Experience

Manager, Creative Assets

April 2013 — Present

Cleo in Loves Park, Ill.

Shaped Cleo’s brand through print and digital design. Accomplishments include a total rebrand of the company, from logo and typography to outdoor signage and everything in between. Redesigned Cleo’s website from the ground up, including implementation of a Wordpress content management system with a dozen users and numerous custom implementations. Created multiple video campaigns (including animation and live action), kicked off social media channels, and branded and consolidated decades worth of marketing materials.

Deputy Design Director

August 2012 — April 2013

Lee Enterprises in Munster, Ind.

Managed a team of 30 designers, including scheduling and performance reviews. Hired multiple designers to accommodate growth of center. Responsible for daily and weekly production of dozens of publications across eight brands. Implemented roll-outs of publications transitioning from local design to centralized design. Produced daily pages, maps, charts and infographics.

Communications Design Coordinator

February 2011 — August 2012

Rosecrance in Rockford, Ill.

Designed, launched, and managed corporate website. Managed digital merger of Rosecrance with major mental health agency. Increased private-pay substance abuse inquiries via search engine optimization. Managed social media and digital identity. Used analytics to identify and drive Chicagoland web traffic. Designed branded print materials, including magazines, brochures, and fact sheets.

Graphic Designer

September 2010 — February 2011

GateHouse Media in Downers Grove, Ill.

Designed daily features pages, as well as monthly and quarterly specialty magazines. Redesigned multiple newspapers throughout company. Managed digital distribution platform of materials and served as help desk for technical questions.

Multimedia Artist

January 2008 — September 2010

Rockford Register Star in Rockford, Ill.

Created maps, charts, and infographics for print product. Produced breaking news and feature videos, as well as high-definition commercials for marketing department. Led monthly "Multimedia Best Practices" workshops on multimedia content creation. Created branded podcast to discuss breaking news, entertainment, and sports with high-profile staff reporters.

Online/Design Intern

October 2007 — January 2008

The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Created daily centerpiece art for Poynter.org. Recorded and produced audio, video, and stills of live event coverage of Poynter-sponsored events. Developed design concepts for website redesign team.

Design Intern

July 2007 — October 2007

Orlando Sentinel in Orlando, Fla.

Designed zoned newspaper sections in CCI for Lake County readership.

Copy Editor

February 2006 — August 2006

Rockford Register Star in Rockford, Ill.

Began as intern on copy desk, but was elevated to full-time status within two weeks. Designed and copy edited daily A section content, with occasional A1 opportunities. Designed and edited special sections for high school graduations, high school football season previews, and other unique or one-time content.


Education

Bachelor of Arts

August 2005 — May 2007

Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill.

Major in journalism, minor in English. Emphasis on newspaper design, management, graphic design, and newspaper production.

Associate of Arts

August 2002 — May 2005

Rock Valley College in Rockford, Ill.

General education requirements. Emphasis on newspaper design, management, graphic design, and newspaper production.


References

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