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Professional Experience

Freelance Writer & Editor | Summer 2004 Present
Serve as editor and project manager for magazines including the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation magazine Quest; pitch story concepts to and write for publications including Your Business; Lawn & Landscape; Natural Home; Transitions; Positively Green; Better Homes & Gardens; National Geographic Traveler; Decatur magazine; Hy!; eco@home; Kids Rooms, Etc.; Kitchen Storage & Style; and more; write for blogs at,, and

Freelance Copy Editor and Proofreader | Summer 2005 Present
Copyedit and/or proofread entire issues of newsstand magazines for Meredith Creative Collection including Christmas Ideas, Holiday Baking, Scrapbooks etc., Secrets of Getting Organized, Landscape Solutions, 100 Decorating Ideas Under $100, and more; copyedit and/or proofread entire issues of magazines and other materials produced for Meredith Integrated Marketing clients; proofread books for Meredith Books and independent authors and publishers; copyedit and/or proofread miscellaneous marketing materials (print, email, online) for various clients

Communications Specialist | September 2012 Present
Develop and implement a print and online communications plan for the organization and write and edit communications materials, grant applications, and grant reports as needed

Editor & Publisher, Illinois Adventures | Summer 2009 Summer 2010
Created the concept for, an online travel magazine for central Illinois; responsible for writing, editing, photography, publicity, and advertising sales for the site

Managing Editor, Lexicon Custom Media | June 2005 June 2009
Assisted in all aspects of production for 20+ custom-published books, 12+ magazine titles, and developed book, magazine, and story concepts; researched and wrote articles, captions, sidebars, TOCs, and cover blurbs; edited; copy fit layouts; proofread; obtained and selected photography; coordinated with designers; managed writers, interns, and assistant editors; created schedules

Features Editor, 515 Magazine | Fall 2004 Spring 2005
Created and assigned feature articles for a city magazine produced by Drake University’s magazine capstone class; managed staff writers, photographers, and designers; edited all feature stories; wrote articles, sidebars, and captions

American Society of Magazine Editors Summer Intern,
National Geographic Traveler
| Summer 2004
Researched/fact checked portions of feature stories, department pieces, and special publications; wrote editorial content; proofread text; attended meetings

Apprentice, Better Homes & Gardens Magazine | Fall 2003 Spring 2004
Pitched and wrote Features and Home Design content; assisted deputy department editors in identifying editorial material; fact checked; assisted in photo shoots; attended editorial meetings

Editor-in-Chief, Drake Magazine and Drake Mag Online |
Fall 2003 Spring 2004

Responsible for all aspects of creating online and print magazines, including hiring and supervising editors, writers, and design staff; selecting content; editing articles; obtaining bids from printers; on-campus publicity; budgeting

Communications Intern, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation |
Spring Summer 2003

Wrote magazine articles and press releases; updated and designed Web content; helped with event publicity

Other Relevant Experience

Adjunct Instructor, Millikin University, University of Illinois-Springfield,
Lincoln College
| Fall 2011 Present
Teach Critical Writing, Reading, and Research (first-year writing), Web Publishing, Computer-Aided Publishing, and Freelance Writing Roundtable at Millikin University; teaching Writing Fundamentals (developmental English) at Lincoln College; teach Learning & Serving the Environment at University of Illinois-Springfield

Green Center Manager, Lincoln Land Community College | July 2010 August 2012
Managed sustainability-related initiatives, activities, and outreach on campus and in the community; developed, marketed, and supervised instructors for sustainable landscaping, renewable energy, and biofuels production courses; managed five grant-funded programs related to sustainability, green jobs training, and local food; developed curriculum for and supervised two workforce certificate programs on renewable energy and green construction; wrote grants to fund new sustainability-related programs; developed and led faculty development workshops on integrating sustainabilty into the curriculum; planned and hosted special events

Graduate Assistant, University of Illinois-Springfield | Fall 2009 Spring 2010
Assisted sociology, anthropology, and music faculty with preparation for courses and academic research; assisted with teaching; wrote press releases, updated and created web content, designed posters, and handled other publicity for the department and department events; advised potential students on programs offered by the department

Volunteer Writing Workshop Leader, Iowa Correctional Institute for Women |
Spring 2005 Fall 2007

Created and led a weekly creative writing workshop for women incarcerated at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women using the Amherst Writers & Artists Method

Member, Drake University SJMC Junior National Advisory Council |
Spring 2006 Present

Current member and former president, vice president, and secretary of a board of young Drake alums that advises the School of Journalism and Mass Communication on issues related to curriculum, student advising, faculty, current trends in journalism and communications, and more


M.A. in Liberal and Integrative Studies, University of Illinois-Springfield
December 2010

Obtained a degree in Environmental Journalism and Communication

B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, Drake University | May 2005
Majored in magazine journalism and English writing