Sheila earned her bachelor's degree in English in 1987 from Augustana College in South Dakota. Over the course of her 26-year career, she has put her investigative, research and writing skills to use in a variety of positions in a number of industries. She has been a features writer and beat reporter for a medium-sized newspaper, a marketing coordinator for a large hospital and charitable foundation, a technical writer for health information management software and a managing partner for a healthcare consulting practice. She has been a freelance writer and contributor to many blogs and publications in the healthcare, small business and marketing fields, among others. Sheila has written hundreds of articles, SEO blog posts and marketing materials for clients as diverse as healthcare and parenting niche websites, legal and medical practices, charitable organizations, professional associations, banking, mortgage and finance webzines. She has written position papers and speeches for political candidates. Sheila has excellent research skills and is able to break down complex ideas into easily understood content.
Thanks to a long marriage to a military spouse, Sheila has lived all over the country and traveled abroad extensively. She actively follows politics, public policy and the Supreme Court, and she has written many articles and opinion pieces on current and pending legislation, especially as it affects healthcare and small business. Sheila is an active member in several professional organizations including the American Health Information Management Association and the National Federation of Independent Business. She is also an avid book reader and book reviewer. Sheila enjoys the flexibility of freelance writing and the challenge of creating engaging content on a variety of topics; she looks forward to tackling her next project.
Sheila is an avid traveler and enjoys last-minute deals. She has been to many unusual destinations, including Managua, Prague and Tortola. Sheila earned her travel chops when she decided to gift each of her three children upon graduation with a two-week backpack trip through the country of his choice: She has trekked through Tuscany, Bavaria and the Scottish Highlands. Sheila is an accomplished cook and frequent entertainer; she has a passion for craft beers and Italian wines. Sheila is also a voracious reader, mostly classic literature, history and biographies, with a healthy dose of contemporary fiction and Russian poetry thrown in. In her free time, Sheila teaches English as a second language and GED classes as a volunteer at her local community center. She is also a member of the Literacy Council; she looks forward to the Council's annual adult Spelling Bee fundraiser, when her team, the Queen Bees, regularly sweep top prizes.
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