I am a globetrotting Californian living in New Zealand with a love for taonga and tikanga. I am an historian, researcher, and writer with nearly two decades of visitor service experience in the entertainment and museum sectors. I am an educator, public speaker, genealogist, and local historian with a passion for cultural heritage. And I am a creative dreamer capable of envisioning a project and seeing it through to the end.
Writer and editor of two local history books which have been popular and well-received throughout Santa Cruz County, California, and neighbouring counties. Developed a robust social media marketing strategy which includes regular updates via my blog and an active Facebook group.
Assist visitors with inquiries while overseeing the operation of an automated sorting machine, all while stopping people from running off with books and keeping things neat and tidy.
Attend lectures and write organised, comprehensible notes. Also assist students with disabilities while they take their exams.
Helped university students understand the intricacies of medieval and early modern history, all while marking their assessments and providing constructive feedback.
Welcomed visitors to the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination special exhibition and provided assistance as they toured the gallery and interacted with hands-on exhibits.
Led primary-level students on an historical tour of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, while also delivering factoids about Santa Cruz history and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Supervised and worked with a team of 150 employees to smoothly operate 25 locations across a 0.75 km-long seaside amusement park.
Attempted to convey the intricacies of Social Sciences and English to a diverse group of secondary-level students.
Reserved, delivered, installed, and troubleshooted all audio-visual equipment at the university in the face of tight deadlines and variable faculty expertise.
Helped make executive decisions about literary projects sponsored by the museum, while also editing, indexing, reviewing, and contributing.
Organised the entire photo collection of the museum, from sorting photos, to identifying places and people, to inputting metadata into a PastPerfect archival database (similar to Vernon), to indexing the collection.
Assisted the forum president in campaign to support local history projects.
Designed the layout and oversaw the publication of a literary magazine for the students and faculty of Point Loma Nazarene University.
I am always pursuing creative projects in history, genealogy, and board gaming. I am also an avid editor and formatting guru. The following is a sampling of the writing and editing projects I have spearheaded (click images for internal samples; right-click and Open Image in New Tab for full-sized). All layout and design are my own.
Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminars (hands-on intensive workshops led by field experts on specific topics in history):