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Core Services
• Content strategy, research, and editing.
• Writing and Editing for the Web classes, in-house training and workshops.
• Online science communications specialist.
• Speaking, demos, and presentations.

Resume Contents
Content Strategy
"Writing for the Web" classes & workshops
Speaking and Presentations
Web Positions
Science Communications
Professional Organizations



American Petroleum Institute, Washington, DC
• Develop questionnaire to analyze customer and staff satisfaction with
• Conduct staff interviews and analysis.
• Next steps: Develop improved site architecture during new CMS implementation.

Prof. Janine Wedel
• Content strategist and information architect for professor, policy anthropologist and award-winning author.
• Site producer, working with Ratchford Designs for graphic design, and Irina Kruzes Design for site management and build-out.

American Chemical Society , Washington DC
• Content analysis and reorganization for Meetings section. Audience needs analysis, usability focus, editing and writing, content labeling and identification.
• Staff training for ACS content owners and managers throughout summer 2003.

Porter-Novelli Public Relations
New York City
• Content strategy, site analysis and content editing strategy for new pharmaceutical client site launch.
• Content templates development, language editing, formatting structure.

Harvard Medical School
Boston, Mass.
• Content development consulting, audience strategy development, site architecture.
• Language and content usability; audience specific language analysis.
• Alignment with Harvard University site, Harvard Medical School intranet, and online publications goals.
• Best practices development, competition analysis.

Click & Pledge, Virginia
Company provides top software for a wide range of clients, enablingusers to pledge/donate with one click, as well as other services.
• Complete content editorial focus and text formatting, web editing and writing.
• Secondary level IA as needed in certain sections, to clarify content options.

National Academy of Sciences
Washington, DC
• Content strategy and editorial services for NAS Intranet.

National Science Foundation (NSF)
Producer: "Nifty Fifty" interactive site
Washington, DC
• Editor and producer of science section on NSF's 50th Anniversary web site.
• Interactivity concept development, layout and format.
• Note: text could not be altered in any way.
• Subcontractor through Crabtree + Co.
Site developed by their programmers and artists.

Visual Mining, Inc.
Software development company.
• Marketing development for company repositioning and name change.
• Editor, writer and producer of two new company sites
• Content developer; online content strategies.
• Usability issues, audience development.
Decision Control Demo
• Writer, editor and producer for Visual Mining's new product demo.

Duke University Primate Center,
Durham, N.C.
Dr. Ken Glander, Director
• Content Strategy and Information Architecture for science site-lemur research and conservation.
• Site development will be done in-house by DUPC staff.

NIAID/NIH- National institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health "NIAID Fiftieth Anniversary"
Bethesda, Md.
• Online Editorial Director and Producer.
• Project managing.
• Web team building.
• Historical and image research.
• Developing and editing content.
• Site coordination and production.

UMBI- University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute
College Park, Md.
• Editor and Producer
• Audience definition and content development..
• Site redesign and graphic coordination.

First Washington Realty Trust
Bethesda, Md. in progress
• Producer and editor for premier realty investment company.
• Site concept, audience development.
• Content organization and development. 

National Sea Grant College Program Media Center
Washington DC
• Editor and Producer.
• Site redesign and reorganization.
• Defining audience focus on science media,
Sea Grant colleges and institutions.
• Coordination and hiring of designer.

Maryland Science Center
Baltimore, Md.
• Multimedia science writer
• Hubble Space Telescope exhibit (April 1999)

Environmental Protection Agency
• Project management.
• "Design for the Environment" Web site.
• Writing, editing, research.
• Eastern Research Group, Arlington, Va.

American Society for Microbiology
"Microbe!" -Web Editor, Science Writer, Producer
• Science communications Web site for kids
(in beta-not completed.)
• Research and content, writing and content
development; graphic conception and
•   Focus group with 28 children for educational "Microbe" Web site.
Howard University, April 1997.



Customized, in-house web writing staff training, for associations, government, businesses and science organizations. See client list

• Open Web Writing classes and workshops:
Washington DC Monthly Web Writing Workshops:

"Writing and Editing for the Web"-open classes held at the National Press Club, Washington, DC.

• Adjunct faculty at former Center for Professional Development at Georgetown University.
CCT MA Program (Communication, Culture & Technology)

(Current speaking engagements and updates)


The 16th Annual Corporate Communicators Conference
Sponsored by Ragan Communications.
Chicago, Ill.
May 8-10, 2007

CPCUG Entrepreneurs and Consultants SIG
Invited speaker - “6 Steps to Web Content Success”
May 2007

Ragan 2007 Government Communicators Conference
Washington DC
Invited speaker and session organizer.

Society for Technical Communication
Invited speaker.
Washington, DC
March 10, 2007



2006 Web Content Management Conference
(Invited Web Writing Workshop leader)
Sponsored by Ragan Communications.
Chicago, Ill.
DEC. 2006

CPCUG -Capitol PC Users Group
Invited speaker.
"Beautiful, Useful AND Credible- Evaluating web sites
for reliability”
August 2006

Business Her Way - the voice of women in business'
Radio Interview - "Credibility-How to find it online "
Listen live at
August 2006

National Writers Union -DC Chapter
Invited Speaker.
"Web Content Strategy Essentials"
May 2006



2005 Web Content Management Conference
(Invited Web Writing Workshop leader.)
Sponsored by Ragan Communications.
Chicago, Ill.

"Writing for the Web-and your business"
Textron Web Summit 2005
Atlanta, Ga.
Nov.8, 2005

“Web Writing Breakout Session”
Southern Rivers Energy
Marketing, Member Services and Communications
Fall Conference
Atlanta, Ga.
Nov.7, 2005

“6 Steps to Web Site Success”
Women's Business Center
Washington, DC
March 15, 2005

"Print and multimedia-can they co-exist?"
Westat Research Corporation
Bethesda, MD
March 24, 2005


"Content Strategy for Business Websites"

December 7, 2004

"Marketing and Communications"
"Web Writing Techniques"

General Services Administration conference
"The Power of GSA.GOV:
A Conference for GSA.GOV Content Managers"
Kansas City, MO
Nov. 17, 2004

2004 Web Content Management Conference
Web Writing workwshop trainer.
Sponsored by Ragan Communications.
Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, 2004
The Fairmont Hotel, Chicago.

CPCUG Entrepreneurs and Consultants SIG
Invited speaker - "Giving Readers Targeted Content"
April 2004

DCWW & "Content & Coffee" Panel
April 19, 2004

Women Business Owners of Montgomery County
Business Tools Workshop
"Content Strategy for Business Websites"
April 7, 2004

“Web Layout Techniques”

CPCUG Users Group meeting workshop.
January 2004

(See also post 2003 speaking dates and topics)

Washington Independent Writers
"Weaving Web Content and Structure"
Panel discussion on working as an online writer.
Washington DC
December, 2003

DC Web Women
"The Freelancers Ball - Making it as a Consultant"
Washington DC
June, 2003

Society for Technical Communication
"Editing Complexity for the Web"
Web editing mini-workshop.
Washington, DC
June 2003

16th INQUA Congress
"Communicating the Frontiers of Science to the Public"
Reno, Nevada
July 28, 2003

National Association of Science Writers Conference
"Using multimedia for Research Magazines"
Roundtable host
Denver, CO
February 11-15, 2003

Women's Business Center
"Writing and Editing for the Web-Make the transition from print to web"
A special workshop based on my full two-day course.
Washington DC
May, 2003


APPA-American Public Power Association
Nov.2, 2002
Colorado Springs
Workshop and demo at annual conference.

American Medical Writers Association
Oct.5, 2002
Annual Meeting, Washington DC

National Association of Science Writers Conference
Feb.13, 2002
Boston, Mass.
"Bypassing the Media" — Panelist , NASW Professional workshop

PBS/NPR Interactive Summit
Feb.21-23, 2002
Baltimore, MD
"Write This Way: Bringing Clarity to Complex Subjects"
Bill Mitchell, Online Editor/Marketing Director, Poynter Institute
Merry Bruns, Content Strategist and Web Writing trainer, ScienceSites Communications
Sreenath Sreenivassan, Journalism Professor, Columbia University

Women's Business Center
April 2002
Washington DC
"Writing and Editing for the Web"
Speaker/demo. (2000, 2001, 2002)

ASJA (American Society of Journalists and Authors)
April 2002-New York City , 2002 Annual Writers Conference.
"Transitioning from Print to Web" - Speaker/demo.
(2001, 2002)

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Annual Conference, December, 2000. Washington DC.
"Communicating Our Message on the Web" - Speaker/Demo

National Association of Counties (NAACO).
(National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO).
Annual Meeting, Dec.2001

Web Demo workshops 1996-1998

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH—"Reaching Our Audience on the Web"
American Press Institute Media Center, Washington DC—"Developing a Grammar for New Media"
NIH Web Authors Group, Bethesda, Md.—"Reaching Our Audience on the Web"
DC Science Writers Association (various topics)
DC Webgrrls/DC Web Women (various topics)
National Association of Science Writers (NASW)-numerous panels and workshops:

• Communicating Anthropology on the Internet

• Creating Web Sites for Science Writers

• Science Writing: Basic Internet Research

• Multi-Media Science Writing


1995 - 1996 WEB POSITIONS

Producer for premier Internet business solutions company (department closed 2002).
• Clients include: Norwegian Cruise Line
• Volunteers of America
• National Assembly 

HUBNET -Texas Internet Access
• Clients include: Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
• George Washington Univ. Medical Center


• Workshops and sessions for anthropologists and science media.
• Anthropology communications resource web site.
• Research on science media and anthropology communications.
• Yearly workshops and academic sessions on communicating anthropology to the public, and working with mass media. Events held at AAA-American Anthropological Association annual conferences.

Society for Applied Anthrropology

Annual Meeting
Santa Fe, NM
April 2005
Invited session panelist-"Anthropologists as Public Communicators"

"Communicating the Frontiers of Science to the Public"
16th INQUA Congress
Reno, Nevada, July 2003

"Relocating Ethnography: Theory, Practice, Use"
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, April 5-7 2002.
Speaker. "Speaking with the Sources: Anthropologists and Science Media"

"Media Anthropology" Seminar,
University of Hamburg
Seminar instructor - September 1999.

Anthropology Communications training and workshop at a seminar being hosted by the University of Hamburg, sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation.


• MA Candidate, Anthropology/Archeology.
• U.S. and British fieldwork
• Historic Archeology; British prehistory.

• Graduate work, Mass Communications Program.
• Online Journalism/Public Relations track.

• Bachelor of Science Degree, Art
• Associate Degree, Art




Board member:
• DC Science Writers Association (DCSWA)
• Tony Powell Dance Company
• DCWeb Women (DCWW) - Program Committee Co-Chair
• New Media Society of DC (Past Board member)

• National Press Club
• American Anthropological Association (AAA)
• Society for American Archeology
• DC Science Writers Association (Board member)
• National Association of Science Writers (NASW)
• DC Web Women (Executive Advisory Board member)

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