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Professional experience

Graphic design freelancer

  • Art director for bimonthly DD 214 Chronicle veterans’ newspaper
  • Book design for John Wiley & Sons and Pineapple Press
  • Created interactive forms for Village of Newburgh Heights modernization campaign
  • DuPont Pioneer: presentation artwork, advertising, direct mail design, newsletters, logo design, interactive documents, &c.
  • Cleveland Botanical Garden: exhibit graphics, web site creation and e-mail marketing

Campaign consultant

  • Deputy campaign manager for State Rep. Mike Skindell 2018 campaign
  • Writing and social media management for Lakewood Mayor Meghan George
  • Designed literature and social media for “Amazing Ballot Race” campaign which boosted voter turnout in Cleveland neighborhoods during falling turnout for the city as a whole
  • Designed identity, web site, newsletters &c. for Councilperson Tristan Rader 2017 campaign

Brian Sooy & Co [lead print designer] 2005 – 2006

  • Served more than 30 clients’ needs in identity, advertising, environmental graphics, book design, etc.

Drake University [graphic designer] 2002 – 2005

  • Established new visual direction for three-year cycle of student recruitment materials


Iowa State University

  • BFA in Graphic Design, 2000
  • Course work included typography, corporate identity, magazine design, photo art direction, interactive media and package design
  • Graduated with honors and distinction


  • Author of three books: Brilliant Deduction: The Story of Real-Life Great Detectives, Cotton’s Library, and Hancher vs. Hilton
  • Citizen journalism for Lakewood Observer
  • Volunteer activism including research, texting campaign building, text team moderation
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