Freelance Journalist, 2011 – present. Connection Newspapers. Report on community news for local newspapers, as assigned by editors.
Senior Management Specialist, and Production Coordinator, American Association of Retired Persons, Washington, DC. 1997-1999. Wrote community-based marketing materials to help educate the public about benefits available to low-income and elderly consumers through the Association’s Public Benefits Outreach campaign and Senior Community Service Employment Program. (Received AARP’s Sustained Excellence Award for Creativity for work on the Public Benefits Outreach campaign.) Helped create the Association’s information enterprise/publishing strategy, and oversaw production costs. Wrote detailed assessments of current operations, and business plans for improved operations. Managed program publications throughout legal approval process, editing, graphic design and final production.
Production Associate, Modern Maturity magazine, AARP, Washington, DC. 1996-1997. Managed advertising production schedules, procedures and deadlines for clients advertising in Modern Maturity, AARP’s magazine with a national circulation of 22 million. Served as technical advisor to advertising agencies for creation of artwork. Acted as liaison between ad agencies and printer, ensuring that each issue was produced on schedule, and clients were satisfied with placement and quality.
Production Specialist, Resource Services Group, AARP, Washington, DC. 1993-1996. Managed planning, design and production of Association’s community outreach publications. Proofread and edited promotional materials, and provided guidance on budgeting and efficient use of funds for publications. Hired designers and artists, and worked with publication authors throughout production.
National Activities Administrative Specialist, AARP, Washington, DC 1989-1993. Represented AARP and served as Board liaison at conferences and conventions.
Coordinated communications with and served as liaison to AARP volunteer Board of Directors. Wrote national advisory committee reports for presentation to Board of Directors and articles for internal publications. Edited AARP president’s bimonthly address..
Production/Advertising Coordinator, National Association of College and University Business Officers, Washington, DC 1987-1988. Coordinated Association’s advertising campaign, and solicited advertisers. Managed production of publications, including books, brochures, and monthly magazine. Negotiated contracts, scheduling, and ad placement with advertising agencies.
Production Secretary/Researcher, WETA-TV, Arlington, VA. 1985-1987. Served as media liaison for two local television programs, Metro Week in Review, and Around Town. Conducted program research for public television documentaries. Helped manage on-site activities for live television productions and coordinated intern assignments during live broadcasts. Provided administrative support.
BA, Political Science. West Virginia University. Morgantown, WV. Reporter, WVU “Daily Athenaeum” newspaper. Public Affairs staff, U-92 Radio. Summer internships included Staff Writer/Researcher for AAA World magazine, American Automobile Association’s national membership magazine, and Researcher/Writer for American Public Power Association (1981-1985).
Continued education courses include: Substantive Editing, Publications Management, Proofreading and Editing, Desktop Publishing, Graphic Arts Concepts and Mechanicals, Printing and Graphic Arts.