Ann M
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Corona de Tucson, AZ
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Organizing and crafting the written word has been a critical component in all of Ann's professional life for more than thirty years. Throughout her varied career, she has honed her skills to notice what others have overlooked, thereby maximizing the effectiveness of her writing projects. The primary grant writer for a theological seminary, Ann is skilled in grant research, writing, and reporting. She has taught English composition, has written office manuals, as well as providing text for various professional websites and direct mail pieces. Furthermore, she is a blogger who has written essays on a variety of topics including civility in public and religious discourse, marriage, debt, charitable giving, and spirituality.
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Specialties

As a nonprofit grant writer, Ann learned the necessity of paying close attention to what is required by the awarding agency. That attention to macro and micro requirements assists her in her work with clients and her attention to their job specifications. Her background in English literature and adjunct teaching of English composition provide her with a familiarity of language that is sufficiently broad and varied. Her age, work ethic, professionalism, and quick wit allow her to enjoy the tasks and puzzles presented as writing assignments and rise to the challenges they pose.

Interests

Ann is passionate about doing things that matter. Some of her particular interests include: strengthening donor relationships with nonprofits; working with older adults struggling with memory issues or Alzheimer's; highlighting the craftsmanship of artists and artisans; providing technical directions that are orderly, complete and easily understandable by ordinary mortals; welcoming the newcomer to your church, organization or website.

Education

Wittenberg University

Ann's major was English Literature. Extensive study in a wide array of genres and periods of literature honed her appreciation for the written word and sharpened her understanding of both precision and description. She has spent her life writing in a variety of contexts, thanks to this excellent preparation.

Lutheran Theological Seminary Gettysburg, PA

Ann's education at seminary involved three years of academic work, a year internship at the University Lutheran Parish at the Pennsylvania State University, and a summer session of Clinical Pastoral Education at Fairfield General Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, now part of the Cleveland Clinic. Throughout these components of her seminary education, she grew in understanding and ease of public ministry. Ann preached for public worship every ten days throughout her internship which utilized her classroom education by analyzing scriptural texts and preparing useful sermons for the students and faculty.

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary

During these several years, Ann studied Patristic Theology as well as the Theology of Salvation which widely expanded her understanding of the rich heritage of spiritual writings and foundational theology. Also, she had coursework on Conflict in the Church and Older Adult Development and Ministry. These courses augmented her earlier seminary work particularly in spirituality and salvation while allowing her to explore ministering in older adults at the ends of their lives as well as meeting the challenges of ministering to those faced with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

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Ann earned a four-year Master of Divinity degree with a year internship in a parish and a summer chaplaincy program in a hospital. During her internship, she preached for worship services at a university parish every ten days. Her intention was to become a pastor in a liturgical church. The governing board of her church approved her for ordination, but Ann decided instead to use her education for other pursuits. She worked at Yale Divinity School as well as a church seminary in South Carolina. Ann continues to use her love and knowledge of matters spiritual in writing a personal blog and occasionally contributing to requests for devotional materials. Also, she is writing a book teaching parents how to raise children to love worship and the liturgy.

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Ann was the primary grant writer for a graduate school theological seminary. As such she also wrote brochures to announce and promote new scholarship offerings. These promotional pieces were tailored to the needs of the particular scholarship and described either the donor or the people in whose honor or memory the scholarship was named. Additionally, the purpose and scope of the award, as well as connections linking the donors or stated focus to the institution, were highlighted.

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Ann was owner and artisan of her own jewelry business for eight years. After surveying the local purveyors of craft jewelry, she noticed a lack of gemstone jewelry in her area. Ann positioned herself to fill that void using purchased findings and gemstone beads to create decorative necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. What Ann began as a part-time business grew into a full-time business as she branched out beyond the initial jewelry focus after studying ancient techniques for working with fine silver. She also wrote all of the copy for her direct mail promotions, pamphlets, and website.

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Ann has been blogging since 2014. This particular quote is from a blog on the subject of debt, poverty, and unemployment.

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Ann worked for several years giving technical advice to customers of a garage door opener company. In the course of this work, she had to e-mail with customers and also make suggestions for updates or corrections to on-line self-help articles.

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