I have a passion for the written word, and have been crafting stories, essays, poems and more since I was a young child. I have two decades of professional writing experience, helping organizations and businesses to clarify what they do, and to convey it clearly and creatively. From mission statements to copy writing and promotional text to ghost writing and feature writing, I identify an organization’s audiences and deliver a compelling message tailored to the organization and its mission.
Areas of expertise include: education, health & human services, medicine & research, publishing, human interest
FEATURE ARTICLES & MORE
Quality writing goes hand-in hand with listening, research and critical thinking, and then capturing the heart of the matter at the keyboard (or with pen and paper). I have written feature articles for Special Olympics Connecticut, centers at the Yale School of Medicine, the MY HERO Project, the SARAH Foundation, Seedlings Educators Collaborative, and more. Below is a small sampling of my work…
Pain Management Collaboratory Coordinating Center, Yale School of Medicine
Many of the best practice guidelines for low back pain treatment involve evidence-based therapies often not integrated into a single clinical setting, meaning that treatments like physical therapy and chiropractic care are often delivered outside of the majority of first-line access points in United States healthcare systems. The result is that care coordination, access, and follow-up become challenging for both patient and care providers. Four researchers from the Pain Management Collaboratory note a need for better pathways for pain management in the United States.
The Whole Health Model
In developing content for the public online presence for the coordinating center of the DoD, NIH, VA and multi-university project, this article on the Whole Health model helped springboard other pieces and build up quality information for the site. This article specifically addresses the aim of Whole Health to help veterans focus on life goals as they work to manage their chronic pain and other ailments.
The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
Case Study – How Morningside Elementary School Helps Dyslexic Students Succeed
Then-principal Rebecca Pruitt felt more needed to be done to keep students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities from leaving the school to receive more specialized instruction at private schools in the area. With the help of Morningside teachers, and soon, other administrators in the district, children in Atlanta’s elementary schools improved their reading skills.
Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Ph.D., Space Scientist & Science Communicator
When Maggie Aderin-Pocock was a very young girl, she loved looking up at the stars in the sky, and she loved a British television stop-animation series about mousy-looking beings from another planet called The Clangers. It’s debatable as to which inspired her dream of becoming a space scientist more, but one thing is sure: the passion Maggie had for space ignited a career and helped her overcome her dyslexia.
Seedlings Educators Collaborative
A Week of Collaboration, Learning and Play
At the beginning of every summer, a talented collective of seasoned educators gathers together to share their wealth of experience in place-based education and integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) curriculum with New Haven County and surrounding area Pre-K through sixth-grade teachers. The workshop provides a fun and supportive environment for teachers who are looking to return to the passion that brought them into education, and rethink who they are as educators, with the end goal of engaging their students in the learning process.
The MY HERO Project
It’s 2007, and I’m looking out the taxi windows, taking in my first glimpses of Shanghai. Outside, there’s a continuous line of orange and red and pink banners, each of them echoing the message of these Special Olympics World Summer Games—”I know I can.” As a reporter for The MY HERO Project in search of hero stories, these signs are a good indication that I am in the right place to meet hundreds of people making a positive difference. And yet, I’m struck again and again, throughout the event and to this day, that there is one individual who has made it possible for all the others to become heroes: Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
Champion figure skater Scott Hamilton has proven that there is no challenge too big to overcome. The 1984 Olympic gold medalist has managed to put a positive outcome on every adversity he encounters. Throughout his life, Scott has battled health issues, the loss of his mother, and the strain of heavy training and competition, and yet he has always managed to stay active and embrace life.
Copy writing isn’t just for catalogs anymore, although you’ll see some copy that I’ve written for RJ Julia Booksellers’ holiday catalogs and events calendars. It goes on websites, informational brochures, posters, and even promotional items like water bottles, as you’ll see in the artwork for the Multicultural Dyslexia Awareness Initiative for the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity. Additionally, the designs featuring the copy were also done by yours truly.