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Richard Burke
BASIC
United States, Boston
Content Writer/Editor Richard Burke, Writing & Content
RICHARD J. BURKE SUMMARY I am a creative, proactive, passionate individual with strong interpersonal skills. I enjoy working in innovative environments, and find great satisfaction in seeking novel solutions when faced with challenges. Crafting relatable narratives is at the core of my strategic communications, marketing, and campaign philosophy. Using my background in journalism, government, market research, and public relations, I work with clients across industries to share compelling stories with their target audiences. SKILLS AND ACHIEVEMENTS * More than 25 years of experience in writing, editing, external relations, and communications. * Proven project management and administrative abilities in deadline-focused environments. * Diverse background in journalism, publishing, market research, sales, and government. * Strategic communications and media strategies; political and non-profit campaign design and implementation; fundraising campaign operations; speechwriting and editing. * Proficiency in Microsoft Office, CRM, SEO, grant and proposal writing, and public speaking. EDUCATION Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT Bachelor of Arts Degree, May 1992 Major: English Literature/Creative Writing Concentration: Personality/Social Psychology Awards and Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, High Departmental Honors, Charles A. Dana Scholarship. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE August 2001 - Present Freelance Writer/Editor/Proofreader (Representative client list below) * Poloniex (Cryptocurrency Exchange), New England Law, Bedford-St. Martin's Press, Fidelity Investments, Citizens Bank, Bank of America; Private Clientele, Boston, MA; Harvard University Development Office, Cambridge, MA * Proofread, write, and edit manuscripts, mailings, talking points, and online content. * Utilize range of personal information to create vibrant resumes and curriculum vitae. October 2019 - February 2020 Customer Care Advocate (Contract), Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Boston, MA Credentialing Specialist (Contract), Coverys, Boston, MA Onboarding Specialist (Contract), DentaQuest, Charlestown, MA * At Executive Office of Elder Affairs, gathered information and offered resources regarding health care, housing, and insurance inquiries; protocol guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic; and elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation allegations. * At Coverys, verified accuracy of liability insurance coverage, including past and pending claims, for health care professionals nationwide using proprietary and public records. * At DentaQuest, facilitated enrollment of BlueCross/BlueShield of Michigan dental providers; fielded inquiries regarding eligibility, benefits, history, payment, and authorization. November 2017 - May 2019 Independent Insurance Agent Aflac, Boston, MA * Licensed producer of health, accident, and life policies for individuals and groups. * Fostered compassionate relationships with new and existing clients; maintained CRM data. * Kept apprised of industry/policy changes and Boston-area business developments. September 2016 - July 2017 Work-from-Home Dad Charlotte, Inc., Marblehead, MA * Completed periodic assignments while caring for newborn daughter. July 2010 - January 2014 Real Property Specialist City of Lawrence, Lawrence, MA * Sold city-owned real estate via Mass. General Laws, Chapter 30B; stabilized and beautified neighborhoods, generating revenue of more than $1.5 million; revitalized business district. * Initiated and guided proposal review process by Lawrence Planning Board and City Council. March 2005 - June 2010 Legislative Aide - Executive/Administrative Assistant Massachusetts House of Representatives, Boston, MA * Responsible for daily operations of busy State House office serving diverse constituency. * Researched and filed budget amendments and legislation; attended policy meetings; composed correspondence, press releases, white papers, and talking points. * Coordinated efforts with lawmakers and staff members in Lawrence delegation, House leadership, and Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus (MBLLC). * Served as liaison between lawmakers, advocates, and constituents; organized special events; addressed public on vital economic, social, immigration, and public-safety issues. March 2002 - March 2005 Park Ranger - Public Affairs Coordinator Department of Conservation and Recreation, Boston, MA * Patrolled Massachusetts State House and grounds; warmly greeted and directed visitors. * Maintained website updates and communications; provided dedicated support at Boston-area public events, including annual Fourth of July celebrations at Hatch Memorial Shell; carried out assignments at DCR sites; trained in counterterrorism, CPR, and first aid. September 2000 - June 2001 Writer, Milan, Italy * Wrote novella and short stories during enterprising, self-funded sabbatical. August 1997 - September 2000 Director of Research Associates - Human Resources/Employee Relations Research International/Cambridge, Cambridge, MA * Managed editorial department (six to eight employees) of custom market research firm. * Oversaw branding and consumer satisfaction projects for Fortune 500 clients. * Created written content and graphics for presentations, reports, and corporate website. November 1994 - June 1996 Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Nova Intercultural Institute, Tokyo, Japan (Followed by international travel/work until April 1997) March 1993 - October 1994 Contributing Editor, New Hampshire Premier, Portsmouth, NH Reporter/Photographer, Swampscott Reporter, Marblehead, MA
Writing & Content
Speech Writing
Article Writing
Content Writing
Research
Editing & Proofreading
40 $
Kathleen Barron
BASIC
United States, Thornton
Writer, Editor, Proofreader, Administrative Assistant Kathleen Barron, Writing & Content
Kathleen V. Barron Professional Profile: High School English Teacher, Massage Therapist, Social Media Specialist, Writer/Editor, Caregiver, Entrepreneur, Patent-Holder, Coach, Tutor, DJ & MC, I’ve done it all! I like to contribute wherever I go! Experience: 2019 - 2020 ELA Teacher, Liberty High School I recently completed my second year of teaching in the Osceola School System, this past year at Liberty High, which was much closer to home. I taught ELA 1, both regular classes and honors classes. I deepened my knowledge of Microsoft Office, and worked with my students on Teams for the last three months of the school year. 2018 - 2019 ELA Teacher, Osceola High School I spent my first year of teaching at Osceola High School. I taught ELA 1 and 3, both regular classes and honors classes. I was very happy there and learned a lot every day. 6/2017 - 7/2018 Social Media Specialist and Online Newsletter Editor/Writer at Cypress Cove Resort in Kissimmee, FL For a little over a year, I produced all of the social media for Cypress Cove Resort. Please look at Cypress Cove’s Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest accounts from that time to see my work. All of the original memes (with the Cypress Cove logo) are created by me. I did all of the writing and much of the photography on social media. I had many other responsibilities at Cypress Cove as well, including producing and editing their online newsletter, maintaining their events pages, and updating Google calendar. 1999 - 2001 and 2016 - 2018 Substitute Teacher During these years, I substitute taught, first in Michigan, then in Florida. In the 2017-2018 school year, I had a 4 month long-term substitute assignment teaching 8th grade ELA at Horizon Middle School, which motivated me to become a full-time teacher. 1996 - present Massage Therapist/Bodyworker I’ve spent 24 years as a facilitator of healing, helping people to get out of pain, to increase their range of motion, and to feel better in and about their bodies. I fully believe that loving ourselves - and our bodies - is a big part of healing and living a healthy, happy, fulfilling life. Promoting positive body image and connection with the body has been a fundamental principle of mine in working with clients over the years. 1999 - 2009 Caregiver I fell into caregiving when one of my therapy clients started needing some help after her husband passed away. I also cared for my mother during the last four years of her life. I became very adept with wheelchairs, scooters and all aspects of dealing with people with serious illness and increasing levels of physical disabilities and pain, as well as helping them to cope with the emotional toll that took on them. 1998 - 2001 Field Hockey Coach In 1998, I was asked by a friend to start the public school field hockey program in Grosse Pointe, MI. I coached both the Varsity and JV start-up teams for all of the Grosse Pointes for two years, coaching 60 girls at a time. After two years, the program had become strong enough for the two high schools to split - and I coached the Grosse Pointe North teams for another two years until they were able to recruit some new coaches. Let me just say that anyone who can manage 60 high school girls at once, encourage cooperation and team bonding, and deal with the parents on top of it - can manage just about anything! 1989 - 1997 Owner/Manager of Health Way Natural Food Store in Lakeland, FL I opened the store myself, did all of the ordering, all of the bookkeeping, met regularly with the sales reps of various companies, and managed all aspects of the business in addition to handling most of the customer service. I did have several employees over the years, so I do have personnel management skills as well.
Writing & Content
Editing & Proofreading
Writing
Newsletters
Ghostwriting
Creative Writing
60 $
Christopher Jones
BASIC
United States, Louisville
Writer & editor/content developer Christopher Jones, Writing & Content
• Accomplished content developer, editor, and feature writer with a diverse background in marketing, healthcare, technology, and industrial sectors; award-winning former newspaper editor • Experienced copy editor and proofreader C.J. Editorial Services – Write and edit print and online content; write case studies, news articles and print/collateral material for a diverse client list Louisville, Kentucky Writer/Editor March 2008 to Present Client list: • Corn Island Archaeology: June 2019 to present – Edit, proofread, and help write archaeological and cultural-historic reports for company’s investigative surveys • Audiential: November 2016 to July 2019 – Researcher and writer for online marketing content agency, worked across multiple industries/platforms; produced more than 1,100 articles in 2018 • Academic editor: September 2009 to December 2016 – Researcher and editor of graduate and undergraduate research papers • Lantech: April to present – Developed print and online content in support of company products and brand messaging; included blogs, case studies, news releases, collateral material, and more • Atria Senior Living: September 2015 to April 2017 – Proofread all marketing materials, online content, and internal documentation; copywriting duties as assigned • Norton Healthcare: July 2015 to present – Copy edited and proofed collateral, Web-based copy, and articles for Norton internal and external publications • Yum!/KFC/Pizza Hut: January 2013 to April 2014 – Wrote feature stories about Yum! Corporate activities as well as restaurants and company personnel worldwide for Yum! News Network • Louisville Courier-Journal: 2013 – Covered local events and wrote feature stories for Metro and Neighborhood sections of daily metropolitan newspaper Doe Anderson Advertising/Public Relations – One of the nation’s oldest advertising agencies and Louisville’s most respected and recognizable marketing services firm Louisville, Kentucky Public Relations Account Manager December 2004 to March 2008 • Public relations – Wrote internal communications plan to ensure consistent messaging among Ohio River Bridges Project departments and personnel • Writing/editing – Wrote news releases, Web content, newsletters, and presentations to publicize Ohio River Bridges Project EDUCATION The Ohio State University B.A. Journalism - 3.35 GPA in major program December 1989
Writing & Content
Copywriting
Article Writing
Content Writing
Copy Editing
Editing & Proofreading
30 $
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