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About Me

I took my first writing job as a sportswriter for my hometown newspaper during my junior year of high school. My career has taken different paths since then, but writing has already been at the center of every position. Over the past 25 years, I have been a managing editor for a major sports publishing company, a marketing director for a national nonprofit, a marketing director for a statewide credit union, and a communications director for a university. In addition, I write regularly as a freelancer for a medical magazine. 

I graduated from the University of Notre Dame, with concentrations in English and Journalism. I also worked in the sports information office for three years, followed by one year at the sports information department at North Carolina State University. 

Today, being I'm a single father and youth sports coach dominate my spare time. Other hobbies include exercising (jogging and walking, primarily), movies, and watching professional and college sports.

Industries I Write About


Science & Medicine

Law & Politics


My Writing Samples

MD-Update Magazine

"Perfecting Perfection" is a profile of a cardiologist and the latest news about his practice.


MD-Update Magazine

"How Sweet the Sound"profiles an audiology clinic and how they are changing the lives of their patients.


MD-Update Magazine

"In It for the Long Haul" is a profile of endocrinology and diabetes medical professionals developing long-term treatments for their patients.



Managing Editor

 Managed 15-person editorial staff for publishing division of collegiate sports marketing company.  Supervised production of more than 700 publications annually.  Assisted in production of all publishing division’s 700-plus projects, including layout and edit for the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Four programs.  Developed and maintained client relations, providing quotes, proofs, editorial suggestions and design ideas to c

Company: Host Communications

I worked there from 2/1993 until 6/2003

Director of Marketing and Communications

 Oversaw all internal and external communications for association consisting of five branches and more than 28,000 members.  Helped increase membership from 18,000 in March 2005 to over 28,000 in January 2013.  Produced all association-wide print, radio and video communications.  Wrote, edited and produced scripts for TV and radio commercials as well as promotional videos.  Responsible for web site content and all social media.  Wrote media materials, including press releases and PSAs.

Company: YMCA of Central Kentucky

I worked there from 3/2005 until 4/2013

Director of Marketing/Business Development

 Oversaw all communications to both current and prospective members.  Oversaw development of new website.  Responsible for maintaining all web content.  Responsible for maintaining daily social media content.  Responsible for all printed materials, including brochures, newsletters, flyers, banners, etc.  Developed marketing strategy and implementation, including radio, TV, billboard, print and digital media.

Company: Kentucky Employees Credit Union

I worked there from 10/2014 until 3/2017

External Affairs Coordinator

 Coordinate university communications, including Quarterly Bulletin and monthly e-newsletters  Write and edit press releases.  Board liaison in charge of all board meetings, functions and communications.

Company: Frontier Nursing University

I worked there from 3/2017 until now

Freelance Writer

 Write an average of 10 articles per for a medical magazine written about and marketed to medical doctors in the state.  Articles are written using medical terminology and average 800-1200 words per article.

Company: M.D. Update magazine

I worked there from 4/2009 until now

Content I Write