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Work experience

Jun 1998Present

Project Manager/Managing Editor


Primary Clients:Learning Unlimited (Developer of adult basic educational products by publishers including Kaplan, Steck-Vaughn, Kentucky Educational Television, New Readers Press)Coordinated, interviewed, and facilitated freelancer communication (writers, editors, designers, compositors, illustrators) from concept through preflight. Maintained client contact through production phases.Maintained contact with production vendors through manufacture.Wrote schedules using MS Project. Monitored interim and long-term deadlines.Wrote tech and style specifications for editorial; wrote type, illustration, and layout specifications.Coordinated discussions among editorial, design, and production personnel to make clear, attractive, and workable instructional designs.Participated in launch meetings with clients and with staff/freelance personnel.Reviewed pages for sound instructional design, consistency, and design integrity.

Quarasan (Developer of educational products by major publishers including McDougal Littell, and Houghton Mifflin)Coordinated projects from receipt of manuscript through preflight.Maintained client contact for day-to-day transactions; maintained contact with off-shore vendors; coordinated with in-house comp, QC, image, and traffic personnel.Ensured that deadlines were met and that pages were up to company and client standards.Requested and negotiated for additional resources when needed.Participated in periodic status meetings.InContext Publishing Partners (Developer of educational products by major publishers including Houghton Mifflin, Glencoe, Prentice Hall, High Noon Books)Acted as liaison for clients and among internal departments.Wrote schedules and ensured deadline compliance. Wrote and monitored budgets; prepared time and budget reports.Ensured that projects met or exceeded client specifications and expectations. Reviewed pages for sound instructional design, consistency, and design integrity.Anticipated and resolved issues that arose during production.Participated in periodic status meetings and wrote status reports.American Academy of Pediatrics (Professional association of physicians)Built online courses for continuing medical education incorporating text, images, video/audio, and animations from several sources.Created interactions and links per instructional designer's instructions.QC content assets from different sources for adherence to Academy style and for style of ongoing educational modules.Participated in meetings with committee members and authors to plan workflow and discuss status.Reviewed screens for sound instructional design, consistency, and design integrity.Wrote user manual for Educational Module Builder (proprietary course-builder software).

Jan 1994Present

Production Artist


Primary Clients: Loyola Press, Learning Unlimited, InContext Publishing Partners, Quarasan, American Academy of PediatricsComposed pages and screens using type, graphics, photos from several sources.Implemented design changes and editorial corrections.Wrote type and layout specifications based on design samples.Proofread and reviewed materials for completeness.Compiled data for a company's freelancer database.Created or edited graphics per specifications.

Oct 1989Jan 1994

Production Editor

Contemporary Books

Managed book production from design through printing.Coordinated design, illustration, photography, editorial review, and composition.Solicited interior and exterior design, type, and art for educational books.Wrote type and art specifications.Marked up manuscript for compositors (conventional and electronic).Designed page layouts.Reviewed pages for sound instructional design, consistency, and design integrity.Participated in discussions about changing technology and the effects on workflow.

May 1988Oct 1989

Electronic Publishing Specialist

Loyola Press

Composed trade and K-8 textbooks using electronic and traditional methods.Designed page layouts.Solicited and evaluated printing bids.Wrote type specifications.Researched and selected photos.Selected software and hardware; trained and supported staff Mac users.



Illustrator, Photoshop
MS Project, InCopy, HTML/XML, PowerPoint, MathType
InDesign, Quark, Word, Excel


Kathy Osmus

Kathy and I worked together at Contemporary Books, Learning Unlimited, and Quarasan.

Carol Karton

Myron Cizdyn

Caren Van Slyke

Caren and I worked together at Contemporary Books and Learning Unlimited.

Volunteer Experience

Lincoln Square Christkindl Market (Chicago, IL December 2008)Entertainment Chair for three-day community event ($55k) sponsored by Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce. Booked, scheduled, and managed performers and equipment; Managed entertainment budget.St. Matthias/Transfiguration School (Chicago, IL 2000present)Co-Chaired annual fundraiser ($40k) including marketing, planning, and event logistics; Taught yearbook mini-course; Wrote and produced monthly newsletter; Taught art appreciation to primary students.Hull House (Chicago, IL 19962001)Advisory Board member for Baby Brigade; Volunteer family for Baby Brigade;Developed pilot program for senior services.Prologue, Inc. (Chicago, IL 19881991)Tutored adults (at alternative high school) in basic reading and GED preparation programs; Conducted periodic testing.


Seasoned project manager with proven ability to rally personnel, solve problems creatively, and deliver excellent products in various media on time every time. Sensitive to the needs of each particular audience and how to use instructional design that best suits them. Experienced with a variety of audiences and media.