It’s true: I’ve got a diverse blend of professional interests. I’ve spent the last 25 years in publishing, marketing and communications. I’ve worked in radio (KUBE 93 Seattle and KBIG Los Angeles), print journalism (Wall Street Journal) and television (E! Entertainment). I’ve been a communications consultant for 20 years and have served multi-million dollar companies assisting with strategic marketing and identity branding, as well as with non-profits guiding on board development and public relations.
Currently I create specialty publications from thought to finish through my business Magazine Makeover (click link for case studies). I’ve done several notable publication projects including creating and editing Sweet Dreams, Story Catcher, the honored Brian Doyle commemorative collection of essays on behalf of University of Portland; and a 35th Anniversary publication on behalf of the prestigious University of Washington Foster School of Business Executive MBA program.
From 2004 – 2014 I was owner, publisher and editor of Portland Family Magazine, a monthly print publication. In jest, it can be said that as owner and publisher, I fulfilled a range of roles from janitor to the CEO. Being a business owner requires creativity, adaptability, resourcefulness. I spent a lot of time in the community, cultivating mutually beneficial revenue-driven partnerships, overseeing the editorial direction, and ensuring quality of story-telling.
Other professional career notables include being selected by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to be a featured speaker at a national grantee conference, writing several travel books for Fodor’s, being assigned national magazine features, having a regular newspaper column “In Mother Words,” and in my role as publisher and community leader, frequently appearing as a guest on radio and television programs to discuss current events.
Along the way of making a living, I picked up a few passions. One is photography. I adore getting lost in life’s overlooked details and then finding them with a camera. Eventually I want to learn to photograph the night sky.
Another passion is tequila. Yep, good ol’ hardy 100% blue weber agave. I teach classes and educate about good tequila; not the Jose Cuervo, bouncing beach ball-type, but rather, the sophisticated spirit-lifting agave. A personal mission is to make people believers who’ve sworn off tequila from prior unpleasant encounters.
I’ve donned myself a “cynical optimist.” I love good french fries. My favorite TV shows include Six Feet Under, Northern Exposure, The Office and Sex and the City. You may find me listening to Led Zeppelin. I broke a fear barrier and went skydiving from 18,000 feet – that was a trip! My #1 bucket list item was to see the Northern Lights. That was accomplished in October, 2015.
I look forward to helping you share words, images and ideas that make life so endlessly interesting. (connect at email@example.com)