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Holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding University, (Louisville, KY) and  has ten years of professional experience in technical writing, editing, and developing training for and teaching adults

Has also published over 100 news and feature articles in newspapers and magazines

Has taught fiction and non-fiction writing, inspirational writing, research, editing, revision, world-building, journalism, and technical writing

Experienced in teaching with lectures, PowerPoint presentations, and hands-on exercises

Has designed training for adults, designed and conducted Train-the-Trainer courses, taught middle-graders’ summer seminar, and journalism for one semester at a Port Huron high school for at-risk youth.

Member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

Work experience

Dec 2002Present

Project Manager, Technical Writer

Ajilon Consulting, Inc. at General Motors

  • Wrote and edited global procedure manuals: Incident Management Procedures, GM CyberSecurity, and Corrective Action Guidelines
  • Wrote and edited network-architecture manual; installation, configuration, and troubleshooting manuals for network-related applications, training manuals and instructors’ guides for all plant-floor systems and for network-management tools
  • Developed, documented, and edited asset-management procedures
  • Managed network-monitoring application deployment across North America (NA)
  • Managed NA Cost-Reduction project, resulting in savings of $23 M
  • Managed scope-of-work contracts for GM Vehicle Services Organization and developed and implemented cost- reduction efforts that resulted in $1.8 M in savings in one year and $2.7 M in the following year
  • Provided financial analysis, tracking, and cost-reduction for application-specific projects throughout NA
  • Created and implemented appropriate tracking tools, trained teams in sound financial principles in asset-management decisions; conducted weekly stakeholders meetings; provided troubleshooting for complex financial/contract/asset issues
  • Completed all projects on time and within budget
Jun 1996Dec 2002

Project Manager, Technical Writer

RWD Technologies Inc. at General Motors
  • GM Vehicle Services Organization
  • Managed Scopes of Work
  • Developed and implemented cost-reduction efforts resulting in $4.5 M in savings in two years
  • GM World Wide Purchasing
  • Provided IS&S support, financial analysis and tracking
  • Worked with team in deployment of Global Quality Tracking System
  • GM Wilmington Assembly Plant
  • Developed and implemented financial and asset-management processes
  • Developed web-based plant-floor systems documentation
  • Chrysler PFS project
  • Completed all projects on time and within budget
Jan 1992Jun 1998

Freelance writer and teacher

Self employed


·Published more than 100 feature and news articles in:

  • The Detroit News
  • The Detroit Free Press (pre-merger)
  • TheTimes Herald (Port Huron)
  • metroParent Magazine
  • Brown City Banner
  • The Yale Expositor

·Wrote public-relations brochures:

  • Hurley Hospital
  • University of Michigan, Flint, MI; 1996


·Spalding University Graduate Assistant, May, 2003

·Misty Hill Lodge Writers’ Retreats, Frederick MD—Led workshops and delivered one-on-one critiques: April, 2004; July, 2005; April, 2007; and July, 2007

·General Motors—Provided Train-the-trainer and end-user training for multiple network-management and element-management applications; 2003 through 2006

·Westminster College, MD—two-week seminar for middle-school students, creative writing

·Port Huron South High School—Taught once-a-week, special-events journalism class for at-risk youth; second semester, 1995



Oct 2001Oct 2003

Master of Fine Arts in Writing

Spalding University

·Cross-genre writing, including Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Writing for Children, Poetry, and Screenwriting, with emphasis on interrelatedness of the arts through attendance at cultural events, including Museum of Art, Kentucky Derby, Glass Factory, Jazz Club, Multiple Plays, and Opera

·Intense and inspiring community of writing professionals

·Editing/publishing component

·Working with active contemporary writers, such as: novelists Ernest Gaines, Susan Vreeland, and Michael Ondaatje; poet and essayist Yusef Komunyakaa; children’s writers Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), Donna Jo Napoli, and Nancy Willard; poet W. S. Merwin; essayists Terry Tempest Williams, Pico Iyer, and Scott Russell Sanders; poet and children’s writer Naomi Shihab Nye; screenwriter Robert Moresco (Crash); and playwright Heather Raffo

Jan 1994Jun 1996

Working toward BA in Communications with a specialization in technical writing; earned 124 credits, including credtis transferred from UM-Dearborn, Oakland University, CMU, Baker College, Michigan Christian College, and Wayne State University;  GPA 3.95