Currently: PYP English Specialist at the International School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 2011 – Present.

Cultural Programming Experience:

  • Independent Educator/Consultant, Chicago, 2008 to 2011

Lecturing and giving interactive educational presentations on Mongolian culture and archaeology. Including: Sulzer Library, Resurrection High school, Lill Street Art Center, Woman Made Gallery, Mongolia Society.

  • Programming Consultant, Arts Council Mongolia, 2006-2008

Advised Mongolian Arts Council staff on museum education practices, consulted on ceramic arts programming, gave presentation on museum education and programming at National training session sponsored by UNESCO.

  • Programming Consultant and Coordinator for Mongolian Cultural Festival, Field Museum, Chicago, 2005-2006.  Worked as a liaison between Mongolian government representative, Mongolian community of Chicago and Field Museum to coordinate a cultural festival for 2007.
  • Programming Consultant for “Buddha’s Art of Healing”, Field Museum, Chicago, 1999

Directed the Field Museum Education Department staff and Tibetan community in developing programming for a cultural festival in conjunction with the exhibit.  Conducted volunteer training on Tibetan culture and traditional medicine with traditional Mongolian Doctor.

  • Public Programming/Consultant, Field Museum, Chicago, 1988-2000

Researched, developed, and taught public programs relating to natural history and culture.  Developed new approaches and concepts, exhibit guides, worked with exhibition team in updating Tibet exhibit, assisted in preparations and programming for Tibetan Sand Mandala by Namgyal Monks.

Research and Field Experience

  • Archaeological Research Inc., Chicago, 1996-2000

Conducted Phase I survey of 100-mile road project for Missouri Department of Transportation.  Conducted Phase II work of Adler Mound group in Chanahan, IL.  Conducted various Phase I surveys in Lake and Cook Counties, IL.  Archival and literature research.

  • Lab Director, Field Museum, Department of Anthropology, 1990-1992

Directed daily research activities, assisting Vice President of Research, Dr. Jonathan Haas, in gathering data for pottery analysis and demographic trends; set up database structure and criteria for analysis; procured collections; hired, trained and supervised staff of students and volunteers; developed and supervised weekly public demonstrations of laboratory analysis; prepared exhibit of field photos; developed and presented programs for Members’ Nights; assisted with preparations for fieldwork.

  • Lab Technician, Glen Black Lab of Archaeology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1983-1986.

Worked with Assistant Director in maintaining lab and collections.  Identified, catalogued, and prepared artifacts for storage.  Sorted flotation, proofread reports, plotted sites and maintained map room and archives.  Trained students in cataloguing of artifacts.  Assisted with production of major publication on lithics by Noel Justice.

Curatorial Experience:

  • Curatorial Assistant, Field Museum, Chicago, 1993

Verified and edited phase I inventories of Native American Grave Protection Act (NAGPRA) compliance.  Assisted Tribal representatives in the identification and return of human remains and associated artifacts.  Maintained knowledge of NAGPRA legislation and process.  Executed pilot for Computer Imaging Project.  Selected, inventoried, and prepared collections to be photographed and used on Museum’s WebPages, international exhibit catalogues, and scholarly publications.  Researched and prepared information on artifacts and additional media for website.  Researched and produced World Religions exhibit guide in conjunction with Parliament of World Religions.  Assisted with preparations for visit by His Holiness, The Dalai Lama of Tibet.

  • Assistant to Curator of Asian Collections, 1988-1989, 1992-1993.

Assisted Dr. Ben Bronson with cataloguing hundreds of artifacts from the Boone Collection of Japanese Art; established computer database for inventory of Berthold Laufer collection of 700 Tibetan texts.

  • Collections Management Assistant, Field Museum, Chicago, 1989-1990

Directed exhibition staff in removal of artifacts from de-accessioned Southeast Asian exhibit halls.  Prepared thousands of artifacts for storage with emphasis on preventive conservation; monitored environmental conditions in storage rooms; developed condition reports and forms; inventoried collections; updated database and records; researched and resolved collection problems; produced video inventory of artifacts.

Media Experience

  • Freelance Writer/Editor, 2006 to present

Writes, edits and researches for a variety of media, individuals and organizations.  This has included articles for National Geographic, Business Guide for Wood Egg, label copy for the Field Museum, Mongolica Magazine, Sky Magazine, Dictionaries, textbooks for the National University of Mongolia; The UB Post and Mongol Messenger, Business Council of Mongolia,

  • English News Commentator, TV25, Ulaanbaatar, 2007-2008

   Prepares, edits and reads weekly overview of news stories from Mongolia in English.

  • Guest Cook, Mass Cook Show, UBS TV, Ulaanbaatar, 2007

   Guest cook on weekly TV show.  Prepared and presented recipe along with show’s Host.

  • Voice Artist

   Books on CD for Baifa studios, Irkutsk; People to People International (PTPI)-Video Voiceover; Mastering World News-CD

Technical Writing/Editing: Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Chicago, 1999 to 2006

  • Technical Writer, Information Technology, 2005-2006

Worked with communications team to create and distribute all of division’s internal and external communications.  This included business and technical bulletins, meeting presentations, departmental procedures, web pages, and technical user manuals.  Experience with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, Trove, Microsoft Publisher, TeamSite, IntraStore mailing lists, InfraEnterprise.

  • Consultant, Information Technology, 2003-2005

Assisted with editing of user manuals department documentation and correspondence.  Updated department web pages.  Edited and maintained online library of documentation within IT division.  Initiated and lead team with implementation of online library/document management program called Trove.  This is used nationwide by the association’s insurance Plans.  Provided training and technical assistance.

  • Editorial Assistant, Information Technology, 1999-2003

Assisted Business Analysts with maintenance of technical user manuals for nationwide Plans.  Initiated online library for technical user manuals, reducing paper and printing costs.  Maintained department library and archives.  Member of Association’s Diversity Council and Chair of Communications Committee.  Researched and coordinated production of Diversity Council calendar for 2000 and 2001.

Development/Fundraising Experience:

  • Tibet Center, Chicago, 2000 –2003

Worked with Director of center on various public programs and fundraising projects including: Annual Tibetan Cultural Fest, silent auction, Demonstration of Tibetan sandmandala and Tibetan culture at Northern Indiana Arts Center and Libertyville High school.

  • Shedd Aquarium, Chicago – Assistant to Gift Processing Manager, 1997-1998

Solicitation of members; updated and managed donor records; Annual Gala Planning Committee; assisted with Members’ Events; training and supervision of part-time and volunteer help; data entry; customer service.

  • Field Museum – Membership Department Assistant, 1994-1997

Assisted Manager with daily operations including data entry, customer service, event planning, and correspondence.  Assisted with Development/Fundraising events and coordination of Annual Members’ Nights.

Teaching:

  • English Teacher, Orchlon School, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 2006-2008

Developed classes and materials for teaching English language to grades 1-5.  Created a newsletter of ideas for teaching staff.  Prepared materials and delivered museum education/exhibit training for school teachers each term.  Chaired English language presentation and panel discussion at International Education Reform meeting.

Education:

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.  BA in Anthropology and Fine Arts, double major

Additional Coursework:

Cultural Heritage Tourism, George Washington University

Graduate coursework towards in Anthropology, University of Illinois

Professional Organizations/Memberships:

American Center for Mongolian Studies (2004 – present)

American Association of Museums (1988 – present)

Mongolia Society (1994-present)

American Anthropological Association (1985-2004)

Society for American Archaeology-Public Education Committee (1997-2004)

Association for Asian Studies (1990-present)

Volunteer Experience

People-to-People International Cultural Exchange, Mongolia (2005, 2006)

Lill Street Learning Center Board of Directors, Chicago (2001, 2002)

Tibet Center, Chicago

Tibetan Resettlement Project, Chicago

Parliament for World Religions

Nechung Foundation, New York

Select Publications:

  • English-Mongolian Collocations Dictionary (2015), Contributing Editor
  • Mongolian-English Dictionary (2012), Contributing Editor
  • Mongolia Entrepreneur Guide (2014), Wood Egg Pub., Contributing Researcher/Writer
  • National Geographic, Mongolia, Contributing Editor
  • Mongolica Magazine, Editor
  • Sky Vision Magazine, Editor
  • Cultures-N-Clay blog (2009 to present)
  • Articles for UB Post, Mongol Messenger, Oodriin Shuudan Newspapers, Mongolia (2007 to 2010)
  • UB Post, Contributing Editor (2007-2010)
  • English editor, “Translating Diplomatic Documents”, by Altangherel TS., National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar (2007)
  • “Art as an International Language, Clay as a Global Medium: Mongol-American Culture Exchange”, People to People International (2006)
  • Exhibit guides and label copy for the Field Museum
  • Assisted with production of “Stone Age Spear and Arrow points of the Midcontinental and Eastern U.S.”, by Noel Justice (1987).
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