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Education & Certifications

BA OF ARTS  

Bowling Green State University

 

CERTIFIED SCRUM MASTER

Scrum Alliance

 

PRODUCT MANAGER CERTIFICATE

Product School

Bachelors of Arts

Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green, Ohio, USA

Graduated May 2004

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Major: German

  • language, culture, arts and linguistics

Minor: Marketing and Advertising

  • Services Marketing, Advertising, Online Marketing (early internet days! 2002), Consumer Behavior

Programs

2002 - 2003 study abroad at Universität Salzburg.

Projects 

2004: German Literature & Arts - Play production, screen translation, and video documentary for Heinrich von Kleist's "Amphitryon".

 

2004: Services Marketing projects- in depth evaluation of various services provided by companies, such as airlines, internet shopping, hospitality, local small businesses, and customer loyalty programs.

2002: German Linguistics - history and development of the Dutch language from the low Franconian dialect of the early West Germanic language. 


2001: American Culture Studies semester project- Women's Body Image in media. Presentation with panel discussion.

Graduate Work

Bowling Green State University & Universität Salzburg 

Salzburg, Austria 

Masters in German

- Partially Completed 2004 - 2005

First year of the BGSU Masters in German program was completed at the Universität Salzburg, Austria. During my year in graduate school, we focused on the literature, art and history of the German Weimar Republic.

My area of study and expertise: Former German Democratic Republic, specifically the time around the construction of the Berlin Wall, 1961 and its film company, DEFA.

For my research, not only did I read every book and watch every film I could get my hands on, but I also visited former East German (DDR) cities, such as Leipzig, Dresden and Berlin. In Berlin, I spent most of my time in the former eastern block of the city, visiting the museums and DDR relic shops. In addition, I spoke with personal friends who were born in East Germany and their families. In speaking to their grandparents, I got the opportunity to hear about the lives of (former) East Germans before, during, and after the wall.  Master Thesis Project: East German film company, DEFA's positive portrayal of Socialism and life in the GDR immediately before and after the construction of the Berlin Wall. Referencing Konrad Wolf's "Der geteilte Himmel" (Divided Heaven) and focusing on the main character's decision to commit her life to work and being part of building a socialist society.

Master Thesis Project: East German film company, DEFA's positive portrayal of Socialism and life in the GDR immediately before and after the construction of the Berlin Wall. Referencing Konrad Wolf's "Der geteilte Himmel" (Divided Heaven) and focusing on the main character's decision to commit her life to work and being part of building a socialist society.

Due to personal reasons, I was unable to continue on with the master's program and complete my masters degree in German. 

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Certified Scrum Master 

2021 - Current

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Successfully demonstrated via the course and exam that I fully understand the Scrum framework & values, Empirical process, and Agile Manifesto Values. 

Course and certification included: 

  • Scrum Theory

  • Scrum Values

  • Scrum Team (roles & responsibilities)

  • Scrum Events

  • Scrum Artifacts

  • Empirical Process & Pillars

  • Agile Methodologies and Values

Product Management Certificate

2021

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Successfully demonstrated that I can think like a Product Manager and have gained knowledge in:

  • Defining a product strategy

  • Experimentation - market analysis, customer development, strategic positioning & competitive

  • Identifying Use Cases and developing user personas 

  • Achieving Product-Market fit - Quantitative & Qualitative User Research, MVP, A/B Testing

  • Design Thinking - Wireframes, PRD, UX design

  • Stakeholder Collaboration - Scrum, Product Roadmap, APIs & Integrations

  • Product Marketing and GTM Planning

Final project focused on a new category feature for the work management tool, Smartsheet.

Google Workspace Administrator Professional Certificate

Coursera Online

2023

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Introduction to Google Workspace Administration

  • 1 week of study, 6-8 hours

Managing Google Workspace

  • 1 week of study, 6-8 hours

Google Workspace Security

  • 1 week of study, 4-6 hours

Google Workspace Mail Management

  • 1 week of study, 6-8 hours

Planning for a Google Workspace Deployment

  • 1 week of study, 4-6 hours

TEFL Professional Certificate

Chicago, IL 

2008

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Professional certification for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. 

120 hour online course + 35 hour TEFL Practicum. 

Course included: 

  • Teaching for different learning styles, multiple intelligences, and language barriers.

  • History of English and grammar

  • Communication and teaching to ESL students

  • Building lesson plans, exercises and tests.

 

35 Hour Practicum completed at a Chicago ESL and English in the workforce institute. 

OTHER UNDERGRAD STUDIES

The University of Toledo

Toledo, Ohio

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Fall 2000 - Summer 2001: Part-time student

General education classes with a focus in German Language and culture. 

Programs:

UT - Darmstadt Exchange Program

Summer 2000

Scholarships & Awards:

  • Herbert B Schering Exchange Program and Award in German Studies

  • The German Study Scholarship Fund

Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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Fall 1998 - Summer 1999

Cinematography and Film/Video Production

Strong focus on storyboard development and design, writing, character development, film editing, general film production, and the art of film. 

 

Projects: (All films were silent and produced on 16mm B&W reversal film using a Paillard Bolex Camera)

  • (1) Three-minute film editing exercise in which each student received the same reels of film and were tasked to edit them using the film editing style of your choice and why. 

  • (1) Five-minute group film production in which students collaborated on the plot, storyboard development, casting, pre-production, production, and editing. 

  • (1) Five-minute class film production in a studio. Everyone presented a story and one was selected to be produced. We worked together to build the sets, set up the lighting and each student took on their desired role. My role was as a producer in which I kept the "crew" on time, in positions, and worked through the shot list - working with the "director" to cut when needed for time. 

  • (1) Five-minute final film production in which I developed my own story and characters, scouted out locations, built my own storyboards that detailed out how the scenes were to be filmed, casted my actors, "hired" my crew, set the schedules and produced my own film. Post production was days spent in a dark editing room, cutting and splicing my film. 

High School Diploma

Perrysburg High School

Perrysburg, Ohio

Graduated in 1998

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Four - year High School for College Prep 

Grades 9 - 12

 

Courses: 

Literature - American, British

Mathematics - Algebra, Geometry

History - American, British

American Government

Language - German (4 years)

Science - Earth Science, Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry 

Arts - Painting, Drawing, Ceramics, Photography

Clubs & Programs:

German Club 

  • Representative (grades 9 -10)

  • Vice President (grades 11 - 12)

Environmental Club

  • Member (grades 9 - 10)

  • Executive member (grades 11 - 12)

Student Council 

  • Representative (grade 10)

Photography Club

  • Member (grades 11 - 12)

Awards:

German - American Society Award - 1996 and 1997

Honor Roll - 1997 - 1998

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