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Summary

I am passionate about foreign languages and cultures, education, singing and acting, website development, and wireless technologies. I have spent most of the past decade living, learning and working in East Asia, with experience in a number of fields, including government, corporate training, telecom, website development, and voice acting. I speak, read, and write Japanese and Mandarin Chinese, and have begun learning a number of additional languages.

Work experience

Director of Corporate Communications

CTB Group, Inc.

*Developing and executing the company's communications strategy.

*Developing and managing the corporate website, newsletter, social media, and other external touch points.

*Creating corporate publications, documentation and correspondence.

*Application of "visual identity systems".

Coordinator of International Relations

Hyogo Prefectural Government

*Planned and executed international events, sight-seeing tours for international visitors, and training seminars for English teachers within the prefecture *Advised and counseled JET (Japan Exchange Teaching Programme) participants and other foreign residents living in Hyogo Prefecture *Translated outbound & inbound government correspondence, pamphlets, posters, etc. *Interpreted for Japanese government officials and English-speaking delegates, investors, and visitors

Program Manager

Tele Barta Ltd

*Provided oversight and coordination of all GPC Asia projects and ensured clear and consistent communications between GPC Asia consultants and Tele Barta management *Managed Tele Barta’s Marketing and HR staff-level employees *Trained staff in best-practices, business correspondence conventions and skills, and how to giving effective presentations *Provided the client’s upper-management with on-going “word on the street” feedback and suggestions on how to improve employee morale *Created a complete HR manual for the client

Senior Instructor

Berlitz International (Taiwan)

*Taught Business English, academic & business writing, social English, test preparation, and pronunciation courses to VIP clients *Recruited and trained new English & Japanese instructional staff *Provided ongoing assessment and feedback for English and Japanese-speaking instructors *Conducted new client interviews, including level assessments and syllabi/material recommendations *Produced and presented custom training seminars for corporate clients *Used podcasting, audio & video recording, and other technologies to enhance the learning experience

Author

Living, Learning & Teaching in Taipei

"Living, Learning & Teaching in Taipei" is book, blog and podcast how-to triumvirate for foreigners who cross the seas to master Mandarin, learn a martial art, or teach English.

Corporate Trainer

Gram Consultants

Corporate training and Business English instruction in effective business communication (presentations, business writing, meetings, conference calls, etc.) My clients have included executives, managers and staff at IBM, Mediatech, ASUS, Pegatron, Wistron, Philips, MagnaChip, Maersk, JTI, E. Sun Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, China Trust, Goldman Sachs, ABN-Amro, KPMG, ING, Taifex, and TDCC.

Founder

Foreign Language Mastery

Tips on how to learn any language effectively. Interviews with linguists, language experts and polyglots.

Education

BA

Western Washington University
TESOL Certified Japanese Linguistics & Language Mandarin Linguistics & Language East Asian Studies Industrial Design Philosophy

Language Learning: Why Most Fail

Skills

Russian
Basic oral proficiency in Russian.
Apple iLife Suite
Apple GarageBand, iPhoto and iTunes
Apple iWork Suite
Apple Keynote, Pages and Numbers
Microsoft Office Suite
Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Excel
Adobe Suite
Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesgin
French
Conversational fluency in French.
WordPress
WordPress customization for professional websites and personal blogs.
Mandarin Chinese
Oral and written fluency in Mandarin Chinese.
Japanese
Oral and written fluency in Japanese.