Resume

Work History

The Los Altos Town Crier, Photo Editor, Photographer, Reporter (February 2015 – Present)

  • Assigned and coordinated coverage, edited images and promoted image sales
  • Photographed breaking news, features and sports
  • Researched and reported on Los Altos Hills, one of the wealthiest towns in the country

Freelance Writer, Photographer and Blogger (October 2012 – February 2015)

  • Established CompassWhistle.com, a travel blog to chronicle personal journey around the world
  • Crafted essays, articles and blogs covering San Francisco Bay Area activities and events
  • Wrote freelance copy for Boom Industries

Food For The Poor, Coconut Creek, Fla. (May 2010 — October 2012)
Web Content / Social Media Specialist

  • Developed and managed social media accounts, analyzing metrics to improve supporter engagement
  • Created and maintained a detailed social media editorial calendar and analyzed results to optimize future content
  • Created and maintained an official social media stylebook to ensure consistency in the organization’s message
  • Managed the international charity’s website using Convio’s content management system
  • Researched and wrote web marketing and social media appeals for fundraising and supporter engagement
  • Crafted and delivered group and one-on-one presentations to educate other departments on social media best practices
  • Worked with a team to develop Food For The Poor’s iPhone app, mobile website and blog
  • Cultivated relationships with supporters, celebrities and consumer brands
  • Provided exemplary customer service with prompt and accurate responses to queries from the public
  • Wrote, edited and posted blog entries online from the field

Freelance, Jupiter, Fla. (May 2009 — May 2010)
Communications / Multimedia Specialist

  • Provided public relations support for clients including a software firm, a NASCAR team and a state park
  • Researched industry developments and interviewed professionals to compose and edit press releases
  • Developed and maintained websites and social media accounts to market clients, products and events
  • Composed and posted blog entries to market clients, client products and client events
  • Shot and edited digital photos and HD video of events like NASCAR races for marketing purposes

Palm Beach Daily News, Palm Beach, Fla. (September 2008 — May 2009)
Business Reporter / Business Editor / Multimedia Producer

  • Researched and reported on economic developments affecting Palm Beach and South Florida
  • Collaborated with photography and copy-editing departments to plan and design weekend business centerpieces
  • Posted breaking news online using CMS and social media accounts
  • Shot and edited HD video projects to accompany news articles and enhance online storytelling
  • Shot and edited photos for publication in print and online

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Stuart, Fla. (May 2006 — September 2008)
Breaking News Reporter / Web Editor / Multimedia Producer

  • Researched and reported on court cases, law enforcement and various general assignment subjects
  • Composed and edited articles, headlines and captions for TCPalm.com, the online hub for Scripps’ newspapers
  • Uncovered breaking news, assigned co-workers to stories and coordinated online and print coverage
  • Composed and posted web updates, video and photos online from the field
  • Wrote, recorded and edited radio news scripts for National Public Radio and FM and AM radio affiliates
  • Produced and edited video projects to enhance storytelling and engage online readers
  • Shot and edited photos for publication in print and online

The Gainesville Sun, Gainesville, Fla. (September 2005 — May 2006)
General Assignment Reporting Intern

Florida FlyIns, Seine Bight, Belize (September — December 2005)
Reporter / Photographer

  • Completed University of Florida professor John Kaplan’s international journalism practicum
  • Researched and interviewed the Garifuna people of Seine Bight for an in-depth article about their rapidly dying culture
  • Shot and edited photographs from a digital Canon SLR camera illustrating Garifuna daily life

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Stuart, Fla. (May — August 2005)
General Assignment Reporting Intern

The Independent Florida Alligator, Gainesville, Fla. (May 2002 — May 2005)
Photo Editor / Photographer / Crime Reporter

  • Managed a team of photographers and prepared digital photos for print using Adobe Photoshop
  • Photo assignments include President George W. Bush’s 2004 visit and Gator football games
  • Covered the court and police beats

DeThomasis and Buchanan, P.A., Gainesville, Fla. (August 2002 — May 2006)
Law Clerk

  • Maintained an extensive filing system of client and case information
  • Performed data entry of new client information
  • Operated an extensive legal database to obtain client criminal history
  • Accepted client payment and filled out and provided receipts
  • Typed and edited correspondence from attorneys to clients and other legal professionals
  • Delivered classified legal documents to courthouses and attorney offices

Volunteer Work

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, Burlingame, Calif. (March 2014 – Present)
Photographer and Wildlife Rescue Volunteer

  • Photographed organization events for promotional publications and social media
  • Photographed dogs available for adoption
  • Produced videos marketing rabbits available for adoption
  • Provided care to injured, orphaned and sick wildlife
  • Duties included feeding, cleaning and administering medicine to songbirds, raptors, pelagic birds, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, opossums and more

Save A Pet Inc., Palm Beach, Fla. (May 2010 — January 2014)
Marketing Specialist / Adoption Coordinator

  • Managed the organization’s website
  • Posed and photographed animals available for adoption
  • Interviewed prospective pet parents
  • Marketed the organization through social media
  • Assisted in feral cat trapping and sterilization

Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Inc., Juno Beach, Fla. (August 2013 — January 2014)
Education Docent

  • Educated guests about the center and endangered sea turtle species
  • Assisted customers in the gift store

Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County, Hobe Sound, Fla. (February — May 2010)
Tutor

  • Aided elementary school students with their math, reading and English homework
  • Engaged elementary school students in various after-school games and activities

Florida State Park System, Jupiter, Fla. (June 2009 — May 2010)
Multimedia Specialist

  • Composed press releases, flyers and advertising materials to market park programs and notified applicable media members
  • Collaborated with a team to coordinate park events including a Literacy Day Celebration and Smokey Bear’s birthday
  • Compiled, updated and maintained a database of media contacts
  • Organized and presented educational programs about nature to groups of children and adults with developmental disabilities
  • Manned the park education center information desk and directed visitors to programs and sites

“Turkles” Film, Palm Beach County, Fla. (June — August 2009)
Photographer

  • Photographed scenes from a full-length feature film on endangered sea turtles
  • Edited and published photos online for promotional purposes

Education

University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla. (May 2002 — May 2006)
Bachelor of Science, Journalism

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Honors / Awards

  • Elmer Emig Award for Professional Promise
  • Buddy Davis Memorial Scholarship and Award
  • Scripps Howard Foundation Scholarship

Special Skills

  • Experienced photographer and videographer
  • Proficient with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Fireworks, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Bridge,
  • Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Audition, Adobe Acrobat Professional, Cool Edit, iMovie HD, Microsoft Office Suite and Microsoft Publisher
  • Proficient with Ellington, Publicus, Convio, WordPress, Movable Type, Blogger and Joomla content management systems
  • Professional experience creating, managing and fundraising through social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr and LinkedIn
  • Professional experience composing and editing HTML-formatted and SEO content
  • Experienced with Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Mac OS X
  • Experienced caregiver for domestic, farm and wild animals
  • Experienced (and highly adaptable) traveler

Interests

  • RSS
  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Tumblr
  • YouTube
  • IMDb
  • Pinterest