- Seasoned communicator with extensive perspective. Experienced in news media relations, editing, marketing, tourism, radio and television promotion, and feature article development for daily metropolitan newspapers, magazines, and diverse publications.
- Strongly attuned to strategic corporate and non-profit image development. Experienced in high visibility public relations programs, inspiring synergy.
- Proven ability to create and lead new organizations and programs by providing a substantial foundation of support through professional development, leadership, and high profile public awareness practices.
- Ability to self-empower as an independent professional journalist, investigative reporter, news analyst and columnist. Articulate spokesperson and interviewer. Creative, detail-oriented editor.
- National spokesperson for issues related to appropriate education for the academic and affective needs of both achieving and underachieving able learners.
- Committed to the advancement of quality-of-life issues, the humanities, and cooperative empowerment. Proponent of interactive dialogues, collaborative joint ventures and creative problem solving “outside the box.”
- Arts and education advocate experienced as public spokesperson through print and broadcast media.
- Proven ability to generate resources through extensive personal networking.
- Continuing education in world-class leadership, grantsmanship, and trends in philanthropy.
1994 to the present (Bartlesville, OK)
- Independent Oklahoma journalist and arts columnist recently published in: The Oklahoman, Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers, Oklahoma Today, Oklahoma Magazine, Oklahoma Family Magazine, Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, and Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Cross Currents.
- Covered international “Sculpture by the Sea” exhibition (Bondi Beach, AU) and Art in Public Places seminar, as independent journalist and photographer, Sydney, Australia, 2005.
- Covered historic international Ballets Russes Celebration, reunion, gala, and awards ceremony as independent journalist and photographer, New Orleans, LA, 2000.
- Participant, Wyncom’s Lessons in Leadership distinguished speaker series and training by Dr. Stephen R. Covey on “Principle Centered Leadership,” Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Participant, Arts Education Summit “Arts at the Core of Learning: Organizing for Action,” sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, 1998.
- BCC Coordinator and publicist, OU Fine Arts Series, Bartlesville Community Center, 1995-96. (Co-sponsored by BCC Trust Authority and the University of Oklahoma College of Fine Arts).
- Member Cultural Affairs Task Force, “Goals for Tomorrow,” 1996-2000 Regional Blueprint, Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce and INCOG.
- Certified in Leadership in the Arts, University of Oklahoma/UCAT program, Tulsa, Oklahoma 1996.
- Participant in seminars: “Trends in Philanthropy” *(UCAT l996) and “Building the Future,” sponsored by The Support Center (The Center for Non-Profit Management); and 1996 Quality Forum, sponsored by the American Society for Quality Control, Tulsa. *(University Center at Tulsa)
- PARTICIPATING ARTIST, Living Arts of Tulsa “Dia de Los Muertos” altar tributes: 2011 – 2013. “Visitation of the Spirit” altar and original Choreographic Study and interpretive ballet soloist, 2002; and 1996 Tulsa Artists Coalition Gallery altar tribute, Brady Arts District.
1989-1994 (Los Angeles, CA region)
- Workforce California Regional Collaborative Forum #3 delegate, as representative of executive director, San Pedro Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Sponsored by the Industry Education Council of California, The Times Mirror Company, Los Angeles, CA.
- Certified as facilitator for Investment in Excellence soft skills cooperative empowerment training program of The Pacific Institute, Seattle, WA. USAF training, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Office of Quality Air Force, Los Angeles, CA.
- Member, Investment in Excellence Facilitator Network, Office of Quality Air Force, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Los Angeles, CA. Advanced IIE facilitators training, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Los Angeles, CA.
- Community partner, Office of Public Affairs, SMC, & San Pedro Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.
- President, Military Spouse Career Network, Los Angeles/Long Beach chapter. Consecutively served as public affairs representative/ founding board member, president, and Air Force liaison.
- Editor: The Networker. Contributing writer: Astro News (SMC).
- Family Action Information Board (SMC).
- Health Care Consumers Council (SMC).
- San Pedro Peninsula Chamber of Commerce auxiliary board.
- Parent representative, Dodson Jr. High Gifted/High Ability Magnet Program, Rancho Palos Verdes.
- Shared Decision-making Council (elected member), Dodson Junior High School.
- Presenter, Strategies for Catalytic Public Awareness, National Association for Gifted Children annual convention, Los Angeles, CA.
- Los Angeles Air Force Base Officers Wives Club board member and member-at-large.
1986-1989 (Cincinnati and Dayton, OH region)
- Participant, Dayton Arts Summit.
- Grant writer and participant, Sid W. Richardson Foundation Dissemination Conference on the Education of Able Learners “programs and promising practices,” Wright State University, Fairborn, OH. Statewide invitational event sponsored by Centerville City Schools.
- Presenter, Strategies for Catalytic Public Awareness, National Association for Gifted Children annual convention, Cincinnati, OH.
- Participant, Ohio Arts Council state conference on brain studies and the arts, Cincinnati, OH.
- Founding member, Able Learners Alliance, Dayton, OH.
- Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC) member and presenter.
- West Central Ohio Coordinators Consortium and Odyssey of the Mind news media relations representative.
- Centerville Organization for Gifted (COG) advocacy committee.
- F-16 System Program Officers Wives Club, Wright–Patterson AFB, OH. Editor: The Spoken Word.
1983-1986 (Palm Beach County, FL)
- Appointed member as parent representative, Superintendent’s Committee on Gifted Education, Palm Beach County, FL. Spokesperson to news media, as parent representative at public hearings, televised presentations, and support group meetings, on activities and results of year-long intensive study resulting in fifty implemented recommendations for education reforms county-wide.
- Participant, Conference on the Education of Able Learners, Lauderdale, FL. Invitational statewide event sponsored by Sid W. Richardson Foundation.
- Vice president and program chairman, Florida Association for the Gifted (FLAG), Northern Palm Beach County Editor: FLAG Newsletter.
- Freelance writer, McGowan and Daughters Public Relations.
- Member, Women in Communications.
- Participant, Public Relations Society of America annual conference, The Breakers, Palm Beach, FL.
Highlights Prior to 1983
During career military family relocations from coast to coast:
- Promotion assistant, WKY-TV, channel 4, Oklahoma City. (NBC affiliate).
- Writer, public relations assistant and military public affairs liaison, Sea World, Inc. Headquarters, San Diego, CA. Covered local, regional, and national news media relations issues, and special events.
- Editorial assistant and feature writer, Southern California Holiday Circulation 150,000.
- Member International Association for Business Communicators (IABC) and Public Relations Club of San Diego, CA. Represented Sea World, Inc.
- Technical assistance consultant (public affairs), Ohio Arts Council, Sponsor development Program.
- Developed public awareness programs for Dayton Ballet, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.
- Covered Craft of Choreography conference sponsored by the National Association for Regional Ballet, Dayton, OH, as independent journalist.
- Freelance writer, Dayton Daily News, and Dayton Leisure magazine.
- Volunteer writer, Wolf Trap Associates Newsletter, Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna, Virginia.
- Covered “Oklahoma Day” concert in Washington, D.C., for The Norman Transcript, in conjunction with the National Music Council’s Bicentennial Parade of American Music at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 1976. (Some 500 Oklahomans performed & celebrated).
- Independent study (five years) of the visual and performing arts in Washington, D.C., including international ballet companies and their repertoires at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna, VA.
Experienced in the performing arts as former member: Tulsa Civic Ballet, Oklahoma City Civic Ballet, University of Oklahoma Ballet Company, and OU modern dance honorary, Orchesis. Performed in dual galas honoring Oklahoma’s Native American ballerinas in the historic premiere of The Four Moons ballet in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, 1967.
- Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, University of Oklahoma, College of Arts and Sciences.
- Certificate in “Investment in Excellence” quality leadership program, The Pacific Institute, Seattle, WA Training first completed at U.S. Air War College, Montgomery, AL; and later at USAF Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA.
- Advanced “Investment in Excellence” facilitators training, Defense Logistics Agency, Los Angeles, CA.
- Certificate in Leadership in the Arts, University of Oklahoma College of Fine Arts and University Center at Tulsa (UCAT) series, Tulsa, OK 1996.
- Completed training by Dr. Stephen R. Covey, in person, for his “Principle Centered Leadership,” at Wyncom’s Lessons in Leadership program, sponsored by The University of Tulsa Management Development Center, 1998.
Advanced study in classical ballet, with former Ballets Russes luminaries: Roman Jasinski, Miguel Terekhov, Oleg Tupine, Oklahoma Treasures & Native American ballerinas Moscelyne Larkin and Yvonne Chouteau; and Bulgarian ballerina “of the grand manner,” Dame Sonia Arova.
Continuing education in Visiting the Galleries of Washington, D.C., University of Virginia.
Independent study in professional development, psychology, sociology, health and women’s issues.