Elizabeth Walker


September 2004 – December 2009                                                  Old Dominion University

BFA Painting with Teaching Licensure K-12            (expires June 30, 2014)                                            Norfolk, VA

  • · Cumulative GPA 3.78 (Major GPA 3.9)  Magna Cum Laude

work experience

December 2010 – Present                                                                    phatWORKs

Senior Graphic Designer                                                                                                              Virginia Beach, VA

  • Graphic web design company based out of Baltimore, MD; Head of client relations; Manage other designers to complete projects within specified time frame; Design for both web and print media; Use Creative Suites 5 (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver); Also do basic html web coding

September 2010 – December 2010                                                   Old Dominion University

Research Analyst  (PR and Marketing Specialist II)                                   Office of Research and Development

Norfolk, VA

  • Researching and Tracking ODU Alumni and Major Gifts Prospects (Individuals and Corporations); Create Confidential Prospect Profiles in Microsoft Word; Work in Millennium database as well as various online databases; Work closely with Major Gifts Officers to find information helpful towards gaining connections with Prospective Donors; Progressively update MGO Prospects; Identifying and Researching Prospects based on area for MGO trips; Also did some design work for flyers, dashboard, and development resource handouts

Summer 2009/Summer 2010                                                             HOPE for Kids

Art Director/Operations Director                                                                                               Schwenksville, PA

  • Planned curriculum within a budget and taught the Art program for “R” Camp (an overnight camp for 200 children ages 8-14), Teen Camp (200 high school age campers), and Camp Miracles (a mentoring program for underprivileged inner city youth); Organized and leading other camp-wide activities as well throughout 2 months of camp each summer

January 2010 – June 2010                                                                  Graphics To Go, Inc.

Graphic Designer                                                                                                            Virginia Beach, VA

  • Designed projects using Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Corel Draw; responsible for project time management, working directly with clients as well as manufacturers to ensure project’s quality and completion; design projects range from banner (design and production), business cards, brochures and programs, t-shirts, etc.; Also assisted in screen printing when needed

January 2006 – May 2009                                                                Old Dominion University

Research Assistant  (Data Entry)                                                                  Office of Research and Development

Norfolk, VA

  • Researched ODU Alumni and Major Gifts Prospects and entered data into computer databases (Millennium, File Maker Pro); Created Confidential Prospect Profiles in Microsoft Word; Researched through online databases; Updated information on Prospects in Millennium and File Maker Pro found in periodicals, online articles, and industry updates; Created short biographies on individuals for use by others (IF Board member bios, etc)

September 2005 – December 2006                                                 Turpin’s Florist

Florist & Sales Representative/Clerk                                                                                                     Norfolk, VA

  • Cared for flowers and plants; Arranged and sold floral arrangements; Documented deliveries; Sales Clerk

January 2003 – December 2006 (primarily during holidays/summer months)            HOPE worldwide

Administrative Assistant/Receptionist                                                                                            Wayne, PA

  • Answering multi-line telephone; working in Microsoft Excel and Word; Sending out group mailings; Filing, photocopying, scanning; Writing fundraising and thank you letters; Greeting guests; Working in computer databases (Raiser’s Edge); Graphic design for official website

volunteer experience

Summer 2003-2008                                                                               HOPE Youth Corps (HYC)

HYC Intern/Mentor                                                         Philadelphia, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Los Angeles
Chicago, Dallas, Colorado Springs, Kingston Jamaica

HYC, a program of HOPE worldwide (a nonprofit organization), is a leadership training program comprised of teen and campus age participants from around the world that come together to serve the poor and needy in poverty-stricken communities.

  • Ran “Camp Miracles” (a day camp/mentoring program for inner-city youth in Philadelphia); Peer Educator for “Positive Choice” (a curriculum based program promoting abstinence); Built homes in 9th Ward, New Orleans with Habitat for Humanity; Mentored children displaced by Hurricane Katrina with “Project Safe Place” in Baton Rouge; Mentored kids in summer school in Chicago projects and held afterschool program; Counselor at Philadelphia Teen Camp; Intern at Dallas Summer Camp; Worked with severely disabled children, elderly, and built a new community playground in Colorado;  Jamaica: Worked with kids at Marigold Children’s Home (orphanage) as well as painted, cleaned and organized Mary Issa Health Clinic

Summer 2006                                                                                                      Mission India

Volunteer                                                                                                                                           Chennai, India

  • Spent a month in Chennai India serving the poor and needy throughout the community at several leprosy colonies, a children’s AIDS home, tsunami rehabilitation colony, and slums across the city

Summer 2000-2004                                                                                              “R” Camp

Camp Counselor                                                                                                                         Fredericksburg, VA

  • Overnight week-long summer camp counselor for a cabin of 15 kids ages 8-14

Year Round 1996-2004                                                                               Story Tree Gang

STG Member/Set & Prop Designer                                                                                         Philadelphia, PA

  • STG, a program of HOPE worldwide, is a youth theatrical group of teens and campus students that uses songs, dance, drama and puppetry to teach inner-city youth about issues such as peer pressure, lead paint poisoning, literacy and gang violence; STG shows have often been supported and attended by important officials such as the Mayor of Philadelphia and Colin Powell

special talents/abilities

Painting (oils and acrylics); Photography (digital); Graphic Design (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver and Corel Draw); Thorough knowledge of both PCs and Macs; Ceramics (knowledge of entire process including firing); Sewing (machine and by hand); Screenprinting; Metalsmithing/Jewelry Making; Sculpture (including plaster molds, wood work, and metal welding); CPR Certified (renewal date: June 2011); Able to read and understand basic Spanish

honors/official projects/groups

  • 2009: Honorable Mention in Genesis, a juried exhibition at the Peninsula Fine Art Center, Newport News, VA
  • 2008: Photograph published in Photographer’s Forum Best of College Photography 2008 (Finalist, Top 5%)
  • 2008: Cover design for “Disciples on Campus”, a book published by DPI International
  • 2008: Painting entitled “Beads” exhibited in the Baron and Ellin Gordon Gallery, Norfolk, VA
  • 2004 – 2009: Old Dominion University Honors College
  • 2004 – Present: Paid to designed multiple flyers, t-shirts, and invitations for various events sponsored by the Hampton Roads Church, Hampton Roads, VA
  • Fall ’08 – 2009: Old Dominion University Institutional Scholarship
  • Fall ’08 – 2009: NAEA – National Art Education Association, PR Director of ODU Chapter
  • Fall ’04 – 2009: National Monarch Scholarship
  • Fall ’05 – Spring ‘09: Old Dominion University Dean’s List
  • Fall ’04 – Spring ’08: Hazel Fullerton Memorial Art Scholarship
  • Member of the Golden Key International Honors Society
  • Member of the Honors Society of Phi Kappa Phie-mail: lizwalker618@gmail.com

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