In Progress| Master’s of Strategic Communication | Michigan State University | East Lansing, Michigan
Master of Social Work | Wayne State University | Detroit, Michigan
Bachelor of Arts | English Literature | Oakland University | Rochester Hills, Michigan
|• Writer, Editor and Content Creator, Freelance, Metro Times (Detroit), Orlando Weekly and Gannett Newspapers
• T-2 Therapist, Macomb County Community Mental Health, Clinton Township, MI.
| June 1996 to Present
Sept 2016 to June 2018
|• Writer-in-Residence and Program Coordinator, Inside Out Literary Arts Project, Detroit, MI.
Recruited and developed Detroit’s award-winning youth poetry slam team. Promoted the team through media relations, event planning and community outreach. Built ongoing relationships with educators and administrators in Detroit Public Schools as a writer-in-residence teaching creative writing to students.
|Sept 2008 to June 2018|
|• Sales Manager, Senior Account Executive and Marketing Copywriter, Thomson-Gale, Farmington Hills, MI.
Successfully created and edited advertising copy and communications to support marketing plans and business goals. Achieved sales goals as a senior account executive and inside sales manager responsible for leading a team of sales professionals.
|June 1999 to Dec 2005|
|• Honorable Discharged Veteran, US ARMY, 98G Linguist/Voice Interceptor, Augsburg, Germany|
|• Contributing Writer to books: To Light a Fire (Wayne State University Press, 2015), Abandon Automobile (Wayne State University Press), MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide (Visible Ink Press), Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (Schirmer Books),
1995 to present.
• Guest Blogger: Skillman Foundation Knowledge Center and Second Wave Media/Metromode Detroit.
• Public Speaking: Curator and Presenter at the Scratch the Page Poetry Series, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 2012 to 2014
|• Journalism published in: Metro Times (Detroit), C-Magazine (College for Creative Studies), Times Herald (Port Huron), Orlando Weekly and New Times (Kansas City). 1996 to present|
|• Event Planning
• Presentations to Boards and Donors
|• Email Clients|
• Editing & Proofreading
• Marketing and Branding
• Diversity and Inclusion
|• Visual Teaching Strategies, Detroit Institute of Arts
• HubSpot Certified in Social Media, Inbound and Email Marketing
Memberships & Affiliations
|• Volunteer | American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
• Member | International Association of Business Communicators