Editor: Molly Claire Benjamin, Independent Scholar & Writer


Curriculum Vitae  


  • Marylhurst University, 2013 — 2015
    Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Spiritual Traditions
    Interdisciplinary research in the fields of mythology, psychology, philosophy and women’s history, which resulted in a thesis entitled, “Lessons of the Female Orphan Archetype:  Unfolding the Human Spirit in Pollyanna, Anne of Green Gables and The Secret Garden”.  Worked under the supervision and guidance of Susan G. Carer, PhD and Dina Hartzell, PhD.
  • University of California at Santa Cruz, 1994 — 1998
    Bachelor of Arts with a double major in History and Politics
    Completed a Senior Thesis Project on the potentials for expansion of the European Union into former Eastern block countries after the fall of the Soviet Union.
  • University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, 1996 — 1997
    University of California Education Abroad Program
    Accepted to participate in one year study abroad program in the University of Birmingham’s School of History.

Publications & Presentations

  • Pacific Northwest Region of the American Academy of Religion, Society for Biblical Literature, and American Schools of Oriental Research (“PNW/AAR”) 2015 Annual Meeting, March 27-29, 2015, Marylhurst University, Oregon;
    “Women Storytellers and Creating Sacred Stories,” presented in the Arts & Religion section.
  • West Coast Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium, June 19-21, 2015, Reed College, Oregon;
    Presentation entitled “Imagination, Beauty, & Anne Shirley:  Anne of Green Gables,” as well as publication of article by same title in symposium online journal, Western Tributaries.
  • Scheduled to present at the Pacific Northwest Region of the American Academy of Religion, Society for Biblical Literature, and American Schools of Oriental Research (“PNW/AAR”) 2016 Annual Meeting, May 20-22, University of Idaho;
    “Magic & Fertility: The Goddess Freya as the Female Orphan Archetype in Frances H. Burnett’s The Secret Garden”

Skills & Strengths

  • Writing:  excels at creating clear, concise, well-researched, professionally edited, engaging,  papers and presentations
  • Planning and Organization:  meets deadlines, thinks imaginatively and innovates creatively, flexible, independent worker who manages projects effectively and efficiently
  • Leadership:  uses positive reinforcement and communication to lead, direct and train others, delegates productively, manages conflict and high-stress situations calmly and with a positive, cheerful demeanor, effectively manages scheduling
  • Communication:  listens attentively, establishes open lines of communication, negotiates and resolves differences, cooperates, actively participates in teamwork
  • Legal:  uses good judgment consistent with the highest ethical standards, professional, discreet and confidential, experience with intellectual property litigation, legal writing and research, stock option plan administration, venture capital financing, public stock offerings
  • Administrative:  proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint), types 70 wpm

Employment History


Opton & Galton, LLC, Portland, OR:  Receptionist & Assistant, 2016 - present

McMenamin’s Pubs & Breweries, Portland, OR:  Server & Assistant Manager, 2011 - 2016

Dunn, Carney, Allen, Higgins & Tongue LLP, Portland, OR:  Legal Assistant, 2008 - 2009

Susan D. Isaacs, Law Offices, Beaverton, OR:  Office Manager & Legal Assistant, 2007 - 2008

Morrison & Foerster, LLP, San Francisco, CA:  Corporate Legal Assistant, 2005 - 2006

Gap, Inc., Corporate Legal Department, San Francisco, CA:  Executive Assistant to VP of Government Affairs and VP of Legal, 2005

Sherman & Sterling, LLP, San Francisco, CA:  Corporate Legal Assistant, 2004 - 2005

McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, LLP, San Francisco, CA:  Corporate Legal Assistant, 2000 - 2002