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Professional goal: To obtain freelance employment while furthering my education.  I excel in tasks that require meticulous attention to detail, I take my work very seriously, and I am enthusiastic and dedicated to my duties and to my clients.  With my diverse educational and experiential background in the natural, social, and computer sciences and skills in detail-oriented writing, editing, and design, I enjoy work in a wide range of settings.  Contact me for special nonprofit rates - including web design, publicity / PR, writing, and more.

Academic interests: Human behavior and expression of the self online (see "Articles"); Second Life; evolutionary psychology; "appropriate technology" and its utility for low income and homeless persons; the digital divide in Appalachia; the behavioral correlates of video game playing; environmental racism; adaptive technologies and web design; human-computer interaction; the role of environmental influences on human development.

Writing samples: Click here.

Wish list: An assistantship for doctoral study.


Master of Social Work, University of Kentucky, College of Social Work.  Graduated 3.833 GPA.  

Certified Social Worker (CSW), Kentucky Board of Social Work.  Click here to verify.  Expires 11/30/2006.

Bachelor of Science, University of Kentucky, College of Arts and Sciences, Topical Major in Environmental Studies with emphasis in Biology.  Graduated with Honors; 3.56 GPA.

Recent activities:

Co-author of five research papers in the field of ecology, published in scientific peer-reviewed journals (list available upon request or search Science Citation Index).

Freelance Consultant for local and national nonprofit environmental and social justice organizations, providing expertise in areas of policy matters, sustainability, development, public relations, and information technology (client list and referrals available upon request). (1997-present)

Co-Founder and Co-Director of Earth Healing, a nonprofit organization seeking to promote a sustainable relationship between people and our environment. Examining the human health and environmental impacts of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Revitalization of the Environmental Resource Assessment Service program. Editing, formatting, and photo contribution for Appropriate Technology book to be published through University Press of Kentucky.  Map creation and publication design for Ethnic Atlas of the United States (2nd ed.). Earth Healing, Inc., with Albert J. Fritsch, supported by the  Kentucky Jesuit Mission. (2003-present)  Investigation of drug abuse in Eastern Kentucky and accidental death reports of county coroners.

Field Research Assistant, Field Ecology. University of Kentucky.  Investigated the effects of human influence including roads and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use upon forest ecosystems with particular concern for invertebrate macrofauna. Web developer and coordinator for forestry education internet project. (1995-2003; website and one research project ongoing).

Charter Board Member and website developer for Kentuckians For Nursing Home Reform, a nonprofit group dedicated to improving the quality of care for Kentucky’s aging population. (2004-present)

Volunteer Leader, Web Publishing Special Interest Group; "Members Helping Members" technical support representative. Central Kentucky Computer Society. (2004-present).

Consultant, Websites for Charities Project, an International aggregate of professionals dedicated to providing free technical support, web design and hosting to charity/nonprofit organizations. (2004-present).

Completed four professional internships in social work (agency information and references available upon request) in areas of  refugee resettlement, domestic violence, and elder care (2001-2003).

Additional works in progress: Family Tree Healing with Robert Sears, SJ, PhD, Loyola University Chicago.  A Green Guide to Lexington, Kentucky with Yggdrasil Institute.

Specialized skills:

Forestry/ecology/entomology laboratory and field research; data collection and analysis.

Extensive computer skills, including hardware/software maintenance. Internet publishing and design, desktop publishing, graphic design and layout.  Includes utility of MS Office, Adobe Photoshop / Illustrator / Acrobat, Macromedia Dreamweaver / FreeHand, and experience with GIS/GPS applications.  Atari XE/ST; Windows 3.x/9x/NT/Me/XP; Mac.

Writing (technical and non-technical), editing, grant writing, public relations and development.

Foreign language skills: Spanish;  French for translation.

Professional memberships and affiliations:

National Association of Social Workers
Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network
Central Kentucky Computer Society
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
Websites for Charities Project
Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform

N.B., Personal and professional references available upon request. 

Thank you.

Page updated: August  23, 2006

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