Hi, I am JD, a Leadership Professional

BRIEF

I've gone through a number of phases in my education and career, and each of them has informed my current work ethos and philosophy.

I could be considered a Polymath and Entrepreneur after opening & co-founding two Businesses and co-funding a charity.

I have excelled in a number of project management and creative design roles through diverse industries; that is why I believe that my asset to you is my ability to adapt to challenges that others fail to meet.

SKILLS

Resilience & Adaptability

Collaboration

Multilingual

Public Relations

Critical Thinking

Time Management

Change Management

Webster University | 2015-2017

Master of Arts | Management & Leadership

This is a combined Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Public Administration Program (MPA) with emphases on Change Management and Nonprofit Administration

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville | 2014-2015

Bachelor of Science | Political Science including Geography

This program has a concentration on International Relations and LanguagesSix (6) Trimesters at SIUE with an additional four (4) Semesters at UMSL previously progressing towards a program that was discontinued

Longview College (MCCKC) | 2010-2011

Associate of Arts | Communications & Theater Arts

This program included advanced Technical Writing, Public Relations and Journalism plus Technical Performance Training and Creative Writing

Missouri State University | 2010

Pre-Professional Certificate | Applied Geospatial Science

Included training in GIS and Coding plus Geodesy and Geoinformatics

EDUCATION

EXPERIENCE

Estate Manager

Blue Air Acres | Apr 2020 - Present

  • Monitor Crops and Livestock including Planting and Harvesting
  • Plan and Initiate Capital Projects | Make Business Related Purchases

Project Management Professional (Certification Expires Oct 2022)

Chief Operations Officer | President of Board

MGR Advisors | Apr 2014 - Jun 2020

  • Oversee Change and Acquisition Management | Lead Business Operations
  • Handle Strategic Partnerships | Ensure that Financial & HR Operations are Consistent

Previously was a Project Manager and the Operations Manager
Nonprofit Professional (Certification Expires Feb 2022)

Producer | Broadcast Technical Director

WUTV (SIUE Events) | Aug 2013 - Dec 2015

  • Oversee Broadcast Direction and Content Formation from Conceptualization through Execution
  • Desktop and Copy Editing | Brief on pre/post-show

Transportation Manager | Artist Hospitality Coordinator

The Muny Theatre | Mar 2012 - Sep 2013

  • Supervise Employees of two (2) Departments and Set their Schedules & Tasks lists
  • Oversee Budget, Supplies, Facilities and Automotive Fleet
  • Manage Talent Communication, Staff Accommodations, and Community Program Services

Production Assistant

Broadcast Presenter | Engineer

The Growl (Public Radio) | Sep 2006 - May 2011

  • Presenter (Host & Moderator) on Talk show with Input from Audience & Guests
  • Sound Engineer for Music show | Record & Reproduce using Audio Interface & DAW to Edit

Certified Radio Operator (Certification Expired in 2015)

Shift Supervisor | Key Holder

Boomer's Café | Jan 2007 - Dec 2010

  • Open & Close | Perform Assistant Manager duties during shift
  • Maintain Stock | Food Prep and Filling Customer Orders

Development Director

World Affairs Council | Sep 2007 - Sep 2010

  • Oversee Capital and Fundraising Campaigns | Negotiate Discounts and Donations
  • Manage Accounts Receivable & Payable | Maintain Ledgers of Membership & Expenditures

Certified FundRaising Executive (Certification Expired in 2013)

Entertainment Operations Manager

Holland Records & Productions | Apr 2004 - Aug 2010

  • Operate Sound State & Recording Studios
  • Manage Talent Teams including Scouting & Representation
  • Provide Promotion & Public Relations for Events

Certified Audio Engineer (Certification Expired in 2011)

Former Candidate (USHOR)

U.S. Congress | 2020-2022

  • Supervise & Participate in Daily Fundraising Solicitation
  • Meet with Constituents and Listen to their Issues
  • Participate in Public Events and Speaking Engagements

Included filing reports with Congressional Ethics Committee, Federal Elections Commission, Internal Revenue Service and Secretary of State

Traffic Commissioner (WGTAC)

City of Webster Groves | 2016-2017

  • Research Traffic Patterns | Develop Pedestrian Projects
  • Advise on Legal Rights & Responsibilities

Included mediating disputes between the Board of Aldermen, Police Department, Schools, and Protestors / Civilians

Public Policy Advisor (Apprenticeship)

City of Brentwood | 2012-2013

  • Develop Citywide 5-year Capital Improvement Project and Performance Policy Database | Update Employee Handbook
  • Digitalize City Charter | Issue Policy and Human Resources Memos

Office Manager (Apprenticeship)

U.S. Senate District Office | 2007

  • Supervise Staff (Open & Close Office)
  • Respond to Constituents on behalf of the Office

Chief Executive Officer | President

Missouri State College Democrats | 2006-2010

  • Supervise 10 Officers & Manage Daily Operations

Personal Aide to Candidate

Hensley for Prosecutor | 2006

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

& PUBLIC SERVICE

LANGUAGES

ENGLISH | EN | Native

Written & Verbal | Expert

SWEDISH | SV / SE

Written: Proficient | Verbal: Competent

NORWEGIAN & GERMAN | NO / DE

Written: Competent | Verbal: Advanced Beginner

Management | 6 years

Nightclub | Ski Resort

Food & Beverage | 5 years

Barista | Bartender | Brewery

Financial | 4 years

Teller | Financial Aid

Mergers & Acquisitions | 3 years

International | Negotiations

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

CERTIFICATIONS

Community Transit Manager

CTAA | 2016 - Present

Outdoor & Physical Education Studies

Alison | 2015 - Present

Community Development

Alison | 2014 - Present

Pi Sigma Alpha | 2015 - Present

Member

Friends of the Muny | 2013 - Present

Founding Member

YMCA | 2013 - 2017

Soccer Official

Model United Nations | 2007 - 2010

International Delegate | National Delegate

MSHSAA | 2006 - 2012

Athletics Activities Official

Truman Library Institute | 2000 - 2011

Honorary Fellow

GROUPS &

MEMBERSHIPS

I am a Freelance Column Writer that has a passion for Cultural Immersion, Musical Theatre and Films/Shows in non-English Languages



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