Projects

Wistful Thinking podcast
March 2017 - Present
Cara is the co-host of the Wistful Thinking podcast from the Cage Club Podcast Network. The show is a pop culture nostalgia podcast where Cara and her co-host, Jordan Polan-Clarke, talk to guests about revisiting beloved pieces of media from their youth. You can listen and subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and GooglePlay, and on the web at cageclub.me. Find it on social media @wistfulpod.

In Sickness + In Health podcast
2015 - 2017
Cara was the creator/host/producer of the In Sickness + In Health podcast. The show featured discussions about our bodies and issues related to chronic illness, disability, healthcare, and mortality. You can listen and subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Soundcloud, GooglePlay, and at insicknesspod.com. Find it on social media @insicknesspod.

bgw for MedX
September 2016
Created for the 2016 Stanford Medicine X ePatient Storyteller Track, bgw for MedX is an experiment in self portraiture as qualitative self tracking.

Publication

Syndrome • The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine
Fall 2015 Issue, Studio Art; 18x36" Oil on Canvas, 2011.
Cara's painting, Syndrome, was published in the Studio Art section of the Fall 2015 issue of The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine.

Exhibitions & Performance

2018
Life, Illness & Identity storytelling show produced by Suffering the Silence, Tandem. Bristol, VT.
2017
Group Show, "Surrender to Small," Volition Gallery at Bel-ans Center of Creative Arts. Orangeburg, NY.
Two-person Show, Brothers Fish & Chips. Ossining, NY.
Group Show, "Guilty Pleasures," Volition Gallery at Bel-ans Center of Creative Arts. Orangeburg, NY.
Member Show, Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts Barn Gallery. Ringwood, NJ. Honorable Mention in Water Media category.
Juried Group Exhibition to benefit Rockland County Pride Center, Rockland Center for the Arts. West Nyack, NY.
Group show, Brieff Studios' Drink & Draw Pop-Up Gallery for the RiverArts Studio Tour, Tarrytown Music Hall. Tarrytown, NY.
2016
Story Collider storytelling show for the Festival of the Unknown, The Wild Project. New York, NY.
2008-2009
Various student exhibitions, Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Mahwah, NJ.
2005-2007
Various student exhibitions and performances at The University of the Arts. Philadelphia, PA.

Awards & Honors

WEGO Health Award nominee, 2017
Nominated for the 7th annual WEGO Health Awards in the category of Best in Show: Podcast.
Honorable Mention: Water Media, 2017
Member Show, Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts Barn Gallery.
Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholar, 2016
The Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholarship program provided the opportunity and means to attend the annual 3-day conference about the intersections of healthcare, technology, design, and patient advocacy. It was also an opportunity for learning and growth as an ePatient, providing both educational opportunities and project-based learning throughout 2016. As an ePatient Delegate on the Storyteller Track, Cara produced three projects for MedX, which can be found at insicknesspod.com/medx-2016.
Dean's List, 2005-2009
Included on the Dean's List for eight semesters between the University of the Arts and Ramapo College of New Jersey.
University of the Arts President's Scholarship, 2005 - 2007
Merit-based scholarship awarded for academic performance and portfolio; fixed annual partial tuition award.
2nd Place: Painting, 2004
Awarded 2nd Place in the Painting category at the 2004 North Jersey Student Craftman's Fair.


Skills & Software

Painting: oil, acrylic, watercolor • needlework • mixed media • illustration • graphic design • floral arrangement •creative consulting • art direction•video editing • social media content and management• blogging • podcasting •content management • data management • CRM • research • technical training • technical support • team leadership • project management • group facilitation

Fluent on both Mac and Windows platforms • iOS Certified • Salesforce • AutoTask • QuoteWerks • Wordpress • Hootsuite • TweetDeck • Microsoft Office • Google Apps • Apple iLife and iWork suites • Photoshop • Illustrator • InDesign • Final Cut 7 and Final Cut X • Apple Remote Desktop • Audacity • aptitude for accelerated software learning

Work

Lead Studio Assistant at Stem & Bloom
March 2017 - Present; Larchmont, NY
Supporting various aspects of production, operations, social media, and assembling bouquets for the subscription-based weekly flower delivery service.
Freelance and Consulting at Bimpse
2012 - Present
Consulting and freelance work involving content management, web publishing, research, social media, marketing, data related projects, health advocacy, and healthcare communications.
Digital Coordinator
at Blue Door Art Center
September 2017 - April 2018; Yonkers, NY
Content management for the non-profit gallery's website, social media, and newsletter. Also helped with workshop set-up, gallery sitting, and show installation.
Project Support at 3-d Communications
2011 - 2016; Ridgewood, NJ
Regular freelance support of various data, marketing, and healthcare communication projects.
Sales & Marketing Coordinator at VirtuIT Systems, Inc.
2013 - 2015; Nanuet, NY
Cara created this hybrid position supporting both sales and marketing efforts at VirtuIT. Her responsibilities included CRM and QuoteWerks administration, content design, and customer service.
Administrative Assistant at Advanced Media Ventures Group
2012; New York, NY
At this boutique media, technology, and entertainment consulting firm, Cara was responsible for screening phones, email, scheduling, and Salesforce administration. She also blogged for the firm's website and supported social media management.
Lead Visual Specialist, Family Room Specialist at Apple, Inc.
2008 - 2012; Woodcliff Lake, NJ
During her time with Apple Retail, Cara held several positions including Lead Visual Specialist and Family Room Specialist. These roles required she hone and develop skills in team leadership, project management, group facilitation, visual merchandising, and customer service. These roles also helped Cara developed a wide range of technical skills including data management, technical training and technical support.
Temporary Full Time Associate at BD
2005 - 2007; Franklin Lakes, NJ
During the summers and winter breaks as an undergraduate, Cara worked in the Finance Department at BD's world headquarters, supporting the Travel & Expense Team in processing and auditing expense reports.

Organizations

Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts, 2017-current
Member and exhibiting artist.
Clue Voices
Cara was a Clue Ambassador in 2016; a voice for reproductive health to build a community of people who want to push issues and research of menstrual health forward. Working to make the world more informed and less ashamed of menstrual health issues together.
Learn more at helloclue.com.


Education

Narrative Medicine Summer Institute, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
June 2015; New York, NY
Intensive training in close reading, creative writing, and reflective practice to develop knowledge and skill in Narrative Medicine. Keynote lectures and small-group training in the fundamentals of narrative approaches to clinical care.
BA Contemporary Arts, Ramapo College of New Jersey
2007 - 2009; Mahwah, NJ
Concentration: Screen Studies; contract major combining Media & Cinema Studies, Multimedia, and Fine Art.
Communication Major, University of the Arts
2005 - 2007; Philadelphia, PA
Classes in Media Studies, Digital Journalism, Multimedia, Communication Design, Video Production, Advertising, Fine Art and performance
Pre-College Summer Program, Pratt Institute
2004; Brooklyn, NY
Residential summer program with classes in Painting and Drawing, Art History, and Portfolio Development

Additional Training

Ceramics classes, private ceramics studio
2004; Ringwood, NJ
Ceramics instruction including hand building and wheel throwing.
Painting & Drawing classes, Milton Patterson Studio
2003-2004; Hawthorne, NJ
Painting classes, Schuyler Studio
1997-2002; Oakland, NJ