Running for board seat at-large
About your work: I am the associate editor of Fraud Magazine where I write and edit articles for use in our print and online versions.
How you have contributed to ACES: I first joined ACES in 2016 and attended the conference in St. Petersburg, the next year. Since then I've participated in ACES Twitter chats, continued to connect with ACES members through social media and attended a full-day bootcamp in Austin with Teresa Schmedding and Merrill Perlman. In fact, it was Teresa's narrative storytelling session at the conference that encouraged me to pitch my first cover article to our editor-in-chief. I believe my involvement in such a short time is what ACES is about--creating a network of like-minded individuals striving to connect and learn from each other.
Why you feel you are the best candidate for this position: I'm the best candidate for this position because I'm passionate about our field and I have a desire to help others gain the tools needed to become more proficient writers and editors. I'm constantly striving to learn more and grow as a writer/editor, and I want to help ACES members do the same. I've interviewed people like Andrew Fastow, the former Enron CFO, and Tyler Schultz, the Theranos whistleblower. I've written about machine learning and AI, and edited articles about healthcare fraud, con artists and identity theft. But it's my experience with ACES that makes me excited about our craft.
What you envision for ACES during your tenure: The greatest benefit of my membership with ACES is the network I've cultivated. I ask editing questions on Twitter and look forward to meet-ups at the conference. I went to a dinner with three strangers at the national conference and I hope to do the same next year in Salt Lake. Ultimately, this is what I envision in my tenure with ACES--helping to grow the community. I want to help connect writers and editors, find subject-matter experts and speakers, and enhance the education that ACES already provides. Ultimately, I'd like to be part of the sounding board that helps make ACES great.
What is one thing about ACES that you would like to improve, and what ideas do you have on how to improve it? One way in which I think ACES could improve is in its networking efforts. ACES members who are freelancers or who don't have company support might not be able to attend the national conference, where I've had the pleasure of meeting like-minded writers and editors. With help from the ACES Executive Committee, cities with strong interest could create ACES chapters. Area chapters would give writers and editors opportunities to get together with other professionals in their community to catch up, attend lunch-and-learn meetings or to see speakers they might have missed at the national conference.