Qualified for organizational and professional development, innovation, brand development, art direction, new product development, and non-profit leadership.Ten years experience in leading innovation teams and art directing new products • Ten years experience in professional and organizational development •Eight years of non-profit leadership experience

Inspirational leader with a knack for articulating strategy and translating research into new brands, products and services that reach new customers and drive revenue growth; Equally adept at future visioning, initiating new programs and executing them to achieve measurable results; History of quantifiable success in creatively planning events that inspire and increase participation; Successful record in designing professional and organizational development programs; Skilled public speaker passionate about creativity, the arts, education, and animal welfare; Successful record of driving quantifiable growth for both corporate and non-profit organization

Areas of Expertise


Art Direction

New product development

Brand development

Strategic planning

  Team leadership


  Volunteer management

  Event design & management

  Professional development


  Public speaking

  Budget management

Work experience

Work experience
2006 - Present



Founder, KOBZA! (2007 - current)

KOBZA! partners with organizations to lead, inspire and focus the creativity of employees on growth, revenue and results. Specialties include: Professional development; Executive coaching; Public speaking; Facilitation and workshop development

Designed a series of seven workshops on creativity and innovation for faculty and staff of the Blue Valley School District Center for Advanced Professional Studies program

2007 - 2009

Vice President Innovation

U.S. Central

Innovation program development for U.S. Central, a $40 billion-dollar corporate credit unionManaged a program, consisting of 12 – 14 national credit union executives focused on developing an innovation strategy for the Corporate Credit Union Network - Managed a half-million dollar budget. Managed a staff in development of a repeatable innovation process

·Led and facilitated strategy development efforts for the senior management team

·Researched and identified strategic opportunities for growth for the nation’s Corporate Credit Union Network

·Led a team of volunteer executives from the national Corporate Credit Union Network to develop an innovation strategy through facilitating online and in-person collaboration.

2001 - 2007

Idea and Knowledge Manager

Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Internal innovation consultant to executives and multiple business unit teamsDesigned and promoted corporate-wide innovation processes to evaluate ideas and select them for development. Provided facilitation in innovation, idea generation and concept development to move high-potential ideas to market.

·Led an innovation team for Keepsake Ornaments resulting in the design of an innovation process and a new brand, whichgenerated $10 million in new annual revenue and a new patent

·Initiated and managed an innovation community and an on-line idea management database

·Invented and copyrighted four original methods regularly used for brand development

1996 - 2001

Organizational Development

Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Initiated and built a professional development and training program for entire Creative Division of 1100 employees – Trained more than 1000 participants in new product development and innovation

1989 - 1996

Art Director

Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Creative Strategist and Art Director, developing multi-million-dollar product lines collaborating with Marketing, Editorial and Product Management partners

Led a team of 50 topilot a new product development process. Featured in USA Today

1984 - 1989

Arts Administrator

National Endowment for the Arts and University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Managed performing and visual arts series for non-profit arts agencies including:

·      Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, Kansas City, Missouri

·      National Endowment for the Arts, Kansas City office

·      University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Kimball Hall

·      Kearney Area Arts Council, Kearney, Nebraska

  • Coordinated efforts of 150 volunteers in planning and executing arts series events.
  • Planned a sold-out performance by the St. Louis Symphony to the largest audience and profit in Kearney Arts Council history.
  • Doubled the Kearney Arts Council budget in two years





KAI - Kirton Adaption Innovation Assessment

SYMLOG - Team interaction assessment

Hallmark Trainer certification program

Acclerated Learning training program

K Collection, my own line



Advocacy and fundraising

Conducted fund-raising and advocacy campaigns for community Arts organizations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Product Development and Management Association.  Currently serve on the board of directors for the Kansas City Artists' Coalition.

Event planning

More than ten years' experience planning events, meetings and conferences creatively, effectively and with high attention to detail.


I have expertise in supporting and guiding teams of executives and staff to focus their creativity on what matters most - growth, revenue and results


Expertise in making presentations that are concise and easy to understand.  Excellent public speaking skills


Expertise in guiding organizations to develop methods for problem-solving, concept development, criteria for decision-making and idea management

Strategic thinking

Organizational vision, strategic plan development and the ability to gather insights and identify new opportunities for growth


Expertise in facilitating large and small groups on topics ranging from how to generate stronger ideas to developing a strategic vision for an organization

Art Direction

I'm the Art Director that Hallmark called upon when they wanted to create a new brand or product line.  I have a great eye and an ability to create a vision that others can work toward with me.