· 20+ years of project management in publishing, multimedia production, and distribution
· Edited and published two hardcover military histories on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
· Produced and edited video podcasts on missions and daily life of Army units at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait
· Familiar with writing code in HTML5 and CSS to improve interactive design of websites
PRODUCING / REPORTING EXPERIENCE
Freelance and Technical Writing, Rochester, NY 2013-Present
Contract work in support of commercial and government communications. Worked as a vertical editor for a start-up online publication, Fan First Magazine. Published articles on the New Hampshire and New York primaries for the Fort Worth Star - Telegram. Wrote course content for online American history and management classes. Established the Rochester Veterans’ Writing Group to promote writing and strengthen the veteran community. Developed RVWG’s social media: http://www.facebook.com/ROC.VETS.
Director of Public Affairs, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, Ft. Bragg, NC 2011-2013
Led a team of 6 broadcast and print journalists to report on soldiers at work in Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Supervised media coverage of the Army’s retrograde from Iraq in 2011 and increased media interest by 30 percent. Coordinated with Dan Rather for AXS-TV news feature on U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Wrote, edited, and published The History of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command. (2012)
Community Relations Team Chief, U. S. Army Public Affairs, Washington, DC 2010-2011
Led a team of 6 communicators at the Pentagon to coordinate helicopter flyovers, Army band concerts, speechwriting, and media coaching. Prepared selected Army spokespersons for the 2011 TEDxPentagon talks. Increased operational tempo by 40 percent.
Public Affairs Officer, Joint Task Force Special Mission Unit, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan 2009-2009
Managed a staff of 12 combat photographers assigned to the subordinate units. Published 300 press releases and over 500 photos, detailing the capture of enemy strongholds, weapons, and supplies. Referenced in news articles by The NY Times, Washington Post, LA Times, and Xinhua News Agency.
Public Affairs Staff Officer, U. S. Army Public Affairs, Washington, DC 2007-2009
Worked as liaison between Army Public Affairs and the Army Operations Center at the Pentagon. Briefed senior Army leadership on trending media interests and headline news relevant to the Army. Drafted Army casualty press releases on soldiers killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan for national media.
Division Chief of Public Affairs, 98th Division, U.S. Army Reserve, Rochester, NY 2001-2007
Wrote the communication plan for an Army Reserve division’s mobilization for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Media outreach efforts resulted in a 10-minute National Public Radio feature by Michelle Norris on soldiers preparing for the Iraq War. Edited and published a 200-page hardcover account, An Encounter with History. The 98thDivision and the Global War on Terrorism: 2001-2005. (2006)
Production Supervisor, Nalge Nunc International, Rochester, New York 1995-2000
Led a team of 33 machine operators, six set-up men and three material handlers in injection blow and extrusion blow molding for the production of Nalgene plastic bottles. Reduced plastic scrap levels by 25 percent through more efficient start up of machines. Wrote standard procedures for plastic clean room operations and printing techniques.
Syracuse University, M.A. in Magazine, Newspaper & Online Journalism, Syracuse, New York 2016
Merrimack College, B.S. in Chemistry, North Andover, Massachusetts 1982
Defense Information School, Public Affairs Officer Course, Fort Meade, Maryland 2003
U.S. Army Defense Language Institute, Russian Translator, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas 1984