Work Experience

Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Willamette Valley Wineries Association

November 2017–Present
  • Present educational seminars on Willamette Valley wines and create and edit educational materials; assist masterclass presenters by setting up and coordinating seminars
  • Manage website content; write, edit, and publish content for the Wineries Association website and its associated sites
  • Coordinate marketing projects benefitting the Wineries Association and the Willamette Valley wine industry
  • Manage organization’s print publications and communications to the public and membership

Harvest Crew Member, Alexana Winery

August–November 2017
  • Cellar duties from vineyard sampling to bottling

Sales Educator, Fine Vines

February–August 2017
  • Conducted classes, staff trainings, and tastings at accounts and created educational material for a Chicago wine importer

Wine Buyer, In Fine Spirits

September 2015–February 2017
  • Managed wine selection, inventory, and ordering
  • Led wine education program
  • Purchased products and curated selections for monthly wine club
  • Managed social media; wrote marketing material and product descriptions
  • Assisted customers with wine selection and event planning

Data Specialist, SevenFifty

May 2015–February 2017
  • Cleaned and reviewed raw data from wine producers and distributor portfolios to be entered into SevenFifty’s online platform for the wine industry

Web Editor, The Progressive

November 2014–June 2015
  • Wrote, proofed, managed, published, and promoted daily online content
  • Assigned, wrote, edited, and sourced art for monthly magazine content
  • Supported public relations and development departments using email marketing, social media, and site user management

Freelance Writer, Multiple Publications

October 2002–present

Assistant/Associate Editor, Buffalo Spree Magazine and Forever Young Magazine

August 2012–August 2013
  • Wrote, proofed, organized, and managed content
  • Assigned stories to writers and communicated with writers and production team throughout issue cycle
  • Organized and published web content and helped manage company’s social media presence

Communications Consultant, The Park School of Buffalo

March 2012–September 2012 (contract position)
  • Wrote press releases, newsletters, and original website and various print media content
  • Communicated to and coordinated with local media
  • Managed school social media presence

Assistant Editor, Free Inquiry Magazine and Skeptical Inquirer Magazine

February 2011–March 2012
  • Managing editor of The American Rationalist
  • Edited and proofread magazines and newsletters according to the Chicago Manual of Style
  • Contributed articles and created original website content and informational and promotional copy
  • Provided input on workflow, design, layout, and content as a member of the Creative Team


B.A. Asian Studies, University at Buffalo

Class of 2009
  • Minor in linguistics
  • Concentration in China Studies
  • Academic honors including Summa cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Thesis, entitled The Expanding Network of the Uyghurs: The Past and Prospects of the East Turkestan Independence Movement, received the 2009 Marleigh Grayer Ryan College Student Writing Prize from the New York Conference on Asian Studies

Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits, Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)

Napa Valley Wine Academy, January 2015

Diploma in Wines and Spirits, Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET)

Grape Experience, completed April 2019

Master of Wine student, September 2020–present


  • Expert familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style and the Associated Press Stylebook
  • Proficiency in photography and photo-enhancement via Adobe Photoshop
  • Proficiency in publication layout and design via Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator
  • Experience in web publishing using standards-compliant markup including HTML5 and Markdown
  • Experience writing in multiple formats, including long- and short-form articles and promotional copy
  • Wine-specific skills include sales, staff training, customer service and education, vineyard sampling and harvesting, sanitation, lab analysis, fermentation monitoring, and other vineyard and cellar tasks
  • Language backgrounds: Russian (B1; current), Mandarin and French (once-proficient but rusty; able to regain functional proficiency quickly as needed)