Work History

Communications Specialist

FaithBridge Foster Care
2014 - Present
  • Created and currently manage an integrated marketing campaign for churches including graphic elements, a monthly newsletter with twice the open rate of the national nonprofit average, social media, training pieces, events, blogs and videos
  • Write monthly newsletters aimed at specific markets and for training events 
  • Edit and manage a team of foster parent bloggers, staff contributors and calendar and am the lead writer for 
  • Rewrote, redesigned and was project manger for five training manuals aimed at specific audiences, including graphics, participant and presenter versions and printing
  • Communicate internal staff updates and events
  • Create, write and design flyers, stand-up banners, bulletin inserts, posters, online event invitation, e-blasts, magnets, billboards and other unique marketing materials, as needed 
  • Organized all-staff annual party and planned events for foster families and children, including revamping our annual Christmas party with personalized gifts for all foster children
  • Populated and launched a redesign of and launched and within my first 120 days, including learning a new website design software (Umbraco)
  • Managed the process and worked with a trademark attorney to register trademarks
  • See portfolio below

Freelance Writer + Editor
2004 - Present
    • Various Christian publishing companies including Group Publishing and Simply Youth Ministry
      • Curriculum, idea, philosophy and training books for adult and youth ministry
      • Books (contributing author)
      • Magazine articles
    • Corporate training manuals
    • Marketing materials

    Director of Youth Ministry

    Christ Church of Atlanta
    2010 - 2014
    • Started, selected and wrote curriculum for, taught regularly at and recruited leaders for a high school girls' discipleship program and middle school youth group
    • Selected and wrote curriculum for, taught regularly at and recruited leaders for middle school and high school Sunday school
    • Partnered with parents, meeting with moms of teenagers regularly
    • Wrote and managed all youth ministry communications, including social media pages
    • Planned and led local and national events and trips, at times partnering with outside organizations
    • Women's ministry

    Associate Director of Youth Ministries

    Covenant Presbyterian Church
    2006 - 2009
    • Led and developed a team made up of full-time interns, an administrative assistant, an associate and volunteers (included recruiting)
    • Planned and led special events, domestic and international trips and weekly programs
    • Oversaw an annual budget and all project, trip and event budgets
    • Worked with parents as they endeavored on the difficult journey of parenting adolescents
    • Wrote articles and curriculum, taught regularly, mentored adolescents and led a small group of high school girls

    Church Resources Youth Ministry Editor

    Group Publishing
    2005 - 2006
    • Created, wrote and edited resources and curriculum in partnership with copy editors, writers, designers, suppliers and marketers as part of the entire publishing process

    Various Internships, Leadership Roles and Volunteer Positions

    University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Christ Church of Oak Brook, PFR Youth Ministries, RUF Campus ministry and K-Life Youth Ministry 
    1997 - 2002
    • Middle school, high school and college ministry

    Reporter, Copy Editor, Designer

    Columbia Missourian
    1999 - 2001
    • Wrote, edited and designed local and national copy for news, editorials, features and sports


    Social Media

    Strategy, analytics and execution with Facebook and Twitter and some experience with Instagram, Google+, Vimeo and YouTube

    Computer Programs

    Comfortable with Mac and Windows operation systems, with Adobe Creative Suite (most experience in InDesign and some experience with Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat), using WordPress blogs, tracking and interpreting Google Analytics, creating Google Forms, using Umbraco and with basic HTML and CSS




    Masters of Arts in Youth & Family Ministry

    Denver Seminary
    2002 - 2004

    Course emphasis on theology, leadership and adolescent faith development

    Bachelors of Journalism

    University of Missouri School of Journalism
    1997 - 2001

    Degree emphasis in news editorial design