Education

Education
Aug 2010 - Dec 2010

Ohlone College

Completed breadth requirement for University of California, Berkeley.

Jun 2010 - Jul 2010

Iowa Young Writers' Studio

University of Iowa

Participated in workshops and activities with Master of Fine Arts graduates of the Iowa Writers' Workshop in both poetry and fiction as well as visiting writers. Contributed to culminating session reading.

Aug 2006 - May 2010

High School Diploma

Moreau Catholic High School

Summa Cum Laude

Cross & Anchors Award, Congregation of the Holy Cross

Principal's Honor Roll

Student Curriculum Committee

Discipline Review Committee

Editor-in-Chief of Sea Changes art and literary magazine

Managing/Copy Editor of The Explorer monthly periodical (NSPA Pacemaker Award Winner)

Robert R. Zielinski Scholarship Recipient

Holy Cross Award Winner

Father Moreau Scholar

Work History

Work History
May 2008 - Present

Lifeguard

Treeview Swim Club

American Red Cross Certified - CPR and First Aid

Swimming Lesson Instructor

Aug 2010 - Present

Copywriter

ReputationDefender

Provides client-specific, biographical text to ReputationDefender for the purposes of online reputation restoration, protection from defamation, and general image protection. Clients for whom work has been performed have included, but are not limited to:

  • State governors
  • Senior federal officials
  • Financial executives of Fortune 500 companies
  • Professors of top-ranked graduate programs
  • Tech innovators
  • Video game and graphic designers
  • Small business owners
  • Doctors
  • Lawyers
  • Hate-crime victims
  • Corporate pilots
Jun 2010 - Aug 2010

New Media Innovation Team Project Support

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Summer internship. Contributed to the development and innovation of techniques to implement the usage of social media for the purpose of both engaging the Ames Research Center community and for disseminating National Aeronautics and Space Administration discoveries and programs to the public by:

  • Designing and implementing a strategy for social media usage for the promotion of, and engagement with, live events, as demonstrated at Ames Discovery Day in August 2010.
  • Spearheading the beginnings of an internal blog with the purpose of cultivating social media usage and culture at Ames Research Center.
  • Facilitated, in part, the development of one of the first social media-oriented promotion plans for a government-sponsored publication, Psychology of Space Exploration: Contemporary Research in Historical Perspective, slated for release in Fall 2010 by the NASA History Office in conjunction with the SETI Institute.
  • Contributed feedback and input on preliminary designs for one of the first internal federal agency training programs on social media usage.
  • Assisted in various capacities, by working with experts of numerous disciplines, to provide insight in regard to new strategies, projects, and ideas on how to engage the Ames Research Center community with social media and demonstrate the importance of new communicative technologies.
  • Attended the 2010 Lunar Science Conference at NASA Ames Research Center.

Click here to read press coverage of the New Media Innovation Team in the Los Angeles Times.

Certifications

Certifications

Honorable Mention, Dreamer's Challenge

California Hall of Fame

National Gold Medal

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Gold Key Award

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

First Prize, Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Second Place, Freedom in Academia Essay Contest

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

Finalist, Teen Travel Writing Awards

Family Travel Forum

First Prize, Alexander Popoff Youth Award

Poets for Human Rights

Ann Arlys Bowler Poetry Contest Winner

READ Magazine

Al Neuharth Free Spirit Journalism Conference and Scholar Program

USA Today/The Freedom Forum

Merit Award in Play/Film Scriptwriting

National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts

First Place, National Catholic Essay Prize

DeSales University

First Place, Valley Humanities Review Essay Contest

Lebanon Valley College

Winner in Writing (Poetry)

National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts

Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award

Poetry Society of the United Kingdom20

Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award

Poetry Society of the United Kingdom