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May 2008Present

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 1998Aug 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 1995Aug 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 1988May 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


Aug 1994May 1998


University of Missouri - Columbia
Aug 1984May 1988



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.


Debra Walker

Debra served as the Director of Public Information and University Affairs from 1998-2004 and was my direct supervisor. Although we no longer work together, we have remained in contact. Debra would serve as an excellent person to speak to about my work ethic, skills and strengths as an employee.

Peggy Gray

Peggy has known me for more than 15 years and can attest to my character and integrity. Additionally, she is a professional in the area of communications and can assess my communication, public relations and design skills knowledgeably.

Dr. George Kukurin

“I've worked with Ms. Unterschutz on several projects.

She in incredibly talented and produced artwork that made me look good and made my job easy.

She's on time and on budget, there is no question I'll work with her on future projects.

On a scale of 10, she is an eleven!”

Dr. George W Kukurin

Phoenix AZ

Fred Koenig

Fred is the general Editor of all conference publications and produces the bi-monthly publication The Review. I worked with Fred on the layout and design several conference publications. He can address my attention to detail, my ability to work under pressure and my willingness to work as part of a team or on my own.

Linda Winn

As the Art Director for MFA, Linda hired me on a freelance basis.  Under her supervision I completed various projects with accuracy and within given time constraints.  Linda can easily address my character and integrity, my skills as a communications professional and my skills in working as part of a team or individually.

Cheryl's Design Portfolio


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


  • Expert in using Adobe Creative Suite, Dreamweaver, Flash and Microsoft Office
  • Ranked in top 20% of design professionals for knowledge of Adobe Photoshop through
  • 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
  • webinar - Creating a Successful PR and Marketing Plan for the Non Profit World 
  • webinar - On line Press Releases


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


Design and Illustration Portfolio


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