About

Classic design. Insightful art direction. Luxurious results.

Design professional with 25+ years of art direction, graphic design, project management and personnel management experience. I love developing and producing high-quality publications in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.

WORK EXPERIENCE
• Designer, 360 West magazine, Sept. 2011-present 
Page design and production of monthly luxury lifestyle magazine focusing on Fort Worth and the surrounding areas. Art direct and design our community-oriented zip code magazines: 76107 and 76092, the Cultural District and Southlake respectively. Design 360 West Weddings - for all that is bridal in Tarrant County. And spring 2017 launched 817 Home, a quarterly look at the world of home design and the innovative spaces  in and around Tarrant County.


• Design director, Fort Worth Foodie magazine, 

Summer 2010-Fall 2013
Art direction, page design and production of quarterly 24-page magazine. Creative team includes publisher, photographer, writers, and ad sales to cover the emerging culinary scene in Fort Worth, Texas.

• Freelance graphic designer, March 2009-present

Children's book design: Goodnight San Antonio, published March 2013;  Goodnight Dallas, published Nov. 2014.

Create logos, advertisements, newsletters, print publications. Clients include Huguley Memorial Medical Center, XTO, Mistletoe Heights Neighborhood Association, PartnerComm, East Texas Food Bank, Urban Land Institute

• Co-founder/Partner at Texas Toast Culinary Tours, 

Sept. 2009-Sept. 2014
We gave our clients an inside look at food and wine in Fort Worth (and Dallas!) With business partner June Naylor, we hosted teambuilding exercises a la Top Chef. Our extraordinary statewide road trips (Marfa, Central Texas BBQ, Bishop Arts food tour) offered a culinary experience like no other. In addition to eating and drinking our way across the Metroplex, I managed the finances, coordinated bookings with chefs/restaurant owners, created website, designed event advertisements and literature, updated social media and Constant Contact e-mail marketing. texastoastculinarytours.com

• Coordinator, Junior Woman's Club of Fort Worth, 

Aug. 2010-May 2013
Coordinate meetings and facility set-up for 12 groups within this social club for women, 40 and under. Monitor email, update website calendar, oversee the club’s historic building maintenance, offer food and drink presentation support.

• Marketing contractor, First Command Financial Services, Feb.-Sept. 2011
Researched, developed and wrote four 45-minute webinars for the federal and military market. Topics included adding the Roth option to the Thrift Savings Plan, survivor benefit planning for military families, and options for federal employees to be prepared for tough economic times.

• Blogger for mom2momdfw.com, 
July 2008-Sept. 2010 
Wrote weekly blog, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” about life as the mother of two teenage sons. http://www.star-telegram.com/

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• Literary media escort, Aug. 2003-Nov. 2009
Itinerary and event coordination for authors including Bon Appetit editor Barbara Fairchild, author Garrison Keillor, New Orleans chef John Besh and barbecue entrepreneur Pat Neely. Facilitate book signings for "An Evening with Jeff Guinn" series for the Star-Telegram. Authors included Frank McCourt, James Patterson, Tom Clancy, Liz Smith and more.

• Art director, Oct. 2008-March 2009
Indulge magazine, subsidiary of the Star-Telegram,
Fort Worth, Texas

Created overall aesthetic and coordinate production for
​60-page monthly luxury magazine. Responsible for overseeing and arranging photo shoots, create page layout, oversee and approve page designer’s concepts. Attend press check. Wrote feature articles.

• Design director/Features, Dec. 1988-March 2009
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Directed design and production for 50-75 editorial pages each week. Managed staff of 22 artists and designers, including scheduling, employee reviews, mentoring. Collaboration with senior editors for content of both broadsheet and tabloid features sections (Life & Arts, Go!, Food and Travel), business section, and niche special sections. Conceptualized and implemented two Star Time magazine redesigns. Art director for 5 to 10 illustrations on a weekly basis from both in-house and freelance artists. 

Previous experience
• Design director/Features, Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo. (Included art direction of Sunday Magazine)
• Editorial assistant, San Jose Mercury News, San Jose, Calif.


EDUCATION

BS Journalism/Advertising, University of Colorado-Boulder
Additional art/design courses taken at San Jose State University, San Jose, Calif., and The Colorado Institute of Art, Denver, Colo.

TECHNICAL PROGRAMS
Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat). Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
​Both Mac and PC proficiency.