My Story

***Drastically out of date experience inventory (2015)***

I write a monthly technology column in Isthmus, Madison's weekly newspaper. The feedback that I get from readers and my editors is that I make fairly complex topics understandable and even enjoyable to read about. 

 

I also write for Madison Magazine. The June 2014 issue features my second piece for the magazine, the cover story, “Spin City.” My first piece for the magazine, in the April 2014 issue, was also the cover story, “Best Places to Work."

 

For about five years I copy edited and wrote for three trade magazines: Streaming Media, EventDV, and EContent. This article is a bit outdated, but it’s one of my favorites, on the future of Internet radio.

 

For my magazine and newspaper pieces, I am responsible for generating ideas, researching topics, securing interviews, interviewing (in person, or via email or phone), writing, editing, and fact checking. In my career I’ve conducted over a hundred interviews. 

 

I've been editing, proofreading, and writing for Peachpit Press (“Technology books for creative people”) and other companies since 2009, often with very tight turnaround times. I can switch between Associated Press style guidelines and Chicago Manual of Style rules in a pinch (I prefer the latter). The following are some examples of books I’ve worked on: 

 

  • Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials by Kevin M. White and Gordon Davisson. Published February 2014 by Peachpit Press. 

  • Discover Wisconsin: Discovering the Very Best of the Badger State. Published May 2012 by Discover MediaWorks. 

  • Bulletproof Web Design: Improving flexibility and protecting against worst-case scenarios with HTML5 and CSS3, 3rd Edition, by Dan Cederholm. Published December 2011 by New Riders.

  • Adventure Sports Photography: Creating Dramatic Sports Images in Wild Places, by Tom Bol. Published November 2011 by Peachpit Press.

  • Adobe CS5 Design Premium How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques, by Scott Citron and Michael Murphy. Published December 2010 by Adobe Press. 

 

I am an SEO expert and owned a digital marketing company in downtown Madison, Wis., for 7 years. Running a business involved marketing managing my own company. In this capacity I have gained tremendous experience negotiating, writing legal contracts, managing clients, leading meetings, networking, training, budgeting, writing proposals, and presenting.

 

My volunteer work through the Dane County Humane Society’s Four Lakes Wildlife Center, the Literacy Network via Madison College, SARTHI Children’s Rights NGO, and on behalf of the Aids Network of Dane County has provided me with even more opportunities to teach and lead others, enhance my cultural responsiveness, and plan and execute successful fundraising events. 

 

These experiences led me to where I am today, on the second floor of the Doyle Administration building, working with the smart, funny, creative crew in the Communications Department of the Madison Metropolitan School District. Serving the city's 27,000 students and their families is a role I am embracing in the next chapter of my life.