Bio/Porfolio

As far back as I can remember, I’ve been connecting people and information.

In 1980, at the ripe old age of 13, I landed my first technical writing and UX testing position. It wasn’t a job I applied for, it didn’t have a title, and the job wasn’t optional.

My father, a CPA, bought the company’s first computer and proceeded to train his employees. The employees complained that my father’s instructions and forms didn’t make sense. And my dad thought – even a 13-year-old could understand the instructions. This epiphany of my dad’s helped me land my first writing and training job.

My initial job was to test the instructions and forms then conclude my father was right – even a 13-year-old could use the business computer. But this isn’t what happened. By the end of that summer, I’d rewritten the forms, created instructions, and trained the staff on how to use the computer. My first training manual stood the test of time… until the computer and manual were technologically obsolete.

As a multi-passionate creative entrepreneur, I’ve used words to help educate and connect people of all ages to technology, organic eating, sustainability, homesteading, health, crafting, sewing, and more.

The rest of the writing experience story…

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Content Marketing and Social Media

B2B Writing Success
Leading training and information site for B2B copywriters.
Experience: Blog posts about B2B writing, B2B business, and writing technology.

Barefoot Writer
Writing magazine and website for online writers
Experience: Business article to be a successful writer.

Walden Publishing
A division of International Living
Experience: Blog posts and a how-to column for homesteading, self-sufficiency, organic food, and working online.

Wealthy Web Writer
Premier information and training for web writes
Experience: Blog articles

The Center for a Sustainable Today
Bringing Sustainability and Green Living to the World (Online Magazine)
Experience: Blog posts about sustainability and organics

Embroidery Pictures
An eCommerce machine embroidery designs and crafting company.
Experience: Website design, catalog copy, articles, microcopy and UX (user experience) copy, blog posts, and social media.
Plus, digitizing and creating machine embroidery designs.

Content Marketing, UX Writing & Testing, Social Media

CJ’s Hearth and Home
E-commerce fireplace supply company
Experience: microcopy and UX (user experience) copy, catalog copy, emails, UX testing, blog posts, and social media.

Libera Inc.
Case Management Software Development Company
Experience: UX (user experience) design and copy tester, microcopy and UX writer, systems training, help desk, technical writing, and end-user documentation.

Training and Copywriting

Jamestown Community College
Continuing Education SUNY: Adjunct Faculty and Community Trainer
Experience: Computer trainer, Microsoft trainer, website training for small businesses. I wrote curriculum and study material for courses online and in person. Created, designed, wrote, and tested online courses. Wrote catalog copy. Helped small businesses create an online presence.

Cummins Engine
Innovative Engine Company
Experience: Microsoft Offices and Windows trainer. Wrote documentation and courses for employees.

Bush Industries
Top manufacturer ready-to-assemble furniture company
Experience: Microsoft Offices and Windows trainer. Wrote documentation and courses for employees.

Chautauqua-Cattaraugus County Library System
Southern Tiers Largest Public Library System
Experience: Microsoft Offices and Windows trainer, wrote training classes, wrote PR releases for courses to radio stations and newspapers.

Husqvarna Viking Sewing
Leading manufacturer of home embroidery and sewing machines
Created and taught computer classes. Wrote and taught technical manuals for Husqvarna software users.

In-print Writing and Editing

American Dexter Cattle Association (ADCA)
Exclusive Organization for Dexter Cattle Education
Experience: Created and edited an in-print magazine, wrote articles, and created advertising copy.

Teaching and Writing

Bremerton Community College
Continuing Education Department
Experience: Taught High School completion course in English and ESL. Wrote curriculum, testing material, and work packets.

Valley Academy
K-12 Academic school
Experience: Taught 7th and 8th grade English. Wrote curriculum, testing material, and workbooks for students.

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