Oak Communications • Biography
• Personal Statement
I earned an M.A. in Counseling Psychology
from University of California at Santa Barbara and a B.A. in Anthropology from University of California at Davis.
I am a graduate of the Professional Coaching Course at New Ventures
West where I received certification as an Integral Coach. I
also have the PCC (Professional Certified Coach) credential from
the International Coach Federation. In addition, I participated
in the Management Academy at UC Berkeley.
I have extensive professional experience in
all sectors of the economy – business, education, nonprofit
organizations and government – and in a wide variety of
fields, including training and organizational
development, career planning, performing arts administration, marketing
and communications, public relations, and travel.
Some of the positions that have contributed
to my professional growth, learning, and competence include:
vice president of an entrepreneurial active travel company (Backroads,
Inc.), executive director of a nonprofit arts organization (Ashkenaz
Music & Dance Community Center), career counselor and workshop
leader (Turning Point Career Center, Macalester and Grinnell
Colleges), associate director of a large academic advising office
(UC Berkeley, College of Letters & Science), organization
development and training specialist (Viacom Cable International),
public relations and marketing manager (Music Academy of the
West and Music In The Air).
In each of these careers, there were common
elements: working for an exceptional business or organization,
opportunity to learn new skills, and meeting the challenges
of managing other people.
Through these work experiences, I have developed knowledge and
- leading teams
- designing and facilitating workshops and training sessions
- human resources
- planning and analysis
- managing projects
- strategic planning
- written communications, including: reports,
handbooks, website content, grants, marketing and fundraising
I provide coaching and consulting services to non-profit organizations in Central Louisiana through the Rapides Foundation's Community Development Works' Execbuilders program.
I have written two books: The Key to the Castle: Zen and Travel Stories of Trust. It is available for purchase at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com and by request from your independent bookstore and Cultivating a Mindful Life available in digital formats from Smashwords.com and Amazon.com.