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Jonathan K

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Location Meridian, ID
Education College Diploma
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Summary of Experience
Jonathan has been writing off and on for over 40 years. His first paid assignments were as a reporter and news editor for his college newspaper. As part of his career in business data processing, he has written user technical documentation, including user guides, paying close attention to detailed step-by-step "how-to" directions.

For 12 years, Jonathan was a frequent volunteer writer for the monthly newspaper (36-64 pages) of a homeowner's association. He started by writing a monthly column of 1500-2000 words summarizing regional news for the resident and non-resident owners. In addition, he wrote:

1. A regular column of consumer health information for the local physician, some of which also appeared in the bi-weekly newspaper of a nearby town.
2. An extensive series on major destination resort developments that posed potential economic competition to the community.
3. A short series of informational articles discussing fire department staffing methodologies, fire-fighting techniques, and firefighter training.
4. A number of human interest articles on local history, personality profiles, and community activities.
5. Articles describing activities of local businesses, a local environmental group, government review of water rates, and other local news.
6. A considerable number of thoughtful opinion pieces discussing issues confronting the community. Jonathan's emphasis with these always was to offer facts and logical presentation to educate and persuade the reader.

For almost all of this writing, Jonathan did his own research, including searching the internet, reading documents, conducting interviews, visiting sites and locales, attending meetings, and limited photography.

Jonathan has had a number of letters to the editor published in the Wall Street Journal and local newspapers. Again, he always has employed facts and logic to make a thoughtful case that persuades the reader.

During his 20+ year career in business data processing, Jonathan wrote a number of user documentation pieces, including:

1. Supporting documentation for a set of Excel spreadsheets developed to organize staffing and budget data for a county social services agency.
2. For an apparel manufacturer, business documents describing how to use:
a. A newly established change management procedure for business software applications.
b. A change request form and associated log.
c. Work breakdown structures.
d. A business plan for information resources management.
e. A comprehensive Information Management Library Contributor’s Guide.
3. A complete User’s Guide, including an accompanying reference card, for a newly developed and installed personnel requisition system.
4. An article explaining data processing technical terms that was published in Inside Case Management, July, 1998.
5. The first desk manual for the data entry clerk position of a small traffic management consulting firm.
Project management, business data processing, military affairs, leadership, human resources, healthcare delivery.
History, politics and government, political philosophy and history, religion-theology-liturgy, science, military affairs, economics, medical affairs.
De Anza College Business, Business Data Processing, Associate Arts

Jonathan completed programs in:
1. General business, including three quarters of Accounting, Business Management, Personnel Management, and Business Law.
2. Business data processing, including Introduction to Computing, programming languages (Fortran, COBOL, and IBM 370 Assembler), System Design, Data Processing Mathematics, and several quarters of hands-on coding in the school's computer laboratory.

University of Calif. Davis, California English Literature, Bachelor of Arts

While completing his BA in English Literature, Jonathan completed courses in American history (two quarters), introduction to economics (micro and macro), and film. However, his most rewarding experience was as a reporter and news editor for the California Aggie, a five-day per week student newspaper.

University of Calif. Santa Cruz, CA General graduation requirements, English Literature, None

Jonathan attended UCSC for the first two years of this undergraduate studies. Assigned to Stevenson College, he completed three quarters of social science, art (drawing), and a variety of English literatures classes. He also belonged to the campus fencing club, competing in tournaments around Northern California.

Honors and Awards
Meritorious Service Medal Dec 2001
For service from December 11, 1980 to August 31, 2001. The citation reads:

"First Sergeant Jonathan --------...for meritorious service in the Armed Forces of the United States from 11 December 1980 to 31 August, 2001. First Sergeant -------- began his military career with the 45th Station Hospital in the Army Reserve in Washington State, later moving to the Oregon Army National Guard's 82 Cavalry and ultimately to the 141 Support Battalion. Throughout his military career First Sergeant ---------- has served his fellow soldiers selflessly, faithfully and well. First Sergeant -----------'s outstanding service and devotion to the soldiers reflect distinct credit upon himself, the Oregon Army National Guard, and the United States Army.

Meritorious Service Medal Mar 1997
For service from July 10, 1996 to March 1, 1997. The citation reads:

SFC Jonathan ------ is commended for exceptionally meritorious service while serving as the NCOIC for the personnel filling behind soldiers of the 41 Personnel Services Company who were activated in support of Operation Joint Endeavor. His sound judgement and exceptional leadership led to the selection of a replacement team who put customer service first while skillfully performing every task assigned to them. His professional treatment of customers, both military and civilian, reflects highly upon this soldier, the Oregon Army National Guard and the United States Army."

Horizon Award Jan 1988
Jonathan received the Horizon Award "In recognition of exceptional effort and achievement..." in leading the project team that accomplished a complete re-organization of the data storage disks supporting the region's online appointment system.

Army Commendation Medal Jun 1986
For service from October 1, 1984 to April 12, 1986. The citation reads:

"Exceptionally meritorious service during the period 1 October 1984 to 12 April 1986 while serving as the Chief Instructor of the Drill Sergeant Preparatory Course of the 3d Battalion, 415th Regiment, 4th Training Brigade. He developed a thorough and detailed course of instruction and standing operating procedures. His work culminated in the Battalion's 1986 Annual Training mission of conducting the Drill Sergeant Preparatory Course at which he served as the Chief Instructor. He prepared the training schedule and supervised all activities. His efforts were directly responsible for the success of the course of instruction and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

Jack Davis Distinguished Service Award, Volunteer of the Year 2013 The Jack Davis Distinguished Service Award is given annually to one or more community volunteers who have donated an extraordinary amount of time and energy in service to the community of Sunriver, performed either in one year or cumulative over a number of years.

Jonathan served the Sunriver community starting a year before he and his wife moved there, assuming responsibility for writing a monthly column, In a Nutshell, of regional news for the community's monthly newspaper. He wrote that column, and numerous in-depth articles, news stories, and opinion pieces over the next 12 years.

In addition, Jonathan served on the owners' association Public Works Committee for several years, including a term as chair. He also served almost two terms on the association's Design Committee where his responsibilities included evaluating applications for projects ranging from hot tub installations to new home construction, and participating in annual paint surveys.He was tasked with two particularly difficult application evaluations - drafting motions for: approval of the owners' association's new multi-million dollar aquatics and recreation center (three-plus page motion) and to deny a request to remove trees (seven-plus page motion).

Finally, Jonathan was active in Sunriver's War on Weeds campaign, a community effort to remove noxious weeds from the greater Sunriver area. He not only volunteering on the big "weed pull" once a year, but also was an active member of a team that did follow-up weed pulling and reporting in the weeks following the annual event.

Service Award for Membership on the Board of Directors Jonathan served for several years as a volunteer, then Vice President, and finally President of the Friends of Oregon Ballet Theatre, a volunteer fund-raising group affiliated with the City of Portland's premier dance company. As President, he represented the Friends on the dance company's board of directors, coordinating fund-raising activities between the two organizations.

The Friends of Oregon Ballet Theatre, at the time with approximately 60 active members, raised funds for the dance company by sponsoring activities ranging from small dinner parties in private homes to major events (Suites on Broadway that featured the three four/five diamond hotels in downtown Portland) to complete operation of the Ballet Boutique held before, at intermission, and after performances, especially during the one-month run of The Nutcracker every Christmas Holiday season. Annual contributions raised by the Friends typically exceeded $60,000.

Certificate of Achievement, Soldier of the Cycle The Soldier of the Cycle award is given to that Basic Trainee who demonstrates excellence in the performance of duties throughout the eight and a half week Basic Training course. Jonathan earned this award, meeting all requirements to graduate Basic Training, while serving the entire time as the "student platoon leader" and despite being significantly older (age 33) than most of the trainees in his company.

Projects by Industry

Responding to questions about staffing at the local fire department, Jonathan volunteered to write for the fire chief a series of articles to appear in the community's monthly newspaper. The purpose of the series was to educate the public on the technical aspects of how a fire department works and how it is different from a typical business, and thereby elevate the public's understanding and opinion of its firefighters. Jonathan developed a proposed a year-long series of articles pertinent to the community. Article titles included:

Mutual Aid Agreements: What they are; how they work; why we need them
OR-OSHA 2-in/2-out Rule: its applications and implications
Staffing: Minimum staffing policy; the good, the bad, and the ugly
Structural Organization: Who does what
Wildland/Urban Interface Issues: Strategic approaches; defensible space
Training: What, why, where, and how
Public Education/Public Information: Functions and distinctions
Reserve Firefighter Program: Why we have it, how it works, what it costs; benefits of funding it
Department Of Public Safety & Training (DPSST): Purpose and functions; professional credentialing
Non-emergency functions of the fire department: What they are; who does them
Holiday safety challenges; cold weather concerns

For each article, Jonathan researched the topic from sources provided by the fire chief and found on the internet, and then interviewed the chief to get his professional perspective.

Projects by Asset Type

Jonathan has written dozens of articles on topics ranging from local history to personal health and safety to community events and activities to personality profiles. Some of these he wrote as a volunteer reporter/writer for The Scene, the monthly newspaper published by the Sunriver Owners Association of Sunriver, OR. Jonathan covered stories on water rate increases, business openings and anniversary celebrations, regional news and trends, club activities and community events. He also researched and wrote a series of in-depth articles on other destination resort communities - existing, under construction, and planned - that posed competition to Sunriver. This series was credited with persuading so many Sunriver owners of the need to improve community amenities that they passed a major increase in owner dues, including funding for a new $19 million aquatics and recreation facility.

Professionally, Jonathan has received compensation for articles written for a local medical practice, a tennis pro offering lessons and coaching. and a local non-profit association of volunteers promoting wildfire safety, water quality and fish habitat in the Deschutes River and wildlife protection. Often, these articles were written/edited to appear under someone else's name.

Press Release

While most of Jonathan's writing experience has been on the writing/editing side of journalism, he has enjoyed a few opportunities to write press releases. When he works with clients, Jonathan focuses on two questions. First, what is the story (event, opening/anniversary, new product/service, etc.) the client wants to tell, especially what does the client want emphasized. Second, what are the important or key facts that give the story substance and interest. Jonathan helps the client craft quotes that make the story a personal communication from the client to the reader.

With all the material at hand, Jonathan writes a release that is easy for the publication reporter/editor to use verbatim or almost verbatim. This helps to ensure the client retains control over his/her message.

Newsletter Content

For about 12 years, Jonathan carried a column in The Scene, the monthly newspaper published by the Sunriver Owners Association of Sunriver, OR. While this writing was published as a column, it functioned like a newsletter. The column title was "In a Nutshell," and was designed to provide a newsletter-like collection of news - events and trends - from Central Oregon outside of Sunriver. The column typically consisted of several broad categories - Business Briefs (business news), Class Notes (news about local schools), Good Deeds (awards and people helping others), Govt. Goings On (government decisions and programs), plus the occasional standalone story.

Jonathan prepared IANS from press releases and news articles published in other Central Oregon newspapers, providing regional news that would be important or of interest to readers who live or own property in Sunriver, especially the non-resident owners who don’t have easy access to such information. The content ranged from serious, sometimes complex, heartwarming and humorous.

Projects by Writing Style

Writing for over 12 years for the Sunriver Scene, Jonathan wrote a number of articles on local history and personality profiles, and developed a series of articles on existing and planned destination resorts in Central Oregon that presented competitive challenges to Sunriver's tourism business.

The historical articles included:

A lengthy piece describing Camp Abbot, a U.S. Army training facility during World War II that occupied land where Sunriver now is.
"When war came to Oregon" - describes attempts by Imperial Japan's attempts to ignite forest fires in the Pacific Northwest.

The profile articles included:

"Jess Scott: Black Powder Shooter" - introduces a hobbyist who shoots muzzle-loader black powder rifles.
"Jim and Dana Harnish - Civil War Re-Enactors" - tells the story of Harnish family's involvement in Civil War Re-enacting.
A profile of the son of a local dentist who had just returned from deployment to Iraq with the Marines.
A profile of a local physician who deployed with an Air National Guard unit to Iraq.

The destination resort series consisted of an introduction article that included a history and description of Sunriver, and seven articles profiling a number of destination resorts, existing, under construction, or planned.

Other articles included:
"Quilts and Quilting: a Short Primer" - an introduction to quilts and quilting as art; the article ran the month of Sunriver's annual quilt show.


For over 12 years, Jonathan wrote for the Sunriver Scene, a monthly newspaper serving the full and part time residents of Sunriver, Oregon. Sunriver is a destination resort community governed by its owners association. It is home to a AAA 4-diamond resort, whichFor also owns the local water and sewer utilities, and a sizable retail village. While only a monthly community newspaper, its page count ranges from 28-36 pages in the slow winter months to 64 pages in the high tourist season in the summer months.

Jonathan wrote dozens of news stories on a variety of topics of community interest, plus personality profiles and opinion pieces. In addition, he wrote a monthly column summarizing news from the greater Central Oregon region, news of significance to the Sunriver community. This column was especially important as the majority of properties in Sunriver are owned by non-residents who otherwise would not learn of such things as county property tax increases.


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