Work History

Work History
May 2008 - Present

Executive Assistant

Missouri Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • Recruited to fill specially created position to assist in the development, promotion and execution of statewide learning events
  • Design, edit and research information for Missouri Conference Journal and Annual Conference  Workbook
  • Developed a conference wide branding through visual identity pieces
Aug 1998 - Aug 2007

Graphic Designer/Assistant Professor

Lincoln Univeristy

Split appointment in Office of Public Information and University Affairs and as an Assistant Professor of Fine Art and Communications

  • Pioneered campus-wide design services for the Office of Public Information and University Affairs
  • Enhanced all university publications and created a cohesive visual brand for the university
  • Improved and taught courses in Graphic Design, Web Production, Photojournalism and Color Theory
  • Established positive community relations between the Jefferson City community and the Department of  Fine Arts and Communications by offering free design services through the my students which provided a much needed service and gave my students excellent portfolio material
Feb 1995 - Aug 1998

Graphic Designer/Illustrator

  • Pioneered the position of Graphic Designer for the production of learning materials
  • Primary designer and illustrator for various vocational and technical learning material
  • Designed interfaces for multimedia learning materials
Aug 1988 - May 1994

Art Teacher

South Callaway R-II Schools
  • Established an annual art exhibit for students which included professional presentation and awards
  • Enhanced community awareness of the Art Program by initiating various school and community projects such as a school quilt project and an art exchange with student in Peru, South America

Education

Education
Aug 1994 - May 1998

M.Ed

University of Missouri - Columbia

Skills

Skills

Web Design

HTML, XHTML, CSS, Dreamweaver, Stie Grinder, Java Script, Flash Thorough understanding of web site/page design, programs and languages.

Microsoft Office

Utilize Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point on a regular basis to create materials for office, print and public use.

Adobe Creative Suite

Teach beginning-advanced courses in using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator at the university level. Use all three programs on a daily basis in creation of graphic design, web design, illustration and page layout.

Summary

Selected Accomplishments

Public Relations and Communications

  • Created the first visual branding for Lincoln University and the Missouri Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • Organized a state-wide learning event at four different locations in Missouri, created marketing materials, advertising, visual identity pieces and secured speakers, sites and hospitality
  • Tripled enrollment in a statewide learning event held in Kansas City, MO by using traditional and non-traditional marketing
  • Led informal focus groups to assess information concerning the development of a church web site
  • Wrote and edited text for Lincoln University’s Admissions Brochures and for marketing materials at the Missouri Annual Conference
  • Created visually appealing brochures, advertising, posters and other materials to promote the Missouri Annual Conference’s learning events, camps and mission statement
  • Designed, edited and programmed presentations for the Bishop of the Missouri Annual Conference
  • Awarded Silver and Bronze awards for Annual Report Design by MarComm Creative Awards 2003 & 2004

Technology

  • Expert in using Adobe Creative Suite, Dreamweaver, Flash and Microsoft Office
  • Ranked in top 20% of design professionals for knowledge of Adobe Photoshop through Elance.com
  • Databases management, used dateabase to research and collect information and to organize information
  • PC and Mac proficient, have worked on both operating systems and can troubleshoot both systems
  • Office computer support for Missouri Conference and Computer Lab Administrator for Lincoln University Department of Fine Arts and Communication
  • More than 10 years of experience in training adults on the use of design software including Adobe Creative Suite, Dreamweaver and Flash

Education and Teaching

  • Improved the Graphic Design program at Lincoln University by developing upper level courses to expand student experience and opportunities
  • Established internship opportunities for students through community contacts and networking
  • Developed the first Web Production course for the Communications Department
  • Expanded and improved computer software and hardware training with in-depth workshops

Recent Coursework and Training

  • E-Marketing Basics Course - E-Marketing Association
  • Vocus.com webinar - Creating a Successful PR and Marketing Plan for the Non Profit World 
  • Vocus.com webinar - On line Press Releases

Objective

Dynamic and experienced educator  and designer with a flair for communications, marketing,and public relations.

Custom

Design and Illustration Portfolio

www.ceeyouoriginals.net

Interest

Freelance Work

  • Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church - monthly youth newsletter               
  • The Foot Factor Program - illustrations and layout                                         
  • Dr. George Kukurin, M.D. - illustration and layout
  •  MFA, Inc. - various projects

Additional Interests      

Certified Body Step Instructor - Wilson's Total Fitness

Certified Kickboxing Instructor-Wilson's Total Fitness