Science & Health Writer | Project Management

Translating research and science into accessible formats for education and policy makers.

Mission-driven program manager and science writer with over 10 years’ experience in public health. Lauded for leadership abilities in developing programs from startup to success, building strategic relationships and coalitions, and uniting key stakeholders. Known for excellent writing, communication and presentation skills with the ability to hit the ground running to achieve goals. Seasoned development experience.

Core Competencies Include
Program & Project Management • Health Education • Science Writing • Networking & Outreach • Nonprofit Management  Federal Contracts & Grants Management • Proposal & Grant Writing • Budget Planning • Policy Development Strategic Initiatives • Alliance Building • Stakeholder & Partner Outreach • Writing & Editing Skills • Team Leadership Marketing Communications • Content Development (Blogs) • Vulnerable Populations • Qualitative Analysis Research & Data Collection Techniques • Outcomes Development & Impact Measurement

Technical: Microsoft Office & Basic Word Press

Languages: Intermediate Spanish

Professional Experience

Longevity Consulting

Summarize proceedings from closed and open policy meetings of the NIH – National Institute of Mental Health’s National Advisory Council for lay and professional audiences.


Infectious Diseases Society of America, Arlington, VA.  December 2016 – Present: Non-profit trade health organization for physician and public health professional infectious disease specialists.

Write and apply for grants to fund large international conference totaling $500K +. Write and edit needs assessment. Seek new sources of funding for conference.

Education Department projects such as design of surveys and analysis. BOD report writing.

Project management of CDC Contract for the development of an antibacterial stewardship fellowship for physicians. Responsible for all communications writing, progress reports and meeting summaries.

Untangling Your Life, LLC, Rockville, MD Dec.  2016 – June 2017
Private psychiatric clinical practice

Ghost-blogger (four posts per month) on various mental health issues and topics. Topics to include: Alzheimer’s, existential crisis, probiotics, inflammation and sleep effects on mood.

Pew Charitable Trusts June – August 2016 201
Non-profit public policy organization addressing America’s most pressing national problems.

Write for educated lay audience on public health implications of inappropriate use of antibiotics in the medical and animal food-producing industry.

Infectious Diseases Society of America, Arlington, VA 2013 – 2016
Non-profit trade health organization for physician and public health professional infectious disease specialists.

Identified untapped sources, securing thousands annually in additional grant funding.
Coordinate a 35-member committee of physicians to develop content and programming for the annual IDWeek international educational conference of 5 days with 100+ scientific sessions and 350+ speakers. Supervise Education and Grants staff.
• Wrote and analyzed first ever membership needs assessment membership survey for IDWeek grant funding, collecting real-time data on physicians’ educational needs to improve scientific educational programming in alignment with CME accreditation standards.
• Exceeded $100K benchmark for annual grants. Identified untapped pharmaceutical company that generated $50K in additional funds each year. Increased grant funding $30K each year for existing programs with no prior outside funding.
• Developed online registration process for federal speakers that meets compensation and reimbursement policy while eliminating unwieldy paper registration process, partnering with vendor and senior federal contacts.
• Directed and produced the scientific portion of a 160-page Conference Final Program Book, working jointly with Communications Staff and professional design agency.
• Wrote and researched 25 page needs assessment for grant funding in excess of $500K.
• Contributed to Newsletter and Email marketing communications regarding conference on a regular basis.

Komen Coastal Georgia, Susan G. Komen For The Cure, Savannah, GA 2010 – 2012
Non-profit dedicated to breast cancer education, research, advocacy, health services, and social support programs in the US.
Raised Grant Committee program to greater heights of professionalism through decisive leadership.
Led community advocacy for early detection procedures. Reviewed and approved small grant applications. Recruited experts (SME) on public and women’s health to conduct independent grant reviews. Presented at the annual Grantee Awards Ceremony
• Reviewed, interpreted, and implemented Komen grant regulations and policies.
• Served as grant writing Instructor for Komen workshops across a 9-county region.

National Sleep Foundation, Washington, DC 2006 – 2009
National non-profit advocating for increased awareness of sleep disorders and the positive benefits of sleep health.
Authored public health textbook chapter and in-house editor for book published by Barnes and Noble.
Spearheaded health education strategy and community outreach. Coordinated national expert task forces in the development of epidemiological surveys for national marketing campaigns. Staffed Board of Director’s Education Committee. Represented Foundation at events, meetings, and conference exhibits. Initiated ACCME accreditation.
• Developed new research-based health content and materials for public education brochures, website, and scientific education modules, partnering with nationally renowned sleep health physicians.
• Conducted needs assessments for corporate funding proposals, using evidence-based models, and designed surveys to measure outcomes and objective achievement of goals for conferences and programmatic activities.
• Assisted with radio and print social marketing campaigns, generating significant coverage. Developed concept theme for national campaign, National Sleep Awareness Week.
• Selected by Chairman of the Board as in-house editor of sleep disorder book by 4 different authors: A Good Night’s Sleep. Co-authored a chapter in a university level public health text book: The Science of Sleep. Invited to lecture at George Washington University 2X/year.
• Orchestrated 3 sleep educational conferences. Sourced faculty and raised $325K in annual conference funding.
Master of Public Health (MPH), George Washington University, School of Public Health, Washington, DC 2006

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Political Science, minor in Spanish, University of Maryland, College Park 1989

Continuing Education: Introduction to Creative Writing. George Washington University 2016

Membership Affiliations: National Association of Science Writers; DC Science Writers Association.


Open Mic Night:  Busboys & Poets.  Poetry Readings:  2016/2017
• Presenter, Komen Coastal Georgia, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Grant Instruction, 6 presentations annually, 2011 & 2012
• Presenter, Society of Neuroscience, Brain Awareness Week, 2007
• Guest Lecturer, George Washington University, Sleep Issues, 2006 & 2007
• Guest Lecturer, Hawaii Department of Health, American Association on Intellectual & Development Disabilities (AAIDD) Environmental Health Initiative, 2006
• Presenter, American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Conference, “A Study on the Environmental Health Initiative for AAIDD,” 2005
• Presenter, FACA Committee, AAIDD Environmental Health Initiative, 2005