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  Kristen McCarthy
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  I am a communications professional who, with more than 25 years of experience, delivers a diverse skill set — from writing and editing, to PR and social media.

I work with a range of clients — including Panasonic, Dunn-Edwards Paints, NuSil Technology and Guide Dogs of America — providing services such as media relations, social media, copywriting, editing and project management.

For eight years, I worked at Phelps Agency where I planned and executed results-oriented media relations for B2B and B2C clients — including Panasonic, Earthrise Nutritionals, HealthCare Partners, CarMD.com, Lodis Leathergoods and Seiko Instruments — garnering coverage across all mediums. In addition, I wrote and edited articles and served as a copywriter and editor on hundreds of pieces of collateral.

Prior, I was a journalist for 12 years, collaborating with IT leaders at Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine, as well as delivering timely, newsworthy information at The Orange County Register
Work Info
 
Expertise
Editor 25 Years
Writer 25 Years
PR and Social Media 11 Years
Specialty
Consumer Products 11 Years
Environment & Nature 11 Years
Technology 14 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
25 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Phelps Agency (11+), Playboy Jazz Festival (3-5)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Nusil Technology (11+), Panasonic (11+), Dunn-Edwards (11+), Guide Dogs of America (6-10)
Other Work History
BOOMSTICK COMMUNICATIONS, Long Beach, California
Marketing Communications Consultant/Principal
January 2001 to present

PHELPS AGENCY, Santa Monica, California
Sr. Account Executive — Public Relations/Social Media
September 2003 to March 2012

MICROSOFT CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL MAGAZINE, Irvine, California
Managing Editor/Senior Editor
August 2000 to August 2003

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, Santa Ana, California
Managing Editor, Special Sections
November 1998 to July 2000

Assistant Managing Editor, Special Sections
June 1996 to November 1998

Copy Editor, Special Sections
March 1993 to May 1996
Computer Skills
Windows, Mac, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PhotoShop, InDesign
Equipment
Windows-based laptop, iPad, Canon digital camera with HD recording
Awards
City of Santa Monica Sustainable Quality Award, 2007 – For taking agency green

2009 Healthcare PR and Marketing Association’s Golden Advocate Award (NuSil Technology)

2009 Communicator Award (silver award, NuSil Technology)

2009 Bronze Addy Award (The Healing Seed)
Associations
Yoga Alliance
Other
200-hour yoga certification (currently teaching)
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Los Angeles, CA. I am willing to travel regionally. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
My entire portfolio can be viewed on my website at http://boomstickcomm.com/portfolio.html