Yvona Fast

Professional experience

Columnist: 2005 – Present

  • North Country Kitchen, weekly column focusing­ on thehistory and health of various foods and including recipes.
  • Friends and Neighbors,a column about local people.
  • Samples of columns available at:

Author:  2004 – Present.

Journalist / Freelance Writer: 1992 – Present.

  • Have been more than 100 articles published in various magazines, including E: The Environmental Magazine, Autism Spectrum News, Vibrant Life, American Small Farm, Woman’s Touch, American Health & Fitness, Health & Home. A full list of publications is on my web site.

Speaker: 2005 – Present:

  • Have participated in literary readings and events, and have spoken on issues of employment and disabilities to groups in Europe, Canada and the USA.

Communications Consultant: 1997 – Present. Sample projects included:

  • Online Networks & Subscriptions Manger, GRASP, New York, NY 2007 – 2014
  • Editor / Proofreader, Adirondack Organized Solutions, Saranac Lake, NY
  • Translator / Interpreter, M. E. Services Communications, Inc., Rochester NY
  • Survey & Database Design, Superior Technical Resources @ Xerox, Rochester NY
  • Newsletter & Brochure Production & Design, Seasoned Singles of BCC, Rochester, NY
  • Editorial Assistant, Nutrition: The International Journal,  Syracuse, NY
  • In addition to one-on-one tutoring of ESL students, taught a class for incoming foreign students at Paul Smiths College. Organized, maintained and updated the tutor’s library collection. Wrote articles for the Essex Ember, a quarterly newsletter.


MLS, SUNY Geneseo, NY                             BA Geography, SUNY  Oswego, NY

TESL Certificate, Seattle University (12 Graduate Credits in TESL), 1997

SUNY Brockport REOC & The Academy for Career Development

Web Development Certificate, a total of 120 instructional hours      October 2000

Client Support Technician Certificate, a total of 350 instructional hours            February 11th, 2000


Professional memberships

Adirondack Center for Writing                            Writers & Books

Summary of Qualifications

Writing and Editing:

¨      Communicated effectively with people in various departments & management levels

¨      Wrote, submitted, and published assorted articles and book reviews

¨      Managed the writing, production, and distribution of weekly bulletins

¨      Created a bi-lingual technical manual (English / Croatian)

¨      Formulated and drafted standard operations procedures

¨      Prepared and published reports and newsletters

¨      Excellent Written Communication skills

¨      Excellent Proofreading skills

¨      Edited various manuscripts


¨      Strong research skills

¨      Proficient in database & internet searching techniques

¨      Well versed in general reference sources and research methods

¨      Wrote and obtained grants from various agencies in the U.S., Canada, & the U.K.


¨      Supervised, managed and organized the start-up of a new library

¨      Organized and managed library collections in a variety of settings


Languages:              Polish, Serbo-Croatian, Other Slavic languages

 Information Technology:

¨      Microsoft Office Suite

¨      MS Word, MS Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher

Community Activities

2011 – Present             Board Member,, Saranac Lake NY

2004 – Present              Cook, Community Lunchbox, Saranac Lake NY

2003 – 2005                  Computer Instruction, Tri Lakes Center for Independence, Ray Brook NY

Jan 2000 – Sep 2001.   Computer Testing & Repair, MicRecycle, Rochester, NY

1993 – 1996                  ESL Tutor, Literacy Volunteers of America, Saranac Lake, NY (518) 891-5567.

Contact me: 

386 County Route 50, Lake Clear NY  12945

(518) 891-3827              

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