Summary

Skilled and highly-experienced communications strategist focused on the leveraging new communications tools using proven marketing and public relations strategies. Provides both strategic communications planning and advice for clients in specialized fields, including art, design, boutique retail and home textile/surface industries, as well as hands-on implementation of website launches, e-commerce deployment and communications campaigns. Also creates and delivers custom instruction on digital communications tools and strategies.  

Professional Experience

  • July 2008–Present | Communications Strategist | Self-Employed
  • Spring 2009–Present | Instructor | Pacific NW College of Art            
  • March 2009–July 2011 | Communications Manager | The Fabric Shop Network     
  • March 2009–July 2011 | Contributing Writer | FabShop News Magazine
  • Jan. 2007–July 2008 | Media & Events Officer | Portland Parks & Recreation    
  • Aug. 2005–Sept. 2006 | Director, Office of Community Services | Santa Fe Public Schools 
  • July 2003–Aug. 2005 | Director of Communications | United Way of Santa Fe              
  • Jan.–May 2001 | Interim Publications Manager | Institute of Medicine

Education

  • October 2000 | M.A. | University College Dublin
  • May 1999 | B.A. | American University

Presentations, Skills & Other Experience

  • Presenter, Book Expo America 2015
  • Presenter, 2009/2010/2011 International Quilt Markets
  • Presenter, Northwest Publishers & Authors - Building Your Author Brand (2013)
  • BPW Young Careerist Winner
  • Director’s Team Award, Portland Parks & Recreation
  • FEMA certified in Incident Command Systems
  • Extensive experiencing utilizing Wordpress, Squarespace, other blogging and website tools and interactive/social media
  • Launched and developed two niche blogs and two podcasts 

Courses Taught

  • Squarespace Website Design
  • Blogging & Digital Journalism
  • Social Media for Business
  • Social Media Jumpstart
  • Digital Portfolio Workshop
  • Web Design Tools (Web Design I)
  • Introduction to Facebook & Twitter
  • Instagram Marketing
  • Wordpress Quickstart 
  • Intro to Apple Computers 
  • Artful Blogging
  • Communication for Designers
  • Smartphone Photography