I am always looking for new ways to use my creative thinking and writing skills on behalf of organizations that are working to improve lives and make the world a better place. Whether your mission is about healing, educating, empowering, supporting, or all of the above, I can help you tell your story.
As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be an English professor: cozy office, smart students, lots of books. But I soon came to realize that such plum positions were few and far between. I also couldn't see myself researching and writing about literary topics for the rest of my career. After earning two master's degrees in English (stopping short of a Ph.D.), I took a leap and started writing.
For my first assignment, I wrote a patient education web site on clinical trials for the National Cancer Institute (NCI). I found that I loved taking complex medical information and making it understandable for lay audiences. Having the NCI on my resume opened many more doors. I covered cancer conferences for Oncolink.org at Penn's Abramson Cancer Center; wrote profiles for Caring4Cancer magazine; developed publications for Living Beyond Breast Cancer, the Young Survival Coalition, and Fox Chase Cancer Center; coauthored a 500-page patient guide on ovarian cancer; and secured a steady role as contributing writer with Breastcancer.org. I also served as managing editor of Crozer-Keystone Health System's annual quality report and, more recently, helped launch a new magazine for Geisinger Health called Geisinger Magazine, shepherding five issues to completion as managing editor.
During those same years, I also looked for opportunities to use my creative and writing skills to advance the work of independent schools, colleges and universities, and arts and culture organizations--all places I had worked during and just after college and graduate school. I established partnerships with strategic communications firms that specialize in the education and nonprofit sectors, including Kelsh/Wilson Design and Snavely Associates. I have been the lead writer on multiple print and digital communications campaigns, both for marketing and fundraising.
I can honestly say I love what I do!