My favorite job title? "Storyteller-in-chief."
My writing, editing and leadership abilities encompass traditional and new media, journalism and public/media relations. In January 2014, I became communications and marketing manager for a exceptional library system. During the past decade, I used my skills in support of education and peace studies as director of communications at a leading land grant university and a major private university. I have special interest and experience in sustainability and international issues. Thanks to my non-fiction book, I'm keenly aware of veterans' needs.
Interpersonal communication is the most important work I do. I began honing my personal communication skills as a young editor at two Northwest regional newspapers. I led creative teams in competitive environments with daily deadlines. I had six different newsroom management titles by my mid-30s.
Then I returned to reporting so I could satisfy the urge to write. It became my job to understand enough about human nature that people would share their thoughts and expertise with me. I needed them to help me unravel complex social, economic and environmental issues. (Or simply reveal some nuggets of humanity.) In the world of strategic communications, I've been immersed in new professional cultures.
My goal is to keep learning. That's the first task of anyone with a story to tell.
I’m new wave but I’m old school, and my inner child is outward bound. I’m a hot wired heat seeking warm hearted cool customer. -- George Carlin