WORK EXPERIENCE

Brakeman, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (May 2015-present)

  • Assist in the safe operation of a steam-powered passenger train on a ninety-mile, twelve-hour round trip
  • Hand-fire a coal-burning steam locomotive in accordance with safe and non-damaging practices, on tonnage trains on an average grade of 2.5%
  • Provide front-line customer service to passengers and assist Conductor in dealing with problems and emergencies. Backwoods territory (⅔ of run) is only accessible by train or helicopter
  • Coordinate movement of train with other employees through safety briefings and by hand, lamp, radio, and whistle signals. Protect delayed train from following movements with warning devices including explosive noisemakers and flares
  • Monitor train wheels, brakes, and other non-locomotive systems for problems and assist in diagnosis and repair as necessary
  • Work safely around, between, and underneath trains to couple and uncouple cars, connect and test air brake systems, set handbrakes, and operate track switches as instructed by Conductor

 

Freelance Photographer (2012-present)

  • Specializing in studio headshots, environmental portraits, and corporate events for donor/investor relations
  • Full-time in Boston area 2012-2015

 

Freelance Journalist (2007-present)

  • While the city sleeps: Track work on Boston's MBTA is a never-ending task (Trains Magazine, October 2016)
  • Durango & Silverton: A Wild West narrow gauge railroad adventure (Colorado Railroads - Trains Magazine Special 2016)
  • Little engines that do: Refinements make 'mobile railcar movers' more versatile than industrial switchers alone (Trains Magazine, October 2015)
  • Testing On The T: Hyundai Rotem ensures new cars work properly in a real-world environment (Trains Magazine, November 2014)
  • Bringing the New Haven back to life: Restoring an FL9 to its former glory (Locomotive Magazine, September 2014)
  • Of Searchlight Signals, F40s, and an Interlocking Tower: A Boston time capsule enters the modern age (Trains Magazine, December 2013)
  • Penguin Scarves and Hot Chocolate: Surviving the winter commute in Boston (Trains Magazine, December 2012)
  • I Ride the T (personal commuting and Boston transit blog, 2007-2012)

 

Museum of Science, Boston (2009-2015)

  • Managed intake of over 4000 advertising images into an internal stock database, including preproduction editing and detailed keywording for searchability. Created new keywording workflow which reduced average time per photo from three minutes to one minute
  • Developed and created instructional print and video programming about original Museum of Science interpretive activities using Universal Design principles
  • Facilitated engineering-based interpretive activities for visitors in the exhibit halls and discovery spaces
  • Helped organize, facilitate, and formally evaluate high school internship program.
  • Assisted in the creation and operation of five free events for local teenagers
  • Led small groups of second-graders (2-5 kids) through guided explorations of the Museum, encouraging them to discover and think critically about science and holding informal conversations about science topics encountered during the experience

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Association of Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums

  • Youth Scholarship recipient, Fall 2014 Conference at Texas State Railroad
  • Attended Spring 2015 Joint Conference with National Railway Historical Society
  • Youth Scholarship recipient, Fall 2015 Conference at Illinois Railway Museum
  • Member of Youth Committee, Fall 2015-present

 

Railroad Passenger Car Alliance

  • Attended 2016 Conference at Texas State Railroad, "Paying It Forward"
  • Member of Committee for Furthering the Next Generation, 2016-present

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Worcester Incubator Fellow, Art of Science Learning (2014)

AoSL is a National Science Foundation-funded initiative exploring the intersection of art and science in education and the workforce. Arts-based learning and brainstorming techniques were used by small teams of artists, educators, and professionals in the development and implementation of an innovative and science-based transportation solution. Helped conceive and create predictive pedestrian route modeling software which takes into account sidewalk condition and crosswalk locations to inform maintenance, new construction, and public policy.

 

City Hall Gallery Curator, Worcester Alliance of Photographers (2014)

Planned, coordinated, and hung four juried community photography shows of twenty-five framed photos

 

Photography Instructor, Worcester Think Tank (2014)

Created and taught Applied Digital Photography, a ten-week class for students aged 12-18