WORK EXPERIENCE
Des Plaines Public Library  |  Des Plaines, IL, USA  |  Mar 2013 – Present
Creative Services Manager / Lead Designer

As the Creative Services Manager, I oversee the in-house graphics department. I act as lead designer and also supervise staff and freelance designers and photographers.
Indie Wed  |  Chicago, IL, USA  |  Jan 2009 – Present
Founder / Owner / Event Producer
I created what is now the longest running independent wedding show in the country, connecting hundreds of wedding vendors and artisans with couples looking to support local, small businesses.
Paper Stories  |  Chicago, IL, USA  |  Mar 2005 – Present
Owner / Art Director / Lead Designer
Paper Stories is a small design studio in the Chicago area. I custom invitation designs for clients as well as selling a wholesale stationery line to boutiques world-wide. My work has been featured in numerous magazines, blogs, and books. Paper Stories work is either digitally printed or letterpress printed by hand on a 1926 Chandler & Price press.
American Greetings / Cardstore.com  |  Columbus, OH, USA  |  Jun 2007 – Mar 2014
Designer - Contract

As a contracted designer for Cardstore.com (a subsidiary of American Greetings) I regularly created unique concepts for invitations, stationery, and greeting cards based on provided art direction and design briefs and prepped files for pre-press.
Minted  |  San Francisco, CA, USA  |  May 2011 – Present
Designer
New Trier High School  |  Winnetka, IL, USA
Photography Instructor
Patrick Henry High School  |  Ashland, VA, USA
Photography, Graphic Design, Art Foundation Instructor
Harper College  |  Palatine, IL, USA
Adjunct Instructor - Photography

EDUCATION
Virginia Commonwealth University  |  Richmond, VA, USA  |  Aug 1996 – Jul 1998
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education / minor in Photography
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)  |  Baltimore, MD, USA  |  Jun 2002 – Jul 2005
Master of Fine Arts in Photography

SKILLS
Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Drawing, Illustration, Letterpress, MAC And PC, Microsoft Office, Painting, Photography

PRESS MENTION
TV Appearances:
Good Day Chicago, WGN Weekend Morning News
Design Work And Interviews In Print Include:
Woman’s Day, Martha Stewart Weddings, Blueprint, Lucky, BHG’s Do It Yourself, Weddings by Design, Modern Weddings, Best Life, Brides, Chicago Magazine, Print, ReadyMade, Stationery Trends
Online Features Include:
100 Layer Cake, Design*Sponge, Amy Atlas, Daily Candy, decor8, Elizabeth Anne Designs, Oh So Beautiful Paper, Print & Pattern, Paper Crave, Poppytalk, Time Out Chicago and many more.
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