Professional experience

Freelance Graphic Designer, Art Director and Consultant

August 2015 to Present
Art direction, design and production for online and print marketing materials created for various clients in Chicago.

Senior Graphic Designer

Department of Communications
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
Chicago, IL Nov. 1999 to Jun. 2015
Responsible for concept through production of both printed and online periodicals and collateral marketing and promotional materials. Established brand identity for products and services and implemented branding and corporate identity standards for print and online promotional media. Designed and created production-ready artwork for advertising, brochures, promotional and marketing materials, periodicals and packaging using the Adobe Creative Suite and Quark Xpress.

Graphic Designer/Mac Production Artist

The Hamilton Communications Group, Chicago, IL, January 1996 to July 1998
Produced ads, brochures, sales aids and packaging. Assisted art directors with design and production of charts, graphs, logos and illustrations.

Freelance Design and Production

Clients include Northwestern Medicine, Chicago Area Runners Association, The Grand Event, The National Association of Independent Insurers and Enteron Creative Services in Chicago, Johnson-Rauhoff Inc. in Grand Rapids, MI. Work completed for various clients in New York City (1982-1986), including Uddo Associates, Corporate Graphics Inc., New York Magazine, New York Daily News and Dell Publishing.

Newsletter, Publication, Brochure, and Promotional Design

Websie Design

Poster Design

Logo Design

Academic Degrees

MFA, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Major: Photography
Received scholarship during entire period of study (1986-1989). Graduated Magna Cum Laude.

BFA, Parsons School of Design, New York, New York

Major: Communication Design
Graduated Magna Cum Laude. Major field of study included courses in graphic design, advertising concepts, editorial design, typography, photography, illustration, computer graphics and film.

Academic Experience

Assistant Professor, Art and Design
Director, Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery Coordinator
Director, Alma College Annual Statewide Traveling Print Competition

Alma College, Alma, MI
Taught all graphic design and photography courses, supervised independent study and internship students. Managed and directed all aspects of gallery operations. Planned and monitored budgets. n Managed a computer graphics lab
Administrative duties: Managed a computer graphics lab and darkroom; managed and directed all aspects of gallery operations; created publicity and promotional graphics for gallery exhibitions and the Art Department, including coordinating with service bureaus and supervising printing; planned and monitored budgets; ordered equipment; hired and supervised student lab assistants.

Assistant Professor

Department of Art, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL
Taught beginning through advanced graphic design, photography, graphic production and computer graphics classes. Supervised photography area and co-supervised graphic design area.


Completed CLASSES, Seminars and Webinars


Honors and Awards

2012 Communicator Award

Excellence Award
Diabetes Pocket Guide

Publicity Club of Chicago

2007 Golden Trumpet Awards
Northwestern Memorial Hospital Employee and Physician Campaign communication materials (brochures, Connections articles, table tents, posters), art directed and designed Physician Referral Brochures (for clinical service lines including stroke and solid organ transplantation), art directed and designed Lifetime of Health (quarterly periodical).
2006 Silver Trumpet Award
Nursing Now magazine
“Celebrating Nursing at Northwestern Memorial,” – a series of print projects highlighting the nursing workforce at NMH including the Nursing Annual Report, a variety of materials developed to support the Magnet application process and materials developed for the annual Nurses Week celebration.
Physician Recruitment brochure

National Healthcare Advertising

2007 Gold Awards
Physician Referral Brochures, art directed and designed
Employee Wellness Initiative communication materials (various communication pieces), art directed and designed

National Aster Gold Awards For Healthcare Communication and Marketing

2007 Gold Award
Medical Staff Reception Invitation, lead designer
2006 Gold Award
Nursing Now magazine

MarCom International Creative Awards

2006 Platinum Award
Lifetime of Health, – nonprofit external newsletter category, Nursing Now – nonprofit internal newsletter category.
2004 Platinum Award
Lifetime of Health – nonprofit external newsletter category.
2004 Honorable Mention
Connections – nonprofilt internal newsletter category.

Apex Awards for Communication Excellence

2006 Excellence Awards
Lifetime of Health, Nursing Now

National Health Information Awards

2006 Silver Award
Emergency Department Bereavement Brochure and Cards
2006 Merit Award
Physician Recruitment Brochure

Pinnacle Awards, Illinois Society of Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations

2004 Pinnacle Awards
Lifetime of Health – Community Newsletter category
Connections – Employee Newsletter category
Certificate of Merit
Healthy Transitions – Community Newsletter category

2004 National Medical Library Association Conference

Materials judged by PR Firms and Medical Library professionals.
First Prize, Hospital Libraries/Medical Centers Consumer Outreach category
Health Learning Center's collateral material (brochure, tear sheets, referral pad, posters)