Writing Experience

2003-2011 — Newspaper: Managing Editor, Voices of Central Pennsylvania. Supervised a volunteer corps of community members and Penn State students to produce an independent monthly newspaper. Cover stories included an expose on the industry behind artificial hormones in milk and labeling issues, expansion of land trust and conservation easements, the hand of developers in local planning and zoning, the lack of sex education in the high school and Penn State’s manipulation of statistics regarding sexual assault on and around campus.
2009 — Book: AFGE Then and Now: Proud to Make America Work. Organized, researched and wrote a 75th anniversary “coffee table” book for the country’s largest union of federal workers.
2008 — Book: On the Global Waterfront: The fight to free the Charleston 5, with Paul Durrenberger.
2009— Member communications: Plumbers and Mechanical Contractors of Northern Illinois. Research and write in-depth industry trend stories for union plumbing contractors in northern Illinois for reprint in national trade magazines.
2006 — Book: Anthropology Unbound: A field guide to the 21st century, with Paul Durrenberger. (Now in second edition.)
2007 — Marketing: Kreiter, Byck and Associates. Developed new Web content for a small Illinois law firm.
2006 — Cause-related marketing: Infant Welfare Society. Developed and wrote fundraising brochure as leave-behind and direct mail literature.
2005 — Member communications: Utility Workers of America Local 102. Coordinated production and wrote content for new Web site for a union spanning four states.
2001 – 2005 — Member communications: AFSCME Iowa. Develop and write weekly bargaining bulletins, edit legislative agendas and other political materials and redesign website content for statewide union representing more than 22,000 public employees.
2001 – 2004 — Cause-related marketing: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Illinois. Develop and write tri-annual publication highlighting the fundraising, research and patient services of the statewide organization.
2000 – 2003 — Member communications: Teamsters Local 705. Interviewed members and staff to write a quarterly newsletter in familiar voice for 21,000 union members.
2004 — Book: Class Acts: An Anthropology of Urban Service Workers and Their Union, with Paul Durrenberger.
2003 — Book: Do I Want to be a Mom? A woman’s guide to the decision of a lifetime, with Diana Dell, M.D.
2001 — Book: Labor Pains, Inside America’s New Union Movement.
2001 – 2002 — Newspaper: Iowa City Press-Citizen. As opinion page editor, wrote daily editorials for Iowa City’s primary newspaper. Edited letters to the editor and opinion pieces and did page layout. Awarded second place in Associated Press Managing Editors competition within first three months of employment.
2000 – 2001 — Member communications: Service Employees International Union,Local 199. Developed communications strategy of bulletins and brochures for a contract campaign. Provide professional design, content and printing in one package.
2000 — Marketing: Vortus E-Business Solutions. Developed web content to enhance business plans and trade association causes by creating networks of user-friendly content including interviews, business advice, product instructions and marketing materials.
1993 – 2000 — Member communications: Service Employees International Union, Local 73. Communications Director for union local of 25,000 members under 350 contracts at thousands of worksites across Illinois. Designed and wrote a tabloid newspaper and site newsletters, scripted speeches and events, and developed the highest media presence of any union in Chicago.
2000 — Cause-related marketing: Growing Home. Worked with a large executive board to develop a catchy fundraising brochure introducing an organization that uses organic farming to job train low income people.
1999 — Cause-related marketing: Lawyers for the Creative Arts. Show donors how their money is put to work for artists in need with an annual benefit program highlighting success stories of artists, a clear explanation of the organization’s programs and engaging biographies of honorees.

Other publications

Bucknell University Alumni Magazine, profiles of alumni. 2005-2006.
Penn State Eberly College of Science Magazine, profiles of top researchers. 2004 – 2006.
The Connection, National Writers Union At-Large Local e-newsletter, published bimonthly, editor, 2001 – 2003.
The Joyce Foundation, grant proposal, (with David Osterberg), for the Iowa Policy Project. 2001.
The Iowa Environment, publication of the Iowa Environmental Council, writer and editor, 2001.
Iowa Alumni Magazine, “Gods, Bears, Stones and Stars.” Profile of Spanish professor turned archeologist. 2001.
North American Review, creative nonfiction essay, “Organizing: When it Works” and news article, “Cameras Like Guns,” 2001, 1989 respectively.
Indiana Labor News, “Gary Gets Behind Hospital Workers.” Report on Gary, Indiana hospital strike. 2000.
Intellectual Capital, web magazine (1999), “Why Argue with a Living Wage?”
Sojourners Magazine, “Struggles at Hormel,” 1987. Report on UFCW P-9 Strike.

Ethnographic research

1996 – 2000 Service Employees International Union, Local 73 Ethnographic observation and interviews, attending union and academic meetings, acting as liaison between union staff and researcher, administering survey instruments and participating in the interpretation of data.
2002 – 2003 International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 705 Ethnographic observation and interviews, attending union meetings, participating in the input and interpretation of data and attending national and regional anthropological meetings to present papers.
2003 – 2006 Service Employees International Union, 1199P Ethnographic observation and interviews, attending union meetings, participating in the input and interpretation of data and attending national and regional anthropological meetings to present papers.

Presentations at Academic Conferences

1997 — “Selling” anthropology to the union. Society for Applied Anthropology.The Way I See It: Stewards, Staff, and Members. Central States Anthropological Society.1998 Participated in session for anthropologists and activists for Society for Applied Anthropology.
1999 —
– Leadership and Crisis Among Chicago Hospital Workers. Society for Applied Anthropology
– Who Owes Who? Central States Anthropological Society.
2000 —
– Image Making in Union America. Society for Applied Anthropology.
– When Anthropology Fails. Central States Anthropological Society meetings.
2002 — Anthropology and Unions. Practical obstacles to anthropology in unions. Chicago Association of Practicing Anthropologists, December meeting.
2003 — Roundtable on Labor and Anthropology. Central States Anthropological Society.
2005 — Panel member: Society for Cultural Anthropology’s Labor Forum in Atlanta, Ga.

Papers published in peer-reviewed journals

(All publications co-authored with E. Paul Durrenberger)
1997 — Getting a Raise: Organizing Workers in an Industrializing Hospital. Journal of Anthropological Research 53(1):31-46.
The Dance of Power: Ritual and Agency among Unionized American Health Care Workers. American Anthropologist 99 (3):489-495.
The Way I see It: Perspectives on the Labor Movement from the People in it. Anthropology and Humanism. 22(2):159-169.
1999 — Abstract, the Concrete, the Political, and the Academic: Anthropology and a Labor Union in the United States. Human Organization 58(3):305-312.
The Weak Suffer What They Must: A Natural Experiment in Thought and Structure. American Anthropologist 101 (4):783-793.
2000 — When Anthropology Fails: Stories from the Ethnographic Front. Anthropology and Humanism 25 (1):50-63
2005 — Checking for Relationships Across Domains. Field Methods Vol. 17(2):150-169.
Staff, Stewards, and Strikes: Labor’s Communication Gap. Journal of Anthropological Research. Vol 51(2):179-200

Media Relations

Greg Palast, 2007 — Helped New York Times best selling author promote his book Armed Madhouse through labor publications around the country.
AFSCME Council 13 Pennsylvania, 2005 – 2007 — Worked with full time communicator to increase union’s visibility in local press by calling, emailing and faxing weekly and daily newspapers with news of elected union officials. Trained senior staff in media relations.
Teamsters Local 238, Spring – Summer 2001 — Developed media campaign to support first contract negotiations with resistant employer.
Iowa Policy Project, June 2001 — Worked with a former state legislator and top academics promoting a major study of Iowa’s economy through media materials and editorial meetings.
American Federation of Teachers, February 2001 — Developed a radio campaign to increase the visibility of unions as effective means of resolving problems and creating a better work environment.
Chicago Federation of Labor, Labor Day 2000 —Provided media support for Labor Day Art Exhibit sponsored by Chicago’s largest labor organization. Received media coverage including both feature articles and hard news in all major Chicago outlets.

Related Experience

Contest Judge: The American Federation of Teachers Communications Awards (2000), and the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 881 Scholarship Contest (2000).
Instructor: Community Media Workshop, Chicago, 2004 – present. Power Pitching for Non Profits
Regan Communications, 2007. Power Pitching for Non Profits Webinar
Iowa Labor Center, 2000 – 2002. Media RelationsDesigning an Effective NewsletterWriting Politics Into Your Newsletter
American Postal Workers Union Postal Press Association, 2001. Annual Editors Conference – “Writing Features and News Stories”
Service Employees International Union, 1993 – 1997 Steward Trainings,”Getting the Word Out” – Stewards Conference, Local 73 SEIU. Developing Your Organizing Message for the Media –National Organizing Conference, SEIURepresented bargaining units (1,200 workers) at three hospitals and organized a new unit while serving as Communications Director.
Union Organizer – Service Employees International Union, Local 32B-32J, Union, NJ. 1989-1990
Union Representative – Iowa United Professionals, Cedar Rapids, IA. 1987 – 1989

Education and Affiliations

The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA – B.A. in English/Journalism.
National Writers Union, Chair, Chicago chapter, 1999-2000, National Delegate, 1999, 2001, 2003, Eastern Vice President for Organizing, At-Large Local, 2002 – 2005.
Who’s Who of American Women 2000, of America 2001, of World 2001.
Illinois State Labor Press Association, vice president, 1998-2000.
American Civil Liberties Union, Member 1997 – Present.
Labor and Employment Relations Association, Member 2007 – 2010.
Nature Conservancy, Member, 2011.
Practical Farmers of Iowa, Member, 2011.
Proficient in Word, Wordperfect, Pagemaker and Quark Express.

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