500 Pine Haven Dr. NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321
2000 – present, Freelance Creative Services
2005 – present, Hospital Administration/Copywriter/Special Events Coordinator, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
2001 – 2004, Communications Specialist, Catholic Charities of St. Louis
1994 – 2000, Senior Copywriter, Foster & Gallagher, Inc.
1993 Public Relations Assistant, Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce
Western Michigan University, graduate work in Communications.
Kendall College of Art and Design, adult education classes in design. Winner of Best in Show – Jewelry at juried Adult Art Exhibition.
Lansing Community College, training in the Fine Arts and Photographic Image Technology program. Own/operate both digital and standard 35mm formats.
Continuing education: Online classes in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Seminars in design, business writing, proofreading, and ethics.
· Adobe Acrobat
· Microsoft Software Systems (Office, Word, Works, Excel, Powerpoint)
Phi Gamma Nu Business Fraternity, alumni. Past national vice president of the mid-east region and regional director, Michigan and Ohio.
US Figure Skating (Greater Grand Rapids FSC and St. Peters FSA):
· Past public relations director
· Former writer/designer/photographer for quarterly newsletter and web site
· Designer of flyers, brochures, programs and mailers for both clubs
· Member, board of directors for the Heartland Interclub Association, host of the 2006 National Championships
· Representative to US Figure Skating Governing Council
· Competition and test judge: silver level singles and pairs
· National competitor, member and volunteer
· Co-chair of 2009 Adult National Championships
Major League Baseball
· Detroit Tigers ambassador for All Star Game
· Host family for West Michigan Whitecaps Adopt-a-Cap Program
Trained on both Microsoft and MacIntosh operating systems. Working knowledge of the following software titles:
Ferris State University, 1993. BS, AAS in Marketing. Double Major: Advertising and Visual Communications. Minor: Speech Communications.
Assist Executive Director in Chamber activities. Write monthly newsletter, press releases, articles and PSAs. Design direct mail and brochures. Act as staff photographer.
Produced successful promotional sales copy for direct marketing campaigns mailed in the United States and Canada. Created sales copy for horticulture, hard goods, health care and collectible businesses as well as the Flower of the Month newsletter.
Additional job duties: proposing new testing strategies; assisting in developing new trade styles; assuming managerial responsibilities on projects and training new copy staff; and basic graphic design work.
Assist the community and public relations director in raising awareness of agencies in the greater St. Louis area. Responsible for the graphic design, copywriting, project management and print purchasing of the agencies’ printed materials. Areas of specialty: newsletters, brochures, annual reports, advertisements and direct mail.
Additional duties: staff photographer; creative team for www.ccstl.org ; public relations; and offering marketing consultation to member agencies. Wrote grant proposals to area businesses and foundations to fund programs for Charities’ agencies.
Represent the Marketing and Community Relations team, raising awareness of the programs and services available at one of the top mental health hospitals in the nation. Create copy for newsletters, annual reports, invitations, advertisements, press releases and the web. Compiling and evaluating marketing data. Assist Marketing Director in conducting special events on campus and in the community; orchestrating continuing education opportunities through the Pine Rest Professional Lecture Series and Institute of Spiritual Care Series. Assist in the training and supervision of 2-4 interns per semester. Transfer to Contact Center in 2009, assist in the management of inpatient hospitalization, including visitor relations, data entry, billing and hospital admittance.
Providing a variety of creative services for clients, including copywriting, editing, photography, and graphic design. Clients have included Sears Portrait Studios, Harris-Stowe State College, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, North Star Writers Group, Ryerson Library Foundation, Great American Publishing (Museums and More magazine), and Club Free Time NYC entertainment website/newspaper.
I offer over 17 years experience in advertising, marketing and public relations, specializing in copywriting, editing, graphic design/layout and digital photography.