Dedra Meeks

Freelance Article Writer & Comedy Writer

Location:Houston, Texas, United States
2 Skills
15411 Runswick Dr., Houston, TX 77062
Mobile: (281) 615-4695

Texas A&M University – Bachelor of Arts Degree, English

5/2008 – Present
Event Planner/Administrative Assistant
Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce
•Assist in all the Chamber's functions, dinners, etc.
•Organize all arts & crafts events
•Organize all children's activities at Chamber events
•Process billing and invoicing for Chamber members
•Receive and process ticket orders for events
•Send weekly newsletter updates to Chamber members using Constant Contact
•Manage Facebook updates and photos
•Voice podcasts, videos and on-hold messages
•Operate the electronic sign outside the office
•Make daily bank deposits
•Receive and sort mail
•Oversee the rental of both meeting rooms at the Chamber
•Serve as technical support for the projection and sound systems
•Update the Visitor Center with maps and brochures
•Serve as notary public (commission ending 2/19/12)
•Attend all Chamber ribbon cuttings, grand openings or groundbreaking ceremonies
•Take phone messages, dates and times
•Welcome guests and visitors
•Send local brochures to visitors or new residents by request

5/2005 – 5/2008
Advertorial Writer
Galveston County Daily News, Galveston, Texas
•Met with advertising clients
•Wrote stories about clients’ businesses
•Took photographs stipulated by clients
•Placed stories written on Daily News website
•Wrote and laid out special sections of all sizes
•Laid out a monthly newsletter for the Texas City – La Marque Chamber
•Used Adobe InDesign and Photoshop daily

1/2002 – 5/2005
Administrative Assistant
County of Galveston, Galveston, Texas
•Processed the office’s bills
•Deposited checks received
•Kept an orderly filing system
•Made travel arrangements for the department
•Acted as receptionist
•Performed basic office skills such as faxing and copying
•Maintained an up-to-date library for the legal office
•Processed the payroll for all employees within the department
•Wrote proclamations read before the Commissioner’s Court
•Served as notary public (commission ending 2/19/12)

1/2003 – 1/2004
Writer/Photographer (Part-time)
Guidry News Service, Galveston, Texas
•Attended local county and commission meetings
•Took photographs of each event, took dictation during the meeting
•Wrote 200- to 300-word stories and submitted them by hand or email to the editor before deadline

4/2002 – 12/2003
Administrative Recall
Today’s Dentistry, Galveston, Texas
•Called the office’s patient list, scheduling them for necessary treatment
•Confirmed insurance coverage
•Streamlined the computer bank containing every patient’s name and
•Sent out monthly reminder cards to those needing further treatment or cleanings
•Admitted patients

Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft Explorer
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Publisher
Adobe Acrobat 5.0
Adobe Reader 6.0
QuarkXpress 6.0
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Mac and PC
TYPING - 65 wpm
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing
Comedy Writing