Education and Awards

Carnegie Mellon University

MA in Professional Writing, 2010, GPA: 4.04

Carnegie Mellon University

BA in Professional Writing and Creative Writing, 2009

Humanities Scholars Program; Mortar Board National Senior Honors Society; Dean's List with High Honors

Published and 1st Place for Prose, The Oakland Review Vol 34

Member of the Calligraphy Guild of Pittsburgh

Relevant Skills

Adobe Creative Suite 4-6 and Creative Cloud

InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Acrobat

Microsoft Office Suite

Word, Excel, Powerpoint

Chicago Manual of Style

Associated Press Style

HTML/CSS/Bootstrap 3

Web accessibility (Section 508)

Work Experience

Alphaport, NASA Safety Center Contract  |  Dec 2013-Present

Technical Writer

  • Worked with subject matter experts to write technical articles for the NASA Safety
  • Center and Office of Safety and Mission Assurance websites
  • Wrote scripts for safety videos and created content for various safety materials
  • Wrote annual Safety Month message for NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden
  • Wrote, designed, and coded responsive Agency internal emails
  • Led NASA Safety Center initiative for accessibility (Section 508) compliance on web
  • Worked with developer to create mobile apps, provided styling, and designed icons
  • Supported project management for website page development and redesign
  • Designed and conducted user testing for website new features
  • Scribed Certificates of Achievement for STEP Level 4 graduates

Cuyahoga Community College  |  Jan 2014-Present

Adjunct Faculty

  • Taught 16-week courses on Publication Design and Typography and Layout in the
  • Visual Communications and Graphic Design department

Carnegie Mellon University Press  |  Aug 2010-Dec 2012

Managing Editor

  • Managed designers and copyeditors and oversaw production on all titles
  • Designed book interiors and covers
  • Designed promotional material including Press catalogs, Press 35 Year Anniversary Poster,
  • print advertisements in APR and The London Review, and promotional materials for individual titles
  • Created and maintained databases for book inventory, author information, and cover images
  • Designed and coded Press website in HTML/CSS
  • Spearheaded and maintained social media relations
  • Created and sent out uncorrected proofs and advanced review copies, including books which received
  • Kirkus and starred Publishers Weekly reviews
  • Attended and represented the Press at national and international book conferences
  • Spearheaded Press venture into epublishing including the creation of ePUB and MOBI files
  • Created and taught a 10-week class on using InDesign for book design

Upstart Crow Literary  |  Jun 2010-Dec 2013

Intern

  • Assessed and pulled numerous queries from the slush pile, including manuscripts that were
  • subsequently signed to the agency
  • Requested and read manuscripts for literary agent; submitted detailed reader's reports

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks  |  May 2010-Dec 2015

Board Member (Marketing)/Props Designer

  • Designed postcard, posters, program, bookmarks
  • Listed events in online and print publications
  • Obtained media sponsorship from local radio station
  • Designed logo for the organization
  • Spearheaded concession sales with branded materials
  • Chaired fundraiser dinner which included designing and creating programs
  • Designed props and set pieces for main show

5 AM Magazine  |  Mar 2010-Mar 2012

Technical Editor

  • Formatted and designed layout of national poetry magazine
  • Converted various types of documents in to workable files

PBR Hawaii Landscape Architecture Firm  |  Jun 2006-Aug 2007

Planner

  • Created and edited legal documents of land analysis
  • Created company newsletter which included researching, writing and editing articles, and
  • planning layout
  • Updated and completed over 50 State RFPs