For more than 20 years I have been designing unique and creative marketing and communication collateral for clients in an affordable and timely manner. I pride myself on my collaborative approach with clients, always keeping one main goal in mind: delivering them exactly what they want. Whether it be a brochure, business card design or newsletter, a top priority remains giving each project the time and attention it deserves.
In a style approach that is sophisticated simplicity, I lean toward a minimalistic design aesthetic. I believe there is no reason to crowd out a message on a cluttered page.
In addition to being a graphic designer, I am also a writer and copy-editor. Being able to provide editing beyond that of the visual means not only can I contribute to how a product looks, but also what it says.
Every graphic design project I do is more than just a business transaction. It is a creative journey of trust and collaboration that I am honored to embark on with my clients.
Disabled since birth, I have always been a strong advocate and agent for my own life and independence. It wasn’t until moving to the progressive Bay Area that I discovered the power and community of the Independent Living Movement. A child of the late 70s and early 80s, I benefited from the legislative integration and protections for students with disabilities through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Yet, when I became connected with the disability community, I realized I hadn't really been taught the history of how those laws, or passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act, came to be.
While employed at the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center, I learned about disability history, as well our culture and community. My exposure and experiences at SVILC planted a seed of disability pride and activism that has evolved into action and volunteer service.
I do as much as I my health and schedule will allow to advocate for issues of importance to the disabled community. I serve on boards, attend rallies, sign petitions, give presentations, and amplify themes of solidarity for disability equality and justice through my platforms on social media.
Early on in life, I learned valuable lessons of collaborative volunteering and leadership. Whether it was during my years of service as a Campfire Girl, High School Yearbook Editor or Student Council Officer, I experienced the satisfying rewards of working with others on common goals.
Today, I volunteer my time as the President for three non-profit boards. I serve on the Board of Directors for the Center for Independence of Individuals with Disabilities (CID), The Fear of Flying Clinic (FOFC) and the Stanford Healthcare NeuroScience Patient and Family Advisory Council (Neuro PFAC). While these are three very different and distinct communities, I am proud to serve them all.
John Wesley, English Cleric and theologian is quoted to have said: “Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.”
Indeed, Wesley’s quote encapsulates the sentiment of what calls me to serve. I consider it a duty, honor and a privilege to give back to people and causes that I deeply care about. Additionally, I am grateful for the sense of purpose, meaningful experiences, and authentic relationships that volunteering brings to my life both personally and professionally.
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