I seek opportunities to write promotional copy for websites; write articles on education and self-help topics for electronic and print media; and publish short stories and poetry while I continue to revise a novel.
Balancing work and family obligations, along with relocations due to my spouse's corporate transfers, has provided me with the opportunity to work in a variety of fields. I have become very flexible and I have gained a lot of skill.
- Full time
- Part time
- One time
Professional Educational Services Group, LLC
January 2007 - January 2007
Secondary teacher of Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies, among other engagements.
Ann Arbor Public Schools
January 2001 - January 2005
Responsibilities: Assisted the Deputy Superintendent of Business Services. Quantified legal expenses of the school district over a ten-year period with the purpose of cost reduction; researched and wrote reports pertinent to budgeting and financial management; maintained Board of Education's database regarding decisions and financial commitments; processed and maintained incident reports for the purpose of curtailing school district liability issues. Served as the United Way Coordinator and planned staff gatherings. Procured materials.
Assisted the Counseling and General Offices of Pioneer High School. Provided customer service to students and parents; maintained legal records for Special Education services; coordinated calendars of eight counselors; wrote reports; prepared minutes; planned staff gatherings; created brochures and other communications tools to share news about department services.
Rewards: Effectively helping to reduce unnecessary legal expenses was both my contribution and my reward. I believe taxpayer dollars that fund public education should be applied, to the maximum extent possible, for the education of children. Of course, providing proper incentives to retain good teachers and other staff is important.
Financial Services Representative
MidWest Financial Credit Union
January 2000 - January 2001
Responsibilities: Assisted members in obtaining financial services; opened accounts; processed loans; prepared reports; maintained databases; assisted financial planning staff.
Rewards: Was asked by the Vice President to ameliorate Human Resources issues.
Ann Arbor District Library
January 1998 - January 1999
Responsibilities: Supported Directors and the Public Relations Department. Coordinated meetings and events; managed suggestion program; prepared state-required statistical reports, presentations and minutes; edited print and electronic publications; created and maintained a development database; wrote copy for promotional materials.
Rewards: Elected as an officer of the Staff Association. Won the Ann Arbor District Library Photography Contest.
Integrated Health Associates
January 1997 - January 1998
Responsibilities: Supported founding physician of Integrated Health Associates, as well as the Chief Financial Officer and the Chief Operations Officer; coordinated committee meetings with physicians who had joined together to provide services in thirty-eight field offices in Southeast Michigan; wrote committee meeting minutes; ordered materials; planned company special events; scheduled educational opportunities within medical practices for University of Michigan medical residents and interns; maintained pagers for physicians; ordered supplies; answered phones; and prepared reports and correspondence.
Rewards: Upon resigning, after feeling assured necessary business policies and procedures were well in place, I received a perfect white orchid from Bill Fileti, President of Integrated Health Associates and former CEO of St. Joseph's Mercy Health System, a division of Trinity Health System. Bill wished me much success in my career as a professional novelist.
Pattern Recognition Management
January 1997 - January 1997
Responsibilities: Created client database to assure legal compliance of principal with securities law; prepared client portfolio review documents; answered client inquiries; conducted research regarding securities for prinicpal; prepared presentations for clients, using a variety of software. Attended local Chamber of Commerce meetings to network with firm principal.
Rewards: After resigning from this position as Executive Assistant to a first-rate Registered Investment Advisor, I let go of my desire to re-license with the National Association of Securities Dealers in order to pursue my career as a professional novelist. K. Larry Hastie, Ph.D./Economics and M.B.A., Cornell University, wished me much success as a professional writer.
Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan
January 1997 - January 1997
Responsibilities: supported the director of the Retina Service by preparing patient visit reports, scheduling meetings, preparing correspondence and other tasks as assigned.
January 1995 - January 1996
Responsibilities: Supported the 945 Team, an initiative to compress the timing for Food and Drug Administration approval of Gabapentin as adjunct therapy, by means of collaboration among professionals, housed in one location. Scheduled meetings and conferences for the team leader, a biostatistician; coordinated team meetings and social gatherings; maintained project schedule in software; helped to develop the team website and wrote articles to encourage esprit de corps.
Rewards: Presented with the Recognition Award, when the team won FDA approval faster than any other drug approval solicitation effort in company history.
Society for Research in Child Development, University of Michigan
January 1995 - January 1995
Responsibilities: Coordinated the submission of peer-reviewed manuscripts from psychologists for publication in the scholarly journal Child Development. Maintained the manuscript submission database. Assisted the journal editor as needed.
District Administrator and Planning Assistant
January 1992 - January 1994
Responsibilities: Managed client inquiries; prepared financial analyses; processed new business; coordinated district meetings and special events.
Rewards: Asked to return to the business of financial planning by a nationally top-ranked Sales team.
Miller, Mason and Dickenson, a division of Aon Corporation
January 1990 - January 1992
Responsibilities: Consulted with client companies regarding health benefit and retirement plans; administered the HRIS System and counseled employees when Hasbro acquired Tonka Toys; administered employee health benefit plans, quantifying liabilities and preparing client service documents and spreadsheets; researched and wrote reports regarding Financial Accounting Standards Board issues for the Board of Directors of the largest client, International Multifoods Corporation; wrote new business proposals; performed computer analysis of benefit plans.
Rewards: Visited, for a personal thank you, by the Compensation and Benefits Director of Hasbro, Michael Green, former Compensation and Benefits Director for Harvard University.
Associates and Larranaga
January 1989 - January 1989
Responsibilities: New business development and account management. Results: Secured pitch opportunities with AT&T Corporate/New Jersey; 3M Corporation; Dairy Queen and Aero Drapery. Managed all account activities for 3M Traffic Control Materials Division and Aero Drapery.
Rewards: Offered 50% equity in a new agency started by one of agency's contractors.
Comiskey Kaufman and Padon/M Financial Group
January 1988 - January 1988
Responsibilities: Wrote reports proposing executive compensation and employee benefit plans to major corporations in Southeast Texas for this top consulting firm within the prestigious M Financial Group. Wrote a disability income protection plan for leading professionals on behalf of principal Michael Padon. Produced communication materials to support client companies. Wrote proposals to assist individual clients with wealth transfer funding strategies.
Rewards: Received frequent compliments from the principals of this firm, to the effect that my reports were getting better and better and that they were helpful to the principals in gaining new business. The principals of this firm were Gus Comiskey, M.S. in Finance/ Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania; Stephen Kaufman, B.S in Economics., Harvard University; Michael Padon, B.S. in Business Administration, the University of Texas. I learned a lot from these gentlemen in a short period of time.
I was sad to leave this position too. My husband, who worked for Automatic Data Processing, was transferred to Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Here is a link to Michael Padon's current business: http://www.longmontgroup.com/longmont.html
Here is a link to the consulting firm with which Gus Comiskey and Stephen Kaufman are now affiliated: http://www.fulcrumpartnersllc.com/
Institutional Bond Broker
January 1988 - January 1988
Responsibilities: Sold U.S. Treasury bonds and Ginnie Mae bonds to financial institutions in West Virginia at a time when other employees sold mortgage-backed derivatives. Explained to clients the risks of owning derivative securities.
Rewards: Won the limousine perk for high sales volume.
January 1987 - January 1987
Responsibilities: provided investments and insurance, in conjunction with financial planning services to clients, both consumers and businesses.
Rewards: I was trained by Ralph J. Schroeder, now owner of Schroeder and Associates in Houston, Texas. Ralph is, in my reasonable opinion, the best financial planner I have met or ever will meet. He is affiliated with the Ameriprise Division of American Express. He manages private wealth. His professional certifications are very numerous. I feel honored to have been trained, for a short while, by Ralph J. Schroeder.
I was very sad to leave this position, which required a minimum work week of sixty hours. My son was only two years old at the time. I had to resign twice before my resignation was accepted. The teamwork I enjoyed while a Financial Planner for American Express Financial Advisors was superlative. This spirit of teamwork was a wonderful reward.
Account Executive/Public Relations Director/Copywriter
The Hively Agency
January 1985 - January 1987
Responsibilities: New business development, public relations, copywriting and administrative assistant. Awards: American Advertising Federation of New York: First Place/Direct Mail Lead Generation for the Houston Visitors and Convention Bureau, as well as other awards.
Rewards: Offered an equity opportunity after less than two years of service. Charles Hively is the most gifted Creative Director I have ever met or likely will meet. Charles helped me develop the work habits so important to me now as an aspiring novelist. For any given assignment from Charles to me as a copywriter, I had to submit fifty ideas. I learned so much from Charles. Refusing to diminish my standards is one. Revise, revise, revise is another.
It would take a warehouse to house all the awards that Charles has won in his long and very illustrious career.
Here is a link to one of Charles's current businesses in New York: http://www.3x3mag.com/background.html
Public Relations Director/Copywriter/New Business Account Executive
Lockney and Associates
January 1983 - January 1985
Responsibilities: Secured new business, including a Travel and Tourism account with the State of West Virginia; wrote copy for agency clients; developed public relations programs for agency clients.
Rewards: The constant praise I received from the principals of this firm made me turn red in the face, though I still appreciated these compliments. Here is a link to Lockney and Associates: http://www.lockneyads.com/
Advertising and Public Relations Manager
January 1979 - January 1983
Responsibilities: Prepared and managed an annual $500,000 advertising/special events/public relations and promotions budget. Directed an advertising agency in regard to preparation and production of advertising and promotional materials; secured international publicity for this coal mining equipment manufacturer; handled all preparations for international trade exhibits.
Rewards: Upon leaving this company I received a glowing letter of recommendation from Jack Fairchild, President of Fairchild Incorporated, in which Jack said, "Please accept this letter as my personal recommendation of Kay Levy (my name then) to any position of management which requires the ability of a very personable, highly self-motivated, creative and dedicated individual."
Here is a link to Fairchild Incorporated, now Fairchild International: http://www.fairchildint.com/
Beckley Post-Herald and Raleigh Register/Clay Communications
January 1979 - January 1979
Responsibilities: wrote stories concerning business, health and education, as well as human-interest features.
Rewards: Stories were picked up by National Public Radio and National Public Television affiliates.
Here is a link that describes the Clay Communications Foundation activities. The newspapers I worked for in Beckley, WV, were owned by Clay Communications. http://www.ywcacharleston.org/news/news/ClayFoundationtogive,49.aspx
Qualifications & Certifications
Eastern Michigan University
West Virginia University Perley Issac Reed Graduate School of Journalism
West Virginia University College of Law
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill