Home Living
  • McGraw-Hill Companies
  • Northwest Life & Times
  • Pickford Cinema
  • The Pieces
  • Seattle Writergrrls
  • ThurstonTalk
  • Toolhouse Design Company
  • USA Today
  • Western Washington University
  • Whatcom Magazine
  • Zervas Group Architects

Copy Editing Clients

  • Random House
  • Time Warner Books/iPublish
  • Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • e-Reads
  • International Engineering Consortium 

Developmental Editing Clients

  • Corwin Press

Web & Photography Clients

Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication
August 1996
Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

Bachelor of Arts in English
May 1993
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Knowledgeable in AP Style and the Chicago Manual of Style.

Proficient with Macintosh and PC systems.

Skilled in QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher), and HTML.

Design experience with web sites, blogs, newspapers, magazines, and logos.

Writing Samples

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