Pamela Coulter Blehert
Words & Pictures East Coast, LLC
11919 Moss Point Lane, Reston VA 20194
email: my contact email
Technical communicator with experience in both print and
online media. Strong graphic arts background. Reliable, competent,
and think on my feet. Fully-configured home office; willing
to telecommute. Interested in a job that does not require long daily commutes. Interested in part time or full time work.
English, visual design, desktop publishing, computer graphics
Specific areas of competency include Adobe CS4 including Dreamweaver,PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign, some knowledge of Flash; Office 2007 including Word, Excel, Access; Quicken, Quickbooks. I have managed my own business and I'm organized and competent at office and project management.
Summary of computer-related qualifications:
Writer and web designer, self-employed,
2004 - present
I am working on the following projects: doing the design,
editing and publication of The Federal Poet, a semi-annual
journal of the Federal Poets, DC's equivalent to the states'
poetry societies; editing and updating a website for a nationally
known poet (Lyn Lifshin); self-publishing various books on
lulu.com (search on 'blehert' to see samples), doing the weekly
email newsletter for my church. I occasionally do posters
and graphics for various functions. I do the photography and
video footage for a church group.
Technical Writer/Graphic Designer, 3e Technologies International,
Rockville, MD 2001 to 2004
When 3Com closed its small DSL lab in Vienna in June 2001,
I was fortunate to move to 3e Technologies International in
Rockville. From the time I started, August 2001, I watched
this small private company grow from 60 to over 100 people.
Also doing business as AEPTEC Microsystems, this small company
does developmental work in the area of wireless networking
(gateways and access points) and location and condition telematics.
As sole technical (and marcom) writer/artist, I was involved
in a large number of projects and types of written and visual
material, from technical manuals and quickstart guides (and
even the production of the art and autoplay CD containing
user documents) to Data Sheets, Posters and display materials
for shows. I was also the resident photographer (using an
Olympus 3040 digital camera.)
Technical writer, 3Com Corporation, Vienna VA 1999 - 2001
Employed full time as a technical writer and team leader
(Tools and Support Group) at the 3Com DSL Development Lab
in Vienna, VA. Developed/maintained the local DSL Lab intranet
site using Dreamweaver and HomeSite. Developed printed installation
manuals and quick start guides for multiple DSL products (internal
PCI cards, external Ethernet or USB or both). Developed digital
user guides (PDF and HTML) for installation CDs. Our effort
was to make the information and procedure as simple as possible
so that it would be accessible to the broadest public. I learned
to perform installs and document multiple Windows operating
systems and clearly explain the differences. I illustrated
procedures using digital camera or Illustrator and was working
on some animation (using ImageReady) and movie clip editing
(using a Canon Optura, MotoDV, and Premiere.)
Words & Pictures East Coast, Reston, VA 1991 - 1999
I Incorporated as a small company and designed, published,
and marketed a 400-page paperback using PageMaker, incorporating
text, footnotes, indexes, illustrations, table of contents,
and full-color cover. (You can see a sample on Amazon.com.)
In addition, as consultant, I participated in projects requiring
research and technical writing, most notably researching and
documenting the best-fit training organization for a local
systems integrator to partner with on a major Government bid.
As fine artist, I won numerous awards in local art shows,
was accepted in a local DC gallery and enjoyed a respectable
number of sales. Acted as webmaster for an online literary
magazine, thecortlandreview.com and designed several websites
for local poets and artists. Designed and produced a small
(usually 4 page) poetry broadsheet which is produced every
other month and contains an average of 7-10 illustrations.
US Geological Survey, Reston VA 1989 - 1991
As a Space Management Specialist, applied extensive knowledge
of GSA leasing regulations, Government policy and general
knowledge of project management to ensure that space occupied
by USGS field operations in the Eastern part of the US and
leased by the GSA was properly managed and that lease negotiations
were completed on time. Computer skills limited to office
Windows applications and dBase III. Writing skills applied
to lease clauses, letters, some general analysis.
General Services Administration, Washington DC 1975 - 1988
From entry into the Management Intern Program, moved into
a management position as Branch Chief of the Technical Support
Branch, Real Estate Division, with responsibility for maintenance
of data in a time-sharing main frame using DML language, for
management of a $300 million annual budget for rental property
administered by GSA, and for management analysis and documentation
of reports for the Division. Supervised 8-10 employees. For
one year of my tenure, served as a Program Manager on a task
force responsible for the management of a contract to design
and install a new GSA networked mini-computer system.
Stansbury:Design, Inc., Greenbelt, MD 1973 - 1975
Originally hired as an Administrative Assistant, promoted
to project assistant for typesetting, illustration, and sales
rep. (This was a very small publication design firm.)
Church of Scientology, on research ship off coast of Portugal
1972 - 1973
As Director of Promotion, designed the layout and wrote information
pieces and flyers. In addition, did some illustration.
MPA; George Washington University.
(Emphasis on Project Management and Management Analysis.)
BA, Humanities; Antioch College
The Writers Center, Bethesda, MD.
Publishers Marketing Association
The Art League of Alexandria
The League of Reston Artists (former newsletter editor for