Creative wordsmith and copywriter
Seeking challenging work in the creative fields

Innovative and hard working is just the tip of the iceberg. As an accomplished freelance writer and editor, I thrive on the chaotic and varied atmosphere of the online workplace.

Education

2007-2011

Allegheny College
Bachelor of Arts, English
  • Minors in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and German, semester study abroad in Köln, Germany
  • Dean’s List (Alden Scholar) – eight consecutive semesters, cumulative GPA of 3.318/4.0
Work Experience

November 2013 - present

Social Media and Digital Content Manager
Gallagher Home Health Services
  • Managed WordPress website and social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) of a growing company
  • Developed/implemented a strategy/content schedule using FB Insights, Twitter Analytics, and Hootsuite
  • Created/edited all content posted to website including press releases, staff spotlights, quizzes, and articles
  • Designed and coordinated marketing ads, signs, and Employee Handbook layout
  • Engaged online communities by increasing Facebook audience by 377% and Twitter audience by 321%

February 2014 - present

Rater and Scoring Leader
Educational Testing Service
  • Scored 16 different speaking tasks on the TOEFL, TOEFL Primary, and TOEIC completed by non-native speakers of English
  • Analyzed and graded written essays on the SAT and Texas STAAR completed by American high school students
  • Monitored up to 17 other raters at a time by analyzing their performance, providing educational feedback, answering questions about procedure, and leading their overall scoring contributions
  • Considered each response holistically and evaluated the overall quality of thinking against Scoring Guides

September 2011 - present

Freelance Writer and Editor
Various Clients
  • Wrote informative articles, product descriptions, ad copy, viral style content, and breaking news stories
  • Utilized company-specific style guides, AP style, and proper English grammar
  • Managed and posted on several WordPress sites using SEO marketing guidelines and technique
  • Edited articles and made any necessary changes according to the client’s wishes
  • Broadcasted work on social media to increase traffic and initialize a grassroots marketing campaign
  • Clients included INCommunity Magazines, Allegheny West Magazine, Guide to Good Health, eBay, Overstock, Staples, Lids, Answers.com, and many more

May 2011 - September 2013

General Assignment Reporter/Guest Editor
Patch.com
  • Covered northern Pittsburgh: Cranberry, Moon, North Hills, Pine Richland, and Sewickley editions
  • Pitched and wrote stories about the community; attended school board and government meetings
  • Shot and edited photos for website; collaborated with experienced journalists to improve craft
  • Write articles, interview community members, and produce content for the website
  • Made beat calls to local emergency services and on-call for breaking weekend news

Contact Me

Technological Skills

Web Design

HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, mySQL, Aptana, Wordpress

Adobe Suite

Photoshop, Acrobat, Premiere

Social Media Platforms

Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, LiveJournal, WordPress, Flickr, Skype, Tumblr, Goodreads, Snapchat

Google

Gmail, Docs, Sites, Chrome, Drive, Blogger, Apps, Sheets, Analytics, Adsense, Adwords

Microsoft

Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, Outlook

Video and Sound

Final Cut, Audacity, Amadeus