I am an executive assistant with over 35 years’ experience in industry having served in various communications capacities and executive assistant roles. Currently I have a couple clients and work part time for the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra as their personnel and marketing manager. And I am a Notary Public in the State of Hawaii.
I started out as an executive assistant and office manager right out of college. I worked my way up in the pharma biotech arena to become vice president and head of investor relations and corporate communications for Agouron Pharamaceuticals, a $600M pharmaceutical company sold to Warner Lambert for $2.3B in 1999, I was a member of the executive team that raised more than $550M to advance research in cancer and AIDS. I helped to bring the first HIV protease inhibitor to market for both adults and children. My advocacy work helped the company to obtain approval for Viracept in only nine months.
After that, I stepped back and founded and ran a small independent record label for 10 years. I served as the executive director of the former San Diego Wellness Community, was a member of the boards of the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation in Los Angeles, past President of the San Diego Investor Relations Group, and I was one of the first presidents of Athena, San Diego.
I have take a high degree of initiative, understand policies and procedures, have self-confidence, interpersonal skills and many life experiences.
More recently, I held roles involved in investor relations at aTyr Pharma, Sequenom, Mirati Therapeutics and SeaSpine. I have periodically taken assignments as a virtual assistant as well, after having worked for executives who travel 90% of their time. More recently and after my corporate positions, I've been working as an airport and appointment driver for elderly people in my community. I also helped out with their accounting and computer needs.
I graduated from Stark Technical/Kent State University with my Associate Degree in Legal Secretarial Science. I also attended Akron University for a time. I am a native of Ohio, lived in California for 36 years and moved to Papaikou, Hawaii in early 2020.
During the Covid19 Pandemic I made myself available for virtual assistant work, but I found myself creating masks for folks who need them and now it's become quite the need. I will keep creating until we are back to sanity.
You sew? I didn't know that?? Yes, well, when I was a baby my mother was a seamstress. A damned good one. I learned from her. When I was in high school I entered the Pendleton Wool Contest and I did ok. (You know, we had to match the plaids, etc.). It was nuts. Then when I got out of high school, jeans were still totally in so I made custom jeans for my friends. And Western shirts (with all that crazy brading and so on!). I'm glad those days are gone, but now I'm doing something easy and fun and I want to help those who need them.
And if there is a virtual assistant need, I am open to helping you with the menial to the magnificent. I can virtually do anything you need in the way of administrative and planning. My expertise is in reading the need and finding a solution and my abilities are top notch, efficient and accurate.