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Education

Old Dominion University

Graduated May 2015
  • BA in English, Emphasis in Creative Writing
  • BFA in Fine Arts, Concentration in Drawing and Design
  • Minor in Art History
  • GPA: 3.87

Great Bridge High

2001-2005
  • Received Advanced High School Diploma

Work Experience

Freelance Graphic Designer/Illustrator

2008-Present
  • Aided local small businesses and other clients with graphic design needs
  • Included Crossfit, weightlifting, and fitness gyms and businesses (Crossfit Chesapeake, Wilkes Weightlifting, and RX Pro Shop, among others)
  • Projects included illustrations and graphic design work for t-shirts, logos, business cards
  • Also did layout work for flyers and magazines

Group Trainer/Graphic Designer

Crossfit Chesapeake (2009-2014)
  • Ran Crossfit-style gym classes daily with an emphasis on proper technique of exercises
  • Have done personal training for Olympic-style weightlifting
  • Responsible for opening and closing gym, cleaning equipment, etc.
  • Designed and wrote flyers for advertising of local Crossfit gym
  • Also designed and illustrated images for T-shirts, for members and special events

Seminar Coach/Graphic Designer

Wilkes Weightlifting Seminars (2008-Present)
  • Traveled to different gyms along the East Coast, giving day-long lectures on the Olympic-style lifts, as well as hands-on training
  • Worked in small groups during seminars, coaching athletes on proper technique and safety while lifting
  • Gave demonstrations of the two lifts discussed, the Snatch and Clean & Jerk
  • Wrote and designed flyers to advertise upcoming seminars in the area

Volunteer Work

Layout Editor/Illustrator/Writer              

Infuse Magazine (2004-2015)
  • Contributed illustrations and articles through email to non-profit Christian organization’s magazine, Infuse Magazine, a quarterly magazine
  • Also responsible for cover illustrations and designs for several issues
  • Became layout editor in January 2009
  • Responsible for organizing submissions and illustrations in a logical and appealing manner, then sending finished layout to printers

Spectrum: Senior Exhibition

Baron and Gordon Ellin Art Galleries (March 2012)  
  • Aided in preparation of first student-run show held by graduating ODU seniors of the art department
  • Participated in hanging up of work
  • Also helped prepare an installation piece to be hung, involving cutting and making backing that would support work
  • Had work on display in show

Juried ODU Student Show

Baron and Gordon Ellin Art Galleries (April 2012)
  • Participated in preparing the annual student show
  • Aided in arranging displays and hanging up work
  • Had painting “George’s Morning Hours” in the show

Barbells for Boobs

Crossfit Chesapeake (2010-2011)
  • International, annual event
  • Participated in Crossfit workout “Grace” (30 Clean & Jerks for time) to raise money and awareness for breast cancer
  • Helped organize the event at Crossfit Chesapeake

St. Judes Workout

Crossfit Chesapeake (November 2010)
  • Organized and participated in workout to raise money to go towards the St. Judes Foundation
  • Gym raised over $1500 for St. Judes

Skills

  • Fluent in Adobe programs Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator
  • Fluent in WordPress website building
  • Fluent in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Expertise in drawing and painting
  • Experienced in html coding for website design
  • Experienced in writing for marketing and advertising, as well as creative writing

Other

Olympic-Style Weightlifting

(2000-Present)
  • Competed in weightlifting since 2000; nationally competitive since 2004
  • 2014 Pan American Champion in the 105kg+ weight class, silver medalist in 2016
  • Competed in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials for weightlifting
  • Five-time National Champion
  • Three-time World Team member
  • One of five Americans to have ever clean & jerked over 500 pounds in competition