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Work

I hold an appointment as Director of Communications, Arts & Sciences, at the College of William and Mary (since 2006); and continue a longstanding consulting relationship with the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Some history and background below.

Experience

2013: MOOC, Introduction to Complexity, Santa Fe Institute

2012: Leadership Initiative, College of William and Mary (fall semester)

2012: "Humanities Rendered Visible: The Face-to-Face Project at the College of William & Mary" (with Teresa Longo), New Directions in the Humanities Conference, Montreal, June 16

2010: "Communicating for Results: Shotgun or Laser Beam?" (with Jessica Donovan) workshop for deans, Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences, New Orleans, Nov. 13

2009: Lead Instructor, INTR 450 "Engagement Communications and Outreach," a W&M independent study course on developing and executing a strategic communications plan for the Sharpe Community Scholars Program and other campus units

2007: Panel, “Developing a College Communications Strategy” conference, Council for Colleges of Arts and Sciences, March 16-17

2006: Technical assistance with Megacatastrophe initiative and research projects, repackaging of Research Fellows and Research Associates initiative, Center for Advanced Study, UIUC

2005: Online technical resource, strategic communications planning, Community Partnerships for Older Adults

2005: Customer support and sales/marketing consulting, technical assistance, Garbers of Richmond, Inc.

2005: Peer review, Strategic Communications and the Nonprofit Board manuscript, BoardSource

2004: Panel, “Meeting Accountability Head On” evaluation purposes and strategies, Annual Conference, Especially for Nonprofit Organizations (Sept. 20)

2004: Co-presenter, “Beyond Survival: Enlarging Our Definition of Sustainability,” Annual Conference, Alliance for Nonprofit Management (Aug. 13)

2004: Co-author, Radiant Strategies: A Framework for Sustainable Nonprofit Organizations

2004: Client report, “Looking Ahead: A Strategic Framework for FACE: Truth and Clarity on Alcohol Issues”

2003: Project Connect, briefing Congressional staff on Capitol Hill, Alaska and Montana state health departments

Strategic communications (with strategic planing and mission articulation) workshop trainings and 6-month technical assistance, for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grantees (partial list):

 

1993-01

Strategic Communications: Champaign, Ill. / Richmond, Va. Public information plans, print marketing/development, website startups, visual identities and branding, press relations, radio/television scripting, public writing. 1993–2000: Principal (Vice-President), Otto-Walker Communications, Inc.

 

1989-92

Marketing Communications, Office of Publications, University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill.

 

1988-89

Freelance consulting, writing/editing, Champaign, Ill.

 

1987-88

Copy director, Penta Corporation (advertising agency), Champaign, Ill.

 

1986-87

Freelance consulting, writing/editing, Williamsburg, Va.

 

1983 – 1986

Writer/editor, National Center for State Courts, Williamsburg, Va.

 

Education

 

Service and Recognition

  • Richmond Tree Stewards, "volunteers for the urban forest," secretary (2014), advisory panel (2013), certification and volunteer since 2012
  • Infrastructure and tree plantings, Williamsburg Road, 2009 to present
  • Greater Fulton Hill Civic Association, newsletter editor, 2003-07
  • ART 180, Program Committee, evaluation, 2003-05; president, 2001-03; vice-president, 2000-01; treasurer, 1999-00
  • Artspace Arts Council, 1998-99
  • Vine-Maple-Columbia Neighborhood Association (Ill.) Council, 1994-97
  • Neighborhood Heritage Award, Champaign County Preservation and Conservation Association, 1995
  • Appreciation Awards, Volunteer Center for United Way, Community Recycling Center, 1994
  • Award of Excellence, Award of Achievement,C-U Ad Club, 1993
  • Champaign HouseTransitional Homeless Shelter, Coordinator (acquire/renovate), 1991-93
  • Award of Merit (2) Master Communicators, 1992
  • Michael Hyman Award, Greater Community AIDS Project, 1992
  • Campus Communications Council, University of Illinois, 1991-92
  • Chancellor’s Advisory Board to the Campus Charitable Fund Drive, University of Illinois, 1990-92
  • Member, Champaign County Community Task Force on AIDS, 1990-97
  • Silver Medal, National Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, 1990