Work Experience

1995 -- 2006: Model

•  Perform as an art, runway, and commercial photographer's model, in studio and on location; for advertising, portfolio pieces, Web and CD.

•  Life-drawing model at the Seattle Art Institute and other venues in Seattle and Vashon, Washington, and Montana.

2004 -- 2006: Narrator, Radio Program Producer and Clown

•  Narration for Sky Touches Earth, a documentary about the tantric temples of India.

•  Professional Clown at the Herb Pharm of Oregon's staff picnic.

•  Wrote, directed and produced youth radio show "Fervent Youthness" for Voice of Vashon.

1997 -- 2006: Window Washer, House Cleaner and Landscaper

•  Attention to detail results in sparkling windows, immaculate and luxuriant gardens. Works with minimal supervision. Montana and Washington.

1995 -- 2006: Childcare provider

•  Offering care for infants, toddlers, and special needs children. Livingston, Montana and Vashon, Washington.

1999 -- 2004: Coordinator of the Vashon Island Youth Council , a King County Grants-funded project, Vashon Island, Washington.

•  Work with the Vashon Youth Council began as a community researcher, then progressed to Youth Leader, Adult Board Member, Assistant Coordinator, and Coordinator.

•  Helped create a Social Study survey to determine needs for community service supporting Vashon Island youth. The survey resulted in bringing together a group who started a club/Youth Council.

•  Served as a co-creator, board member, assistant coordinator and coordinator in a youth directed five year old, non-profit that provided opportunities and support for young people. The Council worked on a variety of projects including community environmental maintenance through protection and restoration, global and political awareness, youth rights, education reform, and providing a place for youth to learn and be safe.

•  Helped plan and facilitate a community service-learning workshop, which voiced the idea and provided training resources for integrating service learning projects into the standardized curriculum.

•  Attended an Institute of Cultural Affairs youth leadership conference.

•  Helped lead several alternative learning workshops at the Washington Alternative Learning Association Conference.

•  Attended a national Service-Learning Conference in Washington D.C to deliver a speech while receiving a Service Learning Leader School Award, and attend training on linking non-profit organizations with service learning. Summer 2002.

•  Helped organize and participated in a meeting with Washington's fromer Governor Locke requesting his assistance to preserve habitat and people's health from a multi-national corporation that proposed to mine 10% of Vashon Island. For now, Vashon is safe from gravel harvest.

•  Attended a 4-H-funded conference to involve Youth with Legislation.

1999: Assistant Manager and Barista at the “Chai Hut”

•  Prepared fresh Chai and other fine teas tea House and gift shop. Sold clothes, books and ethnic artifacts. Hosted open jam music nights. Opened, closed, and maintained premises. Vashon, Washington.

Social Services Experience

2005: Service Work in Venezuela

•  Provided progressive elder care: offering massage, reading inspirational literature in Spanish, playing guitar, flute and singing, making flower arrangements, and engaging in friendly conversation.

•  Facilitated four day workshop in a psychiatric ward: offered massage, created and led art projects, shared inspirational reading, led yoga circles, gave a positive affirmation workshop, performed a multi-instrumental concert; and painted a positive symbol mural.

•  Assisted at Foundation Narayana (indigenous word for "original essence of being"), an organization that teaches ecology and environmental conservation to children in schools; helped organization with curriculum development, presentation performance, field trip assistance, photography and fundraising.

Education

2005: Six months of intensive Spanish language, cultural studies, social work and adventure travel, Venezuela.

2001: Post-partum Doula Training with the Seattle School of Midwifery; received credentials to be a caregiver to mothers in the period after birth.

2001: Alternative High School Diploma from Student Link

•  Created independent studies curriculum in youth empowerment through activism, education, and the arts, and service-based performance arts, with a minor in healing arts and care-giving.

•  As the first student in this school, a part of the Vashon School District, I helped develop the now-thriving program that promotes independent and self-empowered education.

1998: Three Week Outward Bound Trek

•  Participated in wilderness trek receiving training in group communication dynamics, leave no trace protocol, mountaineering, physical fitness and solo visioning.

Performance Art Training

Performance Arts Workshops in Montana, Vashon Island, Seattle, Hawaii and Colorado:

2005: Intensive Voice Training with Mouna Wilson of Singing for Power.

2004: "Beat of the Buddha" sweat your prayers ecstatic dancing weekend intensive with Gabrielle Roth's son.

1999 -- 2004: Seattle Rhythm Festival workshop training.

2003: Sacred clowning daylong training.

2003: Salsa Dance Classes with Salsa Salvaje of Seattle.

1998 -- 2002: featured performer in IsleWilde!, a community activist circus arts festival that includes giant puppets, stilting, acrobatics, parades, costume design, mask and craft making and a politically conscious pageant ritual.

2002: Flamenco dance weekend workshop.

2002: Intensive Voice Training with Maggie Lard of Vashon.

2001: Musical training and sound healing at a scholarship-funded Vox Mundi project (World Voice) workshop in Colorado.

2000: Two week intensive belly dance, dunbek drum, and Hula dance workshop, with Visionary Dance Productions in Maui.

1999: Summer Film School, 30 days of professional training; worked as assistant art director to create a half hour educational video related to police violence with racially diverse inner-city teens.

1997 -- 1998: Theater training with Young Peoples Theater on Vashon and participated in High-School Drama as a licensed Thespian.

1998: West African drumming and dance training with Geoff Johns and Thione and Mapate Diop.

1998: Community development youth empowerment workshop with anthropologist/activist Michael Meade.

1994 -- 1997: Equinox Improve Theater -- three years of training, including performing a politically charged play “Rhinoceros.”

1985 -- 1994: Classical ballet training and performance.

Ongoing: Classical guitar training.

Innovative Skills

Communicating with and organizing youth; Planning and facilitating meetings and programs; Managing projects; Grant writing and administration; Creating portfolios, presentations, workshops, and media; Networking.

Performing Art – Multi-Media Actress, Singer, Dancer, Percussionist, Guitarist, Flautist, Model.

Healing Art – Unlicensed Massage Therapist, Proficient in Reflexology.

Writing – Poetry, Art/Music/Movie Reviews, Travel Writing, Children's Stories, Screenplays.

Art – Abstract Mixed Media Painter, Logo design, Ceramic Sculpture, Sacred Symbol Murals, Gourmet Nutritious Culinary, SCreative Writing, Flower Arranging, Interior Design, Educational Collage.

Computer Skills -- Proficient at Word Processing, Database Organizing, Basic Computer Programming, and Basic Graphic Design; for Macintosh and PCs.

Outdoor Skills – Backpacking, Snowboarding, Camping, Biking, Body Surfing, Kayaking, Rappelling and Hiking.

Travel Experience -- Venezuela; Mexico; England; Portugal; Spain; Italy; Germany; France; Hawaii; Thailand; Indonesia.

Awards and Scholarships

2005: The Celebration Foundation grant to create a multi-media, multi-cultural, educational, interactive performance art show.

2002: National Service Learning Leader School Award.

Washington Alternative Learning Association Educational Scholarship.

2001: Presidents Student Service Challenge Award for over 500 hours of exemplary community service work.


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