Qualifications and Awards


  • BA in English, Writing, and Rhetoric
  • MA in English Language and Literature
  • PhD in English Language and Literature, with specialties in children’s literature and environmental literature
  • Professional Certificate in Editing from the University of Denver Publishing Institute
  • Five years of experience writing direct mail fundraising letters for nonprofits for a national direct mail agency
  • Seven years of leadership roles in education, volunteer management, and visitor services at a major cultural institution that focuses on wildlife conservation
  • More than eight years of experience teaching writing, literature, and composition, and teaching about wildlife conservation in the traditional classroom, online, and with informal education/interpretation
  • 2003 MAXI Award: Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
  • 2005 MAXI Bronze Award: Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, 2004 Photo Album package