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Administrative Experience

Forever Young K-9 Rescue

My work with Forever Young K-9 Rescue began with their website. I volunteered to use my Frontend programming skills to redesign their existing site (which was built off of a template) to make it more modern and dynamic. I discarded the template and rebuilt the site from scratch using HTML/CSS, vanilla JavaScript, and multiple JS libraries. If you are interested in reading a more detailed explanation of my changes, I have a page dedicated to the renovations here.

For a rescue like Forever Young K-9 Rescue, the adoption process is multi-stage; after the rescue acquires the dog, the dog is placed into a foster environment, and then the dog is placed into a permanent home once we find a suitable candidate. Because there are three stages to the process and the length of each stage is variable, I created an Excel database to help track each dog’s status throughout the process and store important contact information for both the foster and the adopter. This allows us to view all of our rescues simultaneously and to run calculations on specific data points with fewer errors (i.e., data type errors, misplaced data, typos, et cetera).

I also wanted the database to be user-friendly and minimize the opportunity for error, so I utilized Excel’s Userform and VBA functionality to create an intuitive entry form that allows the director and me to input the data in an organized, standardized manner.

In addition to creating the master database with all of the adoption files, I added an application that populates an organized, printer-friendly form that contains relevant information for an individual dog. This form is convenient when we need to reference a particular dog’s file quickly or when the director needs a print copy for work out in the field. Running a userform and additional VBA logic, the form pipes in data from the master database when a user selects a dog from the drop-down menu (which auto-updates when the master is updated with a new row entry).

I am also responsible for checking the rescue’s voicemail and email inbox regularly. I return emails and calls relevant to the nonprofit’s services or those related to vendor follow-up. When appropriate and necessary, I forward relevant messages and contact information to the executive director.

To help the executive director narrow in on the best candidates, I review all incoming adoption applications to make sure that the adopter’s profile fits matches the dog’s medical and social needs. For example, many of our dogs cannot be placed into a home with other pets or may not be comfortable with small children. After ensuring that a candidate meets basic criteria, I forward the the best matches to the executive director and she moves forward with the more granular steps in the review process (phone interviews, home visits, etc.). These later stages in the review process can be resource-heavy, so it is crucial that the director only takes these steps for the candidates who are the most likely to be successful matches for a particular dog.

The rescue works with various service providers such as veterinary and boarding facilities, and I help to review, file, and track the incoming invoices from our vendors. I verify the itemized charges and total for each invoice, log the invoice into our database for quick reference, and monitor the invoice’s status throughout the payment process.

Our rescue’s executive board members live in several different states, which means that physical meetings are more difficult to arrange. To mitigate this logistical issue, I regularly use GoToMeeting to schedule and facilitate video conferences for the executive board.

Because it is frequently helpful to introduce the mission and services of the rescue, I created an educational pamphlet to do so and establish a gentle call to action for those who wish to help with the rescue and care of senior dogs. I wrote copy that is accessible and engaging for the organization’s target audience, while remaining faithful to the our charitable objectives. To combine the copy with appropriate visuals, I utilized GIMP to create a final product that is simultaneously professional and playful.

Programming Experience

I designed and deployed a website for Forever Young K-9 Rescue, a nonprofit organization that finds homes for senior dogs. Please visit my portfolio page to see a side-by-side comparison of their former website and the new version

I also worked with another nonprofit (Great Northwest German Shepherd Rescue of Oregon) to design and deploy their first website.

To see my experience with vanilla Javascript, various JS frameworks such as node.js, HTML, CSS, and algorithmic thinking in action, please click over to my portfolio page.

Teaching Experience

I taught teaching English Composition for Rutgers-Newark since 2014. As a former lecturer, I have extensive practice in annotating and grading student papers, managing large groups of students, and creating interactive user modules that help to streamline the grading process and deliver the course content in a creative manner.

In addition, I worked as a composition instructor for NJSTEP. I taught English Composition for incarcerated individuals and cooperated with prison officials to uphold the program’s curriculum in a prison environment. While I taught for STEP, I adapted my teaching methods to fit the needs of each incarcerated student, to accommodate diverse backgrounds and scarce resources.

I served as an English tutor at Ocean County College and Rutgers-Newark. At Rutgers, I tutored post-doctorate, graduate, and undergraduate students from multiple disciplines in clarity, tone, and structure of academic writing. Moreover, I was fortunate to be one of the first tutors to work for a program that provides writing consultation for the graduate and post-doctorate medical researchers at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS).

Publishing, Copywriting, and Editing Experience

I performed editorial responsibilities for On Human Flourishing: An Anthology of Poetry (ISBN: 0786495804). For this project I researched and selected relevant lyric poetry for inclusion, assessed the selected poetry in terms of thematic groupings, transcribed those poems from original hard-copy sources and reviewed co-editors’ transcriptions, and then acquired legal permissions for selected poems. In addition, I collaborated with a small group of assistant co-editors to copy-edit the senior editors’ introduction.

I wrote copy and designed an educational pamphlet for Forever Young K-9 Rescue. For this pamphlet, I wrote copy that is accessible and enjoyable for the company’s target audience without diluting the nonprofit’s overall mission. I enjoyed the process of combining text and visuals to create an attractive, streamlined final product that is both professional and playful at the same time

And I had an interview published in the anthology W.D. Ehrhart in Conversation: Vietnam, America and the Written Word (ISBN:1476670404).

Education

I have a BA in English Literature from Kean University and an MA in English Literature from Rutgers University.

Both programs allowed me to develop formal research skills, perform extensive textual analysis, present my work at conferences, and collaborate with academic mentors.

Administrative Experience

Forever Young K-9 Rescue

My work with Forever Young K-9 Rescue began with their website. I volunteered to use my Frontend programming skills to redesign their existing site (which was built off of a template) to make it more modern and dynamic. I discarded the template and rebuilt the site from scratch using HTML/CSS, vanilla JavaScript, and multiple JS libraries. If you are interested in reading a more detailed explanation of my changes, I have a page dedicated to the renovations here.

For a rescue like Forever Young K-9 Rescue, the adoption process is multi-stage; after the rescue acquires the dog, the dog is placed into a foster environment, and then the dog is placed into a permanent home once we find a suitable candidate. Because there are three stages to the process and the length of each stage is variable, I created an Excel database to help track each dog’s status throughout the process and store important contact information for both the foster and the adopter. This allows us to view all of our rescues simultaneously and to run calculations on specific data points with fewer errors (i.e., data type errors, misplaced data, typos, et cetera).

I also wanted the database to be user-friendly and minimize the opportunity for error, so I utilized Excel’s Userform and VBA functionality to create an intuitive entry form that allows the director and me to input the data in an organized, standardized manner.

In addition to creating the master database with all of the adoption files, I added an application that populates an organized, printer-friendly form that contains relevant information for an individual dog. This form is convenient when we need to reference a particular dog’s file quickly or when the director needs a print copy for work out in the field. Running a userform and additional VBA logic, the form pipes in data from the master database when a user selects a dog from the drop-down menu (which auto-updates when the master is updated with a new row entry).

I am also responsible for checking the rescue’s voicemail and email inbox regularly. I return emails and calls relevant to the nonprofit’s services or those related to vendor follow-up. When appropriate and necessary, I forward relevant messages and contact information to the executive director.

To help the executive director narrow in on the best candidates, I review all incoming adoption applications to make sure that the adopter’s profile fits matches the dog’s medical and social needs. For example, many of our dogs cannot be placed into a home with other pets or may not be comfortable with small children. After ensuring that a candidate meets basic criteria, I forward the the best matches to the executive director and she moves forward with the more granular steps in the review process (phone interviews, home visits, etc.). These later stages in the review process can be resource-heavy, so it is crucial that the director only takes these steps for the candidates who are the most likely to be successful matches for a particular dog.

The rescue works with various service providers such as veterinary and boarding facilities, and I help to review, file, and track the incoming invoices from our vendors. I verify the itemized charges and total for each invoice, log the invoice into our database for quick reference, and monitor the invoice’s status throughout the payment process.

Our rescue’s executive board members live in several different states, which means that physical meetings are more difficult to arrange. To mitigate this logistical issue, I regularly use GoToMeeting to schedule and facilitate video conferences for the executive board.

Because it is frequently helpful to introduce the mission and services of the rescue, I created an educational pamphlet to do so and establish a gentle call to action for those who wish to help with the rescue and care of senior dogs. I wrote copy that is accessible and engaging for the organization’s target audience, while remaining faithful to the our charitable objectives. To combine the copy with appropriate visuals, I utilized GIMP to create a final product that is simultaneously professional and playful.

Programming

I designed and deployed a website for Forever Young K-9 Rescue, a nonprofit organization that finds homes for senior dogs. Please visit my portfolio page to see a side-by-side comparison of their former website and the new version

I also worked with another nonprofit (Great Northwest German Shepherd Rescue of Oregon) to design and deploy their first website.

To see my experience with vanilla Javascript, various JS frameworks such as node.js, HTML, CSS, and algorithmic thinking in action, please click over to my portfolio page.

Teaching

I taught teaching English Composition for Rutgers-Newark since 2014. As a former lecturer, I have extensive practice in annotating and grading student papers, managing large groups of students, and creating interactive user modules that help to streamline the grading process and deliver the course content in a creative manner.

In addition, I worked as a composition instructor for NJSTEP. I taught English Composition for incarcerated individuals and cooperated with prison officials to uphold the program’s curriculum in a prison environment. While I taught for STEP, I adapted my teaching methods to fit the needs of each incarcerated student, to accommodate diverse backgrounds and scarce resources.

I served as an English tutor at Ocean County College and Rutgers-Newark. At Rutgers, I tutored post-doctorate, graduate, and undergraduate students from multiple disciplines in clarity, tone, and structure of academic writing. Moreover, I was fortunate to be one of the first tutors to work for a program that provides writing consultation for the graduate and post-doctorate medical researchers at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS).

Publishing, Copywriting, and Editing

I performed editorial responsibilities for On Human Flourishing: An Anthology of Poetry (ISBN: 0786495804). For this project I researched and selected relevant lyric poetry for inclusion, assessed the selected poetry in terms of thematic groupings, transcribed those poems from original hard-copy sources and reviewed co-editors’ transcriptions, and then acquired legal permissions for selected poems. In addition, I collaborated with a small group of assistant co-editors to copy-edit the senior editors’ introduction.

I wrote copy and designed an educational pamphlet for Forever Young K-9 Rescue. For this pamphlet, I wrote copy that is accessible and enjoyable for the company’s target audience without diluting the nonprofit’s overall mission. I enjoyed the process of combining text and visuals to create an attractive, streamlined final product that is both professional and playful at the same time

And I had an interview published in the anthology W.D. Ehrhart in Conversation: Vietnam, America and the Written Word (ISBN:1476670404).

Education

I have a BA in English Literature from Kean University and an MA in English Literature from Rutgers University.

Both programs allowed me to develop formal research skills, perform extensive textual analysis, present my work at conferences, and collaborate with academic mentors.