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tagAward-winning editor, writer and producer with over thirty years experience in broadcast and independent media.

Professional Experience

Freelance Editor, Writer, Producer, Story Consultant
Honolulu, HI, July 2010 – present           
Dallas, TX, July 2002 – July 2010
San Francisco, CA, October 1989 – July 2002

Long & short form documentary editing a specialty. Films broadcast on PBS include:  Winning Girl (2015), Eating Alaska (2010), Pidgin: The Voice of Hawai‘i (2009), Special Circumstances (2009), By Invitation Only (2007), No Loitering (2001), Surfing for Life (2000), Peace Talks (1997), It’s Elementary (1997), School Colors (1994), Young Aspirations/ Young Artists (1993).

Recent clients include Pacific Islanders in Communication, Pau Hana Films, Two Suns Media, and the Independent Television Service.

Avid Certified Instructor
Dallas, TX & San Francisco, CA. June 1994 – December 2006
Taught hundreds of editors introductory to advanced Avid courses as part of Avid’s Certified Training Program.

August 1991 to July 1992. Produced, directed, co-wrote and edited Emmy award-winning documentary. Broadcast on PBS in June 1993. Self-distribute film through New Day Films cooperative.

Cameraperson/Editor/Producer, WWL-TV (CBS), New Orleans, LA.
September 1988 – September 1989
Created promos and PSA’s.

Cameraperson/Editor/Producer, Entergy Corporation, New Orleans, LA
March 1985 – September 1988

Production Assistant/Editor, Group W Cable, Violet, LA
March 1984 – March 1985

Production Assistant/Editor, Loyola Institute for Ministry, New Orleans, LA
March 1983 – March 1984

Technical Expertise

Format savvy from tape to HD to 4K to 35 mm. I speak Premiere, Final Cut Pro & Avid. Expert long form project manager.


Avid Instructor Certification Program,
1994 – 2006

Maine Film and Video Workshops,
1987 – 1990

Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
Graduated cum laude May 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in both Communications and Political Science.

Professional Affiliations

Hawaii International Film Festival, individual member

Women in Film.Dallas
President 2005, Vice President 2004

New Day Films
1993 – present

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, 2000 Northern California Emmy Award, Outstanding Achievement in Editing

San Francisco State University, Lecturer
1998 – 1999

Bay Area Video Coalition, Instructor
1993 – 1998


Childhood: New Orleans, Louisiana. Heritage: Latina/Scottish Caribbean American. Other interests: travel, cooking, organic gardening, yoga and dancing


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