1996 to Present – Graphic Designer, Moab, Utah
From my home studio I provide graphic design services for print and website delivered documents including brochures, catalogs, e- and print newsletters, ads, direct mail and marketing materials, and educational materials for large and small non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals. I also provide project management, writing and editing services, and art direction.
Event Coordinator, Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks, Moab, UT
February through September 2014 – Working under contract with the Friends, I assisted the Executive Director and the National Park Service Southeast Utah Group in planning the Canyonlands 50th Anniversary's September celebration. Working with the Executive Director of the Friends Group, I helped develop all aspects of the main weekend events and coordinated details for dinners, guest speakers, shuttles, staging, and other events. I was also responsible for creating the marketing materials for the events, including posters, save the date cards, invitations, rack cards, newspaper advertising, and banners.
Teacher/Marketing and Design, West Sound Academy, Poulsbo, WA
2003-2008 – For five years, I taught Middle School Humanities, Upper School Graphic Design, and Middle School Media Arts. I was also responsible for managing and designing the school’s marketing materials, publications, annual reports, and annual fundraising collateral. My graphic design classes designed and managed all aspects of their annual yearbook and literary arts publication.
Programs/Events Manager, West Sound Academy, Poulsbo, WA
2003-2008 – My job description covered a variety of school events and programs that required impeccable organization and communication. Two main events were the Long Term Independent Project (LTIP) and Senior Boards.
The annual LTIP required four phases of planning: writing/updating the Guidebooks for Middle School and for Upper School students, organizing and curating an art exhibit, managing and planning two venues for all-school presentations, and planning and conducting an all-school awards luncheon and ceremony. I also worked to secure student mentors in both academics and arts, and community members to offer their expertise in providing feedback to students in a well-structured and accessible format.
The Senior Boards was the culmination of the senior class project. This was a program that required mentoring the senior class through their Capstone program which I began in 2003. Seniors then presented their artistic interpretation of their research topic in either a gallery or media exhibit, and presented their thesis during the Boards, a formal presentation where a panel of community members versed in their topics came to listen, respond, and offer feedback.
Instructor, Art Institute of Seattle, Seattle, WA
1999-2000 – To help the Media department round out its offerings, I developed a new course, Interface Design, then taught for several quarters covering the process of creating media for the Web and other interactive applications.
Senior Designer, Watts-Silverstein and Associates, Seattle, WA
1994-1996 – In this position I art directed and designed numerous interactive media projects including CD-ROM titles, product demos, video graphics, and speaker support for large corporate events.
Graphic Designer, Aldus Corporation/Creative Services Group, Seattle, WA
1990-1994 – As an independent contractor, I designed and produced speaker support and multimedia presentations for executive personnel. During this time I also wrote several Aldus/Adobe Magazine articles and product reviews. Earlier, I worked alongside project managers, writers, and document designers in the Aldus’ Documentation Group, and was responsible for producing software manuals.
Art Director/Designer, Apple Computer, Inc., Cupertino, CA
1988-1990 – Apple’s Documentation Team provided me with a firm grip on managing large manual and packaging projects. I worked with illustrators, photographers, and writers to help get “in the box” products ready on time.
Instructor, University of California Santa Cruz Extension, Santa Cruz, CA
1984-1990 – My first teaching opportunity allowed me to share what I know. I developed beginning, intermediate and advanced production courses for the Graphic Arts Production Program at UCSC Extension and taught adults of all ages for 6 years.
B.A. Liberal Studies (Visual Art and US History), The Evergreen State College. Go Geoducks!