Hello! My name is Anna. But you've probably gathered that. I've listed some of my professional experience on this page, but here are some strictly unprofessional details about me: I like terrible movies, I won the "Quiet as a Mouse" award in sixth grade and I mispronounced Joaquin Phoenix's first name as "Joe-a-quan" well into my 20s. Nice to meet you!
Communications Analyst, Coventry Health Care of Georgia (now Aetna)
January 2012 – August 2013
I was awarded two spot bonus awards for extraordinary effort in one year.
Now owned by Aetna, Coventry Health Care of Georgia was a regional health insurance company serving residents across the state. As its communications analyst, I was a one-person communications department, handling routine website updates as well as managing, designing and writing an entirely new employee newsletter. I also wrote, edited and designed marketing collateral for multiple audiences (members, providers and brokers) for the company's Medicare, group and individual insurance lines; managed member newsletters for all groups; chaired the 20-person Communications Committee; and coordinated printing of marketing materials with vendors.
Assistant Editor/Editor, ARCADIS
April 2007 – April 2011
I was promoted from assistant editor to editor in a little under a year and a half.
At ARCADIS, an international engineering consulting firm, I cut my teeth on technical editing and learned that I really, really love to read about things I don't entirely understand. (That might sound sarcastic, but it's not!) I copy edited and formatted all types of communications (reports, meeting minutes and contracts) for adherence to company standards and the general rules of the English language. I also helped out the marketing team with proposal editing, usually on strict deadlines.
Chicago Manual of Style
Creating project-specific style guides
Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat
Content management systems
University of Georgia
2002 – 2006
I earned two degrees, one in journalism and the other in psychology. I also graduated summa cum laude in the top 10 percent of my graduating class.
October 2008 – Present
I was asked to become a lead editor at Dragonfly Editorial after six months of working with the company.
As a freelance writer/editor, I do a lot of different things: write feature-length magazine articles for publications like Georgia Trend and Airstream Life; copy edit federal proposals for clients like Booz Allen and Amazon Web Services; help polish programming guides for Big Nerd Ranch; and proofread greeting cards, calendars and children's books for an Atlanta-based publishing company.
Contract Proofreader, Grizzard Communications Group
October 2013 – May 2014
My original three-month contract was extended twice.
At Grizzard, an advertising agency focused on nonprofit fundraising, I proofread and copy edited direct mail/digital fundraising campaigns for clients like The Salvation Army, National Cancer Institute–designated cancer centers and more than 100 humane societies across the country.
Online Content Producer, VisitSouth.com
June 2010 – October 2011
In my first six months, I increased search engine traffic by 428 percent and overall traffic by 180 percent.
VisitSouth.com is a travel blog devoted to the Southeast, and I was its Atlanta Insider for more than a year. As an Insider, I wrote two 200-word blog posts per week on Atlanta’s best attractions, hotels, restaurants and events; managed content through the site’s CMS; optimized each post for search engines; and doubled the blog’s Facebook fans.