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Last Login 8/10/2015
Location Stumptown, WV
Education College Diploma
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Summary of Experience
Lisa has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism. She has more than 20 years experience in the writing field, in public relations, wholesale and retail marketing, product description, technical writing, training and education, news reporting, grant writing, and other related fields. She is currently working on her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.
Specialties
Lisa has experience writing product descriptions, instructions, press releases, articles, resume's, obituaries - as well as web, print and newsletter copy. She was an award-winning news reporter for four years, and has been writing a regular column on rural living for more than a decade.
Interests
Lisa is an organic gardener, with interests in the environment, nutrition, agriculture, farming. She enjoys the benefits of simple, self-reliant living and practices yoga and meditation. She has interests in community and rural development, politics, marketing, technology, upcycling, remodeling, herbs, holistic medicine, natural treatments and more.
Education
Glenville State College Aug 1992 – May 1994
English, Computers, Journalism, Creative Writing, B.A in English, journalism minor

As a student at Glenville State College, Lisa served as the managing editor for the college newspaper and the college yearbook. She maintained a 3.75 GPA and was voted Outstanding Young Woman on Campus her senior year.


Washington State Community College Sep 1990 – May 1992
Liberal Arts, Associate's Degree

While working on her Associate's Degree, Lisa took classes in advertising, English, Creative Writing, Stress Management as well as basic core classes in history, algebra, media and communications.


West Virginia Wesleyan College Jan 2015 –
Creative Nonfiction, MFA

Lisa is currently working on her Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction. She expects to receive her degree in 2016.


Honors and Awards
Outstanding Young Woman on Campus Lisa was voted Outstanding Young Woman on Campus by her fellow students her senior year in college. She was the editor of the school newspaper and the school yearbook, and was a member of the school's historical honorary society.

Third Place, Poetry on Nature Lisa received a third place award in the West Virginia Writer's Association Contest in 2002.

Second Place, Best Column - Division 5 This was the second award Lisa received from the West Virginia Press Association for her work in The Calhoun Chronicle.

First Place, Best Columnist - Division 5 In 2003, Lisa received two awards from the WV Press Association for her work in The Calhoun Chronicle, a small community newspaper.

Generation Next: 40 Under 40 The State Journal annually recognizes young leaders in West Virginia. Lisa was a member of the 9th class of 40 under 40, as an influential leader in small town news reporting.

Association Memberships
Mid-Ohio Valley Edibles Cooperative May 2013
Mid-Ohio Valley Edibles is a cooperative of local growers marketing local foods to regional restaurants, schools and families.

National Weather Service Weather Spotters Lisa and her husband were trained as NWS Weather Spotters in 2004. On a regular basis, they provide accurate, ground-level weather reports in order to provide better warnings and emergency response times to their rural community.

Association of Writers and Writing Programs As a current student studying creative nonfiction, Lisa is a member of the AWP.

Rush Run Community Educational Outreach Services Lisa has been the Rush Run CEOS Secretary since November 2007. CEOS clubs are social clubs working to improve their community through volunteer hours and services.

Projects by Industry
Travel

Lisa is a successful graduate of the Ultimate Travel Writer's Course through American Writers & Artists Institute, Delray Beach, FL. She is also a skilled and talented photographer. Lisa's travel pieces have appeared in Wonderful West Virginia Magazine, Two-Lane Livin' Magazine, The Calhoun Chronicle, The Glenville Pathfinder and various online travel-related web sites. Lisa enjoys outdoor recreation most, but has written about spas, historic Inns, state park lodges and more. She is familiar with geocaching, and enjoys rough tent camping and RVing.

Spirituality

Raised in an Evangelistic Christian home, Lisa has been studying different spiritual faiths and practices for more than a decade. She specifically enjoys finding the common thread and similarities among different faiths and religions of the world. She is familiar with The Bible, Wicca, herbs, crystals, spells, Runes, Tarot, the Elements, the Angels and more. She practices yoga and meditation on a regular basis. She currently writes a quarterly column on spiritual exploration.

Garden

Lisa has been writing a regular column on gardening and rural life for more than 10 years. An advocate of the local food movement, she has worked as a Farm to School coordinator and is a regular vendor and shopper at the local farmer's markets in her region. She and her husband have an organic farm where they raise vegetables, herbs, chickens, mushrooms and ginger root. In addition, they forage the forest around them for morel mushrooms, ramps, blood root and other valuable herbs and plants.

Projects by Asset Type
News Story

Lisa was an award-winning columnist and newspaper reporter for The Calhoun Chronicle for four years. She has been a freelance journalist for more than a decade, and her pieces have appeared in The Marietta Times, The Glenville Democrat, The Hur Herald and The Glenville Pathfinder. Lisa is an avid researcher and a speed reader, with experience in courthouse, criminal, medical and academic research. In working with newspapers and magazines, she has never missed a deadline. In college, she minored in journalism and served as the editor of the college's student newspaper and yearbook.

Article

Lisa has spent 20 years in the writing/marketing/news/media industry. She worked for a wholesale company, a college public relations department, for a desktop publisher, and a newspaper. She has been publishing her own grassroots lifestyle magazine for eight years, featuring pieces of her own and of regional volunteer columnists. She has written hundreds of articles, press releases, product descriptions, and more. She is an avid researcher and a speed reader with the ability to create documented footnotes and bibliographies.

Newsletter Content

Lisa has been writing columns and articles for monthly and weekly publications for two decades. She has written white papers for businesses and products, booklets for training and education, news articles, columns, blog posts, and stories. Lisa has been writing a column for a rural audience for the last eight years, reaching an average of 45,000 readers monthly. She wrote a weekly column for four years without missing a deadline, and currently writes a spiritual column for a quarterly e-zine. Lisa has the ability to create researched educational pieces on assigned subjects, or reflective pieces related to a theme.

Projects By Expertise
Journalist

Lisa was an award-winning reporter and journalist and member of the West Virginia Press Association for more than four years. She minored in journalism in college, and has more than a decade of experience writing for newspapers and magazines. She has covered court cases, car accidents, parades, elections, pretty baby contests, fires, and more. Lisa has excellent research and interviewing skills, and has never missed a deadline.

Technical Writer

Lisa spent two years writing instructions for magic tricks. She designed the first full "photo + description" catalog in the wholesale magic industry, photographing and describing more than 3,000 products. Books she wrote on tricks with magic card decks have sold more than 10,000 copies each worldwide.

Research Writer

In college, Lisa made extra spending money by writing term papers for other students. As a professional, she has been writing columns and articles for monthly and weekly publications for two decades. She has researched material in libraries, court houses, online, in law offices and at medical boards. She can write detailed, researched educational pieces on assigned subjects, or reflective general pieces related to a theme to make a single point. She can properly document all sources, and create footnotes and bibliographies if necessary.

Projects by Writing Style
Authoritative

Lisa was an award winning newspaper reporter for four years, and has been a trusted columnist for more than a decade. She is also a teacher, with fantastic research skills and the ability to annotate clearly. She is a trusted source for information in Central West Virginia.

Conversational

Lisa has been writing a regularly scheduled column on rural life and living for more than a decade. Her works are read by an average of 45,000 readers monthly. Her pieces are sometimes humorous, sometimes educational, sometimes reflective. Her conversational tone has made her a popular columnist in the Central West Virginia region.

Journalistic

Lisa is an avid, skilled researcher. She minored in journalism, and has more than a decade of experience writing for newspapers and magazines. As the sole reporter on a small newspaper staff, she has covered murder trials, car accidents, parades, elections and more. She has also done interviews, investigative reporting, historical research. Lisa has never missed a news deadline, and produces quality factual work in a short time.

Promotional

Lisa spent four years in marketing - first for the world's third largest wholesale magic distributor, then for a small state college. During her time working in wholesale magic, she created the first color packaging in that market, the first fax promotions, first online how-to videos, first product catalog with photos and proper descriptions. She has written dozens of press releases, designed brochures, tent cards, rack cards, posters, billboards and more.

Projects by Company Size
Large Business

Lisa worked for the third largest wholesale magic distributor in the world. She designed the first color packaging in the field, and the first description and photo catalog ever produced in the wholesale magic business, featuring more than 3,000 products. She is efficient, timely, and can be trusted to complete projects by deadline.

Medium Business

Lisa has designed and written project proposals, web copy, press releases, and more for retail and B2B businesses in her region. She has also designed PowerPoint presentations and created educational training booklets.

Small Business

Lisa has provided one-on-one coaching and design work to small businesses, creating business cards, brochures, web sites, social media sites and more. In addition, she has trained the staff to effectively use and manage these marketing materials.

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