Biography

A leader for clear communications

 

The University of Minnesota's English Department featured me in their August 2015 newsletter.

 

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I have led more than 100 training sessions with dozens of organizations. My classes and presentations are fast-paced and fun, and I can work with people at any skill level.

 

I developed Hennepin County's plain language program, one of the first and most effective programs in the country. As part of that work I created the county's writing style guide and led the rewrite of the county's website. I also developed curriculum and teach a series of writing classes for Hennepin County employees.

 

Prior to coming to Hennepin County, I was a writer and editor at the University of Minnesota and a freelance writer and editor. I also taught writing classes for high school and college students and for adult learners.

 

I have a master's degree in English from the University of Minnesota and a graduate minor in Teaching English as a second language, with extensive coursework in education theory and linguistics.

 

Some of the organizations I've worked with

Association of Minnesota Counties

Carver County

City-County Communications & Marketing Association national conference

City of Brooklyn Park

City of Edina

City of Shoreview

Fourth Judicial District Court

Goodhue County

Hennepin County

City of Maple Grove

Minnesota Association of Government Communicators

Minnesota Board of Water and Soil

Minnesota Department of Health

Minnesota Government IT Symposium annual conference

Minnesota School Public Relations Association

National Association of Counties annual conference

National Association of County Information Officers

National Association of Government Web Professionals annual conference

Olmsted County

Ramsey County

St. Paul Public Libraries

St. Paul Public Schools

Washington County

Watershed districts throughout the Twin Cities

 

Read reviews of my classes and presentations

 

Awards

2014 Pinnacle Award from the National Association of Government Web Professionals for the Hennepin.us website. I led the content rewrite portion of the site redesign.

 

Two 2013 ClearMark Awards from the national Center for Plain Language. A total of only 10 awards were given to public sector writers in 2013.

 

Awards in 2012 from the National Association of County Information Officers and the Minnesota Association of Government Communicators for the Hennepin County plain language program.

 

First place in the writing category at the 2006 University of Minnesota Maroon and Gold all-campus communications awards.