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Summary

  • A designer with ten years of professional experience in creating print and web graphics. Tools of choice include Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Final Cut, as well as hand-coded HTML, CSS, and a little PHP and Javascript just for kicks.

Experience

  • Marketing Manager at the Pope Paul VI Institute. 2013 – Present Responsible for creating all marketing materials for a multinational, non-profit organization. Designed newsletters, direct mail, created promotional premiums, and updated the company web site.
  • Graphic Designer at Mosaic. 2008 – 2012. Responsible for a wide variety of print and web graphics, as well as production and editing of videos for a large, non-profit organization and its agencies. Headed up in-house video production, saving the company an estimated $100k in production costs.
  • Marketing Manager at Land and Sky. 2004 – 2008. Responsible for all the company’s marketing needs, including designing point-of-purchase and promotional materials, organizing trade shows, managing the company’s different brands, working with vendors, and writing copy for press releases. Responsible for developing the company's first business-to-consumer website, which earned the company $1 million in its first year.
  • Freelance Graphic Designer. 2003 – Present. Built websites, software icons, and print graphics for several freelance clients, both in Omaha and around the country.
  • Graphic Designer at Capitol Graphics. 2002 – 2004. Responsible for the design and layout of print projects. Performed pre-press operations and saw projects through the entire printing process.
  • Graphic Design Peer Tutor, Wayne State College. 1999 – 2002. Taught students to use popular graphic design software. Gave class demonstrations and created instructional handouts.

Education

  • Bachelor's of Fine Arts. Wayne State College, 2002. Graduated Magna Cum Laude.
  • Associate's in Desktop Publishing. Southeast Community College, 1997. Graduated with honors.

Awards and activities

  • Current member, AAF Omaha
  • 2011 ALDE Award — 2011 Mosaic Employee Campaign video
  • 2010 Paper Anvil Award, PRSA Nebraska — National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week Campaign
  • 2001 Addy Award for Student Publications — Sioux City Iowa Ad Club