Award-winning writer with experience in children’s literature and storytelling performances
Demonstrated expertise in program design and event planning in the creative arts field, including local conferences, workshops, and community activities
Effective communicator, well-organized, and detail oriented in all aspects of workshop instruction, logistics/timelines, social media management, community outreach, and verbal/written communications
MFA in writing for children; BA in journalism studies/creative writing
E-mail: writeloudly at me dot com
Assistant Director of 50th Reunion Programs, Amherst College
Plans all activities and events relating to post-50th reunion classes; manages volunteers, including recruiting, training, organizing, and motivating class officers; builds and maintains community and campus partnerships and secures resources for events; coordinates communication strategies in collaboration with Advancement Communications; sets, develops, and monitors fundraising goals for post-50th classes; develops donor solicitation plans, proposals, and cultivation to increase financial support of the college.
Managing Editor, Avenue A Books
Center for Responsive Schools
Acquired and edited nine children’s graphic novels and picture books a year; recruited and negotiated work-for-hire contracts for diverse authors and illustrators; created and managed multiple, simultaneous project timelines; guided story development from concept to finished product; directed graphic designer and production team on book design and layout; collaborated with marketing team to promote books via website ads, videos, blog posts, and social media.
Senior Editor/Writer, Responsive Classroom
Center for Responsive Schools
Researched, edited, and copyedited a variety of print and online products for teacher professional development, including retail books, workshop and promotional materials, blog posts, and articles; worked with writers on content development and established and maintained timelines and deadlines.
Researched, traveled, and wrote articles on a variety of topics in the arts industries and special education market (including expert interviews and event/book/conference reviews); publishing credits include A&U Magazine, Demand Studios, Psychology Today, Southwoods Journal, thalo.com and guest posts on various creative writing and special education blogs/journals.
2007 - 2015
Designed and taught various workshops for adults and children on the craft of creative writing; tutored children on honing composition and writing skills based on assessment of individual abilities; developed individualized strategic plans for adults on career guidance, manuscript development, marketing trends, platform building, and the business of publishing.
Channing Bete Company
Wrote educational, medical, and military products for all age levels in multiple formats.
Marketing Communications Manager
Viscito Financial Services
Implemented marketing plan for independent accounting services firm; managed off-site financial education workshops; coordinated and taught technology education programs; managed social media; wrote and edited press releases/kits and other promotional materials, radio ads, and website content; researched and compiled current financial trends for weekly radio show.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Managed fundraising databases and donor correspondence; assisted in planning recurring company events, including the annual, nationally televised Enshrinement Ceremonies; liaison to high-profile basketball professionals; wrote and designed communications materials, including the international, quarterly newsletter; supervised college interns.
2011 - 2013
Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2010 - 2011
Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing/Journalism Studies
Springfield Technical Community College
1997 - 1999
Associate of Science in Television Production/Journalism
Young Adult Novels
Creative Writing Instruction
Mac and PC
2017/2018 Co-director of NESCBWI Annual Spring Conferences
2015-2018: Western MA Kidlit Meet Up coordinator for NESCBWI
2007–Present: Member & Volunteer, Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)
NEPR Best of Valley Voices Story Slam
2020 Finalist (Live stream event, Jan 16, 2021)
Book Expo America
2010 - present
2010 - present