Melba F. Edwards

Freelance Presentation Designer & Document Designer

Location:Waldorf, Maryland, United States
2 Skills
Over 16 years of experience as a GRAPHIC DESIGNER AND DESKTOP PUBLISHER CONSULTANT, providing proposal support, with world-renowned companies and local government contractors of all sizes: CSC, Houston Associates, Booz-Allen Hamilton, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Raytheon, MITRE, Deloitte, Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), Hewlett Packard and Compaq, Johnsons Control, SRA International, KPMG, SAIC, Qwest Government Services.


Architecture and Drafting, A.A. Art Design, B.A.
Maryland Drafting Institute, Springfield, VA Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
GPA 3.5 GPA 3.5


Primescape Solutions Inc. February 2011 – Present
? Rewrote Past Performances, created templates, graphics for TIPPS4 and PBGC proposals
Parsons Engineering, Washington, DC (on call) August 2010 – Present
? Format and edit proposals
ITSolutions, Inc., Silver Spring, MD July 2010 – August 2010
? Formatted, created style sheets, and edited proposals for the VA and FDA
TRACEN Technologies, Chantilly, VA (worked from home) June2010 – July 2010
? Worked as a graphic design consultant for the Food and Drug Administration's Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract.
Technical Writer/Editor/Graphic Designer April 2009 – January 2010
CSSS.NET (hold PUBLIC TRUST clearance with Government Agency), Washington, DC
? Created brochures for the Information Technology Security Program Plan (ITSPP);
? Edited and formatted ArcSight, Proventia, Sensage and Sourcefire documents for IRS’ management and employee training; captured diagrams/icons using Snagit;
? Created a double-sided banner for July 20, 2009 VETS GWAC Program Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the companies’ System Engineering, Architecture, Integration and Testing competencies were highlighted. Worked effectively with vendors to produce the banner in a timely and cost effective method;
? Also create graphics for proposals; edit, format, and rewrite proposals, training reports, and presentation; set up SharePoint site for the business development group and
? Created monthly graphics for the POA&M analysis executive briefings; and edited/rewrote FISMA reports to the IRS.
Graphic Artist (ongoing) August 2008 – Present
Freelance Assignment, client? THE ART OF HEALTH, , Washington, DC
? Worked on a freelance project for Dr. Dorsey where I designed business cards, letterhead, and promotional material for her company; and
? Created a 3’x5’ banner dealing with the immune system for a presentation before 100 or more lawyers and doctors included.

THE CREATIVE GROUP client ?American Management Center, Inc., Falls Church, VA
May 2008 – March 2009
Worked on BAE Systems’ DAU and FAI Certified DAWIA and FAC Acquisition Workforce Training Manuals:
? Developed, formatted, converted, as well as revised, documents to include participant workbooks, trainer guides, collateral materials that support training exercises and activities, multimedia presentations, and other supporting documentation.
? Updated both the Participant Guide and Trainer Guides for LE204 and LE203, making them consistent with all other program books, and created the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COTR) Training presentation.
Client ? GRANT THORNTON, Alexandria, VA October 2008
? Worked as a desktop publishing and proof reader for Grant Thornton's Engagement Economics Management Guide/Global Portal Sector manuals.
? Coordinated slide presentations for several sessions; responsible for course registration(s); and room set-up for the Global Public Sector Knowledge Fair, November 11-12, 2008 at the Belle Haven Country Club.
? Attended and took notes for two sessions of the Economic Engagement sessions at the Knowledge Fair.
Graphic Artist
Client ? QUADEL Consulting, Washington, DC May 2007 – August 2007
? Set up Word template for the CHAC-rebid proposal and QUADEL training material. Created graphics for the proposal and oral presentations.

AQUENT client ? ARNOLD WORLDWIDE, McLean, VA September 2008
The client needed advanced PowerPoint skills to work onsite in their McLean office on Thurs/Friday of the week ending 9/19/08, and then flies to their Boston location over the weekend and return on Monday night.
? Created a presentation for their SunTrust customer. Majority of the work was done in their Boston office. I created some slides from scratch, also made sure that the colors were effective for their overhead slide presentation.
Desktop Publisher
Client ? National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Washington, DC September 2000
? Prepared and edited reports of data collected for the NTSB review board
Graphic Artist
Client ? Federal Data Corporation, Lanham, MD March 2000 – December 2001
? Assisted the FDC Senior Engineer with writing and editing of the Factory Integration Procedures that included router configuration; printer integration and configuration and UNIX client setup for FAA site installations; and
? Trained as an Associate Engineer by implementing hardware integrity tests. Verified the operability of the ignited Hewlett-Packard (HP)-UNIX operating system, libraries, graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and LAN software and served as technical resource to the FDC team.
Desktop Publisher January 2008 – April 2008
ASRC Federal Holdings, Greenbelt, MD
? Prepared the graphics for an interactive InDesign CS3 training class for staff members; created slides that showed toolbar overviews, and document;
? Setup; produced employment ads for the Rocketeer and Lighthouse newspapers (in California); and

Continuation of ARSC Federal
? Also created posters, postcards, fliers, and the company newsletter for public relation group and human resources. Testing documents and reports, presentations, and white papers.

TEKSYSTEM, client ? U.S. Department of State (held INTERIM TOP SECRET clearance), Rosslyn, VA
May 2007 – January 2008
Worked on the Long Range Oversees Buildings Plan (LROBP) manual for FY2007.
? Developed templates for country and post pages of this manual;
? Coordinated with staff member which photos would be best to use for each post write up; checked the resolution and made to appropriate sizes and CMYK format;
? Formatted charts linked from Excel to InDesign; and
? Assisted with ongoing upgrade by researching programs for the transition of Excel charts into InDesign. Demonstrated and trained several staff members’ procedures on the linking of charts, maps, and photos, as well as indexing subjects in InDesign.

NorthPoint Graphics, client ? GAO, Washington, DC March 2004 – June 2005
? While following Section 508 guidelines for the GAO bluebook, testimonies, briefing slides; designed posters, created graphics, formatted text, formatted photos; pre-flighting;
? Prepared comps for the 2004 Performance and Accountability Report, as well as the inside page layout; and
? Designed the Social Security Reform brochure http://www.GAO-05-193SP Social Security Reform: Answers to Key Questions

ALEX, INC., client? McKissack & McKissack, Washington, DC February 2002 –
March 2003
? Provided graphic design and enhancement, desktop publishing, scanning and documentation dissemination for the company’s proposals and presentations. Also responsible for information needed for 254/255 forms;
? Conceived, design layout and coordinate illustrations and creative artwork for Design/Demolition; Schematic Design submissions for the Technical High School at McKinley, McKissack’s Corporate Capabilities brochure, tear sheets, and presentations; and
? Produced graphics from architect and engineer drawings.

Software Skills:
Paint Shop Pro
MS Office Suite 2007/2003
Word, Publisher, Excel, Visio; Project, and PowerPoint

Operating Platforms:
PC and MAC systems
Windows 7

Xerox Phaser
Xerox 4150


Groups and Associates:
Elance Professional Network
Aquent Network
Presentation Guru
OST Global Solutions