Heslin - Proofreader - Bloomington, IN, USA

Maria Katrien Heslin

Bloomington, IN, USA




Specialize in helping businesses, organizations, entrepreneurs, students and job seekers polish their promotional and informational materials, publications and resumes. Visit http://www.proofyouwrite.com for complete summary of services provided.

Work History

District 9 Leader

Humane Society of the United States

Lobby with Federal and State leaders on animal-welfare related legislation and promote issues locally such as Meatless Monday, spaying/neutering and wildlife protection.


Women's Success Network

President and founder of local professional women's organization.


Independent George LLC

Help businesses, organizations, government agencies and individuals flourish through strategic
communications planning and implementation; writing, editing and proofreading; material
design and development; special event and project management; and success coaching and professional enrichment one-on-one and in group and corporate settings.

Adjunct Professor

Indiana University Department of School of Journalism, The Media School

Teach Public Relations for Nonprofits, a senior-level course.

Member, Governing Board and Chair

Large Subcommittee

Community collaboration initiative designed to increase health and wellness opportunities.

Deputy Mayor

City of Bloomington

Appointed by Mayor to serve as the City's first female Deputy Mayor, functioning as Chief
Operating Officer for the 700-employee organization. Directed the City's first ever strategic
planning effort, and created and led the City's Innovation Leadership Team, which identified
more than $6 million in efficiencies and savings for taxpayers. Introduced mission-centered,
zero-based budgeting, formed and directed the City's Budget Team and led budget
development. Set policy, managed the Office of the Mayor, and collaborated with staff to ensure the Mayor's vision and the City's top goals and projects were realized. Introduced an
interdepartmental team approach to issue management, problem solving and planning.
Launched the City's health team and award-winning Be Active Bloomington wellness campaign.
Developed the Strategic Task Action Report (STAR) System to track the progress of major City
initiatives, and conceptualized the quality of life website, Everybody's Bloomington.

Board of Directors

Downtown Bloomington & Visit Bloomington

Board member.

Communications Director

City of Bloomington

Developed and implemented strategic communications initiatives for the organization and its 14
departments. Work included strategic writing, editing, concept and design. Created the "Be
Bloomington" community character campaign and the "Adopt Today!" pet adoption campaign.
Named the national award-winning B-Line Trail; designed its logo and the large blue diamond
bridge on the Trail; conceptualized and named plaza OneA as a free speech area; and developed the color scheme and design elements for Trail amenities. Named City's EverGreen Village, a
LEED-certified affordable housing development; designed the City's trash tags and recycling
bins; and named and designed the logos for the City's three public parking garages.

Political Communications Outreach Specialist & Campaign Manager

Multiple Candidates

Strategic communications specialist.

Campaign Manager

Mark Kruzan for Mayor

Bloomington IN 2002 - 2003
Directed successful mayoral campaign; developed all communications pieces, which included writing, editing, photography, layout and material and logo design; organized intern and volunteer support; planned and implemented fundraising events. Developed all communications pieces for Mayor's two subsequent successful mayoral bids and for several other state and local candidates.


Sage Marketing Communications LLC

Provided branding, writing, design and marketing research for businesses in Bloomington, NYC and Washington DC. Projects included branding of the O'Bannon Institute at Ivy Tech

Qualifications & Certifications

Certified Core Coach

Coach Training Alliance

Marilliac High School


Indiana University


Indiana University

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