If you’re visiting my website for the first time, you’d probably like to know more about me. First and foremost, I’m a storyteller. For nearly 20 years, I told stories as a freelance journalist and essayist. You’ll find some of those articles archived in my portfolio pages. Increasingly, I’ve incorporated visual narrative techniques into my work.
It was a life-long dream of mine to go to art school and in July 2019, I completed an MFA program at the School of Visual Arts that combined my love of writing with my love of images.
From 2013 to 2019, I told a compelling story about cross-cultural dialogue for the world’s largest science membership organization. Before that I helped national religious leaders tell their stories. I got my start as a research assistant on a public television show. Now, I’m executive director at Religion News Association, where I’ve been a long-time member.
For six years, as a senior communications manager at an international science organization, I directed communications and public engagement efforts for a program focused on improving conversation between scientific and religious communities. In addition to website management, promotions, public relations, content product, and grant writing, I’ve senior produced the compelling short film series, Science: The Wide Angle, which is designed to assist theological training institutions in preparing future clergy to answer their congregants’ science-related questions.
As senior editor at a non-denominational publishing house from 2003-2005, I assisted national leaders in delivering their messages to a network of over 1000 churches, producing more than a dozen best-selling books and booklets. In this role, I collaborated on all aspects of book production from conception to editing, design, and marketing; ghost-wrote articles and books; oversaw the work of junior editors; created editorial procedures; and, provided author support.
As an award-winning writer, I was trusted by numerous media outlets to fairly and accurately report on highly sensitive issues at the intersection of religion and public life, and to report on and interview high-profile subjects.
As News and Religion editor at UrbanFaith.com, I helped produce an award-winning website geared toward a multi-racial Christian audience. As a Contributing Editor at TheHighCalling.org, I conducted numerous high-profile interviews and collaborated with national leaders on articles at the crossroads of faith and work. As a longtime contributor to many other outlets, I am known for producing high impact narrative journalism. I was trained at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information (SCIL) and graduated summa cum laude in journalism. I interned with Richard D. Heffner on one of the country’s longest running public television shows, “The Open Mind.”
Although I’ve enjoyed the freedom to focus on many of my passions through my freelance work, I’ve also raised money and advocated for a variety of causes, including suicide prevention, mental health parity, neurofibromatosis research, poverty alleviation, educational opportunity, and racial justice. In 2016, my family and I launched the Black Friday College Fund with friends of my late son Gabriel Scheller. To nourish my own soul, I attend church, read, spend time outdoors, and make art. Wherever I am and whatever I’m doing, I endeavor to live life to the fullest and to do so with joy.
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