My identity as a warm but playful creative professional results from more than a decade of experiences in graphic design, writing, copy editing, photography, public relations, marketing, event planning, social media, and intersectional social justice work.
My biggest passions are creating useful, beautiful things and helping people - even better if the things I create can help people! My past and current work in nonprofits really showed me the power that high-quality visual design lends to awareness-building about important social justice issues. My past work in a more corporate, B2B context taught me the expectations of high-level design deliverables. (Also, access to high quality equipment upped my appreciation for a well-crafted prototype!) My past work in a college setting and newsroom have kept me high energy and just the right amount of weird. My experiences with rebranding multiple organizations allows me to bring a love for creative process, ideation theory, and multi-faceted perspectives to other design challenges.
I value the supportive effect of trusted teamwork, the freedom of eclectic creativity framed in process, and a serious commitment to details and quality. In order to feel fulfilled and most useful to an organization, I need to work in a mission-driven environment where I can offer up my patchwork quilt of skills for the use of the team.
Brand Identity & Engagement
Print & Digital Design
Customer Journey & Experience
Social Media Engagement
Event Planning & Promotion
Strong graphic design skills and artistic ability, including photography; self-taught but proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, Adobe Acrobat; able to conceptualize and design for multiple production formats (print, digital, web); able to quickly learn new skills, software, or processes independently; diverse background in writing, including journalism, creative writing, technical writing, and opinion writing; experience in event planning and promotion, public relations, and marketing; obsessive copy editing and design proofing tendencies
Diplomatic; finds ways to engage, connect with, and support diverse groups; values a cohesive team and a shared commitment to excellence; dedicated to accuracy and consistent quality results; comfortable multi-tasking with a variety of simultaneous deadlines; enjoys collaboration between groups and finding new partnerships
Profiled in Be Magazine's "Unsung Heroines" article featuring involved community leaders (2015)
Numerous front page layouts on the Newseum's Top 10 of the Day (2010-12)
Board Member, Dakota OutRight - North Dakota (2012-present) Recruitment and retention of members and board staff, strategic planning, budgeting, grant compliance, marketing and communications, branding, PR, spokesperson coaching, curriculum development, and public education/training
Rural Leadership North Dakota Program, Class IV (2009-2011)
Women’s Leadership Program (2015)
Vice President, Tioga Chamber of Commerce (2009)
North Dakota Human Rights Coalition
North Dakota State Prevention Team