Who I am
I'm a Philadelphia-based freelance writer, editor and author. I love to write. I love to edit. I feel my love for what I do comes through in my work. See client testimonials here.
I've written six books. I'm the author of The Dog Lover's Companion to Philadelphia and Philadelphia: A Photographic Portrait, as well as the corporate history book Bayada: 40 Years of Compassion, Excellence and Reliability. I'm also the co-author of my newest book, Growing Friendships: A Kids' Guide to Making and Keeping Friends and co-author of American Red Cross: Dog First Aid and the American Red Cross: Cat First Aid.
I've written hundreds of articles on a variety of topics, like health, health care, Philadelphia, disabilities and parenting, for print and online media that include Family Circle, Parents, Reader's Digest (managed project), Bottom Line/Women's Health, Kiwi, Scholastic Parent & Child, USAirways, WomansDay.com, Discovery.com, DiscoveryHealth.com, AnimalPlanet.com and Dogtime.com. See full client list here.
Additionally, I write, ghostwrite and edit content marketing pieces like articles, advertorials, web sites, white papers, blogs, brochures, press releases, books, e-books and newsletters.
I'm also the Dogtime.com Pet First Aid Expert. And I'm a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
I love to laugh and to spend time with my family, friends and dog--all of whom crack me up regularly.
My sweet officemate, Harry
What I do
Freelance Writer | Editor | Author
January 2000 to present
Currently write, ghostwrite and edit nonfiction articles, web sites, books, as well as newsletters, e-books, web site content, blog posts and other content marketing materials. See full client list here.
A sampling of freelance projects include:
Writing articles for WebMD
Coaching expert author on parenting book
Writing articles for Abington Memorial Hospital’s magazine and web site
Writing articles for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Writing articles and a blog for ThinkBeyondtheLabel.com
Writing and manage a career advice column for the national magazine ADVANCE for Nurses
Writing articles for Fox Chase Cancer Center’s employee magazine
Writing web site copy for a major Philadelphia law firm, Raynes McCarty
Writing articles for Temple alumni magazine
Editing a series of five school staff newsletters
Editing and writing articles as needed for the national magazine Review of Optometry
Editing a series of history books for OTTN Publishing
Editing promotional materials for Insight Cuba
Writing articles for internal physician newsletter for Einstein Healthcare Network
Editing and writing content marketing materials for Visit Philadelphia™
Editing the book, The Exceptional Nurse (on disabilities)
Writing articles for federal agency, SourceAmerica (formerly NISH), as part of its annual magazine celebrating employees with disabilities
Editing and writing promotional copy for Sunrise Construction and Renovations, LLC (Pittsburgh)
Writing a monthly blog as well as other custom content for My Alarm Center, home security
Managing the editorial summer promotion section in Reader’s Digest June 2005 issue
Serving as Dogtime.com’s resident Pet First Aid Expert.
Promoted to Editor
December 1998 to December 1999
ADVANCE for Physical Therapists & PT Assistants
Merion Publications Inc., King of Prussia, PA
National, biweekly print and online newsmagazine read by more than 75,000 physical therapists and PT assistants.
Personally responsible for:
Overseeing entire production of biweekly magazine in print and online
Managing staff writers and their respective workload
Editing majority of articles in print and online
Copy editing and proofreading articles in magazine and online
Writing feature stories and news as needed
Generating original story ideas and illustration ideas
Working closely with artists designing covers as well as print and online illustrations
Designing content of new web site on a rapidly changing basis
Creating new online departments
Working with sales team to enhance advertising opportunities both in print and online
Corresponding with readers, freelancers and consultants on a regular basis
Maintaining strong relationships with all company departments
Covering national physical therapy conferences.
Certifications and Specializations:
Content Strategy for Professionals, a 5-course specialization by Northwestern University on Coursera. Specialization Certificate earned on February 17, 2018.
Spotlighted as a local author on the 10! show on Philadelphia's NBC-10 (June 2005).
Spotlighted as local expert for Petstyle.com online television production about Philadelphia (November 2006).
Interviewed as expert source for:
The Philadelphia Daily News, The Bark magazine, Philly Metro magazine, The Penn Stater magazine, The Springfield Sun and The Camden Courier Post.
Dogtime.com First Aid Expert
Member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)
Art Goes to School of the Delaware Valley volunteer
Member of ASJA's Membership Recruitment Committee
Corresponding Secretary/Newsletter Editor to local PTA
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16801
B.A., Communications, May 1991