Kiona Strickland

Freelance Writer & Creative Writer

Location:El Paso, Texas, United States
2 Skills
? Texas A&M University; College Station, TX. 2003-2007. Graduated *** Laude with a BA in Anthropology.
? Texas A&M University; College Station, TX. 2007-2009. Four semesters of Masters-level coursework in Nautical Archaeology.

Employment History:
? Intern. Fort Smith Museum of History; Fort Smith, AR. June-August 2005. Organized, documented, and maintained collections; prepared and maintained collections and exhibits; assisted with research requests.
? Emergency Medical Dispatcher. Texas A&M University EMS; College Station, TX. February 2007-Present. Took 911 calls; dispatched ambulances to emergencies; coordinated operations with other agencies when needed; phone and radio communication. Volunteer service until November 2008.
? Customer Service Assistant. Texas A&M University Office of Admissions; College Station, TX. July 2007-April 2011. Assisted applicants, parents, and prospective students with application processing questions via phone and email as well as in person; performed various related tasks in Microsoft Office software.
? Administrator. Legacy Funeral Holdings; Killeen, TX. April 2011-November 2011. Prepared materials such as memory portraits, keepsake DVDs, service programs, and register books for funeral services; maintained funeral home records and bookkeeping; performed general administrative and clerical tasks; interacted with and supported grieving families.
? Writer/Blogger. The Guidance Group; October 2011-present. Write and post blog content relevant to military service members, veterans, and their families on; help develop and encourage conversation in the forums.
? Staff Writer. The Digital Texan; November 2011-present. Research and write news articles relevant to the Austin and central Texas area; conduct interviews with people relevant to the stories; incorporate photo, video, and other media into the posts.
? Writer/Blogger. MilSpouses; January 2012-present. Write and post blog content relevant to military spouses on, with a focus on careers, education, childfree lifestyles, and nontraditional military families.
? Contributing Writer. Just the Facts Magazine; January 2012-present. Research and write articles on crime, awareness, prevention, and safety for Sacramento, California public safety magazine; assist with editing and proofreading as needed.
Other Publications and Projects:
? Last Words. Niche Blog (Gravestones and Genealogy). August 2010-present.
? “The Amazing Power of the Canine Nose.” Petfoodia. Guest Blog Post. November 18, 2011.
? “Guest Post: Helping Military Families.” National Alliance to End Homelessness. Guest Blog Post. December 26, 2011.

Other Activities:
? Cen-Tex Search and Rescue: volunteer since 2007; assisted as ground crew support for canine search and rescue or search and recovery teams; participated in recovery efforts following Hurricane Ike in 2008.
? Find-A-Grave: volunteer since 2011; locate, document, and photograph gravestones and genealogical information.
Skills (2) Rating
Creative Writing