Technical Writer, Editor
Hi there! I'm Kathleen Lees. I'm a technical writer at EFC International, an engineering company that specializes in the distribution of car fasteners.
I have a passion for technical writing and medical science, and some of my work has been featured in Scientific American, The Huffington Post, Yahoo News, Live Science, and Columbia University Medical Center Newsroom. I have also recently written for Everyday Health's Crohn's and Colitis section.
I am always in search of technical writing projects, whether it's covering programming topics, medical topics or something specific to your company's needs.
In addition, I'm passionate about creative writing and I love crafting poems, short stories, and creative narratives. I am currently a co-coordinator of the St. Louis chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), a national non-profit 501(c)6 headquartered in New York City. To find out more about our next meeting, please look for our chapter on the EFA website.
Oct. 2018 - Present
Write, edit, and organize document control systems for work instructions (WI)s and standard operating procedures (SOP)s.
Write and edit WIs and SOPs.
Organize, present, and record monthly IT topic to all EFC International locations via Microsoft Teams.
April 2018 - Sept. 2018
Proofread domestic and international labels.
Tracked documentation versions manually and online through various systems.
Approved and edited labels
Proofread domestic and international product labeling to ensure documents were correct.
Facilitated Global Vision Software to certify manually proofread materials were correct.
Assisted in closing domestic and international projects.
May 2017 - April 2018
Sept. 2016 - May 2017
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Freelance Editorial Assistant
Edited and fact-checked City Health Information (CHI) press releases on various medical topics.
Proofread medical releases and pamphlets for doctors and other medical staff.
Conceptualized graphic content for releases and pamphlets.
April 2016 - Aug. 2016
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S)
Seasonal Editorial Assistant
Wrote, researched and directly published stories to CUMC’s homepage with WordPress and Drupal.
Proofread magazine content for various schools at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), and supervised faculty photoshoots used in several of the magazines.
Wrote leading content for the Fall/Winter issue of the CUMC Dental Medicine magazine.
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
July 2011 - June 2012
Master of Journalism: Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism (3.5 GPA)
September 2006 – June 2011
University of Missouri-Columbia
Bachelor of Journalism, with an emphasis in print and digital media and a minor in multicultural studies
Additional Information and Skills
Project assistant at Syracuse University (October 2011 – June 2012). Researched and edited 30 years of archived films with Final Cut Pro.
Fluent in English and German, with elementary proficiency in Chinese. Proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Photoshop, and InDesign.
*For a complete list of all job history, email for copy of résumé and requested writing samples
Professional Writing and Editing
The American Heart Association
Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) Newsroom
Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine magazine
Everyday Health, Inc.
New Chapter Israel
New York Parenting Magazine