Resume: Martha Retallick

Work Experience

Phone: +1 520-690-1888
Email: info@westernskycommunications.com 
Address: Post Office Box 43161, Tucson, Arizona 85733 USA

Freelance Writer, Photographer, and Consultant

January 2014-Present

Working directly with with clients in business, education, and publishing, and as a subcontractor for advertising agencies, marketing consultancies, and design firms. In addition to hosting my own solo photography exhibitions, my work has been included in a group show at the Tohono Chul botanical garden.

Freelance Web Designer

November 1995-December 2013

Website designer for businesses and STEM initiatives in educational institutions.

Sales and Service

Catalina Bicycle Shop, Tucson

May 1997-December 2000

Sold bicycles and accessories and did bike maintenance and repairs. I am still one of the few women ever to have been a bicycle mechanic in Tucson.

Associate Editor

University of Arizona Foundation, Tucson

October 1987-September 1994

Wrote copy for fund-raising magazines, annual reports, and other printed materials produced by foundation’s office of communications. Also wrote and distributed press releases and news tips.

Associate Editor

University of Pittsburgh

January 1986-March 1987

Annotated academic textbooks, treatises, and other publications included in the Economic Books: Current Selections journal.

Assistant Editor

North American Students of Cooperation, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1979-1980

Researched and wrote articles and helped editor produce the organization’s magazine. Also served as NASCO’s photographer at its annual conference, which included covering a press conference with Ralph Nader.

Educational Experiences

I was born and raised in Pennsylvania and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan. A year after graduation, I set the goal of bicycling in all 50 states. The result was a 12-year, 15,000-mile quest that also covered four Canadian provinces and a bit of Mexico.

Along the way, I met such on-the-road challenges as traversing the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains and the Southwestern deserts. I also experienced many off-the-bike adventures. They include a visit to former President Jimmy Carter’s residence, a brief stint as a Kansas wheat farmer, and a night in an Arkansas jail; I was looking for a place to stay in a small town, and the police chief offered floor space in the visitors’ room.

Lessons learned: First, be careful of what you say in casual conversation. I had no idea that stopping to chat with another long-distance rider in July 1980 would inspire me to pedal every state in the Union. But it did.

Second, ignorance can be a useful tool. When I first started traveling by bike, I had no idea that it would be considered so dangerous, especially for a “lone woman.” Had I listened to the skeptics, I probably would have stayed home and missed one of the greatest adventures of my life.

Third, if I can ride the whole United States on a bicycle, so can you. I speak from personal experience when I say that you don’t have to be a gifted athlete to accomplish such a feat.

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