Melinda Lee Berry

Freelance Writer & Proofreader

1820
Location:Bozeman, Montana, United States
Website: http://www.joatcleaning.com
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/ladygonzo
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$25
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I have a B.A. in French, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice as well as a Master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from Michigan State University. I also have a Homeland Security Studies certificate, have presented research before state legislature, and have taught online classes at Michigan State. I have studied abroad, worked in the Criminal Justice field, and started my own business. I can type at 60 WPM and have edited and written numerous papers throughout college and my 3.5 years as a Case Manager. I have written papers in French and have written about controversial topics such as stem cell research, planned parenthood, and the psychological consequences of terrorism, etc. I also enjoy creative writing and have had poetry published. I love doing research, proofreading and getting the information across to a specific audience. I feel I can write about anything you were to ask....so please do! Below you will find my resume of which I also have practical experience with developing the perfect one to suit your needs. I have also tutored children at Sylvan Learning Center and have helped non-native english speakers with their conversational skills.

PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE:
JANE OF ALL TRADES CLEANING AND ORGANIZING
BOZEMAN, MT APRIL 2009-CURRENT
OWNER

•Began this business as a part time opportunity in conjunction with my full time position at the Gallatin County Re-Entry Program. The business was successful within six months and I was able to begin working full time, maintaining my clients’ needs as far as housecleaning and organizing
•Maintain records in a neat and orderly fashion
•Maintain a friendly relationship with each client and adhere to their individual preferences
•Entrusted to do a job well done while maintaining confidentiality of home and/or office contents, clients’ personal belongings, and keys and/or security codes
•Cleaned and organized for small businesses throughout Bozeman
•Responsible for maintaining financial records, employment records, mileage, receipts, taxes, paperwork, and for handling phone calls and voicemails, appointments, and purchasing cleaning supplies. Also maintain company website and all advertising and promotions
•Was asked to be in Who’s Who of Small Businesses in 2010
•Ran Seize the Deal promotion twice; advertising throughout Gallatin County
•Participated in the 2010 “What Women Want to Know Expo”
•Make homemade ‘green’ cleaners for clients’ usage

SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER NOV 2009-FEB 2010
BOZEMAN, MT
TUTOR
•Passed Sylvan Learning Center’s entry test for tutors, followed by separate courses and online scored courses surveying each area of the Sylvan Learning Center’s goals and its expectations and instructions for becoming a tutor
•Tutored in Middle School level math, High School level math, Reading, Spelling, students’ homework assignments, as well as SAT and PSAT tutoring. Also tutored in English and Literature and was exposed to a broad variety of students, backgrounds, and different levels of capability and instruction methods
•Responsible for maintaining and documenting each student’s progress, making notations, encouraging the student, and ensuring they had a fun and valuable learning session

GALLATIN COUNTY RE-ENTRY PROGRAM, CCCS INC. APRIL 2008-OCT 2009
BOZEMAN, MT
RESIDENT CASE MANAGER/TLP CASE MANAGER/ G.E.D. FACILITATOR
•Maintain caseload of 25-30 clients and meet with residents weekly to discuss and document each aspect of their life to include: criminal and chemical background, financial, emotional, physical, recreational, mental, and spiritual needs and progress
•Prepare quarterly, progress, and terminal reports as well as treatment plans and parole reports
•Experienced with Department of Corrections, Board of Pardons and Parole, and Probation and Parole policies, procedures, and paperwork/documentation, in addition to legal and court documents, and confidential medical/mental health information
•Supervise Transitional Living Program (TLP) clients and progress
•Supervise G.E.D. program and facilitate testing
•Chosen as substitute for Aftercare group for a period of approximately eight weeks
•Interact effectively with clients and staff in addition to maintaining relationships with clients’ employers, families, friends, mental health counselors, Probation and Parole officers, and other outside agencies to assist in retaining support system for transitioning client
•Experienced in working with special needs offenders

SHIFT LEADER/G.E.D. FACILITATOR AUG 2007-APRIL 2008
•Developed strong leadership and conflict resolution skills supervising up to five Resident Assistants as well as 40+ adult male offenders
•Maintained safe and secure facility for residents, staff, and visitors
•Assisted with updating and maintaining program policies and procedures
•Rigorously maintained the confidentiality of legal, medical, and personal documents
•Responsible for Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) audits, resident chore list, and ordering supplies for facility, as well as updating daily paperwork to insure accuracy
•Provided cohesive work environment by delegating tasks to those on shift and communicating effectively, utilizing positive reinforcement and encouragement
•Trained Resident Assistants who were new employees or new to the shift and provided employee evaluations
•Facilitated G.E.D. prep and testing course

RESIDENT ASSISTANT/G.E.D. FACILITATOR JULY 2006-AUG 2007
•Proficient in Breathalyzer Administration, Urinalyses, Pat Downs, Room searches, Physical Checks, approving community residences for visitation purposes, as well as transportation of residents to and from locations and dispensing medications
•Developed and implemented G.E.D. Prep and Testing Course and taught Lifeskills course for a period of 30+ weeks

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (MSU) AUG 2005-OCT 2005
EAST LANSING, MI
CRITICAL INCIDENT PROTOCOL CLERICAL ASSISTANT
•Data entry of “Weapons of Mass Destruction” Seminar evaluations
•Compiled materials necessary for nationwide training programs
•Involved with updating the Critical Incident Protocol Program website

REFUGEE SERVICES OF LANSING MAY 2003-AUG. 2003
LANSING, MI
INTERN
•Trained employees in HIPAA regulations and compliance
•Mapped Emergency exits and assisted with emergency procedures and protocol
•Assisted in assuring policy compliance in accordance with the Council on Accreditation

INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC POLICY MAY 2003-AUG. 2003
AND SOCIAL RESEARCH (IPPSR)
EAST LANSING, MI
INTERN
•Conducted research concerning how various programs at MSU utilized land grants for further development and research
•Responsible for making contact with each department to discuss their mission and how they utilized land capacity to the fullest in accordance with grants bestowed upon them

PRIME HOUSING GROUP MAY 2003-AUG.2003
EAST LANSING, MI
RESIDENT MANAGER
•Responsible for the oversight of 67 apartments
•Maintained orderly appearance of apartment complex

EDUCATION:
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY—EAST LANSING, MI
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE MAY 2005
•Teaching Assistant for “Public and Private Partnerships for Emergency Preparedness” and Graduate Assistant for “Issues in Terrorism” graduate level courses

MASTER OF PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION MAY 2004
•Assisted with the publication “An Analysis and Evaluation of the Effects of Legislative Term Limits in Michigan” for Capstone course by writing a portion of the document in addition to editing the entire final compilation

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN FRENCH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE DECEMBER 2001
•Participated in Michigan State University’s Study Abroad Program taking courses in Tours, France during summer sessions of 1998 and 1999

CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAINING:
GALLATIN COUNTY RE-ENTRY PROGRAM JULY 2006-OCT 2009
•Certified in CPR, First Aid, Breathalyzer administration, Urinalysis testing (including federal clients), DNA swabbing, and fingerprinting. Received training on topics such as Standards of Conduct, Con Games, Team Building, Facilitator Training, Cultural Diversity, Identity Theft, Maintaining Confidentiality, Drug and Alcohol Addictions, as well as Mental Health Crisis Intervention techniques. Also received handcuff and self defense tactics training, in addition to defensive driving course

MCGRAW HILL PUBLISHING CO. MARCH 2007
•Certified to administer TABE testing to those seeking to obtain a G.E.D.

CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAINING: (continued)
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY AUG 2005
•Earned Homeland Security Studies Certificate by participating in three tiered course program at Michigan State University with topics of “Issues in Terrorism”, “Foundations of Homeland Security”, and “Public and Private Partnerships for Emergency Preparedness”

SKILLS AND SOFTWARE:
•Self motivated, success driven, and ambitious
•Consistently demonstrate sound judgment
•Ability to resolve conflict
•Communicate effectively both orally and written
•Highly organized and detail oriented
•Prompt and punctual
•Deal effectively with others beyond giving and receiving instruction
•Team Player
•Well developed critical thinking skills
•Experienced in the use of SPSS, STATA, ArcView, Adobe, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as Internet, E-mail and Social Networking sites

REFERENCES AND WRITING SAMPLE(S):
•Available Upon Request
Skills (2) Rating
Writing
Proofreading