After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Oregon School of Journalism in 1989, I began my career in the Communications Department of the Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA). After working as the Assistant Editor for the Clinical Laboratory Management Review, I made a lateral move and became the Editor for the association’s bimonthly newsletter, Management Briefs. I also helped produce CLMA’s annual meeting program, brochures and marketing materials and provided support to various committees.
After CLMA, I worked at a small marketing firm, where I provided editorial and logistical support for a wide variety of marketing efforts.
I then accepted an Editor position at Universal Technical Resource Services (UTRS)—a provider of engineering, information technology and technical consulting services to government and business. In this position, I edited documents for engineers and managers, which required significant editorial work with technical documents.
When UTRS was granted a contract with the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC), I accepted a position as the Editor of the FLC’s monthly newsletter, NewsLink. I also provided support for the Communications Committee, which involved writing, designing and producing marketing materials and email newsletters.
My next position was in the Communications Office of Bayada Nurses, where I wrote, edited and produced ads, direct mail pieces, nursing department forms, an employee handbook and numerous other printed materials. I also worked on several special projects with high-level managers.
Upon the birth of my son, I decided to leave the workforce and become a stay-at-home mom. However, during this time, I kept my writing and communication skills fresh by blogging and taking on leadership positions with the parent-teacher groups at my son’s school. I also began volunteering with The Unforgotten Haven and created their website.
Using the posts from my (defunct) blogs, I am working on my first book—a collection of humorous essays tentatively titled Radiating Awkwardness.
With my son about to enter high school, I decided it was time to get back in the workforce. Starting my own freelance company, the Pen of Jen, seemed like a great way to do this.
In my free time, I am an avid reader (averaging at least one book a week) and enjoy traveling with my family.