OVER THE COURSE OF ELEVEN YEARS WORKING IN JOURNALISM, FUNDRAISING AND COMMUNICATIONS, I HAVE HONED MY ABILITIES AS A VERSATILE WRITER WITH THE SKILLS NEEDED TO DEVELOP A VARIETY OF CONTENT, STORIES AND CORRESPONDENCE.
Secastilla, Spain ♦ Jan 2016 – Present
Seeking out and writing about food culture experiences, travel, and life in rural Spain. Contributed to Tampa Bay Times, Boca Magazine, Remedy Quarterly and Hidden Europe among other publications.
CONTRACT WEB CONTENT DEVELOPER
St. Petersburg, FL ♦ Nov 2013 – Oct 2014
Cultivated a variety of content for an employee assistance program web campaign. Used basic HTML, photo editing and design in Photoshop to create several hundred newsletters, posters and tip sheets distributed to thousands of people on a daily basis. Most content was hulled from an existing library of relevant articles and the campaign spanned over the course of a year.
MANAGER OF BOARD AND DONOR RELATIONS
Kanuga Conferences, Inc.
Hendersonville, NC ♦ Aug 2012 – March 2013
Worked closely with the company president and chief advancement officer to raise over one million dollars of cash and gifts-in-kind per annum for this eight million dollar non-profit organization. Cultivated relationships with donors at all levels via regular communication, face- to-face visits and gestures of appreciation. Planned and executed week-long fundraising/appreciation events for several hundred people. Managed all meetings, correspondence and efforts of the 40-person board of directors. Led and/or boosted all programs and efforts related to a 15 million dollar capital campaign, which involved constituency research and prospect identification, developing powerful persuasive materials/messages and strategic event planning.
Kanuga Conferences, Inc.
Hendersonville, NC ♦ Aug 2010 – Aug 2012
Provided high-level support to the company president. Managed his calendar, coordinated home events with his spouse and organized all of his travel, which usually accounted for one week per month. Supervised an administrative assistant. Acted as gatekeeper by controlling which people the president spoke with, which messages he saw and which meetings he attended, a role that required an understanding of the goals, values and needs of both the president and the company at large. Planned and facilitated meetings of all sizes. Drafted correspondence for and occasionally attended meetings as a representative of the president. Performed general clerical tasks and often acted as the company’s first point of contact to guests.
GUEST SERVICES MANAGER
Kanuga Conferences, Inc.
Hendersonville, NC ♦ Aug 2009 – Aug 2010
Coordinated conferences, meetings and events with clients for up to 400 people. Acted as a liaison between clients and relevant departments of the company including food services, reservations, housekeeping and maintenance. Managed staff of eight in executing conference logistics like setting up meeting spaces according to the clients’ specifications, delivering and serving food and beverages and operating AV equipment. Built strong client relationships and delivered exceptional hospitality.
MANAGER OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS
St. Petersburg, FL ♦ Oct 2007- Aug 2009
Worked closely with the executive director to establish and promote this nascent, grass-roots non-profit organization. Coordinated and executed moving a gallery of 70 poster-sized portraits and panels every six weeks throughout two counties. Identified contacts at several media outlets and worked to establish relationships with each, resulting in tens of thousands of dollars of donated air time and monthly advertisements/articles in at least two publications. Assisted in developing a relationship with the local Major League Baseball team, leading to thousands of dollars of gifts in kind as well as the sponsorship and advocacy of star-player James Shields. Planned and executed eight fundraising events ranging from 12 to 300 people over the course of two years. Created donor appreciation and promotional materials.
Tampa Bay Times (Formerly known as the St. Petersburg Times)
St. Petersburg, FL ♦ 2005 & 2006
Contributed to the St. Petersburg Times, a 12-time Pulitzer Prize winning publication that reaches a million-and-a-half readers each week. Wrote a weekly report about neighborhood news for eight months. Wrote a six-part travel piece called “Will Work for Travel” while backpacking and working my way around Europe as a recent college graduate.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
St. Petersburg, FL
Received Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. While in school attended a dozen workshops and lectures at The Poynter Institute, “a school dedicated to teaching and inspiring journalists and media leaders.” Published six times in various local publications and the school paper.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Received Associate of Arts while studying public relations. Active member of the Public Relations Student Association through which I participated in fundraising events for the school and volunteer PR work for local non-profits including the Florida Lyme Disease Association.
I love it. Cooking and eating it, yes, but more than that I love the way it brings people together. I’ve worked in almost 20 restaurants, bars and coffee shops and relish taking part in the moment a person’s most basic instincts marry with pleasure and, ultimately, create culture.
I’ve had a lot of jobs. All kinds of them. Partly because I like moving around and seeing new places, but also because I need lots of challenges and because I like to learn as many new things as possible. No matter what the job is, though, I am hugely prideful in my work and am never afraid to roll up my sleeves and get a little dirty. Or even a lot.
Seeing the world is a fabulous education. It makes people more tolerant, self-aware and downright smart. I am proud to say that I’ve done a good bit of globe-trotting and know that it’s helped me become a better person.
Mission-oriented work has long been part of my life, whether I was getting paid for it or not. Over the years I have mentored young people, cleaned group homes, played docent at the theatre, made flower arrangements for sick people, planned events, campaigned for politicians I believed in, acted as Santa Claus and a lot more. Volunteering is another way I’ve gotten to explore the world around me, learn new things and become a better person.