• Visionary thinker with strong analytic and decision-making skills,
  • Master’s degree in Counseling and nearly ten years of counseling experience,
  • Well-established ability to both motivate people and coordinate details,
  • Able to coordinate multiple competing priorities,
  • Excellent communication skills: interpersonal, written and public speaking,
  • Able to work independently, assume leadership or contribute to a team effort,
  • Intercultural sensitivity and a strong personal value for human diversity.


5/1/15 to Present, Career and Leadership Coach, Cary, NC

My practice is based in effective communication and a deep understanding of human behavior and motivation. I love building workgroups and communities of support, helping individuals, families and groups navigate career, life and work transitions. My coaching helps my clients to do things such as accelerate personal growth, navigate career and personal transitions and balance work and life priorities. I can also help clients enhance writing and public speaking skills and help authors navigate the traditional and self-publishing maze of options. I have helped teams build a sense of group identity and transition to a more effective way of working together. Whatever the focus of their individual or group goals, I draw out the best in my clients, help them define their values and the preconceived ideas and fears that limit their growth and encourage them to take desired actions. I help clients to formulate clear and attainable goals, define the steps they need to achieve their goals and to clearly communicate those goals to key influencers and partners so that they grow and advance in the direction they desire.


10/19/13 to Present, Administrative Specialist: Assistant to Dr. Geoff Rubin, Duke Clinical Research Institute, Durham, NC 

This is a change of title as Dr. Geoff Rubin is no longer Chair of Radiology. I continue to provide administrative and writing support for him in his new role.  Over the past year we have also produced a podcast for the Radiology Leadership Institute, Taking the Lead.

5/2/11 to 10/19/13, Executive Assistant: Office of the Chair, Department of Radiology, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC.

  • Manage a challenging executive calendar, including meetings, alternate meetings and all arrangements and reimbursements for extensive travel.
  • Review faculty promotion packets and draft letters for the Chair’s signature highlighting the career accomplishments and recommending promotion if warranted and recommended.
  • Draft letters of support for faculty research grant applications.
  • Coordinate faculty position searches and candidate visits including lodging, transportation, guest lecture arrangements and publicity including poster design, printing, placement and electronic advertising, identify venue for candidate lectures, invite faculty to participate in the search process, generate interview itineraries, solicit feedback etc.
  • Plan and manage a wide variety of department events from quarterly resident class lunches to monthly faculty lunches, a memorial service for a world-renowned faculty member, retirement parties, the annual holiday party for over 500 people and a summer welcome reception for 250 faculty, residents, fellows and significant others as well as other smaller meetings.
  • Staff weekly clinical management committee and monthly faculty meetings, keeping minutes and attendance records and supporting documents.
  • Coordinate activities of the Chair’s presidency of three professional organizations.
  • Set up national and international conference calls.
  • Draft communication from the office of the Chair.
  • Serve as the department’s conflict of interest liaison.
  • Reconcile the Chair’s p-card statement.
  • Maintain faculty personnel files and verify training of fellows to prospective employers.
  • Maintain department display case of faculty publications.
  • Delegate responsibilities to other department administrative staff as needed to assure the smooth operation of the Chair’s office and the department.

9/2/08 to 4/30/11, Staff Specialist: Center for LGBT Life, Duke University, Durham, NC.

  • Primary point of triage for LGBT Center; answer phones, greet guests, field questions and refer them to appropriate resources.
  • Handle logistical arrangements for LGBT Center programming and events including reserving facilities and catering services both on and off campus, compiling RSVP and event registration lists, making travel and hospitality arrangements and follow-through with payments to vendors and speakers.
  • Design ViewsFlash evaluations.
  • Inventory and order all supplies for office, kitchen, cyber-center and conference room.
  • Reconcile all department purchases.
  • Provide monthly variance reports and other financial analyses as needed.
  • Maintain conference room reservation calendar and contractual arrangements for Center use by outside groups.
  • Assist with the hiring and supervision of student workers including hiring paperwork and time card submission.
  • Generate webpage content and assist students with revisions.
  • Design and produce printed and electronic promotional materials for programming and events.

2007 – 2008, Grants and Non-Profit Program Consultant: Minneapolis, MN.

  • Helped nonprofit organization directors and CEO’s to write effective program descriptions and set reasonable and attainable outcome goals.
  • Wrote grant proposals and developed funding strategies.
  • Researched best practices of well-funded organizations with outcome goals similar to those of the client.
  • Researched foundations, corporations and individuals for funding matches.
  • Developed grant and prospect tracking databases.
  • Developed PowerPoint and presentation book proposals for in-person “asks.”
  • Achieved a 40% funding success rate in a declining economy.

2002 – 2007, Communications Coordinator: China AIDS Orphan Fund, Minneapolis, MN.

  • Participated in group process to locate, research, assure due diligence and make grants to organizations meeting our goals.
  • Served as China AIDS crisis information resource.
  • Facilitated board members’ communication via Internet delivery system.
  • Wrote a quarterly E-newsletter for supporters and donors of the CAOF.
  • Wrote press releases, promotional materials, and informational articles about the AIDS Crisis in Henan Province, China and the activities of CAOF members.
  • Oversaw scheduling of three traveling art exhibits.
  • Spearheaded a Twin Cities’ area World AIDS Orphans Day event bringing together 15 HIV/AIDS organizations and award-winning AIDS activists from China to the US.
  • Gave awareness-raising and fund-raising talks and PowerPoint presentations on the China AIDS Orphan crisis.

1970 – Present, Freelance Writer/Photographer:

1994 – 2000, ESL Tutor: University of Minnesota

  • Using the International Phonetic Alphabet, taught English grammar and diction to foreign medical and graduate engineering students.
  • Served as cultural advisor to foreign students, teaching job-seeking skills, driving, bargain hunting, cultural expectations, etc.
  • Mediated landlord and roommate disputes caused by cultural differences.
  • Accepted a student challenge to learn Mandarin Chinese.

1993 – 1998, Minnesota Regional Director: Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.

  • Recruited and directed an all-volunteer staff to achieve goals determined by chapter members.
  • Orchestrated two professional, profit-generating writing and illustrating conferences per year.
  • Facilitated the formation of numerous writing and illustrating critique groups.
  • Networked with schools, university writing programs, booksellers and libraries to enhance the visibility and professional standing of Minnesota’s children’s authors
  • and illustrators.
  • Served on the advisory board of the Kerlin Collection of Children’s Book Manuscripts and Illustrations at the University of Minnesota.
  • Initiated mentorship programs in writing and illustrating: Recruited judges, mentors, and applicants. Collaboratively established criteria for the selection of the award recipient. Managed the selection of award recipients and the award ceremony.
  • Oversaw the production of a quarterly chapter newsletter and submissions to the national newsletter.
  • Networked with fellow Regional Directors around the globe.
  • Provided conference management staffing and regional hosting for the annual,National conference in Los Anglels, California.
  • Set up a regional members e-mail communication list that still exists today.
  • Revamped the organizational structure of the local region to maximize effectiveness of volunteer efforts and enhance professionalism.
  • Regional membership more than doubled over the course of my tenure and we grew to garner the esteem of NY book editors as a quality organization capable of producing award winning authors and illustrators.

1990 – 1991, Research Assistant: University of Vermont Medical School, Injury Study.

1989 – 1991, ESL Tutor: 
University of Vermont (see above description).

1989-1990, Administrative Assistant: 
McAuliffe, Inc., Burlington, VT. Human Resources Dept.

1985 – 1989, Counselor: NH Catholic Charities, Keene and Lebanon, NH.  Marriage, family, group and individual counseling. Coordinated a group of area Youth Directors to provide greater youth service as a team, pooling resources and eliminating duplication of effort.

1981 – 1989, Counselor: 
Private practice: marriage, family, group and individual counseling.

1980-1981, Coordinating Counselor: Youth and Adult (CETA) Work Experience Programs, Virginia Employment Commission—Winchester and Staunton, VA.

1978-1979, Graduate Assistant: James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.  This was the only assistantship in the Counselor Education department. I co-led counselor training groups, read and graded student papers and exams, produced a departmental newsletter, served on the grad school judicial board and conducted library research for several professors.

1977- 1978, Tutor: DeJarnette School (for emotionally challenged children) Staunton, VA.  Provided supplemental educational materials and tutoring in a variety of subject areas for 16 emotionally and behaviorally challenged children in a residential treatment facility. Followed strict behavior modification protocols.


Working Familiarity with:

Mac: iCal, Mac Mail, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb, Safari, Word for Mac, Papers.

PC: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook.

Web Applications: Outlook, Firefox, Google Chrome, Google Calendar, Google docs, Word Press, Qualtrics, SAP, FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter, iWave, Tripit, Createspace, Kdpdirect, Bluehost, Pubit, Yahoogroups management,, Epub, Cyberduck.


  • Coaching Practice:
  • Author Page:  (Currently under revision)
  • Facebook Author Page:
  • Facebook Coaching Page:
  • LinkedIn:
  • Duke:


2016 – Coach U Core Essentials Program Graduate.

M.Ed. Counseling: James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

  • Awarded a full academic scholarship and the only assistantship in this department.
  • Appointed by the president to the James Madison University Judicial Board.
  • Based on a previous independent study and related research, guest lectured a graduate course on juvenile crime in 1978.

B. A. Dual major: English and Behavioral Science with a concentration in Anthropology, St.Francis College, Loretto, PA.

  • Student Body Representative on the College President’s Board.
  • College judicial board member by presidential appointment.

A. A. Cum Laude, Liberal Arts, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ.

Independent study in juvenile crime involved a two-day undercover incarceration. Resultant paper effected significant change in future facilities design and programming of the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Facility.


First Place, Speech Contests:

  • Winner of the 2015 area and division level humorous speech contest, for a speech entitled, “Life According to Plan.”
  • Winner of the 2014 Speech Evaluation Contest at club, area and division levels.

Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Awards

  • Competent Communicator Award in May, 2014
  • Competent Leader Award in September, 2014
  • Advanced Communicator Bronze Award in June 2015
  • Advanced Leader Bronze Award in September 2015
  • Advanced Communicator Silver, August, 2016
  • Advanced Communicator Gold, June 2017
  • Leadership Excellence Award, October 2016
  • Triple Crown, (3 or more awards in one year) June 2017

First Place, Speech Evaluation Award Toastmasters Area 63, District G Competition. September 2014.

Outstanding Staff Award Center for LGBT Life, Duke University, an annual award to a  Duke Staff member who exhibits an exceptional contribution to the support of Duke’s LGBTI&Q students.

Walk the Talk Award: First place sermon, “Recognizing exceptional leadership . . . in stopping domestic violence.” Twin Cities Initiative for Violence Free Families. “Outpreached” over thirty Pastors of many religious backgrounds.

Baltimore News American Fiction Award, 5th place out of over 1,400 entries. Lo How a Rose Ere Blooming. This story is currently available in both Kindle and Nook formats as a fundraiser for my high school, St. Rose of Belmar, NJ, flooded during Hurricane Sandy.

Voice of Democracy Scholarship awarded by the VFW for a speech entitled: What America Means to Me. Third place in the State of NJ.

Dig Mankind Scholarship for summer field study in pre-historic, Native America Archaeology, Ten Sleep, WY.

Traces Through Time Scholarship for summer field study in Anthropology of pre-historic Anasazi culture, Orem, UT.


  • Duke Toastmasters:
    • President 2015-2016 –  Distinguished Club.
    • Vice President of Education 2014-2015.
  • Durham Rescue Mission Toastmasters Club.
    • Club Mentor and Fundraiser 2014- present
    • President 2016-2017- Distinguished Club
    • Secretary/Treasurer 2017-2018
  • Senior Girl Scout Leader. Most of my girls completed their silver award and one completed the gold award–the highest award of Girl Scouting!
  • Duke Language Buddy with Mandarin-speaking graduate students.
  • Advisory Board Member: Gunnar Labs, Institute of Child Development, University of MN adoption studies,
  • Initiated a successful effort to add adoption subsidies and parental leave to employee benefits at St. Paul Children’s Healthcare and hospitals benefits package.
  • Mentor to inner-city teens, Patchwork Quilt Program, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Founder and Director of a parent-cooperative preschool, St. Paul, MN.
  • Parent’s group leader, Bible study leader, lector and lay preacher, Transfiguration Catholic Church, Oakdale, MN.
  • Founding member: Inclusive Catholics, Minneapolis, MN
  • Citizen Lobbyist: Equality NC, Association for Retarded Citizens and MN Equality, St. Paul, MN.
  • Odyssey of the Mind coach, Gethsemane School, Oakdale, MN.


Duke Learning and Organizational Development

  • Managing a Diverse Workforce
  • Implicit Bias in Hiring Decisions: Hiring, Promoting & Discipline
  • Keeping Duke Safe Training for Faculty and Staff Non-SUpervisory ROles

Coach U

  • Coach Orientation (CE-110)
  • Guiding Principles of Coaching (CE-120)
  • Context for Coaching (CE-130)
  • Listening (CE-210)
  • Language (CE-212)
  • Questioning (CE-214)
  • Strategizing (CE-216)
  • Messaging (CE-218)
  • Coach’s Personal Foundation (CE-410)
  • Acknowledging (CE-220)
  • Core Skills Practicum (CE-225)
  • Situational Coaching (CE-310)
  • Establishing Yourself as a Coach (CE-320)
  • Application Practicum (CE-315)

Duke Communicators Certification Series:

  • Demystifying the Web Redesign Process
  • Photography for Communicators
  • Issues Management
  • Shoot and Edit Video Production
  • Working With the Media
  • Managing a Social Media Presence
  • Developing Communication and Marketing Plans
  • Managing a Multi-Channel Publication Program
  • Think Like a Producer
  • Writing Op-Ed Articles
  • Becoming a More Effective Storyteller
  • Communications at DCRI

The Future of Marketing at the Fuqua School of Business

Duke’s George Gopen Seminar: Writing from the Reader’s Perspective.

Duke Medical Library Workshops: 

  • Endnote
  • Search in PubMed certifications:

  • iPad Music Production: Inputs, Mics, and MIDI with Garrick Chow
  • iMovie for iOS Essential Training with Garrick Chow
  • Blogging for Business
  • Up and Running with Articulate Storyline
  • Word for Mac 2011 Essential Training
  • Google Calendar Essential Training
  • Flipping the Classroom
  • Managing Your Time
  • Up and Running with Audacity
  • Keynote: Builds, Transitions, Animations and Effects
  • Brooke Shaden’s Conceptual Photography: Start to Finish

Duke OIT Workshops:

  • 3-D Printing
  • Collaboration Made Easy With Box
  • Lights Cameras Editing with iMovie
  • How to produce and use better videos
  • Quick and Easy Promotional Materials with Publisher
  • Better PowerPoint Charts with ThinkCell
  • Prezi: Presenting in a New Way
  • Pretty Fly for Wi-Fi
  • Concourse
  • Getting Started With Sites @Duke
  • Web Ex Meeting
  • Qualtrics
  • A Fundraisers Guide to Analytics
  • Think-Cell
  • Developing Videos in Teaching and Learning
  • Using BOX for Sensitive Data

Duke Certifed Financial Systems Specialist: 

  • Intro to Duke Accounting and Business Processes
  • Intro to Duke G/L Accounts
  • SAP University Reporting: Sponsored Projects
  • SAP University Reporting: Non-Restricted
  • SAP Reconciliation and Documents
  • SAP Journal Entry
  • Payments Made Through Accounts Payable
  • iForms, iWorks and iCal
  • Works Administrator Responsibilities
  • Works Login and System Navigation
  • Works Transaction Review and Signoff
  • Works Additional Functions
  • Works Reporting.

Kean University/Nathan Weiss Graduate College: 

  • Becoming a Grant Writing Consultant
  • Get Grants!
  • Advanced Proposal Writing.

Minnesota Council on Foundations: Grantseeking for Beginners Seminar.

Washington County Continuing Adult Education: 

  • Grantseeking and Fund Raising
  • Grant Writing.


  • American Heart Association: CPR certification
  • Duke Harassment Policy Toolkit
  • Fire and Safety
  • HIPPA Regulations for Non-Medical Staff

REFERENCES: Available upon request.

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