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SUMMARY

Research and communications professional with background in political, economic, and media systems. Experience in project design and attendant logistics, field interviewing, data coding, and statistical analysis using STATA. Have written and edited pre-publication social science reports, press briefs, project proposals, government documents, and blogs. Proficient in using Dropbox, Diplopedia.org (office page design), and all things Google; developing websites using the WordPress platform; and using social media including Facebook, Google Plus, and Twitter. Additional communications skills include management/staff mediation, public speaking, workshop development and instruction, and diplomatic articulation of mission statements and controversial ideology. Fluent (reading, writing, speaking) in French and Malagasy; speak conversational Spanish.

EXPERIENCE

SDA Language Institute, Seoul, South Korea (February 2013 – August 2014)
Taught English grammar, conversation, and pronunciation to Koreans of all ages at all levels of fluency. Balanced up to nine separate lesson plans daily while coordinating with native Korean co-teachers. Designed new conversation classes. Met weekly with institute director to discuss program inefficiencies, suggest new ideas, and participate in short trainings.

  • Received a 99/100 point evaluation based on student and director ratings as well as academic evaluations and student re-registration rates.

Independent Field Study (BYU), Madagascar (January 2011 – January 2012)
Arranged all logistical aspects of research project, including housing, travel and visa requirements. Designed an empirical survey-experiment on ethnic preferences in political participation and developed a randomized system for sampling. Interviewed 239 individuals in two regions, then analyzed data quantitatively and qualitatively for trends and correlations.

  • Written project proposal accepted by Institutional Review Board (IRB) for ethical considerations.
  • Successfully navigated bureaucracy in developing country to secure visa and research permit.
  • Interviews yielded significant data set later used in multiple publications.
  • Data analysis found trends that challenged traditional thinking on Malagasy politics and supported other theoretical field work.
  • Designed website, using WordPress platform, to explain research and local current events.
  • Currently co-authoring three articles for publication in top peer-reviewed academic journals.

Students for Nonprofit Development, Provo, UT (September 2011 – December 2011)
Local nonprofit, sponsored by BYU, with student consultant teams that help local non-profits become more socially innovative and entrepreneurial.
InternMember of consultant team that researched micro-enterprise education materials, communities, and conferences.

  • Developed and evaluated curriculum for the Ballard Center Micro-Enterprise Education Initiative.
  • Client accepted recommendations that contributed to being a leader in its field.

U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. (October 2010 – December 2010)
Government agency with a mission to foster conditions for stability and progress, for the benefit of people everywhere. (www.state.gov.)
Intern. Served as senior/assistant editor for annual International Religious Freedom Reports for African countries. Prepared press briefing documents for Assistant Secretary of State, on current and ongoing religious freedom issues. Articulated international current events in the context of department policies and goals.

  • Edited annual report.
  • Developed pages on Diplopedia.gov; took initiative to learn new technology and designed eLearning tutorial detailing procedures for updating the pages.
  • Maintained consistent voice in official department policy documents.
  • Developed consistency for internal reports by helping to standardize formatting.

Center Partners, Idaho Falls, ID (June 2009 – August 2009)
Provider of contact center and web self-service sales solutions. (www.centerpartners.com.)
Bilingual Customer Service Agent. Provided telephone technical, setup, and trouble-shooting support, in both English and French, for Sony Playstation3. Processed credit-card payments for warranty service.

  • Key member of start-up team that cut costs by eliminating need for translators.
  • Improved customer communications and decreased call-backs by mastering related French vocabulary.

BYU Study Abroad, Paris, France (January 2009 – April 2009)
Studied French language, politics and culture.

  • Learned cultural nuances and linguistic norms, and applied to my public diplomacy skills.
  • Honed language skills and broadened my perspective through interacting both personally and professionally, and in the French language, with local individuals.

Gray Line of Alaska, Anchorage, AK (April 2008 – September 2008)
Provider of coach, rail and cruise tours in Alaska and the Yukon. (www.graylinealaska.com.)
Relief Manager/Food and Beverage Clerk. Maintained inventory, placed orders, and updated expense spreadsheets. Managed a small stocking crew and maintenance projects.

  • Facilitated staff and management relations by negotiating demands from both parties
  • Instrumental in maintaining record low costs.
  • Established ability to accommodate last-minute requests by ensuring that trains met departure times.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT (April 2007 – October 2009)
Christian church with combination of doctrine, culture, and lifestyle known as Mormonism. (www.lds.org.)
Translator/Interpreter. Translated and interpreted official church publications and bi-annual worldwide conference materials. Edited and prepared speaker transcripts for simultaneous interpreter narration. Attended trainings.

  • Translations used by almost 10K members in Madagascar.

C-A-L Ranch Stores, Idaho Falls, ID (March 2007 – August 2007)
Retail store chain with locations in Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Arizona. (www.calranch.com.)
Receiver/Forklift Operator. Received and sorted incoming freight for distribution to 11 stores. Operated four different styles of forklifts. Entered invoice data. Assisted in employee training.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Madagascar (September 2003 – September 2005)
Volunteer Representative Madagascar. Customized and presented 20- to 40-minute lessons to small family groups. Supervised teams of up to six volunteers. Held weekly training meetings and workshops, and compiled weekly statistics for reports.

  • Developed communication skills by consistently articulating church ideology.
  • Discussed sensitive topics with local population in their native language, diffusing potentially tense situations by tactfully connecting to audience beliefs and cultural background.

EDUCATION

M.A. Candidate in International Communications, University of Leeds, Expected graduation: December 2015

B.A. in International Relations, with emphasis on Political and Economic Development, Brigham Young University, December 2011

Earned 100% of college tuition and expenses via scholarships, grants, part-time jobs and student loans.

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One Response to “Resume”

  1. YOU ARE A GREAT GUY , YOU WILL BE A GREAT AMBASSADOR AS YOU WERE A GREAT AMBASSADOR OF THE CHRIST .KEPP IT UP MAN! ALWAYS DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO AND SAY WHAT YOU GOTTA SAY!

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