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Areas of Expertise

  • Public Speaking
  • Direct Mail Campaign
  • New Marketing/Branding Campaign
  • Exceptional Writing Skills
  • Special Event Management
  • Meeting Administrator
  • Budget Preparation/Administration
  • Volunteer/Staff Supervision


Eight (8) years experience as a creative, results-producing professional with a proven record of utilizing my ingredients provided to "make it work" and revitalize an organization or event from concept to execution.

Demonstrated ability to proactively lead meetings and perform persuasive speaking engagements in front of large groups with the purpose of nurturing community and increasing employee interconnection.

Work experience

Nov 2010Present

Director of Development

Spaulding for Children

Supervised direct reports of a non-profit development department with the primary focus of increasing financial support for adoptive and foster care programs through an aggressive grant schedule, annual campaign, fundraising events, marketing initiatives, and individual giving.


  • Responsible for managing a development department in charge of raising $746,000 in 2011.
  • Increased foundation support by 85% in the first fiscal year through grant writing and research.
  • More than doubled the financial support (126% augment) brought in through special events by increasing the scope and scale of each event to properly fit constituent needs.
  • Escalated individual giving by 18% in the first fiscal year through strong community relations and an enhanced presence on social media platforms.
  • Conducted employee training sessions during quarterly meetings focused on open communication and management techniques.
  • Was instrumental in preparing financial reports and budgeting materials for the organization concerning the development department goals.
  • Worked closely with the Board of Directors to implement new strategic planning and marketing/branding initiatives.

Director of Development

Valley Achievement Center

Worked closely with numerous Board Members, co-workers, and volunteers to enterprise a fully functioning and innovative development department with the primary focus on special events, marketing strategies, public relations, and grant writing.


  • Developed and implemented a yearly budget for all special events for the organization in order to project fundraising goals, as well as accounting needs for events.
  • Spearheaded the research and writing responsibilities for the completion of a $500,000 grant.
  • Orchestrated the creation of a new logo, organizational letterhead, business cards, brochures, and funding packets to brand the organization as one cohesive entity to the public.
  • Increased public awareness of the school by designing, writing and producing the organization’s first quarterly newsletter to distribute to over 1,000 sponsors, employees, volunteers, and clients.
  • Organized & executed all aspects of the Evening Under the Stars Black Tie Gala and the Inaugural Driving ‘Fore’ A Difference Golf Tournament.
  • Conceived and established a successful Sponsor Appreciation Cocktail Party in order to increase constituent and volunteer satisfaction with the organization.
  • Collaborated with the Human Resources Manager to integrate a Staff Appreciation program that resulted in greater employee satisfaction and provided insight for the Retention and Turnover Initiative.
Feb 2008Jan 2009

Development Manager

Southwest Schools/Young Learners

Managed the development departments for two non-profit charter schools through the efforts of a rigorous grant schedule, numerous events, and the development of a fresh marketing strategy.


  • Bridged the communication between administration and faculty by conducting regular meetings with faculty and staff to assess funding needs for each school.
  • Secured over $50,000 in grants within four months & successfully submitted over $1,000,000 in grant applications within a fiscal year.
  • Worked closely with a media technician to create a promotional DVD for each organization.
  • Wrote numerous press releases to announce organizational activities and managed all public relations.
  • Organized & coordinated all aspects of the Annual End of the Year Celebrations for each organization.
  • Project Lead, from concept to implementation, for the Grand Opening ceremony for the new elementary school, which included a Proclamation from the Harris County Judge & appearance by a State Representative.
Feb 2007Feb 2008

Business Consultant

Classic Car Care

Worked within a team environment to carry out a full range of marketing and human relations functions to better establish the company in the community.


  • Within one year was able to increase the clientele by 40% through strategic marketing & local community involvement.
  • Instrumental in establishing a relationship with the Houston Better Business Bureau and gaining the Award of Excellence in 2008, 2009, 2010, & 2011.
  • Implemented the creation & regular updating of the company website. (
  • Wrote and produced the employee handbook and on-boarding packet to ensure the company was in compliance with all state and federal laws concerning employee relations.
Oct 2006Feb 2007

Communications Manager/Special Event Coordinator

Literacy Advance of Houston

Worked closely with the Board of Directors and Development staff as a contract employee to organize & realize the organization’s vision for their major gala the Champions of Literacy Series benefit.


  • Organized the most successful fundraising event in the history of the organization by exceeding the event budgetary goal by over $25,000.
  • Secured 13 new event sponsors by increasing participation with Board and speaker affiliates.
  • Gave two media interviews for the radio and coordinated a television interview with the guest speaker, Oliver Luck, CEO of the Houston Dynamos, the night of the event.
  • Tracked all budgetary aspects of the event and established a working relationship with major donors.
Nov 2004Oct 2006

Event Coordinator/Administrative Assistant

Cypress Creek Community Center

Reported directly to the Executive Director as the primary contact for all activities in the community center.


  • Coordinated the production of weekly church bulletins & newsletters.
  • Utilized QuickBooks software to perform all community center AR/AP, check writing, invoicing, reconciliations, and money management for nine accounts.
  • Established a working relationship with the facility manager to coordinate the needs of over 150 clients.

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May 2000Aug 2002

Bachelor of Arts

University of North Texas


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Internet Explorer/Safari
Website Design Software
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Adobe Illustrator
Adobe InDesign
MS Office
Expert Skills in MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. Also have expertise in document design utilizing Publisher.