Hi, I'm Angie!
I'm an independent visual and editorial communications specialist with vast experience designing and editing presentations, templates, proposals, whitepapers, board reports, posters, banners, manuals, brochures, ads, animation, interactivity, and customized graphics, among other types of design collateral. Also experienced in staff and project management, quantitative and qualitative research, and translation services.
VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST
NEW YORK, NY
Monday - Friday; Weekends and Holidays Upon Request
2007 - Present
Visual Communications Specialist
Create, write, and design graphics, templates, proposals, presentations, reports, and various communications in multiple software packages. Identify, tailor and/or improve upon design solutions where needed for target audiences. Select appropriate conceptual imagery and/or manipulate photos in Photoshop. Research, write, and edit infographics, advertisements, RFPs, business plans, whitepapers, sell sheets, manuals, and brochures, etc.; manage projects from concept to design to print/LCD/ animation/interactivity. Provide research, analysis, and information synthesis. Client list provided upon request.
2003 - 2009
Operations, Production, Workflow Manager, Visual Communications Department
Oversaw daily operations of department’s 2nd shift, directed production of firm’s visual needs, and managed a dynamic team of 9+ onsite graphic specialists and 11 offsite contractors. As member of VC Leadership and Quality teams, monitored quality of deliverables (proposals, pitch books, presentations, and other customized collateral) to confirm firm standards and brand were executed and tagged for database retrieval. Focused on departmental initiatives: mapping workflow and VC processes, creating SOPs, identifying best practices and instituting optimal functional solutions. Assessed technical and skill sets to ensure staff was appropriately coached, trained, motivated and provided the tools and team-building activities to foster growth. Recruited, interviewed, hired and trained incoming staff members on 2nd and 3rd shifts. Onboarded firm new hires and provided consultation to firm members on brand, production, turnaround, costs, technical and time limitations. Assessed impact of in-house demands and allocated resources where necessary; monitored bookings and schedules and negotiated deadlines when required. Developed short- and long-term staffing projections to ensure department had necessary resources. As relationship manager, consulted and followed-up with clients and staff on benefits, costs, results, and outcomes of projects. Developed departmental issue and escalation log in order to accurately measure client feedback and steps taken to resolve issues to client satisfaction. Also created disaster contingency plans for staffing and IT/office services outages. Maintained departmental protocol, researched and recommended process modifications to improve operating procedures. In conjunction with IT, researched, evaluated and beta-tested emerging applications and hardware, and jointly developed recommendations for firm upgrades. Worked with the Visual Center Manager to ensure operational and financial metrics were within departmental norms and goals were met or exceeded.
1987 - 2003
Details provided in CV upon request.
Graduate Program, Russian Linguistics
Bachelor's Degree, Russian Studies
Intensive Summer Slavic Workshop
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
Recipient of Tuition Scholarship and Research/Teaching Assistantship in Graduate Program for Russian Linguistics
Taught First Year Russian/Graded Third Year Russian Work
Lifetime Member of Dobro Slovo, Slavic Honor Society
ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY
Russian Language GPA = 4.0 (A)
President, Russian Club
Teaching Assistant and Tutor
Received scholarship from ISU and attended highly competitive Intensive Summer Slavic workshop for full immersion in Russian
Russian GPA: 4.0/4.0
Graduate Coursework in Legal Studies
AMERICAN PUBLIC UNIVERSITY
Graduate course, Legal Studies, Criminal Law
Microsoft PowerPoint - Expert
Adobe Creative Suite - Advanced
Microsoft Word - Advanced
Visio, Publisher, Gimp, MovieMaker - Advanced; Personalized App Design/HTML/Coding - Proficient
Microsoft Excel - Proficient
Russian, Spanish, French, Latin - Working Knowledge
“In my new role, I was in a bit of a crunch to prepare for a Board of Trustees meeting and needed a compelling way to present some fairly complex issues. I reached out to Angie and she was able to vastly improve the communication and design of our draft presentation. Almost importantly, she turned around work quickly and was very flexible in accommodating the natural chaos that precedes a big meeting with lots of stakeholders who need to review materials. She understood the intent of what we were trying to do and created useful alternative options to our initial designs. The quality of the final product was impeccable. She’s now the go-to person for our department for visual communication support.”
Zia K., VP Strategy and Evaluation, Philanthropic Foundation
“I hired Angie to work with me in three companies over the past 14 years: Integreon, Williams Lea, and now she helps us at Nov8rix. She is exceptional, reliable, extremely intelligent, and customer-focused. She is also a "swiss army knife" that can handle just about anything. If it's an area outside of her experience, she is excellent at researching, learning quickly, and executing with quality results. I can't recommend anyone more highly than Angela Kissell.”
Manish S., Owner, Nov8rix
“Angie did a great job helping my startup develop corporate materials for presenting to clients and investors. She is very thorough, professional, and delivers what is needed when it is needed. Angie was very flexible in addressing our needs and offered to do more whenever she could.”