B.A. in magazine journalism (Philip Merrill College of Journalism) and English — University of Maryland — December 2008
B.S. in human geography — University of Maryland — May 2009
Semester at Sea — Study Abroad through the University of Virginia — January–May 2008
Traveled to 14 ports in 11 countries while circumnavigating the globe by ship, completed five onboard courses and related field assignments in English and geography with a focus on global studies, maintained a near-daily blog while traveling.
Freelance Journalist — Adventure Editorial — May 2015–present
Write feature articles and shoot accompanying photos for a variety of regional and national publications and online outlets, primarily focusing on outdoor recreation, conservation, public lands and travel. Publications include Rails to Trails magazine, Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine, Subaru Drive magazine, Country magazine, Wonderful West Virginia magazine, Outdoors Unlimited magazine, Appalachian Voices magazine, RD.com, MatadorNetwork.com and Alamo.com. Edit projects including quarterly issues of the Journal of Wildlife Photography, books for independent authors, Oh, Ranger! guides for the American Park Network, destination database entries for travel42 and guidebooks for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Currently writing guidebook titled “Hiking Waterfalls in Maryland” for FalconGuides.
Editor — Inspiration for Writers — September 2015–present
Edit client manuscripts ranging from graduate-level writing assignments to full-length books, provide sample edits to potential clients, collaborate with fellow editors on difficult editing dilemmas.
Marketing and Membership Service Coordinator — Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau — September 2017–March 2019
Created content and oversaw all editorial and production tasks for annual Welcome guide, biannual GO magazines and blog, managed contracted graphic designer, coordinated with current and potential member businesses to develop customer-focused marketing strategies, wrote press releases and articles for outside publications, worked with travel and outdoor writers to bring targeted publicity to the region.
Executive Editor — National Recreation and Park Association — July 2014–May 2015
Continued all editorial and production management responsibilities from senior editor position, managed associate editor and four editorial interns, established and maintained magazine Twitter account (@ParksRecMag).
Senior Editor — National Recreation and Park Association — October 2013–July 2014
Oversaw and managed all editorial and production responsibilities for Parks & Recreation magazine, established and enforced production schedule, assembled monthly issue pagination with editorial content and advertisements, conceived and assigned articles to writers (staff, members and freelancers), considered article pitches for acceptance, provided guidance to associate editor, directed graphic designer, wrote department pieces and feature articles, edited articles, proofed full issues, uploaded issues to printer, posted editorial content online, moderated online content.
Associate Editor — National Recreation and Park Association — June 2012–October 2013
Wrote department pieces and feature articles for Parks & Recreation magazine, edited articles, created and implemented house style guide, assigned articles to freelancers, posted editorial content online, moderated online content.
Associate Editor — Home Buyer Publications — April–June 2012
Continued duties of Assistant Editor position, assumed partial managing editor responsibilities on special issues, integrated marketing campaigns with editorial objectives, increased social media contributions.
Assistant Editor — Home Buyer Publications — November 2009–April 2012
Wrote department pieces and feature articles for Log Home Living, Timber Home Living, Country’s Best Cabins and Energy-Efficient Homes magazines and associated websites, edited articles, posted magazine content online, created and formatted weekly e-newsletters, conceived and implemented web and social media initiatives to increase site traffic and brand awareness, wrote and posted blog entries, managed photography submissions, managed two editorial and web interns, provided editorial and administrative assistance.
Writing Tutor and Teaching Assistant — The Writing Center, University of Maryland — January 2005–May 2009
Assisted students with completing papers across all disciplines, conducted writing workshops, served as a teaching assistant for the new tutor training class (Spring 2009 semester), presented at regional conferences, visited English classes to explain center services.
Editorial Intern — National Geographic Society — January–May 2009
Worked directly with correspondents through the editorial process for Glimpse.org (then a National Geographic-sponsored project), fact-checked narratives, edited stories and web material for length and content, conducted article research, contributed blog entries, travel tips and other editorial content to the site.
Editorial Intern — Gannett Company — June–August 2008
Assisted writers with article research for USA WEEKEND and Open Air magazines, wrote short features for the magazines and the blog, fact-checked articles, judged contest entries, attended editorial meetings.
Editorial Intern — National Education Association — June–August 2007
Wrote short and long features for several NEA publications, assisted writers with article research, fact-checked articles, attended editorial meetings and conferences.
Editorial Intern — SpecComm International — June–August 2006
Learned writing and editing techniques, attended several local and national conventions, wrote feature articles for National Fire & Rescue magazine and related publications.
Freelance Journalist — June 2007–May 2015
Wrote freelance articles and shot accompanying photos for a variety of regional and national publications. Titles include Rails to Trails magazine, Outdoors Unlimited magazine, National Fire & Rescue magazine (including bimonthly History & Traditions column July 2007–December 2008), Touched by Cancer magazine (Contributing Editor January 2011–April 2013), Main Street magazine and the Diamondback newspaper (including regular column January 2009–May 2009). Launched Adventure Editorial in May 2015 and transitioned part-time freelance side business to full-time freelance career.
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
Instructor and Director — Wild Laurel Cloggers — January 2018–present
Founded educational and performance dance group, choreograph precision routines, teach weekly beginner and advanced classes and quarterly free beginner workshops, arrange and manage performances at local community events and nursing homes.
Trip Leader, Gear Supervisor, Climbing Wall Supervisor and Desk Staff — Outdoor Recreation Center, University of Maryland — August 2005–May 2009
Led adventure trips in Maryland and Virginia, oversaw rental program, repaired outdoor equipment, supervised students and staff at climbing wall, taught belay clinics, served customers at reception desk, earned Wilderness First Responder certification.
Board Member — CREATE Brookville — August 2019–present
Contribute leadership vision for community organization promoting creative opportunities, assist with planning and execution of community events including arts festivals, farmers’ markets, musical performances and fundraisers.
Big Sister — Big Brothers Big Sisters — November 2016–present
Serve as a friend, role model and mentor for an at-risk pre-teen girl in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania.
Active Member and Public Affairs Officer — Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group — April 2014–May 2016
Volunteered on ground search and rescue missions throughout the mid-Atlantic region, completed extensive and ongoing training on skills such as land navigation, basic rescue and wilderness survival, served as public affairs officer for external communications.
Firefighter, EMT and Fire Marshal — Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department — March 2005–October 2008
Volunteered several overnight shifts each month, completed extensive firefighting/EMS training, ran community fire prevention program, organized three annual Open House events with several hundred people in attendance. See Awards section below.
Active Member — Outdoor Writers Association of America — September 2011–present
Served as elected member to Board of Directors June 2017–June 2020, served as Officer Nominating Committee member January–June 2019, served as Diversity Committee chair July 2017–June 2019, served as Magazine Section chair July 2016–June 2019, contributed articles to Outdoors Unlimited magazine, spoke on Meet the Editors panel at 2014 conference, moderated education sessions and mentored first-time attendees at 2017, 2018 and 2019 conferences. See Awards section below.
Committee Volunteer of the Year — Outdoor Writers Association of America — June 2019
Recognized for efforts in identifying and contacting quality prospective officer candidates and motivating them to run for leadership positions.
John Madson Fellowship — Outdoor Writers Association of America — June 2017
Awarded continuing education fellowship. Funding covered expenses for attendance at the 2017 Outdoor Writers Association of America conference in Duluth, Minnesota, and the 2017 Outdoor Bloggers Summit in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Top Local Responder of the Year — Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department — 2006
Recognized for responding to more calls than any other non-live-in member.
Rookie of the Year — Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department — 2005
Recognized for outstanding dedication to training and emergency response.
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