Before my transition to a life of fulltime writing and care-giving, I enjoyed an exciting career in the biotechnology industry, contributing over thirty-five years of marketing and communication management expertise to an array of clients and employers.
Most recently, I was president of RWWR Associates, a consulting firm that assisted startup companies with strategic planning and positioning. Formerly, I was president of Russell-Welsh Strategic Life Science Communications, Inc., a public relations and investor relations practice I sold to a unit of Grey Advertising in 2000.
Before founding my own companies, I was senior vice president and a member of the operating company of Cetus Corporation, one of the first biotechnology companies (now part of Chiron), where I helped Wall Street evaluate some of the first products of genetic engineering, including PCR technology, interleukin-2, beta interferon and genetically altered crops. I also held various management positions at Baxter International at headquarters and in the Artificial Organs Division. I started my health care career in Chicago at a medical film company where, after serving as a script writer and director, I became vice president.
My clients have included Genentech, Affymax, Cell Genesys, Abbott, Searle, Becton-Dickinson, Marion Laboratories, Mallinckrodt and the American College of Surgeons. I also was a founder and chief executive officer of MyEtribute, Inc., an eCommerce company offering information, products and services for mature companion animals and veterinarians.
I received my BA degree in history from Northwestern University, my MS in journalism from Boston University and my MBA in marketing from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern. Recently, I completed my certificate in creative writing through the UCLA Writer's Program. (Yes, it is as wonderful as everyone says.)
I am a big supporter of liberal arts education because I believe learning how to think is the only way to cope with a changing world, and devote much of my volunteer time to colleges. I am a trustee of St. Mary's College of Maryland and served on the Board of Visitors for Goucher College for six years. I was a member of the Committee of Visitors of Northwestern University's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences from 1992 to 2007 and served on that body's communications and steering committees. I also was a member of the Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health Advisory Board from 2000-2006 and served on its communications sub-committee.
I have written and published extensively throughout my business career and managed an array of corporate publications projects for employers and clients. I am a veteran of countless investor and IPO road shows spanning the United States and Western Europe, the technology industry's equivalent of the book tour.
While still in industry, I served as editor for an anniversary book, The Artificial Kidney, and was a chapter contributor for the textbook, Biotechnology, the Science and the Business. Recently, my columns have appeared in The Desert Sun and certain web ezines and I have sold stories to various content providers. I am a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and the Palm Springs Writers Guild. I also am a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Association of Business Communicators and the Association for Business Communication.
I divide my time between Palm Desert CA and Baltimore MD.