Bio

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Writer, editor, and partner in strategic design at Red Canoe Creative. Information designer and social media marketer at Pineapple Social Media.

Professor of 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.

Presenter and blogger on value, marketing strategy, public relations, small businesses, nonprofits, family, aging, caregiving and writing with precision and purpose.

Member of the American Marketing Association, Insights Association (formerly Marketing Research Association), Scribes (American Society of Legal Writers), and the Legal Writing Institute.

Lover of mountains, lodges, and snow. Listener, learner, writer, teacher, and advocate for kindness, transparency, civil discourse, and moral courage.

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, cum laude) from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law. Teaching fellow for both legal research and writing and appellate advocacy. Research assistant for Professor C. Doug Miller. Earned the Ralph H. Martin Book Award in Estates & Trusts. Senior research editor for the Florida Law Review. Recipient of the George W. Milam Award for Best Comment as well as the Accomplished Research Award. Wrote both a Comment and a Note for publication in that journal. Summer associate with Holland & Knight and Dean Mead law firms in Orlando, Florida. Took classes at the University of Montana College of  Law and was the recipient of the Excellence for the Future Award in Alternate Dispute Resolution.

Worked as a crew member on a commercial fishing boat out of Dillingham, Alaska. 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.

Personal Motto:  Leave things better than you found them.

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