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Last Login 9/20/2016
Location Murphysboro, IL
Education Some College
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Summary of Experience
Mary B is a freelance writer. She is currently working on a Master of Arts Degree in English with a focus on Professional and Creative Writing. Having worked in the Information Technology industry for over twenty years and the Finance industry for ten years she developed skills essential to communicating complex technical information to end users – customers, designers, and vendors – more easily. She works with diverse professional backgrounds to determine their needs and writes the documentation needed for their specific project. She has written white papers, how-to manuals, instruction manuals, quick references, articles, and more.

Mary is also the administrator for a local non-profit organization. She has written successful grant proposals for churches, charter schools, and other non-profit organizations that to provide funds to assist the needy in the community and fund educational programs in charter schools and daycare centers.

Mary is passionate about writing. Since she was a small girl waiting impatiently for the mailman to deliver the books she ordered from Weekly Reader, she has wanted to be a writer. She loves words. When she reads and writes she listens. Each sentence must sound right - like the notes in a song. To her credit, she has published poetry, short stories, and essays. As a ghost writer she has written a multitude of blurbs, blogs, articles and e-zines for a variety of clients. She has also been a ghost writer on the academic front. Her research and writing skills have led to jobs writing masters and doctoral thesis manuscripts on topics, such as, trends in nursing, theology, and ancient languages. She hopes that her experience as a writer enables her to create articles and stories that are informative and enjoyable.
Specialties
Mary B likes to write poetry, essays, articles and short stories. Some of her best work is done while sitting in a cafe drinking a cup of coffee or while in the woods listening to the wind and birds. These are places she culls some wonderful imagery for her work.
While writing is her passion, it is not her only love.She loves watching nature. Recently she started taking photos of the birds native to her area. They are beautiful!
She also loves to cook gourmet food. She can sometimes be seen picking tomatoes, yellow bell peppers and zucchini from her garden for the dishes she prepares.
Interests
Mary B is what has been called a "peak learner." She loves to learn. This love of learning extends to many subjects - science, history, languages, religion, crafts, gardening, birding. The list is extensive and she believes infinite. She has worked as a chef, an accountant, an internet researcher, a technical support rep, systems administrator, tutor, and writer. Each experience has added to the treasure trove of images and anecdotes she can use as a writer. The love of her life is language - reading and writing. She began writing as a child and continues to do so. It is difficult to choose a favorite writer. Her library is immense. She seems to favor Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Tom Robbins, Maya Angelou, Stephen King..
Her grandfather instilled a love of gardening and fixing things. He told her not to depend on anyone to fix something. You must do it yourself. So, when she isn't writing you can find her in the garden watching things grow. She may even be perched nearby with a camera waiting for a bird to join her. When anything from the plumbing to the car to the electricity needs repair, she does it.
Some evenings you can find her watching classic movies - she likes Cary Grant - and the History or Science Channel.
She is active in her church and uses her gifts to help the members. She organizes carnivals, picnics, and revivals. She also tutors in her spare time.
Mary B believes that you can never learn too much and you should never stop learning.
Education
Southern Ilinois University Aug 1981 – Jun 1983
English/French, None

After graduating from high school Mary B continued to study language at Southern Illinois University. She wanted to become an interpreter. She had four years of high school French and used her knowledge to take and pass a proficiency test prior to entering the university. Subsequently, she was able to begin her language studies at college in French II.
After two years, circumstances required her seek work and move to another state. Believing that a person should always be in a state of learning, she continued to study on her own. Her studies led to a job within the IT industry.


Southern New Hampshire University Jun 2012 –
Creative Writing, Bachelor

Mary B worked for several years as an IT professional. She was good at it, but she didn't have any passion for the job. An accident was the catalyst that paved that way for her to pursue her dreams. Unable to work, she decided to go back to school part-time. She did some research and discovered that Southern New Hampshire University was the only university that allowed her to pursue her degree program online. She had taken some courses online before and she knew she possessed the self discipline required to do well. She is currently working toward her Creative Writing degree. She is maintaining a 3.98 GPA. She is a member of the Alpha Sigma Lamda National Honor Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and The National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi. Her extra-curricular activities include ghost writing, tutoring, and ministry.


University of Phoenix Information Technology,

Mary B always wanted a degree. After leaving college several years ago, she began work in the IT industry. She studied computer and software repair and website design on her own. She was able to climb the corporate ladder, but something was missing. She loved learning and she wanted the degree she knew was meant for her. Her employer had an education reimbursement program so she decided to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree/Information Technology. She loved the learning atmosphere. She was able to maintain a 3.98 GPA., but something was still missing. While she excelled at many things,she loved only one - language. She wanted to pursue a degree in language and writing. She would have to find a way.


Honors and Awards
Most Valuable Person Nov 1998
Mary began working for First USA Bank in Dallas, TX. She began as an Accountant I. She was responsible for assisting the Accountant II with balancing the general ledger, bringing in wires, dealing with agencies and attorneys along with a host of other tasks.
She had been working there for three years when the company was purchased by another bank. They were moving the bank to Austin, TX. She took the opportunity to move with the company. She worked very hard to assist with closing the Dallas offices and setting up operations in Austin. She worked directly with systems personnel in Wilmington to assess issues created during the change from Rumba to AS400. She was also the point of contact for the ASTA portfolio sale. Her hard work, during and after the move, prompted her superiors to give her the Most Valuable Person award.

Association Memberships
National Society of Collegiate Scholars Apr 2014
Mary was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars due to her outstanding academic performance. She has consistently maintained a 3.959 GPA during her 3 years at Southern New Hampshire University.

Alpha Sigma Lamda National Honor Society Mary became a member of the National Honor Society as a result of her exceptional GPA and her participation in activities such as the Speech and Debate Team, Readers Theatre and Drama. She also volunteered her services as a tutor.

Certificates
MOS Expert Microsoft
Mar 2011
Microsoft Office and its suite of programs is an essential piece of software in today's business and education environments. An IT professional must possess knowledge about leading software applications - knowledge that can help people not only use the software, but also help them resolve any issues that might occur. To that end, Mary took a course to obtain an MOS Expert Certification. It has proven very helpful personally and professionally. Her knowledge of Microsoft Word, Access, Powerpoint, Excel.. is invaluable.

MCSA Microsoft
Dec 2009
Mary is a seasoned IT professional. She has worked in the industry in several capacities since 1998. It is an industry that changes almost daily. In order to do her job effectively she must stay current. She does this by studying the latest technical journals and taking courses related to the latest software and hardware changes. When Microsoft released Windows 7 she signed up to her certification or MCSA. This certification along with years of experience helps Mary to help end users resolve issues so they can keep working.

A+ CompTIA
Jun 2000
Mary was an accountant for a major credit card company. She developed an interest in computers after meeting the Systems Coordinator there. She applied for a job as a Level 1 Systems Coordinator after seeing a job posting for a position. She really wanted a position with Dell. She applied and was hired. The culture within the company was one that inspired one to excel. She decided to begin taking classes towards an A+ Certification. She had learned much of what these classes covered as part of her job, but she had a lot to learn and these classes filled in the blanks.

Projects by Industry
Spirituality

Mary B is a writer and a minister. She has written several articles and blogs about faith, death, and dying for a variety of clients. She has also written masters and doctoral thesis manuscripts, as well as, sermons. Her position of a minister is enhanced by an education that included the study of all religions. Her point of view isn’t diminished my ignorance or prejudice.

Technology

Mary B has over twenty years experience in the Information Technology industry. She began with the position of technical support analyst and progressed to systems administrator and web development. Her love of fixing things drove her to learn how to repair her own computer and that led to her first job with a major computer company.

Finance

Mary B worked as an accountant for a major credit card bank for seven years. Her job involved balancing the general ledger, bringing in wires, tracking all money that came into the department... This job required her to be detail oriented as she had to balance the accounts to the penny. This job provided her the knowledge to write about finance, credit, and accounting related topics.

Medical

Mary B has written articles about several medical issues. She has researched topics such as cancer, chronic pain, mesothelioma... She enjoys researching for the articles she writes so she can provide accurate information.

Projects by SEO Skill
SEO Keyword Requirements

For a long time SEO has been about ranking number one in Google searches. Mary B knows that there is more to successful SEO optimization than where a company appears on Google. It involves finding keywords that are both non-branded and highly convertible that drive search traffic to websites. Mary B possesses an understanding that is essential - she understands how certain keywords describe the products and services of specific businesses and the intent of prospective customers as they engage in a search.

Title/Meta Descriptions

Mary B knows that the title/meta description is an important part of the SEO keyword process. While it doesn't really affect the pages ranking on search engines, it can be an essential part of SEO and social media marketing programs.

Projects by Asset Type
Blog Post

Mary B knows the power that a blog post can have in marketing a business. It only takes a few words from a happy customer to increase sales. Word of mouth has been the best way to promote a business for many years. The days of leaning across the fence and telling your neighbor about the best deals in town are gone. In today's market a blog is how word is spread. Mary B has written blogs for a variety of businesses.

Grant/Proposal

Mary B is the administrator for a local non-profit agency. She has written proposals for grants and 501 c3 applications. She knows how important grants are to these organization. It is often difficult to find a grant that fits the needs of a specific organization. Each grant has its own application requirements. To that end Mary B researches the needs of the client along with the requirements of the grant organization. Attention to details is the key in obtaining any grant. Applications request a lot of detail about the organization applying and about the intended use of the grant money.

Press Release

Mary B has written several press releases promoting businesses and community events. A press release attracts the media and in doing so they also attract the community to sales, carnivals, concerts, races... They can help make an event a success.

Article

Mary B enjoys researching a topic and then writing about it. If she can make the topic both informative and creative her enjoyment is increased tenfold. She writes about current news items, hobbies, health, science, the environment - if it's interesting to her readers then it's a topic for an article.

Technical Article

Mary B has worked in the IT industry for almost twenty years. Her experience ranges from technical support analyst to network administrator to website designer. Her experience in the industry has taught her that if she doesn't know an answer she must know where to find the answer. Knowing where to find the answer has always served her well.

Projects By Expertise
Creative Writer

Mary B is a Creative Writing major. She loves to write poetry, short stories and personal essays. Her style revolves around what she hears as she is writing. Words are like music. When put together they must sound right. If they do not it's much like hearing finger nails on a chalkboard.

Research Writer

Mary B loves to do research. She has had a life long love affair with learning and researching provides the opportunity to learn something new. She doesn't care what the topic for the research is as long as she is learning something. She has researched cultures, history, health issues, technology, products - she has brought a fresh voice to each topic.

Technical Writer

Mary B has worked in the IT industry for almost twenty years. Her experience encompasses technical support, network administration, website development and technical writing. She writes about each of these and the subsequent issues faced by end users.
Mary B's technical writing expertise also includes products such as projectors, cameras, lighting fixtures...
Technical writing allows her to combine her love of technology and creativity.

Projects by Writing Style
Authoritative

As a writer Mary B has had the opportunity to write in many styles. She has written many articles and essays that were designed for the sole purpose of providing the reader with information. There are many occasions that a reader isn't looking for a sales pitch, nor are they looking for entertainment -- they need information that is unbiased.

Conversational

Mary B loves connecting to her readers. That is why she likes to write conversationally; it gives her work a personal touch. The connection that is developed between the reader and the article, essay or story gives them a reason to continue reading. That is what writing is all about- giving readers a reason to keep turning the page. It's a genuine relationship between writer and reader.

Promotional

Mary B has proven herself talented in many areas; possessing an aptitude for both technical and creative pursuits. In Mary B’s capacity as an office administrator she was responsible for creating press releases, newsletters, ads and direct mail programs. She has also created several personal and business websites. She knows the importance of creating informative and eye catching web content. Finally, she has had the opportunity as a writer to write blogs, ads and web content designed to promoted the products and services of several businesses.

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