Sunday, November 18, 2012


A senior-level administrator, publicist, event coordinator, grant writer and creative writer / editor / feature journalist.

I have experience in:

program planning • budget making • fundraising/sponsor solicitation • publicity implementation • grant writing • educational outreach • staff and volunteer coordination • board development • proofreading/editing • publication design/marketing • media representation • topic research • corporate/political/motivational speech writing • university-level teaching • community visioning

** Contact me for details on recent projects I've managed and assisted that improved, enhanced, made a Bigger, Better Difference. **


As a publicist and media relations specialist, I have served a great variety of clients with marketing campaigns that achieved maximum exposure and impact, as well as organizing scores of community outreach events including seminars, business conferences and arts showcases.

• I have served as an event coordinator and consultant for major special events: academic conferences, trade shows, music and arts festivals, product introductions, educational seminars, workshops, symposia and special showcase events.

• I have written grants and planned development campaigns for dozens of non-profit groups; devising unique and successful fundraising strategies is a specialty, as well as liaison and lobbying experience with government, education and community agencies at local, state and national levels.

As a copywriter/editor, I have produced scores of writing and multi-media presentations for education, health, retail, entertainment, publishing and corporate clients. My credits range from software manuals and training handouts to hundreds of film, radio and television scripts, documentaries, jingles, liner notes, pamphlets, brochures, web site content, annual reports, newsletters and commercial ad copy for print and broadcast – along with more than 1,200 articles as a journalist for 70+ national and local newspapers and magazines.


Executive Director - Arts Guild New Jersey
Burlington, NJ / 2017-18

Executive Director - Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce
Metuchen, NJ / 2015-16

Executive Director - Union County Performing Arts Center
Rahway, NJ / 2013-2015

Press Director - Hall Institute of Public Policy
Trenton, NJ / 2011-2013

Grants Officer/Event Coordinator - Mayor's Office
Woodbridge, NJ / 2007-2013

Public Information Officer/Mayoral Press Aide - Mayor's Office
Woodbridge, NJ / 2004-2006

Contract Writer/Editor - Words & Music, Inc.
Woodbridge, NJ / 2000-2004

Administrative Director - Humanities Theatre Group
Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, IN / 1996-2000

Assistant Director - Indiana University School of Music
Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, IN / 1990-1994

Senior Entertainment Publicist - Englander & Keesee, Inc.
Austin, TX / 1988-1990

Executive Director - Music Umbrella of Austin, Inc.
Austin, TX / 1984-1988

* I am also a licensed insurance specialist for Farmers Insurance at MVP Insurance Agency, Woodbridge NJ and have served as Arts & Media Specialist for Skye Consulting
with several urban redevelopment clients throughout New Jersey


School of Irish Studies - Dublin, IRELAND

Irish literature, history, language, creative writing
1-year undergrad coursework in Irish Studies with professors from University College Dublin and Trinity College.

Indiana University - Bloomington, Indiana
B.A. Liberal Arts

Earned degree from Independent Learning Program focusing on music and culture with specializations in Anthropology, Linguistics, Ethnomusicology, Folklore; studied at IU Folklore Institute and Archives of Traditional Music.

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
M.A., Ph.D. Ethnomusicology

2-year winner Andrew Mellon Fellowship; 2 National Endowment for the Arts fieldwork grants; concentration in Irish, British Isles, European folk music; authored first-ever dissertation in Irish Folk Music; earned Ph.D. at age 25