Please allow me to introduce myself…

Hello! Welcome to my online portfolio, where you can learn a little more about me. I’m a freelance editor, writer, paralegal, and landlord-tenant housing advocate, using my education, imagination, and problem-solving skills to excellent use. I love challenges and was raised in the Hill Country of Texas, where I learned an impeccable work ethic and the value of a firm handshake.

In addition to writing and editing for media outlets, I’ve received high praise for my “superior,” “outstanding,” and “out of this world” (all quotes from C-level ad executives) freelance copywriting, editing, and proofreading work for ad agencies such as Weber Shandwick, Jack Morton, McCann Erickson, MediaCom, and Havas Media.

I’ve edited complex financial documents for Axioma, pedagogical case studies and web content (including SEO optimization) for The Wallace Foundation (a philanthropy founded by the same people who started Reader’s Digest), entire books, at least a dozen dissertations (from engineering and statistics to business and philosophy), and a multitude of medical, legal, and pedagogical peer-reviewed journal articles.

My previous positions include Publicity Manager at Seven Stories PressAssistant to the Publisher (Kent Carroll) at Europa Editions; Kids Editor at Time Out Chicago/Time Out Chicago KidsTime Out New York KidsCopy Editor at the Appleton Post-CrescentEditorial Designer Chicago ParentSpecial Sections Editor at The Daily Gazette; Special Sections Editor at  Pioneer Press; and Business Editor for The Beacon News, The Courier News, The Herald News, and The Naperville Sun.

I hold a B.A. in Liberal Studies (Philosophy & English Lit; Minor: Mathematics/Statistics) from Excelsior College (Albany, New York). My graduate studies culminated in two degrees: an M.A. in English: Language, Literacy, and Rhetoric with a concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics: TESOL (focusing on curriculum and testing development), both from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Academically, I’ve presented my scholarly work on children’s literature, species discourse, and other popular culture topics at more than a dozen conferences across North America. I’ve taught at the University of Chicago, Hunter College (CUNY), Dominican University, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and various other four- and two-year institutions, developing curriculum for students ranging from gifted second-graders to graduate students studying in the U.S. for the first time.

In addition the above, I formerly owned Yellow Bird Consulting, a service to assist lawyers and doctors with their written communication skills from 1999–2012 and from 2009–2012 ran Word of Mouth Bakery, a small vegan baking company.

Visit my profile on LinkedIn for a fuller picture of my skills and work history.

I am currently accepting freelance and contract work. Contact me using the form below for rates and more information.