B.S. in Mass Communications, Virginia Commonwealth University
1994 - 1997
2006 – Present
Freelance Writer /Independent Contractor
GROVETON BAPTIST CHURCH (Pro Bono)
•Write press releases for events and distribute to local media.
•Promote events via online event calendars. Received coverage in Patch.com.
•Create media lists for distributing news to local media contacts.
AMERICAN HEALTH LAWYERS ASSOCIATION (AHLA)
•Provided information to members regarding membership status and fees, program registrations, product purchases and archive and list-serve subscriptions.
•Responded to requests regarding webinar links, and requests for AHLA information.
•Assisted with editing for annual meeting issue of the Connections member magazine.
•Wrote and sent membership renewal emails, highlighting benefits of membership.
•Generated membership reports and annual meeting receipts.
LOCKHEED MARTIN (Staff Writer, Armed Services Blood Program contract)
•Edited up to ten articles on a weekly basis; posted three articles weekly to national website.
•Posted 10+ articles weekly to regional blood donor websites using custom content management system.
•Wrote for and distributed monthly e-newsletter via Constant Contact. Included creating From the Desk of… section note for program director, editing the Reasons to Give section and articles for each issue.
•Compiled and distributed weekly media report. Included setting up Google news searches.
•Wrote articles and press releases on special events including the following:
Official Recognized for Role in Reopening and Relocation of Pentagon Blood Donor Center
NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF SCIENCE (Contracts Editor)
•Edited Transportation Research Board contracts, inserting pertinent information related to award amount, budget, funding source, principal investigator, and contractor and subcontractor qualifications.
•Requested and collected missing information from contractors needed to award contract.
•Served as liaison to program administrator, program officer and contractors regarding contract issues.
THE DUDLEY GROUP, LLC, Washington, DC (Public Relations Consultant)
•Wrote press releases regarding incoming academy instructors and distributed to the press.
•Created and distributed electronic flyers regarding teen entrepreneur boot camp (via Constant Contact).
•Created and distributed e-newsletters for music academy’s fall class registration (via Constant Contact).
•Created contact lists of area charter schools to contact regarding academy classes and services.
VIP DESK (Human Resources Assistant)
•Archived confidential computerized applicant and employee files into company’s archives.
•Answered phones, assisted job candidates on status of applications; mailed confidential applicant materials.
KELLOGG, BROWN & ROOT (Administrative Assistant, Marketing), Arlington, VA
•Re-organized confidential files of the Vice President of Global Strategy & Marketing, and the Vice President of Sales & Global Policy.
•Created filing system for more than 500 employee, financial and membership records.
2005 - 2006
GROVETON BAPTIST CHURCH, Alexandria, VA
•Provided member relations for a 250+ church congregation.
•Created weekly PowerPoint slides, typed meeting agendas, mailed guest letters and meeting reminders.
•Documented employee vacation time, prepared bills for bookkeeper and processed tithing payments.
•Assisted with church events including annual picnic, puppet show and arts camp. Included securing events space and listing in events section of community newspaper.
•Updated prayer line and lists and member database on daily basis.
•Coordinated funeral logistics that included coordinating with A/V and music staff, florist, food committee, relatives and funeral homes.
2004 - 2005
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
ADDICTION PREVENTION & RECOVERY ADMINISTRATION, Washington, DC
•Conducted and distributed results of daily census for 12 addiction treatment clinics.
•Submitted purchase orders for products and services for 12 patient clinics.
•Provided confidential information on client progress to parole officers of the District of Columbia Police Department and to Department of Child and Family Services social workers.
WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL, Arlington, VA
•Assisted advertising executives with data entry and other administrative tasks as needed.
•Assisted with company events including the annual anniversary gala.
•Answered multi-line phone, announced visitors, distributed faxes and mail; shipped FEDEX packages.
HILL & KNOWLTON PUBLIC RELATIONS, Washington, DC
•Supported two managing directors and several account executives.
•Served as the coordinator for the diversity communications group and assisted in writing press releases.
•Provided Internet research, assembled media kits, maintained news clips.
•Ordered reprints of newspaper articles and radio and television broadcasts.
•Women's Business Center of Northern Virginia