Resume, bio, awards

THE BASICS

  • Award-winning academic advisor; currently on campus leadership team responsible for developing and delivering training to student services personnel to enhance student retention and advising efforts.
  • Award-winning journalist, columnist, essayist and blogger, experienced covering higher education, the Catholic church, parenting and lifestyle issues.
  • BS in Technical Journalism, Oregon State University
  • PDC (Post-degree certification), Secondary Education, Pima Community College

AWARDS

  • 2014 Outstanding Professional Academic Advisor, University of Arizona
  • 2011 Outstanding Emerging Academic Advisor, University of Arizona
  • 2009 Arizona Press Club, first place, best news blog
  • 2009 Arizona Press Club, first place, education reporting
  • 2009 Arizona Press Club, second place, business reporting
  • 2008 Content Creator of the Year; Tucson Citizen
  • 2008 Arizona Newspapers Association, second place; sports writing
  • 2003 Arizona Press Club, second place; Don Schellie award, features column writing
  • 2003 Arizona Press Club, third place; sustained coverage/series
  • 2003 National Catholic Press Association, third place; commentary
  • 2003 Arizona Newspapers Association, third place; non-daily column
  • 2002 National Catholic Press Association, second place; feature writing

WORK HISTORY

  • July 2014 – Present: Student Services Advisor, Pima Community College
  • February 2011 – July 2014: Academic Advisor, University of Arizona School of Journalism
  • May 2009 – present: Freelance blogger, essayist, editor and writing coach
  • September 2007 – May 2009: Higher education reporter; the Tucson Citizen, Tucson, AZ.
  • September 2006 – December 2007: Monthly “Voices” columnist; the Tucson Citizen, Tucson, AZ.
  • October 2005 – February 2007: Weekly religion columnist; EXPLORER Newspapers, Tucson, AZ.
  • March 1998 – March 2005: Weekly family life columnist; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock, AR.; frequent contributor to the op-ed page of the Dallas Morning News
  • September 2002 – July 2003: Public schools reporter; EXPLORER Newspapers, Tucson, AZ
  • September 2001 – October 2004: Weekly feature columnist; EXPLORER Newspapers, Tucson, AZ
  • August 1999 – November 2002: Monthly op-ed columnist; the Catholic Vision, Tucson, AZ
  • June 2001 – June 2002: Staff writer and copyeditor; the Catholic Vision, Tucson, AZ
  • September 1995 – November 2002: Bi-weekly opinion columnist; the Texas Catholic, Dallas, TX and news-feature correspondent for the North Texas Catholic, Fort Worth, TX
  • February 1992 – February 1995: Monthly family columnist; the Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX.