My Resume

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

American Medical Association – Chicago, Illinois

Senior Communications Specialist (June 2017 – Present) 

  • Writing news articles about breaking news, physician burnout, public health, women in medicine. 
  • Researching a variety of health topics for news articles.
  • Conducting interviews with medical professionals to highlight in stories. 
  • Editing news articles when the editor is out of office. 
  • Establishing a working relationship with different business units within the AMA. 
  • Attending and reporting on health conferences. 

Freelance Writer – Chicago, Illinois

Self-employed Freelance & Published Writer – (July 2010 – Present)

  • Optimizing content for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and lead generation.
  • Creating unique, up-to-date content for web and print.
  • Press releases for political campaigns and the medical field.
  • Creating and designing brochures.
  • Ghostwriting books for clients.
  • Newsletter creation and distribution. 
  • Researching and writing topics for weekly blog posts.
  • Developing a variety of marketing tools, including sales materials and case studies.
  • Brainstorming and creating topic briefs and video scripts.
  • Crafting content for company emails to members and non-members.
  • Editing, updating and enhancing press releases and bylines.
  • Maintaining an active social network on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
  • Ideation and creation of infographics.
  • Researching and executing advertising options, such as billboards and Google ads.
  • Website planning, mapping and development.
  • Generating media relations.

Empire Today – Northlake, Illinois

Content Marketing Associate/Social Media Manager (September 2014 – November 2015) 

  • Maintaining an active social network on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Content creation and updates for the Empire Today websites.
  • Editing blog posts from freelance and guest writers.
  • Brainstorming and creating blog posts for Empire’s website.
  • Researching and writing buying guides for various carpet and flooring styles.
  • Ideation and creation of new commercial concepts, social media posts and website.
  • Optimizing content for SEO and lead generation.
  • Exceptional ability to tell a story, think strategically and stay within brand tone and voice.
  • Collaborating with creative team to create images for web and social media.

Officite, LLC – Downers Grove, Illinois

Copywriter/Editor/Content Manager (September 2010 – September 2014)

  • Writing articles and press releases for over 650 medical clients. 
  • Scheduling articles and press releases for publication. 
  • Editing and proofing documents.
  • Ensuring content meets SEO needs of health care clients. 
  • Managing Google Places and Local Maps.
  • Developing keyword –rich content for clients.
  • Researching information for writing articles and press releases.
  • Managing social media channels. 
  • Creating headlines and subtitles for marketing and advertising.
  • Writing press releases for company publications.
  • Maintaining the blog management program.
  • Managing, editing and reviewing in-house copywriter and team of 10 freelance writers.

American Red Cross – Peoria, Illinois

Communications Intern (July 2010 – August 2010)

  • Researching and writing articles for volunteer newsletters.
  • Editing and proofing documents.
  • Organizing and designing newsletters.

Bradley University – Peoria, Illinois

Communications Intern for the English Department (January 2010 to May 2010)

  • Implemented the design and outlook of an alumni survey.
  • Gathered, analyzed and presented data. 
  • Investigated and brainstormed ideas for potential communication.
  • Searched and obtained information on alumni five and 10 years out.
  • Presented gathered information to English faculty.

EDUCATION:

M.S. Health Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  (July 2021)

  • I am currently working toward my M.S. degree.
  • CPA 4.0 on a 4.0 scale

B.A.  English, Bradley University in Peoria, IL (May 2010)

  • Sigma Tau Delta – National English Honor Society
  • Dean’s List for Academic excellence
  • GPA 3.66 on a 4.0 scale

A.A.  Art, College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL (June 2006)

  • Academic Honors
  • GPA 3.2 on a 4.0 scale