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To use my experience and expertise to assist companies in reaching their most important organizational goals.


Computer - Proficient in MS Office Suite: MS Word, Publisher, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, FrontPage; PrintShop; SAGE database software; working knowledge of Access, Word Perfect and Adobe Illustrator.

Customer Service -  Excellent customer support focus with the ability to establish good customer rapport.

Communication -  Ability to communicate and handle dialogue with other business people or constituents with diplomacy and resourcefulness. Experienced public speaker with facility in addressing diverse populations. Bi-lingual in English and Spanish.

Organizational – Detail and task oriented with excellent time management skills. Ability to prioritize multiple projects effectively and report on project issues while consistently meeting deadlines.

Technical - Proficient in grant budget preparation, financial, and program audits.

Collaboration - Positive team player with strong collaboration focus.

Grant Writer - Successful history of grant development with awards received from local and state funding sources.

Work experience



VIP Virtual Assistant

Provide virtual administrative support to small or mid-size companies providing services that can include grant writing, internet research, appointment setting and managing executive calendars, creating spreadsheets, help with marketing campaigns, web content, and simple web design.

Nov 2001Present

Program Director/Co-Owner

The 4th Degree Martial Arts

Responsible for managing programs, developing curriculum, accounting, and help with instruction of all age groups. Developed website and maintain content. Create e-marketing campaigns and coordinate special events.

Jan 2007Feb 2008

Development Assistant

Children's Advocacy Centers of TX
  • Coordinated  all aspects of direct mail campaigns: mail merges, volunteer assistance, printing, and postage.
  • Managed all SAGE database entries for donations as well as staffing updates for center staff and board members. Generated thank you letters and fundraising campaign status reports.
  • Organized several board networking events including catering, invitations, registrations and follow-up.
  • Provided registration and related administrative support for association's annual conference.
  • Prepared certificates of appreciation for board members and center directors during annual fundraising campaigns.
  • Major accomplishments: wrote procedural guides for direct mail campaigns, remittance processing, and gift management; made numerous updates to website information.
Mar 2003Apr 2005

Parent Outreach Coordinator

Family Connections
  • Developed implementation plan for Eager to Learn early literacy program for children at-risk for acquiring school readiness skills.
  • Provided parenting support for over 400 families with newborns via hospital visits and follow-up phone calls.
  • Implemented incentive program for increasing attendance at parenting classes using donated car seats, books, toys, diapers and children's clothing.
  • Prepared and presented weekly bi-lingual parenting classes on a wide array of topics on site and at various local elementary schools; developed corresponding visual aids and parenting handouts in Spanish.
  • Provided community outreach at various child care centers and public health clinics.
  • Hosted a community access cable parenting show and participated in local Spanish station call-in radio show.
Feb 2000Aug 2001

Regional Director

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and South TX
  • Directed fundraising, marketing and outreach activities for chapter region covering 44 counties; solicited donations from banks, chambers of commerce, Wal-Mart stores, civic organizations, foundations and individuals.
  • Raised a total of $140,000 exceeding individual fundraising goal by 16%.
  • Cultivated new donors and supported special events planning in Laredo, San Antonio, New Braunfels, Temple, and Bryan.
  • Edited chapter's annual newsletter and published monthly newsletters for affiliated groups, volunteers and donors.
  • Provided training for new volunteer committee members as needed within chapter region; monitored fundraising trends and made recommendations for management of county committees and volunteer projects.
  • Prepared and distributed press releases on local wishes granted and special events; participated in media events such as talk shows and newspaper interviews.
Feb 1988Dec 1999

Project Director

NW Indiana Health Department Cooperative

Directed the daily operations of the Lake County Child Health Program, a Title V funded health program administered by the NWI Health Department Cooperative. Key accomplishments included:

  • Successful recruitment and long-term retention of clerical, professional and para-professionalstaff.
  • Negotiated commercial leases and co-location agreements with federal, state and local agencies.
  • Collaborated extensively with community leaders and health care professionals in the development of community health care and social service programs.
  • Provided grant oversight and consulting for a state funded high risk neonatal program in the county at the request of state health department.
  • Conducted community needs assessments using client surveys, focus groups, agency interviews, epidemiology reports, census, and other public information sources.
  • Wrote annual state grant proposals for primary child health program and other relevant ancillary programs successfully receiving over $1.5 M in Title V grant monies over a 10-year period.
  • Served as Implementation Chair for the Lake County Health Start Consortium: an $8 M federally funded project designed to provide perinatal care services aimed at reducing infant mortality rates from 1994 to 2000 in Lake County, Indiana.


Graduate study in Marriage and Family Therapy


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