What is your current position/company?
I’m the president/owner of Active Voice Communications, LLC, a copywriting and editing firm based in Chandler.
What is your favorite aspect of your job?
The variety! I might edit a white paper for a technology firm one day, and the next, I could be interviewing physicians for a hospital’s newsletter. I’m able to work in a number of industries, including health care, technology and real estate, on a range of projects from magazine feature articles to websites and more.
What do you hope to gain from your membership/involvement with IABC?
IABC has provided me with the opportunity to meet and work with talented and bright communicators in the Valley. In the year ahead, I hope to continue to meet and learn from our region’s top professionals. And as VP/Community Involvement, I hope to see our committee make a valuable contribution.
What words of advice do you have for young professionals?
Never pass up on an opportunity to learn. Whether it’s the chance to take on a new project at work, to attend a seminar (like, say, an IABC professional development luncheon) or to engage with a mentor, opportunities to learn and grow are priceless.
Who was/were your biggest professional influence(s)?
I’m thankful to everyone who has helped me in my career — and those who continue to serve as mentors. But I hold a special place for my college mentor, Bruce Itule, a journalism professor and adviser to the State Press when I was at ASU. He’s a tough editor, and I grew tremendously as a reporter, writer and editor by working with him, and even today, I recall the lessons I learned from him.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I read and write! (I can’t help it; I love what I do.) I also love food. One of my favorite hobbies is cooking, experimenting with new recipes and creating my own original dishes. Time in the kitchen is a great escape. I can get caught up on my never-ending queue of podcasts, while exercising creativity in ways I don’t get to during the workday.
What destination do you want to travel to the most?
My husband and I are big travelers. My dream is Greece.