Versatile human—what does it mean? Well... it means I do (and like) a wide variety of work. And that I’m not a robot.
I’m available for freelance projects.
A couple of older items people seem to enjoy: “The Sign of a Lifetime,” an article profiling the man behind the Shawon-O-Meter; and The Flaming Lips Zaireeka video experiment, winner of a “Best Interactive Media Design” at the DePaul University WRD student awards.
Web ManagerForest Preserves of Cook County (2014-)
The Forest Preserves of Cook County is one of the oldest and largest preserve systems in the United States. Established from 1913-1915, the agency protects and manages nearly 70,000 acres of woodland, prairie, savanna and wetlands. Some things I do there:
Award: 2014 “Golden Leaf”—Presented to employees who go above and beyond required duties (based on nominations and votes from their peers).
Restoration VolunteerCentennial Volunteers / Forest Preserves of Cook County (2014-)
I volunteer doing hands-on restoration work (at its simplest: removing invasive plants and collecting/spreading native seeds) in forest preserves and other natural areas. I do most of my volunteer work at LaBagh Woods, a wonderful urban refuge for wildlife (and humans). Interested in helping? Contact me or visit here for more information.
Master NaturalistUniversity of Illinois Extension (2014-)
The University of Illinois Extension's Master Naturalist program requires 40 hours of training in nature-related topics, stewardship of natural areas and effective communication of these concepts to varied audiences. Certification as a Master Naturalist also requires 60 hours of volunteer service within two years of the final training session—plus 30 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education annually. I entered the program in fall 2014 and became a certified Master Naturalist in fall 2015.
Adjunct LecturerDePaul University (2012)
After graduating from DePaul in 2011, I was asked to teach a graduate level class in the New Media Studies program. I taught “Web Content Management Systems: Theory & Practice” during the fall of 2012. Here’s what I did:
Marketing DirectorJohn J. Lothian & Co. (2009-2014)
John J. Lothian & Co. is a family run business comprised of an online news service focused on the futures industry and a video production studio. Some things I did there:
M.A. New Media StudiesDePaul University (2007-2011)
I attended DePaul in the evening while working full-time. Relevant coursework:
Award: “Best Interactive Media Design” at the 2011 DePaul University WRD student awards for The Flaming Lips Zaireeka video experiment.
Marketing CoordinatorOcean Tomo (2006-2009)
Ocean Tomo provides intellectual property consulting and services. Some things I did there:
PresidentLothian Media Design (2004-)
Lothian Media Design is a business I started to support my freelance work. Some things I do:
B.S. Media StudiesUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2001-2005)
I also earned a minor in sociology. Relevant coursework: