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Nashville, Tenn. | E-mail | resumé updated August 2017


Gannett Design Studio, Nashville (October 2014-present)
» Lead staff seven team leaders and more than 90 designers and editors who produce 18 daily newspapers, more than two dozen nondaily publications, multiple magazines and digital graphic assets for partner papers’ websites and social media accounts
» Oversee branding implementations, overhauls and redesigns
» Create and host training sessions for staff on design standards and company SOPs
» Recruit, vet and hire candidates for full-time positions and internships
» Collaborate with high-level editors on daily design as well as issues of overall production efficiency
» Maintain Design Studio Nashville social media presence (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr), which strive to broadcast the great work being done by the studio team and its collaborators, and serve as a recruiting tool, a source of information and a point of pride for employees
» Coach and mentor middle managers and hourly staffers on design, workflow and best practices
» Design special projects and enterprise packages, including projects shared across the USA TODAY NETWORK, which produces more than 100 newspapers
» Organize on- and off-site staff gatherings to help foster unity and growth among employees

The Art Institute of Tennessee—Nashville (July 2017-present)
» Teach fundamentals of design via lectures, discussion, demonstrations, critiques and project assignments
» Coach aspiring designers to develop, analyze and refine creative concepts from initial idea to execution
» Help students navigate questions and concerns facing real-world designers in the workplace

» Design logos, websites and printed collateral including brochures, one-sheets, posters and stationery, for editorial, advertising and marketing campaigns for variety of client and personal projects
» Conceptualize, illustrate and design greeting cards, art prints, crafts and other projects for Etsy and pop-up shops
» Photograph people and products in a variety of settings, including product shots, graduation photos, family photos
» Provide art direction and photo editing services

Gannett Design Studio, Nashville (July 2012-October 2014)
» Oversaw a combination of news, sports, features and special product design for four newspapers
» Supervised 10 designers who worked with Nashville; Hattiesburg, Miss.; Jackson, Miss.; and Staunton, Va.
» Collaborated and communicated with editors to plan for daily production and enterprise projects
» Mentored and trained designers on CCI NewsGate as well as the news design production process
» Brainstormed ideas, offered feedback and suggestions for improved pages to designers
» Performed annual evaluations, set goals for designers and address personnel issues
» Developed and maintained production schedules for the team’s products, and scheduled staff accordingly
» Created conceptual illustrations and designs as needed for the papers on the team
» Worked with editors to develop new products, features and styles
» As NewsGate expert user, created and tweaked templates and library shapes to improve efficiency
» Troubleshot production problems and developed workflow solutions
» Launched The Clarion-Ledger and Hattiesburg American into the studio in September/October 2012
» Redesigned the Montgomery Advertiser for their Butterfly launch in February 2014

The Commercial Appeal, Memphis (June 2008-July 2011)
» Conceptualized, art directed and created illustrations primarily for news, opinion and online
» Art directed and designed Sunday A1 and Sunday Viewpoint, as well as enterprise special sections
» Helped manage and schedule staff of eight designers and a graphic artist
» Edited stories and wrote headlines, promos, cutlines and other compelling display type for A1

The Commercial Appeal, Memphis (April 2009-July 2012)
» Curated local web content and contributed original content for
» Wrote book news, reviews and author interviews for and Sunday books page
» Covered Beale Street Music Festival on the Memphis in May blog and the Go Memphis Twitter account
» Worked with team to conceptualize digital products and designed wire frames based on ideas

The Commercial Appeal, Memphis (January 2005-July 2012)
» Designed live and advance broadsheet and tabloid pages, primarily for news sections and A1
» Copy edited stories and wrote headlines and cutlines; posted stories to The CA’s website

The Birmingham News, Birmingham, Ala. (summer 2004)
» Designed broadsheet news, business and feature pages
» Copy edited stories and wrote headlines and cutlines using AP and in-house style


» Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication with emphasis on print media design
» Graduated cum laude, December 2004
» Minors in English and Women’s Studies


Graphic design: Designs with emphasis on organization, sophistication and boldness. Knack for
presenting complex ideas in easy-to-digest ways that evoke emotion. Skilled at using typography, color and layering to achieve interesting, memorable designs. Enjoys designing for print and screen.

Writing/editing: Able to write with ease and edit with precision, both in professional and conversational formats. Feels comfortable writing everything from corporate memos to personal blog posts.

Photography: Has a good eye for composition, contrast and color. Shoots using DSLR and can compose and edit based on individual project’s need, be it commercial or artistic.

Web/social media: Holds longtime love for self-publishing on the web across diverse platforms.
Can perform basic HTML, PHP and CSS customizations. Has been successful at building and growing communities via social media. Blogging since before “blogging” was even a word.

Management/team building: Adept at fostering growth and collaboration between team members. Enjoys mentoring and sharing insights. Leads by example. Builds teams that maintain high morale.

Software: Comfortable in Mac and PC environments. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Quark, Adobe Creative Suite 6 (particularly Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator) and Adobe Digital Publishing, GN3 Tera Digital Publishing, Harrison, CCI NewsGate, Saxotech, Ellington, Blogger, WordPress, Movable Type, Squarespace, Medium, Tumblr, NotchBuilder.


» Best of the West Journalism Awards judge for news design category (February 2017)
» Great Plains Journalism Awards judge for Designer of the Year category (February 2017)
» Best Makeup and Appearance for The Tennessean (Tennessee Press Association, July 2016)
» First place in Video Storytelling for The Tennessean’s “Project Reset” (The Society for Features Journalism, June 2016)
» Society for News Design judge, 37th edition (features and magazine category, February 2016)
» Southeast Journalism Conference design judge and speaker (Austin Peay, February 2016)
» Best Graphics and Illustrations for The Tennessean (Tennessee Press Association, July 2014)
» 20 Under 30 (The Memphis Flyer, February 2011)
» Scripps third quarter 2010 design award
» Society for News Design Award of Excellence 2009
» Scripps third quarter 2009 design award
» Memphis’ Best Twitterer (voted by readers of The Memphis Flyer, 2009)
» Scripps first quarter 2008 design award

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