Volunteer Work

Adult Basic Literacy Instructor, Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford

Job Coach, Employment Transition Services, West Hartford, CT

Job Coach, Dress for Success, Hartford, CT

Summary

I have always been a curious person....one of those who try the newest before anyone else.  My epitaph will likely read "Her last words were, what does this button do?"

People fascinate me. Hopefully, others view me as a person with a sense of humor who appreciates the comedy in everyday life.  While I try not to take myself too seriously, I do have strong convictions about helping others.

I've been fortunate to gain over 20 years of practical experience as a business professional who is ready to officially share my knowledge with others in a new career as a college educator.

On a bragging tangent: I am a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a distinction held by less than 10% of those practicing in the HR profession.  I earned this when I was 25 and see it as my official induction to the craft I made a career.

I believe in lifelong education....on a continual journey to discover the world and to improve my interactions within it.  My college endeavors have always been non-traditional starting with a 9-month trade school program (fabulous secretarial science), leading into evening and weekend classes for the Bachelor's degree while working full-time; followed by continued 50 hour workweeks while earning a Master's degree and then continuing with Post Graduate Coursework (yes, while working) in numerous subjects. 

I am actively conducting research for my doctorate and for publication with interests spanning several disciplines but centering around employee behavior, social learning, societal norms, deviance, and online education.

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Work History

Work History

Adjunct Professor

Bay Path College

Work with adult women students returning to college after years of separation.Teach Business and HR Concentration courses online and on-campus.Designed four of the five courses in the Concentration.Coach and mentor on degree choice, job skills, learning plans, and time-management. Provide formative and summative feedback and ongoing outreach to at-risk students through telephone, email, and personal meetings.

Jan 2011 - Present

Sr. Instructor, Business

Everest Online

Teach 12-week online courses of Introduction to Business Enterprise using eCollege platform

2009 - 2011

Graduate Teaching Assistant (TA)

Education Consulting Company (Confidential)

Faciliated online courses for several universities using Blackboard, Angel, eCollege, WebCT, & JESS.

2007 - 2009

Manager, Leadership Development Programs

United Technologies Corporation, Pratt & Whitney

Received two prestigous monetary Eagle Awards from Nomination for Excellence in Employee Service

Responsible for company-wide leadership development programs for top 1% of employees.

2003 - 2006

HR Director

Travelers

Promoted from Field Human Resources to Corporate position

2002 - 2003

Sr. HR Specialist

AXA Financial, Equitable Life

Awarded Professional of the Quarter through nomination by employees and managers after only 6 months

1994 - 1997

Owner/President/Executive Recruiter

Staffing Links Employment Services, Inc.

Started and operated own business at age of 25. Over 100 clients.

1986 - 1993

District Office Manager

Congressman Lane Evans

Education

Education

Strategic Communication

Post Graduate Coursework

 MBA studies, Graduate-Level Psychology

2009 - Present

PhD (in Progress)

Capella University

Selected based on academic performance for Online Forum to give ideas to improve student experiences.

2004 - 2007

Masters of Arts

Gonzaga University

Summa Cum Laude, 4.0/4.0; Servant Leadership Certification

1991 - 1995

Bachelor of Arts

University of Iowa, Marycrest College

Magna Cum Laude, 3.8/4.0; Founding President, Psi Chi Chapter

1986 - 1991

Associate of Arts

Black Hawk College

National Psychology Honor Society

Certifications

Certifications

Certified Process Improvement Associate

United Technologies

SPHR -Senior Professional in Human Resources

HR Certification Institute