Welcome to my website!
I am a writer, educator, and nonprofit leader with extensive experience working with social justice organizations, supporting Montessori education, and teaching English and American Studies at the college level. This website provides an overview of my skills and experience. To print or download a copy of my complete resume, including employment, community service, professional development, and education, click here.
PROFILE: EXPERIENCED WRITER, EDUCATOR, AND NONPROFIT LEADER
- 27 years of experience in nonprofit administration, communications, and fundraising, as well as 17 years of experience teaching English and American Studies at the college level.
- Extensive experience managing nonprofit programs and organizations, working with boards and committees, facilitating short-term and long-term planning, coordinating staff and volunteers, setting and tracking budgets, planning and coordinating facilities upgrades, developing and implementing special projects, and raising funds from foundation, government, business, and individual sources.
- Extensive experience making public presentations, facilitating meetings workshops, and classes, and writing a wide variety of organizational and fundraising materials, including grant proposals and reports, community education materials, and content for web sites and social media.
- Highly self-motivated. Proven ability to set and achieve long-term goals, manage multiple priorities, coordinate staff and volunteers, and work effectively individually and in teams in multiracial and intergenerational work environments.
Charles Biggs & Associates; Knoxville, TN - 2018-Present.
- Member of the Coaching/Consulting team at the Alliance for Better Nonprofits in Knoxville, TN.
- Provide organizational and fundraising assistance to nonprofit organizations and Montessori schools in East Tennessee. A list of the organizations and schools I work with is available by request.
- As Chair of the Education Committee for the Montessori Alliance of Tennessee, coordinate a team of volunteers across the state to organize local meetings and professional development workshops for the Montessori community. Wrote a charter for the Committee and guidelines for organizing local professional development workshops. Recruited and coordinate volunteers in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville, and Memphis. Meetings and workshops held or being planned to date include: Special Needs Workshop, Knoxville, September 2018; West Tennessee Heads of Schools Meeting, Memphis, January 2019; Infant/Toddler Literacy Training, Chattanooga, TN, February 2019; Early Childnood Literacy Training, Knoxville, April 2019.
Director; Knoxville Montessori School; Knoxville, TN - 2009-2017.
- Coordinated the work of the Knoxville Montessori School (KMS), a nonprofit private school that provides high-quality Montessori education to children from preschool through 5th grade.
- Worked with the KMS Board of Trustees to set and monitor the school’s annual budget, ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations, and develop and implement organizational policies and procedures, long-range strategic plans, and special projects.
- Coordinated marketing and outreach efforts that increased KMS’s enrollment by 30% - from 57 students in 2009-2010 to 74 students in 2017-2018.
- Increased KMS’s operating income (based on tuition and fees) by 50% - from $436,288 in 2009-2010 to $655,483 in 2017-2018. The budget showed a net surplus each year during this period.
- Coordinated the KMS staff, including hiring and training new staff, conducting annual evaluations, facilitating staff meetings, etc. During this period, the KMS staff grew from 8 full-time and 3 part-time staff in 2009 to 10 full-time and 4 part-time staff in 2017.
- Coordinated KMS's successful application for accreditation by the International Montessori Council. This involved a multi-year review of the school's academic, administrative, and business operations by committees made up of staff members, Board members, parents, and alumni, followed by preparation of a 107-page application and extensive supporting documentation.
- Established and administered a need-based financial aid program for KMS that provided up to 50% of tuition to 20%-25% of our students each year.
- Coordinated development and implementation of policies and procedures to support children with life-threatening allergies and asthma consistent with state Dept. of Education guidelines.
- Planned and coordinated facilities upgrades that included renovating the school’s classrooms and transforming the playground into a more natural play space.
- Planned and coordinated fundraising campaigns that raised over $500,000 for facilities upgrades and financial aid.
Charles Biggs & Associates; Knoxville, TN - 2009
- Provided writing, editing, web design, and fundraising services to nonprofit organizations in East Tennessee.
- Clients included the Appalachian Community Fund (foundation outreach and proposal writing), the Highlander Research and Education Center (website and blog updates, e-newsletter preparation, and technology support), Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (foundation outreach and proposal writing), and the International Association for the History of Religions (manuscript preparation and editing).
75th Anniversary Capital Campaign Coordinator and Webmaster, Highlander Research and Education Center; New Market, TN - 2003-2009.
- • Worked collaboratively as part of a multi-racial, intergenerational team to advance Highlander’s work supporting efforts for social, economic, and racial justice in Appalachia and the South.
- Coordinated Phase I of Highlander’s 75th Anniversary Capital Campaign and assisted with foundation and individual donor fundraising for Highlander’s annual budget.
- Wrote grant proposals, reports, appeal letters, and other materials. Met with individual donors and foundations. Helped plan and staff fundraising events in Knoxville, Boston, and New York.
- Coordinated upgrades to Highlander’s facilities. Projects included installing a wheelchair lift in Highlander’s Workshop Center, making structural and energy efficiency upgrades to the Workshop Center and other Highlander buildings, and renovating the former home of Highlander’s founder Myles Horton, which is now used for visitor housing and small meetings.
- Designed, created, and wrote content for Highlander’s website, blog and e-newsletter.
Literate Web Design; Knoxville, TN - 2000-2003.
- Created and maintained websites for nonprofit organizations and academic institutions.
- Clients included Church Street United Methodist Church, the Knoxville Montessori School, the Highlander Research and Education Center, and the Department of History, the Department of English, the Global Studies Initiative, and the Women’s Studies Program at UT Knoxville.
Managing Editor, Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal; University of Tennessee; Knoxville, TN - 1996-2003.
- Coordinated editing and production of Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, which publishes scholarly articles in the humanities and social sciences.
- Helped organize conferences and symposia, including a national conference in 1997 on “The Future of the Harlem Renaissance,” attended by over 100 scholars from across the country.
- Created and maintained the Soundings website.
Instructor, Department of English and American Studies Program; University of Tennessee; Knoxville, TN - 1990-2001.
- Designed and taught freshman composition, sophomore literature, and upper-division literature and American Studies courses.
- Received the John C. Hodges Excellence in Teaching Award from the English Department, 1992.
Adjunct Instructor, Department of English; City College of New York; New York, NY. 1984-1990.
- Designed and taught Basic Writing and Freshman Composition courses, including the first two sections of computer-assisted freshman composition offered at CCNY.
Foundation Consultant; New York, NY - 1980-1984.
- Provided program evaluation, docket writing, and other services to the J.C. Penney Foundation, Joint Foundation Support, the New World Foundation, and the Norman Foundation.
The Youth Project; Washington, DC - 1974-1979
- Eastern Office Field Director - 1977-1979 - Directed the Youth Project's Eastern Office, which provided funding and organizational assistance to grassroots social-justice organizations in the Northeast, Midwest, and Appalachia. Supervised a staff of four in offices in Washington, DC, and Knoxville, TN.
- Eastern Office Field Representative - 1975-1977 - As part of the Youth Project’s Eastern Office, provided funding and organizational assistance to grassroots social-justice organizations in New England and the Midwest.
- National Office Report and Proposal Writer - 1974-1975 - Wrote reports and proposals for the Youth Project and the grassrootss social justice organizations it supported.
A copy of my complete resume, including employment, community service, professional development, and education, is available here.