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Project Management Assistant

Mechanicville, New York, 12118, United States
October 14, 2016

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Susan Van Schaick-Saint Laurent

cell 518-***-**** home:518-***-**** 4 Lark Street, Greenwich, NY 12834

Highly skilled administrative, communications, marketing, analytical and problem solving professional with over a decade of experience interacting with, and working for corporate, media, educational facilities, entertainment, and policy making clients.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT SKILL SETS: courier, switchboard, typing, administrative, scanning, assistant, assembling.

VS-STL 2000-Present

Planning marketing programs, creating ad campaigns, conducting research, interviews, analysis, and writing policy suggestions. Acted as liaison to thought leaders, researchers, practitioners, administrators, policymakers--requiring listening, comprehension and communication skills. Interviewed US Presidential Candidates.

Additional Health Related Experience: NYS Media Specialist/Creative Director-Gov. Appointee. Mass Media Campaigns. Advised NYSHD on EPIC*, Generic RX*, AIDS, plus other health promotion activities and mass media campaigns as seen on billboards, TV coverage, subways, print media, and heard on airwaves across the state. Conducted background work to enlist 50 celebrities to appear in the AIDS Does Not Discriminate Campaign. Wrote copy, scripts/creative direction-TV/Radio, media kits. Organized largest NYSHD Press Conference at that time in the state Capitol. Received “Honorable Mentions” in national trade publication. Initiated the compilation of NYS media agencies' sources for efficiency and non-duplication.*

Interfaced with Medical device inventors, Insurance & FDA approval regimens. Freelance journalist. Conducted interviews on pharmacogenetics, health training and delivery systems, nutrition, etc. Earlier years: Taught health subjects as substitute teacher. Worked in various capacities as Medical receptionist to Medical Personnel Pool-Hyannis, MA assignments

VS-STL; S. Van Schaick Policy-Media-Design: D.C. to Maine. May 1979 – Present. Utilized strong analytical skills in each assignment. Published freelance articles in NJ's, The Suburban, and Saratoga Business Journal.

Sub-contracted Administrative Services: 1980-Present: Provide administrative support including note taking, typing, filing, organizing, photocopying. Field telephone calls and forward to appropriate person. Schedule and prepare conference area for all meetings. Ensure filing systems are maintained and current. Monitor and maintain office supplies and inventory.

Supervised projects from concept to completion. Assisted with traveling and shipping arrangements.

Created positive team working environments.

Projects won awards and received excellent media reviews: Designed & Co-designed over 100 productions. Project management/Negotiator.

Accomplished project goals and increased repeat customer orders.

Met scheduling and budget guidelines: On-time and Under-budget.

Initiated the compilation of NYS media agencies' sources for efficiency and non-duplication.

Prepared and monitored budgets for small business enterprises.

Initiated & Coordinated Cost Containment Programs for 108 accounts for national administrative services : Employee Self-Audit, OutPatient Surgery Plus, and Second Opinion Examination Programs.

Provided Quality Review/Assurance/Claims Processing for sub-contracted administrative insurance clients.

Technical Advisor for National Accounts.

Handled Confidential documents. Computer Literate. Internet Savvy.

1980 XIII Olympic Winter Games Official Designs.

Subcontractor Media D.C. to Maine. Creative Director-Freelance Writer-News- Designer-Marketing-Sales. May 1979 – Present. Researcher and Ghostwriter:

Co-produced Radio Show, and Television shows.

Conducted screening and actual interviews.

Auditioned and Hired talent. Conducted project



PA to Maine: Over 120 credits.

Sub-contracted commercial, residential, theatrical design, services to builders, construction companies, corporate construction project/facilities managers, architects, home-owners, Broadway designers, Regional designers, and Producers.

Acted as a direct contractor on various projects. Duties included:

Project management,accurate/timely completion-signed, dated, notarized, filing, archiving of pertinent documentation, presentations, meeting with owners, planning boards, architects, engineers, sub-contractors, and compliance/code inspectors. Oversaw “Punch List”, adjustments and walk through(s).

Hospitality/Media/Event Experience:

Entertainment Coordinator/ Events Coordinator-Designer/Waitress, Hostess, Receptionist/ On-call soup/quiche cook/Sales/News/Direction/On-air when needed-Establishments PA to Maine.


Vision + Strategy Consultant 2016-Present.

REAL Broker,LLC-NYC/NYS Present:2016; Red Door Realty NY- Malta, NY May 2015-Aug/2016:Purchased Pinnacle Realty Saratoga, LLC- NYS Real Estate Salesperson. November 2012 – May 2015..

2015(THREE Committees) 2014 Serving on SIX Committees :Pro-Bono: New York State Association of Realtors, Inc.: Second Home, Resorts and Global Markets, Co-Op Issues Working Group, Commercial Issues Working Group, Legislative Policy Forum, Housing Opportunities,-Communications & PR. U. S. Dept. of Commerce U. S. Census Enumerator April 2000 - May 2010. Temporary assignments for two separate Census years: Spring 2000-NH; Spring 2010-NY. Collected demographic, economic, and housing data on behalf of U.S. Census Bureau/Boston, MA Regional Office.

Assisted CEO(s) at VSDC- Family Business-Greenwich, NY. 2000-Present.

Centenary College: Centenary Performing Arts Guild's Children's Theater Director September 1989 - May 1990. Affiliated with a main stage Equity company. Staged major, full scale productions. Directed shows. Taught workshop/classes ages 6-16. Supervised college assistants. Other Affiliations: Over 100 productions/events PA to Maine.

*NYSDOH Media Specialist/Creative Director-Governor Appointee1987.Achievements: Completed mass media campaign(s) completely ahead of schedule and under designated budget. EPIC/Generic Drug-as publicly seen across the state.

Received Honorable Mentions in National Trades.

Brainstormed with various state departments to address important issues.

Conducted research to forecast upcoming trends which may affect health of the state's citizens.

Interfaced with international, and national health-related media and institutes.

Coordinated the largest press conference at that time in the State Capitol Building to address AIDS.

Conducted background work to elicit Fifty celebrities for the AIDS Does Not Discriminate campaign.

Education/Professional Training:

2016 S SaintLaurent Cert of Completion Lean Architecture.

2016 EDX International Business Environment and Global Strategy/Audited.

2016 Fair Housing/Code of Ethics/Tax Benefits of Residential Rental Property/Distressed Properties/ Property Management Certificates.

2015 Certificate: A Path to Entrepreneurship-EDX/MIT-Harvard.

2015 Certificate: Mini Medical School-CU.

2015 NY Excel (NY Executive Clean Energy Leadership Program) Skidmore College.

2015 Ethical Practices for Today's Producer; Effective & Ethical Communication with Seniors.

2013 Professionalism & Trust-Insurance Training.

2012 Executive Leadership Certificate: Jack Welch Management Institute.

Spring 2012 Crash Course in Social Media. Videography/Production-CAT-TV 1990's.

May 2012/July 2014- Intro. to Commercial Real Estate, FHA and VA Appraisal Basics, Property Law, Fair Housing, Agency Law, Liens, Taxes, Foreclosures, Appraisals, Buyer Agent, Working with Real Estate Investors, Marcellus Shale Drilling.

2007 Washington County Entrepreneurship Workshop Participant.

NYS: Licenses: Life, Health, and Disability Insurance Agent; Real Estate Salesperson.

WASHINGTON CENTER FOR LEARNING ALTERNATIVES, Washington, D.C. National policymaking and media reporting.

Learned from and interfaced with Pentagon, State Department, Capitol Hill staff, D.C area university faculty, Washington Post investigative reporters.

Graduate Studies: RUSSELL SAGE COLLEGE/Albany, NY- Under the M. B. A. Degree program.

Marketing & Legal Environment. Designed a marketing plan for the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra. 6cr. SUNY/ Albany, NY - Under the

M. A. Communications Degree program. Message Design & Social Influence; Communication Theory. 6 cr. 2003. 2004 SUNY/ ACC/Queensbury, NY/ Personal & Professional Development/ Communications Courses: Fiction Writing: From Idea to Finished Manuscript & Writing Creative Non-Fiction. SUNY/ Plattsburgh, NY -Under the M.S. Ed. Degree program: Reading in Secondary Schools. Designed Reading/Social Studies curriculum titled, Freedom and Its Inherent Responsibilities. 3cr. SUNY/ Albany, NY - Under the M. A. Degree program: Acting /Directing for the Camera.

ELMS COLLEGE/Chicopee, MA. Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude. Major(s): Pre-law: Political Science/History & Art. Minor: Speech & Drama.

Present/Former Member: NATAS, US Technical Assistance Project, GCAR, MBPA.

Currently, studying Project Management Professional-via Udemy, front-end/back-end IT Udacity Self Study.

Teaching Skills: Assisted High School students with Physics Labs as an Eighth grader. As a Seventh grader assistant taught elementary students on Earth Science. Became the backup art instructor at age sixteen for High School students. During College/Post College: Tutored & Substitute Teaching - Academic courses (Mathematics, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Health, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Sociology, English, History, Business, Art, and Dramatic Arts) to area Junior and Senior High School students. Tutored English skills to visiting foreign C.E.O.'s and Grad Students. Assistant Taught Foreign Policy to college students per request of History Dept. Chair.

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