Academic Work Experience
2018 RGNN Global News Network Guest Instructor (August 2018 in Spain)
2018 Maine College of Art Writing Tutor & Artist Mentor
2016 Maine College of Art Senior Thesis Writing, Teacher Assistant
2015 Maine College of Art Introduction to Textiles, Teacher Assistant
Detailed Work Experience
Art/Writing Coach | Maine College of Art (MECA)
Portland, Maine | 2018-present
Staff writing tutor for matriculated students in the BFA & MFA programs.
President | Portland Youth Dance (PYD)
Portland, Maine | President, 2017-present
Portland, Maine | board member, 2005-present
Portland Youth Dance promotes youth leadership, character through dance performance of various cultural works, and service through educational outreach. President of the board of directors since 2017. Board member since 2005, assisting with various design, marketing, events, and fundraising initiatives.
Graphic Designer | IBEX
Portland, Maine | 2016-present
I design projects ranging from postcards, brochures, posters, magazine ads, internet banner ads, website graphics, and other various print media. In addition to graphic design, I am skilled in editing, copywriting, front-end WordPress design and management, and basic video editing.
Artist & Designer | Thressa
Portland, Maine | 2016-present
Soft sculpture artist, clothing designer, and writer.
Web Designer + Dance Instructor | Casco Bay Movers Dance Studio
Portland, Maine | 2008-present
Layered involvement: Email marketing, web design, content creation & copywriting, social media management and promotion, digital graphics, photography, and search engine optimization. Hip hop and jazz dance instructor and guest choreographer.
Nonprofit Marketing + Fundraising | Westbrook Performing Arts Center
Westbrook, Maine | 2013-2014
Digital marketing and fundraising strategy for WPAC, a 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. Essentially, it was an event calendar with related articles. The Buzz incorporated creative writing, blogging, local research, web design, web content creation, digital marketing, and search engine optimization. Although I considered it, ultimately, advertising did not sit well with me, so the Buzz remained a volunteer effort and eventually became too difficult to manage with my limited free time.
Digital Marketing Specialist | 50 Fish
Yarmouth, Maine | 2012-2013
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
Researched affordable marketing options for new business, designed print ads, developed local business relationships, launched social media, and designed website.
Digital Media + Marketing Specialist | The Beadin’ Path
Freeport, Maine | 2006-2012
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. 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
Developed, updated, and edited training materials for business workflow and procedures. Worked as a Contract Specialist from 1997 to 2000. Promoted to Technical Writer, working from 2000 to 2002.