I have a relentless passion for creating paper goods, gifts, favors and handmade treats! I have over seven years' experience in specialty and creative services, creative arts, stationery and handmade gifts for private clients and nonprofit donations.
-Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Degree: M.A. Non-Profit Management, 2012
-Washington University in St. Louis: St. Louis, MO.
Degree: BA Psychology, Minor in Art History and Archaeology, 2005.
International Studies and Programs
-Windhoek, Namibia, and the Southern region of Africa; Emory University, Atlanta, GA.
Concentration/Term: Genetic Research of Namibian Lions, Environmental Studies, field studies, Summer, 2004.
-Other enrichment experiences abroad include: Paris, France (2000); China/Hong Kong (2002).
Specialty Dessert & Party Design: Owner.
St. Louis, MO and New York, NY. 2004-Present.
Owner and designer of artfully handmade & customized art and specialty desserts for parties, events, gifts; catering & delivery service; party planning & design. Includes monthly donations of over 300 cookies or art projects to charitable organizations.
Founder, Specialist in Collaborative Philanthropy
St. Louis, MO and New York, NY. 2010 – Present.
I create partnership programs and initiatives for nonprofits with parallel missions to foster new ventures for fundraising and development. My clients are founders, directors, and/or managers across the nonprofit sector, with projects range from workshops and programs to full-fledged fundraising campaigns for institutional advancement. Includes educating board and management, outreach, cultivation and grantsmanship.
Director of Community Life: Clayton on the Park, Sunrise Senior Living:
St. Louis, MO. 2008-2009
Director of lifestyle programming, activities, and enrichment curricula in an Independent Living community for active adults; Volunteer Coordinator. Includes: external business development, partnership development and growth, special events, logistics and individualized lifestyle planning, community work, assisting other departments as needed as an engaged teammember. Responsible for departmental budget, invoices, expense reports.
Showroom Associate: Horchow & Neiman Marcus Home Décor: The Neiman Marcus Group, Chicago, IL.
Showroom Associate in high-end, superior client-and customer-service environment; knowledge of interior design, materials, textiles, teamwork with management were essential.
Volunteer Leadership Experience
-Chair, Child Center of New York 2012 Gala Auction Committee; Outreach Committee: 2011-present, New York, NY
-Founding President, Craft Alliance Friends Association and Board: 2010-Present, St. Louis, MO
-Chair, Craft Alliance Gala: 2010, 2011, St. Louis, MO
-SOS Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund: Grantmaking, PR and Membership Committees: 2009-Present, St. Louis, MO
-Co-Chair, Craft Alliance Annual Founders Fundraiser: 2009 St. Louis, MO.
-Co-Chair, Blacks Assisting Blacks Against AIDS Outreach: 2002, St. Louis, MO.
-Co-Chair, American Cancer Society Women’s Event: 2000 St. Louis, MO.
Other: SOS Spirit of Women Fund Youngest and Active Member; Craft Alliance Development Board; St. Louis Art Museum Friends; Washington University Alumni Association; Washington University Alumni Admissions Program; Alliance Française Member; Fluent in French; College Bound; Active fundraiser and volunteer coordinator with various nonprofit organizations; Grantmaking AND Grantwriting; outreach and networking; Twitter/Facebook/Social Marketing; MS Office, POS, Quickbooks; CAD, Adobe, Photoshop, Illustrator.
Special Interests: Volunteerism; Biomedical innovation and associated publications; French language; Creative/Visual Arts; Contemporary Studio Glass; Old World Viticulture/Terroir/Cuisine; cooking; health and sports