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Relationship building is the theme underlying my career, which has included blogging, fundraising, marketing communications, volunteer development, and writing. I enjoy using these skills to help good people advance their career, product, service, organization, or mission.

Currently, I work as vice president of external relations for Donors Forum. However, my blogs are purely personal endeavors. All opinions and ideas expressed are strictly my own.

Other things I am or have been:
* adoptive parent
* adjunct professor (formerly, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, graduate program in arts administration)
* au pair (formerly, Paris)
* author of The Seven Rs of Vounteer Development
* blogger (currently, studio 501c; formerly, GuideforGood, Republican Switchers)
* comparative literature major (PBK; formerly, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
* consultant
* executive director (formerly, Public Allies Chicago)
* Fellow, Leadership Greater Chicago
* fundraiser, director of corporate and foundation relations Anixter Center
* journalist (formerly, Daily Illini; also Doings Newspapers and 13-30 company)
* knowledge publishing director (formerly, YMCA of the USA)
* marketing communications director (formerly, Mercy Housing Lakefront; also YMCA of the USA)
* mom
* public relations professional (formerly, Burson-Marsteller)
* volunteer for son's school and various political campaigns
* volunteer development director (formerly, YMCA of the USA)
* web and intranet producer
* wife
* writer...