A Bit About Me:

I have over 25 years’ experience as a professional writer and designer working in a variety of settings. From press releases, grant proposals, marketing and magazine articles, to software manuals, logos, campaign videos, instructional materials, and games—I’ve worked on a little of everything.

My technical writing work has won awards from the Society for Technical Communication and has garnered special mention in product reviews. For my environmental work I received the Suzy Cain Leadership award from the Breast Cancer Fund in 2009. For six years I served on the board of Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA).

I hold a BA in Technical & Professional Writing and an MA in Education, with a concentration in Instructional Technologies, both from San Francisco State University. I hold CTE credentials in the industry sectors of Information and Communication Technologies and Arts, Media, and Entertainment.

Work Experience

August 2017 - Present

Madison Park Academy (6-12)

Design Pathway Teacher
As Design Pathway Teacher at Madison Park Academy in Oakland, CA I design and deliver a sequence of digital arts classes that expose students to the varied careers in the field of visual design. My students use professional tools like the Adobe Creative Suite to complete projects that align to California's CTE standards, and provide hands-on experience of working in the field of design.

February 2017 - August 2017

Alameda Unified School District

Substitute Teacher

October 2005 -January 2013

MOMS/Center for Environmental Health (CEH)

MOMS Program Director
As Program Director with Making Our Milk Safe (MOMS), I managed all aspects of the program’s activities including grant writing, media relations, public education, website maintenance, and grassroots organizing. I represented MOMS at legislative hearings, in the media, and at conferences. I planned, produced, and wrote content for www.safemilk.org, www.killercouch.org, and contributed to Center for Environmental Health’s Generation Green blog. Under my leadership, MOMS became a recognized leader in women’s environmental health, resulting in profiles in numerous books and publications, including The Virtuous Consumer (Leslie Garret), Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry (Stacy Malkan), The Smart Mama’s Green Guide (Jennifer Taggart), and Pregnancy, Redbook, and Working Mother magazines, The Los Angeles Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle, as well as appearances on PBS Now, KQED, and KTVU. MOMS merged with Center for Environmental Health in 2010.

August 2006 -July 2007 & May 2009 – September 2009

Tyco Electronics

Technical Writer (Contract)
Responsible for creating quick install guides and user manuals for Dell™branded touchscreen monitors and accessories using Quark Xpress and Visio. Created networking diagrams, updated text, and oversaw translation of final documentation.

May 2009 – September 2009

RedRover Software

Technical Writer (Contract)
Designed documentation templates for RedRover Audit™ and Detect™ products. Authored user guides, quick reference guides, and online help files.

February 2007March 2007

Montana Meth Project

Copywriter (Contract)
Wrote new content for nationally recognized nonprofit site aimed at preventing teens from using the drug Meth. Wrote new content for the Home page, Meth Info, and other sections of the site. Edited user-submitted stories.

June 2006August 2006

Project6 Design

Technical Writer (Contract)
Wrote project planning documents for website projects including creative briefs, business requirements, and functional spec documents. Wrote copy for client websites, including Tyco Federal Credit Union.

November 2005June 2006

KACE Networks

Technical Writer (Contract)

Designed Adobe FrameMaker™ template for printed documentation. Documented the features and functions of the KBOX management system in a 300-page administrator guide. Worked with software developers to ensure consistency of terms on user interface.

January 2003February 2006

Checkpoint Software Technologies, LLP

Senior Technical Writer

Designed templates for and authored user guide and online help documentation for the ZoneLabs suite of products. Oversaw the translation of the documentation and contributed to the template for printed documentation.

January 2000 – February 2003

AvantGo, Inc.

Manager, Enterprise Documentation

I was responsible for all aspects of the AvantGo M-Business server and AvantGo client documentation. I scheduled, supervised, and edited the work of a four-person writing team. Implemented and oversaw a usability testing program. Oversaw translation and print production of documentation.

June 1996January 2000

Actioneer, Inc.

Technical Writer
Documented Actioneer® software for Palm® mobile devices. Edited marketing collateral for grammar usage and style consistency. Wrote user guides, support documents, and online help. Designed icons, UI prototypes, and banner ads. Conducted usability testing sessions, wrote product data sheets, company style guide, and web copy. Developed press kits and trade show collateral.

September 1995June 1996

Boise Cascade Office Products

Sr. Administrative Assistant

Supported sales staff of sixty, designed flyers and order forms for client accounts. Prepared RFP documents.

February 1992 – July 1995

Talis, Inc.

Marketing Associate

Designed and wrote content for product brochures. Developed new product offerings for gift basket and candy division (Raven & Friends Trading Company).Designed and wrote content for product brochures.

volunteer experience

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS)
Since March of 2018 I have volunteered at the shelter helping to socialize and care for the cats at the shelter while they await adoption.

Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)
I served on the board of Pesticide Action Network
from February 2012 until 2017. As a board member of PANNA (and as VP for a term), I assisted the board President with the Executive Director’s annual evaluation, as well as helped guide content for board meetings and retreats. My board membership enabled me to support and highlight the work of an organization whose mission of supporting sustainable food systems, workers’ rights, and environmental health is one with which I wholeheartedly agree.

Franklin Elementary School PTA (Co-President)
As Co-President of Franklin PTA, I redesigned the PTA’s website, moving from a Google educational site to a WordPress platform which streamlined the update process, improved the information flow, and promoted increased parent engagement. I also redesigned our email communications templates and established the PTA Facebook presence. Along with my Co-President, I oversaw the fundraising and financial management efforts for our PTA, which has an annual budget of $125K.


CTE Credential Program Education
- Arts, Media, and Entertainment
- Information and Communication Technologies

UC Berkeley Extension

MA Education (Instructional Technologies)
San Francisco State University

BA Technical & Professional Writing
San Francisco State University