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HIGHLIGHTS AND SUMMARY

My duties as an art director at Lincoln Hospital include overseeing the whole life cycle of several simultaneous projects, working directly with external printers to produce high quality 4 color collateral, developing visual content for network wide email blasts, as well as utilizing the Teamsite content management system to develop and update web pages for Lincoln Hospital on the NYC.gov website. I have consistent and proven abilities to creatively design graphic solutions, deliver jobs accurately, on time, and with alacrity in a group and independently. I am equally comfortable using MS Office and Adobe Creative Suite as well as both PC and Mac.


QUALIFICATIONS

• A Masters degree in Communication Design, a BFA in Photography/Philosophy
 
• 8+ years as a visual designer with experience in both print and web
 
• 14+ years experience with Photoshop and Illustrator
 
• 14+ years designing presentations and templates in Word and PowerPoint
 
• 20+ years as a photographer, including 5 years owning NY headshot business
 
• 3 years managing ABN AMRO Rothschild's presentation and graphics department
 
• Consistent and proven abilities to design creative solutions with professionalism and alacrity
 
• Excellent conceptual creative and production skills with a strong understanding of layout principles, aesthetic design concepts and typography
 
• Experience creating campaigns and extending the look and feel through various marketing materials and through various mediums
 
• Knowledge of pre-press, 4/C process, spot colors, and standard vending practices
 
• Proven skills in Adobe CS3-5 (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, ImageReady, Dreamweaver, Flash) and Microsoft Office, including Power Point and Excel; as well as HTML coding and web design experience
 
• A proficiency using both PC and Mac
 
• Able to complete tasks within tight schedules and under strict layout controls and budgets
 
• Strong verbal communication skills; dependable, detail-oriented, and well organized
 
• Strong presentation skills
 
• Experience working in both an agency and corporate environment
 
• Financial, Pharmaceutical and Medical industry experience
 


PC / MAC SKILLS

Proficient:

(CS3,4,5) InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, FrontPage, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Keynote, MS Office 2003-2011

Some exp:

After Effects, Final Cut video editing, Quark 6.5, Fontographer, CorelDraw


EDUCATION

Pratt Institute, NY, NY

M.S. Communications Design, Graduated Fall 2009 (3.85 GPA)

Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

B.F.A. Photography, Philosophy Minor, Dean's List, Graduated 1994 (Dean's List)


RECENT AWARDS

Recipient of Graphic Design USA's 2010 American Graphic Design Award

PUBLISHED WORK

Art directed and designed award winning children's book:
How Do You Get A Mouse To Smile? by Bonnie Grubman

EXPERIENCE

Health & Hospitals Corp.

Lincoln Hospital, Associate Director of Communications/Art Director 2011-Present

Overseeing the whole life cycle of several simultaneous projects from concept to delivery

Assisting with marketing and advertising strategies

Working directly with department heads on special projects and initiatives

Working on high-profile initiatives such as the Lincoln Auxiliary's annual Gala Event and the Lincoln Art Exchange Program

Brainstorming and Designing internal and external communication materials

Working directly with external printers to produce high quality 4 color collateral

Developing visual content for Generations +/Northern Manhattan network-wide email blasts

Using the Teamsite content management system to develop and update web pages for Lincoln Hospital on the NYC.gov website

Serving as an essential resource regarding the Public Affairs Department's marketing needs using some or all of the following skills: art direction, project management, graphic design, digital photography, Web design/CMS editing and some copy writing

Axion LLC

Lincoln Hospital, Art Director 2010-2011

Assisting the marketing division with designing and generating marketing collateral

Fordham University

Graphic Design Adjunct Professor 2011-Present

Teach introductory course in graphic design and CS5 programs (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign)

Vanguard Temporaries

Print and Presentation Designer at Burson-Marsteller 2010

Designed presentation Look and Feel using Photoshop textures and created vector art

Created icons, graphics, and production art. Cleaned up photos and graphics in Photoshop

BGB New York

Presentation Designer 2010-Ongoing

Designed presentation Look and Feel using Photoshop textures or created vector art
Created icons, graphics, and production art
Cleaned up photos and graphics in Photoshop

Volunteers of America

Graphic Designer 2010

Acted as graphic designer for posters, invitations, and other collateral design materials

Freelance

Freelance Web Designer 2001-Ongoing

Two recent websites designed, developed, and coded:
www.CatherineDio.net and www.douglassRidgeway.com

The Creative Group

Presentation Designer at Hachette Book Group 2010

Designed presentation on company changes and new initiatives for chief information officer

Star Bright Books

Graphic Design Intern 2009

Art directed and designed award winning children's book  How Do You Get A Mouse To Smile? by Bonnie Grubman
Art directed and illustrated preliminary designs for Urban Animals by Isabel Hill
Brainstormed with editor and illustrators for 3-4 books in progress
Color Corrected and PhotoShopped photographs for book cover and interior spreads

Burnett Group

Graphic Designer 2008

Designed and developed full working templates based on client look and feel
Converted InDesign templates for hedge fund company into MS PowerPoint presentations
Created proprietary and formula-driven Excel charts and tables with auto-updating links

Williams Lea

Assistant Graphic Designer at Merrill Lynch 2006-2007

Created inhouse information and event posters
Mediated between print department and presentation department on special projects
Developed branded look and feel Word templates for inhouse department
Created multiple presentations, custom logos, and pitchbook templates
Volunteered to coordinate offsite workflow to and from Chennai, India

Madison Handbags

Illustrator 2006-Ongoing

Illustrated vector images of a line of 30+ purses capturing the look and feel

Desktop Solutions

MS Office Trainer at Desktop Solutions 2006

Trained employees in MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel best practices

Tiger Info Systems

Satellite Presentation Operator at UBS 2004-2006

Created healthcare department presentations as a stand-alone operator
Worked directly with clients on large healthcare pitches

Blind Photography

Owner-Operator, Photographer and Graphic Designer 2001-2004

Owned and operated headshot photography business
Darkroom in Jersey City, NJ and Studio in Park Slope Brooklyn, NY
Developed and printed all B&W photography
Scanning and retouching negatives and prints
Creation of business fliers, brochures, business cards, logos, artwork and custom fonts
Creation and maintenance of website

ABN AMRO Rothschild

Presentation Manager 1998-2001

Worked on pitchbooks, RFPs, RFIs, and Sales Memos with MS Office, Photoshop, and CorelDraw
Managed the AAR equipment and supplies, temporary staffing, and a presentation library
Hired and released 2-4 temps as necessary to maintain constant workflow from 25 individuals
Trained new temps and new employees on procedures, templates and facilities
I was the NY point-person during the company-wide rebranding


ADDITIONAL DTP EXPERIENCE

PowerPoint

Presentation Designer EVB Creative for Lionel Trains
2009 EVB Creative

Assistant Graphic Designer Merrill Lynch
04/06-09/07 Williams Lea

Presentation Designer My Wine Direct, Inc.
2006 My Wine Direct, Inc.

Presentation Operator The Blackstone Group
2006 Desktop Solutions

Satellite Presentations Operator UBS
5/04-2/06 Tiger Information Systems, Inc.

Presentation Operator Citigroup Alternative Investments
4/04 Tiger Information Systems, Inc.

Presentations Operator Rothschild and AAR
1998 Headway Temps

Word Experience

Legal Word Operator Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
2006 TemPositions

Legal Word Operator Debevoise & Plimpton
2006 Asset Staffing

Legal Word Operator Lebouef, Lamb, Greene & MacRae
2006 Asset Staffing

Word Processor/ Freelance Operator Morgan Stanley
1998 Headway Temps

Word Processor Lazard Freres
1998 Headway Temps


References and Portfolio available upon request