Frequent contributor to WRNI's This I Believe
Metcalf Diversity in the Media Awards Ceremony Master of Ceremonies, 2014 and 2013
Recipient of The Rhode Island Press Association Editorial Award, 3rd place in the Religion & Spirituality Category, 2014, 2016
Recipient of The Rhode Island Press Association Editorial Award, 2nd place in the Editorial Columnist Category, 2013
Metcalf Diversity in the Media Award, 2009 and 2008
Memoir published in The Writers’ Circle Anthology, 2008
American Association of Political Consultants Silver Pollie, R.I. Right-to-Vote Statewide Constitutional Amendment, 2007
Jewish Family Service Family of the Year, 2002
Leadership Rhode Island XI Class Commencement Speaker 1994
THE STRAIGHT SCOOP (WITH A LITTLE HISTORY)...
I write news stories, personal profiles, grants, letters of intent and promotional materials for an array of clients, including newspapers, nonprofit organizations, schools and universities. I’ve had the freedom and flexibility to write about many different issues – from Alzheimer’s and adoption to recycling and religion, and more. I bring my full energy, dedication and creativity to producing great stories, in whatever format they are told. I want my clients to be more than satisfied with the final outcome.
When the scope of client work is broader than editing, writing or publicity, I call on individuals whose work I value and respect to help get the job done. If you need a graphic designer, website designer, photographer or printer, I will steer you in the right direction.
In 1990, I moved from Washington, D.C. to Providence to be General Counsel to Cranston Print Works Company, a diversified textile company with international sales. From 1990 to 1999, I wrote and edited business correspondence and employee handbooks. I prepared quarterly litigation status summaries for the company’s board of directors. I was chiefly responsible for managing the company’s legal affairs, limiting its exposure to litigation and advising its management team.
In Washington, D.C., I represented Fortune 500 companies before senior officials in the United States Congress and regulatory agencies. As a public affairs executive, I wrote position papers, legislative and regulatory analyses and correspondence, lobbied, and gave speeches on key changes in environmental, safety and health laws and regulations to business leaders.
I have participated in many writing workshops, including the Ocean State Summer Writing Conference at the University of Rhode Island and The Writers' Circle Workshop.
I can’t imagine that anyone is interested in where I graduated from law school or college, but if you really want to know, contact me … I promise I’ll respond.
THE FUN SCOOP (FIVE FUN FACTS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW)...
My love affair with food led to work as a cook and a baker. My professional experiences include stints as the chef's apprentice on the Mississippi Queen Riverboat, a diner's breakfast cook and a self-employed pastry chef.
Taking a "gap year" before anyone ever envisioned such a concept, I worked on a kibbutz for a year after high school. I learned Hebrew, drove a tractor, planted melons, picked dates and hitchhiked through Israel and parts of Europe. At different times throughout the year, I experienced joy, awe, terror and fear...but never homesickness.
I taught English to adults in Barcelona and Hebrew to elementary school children in Providence.
I portrayed these - and other - characters: a drug-addicted psychiatrist, a young mother who feared that a certain vaccine would cause autism in her child, a depressed and diabetic woman whose husband was an alcoholic..and Santa Claus. Only one of these was a volunteer gig!
Indulging my boundless energy for novel experiences, I have traveled to 46 states and 19 countries, accompanied on-duty firefighters and police officers on ride-alongs, successfully shot Class V rapids and rafted the Rogue River on an Outward Bound adventure.
PRESENT AND PAST VOLUNTEER COMMITMENTS (WE'RE KNOWN BY THE COMPANY WE KEEP)...
Community Preparatory School: member of the executive, golf and special events committees, and board of trustees, rewrote the school’s bylaws
Leadership Rhode Island: member of the executive committee and board of governors
Parent Action Council: recording secretary and member of the executive committee
Providence Country Day: parent council, secretary and member of the executive committee
Rhode Island Press Association: treasurer
Temple Beth-El: social action committee member
Women & Infants Hospital: bioethics committee member