|After 20 years of working in advertising and design agencies, in 2002 I went back to school to get a Master's degree in Education, thinking that I wanted to switch careers and teach middle school or high school art classes.
I never did teach high school art, but as a result of my studies, I did teach graphic design at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Communications, then at the Art Institute of Seattle.
During my graduate work, I looked into the emerging field of Media Literacy and Media Education, and am now an active participant in the movement. I serve on the board of Action for Media Education (AME), which sponsors an annual student video festival, Images of Youth, and which creates curricula addressing numerous aspects of media literacy, including health and the media, teen violence, and teen tobacco use.
For the National Association for Media Literacy Education (formerly the Alliance for a Media Literate America), I have designed their national conference identity and their new logo.
Currently, through AME, I am spearheading a project to develop a live musical theatre show to tour to elementary schools, dramatizing the issues of Health and the Media, and how the combination affects kids' food and drink choices (and those of their parents, too).