MARY COURTNEY


mizmary@courtney.org

SUMMARY

Educator, writer and manager with Web production skills and experience.
Advanced degrees in Nonformal Education and in Creative Writing.
Proficient in Word, HTML, and PhotoShop. Experienced in other programs.

HTML & GRAPHICS

WEB SITE PRODUCER, Los Angeles, Spring 1996–present.
Currently building an educational web site for a medical foundation.
Commissions include:
Zen Mountain Center, a retreat center site.
MIDI Programmer’s Toolkit for Windows, a programming resource site.
Friends of the SMU Libraries, soon to join Southern Methodist University’s site.

MANAGEMENT

MULTIMEDIA CURATOR/LEARNING CENTER DIRECTOR, Los Angeles, August 1997–October 1997.
SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER & MUSEUM. Prepared plan for new Multimedia Learning Center funded by the Ahmanson Foundation. Conducted institution-wide technology assessment, designed multimedia resource stations, and prepared learning center's budget. Wrote a Getty planning grant proposal for converting the museum's records to a new electronic collections management system. Performed day-to-day troubleshooting of multimedia exhibits and developed audio-visual maintenance procedures.

ASST. EVENT COORDINATOR, Los Angeles, Sept. 1995–April 1996.
SHAKESPEARE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA. Made local arrangements for Shakespeare on Screen film festival and for Shakespeare World Congress in Los Angeles. Supervised volunteer staff. Worked projection/sound booth. Created printed materials from database.

TRAINING DIRECTOR, Dallas, Texas, March 1988–Jan. 1990.
GREATER DALLAS COUNCIL ON ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE. Facilitated participatory workshops for professionals, employee groups, and young adults. Supervised office intern, volunteers, and colleagues. Maintained event calendar and mail list, and published monthly roster of local events.

SUPERVISION

SUPERVISOR, The Philippines, March 1985–March 1986.
INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC MIGRATION COMMISSION. Supervised teachers for State Department contractor at refugee processing center. Served on program design team. Led literacy curriculum team.

TRAINER, Amherst, Massachusetts, Sept. 1982–March 1985.
WRITING PROGRAM, UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS. Produced video training materials. Trained teaching assistants. Assessed new instructors. Taught undergraduates thinking, writing, and editing skills.

ASST. TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, Amherst, Jan.1981–Jan. 1982. AMHERST COLLEGE DRAMA DEPARTMENT. Supervised student staff and volunteers in preparation of scenery and lighting. Supervised lighting and sound booth. Taught shop safety.

WRITING & EDITING

WRITER/RESEARCHER, Los Angeles & Dallas, 1987–present.
Commissions include:
Quarterly newsletter features for Celiac Foundation, 1995–96.
An annotated exhibit catalogue, Visionaries and Rebels: American Literature after the Atom Bomb, for Southern Methodist University, 1995.
A screen adaptation of an O. Henry story, The Ransom of Mack. Produced by Victor Duncan, 1993.

EDITOR, Los Angeles & Dallas, 1990–present.
Editing and proofreading of books, scripts, catalogues, web sites, brochures, manuals, newsletters, programs, interviews, and business correspondence for content, clarity, and consistency, and for style and legal requirements.
Books Edited:
Maximum MIDI: Music Applications in C++ by Paul Messick, for Manning Press, 1997.
Implementing SAP R/3 by Nancy Bancroft, for Manning Press, 1997.
Alligator Dance by Janet Peery, for SMU Press, 1993.
Pigtails and Froglegs, a Neiman Marcus Cookbook, 1993.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Trainer, STARR Program, AIDS Project Los Angeles.
Web Volunteer, KCRW, Santa Monica.
Board of Directors Officer, Celiac Foundation, Los Angeles.
Client Services Volunteer, AIDS Project Los Angeles.
Host, Dallas Museum of Art’s "Arts & Letters Live."
Client Services Volunteer, Foundation for Human Understanding, Dallas.
Event Chairperson, Friends of the SMU Libraries, Dallas.
Researcher/reporter to nationwide network of newsletters via the Internet.
Video Producer, Community Access TV, Amherst.
Refugee Resettlement Committee, Mt. Toby Friends Meeting, Leverett, MA.
Author of articles, news releases, grant proposals, fundraising letters, and promotional materials for various non-profits.

EDUCATION

MASTER OF ARTS
Southern Methodist University. English/Writing.
Cum laude, May 1994.

MASTER OF EDUCATION
University of Massachusetts. Training Project Management.
Cum laude, February 1985.

BACHELOR OF ARTS
The University of Texas at Austin.
Honors English. May 1977.

University College Cork, Ireland.
1975-1976.

INTERESTS

Fascinations: people, the arts, nature.
Practices: fiction writing, walking, cooking.
Favorites: scuba diving, folk dancing.

ADMINISTRATIVE REFERENCES

Available on request.

WRITING & EDITING REFERENCES

Available on request.

TRAINING
REFERENCES

Available on request.
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