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 | 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 | 2015

Bachelor of Science | Political Science including Geography

This program has a concentration on International Relations and Languages

Longview College (MCCKC) | 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

Sustainability Manager

Blue Air Acres | Apr 2020 - Present

  • Develop capital and sustainability strategies with autonomy to implement programs
  • Manage business to business relations, and energy benchmarking & assessment
  • Project Management Professional (Expires Oct 2022)

Chief Operations Officer

MGR Advisors | Apr 2014 - Jun 2020

  • Oversee change + acquisition management
  • Develop direction & goals in conjunction with strategic partnerships
  • Board President 6/18-6/20; HR & IT Manager 4/15-7/16; Consultants Manger 4/14-5/15
(Permanently Closed 6/20 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic)
  • Nonprofit Professional (Expired Feb 2022)

Financial Aid Specialist

Webster University | May 2016 - Oct 2017

  • Advise students applying for aid determining continued eligibility for assistance
  • Requests, collects, and reviews documents for accuracy, completeness & compliance

General Manager

Erney's 32 Degrees | Jun 2011 - May 2016

  • Oversee club + staff operations & HR functions
  • Supervise promotion & entertainment marketing & sales
  • Assistant General Manger / Shift Manger 6/11-12/12

Producer

WTV | Aug 2013 - Dec 2015

  • Oversee live broadcast over multiple platforms in conjunction with segment producer
  • Oversee content from conceptualization through execution
  • Broadcast Director 8/13 - 7/14

Transportation Manager

The Muny Theatre | Mar 2012 - Sep 2013

  • Direct employees of 2 departments using SAP/TMS
  • Oversee full-spectrum of client & staff transit

Broadcast Presenter

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

  • Broadcast Presenter / On-Air Host & Moderator 8/08-5/11; Sound Engineer 9/06-8/08
  • Certified Radio Operator (Expired in 2015)

Assistant Manager

Boomer's Café | Jan 2007 - Dec 2010

  • Perform all manager duties during shift
  • Shift Supervisor & Barista 1/07-12/07

Development Director

World Affairs Council | Sep 2007 - Sep 2010

  • Supervise capital & fundraising campaigns
  • Certified FundRaising Executive (Expired in 2013)

Entertainment Operations Manager

Holland Records & Productions | Apr 2004 - Aug 2010

  • eCommerce Manager 12/04-3/06; Talent Scout 4/04-1/05
  • Certified Audio Engineer (Expired in 2011)

Bank Teller

Central Bank of Kansas City | Feb 2004 - Aug 2006


Founding Member

Friends of the MUNY | 2013-Present

  • Develop charter & hospitality proposals

Commissioner

City of Webster Groves | 2016-2017

  • Public Safety Commissioner on the Traffic Advisory Commission
  • Provide arbitration & develop capital improvement plans

Public Policy Advisor (Apprenticeship)

City of Brentwood | 2012-2013

  • Develop Citywide 5-year Capital Improvement Plan
  • Digitalize City Charter

Activities Official

MSHSAA | 2004-2012

  • Trained / Registered Official for 7 activities

VP & Project Coordinator

Gay-Straight Alliance - Longview | 2010-2011
  • Oversaw fundraising events
  • Raised $5,000 for local groups

Chief Executive Officer

College Democrats of Missouri | 2006-2010

  • Reorganized nonprofit in 2007
  • Represent the State of Missouri at National Conventions

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

YMCA | 2013 - 2017

Soccer Official

Model United Nations | 2007 - 2010

International Delegate | National Delegate

Truman Library Institute | 2000 - 2011

Honorary Fellow

GROUPS &

MEMBERSHIPS

I Freelance Write and have a passion for Cultural Immersion, Musical Theatre and Films/Shows in non-English Languages



"If we were meant to stay in one place, we'd have roots instead of feet."

Rachel Wolchin