Josh McCrowell

Josh McCrowell - Your Town Our TownName: Josh McCrowell
Expertise: copy editing, technical and narrative writing, content development, quality control, design and layout
Type of work I’m interested in: full-time
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About me: I’m sort of a big nerd who has had unanticipated success in tricking large companies into letting me write, edit, and solve problems for them. After graduating college, I joined Rosetta Stone’s writing team. I helped to build advanced levels of their core offering, add an online component to their Totale product, and contributed to the launch of Reflex in Southeast Asia. My contribution to these products ranged from inception to completion, helping with almost every step of the process: from brainstorming, to content generation, to consulting on the images, and performing quality assurance.

After leaving Rosetta Stone, I worked as an editor for both Lexis Nexis and a private consulting firm. During this time, I was in charge of copy and style editing over massive amounts of text, ranging from educational materials, governmental reports and studies, and official correspondence. I also used my graphic design abilities to create  brochures, workbooks, and manuals for clients.

In my free time, I like to publish tabletop games for fun.

I have a judo grip on the English language and I love using it. People say to do what you love, and if given the opportunity to work with words, I will throw myself absolutely into that job. I would love an opportunity to bring my passion to your company.

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Cory Kuklick

cory_kuklickName: Cory Kuklick
Expertise: Technical and feature/journalistic writing, AP and Chicago style editing, user documentation, project management
Type of work I’m interested in: contract, freelance, full-time
Find me online: LinkedIn, website

About me: I graduated from James Madison University in 2010 with a BS in journalism, and have bounced around various writing and editing fields throughout Virginia and East Africa ever since. I have always considered Harrisonburg to be home, and it’s where I began my technical writing career as an editorial assistant with the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery. Following graduation I worked for a year as a technical writer for an IT management company before getting the travel itch many 20-somethings get, and I decided to volunteer in Uganda for four months as an English teacher and soccer coach. I also started an online magazine, Instances of Hope, that creates awareness toward the refugee issue in the country and garners direct donations to keep at risk-children in school.

I worked on a contract basis as a technical writer for Rosetta Stone following my return to the United States, where I wordsmithed UI text, helped leverage single-sourcing capabilities for user documentation, and wrote numerous internal documentation pieces for legacy content. At the end of my contract I returned to Uganda, working as a writer and editor at the Refugee Law Project for six months.

I currently work as a project manager in northern Virginia but would like to return back “home” to Harrisonburg in a writing and editing capacity. I’m happy writing, I’m happy in the Valley, and I hope to work with you soon to continue pushing the wonderful community forward.

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Yvonne Droms

yvonne_dromsName: Yvonne Droms
Expertise: Content editing, translation, localization, e-learning, language learning, multilingual work, quality control. Languages: English, French, German, Swiss-German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian.
Type of work I’m interested in: contract, freelance, full-time, part-time

About me: I started working for the language-learning software company Rosetta Stone shortly after its inception in 1992, when it was still Fairfield Language Technologies. I created the first French product, then helped with the creation of many other languages, such as Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, etc. I watched the company grow from a little startup into the world’s largest and most recognized language-learning company, and watched it go public. As the Senior Editor, I helped ensure grammatical correctness, proper accent, appropriate visual representation, pedagogical consistency, and overall superior quality in language content. I reviewed products for issues in 20 languages as the products were nearing completion. I checked ads and commercial videos for appropriateness and cultural content. I reviewed and corrected web pages for localization issues in many languages. I tested new apps for font and script issues in difficult languages. I responded to customer inquiries about numerous languages. Previous to this experience, I worked as a freelance translator in Switzerland, as well as a multilingual student and faculty representative at Syracuse University, NY.

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Zac Nafziger

Zac Nafziger on Your Town Our TownName: Zac Nafziger
Expertise: Visual Media Production, Post-Production, Photo Editing & Organization, Writing, Fine Art
Type of work I’m interested in: contract, freelance, full-time, part-time
Find me online: Facebook, website (under construction)

About me: Employed with Rosetta Stone for 12+ years, I was originally hired as the lone photographer and eventually transitioned into Post-Production Lead as the demand & rate of production grew with the company, eventually working with an extremely talented team of Visual Specialists to create their newest language products. Every photo in every product in every language went through me. At the same time, i was moonlighting as a stained glass artist with over 20 years experience. That was my true love, so that’s what i do now. i create custom, original, one-of-kind fine art glass windows for homes, businesses, collectors, & art galleries everywhere. You can find me & my working studio and gallery in the Studios at Larkin Arts on Court Square in Downtown Harrisonburg every day….

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Paul Heitsch

Paul Heitsch on Your Town Our TownName: Paul Heitsch
Expertise: Audio production, including music, sound design, and voiceover, recording, mixing, editing, and mastering, Project Management, Digital Asset Management, Recruiting, Casting, eLearning design and development
Type of work I’m interested in: contract, freelance, full-time, part-time
Find me online: LinkedIn, website

About me: I have over two decades of experience producing award-winning music, sound design, and voice-over. I am also an experienced management professional with a track record of success completing large complex projects on time and under budget. I have recruited and managed teams of internal staff and outside contractors, and administered budgets exceeding $1.4 million annually. I also play a pretty smokin’ piano.

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Katie Thomas

katie_thomasName: Katie Thomas
Expertise: 3D animation, 3D graphics, 3DS Max, 2D graphics, Adobe Flash, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, concept art, sketch prototyping, Japanese, English teaching, knitting, dog training
Type of work I’m interested in: contract, freelance, full-time, part-time
Find me online: website

About me: Animation and 3D graphics with 3DS Max. Animation and 2D graphics with Flash, Photoshop and Illustrator. Concept Art and quick sketching with graphite and other media. Experience with Japanese language, taught English in rural community in northern Japan. Love dogs and train them to compete in obedience and agility trials. Knit like a crazy old lady.

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Laura Dent

laura dent on your town our town Name: Laura Dent
Expertise: writing, technical writing, travel writing, usability, online help systems, embedded help , single-sourcing, localization, user experience, web design, source control, html, xml, and mobile development
Type of work I’m interested in: contract, freelance, full-time, part-time
Find me online: LinkedIn, website

About me: I’ve been a writer all my life. I’ve been making a living as a technical writer for the last couple of decades, and now as a freelance writer I’ve been exploring all sorts of venues of writing, including my favorite: Travel Writing. I’ve written web content for local sites, and am researching an article profiling rural potters of the Appalachian mountains. I’m still funding myself mostly through part-time technical writing jobs, and hope to continue to create ways of working that sustain my life.

In the field of technical communication, my expertise includes: online help systems, embedded help (where the user interface text serves as “help” that is actually part of the software), single-sourcing (creating multiple outputs from the same content), localization (translation and implementation into a variety of languages), user experience, web design, source control, and coding in html, xml, mobile devices, and other code bases.

In other words, my abilities go far beyond “writing” and extend to usability and engineering. I’m not just creating text; I’m helping the user have the best experience possible, keeping in mind the context of why they’re using the software and what they want to accomplish.

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Michelle Krone

michelle krone in your town our townName: Michelle Krone
Expertise: Specializing in all areas of photography including Product, Corporate Headshots, Event, Architecture, Macro, Landscape and Artistic Photography, Lighting Technician, Stock Research, Styling, Casting, Location Scouting, Lightroom and Photoshop.
Type of work I’m interested in: contract, freelance, full-time, part-time
Find me online: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, website

About me: 5 + years of experience with Rosetta Stone as a Photo Assistant and Photographer. Freelancing with Society of Architectural Historians, UVA Press, ZN Stained Glass, and RMH Hospital. Volunteer photography for Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council.

Lead Photographer

  • Worked on a daily basis with producers and Language experts to compose photographs that were visually stunning.
  • Provided excellent knowledge and skill in lighting.
  • Built rapport with adults and children during photo sessions to create memorable images.
  • Developed uploading and tagging processes for Artesia, a Digital Asset Management System.
  • Assessed inventory of equipment on regular basis.
  • Ordered supplies and equipment as needed.

Photo Assistant

  • Managed and organized equipment and photography props for photo shoots.
  • Set up all lighting equipment on set.
  • Anticipated photographer and producer’s needs.

I am currently living in Harrisonburg, Virginia but am interested in traveling for contract or freelance work.

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Dave Nealon

dave_nealonName: Dave Nealon
Expertise: content development, user experience, technical writing, user interface, user assistance, internationalization and localization, curriculum development, training. I specialize in advanced preparation for consistent growth.
Type of work I’m interested in: full-time or contract work in content development or managing development programs.
Find me online: blog, LinkedIn

About me: An experienced content developer with an emphasis on educational software, I make complex systems feel simple and intuitive for learners. I help cross-functional teams find efficiencies so they can spend less and produce more. I’m a capable localization project manager. I read German, and I’m trained in publishing issues for 10 languages. I’m comfortable in XML, HTML, and CSS, as well as image-editing and web-authoring tools.

I have a background in teaching and training, and I’ve managed teams in educational organizations.

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Marion Bittinger

marion bittinger on your town our townName: Marion Bittinger
Expertise: linguistics, Spanish, translation, localization, reviewing, editing, writing, endangered languages, indigenous issues, technical communications, nonprofit management, publications management, project management, language education
Type of work I’m interested in: contract, freelance, full-time, part-time
Find me online: LinkedIn

About me: 10+ years experience in program management, project management, language acquisition. 10+ years teaching Spanish and translation studies at the university level. Certification in nonprofit management, with a special interest in helping to make the world a better place. I love working on a team, and making a team work. I’m a self-motivated, multi-tasker, with exceptional attention to detail.

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Becca Rust

becca rust on your town our townName: Becca Rust
Expertise: User experience, education technology, artistic design, content management, software development, problem solving
Type of work I’m interested in: contract, freelance, full-time, part-time
Find me online: LinkedIn, website

About me: I am interested in the intersections between learning, teaching, design, and digital technologies. I like to explore how digital technologies can support human learning. I am a generalist, self-taught on many topics with a Bachelors in Computer Science. I understand Ruby, Rails, ActionScript, XML, HTML5, CSS3, Perl, and Python. I have worked extensively in the Adobe CS5 suite of tools, Flash; Photoshop; Flashbuilder; Illustrator. But more importantly, I am an avid knitter, crocheter, sewer, roller derby jammer, and yogi. I have a desire to travel, write, design, and share.

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Ron Rammelkamp

ron rammelkamp sample on your town our townName: Ron Rammelkamp
Expertise: photography, lighting technician, photoshop, stock photo research, styling, casting, location scouting, story board artist, design, video and video editing.
Type of work I’m interested in: contract, freelance, will consider full-time, part-time
Find me online: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, website

About me: As an advertising professional with extensive photography experience, I have been instrumental in creating marketing collateral that not only elevates the brand, but renders positive gains. My experience has been in a wide range of photographic services and styles including commercial catalog, e-commerce, editorial and lifestyle. Working with a plethora of teams from creative to marketing has enabled me to evaluate the various needs from all viewpoints and successfully accomplish the most challenging of assignments. I’ve lived and worked in New York, Washington DC and Harrisonburg VA for Rosetta Stone. I currently reside in Crozet, VA and I’m available for assignments locally, or abroad.

I am seeking photographic-related work that is challenging and rewarding.

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Alisha Huber

alisha huber on your town our townName: Alisha Huber
Expertise: writing, teaching, research, web development, project planning and prototyping
Type of work I’m interested in: contract, freelance, full-time, part-time
Find me online: LinkedIn

About me: During many years at Rosetta Stone Labs, I worked as a bridge between programmers and stakeholders of all kinds. I guided discussions, defined requirements, managed heterogeneous teams, built prototypes, and implemented tests. I taught myself to code in order to better understand the programmers and to streamline my own work. I am named as an inventor on at least five patents Rosetta Stone has filed.

During my last few years at Rosetta Stone, I became the “fire department,” an internal consultant who worked with teams across the company on problems from marketing conundrums to piracy-proof deployment.

I am seeking work that will make a positive difference in the world, while using my skills as an autodidact and communicator to help people do interesting work.

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Susan Arritt

susan_arritt_3Name: Susan Arritt
Expertise: editing, writing, proofreading, publication management, academic/peer-reviewed publications, content development, project management, editorial research, and communications education
Type of work I’m interested in: contract, freelance, full-time, part-time
Find me online: LinkedIn


About me: Award-winning editor, writer, and publication manager for corporate, academic, nonprofit, and government clients around the globe.

  • Author and editor of books, journal and magazine articles, technical and scholarly reports, website content, marketing collateral, white papers, case studies, newsletters, press releases, guides and manuals, and multimedia educational materials
  • Editorial expertise: developmental editing, substantive editing, copy editing, proofreading, and editorial research
  • Writing expertise: technical, academic, scientific, creative, and marketing
  • Publication management expertise: preproduction vision and leadership; supervision of graphic designers, photography teams, and freelance writers; and collaboration with editorial boards, peer-reviewers, and authors
  • Publications in a wide range of subjects, including natural sciences, public policy, environmental conservation, international relations, endangered species, climate change, technology, education, social and economic development in emerging nations, and language learning
  • Bachelor of Science in biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; graduate coursework in education and linguistics at Hawaii Pacific University

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K.A. (Kim) Reedy

k.a.reedy-author-blackandwhiteName: K.A. (Kim) Reedy
Expertise: author, blogger, content designer/writer, editor, grant writer, technical writer, and travel writer
Type of work I’m interested in: contract, freelance, full-time, part-time

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About me: I moved to Harrisonburg from the Seattle area in 2008 to work at Rosetta Stone as a content writer/designer and technical writer.

I love connecting with audiences through meaningful content, so in 2013 I launched Text Tailor, LLC, offering services as an author, blogger, content designer/writer, editor, grant writer, technical writer, and travel writer.

I’m fulfilling my true métier through Being, Unraveled, an introspective website/blog about learning to be honest with myself. I’m also the author of the forthcoming children’s book, There is a Tree, which originally appeared as an introspective narrative in Chicken Soup for the Soul: All in the Family. As an entrepreneur and content designer, I’m a co-creator of this website, Your Town, Our Town, which showcases Rosetta Stone professionals available for contract, freelance, part-time, or full-time projects.

  • Highly effective in both independent and collaborative environments
  • Basic familiarity with Russian, French, Thai, and Italian

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