I have spent my entire adult life writing, editing and teaching stories.
My first college journalism job was as a copyeditor, but I soon became a news editor and then overall editor of my college student newspaper at the University of Cincinnati. I wrote my first full-length magazine feature as an intern for Cincinnati Magazine while still an undergraduate.
After receiving my Master’s Degree in Education from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, I taught English and writing for grades 5 through 12. Soon after, I started teaching developmental English at the collegiate level, preparing students to succeed in Freshman English courses.
Before long, though, I returned to writing full-time, luxuriating in the online content boom of the 1990s. I wrote about health, education, science and the environment, among other topics, until I landed a dream job back at Cincinnati Magazine. I managed and edited our growing custom content division, and only left that gig to take a full-time professorship at my alma mater.
After 10 years teaching journalism and environmental studies courses, and after leading study trips to Washington, DC; Marietta, OH; Greenwood, MS; Gujarat, India; and northwestern Tanzania, I became a college administrator. I helped shape messaging in the Office of the Provost and helped lead a university-wide collaboration to bring exhibits from the Cincinnati Museum Center to campus to serve as catalysts for experiential learning and community engagement efforts. My work with faculty, staff and students in this effort — which has led to collaborative events, field trips and the development of new exhibits as well as new partnerships and course offerings — remains a highlight of my academic work to date.
Mixed in with my years of teaching and leading, I was named an inaugural restorative narrative fellow of the global nonprofit Images and Voices of Hope; I managed a hyper-local news site focused on talent, innovation, diversity and the environment; I served as the environmental editor for WCPO.com digital, a Scripps company; and I co-founded the nonprofit WordPlay Cincy, where storytelling (creative expression) serves the foundation for building a stronger, more inclusive community.
By now you have likely guessed that the common thread connecting my disparate work is storytelling. This site outlines my newly official independent consultancy that places people and their stories at the center.