Professional Achievements in Marketing  

​•  Founder and head of a marketing creative and editorial services consulting business since 2001,
serving a broad range of clients, from nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher learning to retailers,
manufacturers, service providers, publishers and authors, providing creative direction, campaign strategies,
web content, print copy, e-mails etc.

•  Began and/or grew in-house marketing creative departments for 3 major companies:
        – IDG Books: trade publisher of best-selling mainstream consumer book series
                (imprints: …For Dummies, Frommer’s Travel Guides, Webster’s, etc.)
        – Inmac: business-to-business computer accessories direct mail cataloger
        – Wadsworth Publishing Company/Thomson Learning: college textbook publisher

•  Winner of 3 Gold Awards and 3 Silver Awards for copywriting and copy directing, Catalog Age magazine

•  Winner of Award of Merit for creative directing, Western Art Directors Club

•  President, Gamma Alpha Chi Advertising Sorority, San Jose State University

Professional Achievements in Journalism 

•  1st woman journalist on staff of San Francisco Examiner sports department (wrote a weekly wintersports column)

•  Sole San Francisco Examiner staff writer at the Innsbruck Winter Olympic Games

•  1st woman president of the Northern California/Nevada Ski Media Association
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Personal Accomplishments
•  Have rafted down the Colorado River on 6 occasions
•  Late one spring with skis on my back, hiked to the top of Mt. Tallac, Lake Tahoe, (3 hrs.) and skied down (15 mins.), 
   researching a story for California Living, the San Francisco Examiner’s Sunday magazine
•  Spent 8 months after college traveling through Europe (20 countries) and Morocco by VW bug on $7 a day 
Professional Organizations

Women in Consulting • Catalog and e-Commerce Club of Northern California •
  Society of Professional Journalists • The Institute for Historical Study •
North America Snowsports Journalists Association
Special Interest Organizations
San Francisco Museum and Historical Society • California Historical Society •  
American/Italian Historical Association, West 

Philanthropic/Social Issue Organizations
Committee for Green Foothills • Save the Bay • Marin Agricultural Land Trust •
Save-the-Redwoods League •  Natural Resources Defense Council • Audubon Society 

Cultural/Civic Organizations
San Francisco Opera • San Francisco Symphony • KQED • Friends of the San Francisco Public Library • 
Neighborhood Parks Council (San Francisco)
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Marketing Creative Services Consultant

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Specializing in creative direction, project management, and results-driven copy