In no particular order, I am a graphic designer, photographer, writer, career counselor, wife, friend, daughter, sister, citizen, spirit seeker, political junkie…What’s not to love?
I have an infinite number of life stories. Here’s the professional version: I have worked as a graphic designer for over 20 years. After graduating from Bard College with a BA in Art History, I freelanced as a production artist before opening my own design studio. For 8 years I worked on the east coast designing everything from business cards to billboards for small to large-scale clients. In the mid-90s I closed up shop and moved to Prague where I was hired as the Creative Director for The Prague Post. After 2 ½ years of getting to know my Czech family and discovering the wonders of periodical publishing, I returned to the States and found my niche in the magazine industry. I was the Art Director at LANTimes (a McGraw-Hill bi-weekly trade tabloid) and Design Director of InfoWorld magazine (an IDG weekly technology trade). In late 2000, at the height of the dotcom hysteria, I left InfoWorld in search of serenity and balance. I had climbed to the top of the proverbial ladder of success and found it was leaning against the wrong building.
After much soul searching and hard work, I have found the serenity and balance we all crave in the form of a life in which I get to do everything I love. Here’s a smattering of past accomplishments and current undertakings:
> Designed, launch and art direct Diversity Woman magazine. It’s been ten years now and we’re still going strong.
> Redesigned and launched Knowledge Management magazine
> Earned a MA in Career Development from John F. Kennedy University.
> Wrote and self-published a book of photographs and writing, More Than Meets the Eye
> Provide career advice to job seekers at NOVA, a one-stop career center in Silicon Valley
> Writing a memoir (God, help me) about my journey to faith.
Like I said, I love my life