My Resume

That’s my resume as a word cloud if you’d like the quick digest version. For details, scroll down …

Editorial communications manager (oil and gas, high tech, rail)/AP style trainer for communicators



  • Editing to Associated Press style.
  • Revising language to enhance clarity and comprehension.
  • Training Fortune 200 companies on applying Associated Press style to corporate communications.
  • Applying legally compliant trademark use in corporate communications.


Exxon Mobil Corporation (Irving, Texas)

  • Trained ExxonMobil executive speechwriters at the 2011 Writers Workshop.


  • 2010, 2011 and 2012 Corporate Citizenship Reports and related case studies and PowerPoint presentations.
  • 2010 The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2030.
  • Speeches given by senior-level executives such as Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO; Andrew Swiger, senior vice president; and Charles Matthews, general counsel.
  • Biographies of high-level government officials and corporate executives as well as political climate overviews to brief ExxonMobil senior executives for upcoming meetings.
  • Fact sheets summarizing ExxonMobil’s presence in 50 countries.
  • Articles for the Inside Production internal newsletter.
  • Technical papers and presentations submitted to symposiums like the World Petroleum Congress and World Gas Conference.
  • Arctic Oil Spill brochures, ExxonMobil in Alaska brochure, Environmental Leadership brochure, and fact sheets and brochures for each of ExxonMobil’s U.S. refineries.
  • ExxonMobil Foundation press releases.
  • Op-eds submitted to major publications like The New York Times.

Texas Instruments (TI) (Dallas, Texas)


  • Developed training and presented three style and usage workshops at the 2011 TI Worldwide Communicators Meeting.
  • Compiled a comprehensive list in Excel of high-tech terminology and style and usage rules for automated translation software (SDL MultiTerm) and style/usage checks in Microsoft Word (SDL AuthorAssistant).

Project Management and Editing:


Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway (Fort Worth, Texas)


  • 2012 Annual Review, for distribution at the 2013 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting.
  • Customer advisories, audit reports, brochures, award submissions, invitations, survey questions, corporate PowerPoint presentations, shortline newsletter and internal medical benefits documentation.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (Richardson, Texas)

  • Blue Review provider newsletter (Issue 2, 2009 to Issue 2, 2010).
  • Customer service responses down to fit on Twitter.



Texas Instruments (TI) (Dallas, Texas)
Senior Editor/Writer, March 2007-January 2009

Xilinx, Inc. (San Jose, California)
Editor, Xcell Publications, August 2002-July 2008

  • Edited the Xcell Journal, a quarterly magazine, as well as sister publications DSP Magazine, Embedded Magazine and I/O Magazine.
  • Edited the Broadcast Solution Guide, Memory Interfaces Solution Guide, Power Management Solution Guide, Server & Storage Solution Guide, Signal Integrity Solution Guide and Storage Network Solution Guide.
  • Edited the 250-page “Programmable Logic Design Quick Start Handbook.”

Taos (Santa Clara, California)
Web Editor, January 2001-February 2002

  • Reorganized the company’s intranet, redesigning the front page and overhauling navigation.
  • Wrote case studies and data sheets for marketing Taos to potential clients.
  • Worked closely with the CEO in updating the navigation and content of

Abarta Media (Dallas, Texas)
Editor, December 1998-December 2000

  • As the sole member of the editorial department, wrote or assigned and edited all content for WHERE Dallas, a monthly visitor magazine; WHERE Fort Worth, a bimonthly visitor magazine; Dallas Home Design, a bimonthly consumer magazine; and Special Occasions, a biannual consumer magazine.
  • Served as prop and food stylist on feature and cover photo shoots.

DFW Community Newspapers (Plano, Texas)
Saturday Copy Editor, The Plano Star Courier, May 1999-December 2000

Advanstar Communications, Inc. (Eugene, Oregon)
Associate Editor, Geo Info Systems (now known as Geospatial Solutions), September 1996-August 1998
Assistant Editor, LG•GC Magazine, October 1995-September 1996

New Orleans Publishing Group (Metairie, Louisiana)
Editor, The Gaming Journal, July 1994-October 1995
Directories Manager, November 1992-October 1995

  • Gathered source, entered data and edited the New Orleans CityBusiness Who’s Who, Legal Services Directory, Medical Services Directory, Jefferson Parish Tourist Guide, Louisiana Tax-Free Shopping Directory, New Orleans Film and Video Resource Directory and Port of New Orleans Annual Directory.

National Wetlands Research Center (Slidell, Louisiana)
Editorial Clerk, May 1990-October 1992


Current certifications/licenses:

  • AFAA Group Exercise Instructor Certification CI No. 523418, valid through Dec. 21, 2013.
  • Zumba® Basic Steps Level 1 Licensed Instructor Jan. 12, 2008 and Jan. 28, 2011; valid indefinitely as a Zumba® Instructor Network (ZIN) member.
  • WERQ® Certified Instructor Nov. 26, 2011, valid indefinitely as a Werqforce member.
  • American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/First Aid, valid through September 2013.
  • YMCA of the USA Cardio & Step Aerobics Instructor, July 1, 2005, no expiration.
  • YMCA of the USA Healthy Lifestyle Principles, June 24, 2005, no expiration.

Instructor experience:

Elmwood Fitness Center (Harahan, La.) April 2013-present

  • Licensed Zumba® Instructor

East Jefferson Family YMCA (Kenner, La.) December 2012-present

  • Certified WERQ® Instructor
  • Licensed Zumba® Instructor

Snap Fitness Clearview (Metairie, La.) July 2012-present

  • Certified WERQ® Instructor
  • Licensed Zumba® Instructor

Town North Family YMCA (Dallas, Texas) October 2011-June 2012

  • Licensed Zumba® Instructor

Texins Activity Centers (Dallas, Texas) operated by Health Fitness Corporation (Minneapolis, Minn.)

  • Licensed Zumba® Instructor, January 2011-June 2012
  • Step Instructor, December 2007-June 2010


Bachelor of Arts in English, 1992, Cum Laude; Minor: Art Studio



Comments on this entry are closed.