My employment history is scattered, blown like a dandelion in spring. I am not sure those seeds grew into something to be harvested. All I wanted to do when I was 17 was take art classes. I worked state and city office jobs, private-sector office jobs, freelance jobs. The newsroom was the most interesting. I know I didn’t develop migraines or go home puking. It was the launching pad for me to jump back into university life, working on a BFA in painting beginning in January, 1990.
Art school at UT Austin was the best therapy I could have had, the most fun, and I learned to stand up for and think for myself. I would not trade that experience. During this time I worked for a colorful group at the university museum in art education as a work-study employee. I was fortunate to have had a financial and emotional foundation of support in my partner, who saw me through the sudden deafness and vestibular injury on May 27, 1990. I would have not been able to make this journey without him.
I used to say it was the Italian that did me in at the end of that first semester. It was a virus. After a summer of illness, I returned to UT in the fall, deaf on the right with a roaring, pinging, dinging engine in the right side of my brain, with half a balance system. I was determined. My life is rich with friends I would have never met or cultivated had I not gone through these experiences in my life.
On that cold January day, I ventured on a new path to change my life, instead my life changed me.
Summary of Qualifications
Writing, editing and design in newspaper journalism and private sector; teaching; curriculum planning; office management; public speaking; supervisory, secretarial and clerical experience.
Austin American-Statesman – Austin, Texas
Based on assignments from the editor, I researched, interviewed and wrote stories for the Sales & Tales Section of the Austin American-Statesman. This was a marketing-based section of Classifieds that ran in the Features Section, Monday through Friday.
Sept 2001 – June 2010
Laity Lodge, HEB Foundation Camps – Leakey, Texas
Artist-In-Residence at various times
Developed and taught art classes, in a studio setting, for adults. Gallery preparation for art exhibits. Attended faculty meetings when on staff for planning sessions.
2003 – 2008
360 Balance Physical Therapy – Austin, Texas
Community Outreach/Special Projects — Attended meetings in the community concerning aging populations. Wrote copy for advertising and clinic web site. Researched medical studies online; Spoke to small groups concerning the clinic and vestibular rehabilitation (2008).
Freelance editing, medical drawings — Edited medical papers; Created specific medical drawings illustrating the Eply Maneuver (2007).
Volunteer — Wrote, edited and design of monthly newsletter. Planned for Vestibular Symposium (2006).
Clinic Assistant — Billing for patient insurance. Coordination and scheduling patient appointments. Marketed the clinic to physicians; managed office; assisted patients (2003-2005).
April 2007 – August 2007
Goodwill Temporaries – Austin, Texas
Research/Statistics Technician II / Contract
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Air Quality Division
Complex statistical support work under limited supervision with latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Prepared and checked various source data in order to verify completeness and accuracy prior to computer entry and analysis. Organized documentation, entered data for use in analysis and reports and filed documentation.
August 1996 – August 1997
Austin Museum of Art – Austin, Texas
Coordinator Children’s Curriculum
Arts Administration for Children’s Curriculum — Supervised art teachers and coordinated class activities for children (4-12 years). Coordinated meetings for teachers. Spoke at meetings and in the classroom. Coordinated ArtReach, an outreach program for at-risk students. Observed and assisted teachers. Directed the school logistics. Organized volunteers and assisted with registration.
August 1990 – March 1993
Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art – Austin, Texas
Museum Education Assistant, Work/Study — Edited educational materials and lessons plans for the Museum Education Art Enrichment Program. Assisted with teaching a summer art program for elementary students.
August 1984 – December 1989
Austin American-Statesman – Austin, Texas
Features Copy Editor — Edited pages for a daily newspaper lifestyle section. Wrote headlines and cutlines. Participated in visionary planning meetings, discussed design, content and editing improvements. (1986-1989)
Features Editorial Assistant — Coordinated and wrote weekly entertainment listings. Wrote information columns. Edited wire copy and wrote headlines; Wrote memos as administrative support to the Features Editor. Arranged meetings. Supervised two newsroom clerks. (1984-1986)
May 1998 – July 1998
Texas Tech University – Lubbock, Texas
Masters level Art Education
Total Hours: 6.0
Jan 1990 – Dec 1993
University of Texas – Austin, Texas
Bachelor Of Fine Arts – Studio Art