Executive Director
Van Wert, Ohio

2/2011 – present

• Developed mission, strategic plan, initiated and designed long-term branding marketing structure including but not limited to, logo design, print collateral, an integrated website and social media structure 

 

• Write and maintain ongoing press releases and weekly newspaper (print/online) column in addition
to membership newsletters

• Increased not-for-profit organization membership by 62 percent

 

• Tripled operating budget and sales increase through unique programming and events

 

• Led property search, acquisition, design and restoration of local 12,000 square-foot armory slated for demolition. Subsequently the art center was relocated to this central downtown location, creating needed vibrancy to the architecturally significant, economically challenged, community. 

 

• Secured $247,000 in state funding and corporate support and currently leading development         of adjacent properties into outdoor green space, sculpture  gardens, entertainment facility,         and festival space, including artisan and farm market area. 

 

• Secured 2016 National Endowments for the Arts $10,000 Fast Track Planning Grant and a $9500 Ohio Arts Council ArtsNexts grant for an interactive sculpture dedicated to the firefly in 2018

 

• Designed and conducted presentations on arts related content including creative development, arts economy and arts accessibility for all individuals regardless of ability or socio-economic reality

 

• Curated exhibits such as: Faces of Little Bighorn; portraits of the Lakota tribe and survivors of the Battle of little Bighorn and Wounded Knee, Enchanted; art expressing the magic of nature, Paws de résistance!; artwork centered around our world of pets, and Badlands & Brownies; film photography and large format shots of the Badlands in South Dakota featuring a room-size, operational Brownie camera

Art Director

Whitehouse, Ohio

Art Director

4/2007–2/2011

•  Instituted art/artisan program for branded product develop- ment, line extensions, marketing strategies and art processes

 

•  Developed production techniques easing creative processes for adults with autism in areas of art, ceramics, weaving, woodworking, bath products, and pet products

•  Designed and produce point-of-sale for retail gift outlets, presentation/video, consultation brochures, annual reports, signage, etc. using Adobe Creative Suites. Art directed store-front portion of website

•  Assisted with grant writing for artist-in-residence projects through the Ohio Arts Council

•  Designed and conducted statewide seminars and online tutorials on creative development techniques for persons with disabilities

Sauder Woodworking Co.
Archbold, Ohio

Graphic Designer

Marketing/Communications

9/1998–4/2007

• Designed/produced catalogs, posters, brochures, packaging, kiosks, point-of-sale displays environmental, wholesale and major retailers, and internal company projects

 

• Designed print collateral for television ad campaigns

 

• Created and ideated design within rigid branded company specifications on tight turns

 

• Conceptualized and designed consumer and trade ads for national and international magazines.

 

• Lead, managed and designed several line item project from start to finish, including logo, package, P.O.S, design, advertising, and ad campaigns

 

• Art directed audio/visual presentations,  web-site, miscellaneous print projects

 

• Stylized and art directed product photo-shoots

 

• Supported public relation efforts through design such as United Way fund drive collateral

 

• Provided digital editing for MarCom department

 

• Collaborated on campaign ideation and execution within the Marketing team

Other Work Experience

•    Ohio Art Company, Bryan Ohio: Associate Toy Designer

 

Freelance
•    Sole Source-Caldwell, ID (current) (targeted greeting card company) Illustrate veterinary reminders

•    Front Porch Publishing-Defiance, OH (art direction) Complete design and layout of monthly, regional interest magazine

•    Stanley Papel Designs-Encino CA (international agent for commercial giftware industries such as ceramic music boxes and tableware

•    Knice-n-Clean Soap Company-Temperance MI (all natural soap company  provided corporate identity and label designs)

 

Artwork
•    Beez Kneez; (ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI) 12-foot tall ceramic sculpture of bees depicting their crucial, interconnection to our own lives

•    Flower Possum; 3-foot tall ceramic water fountain for reflecting pond

Skill Set

Marketing/Branding

Press Release/Column/Grant Writing

Graphic Design/Adobe CS

 

 

Wordpress/Wix Web

Social Media Platforms



Proper Typography Standards

Print/Web Production

Microsoft Software Suite

Art Programming/Curation

Public Art Development

Strategic Planning

Public Speaking

Pottery, Sculpture, Illustration