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Career Experience

Instructional Designer

November 2005 - present
Salem International University, Online Programs

Coordinate course design and provide faculty support regarding Blackboard for Online Division.

SymbolArt, sole proprietorship
1997 - present
dba SymbolArt by Lydia, dba SymbolArt Publishing, dba SymbolArt

Desktop Publishing Services including

  • website design and maintenance
  • pre-print layout and design
  • corporate identity design
  • copy editing
  • graphic design


Supplementary work

July 2003 - 2005
Adjunct Faculty
International Academy of Design and Technology, Fairmont, WV
Teach courses in the Visual Communications and Computer Information Management programs.

July 16, 2001 | July 15, 2002 | June 23-24, 2003 | July 6-9, 2004
Technology Consultant (various locations)
West Virginia Fine Arts Teachers' Academy
Conduct workshops on "Using Technology in Arts Education" and "Introduction to Building a Basic Webpage"

Contributing Writer
Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram, Clarksburg Publishing Company, Clarksburg, WV
Wrote occasional feature articles.

May - August 2000
Part-time Copy Assistant
Le Print Express, Clarksburg, WV
Performed a variety of tasks related to copying and printing. Designed print layouts. Since the shop closed for business in July 2000, I continue to do some graphic design and desktop publishing work on a contract basis for Job Squad, Inc., the owner of this Le Print franchise.


Human Resources Development Consultant*
Training and Development Specialist**

 *1995 - 1997
**1987 - 1995

Consolidated Natural Gas Transmission Corporation, Clarksburg, West Virginia

Within the scope of these positions I...

  • Designed, developed and taught various management training programs
  • Wrote and prepared training materials, course description, and interoffice communications promoting training and development programs
  • Organized off-site supervisory and management training events
  • Served as administrator supervisory level assessment centers and conducted training for new assessors
  • Served as an assessor for management level assessment centers
  • Facilitated groups for purposes of problem solving and performance management
  • Assisted in conducting company-wide training needs analyses
  • Served as chairperson of a "Barrier Removal Team" which produced the company's first Manager's Guide to PC Software Training for which I wrote the text, designed the layout, and provided camera ready originals for printing.
  • While serving on a team with other CNG training staff, successfully lobbied to include 360° feedback and Seven Habits of Highly Effective People training in the redesign the CNG System Supervisory Training program.


Career interim

1983 - 1987

Following my marriage in 1983 I relocated to my husband's home in Haverhill, Massachusetts. While there I worked at a variety of jobs including real estate sales with the King Davis Agency, YMCA fitness and swimming instructor, Y's Way to a Healthy Back instructor, YMCA front desk clerk, Tac Temps temporary office services, and seasonal data entry work for the IRS.

On a volunteer basis I wrote, designed layout, published and distributed a condo owner's association newsletter.


Director of Program Development

1981 - 1983
Harrison County YMCA, Clarksburg, West Virginia

Within my responsibilities for the development and implementation of comprehensive recreational and educational programs I...

  • expanded program opportunities 75% during the first year while the new YMCA building was under construction by using schools, churches, and other public facilities,
  • interviewed and hired all program staff, managed personnel matters concerning that group (10 to 25 part-time staff and volunteers), held periodic staff training and regular staff meetings,
  • initiated the association's first staff evaluation procedure,
  • restructured and improved the YMCA sponsored 10K Monza Run,
  • initiated the association's first successful Youth Basketball Association. Organized it, promoted it, conducted coaches' and officials' training workshops,
  • worked in all areas of public relations—public speaking engagements, radio and television appearances, wrote news releases, pre-recorded public service announcements, did layout and design of seasonal program brochures, flyers, and supplemental program announcements,
  • designed 1/4-mile indoor fitness trail for employees of local hospital,
  • organized and established a Medical Advisory Committee for YMCA fitness programs,
  • organized and implemented the Y's Way to Physical Fitness testing and evaluation program,
  • prepared budgets for individual programs, and
  • served as professional staff-in-charge in the executive director's absence.


Director of Recreation

1977 - 1981
City of Clarksburg, Board of Park Commissioners, Clarksburg, West Virginia

I was responsible for providing total recreation programming for local citizens. Notable achievements include...
  • organized the area's first youth soccer league
  • designed the area's first fitness trail (the Mayor's Fitness Trail)
  • developed a system of faciltiy use permits which provided a more efficient and orderly use of park athletic facilities
  • conducted seasonal playground staff training using a comprehensive handbook that I compiled and edited


Recreation Specialist

1975 - 1977
City of Norfolk, Recreation Bureau, Norfolk, Virginia

Organized and supervised athletic leagues for women and youth; assisted other departments as necessary.


Computer Skills

Proficient with both Classic MacOS, Mac OS-X and Windows operating systems, along with the following applications:

  • Adobe PhotoshopCS2
  • Adobe ImageReady
  • Adobe IllustratorCS2
  • Adobe Pagemaker
  • Adobe InDesignCS2
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver 8
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Power Point
  • Mariner Write
  • Mariner Calc
  • BBEdit
  • TexEdit
  • Fetch (FTP)
  • GraphicCoverter
  • Inspiration 6.0
  • NoteWorthy Virtual Notecards
  • HTML, XHTML, CSS (hand-coding)
  • WebCT 4.1
  • Blackboard 7.1
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    Master of Arts , Secondary Education (Community Health Education emphasis)
    College of Education and Human Resources, West Virginia University 1986

    Bachelor of Science, Recreation
    College of Agriculture and Forestry, West Virginia University 1974


    Published Writing

    "First United Methodist to begin expansion project,"
    Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram, August 4, 2001, p. A-7

    "Autumn olive shrubs: Friend or foe?"
    Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram, July 28, 2001, p A-1

    "Architectural Artistry,"
    Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram, July 22, 2001, p. E-1

    "Luxury country inn to open doors,"
    Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram, July 22, 2001, p. C-1

    "Snowshoe ready for 24-hour race,"
    Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram, May 27, 2001, p. C-1

    "Treat YMCA's As Living Organisms—They'll Survive," (as Lydia S. Mingyar)
    Perspective, January 1984, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 25-28, 29



    • Harrison County Chamber of Commerce
    • ACT 2 Theatre Company
    • Colored Pencil Society of America
    • West Virginia Theatre Conference, past-president

    Theatre resume posted separately.


    Professional Development

    While at
    Salem International University, Salem, WV

    • Embedding Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes in Regularly Scheduled Assignments Workshop, Ohio Valley University, Vienna, WV

    Other Recent

    • The Herrmann Internation Networking Conference (THINC), Lake Lure, NC 2004
    • West Virginia Conference on Entrepreneurship, Charleston, West Virginia 2004
    • Accounting for Small Businesses, Regional Small Business Development Center, Morgantown, West Virginia 2004
    • No and Low Cost Advertising, Regional Small Business Development Center, Fairmont, West Virginia 2003
    • Intellectual Property Law, Regional Small Business Development Center, Morgantown, West Virginia 2003

    While at
    Consolidated Natural Gas Transmission Corporation, Clarksburg, West Virginia

    • American Society for Training and Development, member
    • Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument
    • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
    • SIMA Motivated Abilities Profile
    • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People 360 Leadership Profile
    • Personnel Decisions, Inc. PROFILOR for Internal Consultants
    • Seven Habits for Highly Effective People, Golden Goose Award
    • Innovation Associates' Systems Thinking Workshop completion
    • Program on Negotiation (Inter-University Consortium - Harvard, MIT, Tufts) 'Teaching Negotiation in the Corporation'
    • Attended workshops conducted by Ken Blanchard, Bob Pike, Tony Buzan, Jim and Dana Gaines Robinson, Ned and Ann Herrmann, Patricia McLagan, and Thomas Crum, among others.
    • Development Dimensions International (DDI) Assessment Center Administrator
    • DDI Targeted Selection Interviewing Administrator
    • Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument Certified Practitioner
    • Franklin Time Management Flex Trainer
    • McNellis Creative Planning Facilitator (aka "storyboarding facilitator")

    Career interim

    • National Association of Realtors, member
    • Greater Newburyport Board of Realtors, Newburyport, MA

    While at
    Harrison County YMCA, Clarksburg, West Virginia

    • Association of Professional Directors (YMCA) member
    • Regular attendance of Cluster Meetings
    • YMCA Physical Fitness Specialist Certification, Kent State University
    • YMCA Career Development Program, Units 1 through 7, Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, NC
    • YMCA Healthy Back Instructor Certification, Pittsburgh, PA; renewal certificate, Butler, PA
    • YMCA Swimming Instructor Certification - Progressive, Lifesaving, Lifeguarding, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
    • Red Cross Instructor - First Aid, Swimming, Lifesaving, Clarksburg, WV

    While at
    City of Clarksburg, Board of Park Commissioners, Clarksburg, West Virginia

    • West Virginia Recreation and Parks Association, member
    • National Recreation and Parks Society, member
    • NRPA Southern Regional Forum on Innovative Programming, conference organizing committee member

    While at
    City of Norfolk, Recreation Bureau, Norfolk, Virginia

    • Virginia Recreation and Parks Society, member