Teaching Experience

Adjunct Faculty, English

Chestnut Hill College
Philadelphia, PA
August 2011-Present

  • Memoir Writing (ENGL 210): a course in CHC’s creative writing minor, following the workshop model, in which students write their own personal stories, critique each other’s work, and study the work of published authors.
  • Essay Writing (ENGL 100): a course focused on the fundamentals of good writing, including grammar, punctuation, and style. Taught six basic essay structures.

Poetry Workshop Leader

Big Blue Marble Bookstore
Philadelphia, PA
January-September 2007

  • Facilitated biweekly, drop-in critique circle for poets of varying levels and styles.

Instructor, “Poetry as Memoir”

Mt. Airy Learning Tree, April-June 2007
Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania, Center for Community Partnerships, March–May 2005
Philadelphia, PA

  • Developed 6-week class for adult writers of varying experience and ability, focused on poetry as a vehicle for personal stories and self-exploration. Implemented the class in two different adult-education settings.

Lecturer, “Haves and Have-Nots: Poetry Below, Above, & Across the Poverty Line”

Antioch University, MFA in Creative Program
Los Angeles, CA
June 2006

  • Conceptualized, planned, and delivered 50-minute lecture/discussion for students in Antioch’s MFA in Creative Writing Program.

Instructor, Creative Writing Class

City of Trenton, Department of Recreation
Trenton, NJ
October 2003–May 2004

  • Developed weekly, drop-in creative writing class for urban youth, ages 6-18.

Professional Writing Experience

In addition to teaching writing, I have worked as a professional writer and editor in the nonprofit sector and for regional and trade magazines.

Freelance Writer
Philadelphia, PA
June 2009–April 2010

  • Contributed 1-3 arts and culture articles per month, including book and restaurant reviews, theatre and museum previews, and artist interviews.

Managing Director

The Arts & Spirituality Center
Philadelphia, PA
April 2007–June 2008

  • Managed fundraising efforts for a $400K arts/education nonprofit organization. Oversaw all communication efforts and marketing materials. Assisted with budgeting, planning, and program evaluation.

Senior Associate/Consultant

MCL Consulting
Philadelphia, PA
July 2006–Present

  • Supported nonprofit clients, including healthcare, human services, and historic preservation organizations by writing proposals, reports, templates, and letters; managing fundraising activity; researching prospects; and meeting with funders.

Contributing Editor

PharmaVOICE Magazine
Titusville, NJ
February 2005–August 2006

  • Researched, wrote, edited, proofread, and fact-checked departments and features for monthly pharmaceutical/business magazine.

Grants Manager/Resource Development Specialist

Isles, Inc.
Trenton, NJ
March 2002–February 2005

  • Managed grants (50–60 proposals raising $2mm annually) for a $3.7mm community development organization. Wrote, edited, and researched grant proposals, reports, newsletters, and web content. Managed direct mail campaigns, gift processing, and donor database. Managed full-time grant writer.

Business Development Coordinator/Writer

Kling Lindquist
Philadelphia, PA
February 2001–March 2002

  • Coordinated and wrote proposals, brochures, and other marketing materials for an architectural, engineering, and interior design firm.

Assistant Editor, R&D Directions and Pharma Business magazines

Engel Publishing Partners
West Trenton, NJ
June 2000–December 2000

  • Researched and wrote articles and regular departments for one magazine geared toward pharmaceutical executives. Edited layout, read bluelines, converted content into British English, and helped develop style guidelines for another publication serving the international pharmaceutical business community.

Current Community Involvement

Board Member

Philadelphia Writers Conference
April 2013-Present

Board Member/Web Czarina/Blogger/Editorial Staff

Mad Poets Society
July 2003–Present


M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Poetry

Antioch University
Los Angeles, CA
June 2006

B.A. in English Writing & Communications, magna cum laude

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
April 2000

Continuing Professional Education

Financial Tools for Nonprofits

The Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative
Philadelphia, PA
October-December 2007

Fundamentals of Fundraising, Fundraising Day in New York Certificate Program

Association of Fundraising Professionals
New York, NY
June 2002

Proposal Budgeting Workshop

The Foundation Center
New York, NY
December 2002