Recent Projects:

Line Editing

Denise Chanterelle DuBois, Portland, OR memoirist, needed some help bringing her work over the finish line. It was my singular pleasure to work side-by-side with her to clarify and refine key passages. Self-Made Woman, the difficult story of her struggle to overcome the circumstances of her birth as Dennis in the late 1950’s, offers a very different perspective than “model trans” Caitlyn Jenner. This important story is available nationwide beginning August 22nd.

 


Branding

Business Card_brad_avenirCastle Rock, WA Residential Contractor looking to better showcase his work and grow his business, hired me to build out his new brand and market his business. This package includes a logo and website (www.titan-calypso.com), as well as branded letterhead, contracts, quote forms, truck signage, etc.


British Field MeetPrint Advertisement
Vancouver, WA Automotive Repair shop purchased a full page print ad in a specialty publication and needed copywriting and graphic design work. I’m so excited to see this ad in print next month, and to continue working with the owners of Kings Cross Automotive!

 

 


Requests for Proposal (RFP)/Requests for Qualification (RFQ)
Language Service Provider operating nationally contracts for ongoing proposal response development for document translation, on-site interpretation, and over-the-phone interpretation contracting opportunities. Work for this client includes developing opportunities, attending pre-bid meetings, proposal management and writing. We are also working to develop a library of boilerplate text which best captures their brand, experience and outlook.

Due to the confidential nature of these proposals, no samples are available.


Procedures Manual
Vancouver, WA Law Firm practicing guardianship law, and planning for expansion of the practice, hired me to work with staff to develop a job procedures manual. The goal of the project was to document activities and serve as a training manual for new support staff.

Work began with an initial brainstorming workshop to develop and begin to prioritize a list of staff activities. From this list, we developed a document outline and tracking spreadsheet to define the work and the review/approvals process.

Drawing from staff interviews and independent research into the guardianship process, the procedures manual began to take shape. While work is still in progress, the vision is for a living, highly searchable document that experienced staff can continue to update, and new staff can use as a reference as they learn their jobs.

In addition to detailed, simple step-by-step instructions for everything from using the messenger service to preparing court documents, the procedure manual includes an extensive glossary, photos of what the work should look like, and links to outside resources to support the text. Sample here.


Selected Work Experience:

execsumNorthwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) – Portland, Oregon
Proposal Writer/Proposal Manager  

Worked as part of a team to develop proposal responses for this global, not-for-profit, K-12 educational assessment organization. When the team moved from a generalist model, I continued to work directly with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) across the organization (Product Marketing, Research, Product Engineering, Implementation, Test Publishing, Professional Development and Sales) to write compelling, customer oriented responses to RFP and RFI requirements. Successes included a tender to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which you can read more about here, as well as proposals to many state and local school districts.

proposal coverCTS LanguageLink – Vancouver, Washington
Proposal Writer 
As RFP and Contracts owner for national multilingual language services provider, was responsible for identifying opportunities and analyzing technical requirements of bid documents to conceptualize, write and design visually appealing and compelling presentations for services. Awarded contracts of note included FEMA, Washington Healthcare Authority (excerpt here), ODOT, California Department of Education, SAIF, State of Massachusetts.

BRW, Inc. – Portland, Oregon
Marketing Coordinator
Primary responsibilities were proposal development and writing in the local office of this national transportation-engineering firm. Worked daily with technical professionals in multiple locations and graphic designer to produce detailed bids for work, managed milestones on longer projects.

Yergen and Meyer, LLP – Portland, Oregon
Marketing Coordinator
Provided corporate marketing services to eight office regional accounting firm. Responsibilities were varied and included: writing tasks such as press releases, staff bios and resumes, newsletters, presentation/seminar materials; event coordination; website maintenance.

Education:
Bachelor of Arts, Film Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder
Coursework completed toward MBA, Washington State University, Vancouver