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Susan Finkelstein LaVoy

Freelance Writer & Editor

Location:Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
2 Skills
(215) 435-5273


Freelance Editor
IOP Publishing, Inc.
Philadelphia, PA
July 2010 — present

• Assist in oversight of editorial aspects of journals, including peer-review process.
• Copyedit and proofread pages to ensure consistent accuracy and style in accordance with established conventions.
• Interact with authors for fact checking, reviewing, and editing manuscripts.
• Manage time effectively to adhere to established publication schedule.

Website Content Editor
Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP)
Philadelphia, PA
December 2009 — April 2010 (temporary)

• Wrote and edited marketing and academic text for new 1,000+-page website.
• Created web banners and graphics through Adobe Creative Suite programs.
• Collaborated with nurses, educators, and administrators to determine site design.

Assistant Director of Public Relations
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
August 2005 — April 2009

• Developed, edited, reviewed, and oversaw revisions to School, Hospital, and departmental brochures, Bellwether magazine, on-line Penn Vet Extra newsletter, annual reports, course catalogs, and admissions booklets.
• Assisted in media relations during 2006 Kentucky Derby–winner Barbaro’s high-profile 10-month stay at the Widener Hospital.
• Wrote and distributed School press releases, often describing complex research in simple terms, and served as liaison with local and international media.
• Wrote articles and grant proposals that frequently required translating scholarly research into lay text.
• Was part of team that envisioned, planned, and designed a 1,000-page website for the School and both its Hospitals, including faculty, medical, and research pages.
• Designed and produced print and on-line materials, including brochures, annual reports, newsletters, direct-mail pieces, promotional materials, and advertisements.
• Learned and applied computer skills, including high proficiency in multiple software programs for projects.
• Communicated clearly and effectively— orally and in writing— with faculty, administrative staff, professional and support staff, students, clients, and community.
• Helped prioritize workload of three staff members.

Staff/Development Writer
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
May 2003 — August 2005

• Wrote grants to individuals, corporations, foundations, and government.
• Conducted interviews and wrote articles describing complex research and clinical services for Bellwether, the School’s newsmagazine.
• Worked with administrators and faculty to write campaign case statement.
• Conceptualized, wrote, and designed brochures and newsletters for various centers within School and for Development and Alumni Relations Office.
• Assisted staff in writing and editing materials for grant-makers and donors.

Associate Editor
Current History magazine
Philadelphia, PA
May 1999 — April 2003

• Wrote daily chronology of global events and book reviews on world politics.
• Edited articles in monthly journal of politics and world affairs.
• Established style, design, and length of issues, including ads and freelance contributions.
• Acted as liaison with international authors, editors, and freelance staff.
• Supervised production assistant and interns and prioritize workloads.

Production Editor
P. M. Gordon Associates
Philadelphia, PA
January 1994 — March 1995

• Copyedited manuscripts on various subjects and queried authors.
• Proofread galleys and page proofs.
• Established schedules for publishers such as Allyn & Bacon, J. B. Lippincott, Prentice Hall, Macmillan, W. B. Saunders, and Little, Brown, among others.
• Hired and supervised freelance artists, indexers, and designers.
• Assembled information regarding specs and accepted bids from packagers.


2008 Awards of Publication Excellence (APEX) GRAND AWARD for Design &
Illustration: Penn Vet’s admissions booklet.

2008 APEX AWARD OF EXCELLENCE for Most Improved Magazine or Journal: Penn Vet’s Bellwether magazine.


2008 Successful completion of Essentials of Management Training administered by Penn.

2008 Earned certification as Public Information Officer.


Master of Liberal Arts degree coursework
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Bachelor of Arts degree, English
Lake Superior State University
Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Communications/English coursework
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

Temple University Study Abroad Program
Rome, Italy


Gail Luciani
Director, Development and Alumni Communications
The Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals
(215) 955-7920

Barry Stupine
Retired, Vice Dean
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
Abington, PA

William Finan
University of Pennsylvania Press
Jenkintown, PA

Stephen M. Moss
Chief Operating Officer
IOP Publishing, Inc.
Philadelphia, PA
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