The words and beyond
I realized at a young age that writing was a lifelong passion of mine. I've come a long way from acting as editor-in-chief of the The Clark Gazette (my childhood family newspaper). I've written for AAA Northeast, Rhode Island Monthly and Engaged RI, among other publications. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Connecticut and a Masters of Fine Arts in creative and professional writing with a concentration in food and travel journalism from Western Connecticut State University. I also have a background in hospitality and am the proud mom of a Garfield-esque kitty. Feel free to contact me directly if you would like to learn more about me and my work.
January 2019-December 2020
Western Connecticut State University - Graduate Assistant
Serving as both a tutor in the university's writing center and as a graduate assistant in a Writing 101 class, I helped students become better writers
Perform tutoring and teaching functions including but not limited to reviewing papers, editing, providing advice on structure, thesis statements and citations
Manage website and Instagram and Facebook accounts
Presenter at International Writing Center Association conference
June 2019-August 2019
Rhode Island Monthly - Editorial Intern
Responsible for the curation of editorial material for multiple publications including Rhode Island Monthly, Engaged RI, Encore and Be Well Rhody across both print and web mediums.
Research stories, prepare and conduct interviews
Write, edit and fact check articles
October 2016 - March 2018
AAA National - Inspector, Inspections and Diamond Ratings
Responsible for quality assurance and ensuring proper diamond ratings for AAA's well-known tourism program. This position involved extensive travel throughout many states and Canada and a high focus on hospitality, hotels and restaurants.
Perform inspections, initiate dialogue with hospitality managers
Provide written and visual content for AAA collateral, web and app
May 2016 - September 2016
Admiral Fitzroy Inn - Front Desk & Marketing Associate
Worked in both a customer service and marketing capacity for this bed & breakfast
Making reservations and ensuring guest satisfaction
Creating and maintaining website, creating email marketing through Constant Contact, maintaining social media accounts, blogging
March 2016 - September 2016
AAA Northeast - Editorial Assistant
Promoted to this position after six months with AAA Northeast, I worked with the Editorial and Web teams in both New York and Rhode Island.
Write and edit copy for print, blog, website and social media
Write and take photos for the "Eating Out" column - a monthly guide to Rhode Island restaurants
September 2015 - March 2016
AAA Northeast - Publications Advertising Assistant
Within this position I served as a writer, editor and website maintainer, in addition to an editorial assistant to the Publications department.
Conduct interviews, take photos and write articles for member publications on AAA-related products and services as well as internals happenings for the employee newsletter
Prepare content for, upload to and maintain publication CMS sites
Compile news briefs; post events to the online calendar; proofread and fact check
Coordinate internal distribution of publications
August 2011 - July 2015
Ocean House - Server, Hostess, Restaurant Supervisor
As a server, I served guests in all six of this Forbes 15-star, AAA 5-diamond, Relais & Chateaux property's dining outlets, all while adhering to the highest standards in the hospitality industry.
As a hostess and reservationist for the hotel's fine dining restaurant, I worked to guaranteed an even and prodcutive flow of actiity during service to ensure overall restaurant success and developing a hosting system deemed worthy of teaching to new employees by hotel executives.
As a restaurant supervisor, I served as the assistant to the manager of one of the hotel's casual, seasonal dining outlets and trained and educated staff members as to sequences of service and Forbes standards.
February 2011 - April 2011
Consumers Interstate Corporation - Web Content Writer
All writing projects I did for this janitorial supply company were completed using SEO strategies to increase website traffic and search engine visibilty. In my time here I also conceived, developed and implemented a blog-based marketing strategy.
Write copy, product descriptions and blog posts
Manage social sites, maintain blog sites using WordPress
Rhode Island Monthly
Be Well Rhody
AAA Northeast Connections
Shelburne Falls Independent
Toilet Paper World
Cleaning Products World