Resume

education, professional experience, trainings, and volunteering

What follows is my Curriculum Vitae, it is anything and mostly everything I have done academically, professional, and as a volunteer for the past ten years.

If you would like to see older experiences, please contact me.

Professional Experience

Hope Alliance; Round Rock, Texas

Community Outreach Advocate

01/18-current

Job Responsibilities:

  • Support non-residential clients with crisis, intervention and peer counseling in person and over the telephone.
  • Provide community resources to non-residential clients at the office and throughout the county.
  • Perform weekly check ins as a CARE Manager for clients on Legal Advocacy and Therapy wait lists.
  • Liaise with relevant community agencies and resources to facilitate wrap around services for clients.
  • Organize community engagement and education efforts among staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • Speak, present, and facilitate trainings on Hope Alliance services and violence dynamics to community partners.
  • Attend community events and network with community partners.
  • Cover bi-monthly on-call rotations, responding to sexual violence victims at the hospital as the State-Certified Advocate.
  • Take two telephone hotline shifts and three to four client intake shifts a week.
  • Participate in weekly team meetings updating the team on client support.
  • Create brochures and information packets for clients, donors, and volunteers.

Crisis Victim Advocate

03/17-07/17

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provided crisis intervention, peer counseling support to residential and non-residential clients in person and over the telephone.
  • Supported clients with case management services in a non-residential capacity.
  • Acted as a CARE Manager for clients on Legal Advocacy and Counseling wait lists.
  • Liaised with relevant community agencies and resources to facilitate wrap around services for clients.
  • Covered bi-monthly on-call rotations, responding to sexual violence victims at the hospital as the State-Certified Advocate.
  • Networked with community partners.
  • Spoke and presented on Hope Alliance services and violence dynamics to community partners.
  • Took two to three telephone hotline shifts and one to two intake shifts a week.
  • Participated in weekly team meetings updating the team on client support.
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council; Houston, Texas

Community Outreach Associate, East Houston

01/15-06/15

Job Responsibilities:

  • Facilitated #HealthyGirls curriculum to 5th– 8th grade girls in public schools throughout Greater Houston.
  • Adapted material to class, school, and circumstances in advance and in session.
  • Communicated with manager regularly about session, the school, and my performance.
  • Worked with co-facilitators to present material as well as ways to strengthen our facilitation abilities.
  • Packed hand-outs and demonstration materials for multiple schools every week.
  • Accompanied Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Girl Scout Troop to a day summer camp.
Suzanne Holsomback, LLC; Austin, Texas

Owner & Professional Organizer

03/14-02/17

Job Responsibilities:

  • Created professional organizing limited liability company.
  • Kept business compliant with state and federal regulations for an LLC.
  • Managed business accounts of income and expenditures.
  • Created organizing systems to maximize space, optimize productivity, & reduce stress.
  • Managed client moves from packing and unpacking to resourcing supporting service providers.
  • Extensively networked with national & local professional associations and businesses.
  • Oversaw marketing – publicity, advertising, website, blog, social media, SEO, newsletters, & relationship marketing.
  • Blogged for Greystar Overture, a national apartment complex, on organizing.
  • Spoke on productivity & organizing to various sized groups about twice a month.
  • Networked with national and local professional associations – National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), NAPO Houston (2014-2015), NAPO Austin (2015-2017), Better Business Bureau.
  • Pursued professional education and enrichment through NAPO courses, reading, and conferences.
  • Served at Director of Marketing for NAPO Austin Chapter from September 2016 to May 2017.
  • Mentored new professional organizers through NAPO Houston buddy scheme.
Oxford University Student Union; Oxford, England, UK

Vice President (Women)

06/12-06/13

Job Responsibilities:

  • Represented women and students with children, in the union’s work, to University committees, colleges, and external organizations.
  • Chaired a University and community committee on harassment and violence prevention.
  • Advocated successful for the updating of the University’s Harassment policy and procedures.
  • Network gender focused groups throughout the university
  • Created and managed OUSU’s Leadership Development Program and OUSU’s Sexual Consent Program.
  • Recruited and trained volunteer facilitators for OUSU’s Leadership Development Program and OUSU’s Sexual Consent Program.
  • Institutionalized It Happens Here, a sexual violence prevention and awareness raising student campaign that is now a template for student campaigns throughout UK university campuses.
  • Resourced & supported student campaigns (Women’s Campaign, It Happens Here) and student officers.
  • Wrote successful grant and funding applications for the It Happens Here campaign.
  • Designed, wrote, and disseminated pamphlets on Harassment & Stalking and Supporting Survivors of Rape to the University community.
  • Updated and oversaw OUSU publications for student parents, women’s officers, survivor’s of domestic abuse, and unplanned pregnancies.
  • Lead in policy making, campaigning, and lobbying on issues of gender equality for students in the city, University, and at a student level.
  • Acted as an Adviser of the Student Advice Service.
  • Generated reports on programs and projects for various stakeholders.
  • Sat on Board of Trustees for the student union and on the Board of Directors 
of Oxford Student Services Limited.
  • Functioned as OUSU’s harassment advisor and domestic abuse prevention champion (trained by Oxfordshire County Council)
  • Planned and convened the termly seminar for the International Gender Studies Centre at Lady Margaret Hall on the topic of female student gender gaps at the University.
George W. Truett Theological Seminary; Waco, Texas

Copy Editor for Drs. David Wilhite and Matt Jenson

02/10 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Formatted and edited Church, A Guide for the Perplexed.
  • Created the bibliography and indices.

Graduate Assistant for Associate Professor of Theology

08/09-12/09

Job Responsibilities:

  • Conducted study sessions and test reviews for graduate students.
  • Marked student exams and essays.
  • Created annotated bibliographies.

Special Assistant to the Dean – Communications

08/07-01/09 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Contacted and scheduled interviews with students and alumni.
  • Interviewed, transcribed, and wrote human interest articles for Truett’s website.
  • Assisted with the creation, organization, and writing of Truett’s Annual Report.
Sylvan Learning Center; Waco, Texas

English Language Arts Tutor

01/10-08/10 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Tutored primary and secondary age students in reading, writing, and study skills.
  • Prepared Marlin Independent School District students for state wide English standardized test.

09/17               Safe & Healthy Churches: Ending Family Violence (Faith Trust Institute)

05/17               Healthy Boundaries 101 (Faith Trust Institute)

10/16               Legal Advocate Training (SAFE Alliance)

06/16               Sexual Assault Advocate Training (SAFE Alliance)

05/15               Hotline Volunteer (Bay Area Turning Point)

01/14-02/14     An Introduction to Child Safeguarding (Oxfordshire Child Safeguarding Board)

01/13               Assertiveness (Oxford Learning Institute)

10/12-12/12     Crisis Helpline Volunteer Training (Oxford Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre)

09/12               Domestic Violence Prevention Champion (Oxfordshire County Council)

06/12               Learning to Advise (OUSU, Student Advice Service)

06/12               Listening Skills (Oxford Learning Institute)

01/18  – “Careers in Psychology,” Southwestern University; Georgetown, Texas

07/17 – “Hope Alliance Services,” Round Rock Police Department Victim Services; Round Rock, Texas

07/17 – “Sexual Assault Accompaniment Program,” FiveStarER; Round Rock, Texas

01/17 – “Launch into Success in 2017,” National Association of Professional Women, Austin Chapter; Austin, Texas

10/16 – “Staying Organized as a Student,” National Charity League, Austin Chapter; Austin, Texas

10/16 – “Using Evernote to Get Organized,” Junior League of Austin; Austin, Texas

04/16 – “How Organizing Can Help You Transition,” Women in Transition; Steiner Ranch, Texas

04/16 – “Organizing Small Spaces,” Parkwood Meadows Community; Round Rock, Texas

03/16 – “Risk Assessing for Seniors,” US Memory Care, Round Rock; Round Rock, Texas

03/16 – “Self Care & Organizing During Illness,” Breast Cancer Resource Center; Austin, Texas

02/16 – “Organizing Home Businesses,” Stella & Dot, Lindsey Niehaus Team; Austin, Texas

01/16 – “Organizing 101,” Nassau Bay Baptist Church Women’s Ministry; Nassau Bay, Texas

09/15 – “Home Organizing 101,” Church of Latter Day Saints Women’s Ministry; Houston, Texas

06/15 – “The Importance of Organizing in the Workplace,” Small Business Development Center at Lee College; Baytown, Texas

01/15 – “Decluterring Basics for Spring Organizing,” Clear Lake Community Association; Clear Lake, Texas

06/13 – “State of Women in the University,” University of Oxford Congregation; Oxford, England

05/13 – Facilitated Student Discussion on Gender Based Harassment, Somerville College; Oxford, England

05/13 – “Minority Groups: Rivals or Allies;” St. Anne’s Equality Festival Panel Discussion, St. Anne’s College; Oxford, England

03/13 – “Can Social Media Help to Raise the Profile of Women in Science;” Oxford Females in Engineering, Science, and Technology Symposium Panel Discussion, University of Oxford; Oxford, England

01/13 – “Leadership,” Oxford University Student Union Women’s Leadership Development Program; Oxford, England

01/13 – Student Representation Conference; Panel Discussion, “I Am the Change;” University of Northampton; Northampton, England

07/12 – “I Am the Change,” Students’ Union 2012 Panel discussion, University of Exeter; Exeter, England

01/16 – 03/17          NAPO Holistic Organizers Special Interest Group

12/15 – 12/16          Business Network International, Reigning Referrals Chapter (Visitor Host Coordinator)

10/15 – 05/17          NAPO Austin Chapter (Director of Marketing)

08/15 – 12/16          National Association of Professional Women (NAPW)

11/14 – 11/15          Better Business Bureau

10/14 – 03/15          Baytown Chamber of Commerce (Ambassador)

06/14 – 09/15          NAPO Houston Chapter

06/14 – 06/17          National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) National

06/12-06/13           International Gender Studies Centre at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford

10/10-06/13          Oxford University Anthropological Society

2004 – lifetime member    Phi Beta Kappa

2004 – lifetime member    Theta Alpha Kappa, Religion Honor Society

2002 – lifetime member    Eta Sigma Phi, Classics Honor Society

2012

  • Shortlisted for the Brook and FPA 2012 Adult Sexual Health Project of the Year; OUSU Sexual Consent Programme

2011

  • Awarded the Bagby & Peter Lienhardt Memorial Fund Small Travel Grant; Institute of Social & Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford

2009               

  • Recognized as the Dr. Ruth Ann Foster Outstanding Female Student of George W. Truett Theological Seminary
  • Received George W. Truett Theological Seminary Endowed Scholarship
  • Received Martha McDade Lehman and J. Mills McDade Endowed Scholarship

2008   

  • Inducted into Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
  • Received George W. Truett Theological Seminary Endowed Scholarship
  • Received Martha McDade Lehman and J. Mills McDade Endowed Scholarship

2007               

  • Received George W. Truett Theological Seminary Endowed Scholarship
  • Received Martha McDade Lehman and J. Mills McDade Endowed Scholarship

2006               

  • Received George W. Truett Theological Seminary Endowed Scholarship
  • Received Martha McDade Lehman and J. Mills McDade Endowed Scholarship

2004               

  • Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa
  • Inducted into Theta Alpha Kappa, Religion Honor Society
  • Awarded Dean’s List for Academic Excellency, fall & spring semesters
  • Received Baptist General Convention of Texas Ministry Scholarship
  • Received Provost Baylor Scholarship

2003               

  • Scholastics Achievement Chair of Zeta Tau Alpha National Fraternity
  • Awarded Dean’s List for Academic Excellency, fall semester
  • Received Provost Baylor Scholarship

2002               

  • Inducted into Eta Sigma Phi, Classics Honor Society
  • Awarded Dean’s List for Academic Excellency, spring semester
  • Received Provost Baylor Scholarship
  • Participated in the William Carey Crane Scholar Program

2001               

  • Awarded Dean’s List for Academic Excellency, fall semester
  • Received Provost Baylor Scholarship

09/16-05/17 Director of Marketing, National Association of Professional Organizers, Austin Chapter; Austin, Texas

  • Conceived and led marketing efforts for the chapter’s community event, including forming a marketing plan, researching appropriate markets, building networks, designing graphics, and managing the daily promotional material.
  • Operated within my marketing budget to publicize our chapter and community events.
  • Analyzed participant data on successful markets and made recommendations for future events.
  • Updated website, spearheaded social media posting and new platform development, and created and contributed to the chapter blog.

06/16-05/17  Volunteer, Safe Alliance; Austin, Texas

  • Trained Sexual Assault Advocate (40hr training), specialized training as a Legal Advocate.
  • Volunteer in Human Resources Department with implementing organizing and productivity strategies.
  • Support clients as a Legal Advocate in protective order court.

08/16-02/17  Volunteer, Dress for Success Austin; Austin, Texas

  • Managed volunteers groups with organizing inventory.

06/15-09/15  Volunteer; Bay Area Turning Point; Webster, Texas, U.S.A.

  • Answered the 24 hour hotline and connected callers to community resources and safe shelter.
  • Organized food pantry in preparation of bi-annual food drive.

07/13-02/14     Healthy Relationship Programme Organizer; Oxford Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre; Oxford, England

  • Recruited, trained, and coordinated volunteers to facilitate sexual consent discussion groups in local 
secondary school.
  • Researched and developed a three-session Healthy Relationship Program for 16 to18-year-olds, focusing 
on body image, healthy peer and romantic relationships, and healthy sexual relationships.
  • Recruited and trained volunteer facilitators for the pilot program as well as wrote the training material.
  • Wrote Healthy Relationships and What Consent Is/Is Not for the Oxfordshire City Council Check Consent 
Campaign, attended citywide launch at OSARCC representative.

03/13-07/13     Copy Editor; Oxbridge Human Development Research Group; Oxford, England

  • Copy edited documents for the United Nations on Demand in Human 
Trafficking and Iceland’s Country Report on Gender Equality.

10/12-02/14 
   Crisis Helpline Volunteer; Oxford Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre, Oxford, England

  • Underwent a two-month long (60 hours) training program for phone and email crisis intervention.
  • Volunteered two and a half hours, two to three times a month as well as attended regular group and 
individual supervision (counseling).
  • Facilitated training sessions for incoming volunteers.
  • Mentored new volunteers.
  • Participated on Fundraising Committee.

10/10-12/11     Green Templeton College Boat Club; Oxford, England

  • Rowed on the Novice A Boat crew team.
  • Coxswain for Summer VIIIs (06/11) and Christ Church regatta (12/11).
  • Captain of Coxswains for 2011.

01/09-05/09     Master of Divinity Practicum; Monastir, Tunisia

  • Assisted a missional business platform
  • Learned Tunisian Arabic.
  • Researched aspects of folk religion and societal reactions to religious presence for a case study.

08/08-12/08     Small Group Facilitator; Waco, Texas

  • Organized and facilitated a discussion of world religions for a freshman resident hall group at Baylor University.
  • Led two immersion experiences to an Islamic community center and Hindu temple.

01/08-12/08     Class Facilitator; Waco, Texas

  • Preformed administrative tasks for the university student Bible class at Calvary Baptist Church.
  • Organized social functions for the students.

10/07-04/08    Planning Committee Member; Waco, Texas

  • Coordinated a bi-annual state wide meeting for the Baptist General Convention of Texas’s Women in Ministry committee.

01/07-10/07     Covenant Group Leader; Waco, Texas

  • Led first semester spiritual formation groups at George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

01/06-05/09     Covenant Group Member; Waco, Texas

  • Participated in a female only small group during seminary who supported each other while learning and practicing new spiritual disciplines.

01/06-12/09     Women in Ministry; Waco, Texas

  • Participated in student group through attending lunch meetings and lectures.

 

Education

Baylor University

Waco, Texas, USA

08/2001-12/2004

Bachelor of Art, cum laude

Religion, Classics

3.82 GPA (4.0 scale)

George W. Truett Theological Seminary

Waco, Texas, USA

01/2006 – 12/2009

Master of Divinity, summa cum laude

World Christianity

3.95 GPA (4.0 scale)

University of Oxford

Oxford, England, UK

10/2010-12/2013

Master of Philosophy

Social Anthropology

II.I (UK scale)

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