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  • Lapidary.
  • Learning about people's childhoods.
  • Reading non fiction.
  • Thrift store shopping. 


I'd like to work in a creative environment helping owners and managers navigate HR challenges. My ideal fit would be a small to medium sized business where I can contribute heavily. I'd love to work for someone I admire who can teach me what I need to know to help them make their business more successful.  


Karen Roberts

Michael Pratt

Beth Ivester

Example of my work

Work experience

Aug 2011Present

Volunteer - Membership Coordinator & Advisory Board Member

Woodlawn Swap 'n Play
  • Work with Director creating effective and efficient documents and processes including member handbook and membership tracking tools.
  • Manage memberships using spreadsheets.
  • Administer Google Group to keep members connected.
  • Help lead new member orientations.
  • Meet once monthly as Advisory Board member to discuss ideas and direction for the organization.  
Jul 2005Aug 2011

Human Resources Director

Pratt and Larson Ceramics
  • Processed biweekly payroll for up to 120 employees using ADP software.
  • Managed all employee benefits including 401k and health and dental insurance.
  • Executive team member responsible for making business decisions at the highest level.
  • Instituted and oversaw the company's Green Team to reduce waste and use resources more wisely.
  • Hired, fired, laid off and progressively disciplined employees when necessary.
  • Started monthly training meet ups to cultivate and support the managers.
  • Practiced sensitive, yet effective, conflict resolution.
  • Was receptive to the needs of the culturally diverse employee population.
  • Managed projects responsively and energetically.    
  • Attended outside seminars and trainings to keep current on any Oregon employment law changes. 
  • Created a new, more comprehensive and appropriate performance appraisal system.
  • Lead monthly Safety Committee meetings.
  • Worked closely with the Controller to meet the financial needs of the company.
  • Planned some darn fun company parties. 
  • Abided by the motto, "you catch more flies with honey, than you do with vinegar."
  • Made boosting company moral during the financial crisis my personal mission. 

Accounts Payable/General Cashier

Crowne Plaza Austin Hotel

·Processed invoices for payment, which entailed tracking purchase orders, general ledger coding, accurate  

        data entry & weekly check runs.

·Distributed & oversaw cashier banks, conducting audits to ensure accuracy in cash handling procedures.

·Managed a cash safe of $10,000.00, which included dispersing petty cash & placing change orders.

·Prepared daily deposits & reconciled all daily cash transactions.

·Reviewed statements & communicated effectively with vendors to expedite payments.

·Provided excellent customer service to both hotel guests & vendors.

·Assisted department heads with monthly budget management & cost control issues.

·Conducted monthly food & liquor inventories including cost of sales analysis.

·Oversaw staff meetings regarding cash handling procedures.

·Researched & resolved guest billing issues quickly.

·Reconciled accounts to assure proper revenue posting including sales & use tax.

·Created weekly reminders for front desk team to help with any accounting obstacles.

·Initiated employee fitness program & recycling program.

·Handled administrative duties, including ordering supplies, scheduling office meetings, organizing & filing.


Sep 2011Present

Working on basics to transfer to PSU

Portland Community College

Currently I am a couple of classes away from junior status and being able to transfer to Portland State University's School of Business Administration. 



Portland State University Professional Development Center

This was a fabulous program taught by knowledgeable business professionals. The program was geared towards adults already in the work force. It was practical curriculum that I used often as HR Director. I studied topics such as project management, writing effective performance appraisals, employment law, motivating without money and how to spur organizational change.