About Me

I am a professor and consultant. I am happiest when I’m learning something new or attending events like Invention to Venture – I2V in Orono, ME, where I'm surrounded by entrepreneurs and people who like to talk about things like intellectual property protection.

Director, Professional & Technical Writing
I am the director of Professional & Technical Writing at the University of Maine. UMaine student alumni have created a profession of professional writing in Maine, and together, we have built a robust program that leads students to find meaningful work during and after college. Students work in interesting internships and get great jobs.

Consultant, Online Education (Distance Education) for Advanced Paralegal Certification
I recently completed service as an educational consultant to the National Association of Legal Assistants. I helped NALA develop and launch its online education program for advanced paralegal certification, a nationally recognized certification program. I have been working with NALA for more than a decade on its publishing and educational programming.

Law Firm Culture & Writing for Paralegals 
I am a former editor and contributor to Facts & Findings, a professional journal for paralegals. I co-wrote The Paralegal Professional: A Guide to Finding a Job and Career Success with Vicki Voisin, the Paralegal Mentor. The idea for this book began with a qualitative study I conducted as a masters student that examined law firm culture from a non-attorney's perspective. 

Small Business & Entrepreneurship
I like to write for and work with small business owners. I have written everything from business cards to business plans. I help student start-ups and other entrepreneurs with grant applications, business plans, and marketing strategies. I enjoy discussing intellectual property protection and challenges with student and local inventors. I am an occasional SCORE mentor and volunteer.

Small Business in Okinawa, Japan
After visiting Okinawa, Japan, I maintain contact with small business owners.



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