Writer, editor, and partner in marketing communication and strategic design at RED CANOE Creative Studio. Blogger and consultant in marketing strategy and social media at PineappleBiz. Member of the American Marketing Association, Insights Association (formerly Marketing Research Association), Scribes (American Society of Legal Writers), and the Legal Writing Institute.
Professor in marketing, marketing management, advertising, public relations, writing for public relations, digital marketing, nonprofit marketing, consumer behavior, business ethics, and business communication. Recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Walla Walla University School of Business.
Lover of mountains, lodges, and snow. Listener, learner, writer, teacher, and advocate for kindness, transparency, civil discourse, and moral courage. Fascinated with people and with the process of capturing their unique value through images and words.
Graduated from Whitman College in 1990 with a bachelor of arts degree in history (medieval emphasis). Member, Phi Beta Kappa.
Earned a doctorate in law (JD) from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law, graduating cum laude in 2003. Served as a teaching fellow for both legal research and writing and appellate advocacy. Worked as research assistant for Professor C. Doug Miller after receiving the Ralph H. Martin Book Award in Estates & Trusts. Served for one semester as senior research editor for the Florida Law Review after receiving that journal’s Accomplished Research Award and George W. Milam Award for Best Comment. Wrote both a Comment and a Note for publication in that journal.
Worked as a summer law associate with Holland & Knight and Dean Mead law firms in Orlando, Florida. Picked up a few transfer classes at the University of Montana College of Law. Received the Excellence for the Future Award in Alternate Dispute Resolution.
Have traveled to every state and nearly every province in North America. Worked as a crew member for two summers on a commercial fishing boat out of Dillingham, Alaska. Have also traveled to Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom, and various countries in Africa. Was privileged to conduct a video interview with His Excellency Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, who became the first president of independent Zambia in 1964 and continued to lead that country until 1997. He was one of the strongest opponents of apartheid and later spoke at the the funeral of Nelson Mandela—his last public speech.
Personal Motto: Leave a room cleaner, more organized, and more beautiful than you found it. Leave people happier, stronger, and more encouraged than you found them.