©2018 by Pam Smith and PS Communications.

EXPERIENCE

 

Tech Arts Coordinator

Central Presbyterian Church
August 2014 - Present

Responsible for all the A/V/L on the campus, recruiting and training technical volunteers, scheduling paid and volunteer tech teams, overseeing the technical production elements of all services, classes, concerts, conferences, and special events. Central has two Sunday services (8:30am & 11:15am), a membership of 1,750 and an average worship attendance of 900. Also responsible for technical aspects of Central's Concert Series featuring nationally and internationally acclaimed classical musicians and performance groups. In addition to technical production, provide capacity in the Communications Department through graphic design, writing, editing, and planning.

Chief Problem-Solver

PS Communications
January 2006 - Present

Services fall into four broad categories: organizational development, live production, design and communications services, and strategic planning. Events worked or produced range from 250 person weddings to 3,000 attendee conferences. Shows include classical concerts, ballets, and full-scale musicals. Design/communications services from a single logo to an entire promotional campaign. Works with clients nationwide.

Community Relations

Academy of Science of St. Louis
November 2011 - July 2012

Responsibilities included: program support, public relations, graphic design, technology implementation, donor relations, photography, and web/social media development.

Graphic Designer

First Free Church
October 2010 - December 2011

Responsibilities included: weekly publications (circulation: 1500), communication plans and campaigns, print layout and design, copywriting, concept development, graphic design, media graphics, promotional loops for TVs, custom Keynote and PowerPoint templates, and installation pieces.

Manager

The Pilates and Yoga Center of St. Louis
July 2010 - September 2010

McCausland Studio 

Responsibilities included: Front Desk work schedules, class schedules, instructor schedules, payroll, promotional materials for sessions/classes, email marketing, on-boarding new staff, and customer service.

Client Relations

The Pilates and Yoga Center of St. Louis
October 2009 - July 2010

Ladue and McCausland Studios

Responsibilities included: appointment booking, payments and house account billing, checking in guests, registering new clients, copywriting for marketing emails/flyers, and designing Constant Contact email blast.

Production Manager

First Evangelical Free Church
October 2004 - February 2010

Primary Responsibility: coordinated technical needs of preaching staff, musicians, and band. Other Responsibilities Included: training technical volunteers, audio engineering, lighting design, media projection, media graphics, promotional loops for TVs, custom Keynote and PowerPoint templates. Ancillary Functions: facilitated communication between the technical teams of primary and secondary venues, served as Technical Director for rental events.

Audio/Visual Tech

Missouri Baptist University
April 2007 - November 2007

Responsibilities included: setup and strike A/V/L for events, technical direction, audio engineering, lighting design, media projection, and production management. Key Skills: ability to work as part of a team or on my own based on the size/scope of the event, ability to communicate technical concepts clearly to rental clients, staff, and students, ability to address system limitations, while achieving production goals.

Webmaster

Mastodon Art/Science Regional Fair
January 2002 - January 2005

Responsibilities included: web design and maintenance, graphic design, writing technical documentation and how-to manuals, copywriting, beta testing online entry, and completing three site renovations.

 

EDUCATION

(pretty pieces of paper with my name on them)

Systems Thinking Certificate

Cornell University
September 2018 - January 2019


Women in Leadership Certificate

Cornell University
September 2018 - January 2019


Bachelor of Science

Missouri Baptist University
August 2006 - December 2008

Major: Communications (Summa Cum Laude)

Emphasis in Technical Production

Outstanding Student of Achievement, chosen by the Communications Faculty

Bachelor of Arts

Missouri Baptist University
August 2006 - December 2008

Major: History (Summa Cum Laude)

Alpha Chi Honor Society – Omicron Chapter

Certificate in English

Missouri Baptist University
August 2006 - December 2008

Emphasis in Writing for Public Relations (Summa Cum Laude)

Associate of Arts

Jefferson College
August 2004 - May 2006

Honors Program Graduate (Summa Cum Laude)

Global Studies Program Graduate

Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society – Xi Xeta Chapter

Transfer Credit

St. Louis Community College - Meramec
April 2005 - November 2006

Dean's List and/or Honor Roll each semester

Middle School - High School

EIE Academy
August 1998 - April 2004

Certificate of Recognition for Achievements in High School, U.S. House of Representatives (2004)

Governor’s Proclamation for Science Research from Gov. Mel Carnahan (1999)

Why multiple schools at the same time? I'm glad you asked! Three reasons: 1) sometimes I wanted to take a class that either didn't exist or wasn't conveniently (read: ever) offered, 2) I wanted to get around the limits on the number of classes/credit hours per semester, and 3) to skip prerequisites and jump to the fun stuff.

 

FELLOWSHIPS & INTERNSHIPS

Student Fellow

Missouri Baptist University
January 2008 - April 2008

History Department

Served as a teaching assistant for Dr. Keith Beutler. Responsibilities included: organizing course assignments, grading papers, tests, and quizzes, as well as reporting class attendance through MBU’s Portal System.

Technical Intern

Missouri Baptist University
January 2007 - March 2007

Special Events Department

Trained under Brian Turnbull, Events Coordinator/Technical Director. Worked Missouri Baptist University events as well as rentals. Responsibilities included: audio engineering, lighting design, media projection, ticket sales, customer service, and office management.

Junior Academy Intern

Academy of Science of St. Louis
September 1999 - May 2000

Speakers for Science Database Overhaul

Responsibilities included: contacting all 2,000 members of the Speakers for Science program, confirming their contact information and willingness to continue in the program, and recruiting members to participate in the Junior Academy’s Online Mentoring program.

 

VOLUNTEERISM

(cool things I wasn't paid for)

Private and Group Tutor

Missouri Baptist University (2007-2008)

Tutored individuals and small groups (up to 5) in writing, media production, and statistics.

St. Louis Community College (2005-2006)

One-on-one tutoring in Spanish and German at the Meramec Campus Foreign Language Lab.

EIE Academy (2002-2003)

One-on-one tutoring in Chemistry

Broadway on the Driveway

Community theatre group dedicated to providing quality, family-friendly theatre and the belief that it should be accessible to everyone. They produced one, main stage musical each summer and performed it free to the public, along with other educational or fundraising performances throughout the year.

I was: Assistant Director, 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' (2001), Event Coordinator, 'Sounds of Life Benefit Concert' (2001-2002), Playbill Designer/Editor (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005), Show logo designer (2000, 2003-2005), Set Designer/Scenic Artist (1997-2001), Fundraising Coordinator (1999-2001), Principal company member (1995-1999), and Lead actor (1995-1998).

Mastodon Art/Science Regional Fair

Began as a volunteer in 1997. Served as an Executive Board Member under three Executive Directors - Eva Kirkpatrick, Vera McCullough, and Jill Thomas. While on the Board, MASRF became the largest combined Art/Science Fair in the nation.

Executive Board Oversaw: Field House setup, project check-in, judging, viewing, awards ceremony, and tear-down.

Approximately a thousand projects were entered and judged each year and on average 4,000 people would attend public viewing during the weeklong Fair

Department of Conservation

Entered the Missouri Conservation Frontiers Program in 1995 and began volunteering.

I was: Activities Director at 'Day in the Forest' (1997-1999), Activities Director at 'Prairie Days' (1997-1999), a Naturalist for Stream/Pond Studies (1998-1999), a Naturalist on Nature Hikes (1997-1999), Booth Supervisor at 'Day in the Forest' (1995-1996), and Booth Supervisor at 'Prairie Days' (1995-1996).

I earned the Frontiers Program’s highest award, State Conservationist (28th awarded in Missouri), from the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1997.

 

THEATRE CREDITS

 

Technical Director

'Oaks of Righteousness’ (2013-2014), 'HONK! Jr' (2014), 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' (2013), 'Clue: The Musical' (2009), 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' (2008), and ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ (2007).