Technical Writer/Editor and Project Leader, Shipley Associates (division of Franklin Quest Co., later Franklin Covey)—1993 to 1995. As a technical writer/editor and project leader, I wrote or contributed to many railroad, oil refinery, and bank operating or safety manuals. I wrote software or online documentation manuals, consulting scripts, and school textbooks. I contributed to the rewrite of the Shipley Associates Style Guide used by companies around the world as the standard resource for all business writing. My team and I created a three-product package to be published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston—a new high school business writing curriculum.
In addition to the aforementioned work, I edited:
I had a considerable team of scientists and researchers working with me on the Baxter Healthcare (Blood Substitutes) project. It was my responsibility to edit and compile ten years of research materials for an IND (government documentation for a drug).
Commercial Art Instructor, East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT)—1991 to 1993. As the lead commercial art instructor, I developed and wrote a two-year school curriculum program. This curriculum included materials to teach half-day classes to students removed from high schools for weapons or other offenses (an alternative high school). This 5-level course included materials for a wide age range of students and included math concepts, document layout and design, résumé writing, lettering, and fine art.
Given a dirty, small, storage room to renovate into a classroom, I encouraged my students to tell the renovation story in pictures. My students and I successfully turned the unequipped storeroom into a functional facility. Our story was featured in the local newspaper. Through my newly written curriculum, more of these students excelled to receive statewide awards in commercial art than at any previous time in the history of EVIT.
As an author/illustrator, I conducted and taught many seminars on time and organizational management, self-development, image consulting, writing, and grandparenting.
As a guest speaker and presenter, for several years I enjoyed participating in the Oak Park Elementary Schools’ “Young Authors Conference.” These all-day conferences encouraged not only the would-be young authors but the parents and the entire school staff to write, draw, sing—be creative in a career as a writer. In addition, I sponsored creativity through the many opportunities I had to speak to young children and adults via the library system.