I am a skilled communicator, editor and social media manager/coach with experience serving a range of industries, including: health care and behavioral sciences; higher education; aviation (drone safety); travel; and nonprofits, as well as working with individual authors.
I have special interests and experience in the following areas: technical writing and editing, science/educational outreach, proposal management, social media, website content management, and marketing publication development and management.
Manager / Independent Creative Consultant May 2000 - present
I offer special projects consulting for individuals and organizations. Services include assessing needs, team-building, and providing leadership and management for, creative projects, large or small--as well as writing, editing and multimedia/social media management.
AlaskaWriter, LLC, began in 2000 as a service offering websites, one-on-one web coaching and marketing consulting to authors, scientists, writing/science organizations and others. During my times of other employment, the company continued as a membership-based web hosting and consulting company. I pioneered self-published websites before they became widely available. AlaskaWriter, LLC is now a provider of a range of communications, writing and editing consulting services.
The Salvation Army
Over one year, overhauled content and structure of a statewide website encompassing 18 locations of Salvation Army community programs (not stores). Re-established and optimized existing social media channels for use by an extended internal team. Grew social media presence and more than tripled media coverage to enhance/improve recruitment of employees and volunteers, and to support fall bell-ringing and community service campaigns. Created and maintained printed materials as needed. Oversaw and implemented communications plan for state, including media relations, during The Salvation Army's very busy Christmas season. (Left for personal reasons after a long-distance family health crisis.)
Bristol Alliance of Companies
I worked for 8+ years serving this group of five construction, engineering and environmental services firms, subsidiaries of Bristol Bay Native Corporation. Over frequent reorganizations, my role changed, as follows:
As a two-year contract correspondent working from a suburban news bureau, I covered a geographic beat including more than a half dozen communities in southern New Jersey. In addition to regular coverage, I also produced multiple front-page stories on topics ranging from Superfunds to a trends story on Philly "blunts."
My first internship experience involved learning about public relations and publications -- among the dinosaurs and dioramas -- at this well-known Philadelphia natural history museum and research institution. It grew into a full-time job the following summer when an interim PR person was needed. I researched, wrote and helped develop the publication's first museum guidebook and was responsible for writing press releases about special exhibits and events.
A former newspaper writer/editor with a Master's in journalism
Real-life experience spans traditional engineering firms and innovative start-ups.
Newsletters and special communications customized to your team.
Fast, accurate editing to the style guide of your choice.
Experience includes work on and for development teams.