RESUME

Skills

Career Summary

 

 

 


 

  • Dynamic fundraising, event management and communications professional with a passion for the cause

  • Seasoned communications professional with experience writing and speaking in radio/podcast, television, print, and online/social media

  • Versatile writer for internal and external communications including  e-newsletters, non-profit appeals, executive reports, grants, and more

  • Detail-oriented, organized and deadline-driven

  • Accustomed to handling multiple priorities

  • Managerial background including budgets, programs and personnel

  • Nonprofit, higher education, social service, and government experience

  • Capable volunteer manager

  • Innovative problem solver

  • Entrepreneurial spirit, inclusive collaborator

FUNDRAISING EVENT MANAGEMENT

PHILANTHROPY

VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT

NONPROFIT PROGRAMS

WRITING FOR RADIO, TV, PRINT

MEDIA RELATIONS

RADIO PROGRAM PRODUCTION

AUDIO EDITING

VOICE OVER

MEMBERSHIPS

Professional

experience
 

SPECIAL EVENTS MANAGER
University of Michigan Transplant Center, Ann Arbor
(Feb. 2015-current)
  • Planned, organized and executed all aspects of fundraising events, including golf classic and annual gala; consistently increased event revenue and improved event organization

  • Led gala committee, recruited new committee members with significant contacts; created golf outing committee and attracted members with capacity to significantly increase outcomes

  • Attracted sponsors for events 

  • Implemented new mobile bidding systems to improve fundraising; worked with development office for Michigan Medicine to get a PCI compliant system approved for all units

  • Developed solid relationships with the development department to coordinate donor lists, creation of event websites, financial reporting

  • Recruited and trained volunteers; engaged patients, donors, and others in fundraising events.

  • Initiated e-newsletters to event participants and donors; edited high-quality weekly internal newsletter to Transplant Center faculty and staff. Created social media posts; contributed to website

  • Expanded the reach of the Transplant Center by participating in Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce and other community events regularly, spoke at functions to promote our work

  • Solid understanding of and commitment to the work of organ transplantation: to organ donors and donor families, organ recipients and families, and professionals in the field

 
DIRECTOR OF VOLUNTEER SERVICES

Resource Genesee/HandsOn Genesee, Flint, MI

(2009-2015)

  • Volunteer Center of the Year in Michigan, 2014

  • Winner of JP Morgan Chase One America Innovation Grant, 2014

  • Rebuilt and re-branded the volunteer center for Flint & Genesee County from the ground up

  • Wrote and implemented strategic plan; reported to CEO and board of directors

  • Wrote federal and state grants and created programs that brought in 20% of annual agency budget ($250,000)

  • Designed and administered award-winning volunteer program for welfare recipients to increase job skills

  • Secured a $15,000 grant from HandsOn and Chase Bank through competitive video presentation which I wrote and delivered presenting the program my team designed for welfare recipients

  • Organized National Days of Service events with area colleges and universities

  • Created and organized annual Volunteer Expo to connect 40 nonprofits with 300-400 volunteers

  • Provided services to more than 50 nonprofits including training and volunteer recruitment

  • Launched three websites and agency’s social media efforts

  • Conducted media outreach, made press appearances, wrote press releases

  • Hired, trained, and supervised staff of four

  • Strong and holistic understanding of social services systems, nonprofits and higher education

 
NEWSPAPER REPORTER/COLUMNIST

Flint Journal (MLIVE)/Grand Blanc News/Fenton Press, Flint, MI

(2007- 2008)

 
  • Covered local city and township government, business, and wrote feature stories

  • Wrote popular weekly column for The Fenton Press

  • Posted stories to website; took photographs for online use

  • Developed sources for stories and participate in community events

 
RADIO HOST/PRODUCER

My Mom and Me, Flint, MI (2004-2006)

 

  • Created, produced and co-hosted entertaining weekly hour-long radio program

  • Researched, pre-interviewed, and booked national and local guests

  • Recruited corporate sponsors; wrote and produced radio commercials

  • Conducted publicity, coordinated events with sponsors

 

COPYWRITER/RADIO REPORTER
FREELANCE WRITER/RADIO REPORTER

Linden, MI (2003-2008)

 

  • Wrote popular weekly column for the Fenton Press for five years featuring engaging stories about local residents, business owners and, occasionally, stories from my life

  • Conducted news and features interviews, voiced and produced daily radio stories and podcasts for KLOVE Radio; covered local/regional governmental issues for public affairs programming

  • Frequent TV show script writer for Great Getaways, a Michigan-based PBS program

 
RADIO REPORTER/PRODUCER

BILLY GRAHAM ASSOCIATION, DECISION TODAY RADIO

Minneapolis, MN (1998-2003)

 

  • Writer/producer, interviewer, and voice over talent for national, daily radio program

  • Traveled to cover national events such as the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City; the massacre at Columbine High School; presidential inauguration and more

  • Interviewed national figures in entertainment, media, and government as well as average citizens

 
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

WISCONSIN BANKING NEWS, OHIO BANKING NEWS

Lansing, MI (1997-1998)

 

  • Wrote and reported on issues of interest to bank executives

  • Edited copy submitted by two other writers; proofed the final copy of the magazines

  • Recruited guest columns and edited the columns

 

COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST/WRITER

MICHIGAN SENATE MAJORITY COMMUNICATIONS

Lansing, MI (1996-1997)

 

  • Wrote press releases, newsletters, guest editorials, speeches, and talking points for state senators

  • Developed communications strategies for various legislative initiatives

 

PRESS LIAISON/MEDIA RELATIONS ASSISTANT

IDAHO STATE SENATE

Boise, ID (1996)

 

  • Wrote press releases, newsletters, guest editorials for state senators

  • Wrote daily radio news scripts for stations statewide

  • Collected, produced, edited, and distributed audio sound bites daily

  • Conducted legislative research, arranged television and radio interviews for state senators

 

CAPITOL HILL TV NEWS CORRESPONDENT

CBN NEWS

Washington, DC (1992-1995)

 

  • Investigated, wrote, reported on political events for daily, national news program

  • Interviewed congressmen, senators, and other news makers

  • Wrote, produced, and reported feature stories

  • Analyzed legislation and political issues

 

NEWS ANCHOR/ASSIGNMENT EDITOR

CBN RADIO NEWS

Virginia Beach, VA (1990-1992)

 

  • Wrote, produced, and anchored hourly newscast airing on 165 stations nationwide

  • Coordinated activities of foreign and domestic stringers, managed stringer payroll

  • Evaluated stories submitted by affiliates

  • VOICES OF THE STAFF COMMITTEE, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, 2016-2019

  • ANN ARBOR YPSILANTI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, MEMBER 2015-2018

  • EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, VOLUNTEER CENTERS OF MICHIGAN 2013-2014

  • BOARD OF DIRECTORS, MICHIGAN NONPROFIT ASSOC. 2014-2015

  • CHELSEA WRITERS WORKSHOP 2012-2019

  • COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

Education

University of Michigan - Flint
Psychology

 

 
Michigan State University
Bachelor of Science, Psychology

 

Regent University
Master's Degree, Public Policy

 

Washtenaw Community College
E-Marketing Certificate Courses​

 

 

  

 

     

     

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