Professional Experience

2016 – Present
Public Information Officer

Benton County, Oregon

  • Creates, implements, and advises on communications activities and services for the Benton County organization
  • Develop a broad range of varied and integrated communication plans and strategies
  • Create original content and serve as editor and advisor of departmental communications
  • Responds to media inquiries and writes and distributes news releases

2015 – 2016
Director of Communications

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Office for Diversity and Inclusion

  • Strategize and execute the communications, branding, marketing, and messaging for all Office for Diversity and Inclusion communications, including website, publications, e-mail marketing, public relations messages, talking points, and collateral to consistently articulate diversity and inclusion as core values at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
  • Leading all communications and marketing for strategic initiatives and educational programs; creating and executing communications and marketing strategies that engage audiences and lead to measurable action; measuring and assessing the effectiveness of communications activities; writing remarks, presentations, and communiques for senior-level administrators; driving message development for internal communications and external media relations; story pitching to internal and external news editors; and, managing the design, development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, merchandise, brochures, publications, e-mail, and website.


2010 – 2015

Interactive Art Director, January 2014
Interim Assistant Director, November 2013 – January 2014
Senior Web Designer and Developer, 2010 – November 2013

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Office of Communications and Marketing

  • Provide strategic design and web and content development for the university website (utk.edu) and top-level administrative units, including the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, and various institutional initiatives, including the university’s strategic plan (Vol Vision: Journey to the Top 25) and quality enhancement plan (Ready for the World).
  • Served as interim Assistant Director of Web and Electronic Media and supervised a team of creative professionals, and managed the day-to-day maintenance and long- term vision of www.utk.edu. Successfully performed Interactive Art Director and interim Assistant Director responsibilities simultaneously.
  • In addition to responsibilities as an interactive art director, also led the management of several university-wide initiatives and project, including but not limited to the university’s 2015 logo rollout, interactive map system, utk.edu website usability testing, and content management system training series.
  • Member of and actively lead projects within university’s branding, social media, and web teams.

2009 – Present

Independent Communications and Marketing Consultant

Luna Media, http://lunadweb.com

  • Consulting and technical services for electronic media, including but not limited to web design, web development, information architecture, project strategy, database design, e-mail marketing, e-commerce, social media, web & social analytics, web hosting, and email hosting.

2008 – 2010

Web Designer and Developer, August 2009 – March 2010
Project Assistant Webmaster, August 2008 – August 2009

University of Wisconsin-Madison
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences – Research Division and Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station

  • Design, develop, and manage administrative unit websites; Develop database-driven web applications to aid in management and reporting of grant funding; Supervise undergraduate students.

2008

Web Support

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies – Land Tenure Center

  • Implement consistent visual identity and branding; photo editing; perform web development; write website documentation; administration of website.

2007
Project Liaison

Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
Department of English Writing Center, Linking Research and Writing Processes Project

  • Serving as a resource to the Writing Center tutors involved in the Writing Center (WC)/Black American Studies (BAS) 215 Project, specifically discussing with tutors about their understanding of the BAS 215 course readings, their perception of the goals for the in-class peer tutoring sessions, and the productivity of the in-class sessions. Meet with the BAS 215 course instructor and the Writing Center Director, and the other liaison to discuss the conception and implementation of the project. Acting as a liaison from the Writing Center to the BAS 215 class included regularly attending BAS 215 class, taking notes during the class sessions, preparing the BAS 215 student for the in-class peer tutoring sessions, collecting and recording students’ drafts, organizing peer tutoring groups, collecting and distributing drafts to students and tutors, marking attendance for the in-class sessions, and being available to the BAS 215 students at regular hours outside of class.

 

2006
Lentz Satellite Writing Center Facilitator

Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
Department of English Writing Center

  • Manage a satellite Writing Center, including administrative duties and operations duties.

 

2004-2007
Writing and Grammar Tutor
Writing Center Small Group Leader
Writing Center Tutor-In-Training Mentor

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Department of English Writing Center

  • Equipping students with the skills necessary, through modeling and collaborative work, to improve their own writing. Helping students develop strategies for every stage of the writing process, including prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. Assisting ESL students in their transition into an American style of thesis placement, structure, and development of ideas. Also, communicating self-editing tactics to non-native English speaking students that focus on common ESL grammatical errors, such as subject-verb agreement, vague pronoun references, prepositions and articles. The goal of this work, with native and non-native English speakers, is to eventually impart self-editing and brainstorming techniques to the student which will lead to a proficiency in meta-cognitive revision.
  • As small group leader, facilitating discussion in small groups of tutors, focusing on the ongoing training of tutors in the Writing Center. Preparing discussion, activities, and presentations to aid the discourse of whole-staff training meetings.
  • As a mentor to new tutors, aiding incoming tutors in their adjustment into one-to-one teaching. Allowing tutors in training to observe session, observing the incoming tutor’s sessions, and discussing approaches to improve their tutoring abilities as they become paid workers.

 

2004-2007
Figure Drawing Model

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
School of Art and Design

  • Assisting Art and Design students, through various stationary and mobile poses, in drawing the human form.