creative problem solver
expert project manager
Design is a way of thinking – an approach to solving complex problems by drawing upon logic, imagination, intuition, and experience. With almost 20 years in the field as a technology-savvy designer, creative director, project manager and multi-level educator, I am a translator among creatives, clients, and audiences.
You pass the baton. I run with it.
14 years experience conceptualizing and designing innovative print, web, and social media projects as in-house and freelance graphic designer and art director for schools, community organizations, and retail companies.
9 years experience developing and teaching software-based and hands-on design classes for domestic and international K–12 and university level students.
Specializes in providing clear direction and mobilizing creative teams
to deliver inspired digital and print designs aligned with company brand and visual identity.
EDUCATION, LICENSURE AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MFA Graphic Design, Vermont College of Fine Arts, 2016
AAS, Graphic Design & Advertising, Alamance Community College, 2003
BA (Honors), English/German, Studio Art minor, Guilford College, 1995
Licensure: Visual Arts (PreK-8)
Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, 2012
Strategic art direction
Digital and print design
Leadership / mentorship
Writing and presenting
HTML / CSS
Adobe Creative Suite
GRAPHIC DESIGNER / ART DIRECTOR / CREATIVE DIRECTOR • July 2003 – present
Leads strategic art direction and design for print, digital, and social media projects for national and international clients specializing in education and community.
Collaborates with clients and internal teams to seamlessly execute multiple design projects from concept through completion ensuring alignment with client brand, needs, budget, and timeframe.
Conducts market and industry research to learn and stay abreast of current print and design trends, graphic techniques, and creative software
Loud Sisters Shop www.loudsisters.com
Founder / Creative Director / Social Media Manager • October 2018 – present
Currently running an online advocacy apparel business to support women and other underrepresented communities. Collaborate with other like-minded non-profits in fundraising endeavors. Design t-shirts and collateral, develop and curate weekly social media campaigns.
Freelance Creative Director / Designer / Package Designer • January 2019 – present
Mamha Life www.mamhalife.com
Founder / Artist • October 2018 – present
Created original business designing and selling handmade ceramics. Developed company branding, website content, and online store. Manages consignment space in brick-and-mortar store, attends festivals, and implements social media marketing strategies.
Kindermusik International www.kindermusik.com
Freelance Senior Graphic Designer • January 2008 – December 2017
Developed cohesive and clear company brand to attract ideal clients. Projects included print, web, and social media asset development. Designed and partially illustrated activity book that won 2018 Parents’ Choice Award
Sevenly, Raleigh, North Carolina www.sevenly.org
Freelance Creative Director / Project Manager • October 2016 – September 2017
Developed and curated weekly campaigns. Designed new art for apparel and web assets for each campaign. Directed junior designers.
University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina online.uncg.edu
Senior Designer – Online Course Development and Marketing • December 2013 – July 2015
Designed innovative and user-friendly websites and marketing collateral for online courses to promote brand awareness and drive student success. Developed creative concept and supporting graphics and imagery for marketing campaigns.
Alloy Design + Development (formerly Kilpatrick Design), Winston-Salem, NC www.alloymagnetic.com
Senior Graphic Designer • December 2007 – August 2011
Developed strong branding strategies focusing on dissemination through web-based media. Created meaningful website architecture and highly aesthetic web designs that captured brand’s focus on community, environmental responsibility, and innovation.
Media on Mars Design Solutions, Fremantle, Western Australia www.mediaonmars.com.au
Senior Graphic Designer • August 2004 – December 2007
Designed print and web materials for government and environmental organizations, community groups, and local businesses. Wrote proposals, estimated costs, developed timelines, and managed creative projects from concept to completion. Facilitated improvement and marketing of dynamic and growing business, resulting in obtainment of preferred vendor status for Western Australian Government and recognition
30 YEARS AS AN ENGAGED CITIZEN OF THE WORLD
Traveled extensively to destinations in Europe, Canada, China, Thailand, New Zealand, and Australia
1986 – present
Lived and worked in Perth, Western Australia
July 2003 – December 2007
Hiked, climbed, and kayaked through the Rocky Mountains,
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
June – August 1998
Lived and worked in Edinburgh, Scotland
September – December 1995
Lived in Stuttgart, Germany
August 1986 – June 1991
INSTRUCTION AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT/ALIGNMENT
Experience developing and teaching software-based and hands-on design classes at the university level. Experience teaching multi-level (K-12) visual art courses and developing curriculum based on North Carolina and International Baccalaureate (IB) guidelines.
High Point University, High Point, North Carolina, August 2011 – present
Develop syllabi, projects, project management calendars, and rubrics for both software-based and hands-on design classes including Fundamentals of Design, Graphic Design Studio I & II, Digital Art & Design, and Art & Design for the Web.
Implement online learning and assessment tools through BlackBoard.
Mentor graduating students on portfolio and professional development.
Facilitate the graphic design department's evaluation and improvement of course and project objectives to align with the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) standards through the self-study-based accreditation process.
Xi’an Hi-Tech International School, International Department, Xi’an, China, August 2012 – June 2013
Visual Arts Teacher / Marketing / Writing
Developed and implemented a rigorous Visual Arts curriculum for the entire school that brought the program in line with International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) and Middle Years Program (MYP) standards.
Responsible for rebranding (logo, website, print collateral) and marketing the school via expatriate print/web publications.
Wrote several articles about my family’s cross-cultural experience for the local expat publication Xianese.
Participate (formerly Visiting International Faculty (VIF) Program), Chapel Hill, NC, June 2000 – December 2002
Developed and delivered 90-minute presentations to small and large groups of newly-arrived international educators regarding the practical and cultural nuances of establishing their new lives in the United States such as social security, banking, driving, and local community programs.
Western Alamance High School, Burlington, NC, January – June 2000
Visual Arts Teacher
Taught the fundamentals of art and design to years 9–12, levels I–IV.
Created grade and level-appropriate lessons for drawing, painting, multimedia, ceramics, and art history based on state curriculum guidelines.
Facilitated an end-of-year student art show.