Resume
 Experienced and versatile grant management and writing professional who can support organizations secure and manage grants; communicate with their constituents; and market their work. Successful in obtaining grant funding from corporate, foundation, and government sources. Published author who has worked with local and national publications.

Professional Skills     
Grant Writing
  • Written and administered successful government grant applications to the Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, and others.
  • Written foundation grants awarded funding by the F.M. Kirby Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Hyde and Watson Foundation, the EJ Grassmann Trust, and others.
  • Effectively applied for and managed grants from major corporations including Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, TD Bank, PNC Bank, and others.
  • Managed a calendar of more than 20 grant applications per year as Grants Coordinator for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey including all reporting, budget tracking, and maintaining a calendar of application and report deadlines.
  • Served as grant reviewer for the Morris County Heritage Commission and the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.
Writing/Publications
  • Freelance reporter for Summit TAPInto, covering Summit Town Council meetings, submitting clearly written coverage with fast turnaround.
  • Frequent freelance contributor recognized for in-depth research and engaging presentation for Interweave Press, a Division of F & W Media, including feature articles: “Embracing Progress at the Great Exhibitions,” Knitting Traditions, 2017; “Gustav Stickley and the Arts and Crafts Movement in America,” Piecework, March/April 2016; “The Landscape of Jane’s World,” Jane Austin Knits, 2015; “Tea with Jane,” Jane Austin Knits, 2013 and others.
  • Contracted to research, obtain images and write Morristown, Postcard History Series, Arcadia Publishing, 2012.
  • Wrote, edited, and designed quarterly newsletter for the Morris County Historical Society distributed to Society membership and county libraries.
  • Researched and co-wrote text for Forging the Future: The Iron Industry in Morris County, Many Lands, One County: The Impact of Immigration on Morris County, and Women’s Work is Never Done: The Women’s Suffrage Movement in New Jersey, published by the Morris County Historical Society.
Communications and Marketing
  • Wrote and distributed press releases for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and the Morris County Historical Society, achieving press placements in the New York Times, NJ Monthly, the Daily Record, the Star Ledger, and others.
  • Administered advertising for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey including maintaining ad contracts, marketing contacts, and overseeing ad design.
  • Arranged and administered television coverage for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and the Morris County Historical Society for Summit’s Hometowne TV, various Optimum local programs, and News12 New Jersey.
  • Represented organizations at public events including art festivals, street festivals, and farmer’s markets.
Fundraising
  • Maintained donor database for members, donors, and events utilizing Donor Perfect, Art Center Canvas, and Augusoft Lumens.
  • Administered two spring galas at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey’s resulting in $180,000 in gross income. Detailed responsibilities including volunteer management; income and expense tracking; payment of vendors; invitation lists and mailing.
  • Developed and administered Road Trip bus tours for Visual Arts Center of New Jersey members and supporters to DIA Beacon, Storm King Arts Center, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and others.
  • Developed and administered annual Yard Sale fundraiser at the Morris County Historical Society.
Public Speaking/Teaching
  • Developed curriculum, taught, and administered class “Museum Fundraising Fundamentals” at Seton Hall University for the Museum Professions MA program.
  • “Greetings from Morristown,” based on the book Morristown, presented at Morristown and Morris Township Library, Madison Library, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Leadership Morris, Morristown DAR, and Great Horizons Program, Morris Adult School and others.
  • More than 100 dynamic public presentations through the Morris County Historical Society’s Community Speakers Program to churches, temples, assisted living facilities, historical societies and other groups throughout northern New Jersey.

Employment History
Owner                                            I’ll Write for You, LLC                               May 2018-present

Grants Coordinator                       Visual Arts Center of New Jersey                March 2013-May2018
and Interim                                    Summit, NJ
Communications
Manager

Adjunct Professor                         Seton Hall University,                                 September 2016-present
                                                      South Orange, NJ

Director                                         Morris County Historical Society               March 1999-July 2011
                                                      Morristown, NJ

Professional Affiliations/Volunteer Work
  • Member, Former Vice Chair and Acting Chair, Morris County Heritage Commission
  • 2009 Class, Leadership Morris, Morris County Chamber of Commerce
  • Former member, Board of Trustees, New Jersey Association of Museums
  • Former member, Board of Trustees, Advocates for New Jersey History
  • Former committee member, Giralda Concert on the Lawn, Morris Arts Council

Education      
Certificate in Historic Preservation
Drew University, Madison, NJ

Master of Arts, Museum Professions
Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey

Bachelor of Arts, History, cum laude with departmental honors      
The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey
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