Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, (49 credit hour cross-genre terminal degree, Creative Nonfiction Specialization): West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, WV, 2017.
  • Bachelor Degree in English w/ specialization in Writing, Minor in Journalism: Glenville State College, Glenville, WV, 1994.
  • Associate Degree in Liberal Arts: Washington State Community College, Marietta OH, 1992.

 

JOB EXPERIENCE

Assistant Librarian – Gilmer County Public Library, October 2016-Present
Research assistance, circulation desk, display management, technical assistance, mini library management, program management, public relations, public service, collection curation.

Adjunct Instructor – Glenville State College; Winter 2017, Fall 2017
Teaching Introduction to Public Speaking, focusing on organization, process, and practice of speeches to inform, persuade, and entertain.

Adjunct Instructor – Glenville State College; Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016
Teaching English Fundamentals, focusing on reading, understanding and writing the essay; and Speech, focusing on organization, research and presentation.

Publisher/Editor – Two-Lane Livin’ Magazine, Stumptown Publishing, LLC, Stumptown WV. 2007 – Present
Coordinating columns, ads, etc.  into monthly publication; invoicing, accounts payable; customer relations, sales, design, marketing.

Farm to School Coordinator – WV Office Of Child Nutrition, AmeriCorps Volunteer, October 2013-September 2014
Connecting local producers, farmers & growers to local schools, grant writing, marketing & recruitment, education

Reporter/Columnist/Editor – The Calhoun Chronicle, Grantsville WV. 2004-2006
Covered & reported on county-wide news events; photography, web site design; wrote weekly column; met weekly deadlines.

Teacher – Hit The Ground Running, Calhoun County Board of Education. 2002
Taught job interviewing and basic computer skills to low-income women facing the end of their government assistance in a grant-funded training program.

Freelance Graphic Artist / Copywriter / Publisher – Written & Read LLC, Stumptown WV. 2000-2004
Maintained web sites; created & distributed online/email newsletter campaigns for Fun Inc. (Chicago IL) & Mr. Fun (Cleveland OH).

Desktop Publisher / Copy Designer – Office of Public Relations, Glenville State College, Glenville WV. 2000-2001
Designed/Maintained college web site; wrote press releases/feature articles; designed ads & brochures; advised yearbook staff of 12.

Marketing Director  / Graphic Designer / Staff Writer – Hampton Ridge Magic, (Now Fun, Inc.) Chicago, IL. 1996-2000
Created wholesale product catalog for 3500 items; designed product packaging; wrote trick instructions, penned two magic books.

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • Mountain Ink Literary Journal: Publisher, 2016-Present
  • Two-Lane Livin’ Magazine: Editor, Publisher, Columnist, Layout Designer. September 2007-Present
  • Encounter Calhoun (Travel Guide): Editor, Travel Writer, Layout Designer. Published by Calhoun Newspapers, April 2005
    An excerpt from my introduction can be found here.
  • Favorite Reflections – A Collection: Editor, Writer, Layout. Published by Calhoun Newspapers, November 2005
  • A Calhoun County Christmas Sampler (Collection of Historical Stories): Editor, Layout. December 2005
  • Thus Far – A Lifetime of Poetry: Publisher, Poet, Layout Designer. December 2005
  • A Gilmer County Christmas Sampler (Collection of Historical Stories): Editor, Layout, Publisher. December 2004
  • Gilmer Review (Travel Guide): Publisher, Travel Writer, Editor Layout Designer. April 2002
  • Writing Samples can be found online here.

 

ADDITIONAL PUBLISHED WORKS

  • “The Stink Plant;” GreenPrints Magazine, Winter 2015-16, 25th Anniversary Issue
  • Foreword, Fireside Folklore of West Virginia; by Sheri Brake, Publisher: Raven Rock, March, 2014
  • “History is Revived at Calhoun’s Heritage Village;” Wonderful West Virginia Magazine, January 2007
  • “Show Me Hikers Search for Rare Wildflowers;” Wonderful West Virginia Magazine, April 2007
  • “Highlights of West Virginia;” Intelliguide Corporate, www.intelliguide.com. 2006
  • “Reading Between The Lines;” monthly column for The Hur Herald, www.hurherald.com, 2008-2009
  • “Off the Cuff;” weekly column for The Calhoun Chronicle, 2004-2006
  • “Folk Festival 2000-A Rich GSC Tradition;” Today’s Pioneer, Fall 2000
  • 101 Amazing Magic Tricks with a Stripper Deck, Hampton Ridge Magic, September 1997
  • 101 Tricks with a Svengali Deck, Hampton Ridge Magic, September 1997
  • Also published in The TrilliumThe Glenville Democrat PathfinderThe Marietta Times.

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Introduction to MARC Cataloging (1.5 hours), August 2017: Continuing Education Course offered by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.

Blackboard Learn Basic Training, August 2017: Offered by Glenville State College, Facilitated by WVNet.

Basic Library Reference Sources (3 hours), July 2017
Continuing Education Course offered by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.

Evaluating Reference Sources (2 hours), July 2017:
Continuing Education Course offered by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.

Library Ethics and Public Service (2 hours), July 2017:
Continuing Education Course offered by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.

Public Library Interlibrary Loans (1 hour), July 2017:
Continuing Education Course offered by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.

Library Collection Materials Selection (1.5 hours), June 2017:
Continuing Education Course offered by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.

Collection Development Policy, February 2017: Continuing Education Course offered by the Idaho Commission for Libraries. (1.5 credit hours.)

Library Merchandising, November 2016: Continuing Education Course offered by the Idaho Commission for Libraries. (1.5 credit hours.)

The Library Reference Interview, November 2016:  Continuing Education Course offered by the Idaho Commission for Libraries. (2 credit hours.)

Introduction to Library Technical Services and Catalog Records, November 2016: Continuing Education Course offered by the Idaho Commission for Libraries. (1.5 credit hours.)

Collection Assessment, November 2016: Continuing Education Course offered by the Idaho Commission for Libraries. (1 credit hour.)

Library Collection Maintenance, November 2016: Continuing Education Course offered by the Idaho Commission for Libraries. (2 credit hours.)

Web Content Management; Social Media Management incl. RSS Feeds, HootSuite, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blogs, 2012: seminar through WV Uncovered, Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism, West Virginia University.

Digital Photography, October 2012: workshop through WV Uncovered, Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism, West Virginia University.

Video & Audio Production, November 2012: workshop through WV Uncovered, Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism, West Virginia University.

Online Media Law:The Basics for Bloggers & Online Publishers, April, 2012 – Online course offered through NewsU.org

Digital First Reporting & Online Revenue; January 2013: classes through WV Uncovered, Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism, West Virginia University.

Copyright Law & Fair Use for Journalists, February 2012: webinar through Poynter News University, www.poynter.org.

Ethics of Journalism & Freedom of Information, February 2012: webinar through Poynter News University, www.poynter.org.

Community Journalism: Strategies for Managing Local Contributors, March 2012: webinar through Poynter News University, www.poynter.org.

Basic Disaster Birth Support Certification, 2013: course through the Midwives Alliance of West Virginia.

West Virginia Small Farms Conference, February 2014: classes via the West Virginia University Small Farms Center.

GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) Training, January 2014: via the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.

Post Harvest Handling of Fruits/Vegetables; Planning for Fall Markets; Marketing Local Foods; Pricing Foods for Market; 2014: classes through the Mid-Ohio Valley Grower’s Association.

Visual Merchandising & Packaging, April 2014: classes through the Mid-Ohio Valley Grower’s Assocation.

The Ultimate Travel Writer’s Course, 2004: online course through American Writers & Artists Institute, Delray Beach, FL, www.awaionline.com.

 

ADDITIONAL PROJECTS

  • Summer Learning with Lisa Journaling Class; Gilmer Public Library. (Summer 2017)
  • Friendly Fonts Writer’s Group Facilitator; Gilmer Public Library. (February 2017-Present)
  • Altered Books Crafting Class; Gilmer Public Library. (February 2017-Present)
  • Keynote Speaker, Gilmer County CEOS Annual Banquet. (2016)
  • Back in Time Writer’s Workshop at Heritage Village;  designer & facilitator. (October 2016)
  • The Celtic Connection Read & Review Team; reviewing books released by the client on Amazon.com. (2015-2016)
  • Basic Disaster Birth Support; PowerPoint, script, marketing, booklet, web site creation, social media. (2015)
  • Gilmer County Economic Development Association Web Site Manager, Photographer & Copywriter. (2000-2005)
  • Fun Incorporated Web Site Manager, Photographer & Copywriter, (2000-2004)
  • Visiting Speaker, Basic Marketing Class; Glenville State College. (Spring 2013)
  • Visiting Speaker, Basic Marketing Class; FCI Gilmer via Glenville. (Winter 2007)

 

AWARDS

  • Letter of Commendation – from Gilmer Public Library Board of Directors, July 2017
  • Second Place, Nonfiction – West Virginia Writer’s Inc. Contest, 2017
  • Linda Culp Memorial Scholarship, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, 2015
  • Honorable Mention, Creative Nonfiction. West Virginia Writer’s Inc. Contest, 2015
  • Member, Ninth class of The State Journal’s Generation Next: 40 Under 40, 2006
  • First Place, Best Columnist – Division 5, WV Press Association Newspaper Contest, 2003
  • Second Place, Best Column – Division 5, WV Press Association Newspaper Contest, 2003
  • Third Place, Poetry on Nature – West Virginia Writer’s Inc. Contest, 2002
  • Outstanding Young Woman on Campus – Glenville State College, 1994

 

ORGANIZATIONS

  • Club Secretary – Rush Run Community Educational Outreach Services (CEOS), Grantsville WV, 2007-2016
  • Member – West Virginia Writers, Inc., 2014-Present
  • Member – Association of Writers and Poets, 2014-Present
  • Member – Mid-Ohio Valley Growers Association, 2013-2015
  • Weather Spotter, National Weather Service, 2004-Present
  • Member – Calhoun/Gilmer Writer’s Group, 2002-2006

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Mini Librarian, Normantown, WV Mini Library, 2016-Present
  • Adopt-A-Highway, Rush Run Road, 2007-2016
  • Magazine collection for Veteran’s Administration Hospital Waiting Rooms, 2007-2016
  • Cancelled stamp collection for Disabled American Veteran Art & Craft Projects, 2007-2016
  • Graphic Designer/Copy Writer, Mid-Ohio Valley Edibles Marketing Campaign, Spring 2014
  • Project Leader, Supply Drive for Calhoun Domestic Abuse Response Team, April 2014
  • Co-Organizer, Calhoun County Farmer’s Market, Spring 2007