Articulate, diligent, experienced professional with extensive background in writing, editing, design, and desktop publishing. Excellent communications skills, with project management, administrative, and supervisory experience. Meticulous attention to detail.
September 2017 – present
Freelance and Contract Communications Professional
Skills include editing, copyediting, writing, publishing, and document and book design.
November 2014 – September 2017
Security Media Editor | Davis Wright Tremaine LLP | Seattle, WA
Responsible for supporting the development and maintenance of high quality documentation, including firm and departmental policy, audit certification, multimedia materials, video, audio, and animation.
Supervise and coordinate the efforts of diverse individuals inside and outside the firm, directing and editing content to create a consistent and coherent look, feel, and “voice” for content.
November 2010 – October 2014
Systems Documentation Analyst | Davis Wright Tremaine LLP | Seattle, WA
Developed and maintained technical documentation, both of engineering designs and network environments, as well as systems department processes and procedures.
September 2007 – September 2015
Editor in Chief | Pilgrimage House Press and Sardarthion Press | Tacoma, WA
Principal for Pilgrimage House Press, a small press specializing in handsome, but inexpensive modern editions of classic Christian books, and Sardarthion Press, a small press committed to publishing works of Lovecraftian fiction and quasi-fiction, as well as Cruenti Dei, a PBeM game in the epic fantasy tradition. Responsibilities include writing, editing, layout, graphic design, book design, web design and content, project management.
March 2008 – June 2010
Writer | GeoGenius | Seattle, WA
Writer and developer of GPS-triggered travel documentaries for the tourism industry – on motorcoach tours, on the web, and on mobile applications. As part of an award-winning production team, responsible for on-site waypoint acquisition and activation timing, research, content development, asset procurement, and scripting of multimedia GPS tours.
September 2005 – November 2007
Director of Marketing and Admissions | Visitation Catholic School | Tacoma, WA
In consultation with the Principal and School Commission, developed and implemented a comprehensive marketing strategy with the goal of full school enrollment. Elements of the marketing plan included branding, advertising, publicity, web, and collateral. In two years enrollment at Visitation improved by 20%.
November 2003 – September 2005
Desktop Publisher / Content Developer / Technical Writer / Web Designer | Freelance and Contract
As a technical writer, content developer, web designer, and desktop publisher my clients have included Apple Computer, Armitage House Press, Compaq, Fusium, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, MILA, Siemens, Wasser Studios, and various candidates for public office.
June 2003 – November 2003
Desktop Publisher / Content Manager | T-Mobile | Bellevue, WA
Edited and formatted materials for corporate training program. Developed and edited web content for T-Mobile.com site. This included translating jargon-drenched technical text into ordinary English and developing marketing copy for phones and rate plans.
August 2002 – October 2003
Webmaster | Pierce County Democratic Party | Tacoma, WA
On a volunteer basis designed, developed, and maintained Party web site, as well as subsidiary sites for legislative districts and candidates. Responsible for recommendations regarding hardware, software, and systems.
April 2002 – May 2003
Project / Content Manager | Frank Russell Company | Tacoma, WA
Project manager and content developer for corporate intranet and financial advisor-oriented extranet. Sites included Business Continuity Program, Corporate Legal, and RussellLINK. Worked with both E-Business Services and Russell Investment Services.
November 2000 – October 2001
Technical Writer / Sherpa | Tenzing Communications | Seattle, WA
Produced end-user support material, such as user guides, help texts, release notes, hardware and installation guides, etc. Responsible for development and implementation of documentation management system. In Sherpa capacity, provided conduit for employee/management communications and facilitated inter-employee relations.
February 2000 – October 2000
Senior Technical Writer | GeoAgents.com | Olympia, WA
Designed, planned, organized, wrote, edited and maintained written documentation, online help and publications relating to users, operations, products, writing standards and services. Created graphic images, flow charts and diagrams for inclusion in documentation. Assisted with training new employees on standards and practices. Reviewed and tested software for accuracy and consistency with documentation, identifying problems and revising documentation.
November 1999 – February 2000
Project Manager / Technical Writer | Network Solutions, Inc. | Olympia, WA
Planned the design and development of interactive web-based applications, supervised site implementation, and wrote accompanying user and technical documentation.
July 1991 – March 2002
Owner | Dark Penguin Press | Tacoma, WA
Owned and operated a small press that published chapbooks and a bimonthly play-by-mail strategy game. Responsibilities included writing, editing, layout, and pre-press work.
May 1990 – January 1999
Bookstore Manager | Borders Group Inc. | Tucson, AZ / Tacoma, WA
Assisted the General Manager in all aspects of operations in large retail environment, including: merchandising, inventory, and human resources management. Prioritized conflicting assignments for staff and appropriately handled customer service and human resources related issues. Produced monthly events calendar.
May 2016 – Present
RCIA Director | Our Lady of the Holy Rosary | Tacoma, WA
Coordinate ongoing adult catechesis program for adults. Teach history, doctrine, and tradition in the context of religious formation for adults. Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, using words.
January 2014 – Present
Altar Server Coordinator / Master of Ceremonies | Our Lady of the Holy Rosary | Tacoma, WA
Recruit, schedule, and train altar servers. Serve as Master of Ceremonies when required. Help plan and execute seasonal and solemn liturgies including Masses, Eucharistic processions, and parish celebrations of the Liturgy of the Hours. Chair of parish Liturgy Commission.
September 2012 – May 2016
RCIA Team Member | Our Lady of the Holy Rosary | Tacoma, WA
Teach history, doctrine, and tradition in the context of religious formation for adults.
- Technical Writing
- Creative Writing
- GPS tour development
- Project Management
- Desktop Publishing
- Collateral design
- Book design
- HTML / Web Authoring and content management
- Adobe products including Acrobat, FrameMaker, Illustrator, InDesign, PageMaker, and Photoshop.
- Various HTML editors and word processing applications
- Telly Award for Video Excellence – Travel/Tourism (x4)
- Accolade Award of Excellence (Tourism/Travel)
- Accolade Award of Merit (Concept/Creativity)
- Telly Award for Video Excellence – Travel/Tourism (x3)
- Telly Award for Video Excellence – Non-Traditional Media
- Summit Creative Award for Advertising (Emerging Media)
- Communicator Award (Travel/Tourism)
- Communicator Award (Non-Traditional Media)
- Origins Award Nominee (PBM Game of the Year)
- Origins Award Nominee (PBM Game of the Year)
Produced playwright and indie scriptwriter.
My other interests include liturgy, drawing, painting, reading, and studying Medieval European, Byzantine, and Ancient Egyptian history and culture. And anything to do with books.