Resume



Experience

Downtown Auburn Business Improvement District

2010 – present | Assistant Director| Auburn, NY

Wednesday Morning Roundtable

2010 – present | Administrator| Auburn, NY 

  • Work with a committee to organize & host monthly discussion topics of importance to the community. Responsibilities include managing website content, membership recruitment & communications, program sponsorship & budget and venue relations. Sessions run September – June at the Hilton Garden Inn for 100+ members. It is a program of the Auburn YWCA-WEIU.

Community Mosaic Project & Art for Auburn

2010 – present | Project Manager | Auburn, NY  

  •  Work with local foundations, City officials, non-profits, business & property owners, fellow artists, students and community volunteers to create public works of art.

Kline Design 

2004 – present | Creative Consultant & Owner | Auburn, NY 

  • Commercial and residential client services include color scheme & decorative painting consultations and applications; wall, floor, window and surface coverings; procurement of art work, home accessories & furniture. Assist with wedding & event planning and décor and clutter control & organization. Home designs featured on HGTV’s “Offbeat America.”

Positively Auburn

2006 – 2012 | Writer & Editor | Auburn, NY  

  • Research and compose monthly features highlighting “good news” for the City’s E-newsletter. Team with a designer on layout and distribution via Constant Contact. Readership includes current & past residents.

City of Auburn’s Historic & Cultural Sites Commission

 2000 – 2010 | Administrator | Auburn, NY 

  • Launched the City’s new brand “History’s Hometown.” Components included managing the work of the consulting firm; organizing the public launch; handling the press drive and conducting interviews and executing a multi-media campaign that included billboard & TV advertising. The next phase included revamping the website; creating a Facebook page; purchasing merchandise; and writing copy and selecting images for a foundation-funded brochure to reinforce the image.
  • I also managed the budget; the national advertising & marketing plan; brochure distribution; secured grants; crafted press releases and placed articlescoordinated photo shoots and organized collaborative educational events. These efforts elevated the Commission to a higher level of marketing. Attraction attendance & website traffic greatly increased, and the effort was a public & government relations success.

Cayuga County Office of Tourism 

2000 – 2010 | Communications Specialist | Auburn, NY

  • Wrote and edited the County’s primary promotional tool, its 65-page annual  Visitor’s Guide. Content managed additional visitor tools such as maps and trivia booklets. Provided ideas, information and images for regional and state PR initiatives. Organized county-wide travel writer tours; story placements include Wine Enthusiast and About.com. Managed Visitor Information Center and executed interior design upgrades and window displays. Generated treasurer’s report, inquiry statistics, and recruited and trained staff and volunteers.

Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce

1999 – 2000 | Co-Special Events Coordinator | Auburn, NY 

  • Organized “Holiday Lights” and “Festival of Trees,” major Chamber fundraisers. Managed publicity and advertising, secured a wide variety of corporate sponsorships, coordinated committee meetings and responsibilities, and provided on-site event supervision.

Cayuga Museum & Case Research Lab

1997 – 1999 | Educator & Outreach Coordinator | Auburn, NY

  • Built up volunteer & membership base. Developed and maintained promotional outreach tools like the bi-monthly newsletter, website, brochures, print advertising copy, press releases & feature articles. Scheduled and facilitated visitor tours and created outreach programs for all ages. Worked with the Board to develop, coordinate & host exhibition programs, fundraisers and special events. Created a local history teacher’s kit. Offered support with grant writing, capital campaign initiatives and managing the gift shop.

Collins Communications

1996 – 1997 | Account Executive | Auburn, NY 

  • Developed and implemented customized marketing strategies for a broad range of clients. Formulated press lists and secured print & electronic media placements for international, national and regional publicity campaigns. Conducted research and wrote copy for advertisements, brochures, newsletters, press kits, press releases, public service announcements, and magazine & newspaper articles. Supervised and trained interns and oversaw special projects. Hosted national media events, including C-SPAN’s “Alexis de Tocqueville Tour” at Seward House Museum, and features on the Skaneateles Festival for Bon Appetit and Country Living magazines. Assisted with PR campaign for American artist Robert Colescott, in the 1997 Venice Biennale. Placements include Art in America and ArtNews.

Special Projects & Honors

City of Auburn’s EPA BOA Program and Auburn Sparks Steering Committee ’13 – present
Attend meetings, workshops & public brainstorming sessions to generate ideas, identify priorities & opportunities to revitalize Auburn’s Downtown core & Owasco River corridor.

City of Auburn Public Art Steering Committee ’16 – present
Work with City staff & Bergmann Associates to create procedures, standards & guidelines for the creation & installation of public artwork in the City of Auburn.

New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant Recipient 2015
Was awarded $2500 to create painted murals on Exchange Street Plaza in downtown Auburn with other artists & community volunteers.

Call to Action: A Blueprint for Our Region’s Future ’07 – ’11
Community Focus Group Originated by Senator Nozzolio 

  • Identified key challenges and opportunities in the community and implemented action items to move initiatives forward. Wrote copy for PowerPoint presentations for public meetings, and the Blueprint brochure. Chaired the WiFi Committee for Phase I, then served on Marketing and Arts & Culture Committees for Phase II.

City of Auburn’s Comprehensive Planning Committee ’08  – ’10 

  • Helped create the City’s new vision statement and 120-page master plan. Promoted and attended public input sessions on neighborhoods, arts & culture, signage and business development.

40 Under 40 Syracuse Honoree ’07

  •  Forty members of Central NY are honored annually for their community involvement, business accomplishments and potential as future leaders of their community.

Creative Core “Real People” Profile ’07 

  • Syracuse Metropolitan Development Association
  • Select creative people were profiled to showcase the area’s talent.

IGNITE, Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce  ’05 – ’09

  • Founding member of Cayuga County’s first young professional’s group. Wrote copy for brochure, website and press releases. Led effort for non-profit volunteer opportunities. Helped organize events.

Downtown Auburn Business Improvement District ‘05 – ’07
Downtown Art Projects 

  •  Helped facilitate community art projects including “Music for Murals,” a building-wrap benefit, the flower pot painting project and showcasing BOCES artwork in vacant storefronts.

Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center  Auburn, N.Y.  ’04
“Domestic Bliss: Refrigerator Art & Beyond” 

  •  Designed, installed and curated “The Cronkicles,” an exhibit that exposed the domestic life of a fictional American family, with fellow artists Terry Cuddy and Amy Chamberlain.

Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond  ’95
Project Manager 

  •  Developed, implemented & evaluated a five-week pilot outreach program for inner-city youth. Curated & installed exhibition of totem poles made from recyclable materials. Assessed the program’s effectiveness to guide future efforts. Findings were published as my thesis project.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond  ’95
  •  Double Masters in Art History and Museum Studies G.P.A. 3.94
  • Concentrations in non-Western Art and Museum Education
State University of New York College at Fredonia ’91
  •  Bachelor in Art History G.P.A. 3.3
  • Concentrations in Graphic Design and Arts Administration
  • Semester abroad at Scuola Lorenzo de Medici, Florence, to study Italian and the Renaissance.

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office Suite, WordPress, Squarespace, Constant Contact & Access

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