Provide technical writing and design services, including online course development, to international development firms and agencies. Support emerging writers with mentoring and professional editing services. Work with humanitarian aid workers and U.S. Veterans affected by trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to promote healing through creative writing and alternative treatment modalities within the healing arts.
Provided strategic leadership and oversaw programs and new business development in the capacity development and learning practice portfolio. Responsible for the development, design, and editing of proposals and technical reports. Led the team in the development of a model to address knowledge management and learning. Supported the technical development of online skills-building and certification courses in emergency response and economic development. Worked across practices with the Gender & Social Inclusion and Monitoring & Evaluation Teams to integrate learning organization-wide. Provided mentoring and coaching of project staff.
Developed an imprint to publish independently and support the work of other independent writers. Currently manage a platform to share resources and expand networking and information sharing among writers, designer, editors and publishers through IndieHousePress.org. Published two books of poetry and prose, "Seven Sonnets," 2012 and "Pit Stop in the Paris of Africa," 2013. Produced an audio book for "Seven Sonnets," 2013 and a book trailer for "Pit Stop in the Paris of Africa," 2013. Manage a blog for the book "Pit Stop in the Paris of Africa" on tumbr.com to promote others to tell their own stories of living and working overseas. Organized book release and other outreach events in Minneapolis, Washington, DC and San Francisco, including "An Evening in Conversation with Kitty Thuermer" at the Commonwealth Club of California, September 2013, which was also recorded as a podcast for National Public Radio.
Overall management and supervision of eight country programs, including direct supervision of country directors based in the field and a support staff at headquarters. Responsible for the development, design and editing of proposals and technical reports. Provided leadership training and mentoring to senior teams worldwide. Ongoing orientation, training, and technical assistance to staff and partners in the field. Representation with regional and international donors, partners, and networks on issues related to refugee assistance and humanitarian response.
The life of a humanitarian aid worker in stories and verse from around the world--inspired by war-affected populations rebuilding their lives with unbreakable spirit. From Rwanda to Cote d'Ivoire, Congo to Serbia, Morocco to South Sudan "Pit Stop in the Paris of Africa" depicts one woman's journey living and working in the face of adversity. On single engine aircraft over dense forests. Throug... read more
Revised to include excerpts from the author's upcoming book "Pit Stop in the Paris of Africa," this newly released edition includes the author's first sonnet. The sonnets and prose from the author's newest work were written in Italy and the US in the spring of 2012.
The Reader's Guide for "Pit Stop in the Paris of Africa" includes questions for use in book clubs and classrooms to promote active discussion based on an expanded world view. An interview with the author provides insight into the independent publishing process. Updates from specialists in the field allow readers to consider the historical context of the essays and verse from a fresh perspectiv... read more
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