17 yrs experience using Windows and Macintosh operating systems , Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Communications Specialist / Web Content Editor / Writer / Research
An accomplished, knowledgeable professional, experienced in effective communication with both written and graphic skills applied to hard copy and as Webmaster. Able to learn new technology quickly; help technical and non-technical readers understand complex ideas; and write/illustrate technical manuals, marketing materials and websites. Edited a 16-24 page monthly newspaper (circulation up to 18,000); facilitated a network of 185 communicators in multiple locations; and helped a small software company become one of 25 worldwide Filemaker Partners by providing technical and marketing support. Known for a strong work ethic, adapting to new environments quickly, and an organized and disciplined work ethic through knowledge, energy, and attention to detail.
Key Strengths: Communication / Writing / Editing * Web Content Editing * Web Page Graphics * Software QA * Problem Solving * Compliance * Analytical Skills * Interpersonal Skills * Organizational Skills * Observation Skills * Quality Control * Self-Starter
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Blue Cross/Blue Shield (HCSC) - Corporate Communications Analyst 2011-2012 * Reviewed, edited, and published content contributed by HCSC's providers nationwide for HCSC's intranet using TeamSite. * Diagnosed, and addressed website problems and enforced the implementation of FYIBlue, HCSC, and the Website Style Guides. Edited and upgraded FYIBlue, HCSC, and the Website Style Guides and published them on HCSC's Intranet. * Edited, formatted, and published weekly corporate and state/local news; updated home page and associated indexes meeting same-day deadlines. Worked in HTML as necessary to correct weaknesses in TeamSite programming.
Church of the Apostles - Webmaster (Part-time) 2011-Present * Update website content on a weekly basis, including Sunday lessons and coming events, using Dreamweaver. * Provide graphics as necessary to make content more appealing and eye-catching, using Photoshop.
Saint Michael and All Angels / Webmaster 2009-2011 * Achieved smooth transition to new website by developing layout, navigation, copy, online forms, and tables for content managed site designed by Switch for this church with 4,000+ members. * Provided and maintained high-quality visual design on website with rotator and static headers, photo albums, Corner Tag Advertisements (CTAs), and "posters" for church flat-screen monitors and printed-paper. * Edited and converted audio recordings of rector's sermons to .mp3 format and programmed them for upload to website for download by user. Implemented social networking for Children and Family Ministry and Jubilee Community Center. * Worked in HTML as necessary to correct weaknesses in content-managed website programming.
St. Peter's by the Lake, The Colony, TX - Director of Communications 2008-2011 * Designed new 44-page website using Dreamweaver, provided weekly content for all webpages and designed forms for interaction between users and church. Created brochures, mass mailings, advertisements for the Chamber of Commerce, and door hangers for outreach events, using Photoshop and InDesign.
Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, TX - Director of Communications 2005-2009 * Edited Diocese of Dallas 16-24 page monthly newspaper (circulation of 14,000 to 18,000) using InDesign and managed diocesan and World Mission Commission websites using Dreamweaver. * Facilitated a network of 185 communicators in 74 churches and 20 Episcopal schools. * Interviewed by local radio station WBAP; wrote article and provided photos for national magazines Episcopal Life and Living Church; wrote and distributed press releases. Promoted diocese through brochures, posters, and DVD labels. * Saved several hundred dollars per year by reproducing DVDs in-house for 74 churches and others who requested them.
The Stravin Group, Inc. / StravinSoft Inc., Dallas, TX - Director, Research and Quality Control 1997-2004 * Helped small software company become one of 25 Filemaker Partners worldwide by testing software usability; providing technical support for clients; and writing, and illustrating corporate documents, marketing materials, and technical manuals.
EDUCATION AND AWARDS University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England - Four years PhD studies - New Testament (did not complete degree) ORS scholarship from British government (4 years), Cambridge Who's Who
Dallas Theological Seminary - Master of Theology, Old and New Testament, Graduated magna cum laude Rollin Thomas Chafer Award in Apologetics; Who's Who among Students in American Universities & Colleges
Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL - Bachelor of Arts, Biblical Studies, Graduated cum laude
Technical Skills: * 17+ years experience using Windows and Macintosh operating systems * 17+ years experience using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) * 7 years experience using FileMaker Pro 5 and 6 * 7 years experience using InDesign CS4; 7 years experience before that using PageMaker * 7 years experience using Photoshop CS3 * 7 years experience using Dreamweaver CS3 * 9 months experience using TeamSite and Joomla * Various other software programs