Yaneek Smith

Freelance Writer & Proofreader

Location:Avon, Ohio, United States
2 Skills
Yaneek A. Smith

Miami (Ohio) University -- Graduated in August, 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography (with an emphasis on Environmental Studies); Senior Thesis: Solar Thermal Energy

Oak Harbor (Ohio) High School – Graduated in May, 2002 with a 3.65 GPA, an Honors Diploma and as a member of The National Honor Society


Contributing Sportswriter, The Suburban Press, Milbury, OH [September 2010 – present; Supervisor: Pat Eaken, 419-836-2221, ext. 20] – Wrote in-depth, human-interest stories about local sporting teams and athletes; occasionally wrote non-sports articles about local businesses in the area.

Head Sportswriter, The Ottawa County Exponent, Oak Harbor, OH [August 2011 -- present; Supervisor: Christine Dials, 419-898-5361] -- Used interviews with coaches and game information to write stories about local sporting events.

Sportswriter/Correspondent, The Port Clinton News Herald, Port Clinton, OH [September 2011 -- present; Supervisor: Vince Guerrieri, 419-332-5511] -- Used interviews with coaches and game information to write stories about local sporting events.

Sportswriter/Correspondent, The Sandusky Register, Sandusky, OH [April 2009 – September 2011]; Supervisor: Anthony Moujaes, 419-625-5500, ext. 6] – Wrote stories covering accounts of local sporting events, interviewed coaches for game and statistical analysis, published statistics on the newspaper’s website and answered phones, where I took information from coaches about the sporting events.

Contributing Sportswriter, Bleacher Report, www.bleacherreport.com [December 2010 – June 2011] – Wrote in-depth stories and constructed rankings about sports (football, basketball, baseball) for a national sports website.

Front Desk Assistant – Grand Islander/Islander Inn, Put-In-Bay, OH [July – September 2010; Supervisor: Annette Luecke, 419-285-5555; Reason for leaving: The season was ending] -- Worked the front desk at a summer resort hotel, answering phones, registering customers, checking people in and out their rooms, answering clients’ inquiries, running a nightly audit and preparing the following day’s paperwork.

Boat Assistant – Put-In-Bay Parasail, Put-In-Bay, OH [June 2009 -- August 2009; Supervisor: Jason Hall, 239-272-0231; Reason for leaving: The season ended] -- Sold tickets in the booth for a parasailing operation, answering any questions the customers may have had; also, worked on the boat and assisted the captain with passengers, helping to harness them and prepare them for the ride.

Ticket Salesman – Island Rocket, Sandusky, OH [May 2003 – August 2003; Supervisor: Bill Annand, 812-941-9990; Reason for leaving: Went back to college] – Sold tickets for a boat company from a booth and helped to keep passengers in the waiting area.

Front Desk Assistant – Best Western Hotels, Port Clinton, OH [June 2002 – August 2002; Supervisor: Hotel is currently under new management; Reason for leaving: Began attending college] – Answered phones, checked people in and out of their rooms, dealt with customers’ inquiries, handled money, used a credit card machine and helped to maintain a general “up-keep” of the lobby.

Field Enumerator, U.S. Census Bureau, Oak Harbor, OH [March 2010 – April 2010; Reason for leaving: The job only last for several weeks.] – Conducted interviews with residents in assigned areas by following guidelines and complying with confidentiality laws. Also, I explained the purpose of the census interview, answered residents’ questions, elicited information from a script, and record necessary census data.

Residential Assistant, Riverview Industries, Oak Harbor, OH [January 2010 – March 2010; Supervisor(s): Barb Lajti, Dawn Jennings, 419-898-5250; Reason for leaving: Twice injured on the job] – Worked with physically- and developmentally-challenged adults, helping to feed them, clean them and do some light exercise work with them.

Patient Account Specialist, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, Greenwood Village, CO [March 2008 – August 2008; Supervisor(s): Mindy Jarembo & Mona Olson, 888-259-7622; Reason for leaving: Moved back to Ohio] – Reviewed patient medical accounts to determine if refunds were due to patients or if outstanding balances should be transferred to pay off other patient debts.

Cashier, Bassett’s Market, Catawba Island, OH [August 2007 – September 2007; Supervisor: Sue (head cashier) 419-734-6505; Reason for leaving: Moved to Colorado] – Worked at a cash register and attended to customers’ needs.

Library Assistant, Miami (Ohio) University, Oxford, OH [January 2007 – April 2007; Supervisor: Jennifer Hautau-Witt, 513-529-7900; Reason for leaving: The semester ended] – Worked at the university’s main library, helping students check out books, organized books onto the shelves and assigned study rooms to students.

Grocery Store Assistant, Bassett’s Market, Catawba Island, OH [June 2006 – August 2006; Supervisor: Brenda Rose, 419-734-6506; Reason for leaving: Went back to college] – Worked in the deli, helping to organize and price food and attend to customers’ needs; also worked in the wine dept. where I helped to load and organize shipments of wine onto the display shelves.

Fundraiser, Miami (Ohio) University Annual Fund, Oxford, OH [September 2004 – April 2006; Supervisor: Tracy Meckstroth, 904-620-2590 ; Reason for leaving: School year ended] – Selected and trained as an Annual Fund representative in Sept. 2004. Since then, I successfully raised over $32,000 for Miami University. I was responsible for contacting alumni by phone in order to strengthen ties to the university, provide information on university programs and solicit donations.

Customer Service Assistant, Lowe’s Department Store, Fremont, OH [June 2005 – July 2005; Supervisor: Floyd, head of the Lawn & Garden Dept., 419-355-0221; Reason for leaving: I was laid off] – Made sales, assisted customers with questions about gardening supplies and helped load heavy materials to people’s automobiles.

Housekeeper, Holiday Inn, Catawba Island, OH [July 2008 – September 2008; Supervisor: Kim Moffit, 419-707-0995; Reason for leaving: Moved to Colorado] – Cleaned hotel rooms and dealt with customers’ inquiries.

Manufacturing Assistant, Nelson Mfg., Oak Harbor, OH [I’ve worked there several times – July 2005 – August 2005; May 2004 – August 2004; June 2001 – August 2001; June 2000 – August 2000; Supervisor: Jesse Portales; Reasons for leaving: Went back to school] – Operated equipment, made deliveries, performed regular janitorial duties and tracked inventory using Microsoft Excel for a company that manufactures ice cream freezers.

I can type approximately 65-70 words per minute (wpm), am familiar with Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint and Word and have plenty of customer-service experience.

Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools, Oak Harbor, OH [January 2009 – May 2009]

St. Charles Hospital, Oregon, OH [December 2008]

Salvation Army, Toledo, OH [December 2008]

New Orleans Spring Break Trip [March 2007]

Dean’s Student Advisory Council [September 2003 – April 2007]

Habitat for Humanity, Miami University Chapter, Oxford, OH [September 2003 – March 2006]

Tracy Meckstroth, assistant director of development, Univ. of North Florida, Coggin College of Business, 904-620-2590, t.meckstroth@gmail.com
Anthony Moujaes, sports editor, Sandusky Register, 419-625-5500, ext. 6
Mike Bassett, owner, Bassett’s Market, 419-734-6506.
Bill Annand, vice president, Hornblower Marine Services, 812-941-9990
Joe Miller, principal, Danbury Middle School, 419-798-2258
Judy Peters, principal, Carroll Elementary School, 419-898-6215
Paul Lockwood, treasurer Gibsonburg Schools, 419-898-0079
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