Skills Summary          

Award-winning writer.

Excellent editing and proofreading skills.  Familiar with both Chicago and GPO style manuals.

Native Spanish, conversational Portuguese, some Sign Language, basic French.

Expert computer skills in Microsoft Word, Publisher, Excel, Access, Power Point, and Scheduler.  Also proficient in PageMaker, WordPerfect, Visio2000, Outlook, and FrontPage.

Experience      

Technical Editor and Quality Assurance Administrator, Sub-Contractor at Various Firms, October 2000 to Present.

Use GPO and Chicago style manuals to edit documents deliverable to the government per specifications in RFPs. Edit documents on-line or on hardcopy.  Create style sheets, design templates, and apply MS Word Styles to deliverables. Design or correct graphics using Visio 2000 or Publisher. As Quality Assurance Administrator, oversee compliance with government CMM Level 3 processes and write compliance documentation.  Other tasks include researching computer system requirements for clients and creating and maintaining a documents library. Coordinate proposals.

Technical Editor, Proofreader, and Desktop Publisher.  January 2000 to October 2000.

Freelance.  Assisted editing teams of various government contractors creating government deliverables.  Worked with writers and graphic artists to produce quality copy. Proofed copy on-line, or on paper using standard proofing marks. Created style sheets, maintained acronym lists, routed copy and graphics.  Performed final reviews of completed copy. Oversaw production.

Legal Secretary, Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP. 1998 to 2000.

Supported two attorneys at major telecommunications firm. Proofed and edited briefs filed with the FCC and state utility boards. Researched telecommunications issues on-line and in legal library. Oversaw document production of motions and applications; filed documents with government agencies and all active parties. Maintained client database using Access and Outlook.

Assistant, University of Maryland Criminology Department. 1996 to 1998.

Assisted with grant submissions, procurement, and graduate and professorial research.  Maintained web site using HTML coding.  Designed flyers and posters advertising colloquia.

Temporary, Friends & Co. Staffing.  1995-1998.

Provided part-time clerical support to various banks, corporations, and associations.

Correspondent, Chapel Hill Herald. 1994.

Wrote hard news and feature articles. Clips available on request.

Activities and Awards     

Maryland State Arts Council grant recipient in fiction, top honors.  Awarded Governorís Citation for Artistic Merit, 1999.

Lannan Fellow, Folger Shakespeare Library, 1996-1997.

Old Gold & Black (WFU weekly) movie, theater, and music critic, 1991 to 1993.

Wake Forest University, Student Union Program Council, Travel Committee Chair, 1990-1992.

Education            

Master of the Fine Arts, English, specializing in Creative Writing.

University of Maryland, College Park.

 

Graduate coursework in Journalism.

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

 

Bachelor of the Arts, English and Spanish double major.

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

References

Available on request.