Academic Work Experience
Detailed Work Experience
Writing Coach | Maine College of Art
Portland, Maine | 2018-present
Returning to an environment that I truly adore and respect, I work at MECA as a writing tutor and time management coach for matriculated students.
President | Portland Youth Dance (PYD)
Portland, Maine | President, 2017-present
Portland, Maine | board member, 2005-present
An organization close to my heart, the non-profit organization Portland Youth Dance promotes youth leadership, character through dance performance of various cultural works, and service through educational outreach. I have volunteered and participated as a board member since 2005, assisting with design, marketing, events, and fundraising. I stepped into the role of President in August of 2017.
Graphic Designer | IBEX
Portland, Maine | 2016-present
I am contracted with the top-notch marine industry trade show, IBEX, to create various digital designs and print materials.
Artist & Designer | Thressa
Portland, Maine | 2016-present
Web Designer + Dance Instructor | Casco Bay Movers Dance Studio
Portland, Maine | 2008-present
I am responsible for most of the design and marketing at this amazing dance studio. I began dance training here in 1992. My work for CBM involves email marketing, web design and content creation, facebook promotion, digital graphics,photography, and search engine optimization. Repertory and hip hop dance instructor.
Nonprofit Marketing + Fundraising | Westbrook Performing Arts Center
Westbrook, Maine | 2013-2014
Working with general manager Jamie Grant, I attended frequent board meetings and assisted in digital marketing and fundraising strategy for this state of the arts performing venue.
Writer, Designer, Founder | the Portland Buzz
Portland, Maine | 2011-2014, 2017
The Portland Buzz was a philanthropic endeavor born from my interest in connecting community and stimulating the local economy small. Essentially, it was an event calendar with related articles. This venture incorporated creative writing, blogging, local research, web design, web content creation, digital marketing, and search engine optimization. It never sat well with me to bring in advertising, so it remained a volunteer effort and eventually became too difficult to manage with my limited free time. The domain theportlandbuzz.com is for sale.
Digital Marketing Specialist | 50 Fish
Yarmouth, Maine | 2012-2013
After the down-sizing of The Beadin’ Path in 2012, their web developer brought me over to his firm where I assisted with various initiatives including the execution of weekly Idexx email newsletters, pay-per-click advertising, social media marketing, wordpress development, graphic design, content creation, and SEO strategy.
Small Business Consultant | Arcana
Portland, Maine | 2012
As Arcana prepared to open its doors, I was brought on as a small business consultant. I researched affordable marketing options for new business, designed print ads, developed local business relationships, launched social media, and designed their website.
Digital Media + Marketing Specialist | The Beadin’ Path
Freeport, Maine | 2006-2012
I miss the environment of beautiful beads and jewelry findings at The Beadin’ Path. I assisted the lead web developer (from 50 Fish) with digital imaging and marketing, email newsletters, website content development, SEO implementation, and print design.
Retail Shop Entrepreneur | Cayenna Dancewear
Portland, Maine | 2002-2006
Fulfilling my shop owner dream, I founded and operated a retail storefront in Portland (and affiliated ecommerce site) that sold activewear, dancewear, dance shoes, and punk fashion. I know, one of those things is not like the other. This was a difficult journey, and ultimately a valuable education in small business management. I learned so much from doing everything wrong. In early 2005, given the weight of operating expenses, I transitioned the shop into an eBay store before phasing it out in 2006.
Technical Writer + Contract Specialist | Unum
Portland, Maine | 1997-2002
Although I came to understand that the corporate environment was not for me, I am forever grateful for my first career job which taught me so much about technical writing and research. In this position, I developed, updated, and edited training materials for business workflow and procedures.