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Architectural Studies


  • Professional
  • Reliable
  • Dedicated
  • Dependable
  • Operations Manager
  • Project Leader
  • Business Owner
  • Master of Architecture
  • BS Architectural Studies
  • MS Office
  • Adobe Suite
  • QuickBooks
  • AutoCAD
  • Revit
  • SketchUp


President's Scholar Scholarship Recipient 1978

Marion Education Association Teachers Scholarship Recipient 1978

Rotary Club Silver Key Award Winner 1978

Rotary Club Gold Key Award Winner 1976, 1977

National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society 1976, 1977, 1978

Core Competencies

  • Business Systems Development
  • Business Finances
  • Accounts Management
  • Business Communications
  • People and Project Management
  • Process Improvement

Project Management


Contact information and reference letters available upon request.

Antony Wood CTBUH Executive Director IIT Associate Studio Professor Current Supervisor

Timothy JohnsonCTBUH Board of Trustees Chairman NBBJ Design Partner

Steve Watts CTBUH Board of Trustees Treasurer Alinea Consulting, Partner

Darcy Murphy SIUC Electrical Engineering Department Instructor and Graduate Academic Advisor Retired

Dr. Jon Daniel Davey

SIUC Professor of Architectural Studies

Work experience

Additional Work Experience

July 1990 - July 1995Radio Staff

WBVN Radio Marion, IL

  • Weekday on-air personality, radio spot production, music programmer, newsletter production, concert poster and ticket production, FCC reporting, mailing list maintenance

Business Ownership

1989 - 2006Bookkeeper

Thurmond's Landscape & Plant Maintenance Marion, IL

  • Self-employed family business
  • Contracts and invoice preparation
  • Payroll accounting, Accounts Payable and Receivable reporting and management
  • Quarterly and annual financial reporting and tax records management

1982 - 1989Co-Owner, ManagerThurmond's Flower & Plant Shoppe Marion, IL

  • Floral designer, buyer
  • In-store merchandiser, member FTD and Teleflora
  • Implemented computer-based accounting systems, from 300 to 3000+ house accounts
  • Payroll accounting, Accounts Payable and Receivable reporting and management
  • Quarterly and Annual financial reporting and tax records management
  • Employee training and management, from 3 to 15+ employees
  • Wedding event planner and coordinator, from 10 to 60+ events annually

University Employment and Internship

August 2007 - May 2009Dean's Office Graduate Assistant

Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL                                                     

  • Office assistant, receptionist
  • Process and maintain student applications, files and appointments 

May 2008 - August 2008

Architectural Intern

AECOM Chicago, IL                                                                                       

  • Design team summer assistant
  • AutoCAD architectural drawings

May 2006 - July 2006Architectural InternDesign Works Carbondale, IL                                                                             

  • Construction drawings assistant
  • Created AutoCAD file drawings
  • Produced Photoshop renderings and SketchUp designs

February 1999 - August 2007Office Systems SpecialistSouthern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, IL                           

  • College of Engineering Advisement Office management assistant, reception
  • First contact for all new student correspondence, managed scheduling systems and undergraduate student records
  • Produced all flyers and mail merge documents
  • Managed continuing student files and appointments, processed student program changes
  • Created and maintained MS Access grad database for the college
  • Managed and scheduled student workers
  • Substitute Chief Academic Advisory duties, including office management, graduation degree checks and degree problem disputes
May 2009Present

Operations Manager

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
  • Office manager, office systems and accounts manager for non-profit organization serving the global tall building industry; $2.6M in assets, 20 staff, 120 global volunteer leaders, 800 global members
  • Financial accounting and reporting, converted operations from manual to QuickBooks financial accounting, A/R and A/P, banking, annual audit management and tax reports, legal contracts and accounts management
  • Membership records and communications, e-marketing, inquiries, online merchant account, publication inventory, sales and subscriptions
  • Personnel records and staffing management, multi-office environment management, equipment and computers, facilities
  • Global conference and annual symposium coordination and logistics
  • Global leadership coordination
  • Edit website, publications, and contracts