I consider myself an arts education facilitator. Through my career work and volunteerism, I contribute to enriched learning experiences for children and adults, moments that aid in the interpretation of the world that surrounds us and promote personal growth, understanding and creativity through the arts. By attentive and creative marketing and through my positive demeanor, I support Gateway to the Arts as a regional leader in arts-in-education and promote its role as a vital part of the Pittsburgh arts community.
Dedicated time, materials and/or logistical support to various non-profit/cultural institutions, largely for special events. Including, but not limited to:
·WYEP membership and capital campaign drives, member’s concerts and outreach events
·The Have Nots Collective 2004 performance Show and the 2003 Black Sheep Puppet Festival
·2004 Western PA Humane Society telethon
·2004 Easter Seals silent auction
·Bricolage theater company’s production of Wild Signs at the Union Project
·Construction Junction 2002 Donation Drive
·Mattress Factory opening for James Turrell exhibition
·FLUX in East Liberty event
Logistics Committee for WYEP's 2009 Rock the Block event.
Planning Committee for the American Shorts 2009 summer series.
PR, Volunteer & Event Committees for 2009 Pittsburgh Triathlon benefiting Friends of the Riverfront.
Fundraising Committee for the WHSD Foundation, an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging community-wide participation and philanthropy to enhance opportunities for all students in the Woodland Hills School District.
2007: Planning Committee for WYEP's annual Rock the Block fundraiser 2007.
Aug 2009 - Present
Marketing and Development Manager
As the Marketing and Development Manager for Gateway to the Arts, my primary responsibilities include website management, planning and execution of multi-tiered e-communications platform, design and project management of publications, events management for Tap Into Art, Gateway's annual fundraiser, and database maintenance and development.
Jun 2004 - Present
Consultant (PR, Design & Marketing)
Elstner's Rod and Kustom
I lend my talents out for my husband's hot rod restoration business. I handle all design for promotional and advertising materials. I also created and maintain his website. I write and send press releases and info sheets on current and past projects to magazines. I make all the marketing decisions, and generally he consults with me on all management issues. He's the craftsman with a vision. I'm good at interpreting that vision and implementing the logistics.
Utilizing knowledge gained through the completion of my recent MBA, I'm in the process of creating and applying a series of policies and practices to aid in the overall success of the business.
Nov 2001 - Aug 2009
Frick Art & Historical Center
As primary point of contact for the department with the public, much of my position was customer service oriented and dependant on cultivated interpersonal and organization skills. A considerable portion of the job was media and design related, including but not limited to: the creation of .pdf documents, program rack cards, targeted e-communications, direct mail, and some web maintenance. As the project manager for our annual school programs booklet, I was responsible for the strategy, schedule, design, text, and distribution of our primary departmental publication. I also oversaw the marketing strategy and offerings for our Girl Scout programs. Position duties included maintaining departmental records and databases, generating reports and charts for grant applications/summaries, scheduling of school, scout and family programs, photography for publications, and management of departmental image archives.
Nov 2000 - Nov 2001
The Children's Institiute
I was responsible for scheduling of physical, occupational and speech therapy for child outpatients requiring single and multi-treatment care and I functioned as liaison between patient’s family and their case managers, therapists, and various other Institute staff.
Jan 2000 - Apr 2000
The Andy Warhol Museum
Undergraduate Internship in the Archives Department. Primarily catalogued issues of Interview magazine. Also performed object research for Possession Obsession exhibition. Worked under John Smith and Matt Wrbican.
Class of 1995
Penn Hills High School
Aug 2007 - Jun 2009
This 36-credit program offered specialized courses in sports, arts and entertainment marketing, finance, management and leadership, supported by eight core MBA courses. The program was grounded in theory, but focused on usable "real world" application of practices. It required critical thinking, self-analysis and knowledge of current world events and sports, arts and entertainment industry-specific trends. I graduated with a 3.77 GPA (an A average).
Sep 1995 - Apr 2000
My undergraduate career reflects my many interests. For a time I focused on Critical Writing, Women’s Studies and Political Science before completing my bachelors degree in History concentrating on Russian and East European Studies. My related area was in Film Studies. The appeal of learning about Russia and Eastern Europe was not only the correlation to current events (simultaneous to post-Cold War nation emergence and the wars in the former Yugoslavia), but also how completely different the history and culture of those regions are and were compared to my personal experience at that point in time. I attribute it to deeply widening my world view and perspectives at a young age.