CHERYL L. STEWART
A versatile professional with 20-plus years of experience. A partial list of my skills includes:
• Case Management • Professional Copywriter & Editor
• Task Force Direction • Fund Raising & Volunteer Recruitment
• Group & Individual Intake • Corporate Newsletter Writing & Editing
• Group & Individual Counseling • Job Search & Corporate Outplacement
• Program & Facility Management • Grant Writing & Program Implementation
3/2013–Present VIRTUAL CAREER SPECIALIST. I am contracted with Human Solutions LLC as a Career Specialist. I teach job campaign skills to disabled individuals in the Ticket-to-Work program sponsored by the Social Security Administration.
2011–Present FREELANCE WRITER/EDITOR. Presently writing and editing freelance projects for individuals and businesses. *Hold concurrent with Human Solutions employment.
3/2011–12/2011 TECHNICAL EDITOR. Working through ADECCO Technical in Tucson, AZ, I worked as technical editor for Performance Associates, Inc. in Oro Valley, editing mining training manuals, hardcopy and onscreen, to specific project specifications. Worked closely with technical engineers and writers.
2/2006–3/2009 TECHNICAL EDITOR, Call & Nicholas, Inc. (CNI), an international team of mining consultants based in Tucson, AZ. I supervised all aspects of report publishing for the company’s 30 geological engineers.
FREELANCE WRITING & EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE
See my website for work samples at http://www.writereditorforu.com. Was on the freelance editorial staff at BookSurge, Xlibris, AuthorHouse, Infinity Publishing, and also accepted individual clients.
From 1995 to 2001, I worked as a Senior Copywriter, Medical Alert Writer, and Corporate Newsletter Associate Editor and Writer for Practice Builder’s Agency (PBA), Irvine, CA. This national advertising/marketing agency catered primarily to healthcare providers, but clients also included financial, legal, veterinarian, and alternative care provider practices.
CORPORATE EXPERIENCE PRIOR TO 1995
1993–1994 DOCUMENTS ANALYST. Chiron Vision/Johnson & Johnson, Upland, CA.
As analyst, I was responsible for proofreading all documents, including laboratory testing reports, corporate policy and procedure manuals, et cetera. After one year, I was offered a significant promotion, but I was in the process of relocating to Orange County and I declined.
1991–1992 CAREER CENTER SPECIALIST. Regain Worker’s Compensation Rehabilitation, Fullerton, CA. I was responsible for all Career Center activities for injured workers attending this vocational rehabilitation facility.
1991–1991 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of The Azusa Gang/Drug Prevention Task Force, a 15-person, nonprofit task force funded by grants to address the after-school needs of at-risk youth. I procured service providers at no cost, secured donations and volunteers, teachers, presenters, et al., and distributed a flyer to all school districts with the help of the Superintendent of Schools. Over 400 families responded, and over 250 children, ages 6 to 12, were enrolled. I supervised daily activities, eight bilingual peer/teen staff counselors, volunteers, and a secretary. My program was awarded a trophy as the Most Outstanding Youth Program in 1991 by the City of Azusa Parks and Recreation Department. Upon my contract renewal date, I chose to resign.
1989–1990 GANG DIVISION ASSISTANT. Requested to assist with grant implementation for gang/drug prevention program for Ontario Police Department. This was a part-time civilian position (20 hours per week), for the one-year grant term, contending with more than 800 known gangs in Ontario at that time. I researched and wrote booklets, letters, alerts, and notices distributed to the public and coordinated dramatic performances created by former gang members. I was instrumental in implementing an anti-gang/drug logo/slogan contest throughout the school districts. The winning entry was adopted as a proclamation by the mayor and made into a bumper sticker that was placed on all city vehicles. The program won the California Governor’s Award for Most Effective Gang/Drug Prevention Program for 1990.
1989–1990 HUMAN RESOURCES ASSISTANT & EXPEDITOR. Requested to assist in a new facility renovation, startup, and staffing for Oregon Steel Mills, I assisted the new owners with facility refurbishment, renovations, staffing, and operations management. I held this position, part-time, while also being Gang Division Assistant for the Ontario Police Department, Ontario, CA.
8/1987–1988 FACILITY/PROGRAM DIRECTOR/VOCATIONAL INSTRUCTOR. As director for this Tri-County vocational rehabilitation facility for San Bernardino, Riverside, and Los Angeles, under the State Dept of Rehabilitation, I was given a bare facility with instructions to open to 30 clients within one month. I laid flooring, procured vending machines, plumbing repairs, donations for four rooms of office furniture, telephones, hearing-assisted devices, easels, desks, copiers, file cabinets, group-room chairs, job bulletins; everything needed to sustain a rehab facility. I trained my staff in career search and held daily group trainings for clients. I had 30 new clients each month and was required to place 30 clients in jobs per month. My program was highly successful and in demand with rehab clients. Clients reluctant to participate in other voc rehab programs requested enrollment in mine. I resigned at the end of 1988 due to a need for surgery.
2/1987–7/1987 JOB CLUB VOCATIONAL SPECIALIST. Upland State Dept of Rehab. I began with three clients. One was blind, one was deaf, and the other had advanced Cerebral Palsy. They had been in this job club for three years without success. Within a month, all three were placed in their preferred jobs. I had 12 clients, then 30, then a waiting list. My program was so successful that I was requested to direct a Tri-County vocational facility after only six months.
1984–1/1987 CORPORATE OUTPLACEMENT ASSISTANT. Coca Cola Enterprises, Los Angeles, CA. Requested to assist the Corporate Outplacement Consultant with vocational counseling and resume and letter development for displaced middle and senior managers in the Los Angeles and Tempe, AZ, facilities. I left at the end of the contract term.
1981–1982 EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT. Golden Sails and Saddleback Hotels, Long Beach and Santa Ana, CA. Requested by the president to return for a significant wage. Since American Diversified Corp. was in trouble, I opted to accept this offer. Resigned after a year when my husband’s job transferred him to the Inland Empire/San Bernardino area.
1980–1981 EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO DIVISION VICE PRESIDENT, DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING, AND DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES.
American Diversified Investment Bank, Costa Mesa, CA. Hired to assist a difficult CFO, I was later requested as Executive Assistant for two department heads and the division vice president. I left after a year because I realized my bosses were planning to leave. The company was in trouble with the federal government and was eventually seized by the government.
1978–1980 EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT. Golden Sails and Saddleback Hotels, Long Beach and Santa Ana, CA. Acted as right hand to president for 1M property renovation. Met with architects, attorneys, coordinated hiring, handled all human resources and sales and marketing activities for these two busy properties.
1975–1977 FACILITY MANAGER, Fandango Club, Montclair, CA. As manager for this large local Country & Western nightclub, I scheduled and supervised a staff of 18 waitresses, 10 bar personnel, 10 security personnel, a sound crew, and two cooks. The club seated 1,000 people in two showrooms. Resigned as my husband’s job transferred him to Long Beach, CA.
1974–1974 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO HR DIRECTOR. Frito-Lay, Inc., Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Assisted new Human Resources Director in all HR operations, including processing all employee insurance. Set records for accuracy that had never before been achieved. I left to accept a job offer to manage a large, popular local nightclub.
COMPUTER, INTERNET & RELATED SKILLS
• Macintosh & PC Systems • Internet Research
• Microsoft Office to 2010 • Book Layout & Formatting
• Aldus PageMaker & InDesign CS5 • Marketing Materials Development
• Adobe PhotoShop & AutoCAD Editing • Online Column Writing/Examiner.com
• Adobe Acrobat 5 to 10—PDF Editing • Policies & Procedures Development
BS degree: UNIVERSITY OF LAVERNE—Organizational Management and Counseling Psychology (dual degree)
AA degree: CHAFFEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE—Art and Journalism
Additional College Courses: PALOMAR COLLEGE (Graphic Arts); ORANGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Sales and Marketing, Small Business Management), PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Digital Design).
Numerous Corporate In-House Trainings through the years, in sales and marketing, proposal development and design, small business marketing, PageMaker design, InDesign CS4, human resources topics, motivational strategies, team development, and more.
Honors: High School Honor Role, Scholastic Society Scribe Award; College Community Poetry Award, several National Poetry Awards; City of Azusa Parks and Recreation Trophy: Most Outstanding Youth Program 1991; California Governor’s Award: Most Effective Gang/Drug Prevention Program for 1991.
REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST