• Managing editor, The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
• Owner, Kokopelli Communications (specialists in editing, writing and editorial project management)
• Adjunct editor, National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT)
• Food columnist, The Baton Rouge Advocate
• Editor, Asian Surveying and Mapping (ASM)
• Public Relations and Communications Director, International Pacific College
• Editor, GEOWorld magazine supplement, Adams Business Media
• Editor-in-Chief/Executive Editor for magazines published in Asia and the United States, dealing with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the family entertainment/leisure industry
• University lecturer/professor in Singapore, teaching GIS
• Self-taught GIS professional, effectively applying these skills in an environmental context
Professional Strengths and Accomplishments
• am experienced in writing marketing and PR copy • possess an ability to develop and maintain excellent relationships with the media • can demonstrate excellent writing and editing capabilities • possess highly developed organizational skills • possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills • have an ability to deliver mission-critical projects on time and within or under budget • always maintain a focus on achieving bottom-line results • am a sophisticated user of computer-based technologies such as e-mail and the web, for both communication and research requirements • possess significant experience interacting with a variety of cultures and racial groups • have an ability to research and produce articles on any given topic • can successfully work independently without supervision within a home-office environment
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA) MANAGING EDITOR•••••Aug. •••••, ••••••••••present
My role is to supervise the editorial staff comprised of four writers, a researcher and an editorial assistant. I also assign photographers for the various stories and liaise with production staff. I am responsible for the overall organization,editorial content and final output of the Business Report (an award-winning bi-weekly publication) addressing issues such as real estate, banking, health care, insurance, tertiary education and other business-related topics relevant to the greater Baton Rouge region.
Kokopelli Communications (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA)••••• OWNER•••••Oct. ••••• •••••July •••••••••••••••Marketing, editorial and public relations consultancy.
•••••Selected clients include GITA (Australia New Zealand); South Pacific Science •••••Press (as editor of Asian Survey and Mapping magazine); International Pacific •••••College; Houston Advanced Research Center; Adams Business Media; •••••Louisiana State University; The National Center for Biomedical Research and •••••Training; The Baton Rouge Advocate.
International Pacific College (Palmerston North, New Zealand) PUBLIC RELATIONS and COMMUNICATIONS May•••••Sept. DIRECTOR••••••••••
Responsible for the organization and preparation of press releases •••••for the local and national media. Liaised with media with regard to college activities. Editor of two college newsletters, as well as college brochures and •••••other promotional materials.
Adams Business Media (Chicago, Illinois, USA) EDITOR, GEOWorld magazine supplement Sept•••••Dec. ••••••••••
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, Fun and Amusement Resources Dec. ••••• •••••magazine•••••Jan. ••••• ASSOCIATE EDITOR, GEOEurope magazine•••••ASSOCIATE EDITOR, Recreation Resources magazine
•••••Responsibilities included working with the Publisher to •••••direct, plan and execute editorial content; supervised editorial •••••and graphic design staff; managed freelance writers; assigned •••••and edited all articles for publication; organized and managed •••••design and production; responsible for editorial budget; and •••••represented publication at industry functions and the •••••marketplace.
Pearson Professional (London, UK) Adams Business Media (Singapore) EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, GEO Asia Pacific magazine•••••Sept. ••••• CONFERENCE COORDINATOR, GEO Asia Pacific•••••Nov. ••••• •••••Conference and Exhibition
•••••In addition to the abovementioned editorial responsibilities, •••••organized an annual international GIS (Geographic •••••Information Systems) and Remote Sensing conference at •••••various venues throughout Asia.
National University of Singapore (Singapore) LECTURER, Geography Department May •••••••••• Sept. •••••••••• Prepared and presented a series of lectures for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honors year students, which addressed the diverse applications of GIS technology in a variety of environmental development scenarios. •••••
Rottnest Island Environmental Authority (Rottnest Island, Perth, WA, Australia) CARTOGRAPHIC MANAGER•••••Jan. ••••• •••••May •••••
Set up and maintained the Rottnest Island Environmental •••••Department’s computer mapping system, which incorporated •••••both graphic design and GIS software. Prepared a series of •••••interpretive displays, location signs, as well as a variety of •••••signage and display materials. Responsible for software and •••••hardware maintenance and staff training.
Contract work for oil companies. Developed skills in computer- based cartography and mapping while preparing maps and drawings for reports and presentations.
Education ••••• • Bachelor of Science (BS), Geography, Victoria University (Wellington, New Zealand)
• Post-graduate Diploma, Geoscience, Macquarie University (Sydney, NSW, Australia)
• Master of Science (MS) (Honors), Geography, Wollongong University (Wollongong, NSW, Australia) Thesis title: The Dynamics of Barchans and Dome Dunes, Namib Desert, Namibia (South West Africa) •••••
Publication list available upon request
Referees (additional reference letters available upon request)
Ms. Jo Treadwell, Vice-President and Publisher, Adams Business Media; address not •••••) see letter
Mr. Jon Fairall, Editorial Director, South Pacific Science Press, ••••• Alexander St., Sydney, NSW •••••, Australia •••••) see letter
Dr. Craig Colten, Professor, Geography and Anthropology Department, Louisiana State University •••••) see letter
Reference Letter from Jo Treadwell, Vice-President/Publisher Adams Business Media
In brief, ••••• is one of the finest employees Ive had in Adams Business Media. As a short history of my working with her, she was the sole editor of GEOAsia Pacific Magazine. That magazine was shut down at the end of ••••• because of lack of sales, something ••••• had no control over. Because she is such a talent, I kept her employed as a free-lance editor for my group until the opportunity arose in another of my groups as the editor of Fun and Amusement Resources. And unfortunately, we had to shut down the Recreation group last month (these are difficult financial times for publishing in the U.S.).
Work experience, competence in performance of duties, and professional standards—Shes had over 8 years experience in editing and writing. She is used to meeting deadlines, researching articles, working with a number of different people from staff to outside contributors and juggling several projects at once. Because she was a telecommuter (working from her home, rather than in our Singapore or Chicago offices) it was imperative that her work be correct the first time out. Her professional standards are high—she takes personal pride in the final product and does everything in her power to ensure a high-quality magazine. One of the best qualities ••••• has that makes her suitable for a writing or editing position is her tenaciousness. She simply does not give up. When I named her editor of Fun and Amusement Resources, she had several stories she had to write and they were way out of her field of expertise. With minimal supervision, or even help, she contacted industry insiders and got enough information to write relevant articles for her first issue of the magazine. We could not have put out that issue if she had not been at the helm. She also has a "focus" that is crucial to the success of any writer. She doesnt waste time and simply gets down to the business at hand of writing the story or producing the magazine.
Some other things about •••••: Shes honest; she takes criticism well (and very seriously); she has a great sense of humor. People enjoy working with her and are very unhappy with the fact that she is gone. I would hire ••••• back in a heartbeat if I had a position open for her. Anyone would be very lucky to have her on their staff, or be able to utilize her talents as a consultant.
Ms Jo Treadwell Vice President/Group Publisher, GEOTec Media and Green Media Groups Divisions of Adams Business ••••• (email)
Reference Letter from Jon Fairall, Editorial Director, SPSP To Whom It May Concern
•••••••••• has worked for South Pacific Science Press as a freelance editor and writer for two years. She has a long track record in the geo-spatial industry and that has been particularly valuable to us. During that time, we have found her committed, courteous and professional in her dealings with staff in this organisation and our clients. Her written material is of a consistently high standard. She has shown great respect for our deadlines. She has shown particular aptitude for sympathetically editing material from non-English speaking authors. I have no hesitation in recommending her.
Jonathon Fairall Editorial director South Pacific Science Press Sydney
Reference Letter from Professor Craig Colten, Louisiana State University To Whom it May Concern:
•••••••••• has asked me to write a letter of recommendation on her behalf and it gives me great pleasure to comply with her request.
Ms. ••••• prepared an index for my forthcoming book on New Orleans. She undertook the task on relatively short notice, found a way to mesh it into her schedule and completed the task in a short period of time. All in all, she managed the job with apparent ease and efficiency.
In terms of the quality of the job, I am thoroughly satisfied. Although unfamiliar with the book subject, she quite effectively created an index that captured the principal terms and themes. The work index itself was clean and error free. In addition to the index itself, Ms. ••••• caught a number of errors in the text and saved us some embarrassment.
I was fully satisfied with the index and have recommended her to others since she completed the job for me. If I had another book coming out soon, I would certainly ask for her assistance again.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you.
Craig E. Colten Professor, LSU Geography and Anthropology