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About Me

Ever since the fourth grade, I knew I wanted to be a writer. We got the chance in class to write our own autobiography, and I was hooked! Although my career was undecided, I was certain that very few things are more satisfying than the process of crystallizing thoughts and sharing ideas through the written word.  

I ended up earning a Ph.D. in English Literature and teaching writing while in graduate school for the better part of ten years. I focused on British Romantic literature, and I loved researching women writers who wielded sharp and savvy ideas in subtle guises and domestic contexts. When I decided that the academic job market was not for me, I became a grant writer-a job that I greatly enjoy. For the past eight years, I have fundraised for a community-based nonprofit that provides health and housing services to people in need. Through this position, I have had the opportunity to develop strong persuasive skills that bring in the money. 

Currently, in my spare time, I’m looking for a way to diversify my writing experience and branch out into the freelance writing world.  I look forward to learning new things, connecting with interesting clients, and writing about a range of exciting topics.

Industries I Write About

Health & Wellness

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Director of Institutional Giving

I helped the organization grow from a budget of approximately $13 million in 2014 to over $40 million in 2022, and I supported fundraising for a capital campaign ($11 million private fundraising goal) for a new health center. I am the lead writer on grant applications and reports. I have also drafted and edited communications documents, including first drafts of the organization's annual report.

Company: Community of Hope

I worked there from 5/2014 until now

Teaching Assistant and Lecturer in English

I taught English 101 (a stand-alone composition course) and British Literature 1800 to the Present (a stand-alone literature course). I also taught discussion sections of literature courses led by professors. Courses included: Introduction to the Drama; Introduction to Women’s Literature; and Introduction to the Novel. For stand alone courses, I created my own syllabi and assignments. For all courses, I graded, and graded, AND graded assignments.

Company: University of Maryland, College Park, MD

I worked there from 8/2007 until 5/2014